Aphex Twin returns with a new album next week (September 22) after a 13-year exodus. If you've read our review, you'll know it's a hyper-intricate electronic melody-crush overflowing with all the manic ideas and ADHD beats we've come to love from the Cornish raver.
To quote the generous spring of wisdom that is Wayne’s World 2, "if you book them they will come." Andrew Goldin had never organised a gig before prior to this week (September 16) when, in a coup that concert industry experts are speculating may change the future of how live shows are booked, he raised over $70,000 (£43,000) to stage a fan-funded Foo Fighters gig in Richmond, Virginia – the group’s first show there in 16 years.
'Frozen By Sight' is a new full-album collaboration by Field Music's Peter Brewis and Maximo Park's Paul Smith, featuring the former on musical duties while the latter recites vignettes from his travels. 'Exiting Hyde Park' features the heavy-thudding piano that'll be familiar to any Field Music fan, soundtracking Smith's tale of feeling like an interloper at a businessman's hotel.
It was twenty years ago this month that the world first heard that twangy chromatic riff - ding diyiyiyng ding ding ding ding ding! - and the whiny vocals, 'So no one told you life was gonna be this wayyeeeeeee." A sitcom about six young NYC-based friends finding their way in the world among monkeys, babies, ugly naked guys and a lot of coffee had arrived. Culture would never be the same again. Nay, the aspirations of so many generations - particularly the impressionable young - would never be the same. Hair styles would change. Loft apartments became a thing.
Equal parts The Radio Dept., Jesus & Mary Chain and The Strokes, Montreal's Heat understand the power of delivery – that little things like a split-second burst of meticulously planned and raggedly executed guitar can make a good song suddenly become great. They're also pretty handy when it comes to Lou Reed-style vocal slurs and nagging melodies, marking them out as one of 2014's most promising new bands in my book. Here, we've got their debut video, for 'Rooms', which originally came out on their EP earlier this year. Stream the whole thing after the jump.