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Louis Pattison

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Leftfield In The Studio: Neil Barnes Reveals Details Of New Album Influenced By "Very Dark Episodes"

Sixteen years after their last album and one member down, the iconic dance act Leftfield are set to return with a new LP. NME's Louis Pattison finds out the details. These days we’ve come to expect big gaps between albums. Nonetheless, there are NME readers who won’t have been born when Leftfield’s last LP, 1999’s ‘Rhythm And Stealth’, hit shelves. Neil Barnes, what have you been up to for the last 16 years? “I’ve been doing other things,” laughs the Leftfield founder. “I built a studio. I spent a long time bringing my family up.


Lisa Wright

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gorillaz' 'Demon Days' Turns 10: Shaun Ryder Tells The Real Story Behind 'DARE'

This week, Gorillaz' second album 'Demon Days' turns 10. To mark the occasion, we spoke to Shaun Ryder about his contribution to the record - 'DARE' - and how its lyrics really came about. Shaun Ryder: "I used to bump into Damon [Albarn] over the years. I wouldn’t say he was my best friend, but I’d bump into him and then I got a call to ask whether I’d come and do a track for his Gorillaz album. It was the second [album] and I hadn’t heard the first one – I knew about them, but I hadn’t heard the album. It’s a fucking great album though; he’s a talented fella.


NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Soundtrack Of My Life: Wire's Colin Newman On Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones And Why He Can No Longer Listen To His Band's Biggest Hit

The First Song I Remember Hearing ‘Telstar’ – The Tornados “A person on the radio said it was the sound of the future, and that sounded good to me. I must have been five or six. It’s a Joe Meek production, a very thin sounding proto-synth played over a surf-rock guitar backing. Up to that point I couldn’t identify with music at all. I didn’t like ’50s rock’n’roll, what they called in the ’60s ‘mums and dads’ music.


NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

6 Reasons To Visit One Of Europe's Best-Kept Secret Festivals

For the last decade, INmusic festival has been slowly building a reputation as the undiscovered gem of the European festival scene, and a truly Croatian experience. This year, for its 10th anniversary, it’s going to be better than ever. Here’s why you need to go to Croatia’s longest-running major music festival The line-up is incredible Placebo. Franz Ferdinand and Sparks’ collaboration, FFS, playing their fourth ever show. Florence + The Machine performing for the first time ever in Croatia. La Roux. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Need we go on? Oh, alright then.


Thurston Moore

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ex-Sonic Youth Man Thurston Moore On Why Babes In Toyland Are Still One Of Punk's Most Incendiary Forces

As the reformed Minneapolis punk band play their first UK shows in 18 years, the solo artist and former frontman of Sonic Youth explains why Babes In Toyland are so vital Thurston Moore: "For me, for a certain period of time, Babes In Toyland were the greatest band on earth, and there are very few bands I can say that about. I’ll always remember when they first came to New York City and played at this little club called The Pyramid Club, which is a cool little place in the East Village that Sonic Youth used to play at a lot.

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