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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Fiction Release New EP with Noisey & 405 Premieres

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Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album The Big Other via Moshi Moshi, which featured indie-hits Big Things & Parakeets. Fiction announce a brand new EP. The In Real Life EP forms a compelling bridge between their debut and their forthcoming second LP, which is due for release in 2015. The first single is Lonely Planet is an intriguing introduction to the new release, premiered by The 405, Noisey (VICE) and Mark Riley, BBC 6 Music, and This EP has been supported by the Momentum Music Fund. Momentum is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England, and in association with Deezer. Buy 12" Vinyl EP


Dee Sada of Blue On Blue Releases Her First Solo EP

Multi-instrumentalist, Dee Sada (voice/drums/guitar/bass/piano) releases her debut EP, Fragments, on London/Chicago label Tip Top (also home to Dumb, Forest and Fiction). From the fury and guttural sounds of An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump to the shoegaze turned experimental electronic sounds of Blue on Blue, Dee's solo project is the marriage of confessional lyrics and haunting melodies, a theme which has been at the very core of all of her previous projects. Fragments is a collection of songs inspired by fractured personal relationships.

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Dumb Release Debut EP & Support Superfood On NME New Breed Tour

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Dumb’s hotly anticipated debut EP Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out features the Birmingham four-piece’s much blogged debut singles ‘Dive’, ‘Retina’, ‘Two Bottles’, ‘Super Sonic Love Toy’ plus new track ‘Still I'm Stuck’. Dumb spit out a bold and brash combination of self-assured swagger, slick melodies and infectious hooks, topped by Dylan Williams’ rasping vocal tones, influenced by Pavement, Built to Spill and The Cribs, the band have emerged with a transatlantic, guitar-heavy sound that’s already caught the attention of NME and BBC Radio 1.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Projects Release Fourth & Final Album ‘Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record'

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The Projects, the brainchild of the late Graeme Wilson, release their final record on Tip Top Recordings 19th of May 2014. ‘Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record ‘, the fourth album by The Projects, has been completed three years after his sudden death at the age of thirty seven in December 2011.

Wilson who suffered from MS had begun recording the album, which he felt would be his most accomplished to date, with a vast array of talented and long term musician friends such as Mira Aroyo (Ladytron) Dino Gollnick (Lightspeed Champion,The Beatings) Koichi Yamanoha (Grimm Grimm, Screaming Tea Party), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mon Chan (Bo Ningen), Alex Lawton Mawdsley (Comet Sands) and Matt Simpson (The European)

"His death may have cut The Projects tragically short, but this album is the one that brings Wilson’s cosmic, collaborative vision vividly to life" eMusic

"Haunting, otherworldly pop that sounds like a cosmic missive from Krauter space" Wondering Sound

“A catchy blend of Krautrock and persistent synths” Artrocker

Sadly Graeme never saw the album completed, but everyone involved thought it would be a fitting tribute that it was finished and a few months after his funeral they went about the task of putting the recordings together. Mira Aroyo, who duets on most of the songs, explains the process:

“Koichi picked up Graeme's computer and Paul, Koichi, Mon Chan, Alex and I started to make sense of it all. It was really sad and weird but somehow made us feel like he was totally there and so it was kind of fun too. We found what we thought were the latest versions of songs. We were certain we wanted to meddle with things as little as possible. Some of the tracks had names written in Russian. We had to decide which bits needed fixing and redoing. It was very hard so we went for ‘would Graeme like this’. We went in (to the studio) over four long days and finished the vocals, re-recorded some of the drums and mixed. We used the three songs he had already mixed as reference. Luckily he had already sent me all the lyrics that needed recording. He was actually very organised in his chaos. The studio overlooks Kensal Green Cemetery and the rain was pouring on a funeral procession when we arrived. It was even spookier at night, with LED candle lights flickering here and there in the dark sea of graves. The hardest part for me was mixing, as that gave me more time to think about what was actually happening. It was heart wrenching. I realised that this would be the last time I would hear Graeme’s voice without music behind it.”

The results are remarkable and ‘Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record’ is a truly inspiring piece of work. Thirteen tracks, mastered by Paul Jones (Stolen Recordings), the album includes the forthcoming download single ‘Set A Course For The Stars’ and captures the perfectly formed type of skewed pop that Wilson and The Projects had been crafting over the years.

Too many highlights to mention, but tracks such as ‘I Have To Use Words’, ‘Emma Nutt’, ‘I’m Learning Chinese’, ‘A&E / ITU’, ‘Anne Is A Socialist’ and ‘I’m In LLLLLove’ are the sort of catchy, Krautrock and electronic tunes that The Projects and their contemporaries such as Stereolab, Quickspace, Broadscast and more recently The Horrors excel.

A true musical maverick, Wilson, a former member of John Peel favourites Miss Mend and the Television Personalities, formed The Projects in 2001 with Alex Lawton Mawdsley and released the debut album ‘Lets Get Static’ in 2004 which was followed three years later with ‘Voice Is Glue’ and then ’Words of Love Broadcast In Code’ in 2009. He began working on ‘Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record ‘ soon after.

“It's all finished except for vocals on a couple of songs. O wow, it's such a shame that I can't play it to you! I'm sure you'd love it!” Graeme Wilson, 2011