JOHN MORELAND SIGNS TO 4AD New Album Big Bad Luv Released On May 5th 2017
Big Bad Luv – the new album from John Moreland – is an honest, bruising experience. A record about love, faith and the human condition, it’s his debut for 4AD and the first full-length released to worldwide anticipation on May 5th 2017. ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’, the first track from Big Bad Luv, is launched today.
Moving from Kentucky to Tulsa when he was ten years old, “John”: twitter.com/JohnMorelandOK fronted hardcore and punk bands throughout high school years before feeling the pull of the lyricism he heard in folk and country music; “I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out The Revolution Starts Now, and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest”.
Moreland has been chasing the ‘chest punch’ ever since, composing pointedly and prodigiously, releasing largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011.
Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his performance on Colbert in 2016) and burgeoning word-of-mouth live reputation, and by the time he finished touring his most recent album, High On Tulsa Heat, making music was now his living; “I expected to just play in the corner of the bar and have people not really pay attention, make $100, go home and go to work the next morning, doing something I didn’t like,” Moreland says. “So, yeah, I didn’t really expect to be here. But, then, on the other hand, I did. I feel like I’m good enough to be here. And I’ve always been confident, even when I probably shouldn’t have been.”
His fourth album and first with international ambition, Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared Tyler (dobro) and Lucero’s Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.
Asked whether he feels Big Bad Luv is a perhaps a happier record, “I don’t think I’m writing songs that are that much different,” Moreland says. “It’s always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn’t sunshine and rainbows. At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on. And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners. So that’s what I’m still doing. I think it’s a positive thing. I think this record, there’s definitely a change in attitude, but it’s the same point of view.””
John Moreland will be performing two Canadian shows to support the release of Big Bad Luv. He will be appearing at Montreal’s Bar le Ritz on June 9th and Toronto’s Velvet Underground on June 10th.
NINES One Foot Out Debut album released via XL Recordings
Following the emergence of Nines’ ‘High Roller’ featuring J Hus, which has already amassed over 1 million views, XL Recordings are releasing Nines eagerly awaited debut album One Foot Out. It follows his One Foot In mixtape, titles informed by the desire to move away from street activity and towards the industry recognition he deserves.
For those not familiar with with the most authentic name in London’s exploding underground scene, Nines hails from the Church Road Estate in North West London. Without the approval of the industry, Nines’ previous four music videos have amassed over 31.2 million views on YouTube. He has self-released four mixtapes since 2011 and his debut single ‘Yay’ sold over 30,000 copies – staggering figures that fully justify the hysteria surrounding Nines’ rap pedigree and which reinforce that this is no false dawn, but a golden age for UK rap music.
In addition to the mixtapes and singles, Nines is also infamous for his ‘JD Sports Shutdown’ and ‘Turkey Shutdown’ videos (the former featured on Worldstarhiphop.com), which saw the rapper taking kids from his neighbourhood to JD Sports to buy them new trainers, as well as providing Christmas turkeys to those less fortunate to the whole of his Church Road Estate.
With production from the likes of Jevon (New Gen) and Menace (Desiigner’s Panda) and featuring guest appearances from Taylor Gang’s Berner, previous collaborator Tiggs Da Author, J Hus and Akala, One Foot Out sees Nines stepping out of his comfort zone and displaying the depth of UK rap. His charismatic, laid back flow covers braggadocio on ‘High Roller’ (Came through in the Audi you’re in that Honda Accord / All this gold got me looking like a Oscar Award), soul searching on ‘I Wonder’ (Wonder how all these guns get in to my area / wonder why they care about celebs instead of Syria) and is filled with pop culture references (acting like he’s shotting all that coke / looking invisible in the club like he’s got on Harry Potter’s cloak), One Foot Out is a statement of intent that should promote Nines into rap’s premiere league.
ARCA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
“Here’s my voice and all my guts: feel free to judge it. It’s like a bullfight: you’re watching emotional violence for pleasure. So this is a character who, almost as a mockery of the transaction, goes uncomfortably deep, into self-mutilation. ‘You want gore? Here’s gore’” – Arca on Arca
On the 7th April 2017, Arca will release his third full-length album. The self-titled record will be the Venezuela-born, London-based artist’s first on XL Recordings and follows the release of his two previous albums: 2014’s Xen and 2015’s Mutant.
To mark the news, Arca today reveals the first track from the record: album opener ‘Piel’. It is the first piece of Arca music to feature his singing voice, standing as a defiant, delicate statement of intent.
The album features stunning artwork from long time Arca visual collaborator Jesse Kanda and will be available on CD, gatefold single vinyl LP and on all digital services. It is available to pre-order now HERE with ‘Piel’ available immediately as an instant grat track.
The tracklisting for Arca is as follows:
7. Sin Rumbo
Spoon reveal new track 'Can I Sit Next To You'
If the new Spoon single “Can I Sit Next To You” feels eerily familiar, like something that’s been playing in the background of your life for the last few months, there’s actually a good chance it has.
For the last few months, a campaign of subliminal placements of “Can I Sit Next To You” has seen the unreleased, unidentifiable track being played at various retailers, clubs and venues; as American Airlines boarding music, even by the house bands of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Can I Sit Next To You” follows on the album’s first single and title track—and its mystical Aura Reader (LINK)—with a slick, steady-paced groove, as eerie bits of synth skitter around the chorus.
To accompany the new single, Spoon has unveiled a new video, directed by Winnipeg native Marcel Dzama, the acclaimed contemporary artist whose previous musical collaborators have included the likes of Beck and Bob Dylan, not to mention last year’s costume and stage design for the New York City Ballet’s The Most Incredible Thing.
Their forthcoming new album Hot Thoughts is already being touted as one of the albums of the year. Produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann, they have created the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their illustrious career. Within the space of 10 captivating songs, ‘Hot Thoughts’ confirms why Spoon are one of the most critically acclaimed acts of the first decade of the new millennium.
Reuniting the band with the label that released their 1996 debut, ‘Telephono’, and following on Spoon’s streak of three consecutive US Top 10 albums—‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ (2007), ‘Transference’ (2010) and ‘They Want My Soul’ (2014)—‘Hot Thoughts’ is nothing short of epic.
Spoon are: singer/guitarist Britt Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, bassist Rob Pope and Alex Fischel on keyboards and guitar.
LONDON O'CONNOR SHARES "NOBODY HANGS OUT ANYMORE" VIDEO
To coincide with the album release, London also shared his self-directed music video for his melancholy ode to the smart phone-obsessed internet generation, “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.”
Along with the release, London will be performing his first proper headline shows in NYC and London. On February 22nd, he will be headlining Rough Trade in Brooklyn on with Honduras and Quiet Luke. Early arrivals will be treated to the O∆ VR experience, where attendees will have the chance to explore a virtual expanse scored by London’s ambient/spatial music. Directly following NYC, London will be heading out on a West Coast run of dates alongside BadBadNotGood and Hodgy, playing San Francisco, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles.
A few days before he plays the second release show at The Montague Arms in London on March 21st, London will play in support of Glass Animals at their sold out show at O2 Brixton Academy on March 16th. Following the UK plays, London will make his Paris debut at Les Bains on March 23rd.
O∆ is now available on all digital and physical formats. A deluxe version of the vinyl is also available which arrives with a 3’ x 5’ signature O∆ flag. Order the deluxe edition, download the album and stay up to date with London at CircleTriangle.Earth.