Laki Mera LIVE London next week September 7th, 8th, 11th

Glaswegian quartet Laki Mera extend and weave beyond the expected confines of genre on 12 September when their debut album ‘The Proximity Effect’ gets a full release on Just Music.

On ‘The Proximity Effect’, Laki Mera’s eclecticism continues as they pursue fragile folk beauty (‘Fingertips’), flourishes of ethereal eeriness with vocalist Laura Donnelly’s tender vocals hanging in the ether like the voice of an imaginary friend (‘Solstice’) and a gloriously atmospheric clash of sinister electronica and enticing pop hooks on ‘More Than You.’ The audacious near instrumental ‘Onion Machine’ provides a mid-album highlight as it employs a retro-futuristic synth riff, an emotive layer of cello, stabs of grinding guitar and an angular time signature.

The majority of the album was recorded at the band’s own Carrier Waves studio in Glasgow which allows the band the freedom to spend as much time as they want in order to refine their recordings and to indulge in their sonic experimentations. For three songs (‘Double Back’, ‘Reverberation’ and ‘Solstice’) that required a more organic sound, the band decamped to a turf house in Achiltibuie, a small coastal village in the Highlands, to capture a radically different vibe from Glasgow’s often gloomy outlook.

The album’s title was born from an audio engineering term, but it also revealed a second layer of meaning. Collectively, Laki Mera wanted a title that would communicate how people connected on an emotional and psychological level. Not only did ‘The Proximity Effect’ possess a dual meaning, it also conveyed a parallel with the two key components of their musical approach.

Donnelly and Italian-born producer/multi-instrumentalist Andrea Gobbi met at a time when both parties were searching for new musical projects. When Gobbi added a rich electronic production to Donnelly’s simple vocal / guitar recording, it set the tone for things to come. Laki Mera’s ranks were boosted with the recruitment of drummer and percussionist Tim Harbinson, who had previously played with another local band playing live electronica, and the classical trained Keir Long (pianos / synths) who worked with Gobbi on producing scores for film and theatre.

Laki Mera are defined only by themselves: their music born from a love of innovative, technological exploration and organic artistry.


7th September – Barfly, Camden, London

8th September – Water Rats, London

11th September – The Windmill, London

Fourth Quarter Comeback – Finders Keepers EP Out Now, New Song "When I Fall"

Fairfax, VA’s Fourth Quarter Comeback has only been together since late summer 2010, but they’ve quickly gone on to create quite a stir both online and in their own hometown. Armed with a batch of infectious, radio-ready power-pop rock tunes, the band entered the studio in late 2010 to record their self-released debut EP "Finders Keepers" with producer Jim Ebert (All Time Low, Butch Walker). The EP is out now and available on iTunes.

Impressively, Fourth Quarter Comeback is currently among the Top 10 bands competing for a chance to play Virgin Mobile’s FreeFest 2011 on September 10 in Columbia, MD. Five bands will be chosen, and they need your help to win a spot! To vote, simply ‘Like’ Virgin Mobile Live’s Facebook page and under the "FreeFest" tab, vote for Fourth Quarter Comeback. Voting ends Sunday, September 4th.

Here’s a link to stream Fourth Quarter Comeback’s song “When I Fall.”

The band is currently putting the finishing touches on a music video for “When I Fall.”

Fourth Quarter Comeback is:
Andy Garcia: Vocals/Guitar
Casey Johnson: Guitar/Vocals
Ben Cobb: Bass
Matt DuRousseau: Drums

Finders Keepers Track Listing:
1. When I Fall
2. All I Know
3. New York, New York
4. Finders Keepers
5. You And I

M83 Unveil first official remix of 'Midnight City' from Big Black Delta

M83 has announced the first official remix of ‘Midnight City’, the debut single from forthcoming double album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’.

The remix comes from Big Black Delta and the track is available to download now from the official M83 website and via the M83 Soundcloud page:

Big Black Delta is Venezuelan-born Jonathan Bates, formerly of the Los Angeles band Mellowdrone. Bates began his solo project Big Black Delta out of a "desire to create a new kind of pop music. By purposefully doing everything slightly wrong in the studio, using any instrument available, and combining it with UFO folklore." When not making music for Big Black Delta, Bates also co-produced/mixed White Sea (Morgan Kibby/M83). Jonathan was a touring guitarist for M83 during their 09 US and Australian tour.

The highly anticipated new album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ is released on 17th October, through Naďve. M83 play a sold-out London show at Heaven on the 1st December.

M83 assets can be downloaded from here.

ANDY BURROWS ‘If I Had A Heart’ A New Single out October 3rd


A New Single out October 3rd

via Distiller Singles Club

PLUS London Show – September 21st

Burrows, the former Razorlight drummer and I Am Arrows solo, continues his adventures as a gifted and prolific writer and collaborator in multifarious projects with Mark Ronson, Tom Smith (Editors) and We Are Scientists. First, though, this glorious pop single under his own name. If I Had A Heart was, like 2010’s I Am Arrows album, Sun Comes Up Again, recorded with the producer Eliot James.

Andy Burrows will be celebrating the single release with a London show at Hoxton Underbelly, on Wednesday, September 21st.

As well as working on his own new solo album, of which If I Had A Heart is the first taster, Andy Burrows has been busy doing a bunch of other exciting stuff.

Now a full time member of We Are Scientists, who he joined in 2009, Burrows is currently on tour in Asia with his bandmates, Chris Cain and Keith Murray. The trio have been writing songs for a new album, and plans are afoot for recording to begin this autumn.

Andy has been writing and recording with Mark Ronson on a number of different things, including the recent televised project with Guy Chambers. More news on Burrows/Ronson collaborations soon.

Also, writing and recording an album with Editors frontman Tom Smith, which they hope to release later this year.

Has completed various film soundtrack appearances including I Am Arrows’ Nice Try in Justin Timberlake’s new film, Friends With Benefits, as well as original compositions to be announced soon.

If I Had A Heart is available for pre-order at online retailers.

Annie Mac presents… at The Warehouse Project SOLD OUT

Six nights at WHP11 are now SOLD OUT, the latest being Annie Mac presents on Friday 23rd September.

Fans are also warned that tickets to Saturday 22nd October’s event, hosted by leading drum ‘n’ bass label Hospitality, are running dangerously low. There is no time to waste when it comes to securing a place one the dance floor for the biggest and best club line-ups on offer this year.

Only two weeks remain until The Warehouse Project opens its doors marking the start of an amazing 15 weeks, 32 parties and the last ever season at Store Street. The launch event on Saturday 17th September, aka The Beginning of the End, welcomes the legendary DJ Shadow. A major presence in electronic music for an impressive 15 years DJ Shadow will be laying on an extra special performance dubbed ‘Live from the Shadow Sphere’. The start of WHP11 proceedings also features many more exhilarating sets packing in everything from dubstep to experimental beats from resident Skream, Sgt Pokes, SBTKT, Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster, Africa Hi-Tech, Mark Pritchard, Steve Specek, Faulty DL, Illum Sphere, Jonny Dub and Juicy DJs.

The Kills announce biggest UK show to date at London’s Brixton O2 Academy‏

The Kills – Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart – release their new single ‘Baby Says’ on October 24th through Domino. It will be released on 7” vinyl / Digital Download.

‘Baby Says’ is the third single to come from the duo’s critically acclaimed fourth LP ‘Blood Pressures’, and effortlessly showcases the band’s trademark sound. Melting a sweetly growling tremolo guitar with Alison’s nostalgia-drenched vocals, this is a timeless and sultry track taken from an equally indelible album.

Details on the official video for ‘Baby Says’ are to be released shortly. Click [youtube] to see an acoustic version of the track recorded earlier this year by acclaimed film makers ThirtyTwo.

The Kills have also confirmed their biggest UK headline show to date at London’s Brixton Academy on December 3rd. The show comes after a sell-out show at Camden’s Roundhouse earlier this year, a headline US tour and numerous festivals throughout the summer including Coachella, Lollapalooza , Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds. The band will also be playing Brighton’s Concorde 2 on October 14th and performing as special guests of The Horrors as part of the Warehouse Project on October 15th. Full info below.

A fan pre-sale will be available from 9am on Wednesday 7th September. Tickets will be put on general sale from Friday 9th September.

‘Blood Pressures’, released earlier this year, finds The Kills delivering their vivid and uniquely gritty post-blues, but with a new level of thoughtfulness and depth not yet explored by the duo. An album tinged with wistfulness and vulnerability, it has an enduring sense of intricacy and richness that intensely blends with their ever-compelling songwriting.
UK Live Dates :
14th October 2011 – Brighton Concorde 2
15th October 2011 – Warehouse Project – Manchester
3rd December – O2 Brixton Academy