SIC believes in its soul. You should too. It’s important. Or probably it’s rubbish. Believe in something though. Music is an ideal repository for this untethered credence.
I can’t say it won’t let you down. Cos it will. We are still scarred by Mr Bowie’s Glass Spider, for example. And…Wincing The Night Away proved a horribly accurate title. But it will definitely reach down into your own abyss and bring you back up again into the sunshine….*
We have finished with the Olympics and been on holiday. Deserved? Hell yeah. We’ve been working, see, when maybe we’ve seemed quiet. And it starts now. We had been getting headaches again. Are all these things linked? Maybe. Maybe not. The pills make us all feel better tho.
Anyway. The music….
ANR: Now, they have been really busy. It’s been a weird ride to this new elpee. Weird and dark. The new record is a slink back to the R’n’B sounds of their earlier albums. Seems trite to say they are putting the arty into the party but we are not above that. Remember their cover of Usher’s Climax that killed us at SXSW. Looking back, that might have been a turning point.
It doesn’t sound at ALL like this incredible piece of music Willowy Eye. but damn it’s too good to discard. New things will appear via their Facebook. Go like em to be in on it. @ANRmiami
*NEW* DREAMTRAK: is a London based producer/DJ/remixer. He has turned in some really amazing disco/house remixes for (inc Philco, ANR, Visions Of Trees) in the last year or so. We are very proud to be releasing his debut album in October. It will feature new and exclusive remixes and tunes with Guest vocalists. Have a gander at this mixtape he did for Clash. It’ll make you happy. London’s best kept secret? Yes.
*NEW* ENJOYED: Big loud, dancey, pop, fun music. Early thumbs up form Radio1, Guardian and more. In thrall to the Chemical Bros and Underworld but very new, you can have a listen here. Sign up here for a free Sugar EP and a video and general joystep. @enjoyedmmusic
*NEW* HOLY STRAYS: A Parisien producer/artist/DJ. He is something a bit special. He remixed Loney Dear last year and had 2 ltd singles on Not Not Fun last year and August sees the debut UK single on Morning Ritual.
Christabell A and B, born here as non-identical twins, float disembodied, urgent and gospel voices, twinkling micro-melodies and tidal, almost ecclesial, organ sounds over eerily meditative and deftly skittering atmospheric rhythms. Oh yes they do. @holystrays
LEVERAGE MODELS have just released a new single Sweep and finished (yesterday) a colossal US tour. You can hear lots more here and find out what the Guardian made of them here.
There will be a new video from them any day now also. @leveragemodels
LONEY DEAR is still touring Hall Music all over the world and hits Summer Sundae and Green Man in the UK this month. @loneydear
MEMORY TAPES: We suggest you watch this space. @memorytapes
PHILCO FICTION: OK. This is heating up. The album, Take It Personal is available to buy digitally worldwide. Copies of the CD will be in Rough Trade Aug 13. PRE-ORDER HERE .
They just opened for Neon Indian, Chromatics and, um, Snoop Dogg. Nice.
A truly staggering remix of Portrait Of Silence by Holy Strays just went up on FACT. This is an amazing piece of music. Go see the videos for Finally and I Want You again. A lot more is coming soon. European tour to be announced soon. @PhilcoFiction
VISIONS OF TREES: released their brilliant eponymous debut album a month or so back to great acclaim. And rightly so. It’s a wonderful album. Brilliant brilliant pop music. They are playing Beacons Festival this month and will be touring all autumn. Keep up here. @VisionsOfTrees
Oh yes. We started a Publishing Company in league with our friends from Beggars. Very exciting. First signings to be announced VERY SOON.
Have you noticed how disco we have got lately? Well, we have. And there is mroe to come.
Oh and look at these two….
Would you like to know our fave 16 records this half-and-a-bit year? You WOULD? Ohhhh kay….
1. Julia Holter Ekstasis
2. Jon Talabot fIN
3. Lindstrom Six Cups Of Rebel
4. NZCA/Lines s/t
5. Baroness Yellow/Green
Rock music (remember?) done very well
6. Bobby Womack The Bravest Man In The Universe
7. Chromatics Kill For Love
My fave really
8. Dexys One Day I’m Going To Soar
So fucking great it hurts
9. DIIV Oshin
Old skool indie with a touch of kraut
10. Grimes Visions
11. Jack White Blunderbuss
Gig of the year. So good.
12. Niki & The Dove Instincts
Pop hits allll over
13. Petar Dundov
14. Santigold Master Of Make Believe
Love this, minus the MIAisms
15. The Shins Port Of Morrow
So shit live but such great tunes
16. Zelionople The Fire…
Las thing at night, very Mark Hollis
17 Various Electro Diskow
Mixmag’s 80s comp. badass.
Films of the year so far
The Dark Knight Rises
Don’t see this changing much
Iron Sky tho. A space Nazi scifi comedy B Movie with a Laibach soundtrack. You are either in or you are out. I am in.
Haywire. Soderbergh’s lady fighting film. Ace.
21 Jump Street was funnier than it had any right to be
Lotsa good TV: Game Of Thrones, Justified, Newsroom, Veep
Oh and here’s a prediction: After the Olympics, GB goes into liquidation and London is declared a Republic.
I will recommence reading on holiday. More on that later. There’s even a new Malcolm Pryce novel in the pile to go. Goooood times. And recommendations from Amanda, Christian, Midfield General, mr Myhill and more to be dived into.
*remember when it rained for 100 days straight?
Kaffir Lime leaves, beetroot, rib eye steak, camping, Jack White, M&S Cream Slices, A Perfect World, Blitz, Outer Space, Inner Space (looking at you God Particle) Dante, Richard King, Light In The Attic, 1982, First Aid Kit. Texan sun, JAMC, Nikolai Tesla, ol’ Dr Green, the Romance of the Telescope and DEVO have all served.
Until Next time…