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  • AK/DK Announce Album, Parties and UK Tour

    Brighton's best & brightest AK/DK have announced some live shows around their forthcoming debut album, Synth + Drums + Noise + Space.

    They're a band famous for the raucous spontaneity of their stage performances, captured on this thrilling LP via a live recording process that featured minimal studio editing. AK/DK are a must-see for fans of joyful, high-energy acts like Battles and Dan Deacon, with whom AK/DK are often positively compared.

    John Kennedy is one of many AK/DK converts, naming them in Xfm's Ones To Watch for 2014.

    April
    17th - The Old Blue Last – London (w/ Napoleon IIIrd & Hypnotized) // Facebook Event
    18th - The Green Door Store – Brighton (w/ Hypnotized) // Facebook Event

    June
    6th – The Haunt – Brighton (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    10th – XOYO – London (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    11th – Thekla – Bristol (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    13th – Deaf Institute – Manchester (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/fujiya-miyagi

  • Electric Litany Album Release Gig in London

    "A canvas of orchestral indie krautrock... an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world" - The Line Of Best Fit
    "Reminiscent of (early) Editors or even Bauhaus, there's a beauty to their melancholy, a redemptive edge to their sorrow." - Clash
    "Think of some hectic, politically-charged combination of Placebo, Joy Division, Interpol, Titus Andronicus and White Lies... smashing, bass-heavy indie."  - Killing Moon

    05/03/14 @ Jamboree, Cable St, London / 19:30 / £5 / Facebook Event

    Electric Litany's grand, ambitious and bleak rock sound has been drawing some impressive admirers recently.

    The English/Greek four piece have been billed as having the potential to be "the new Radiohead" by producer Alan Parsons, who worked on their new album, Enduring Days You Will Overcome, and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde gave them a first UK radio play on his Amazing Radio show last week. Their sound is both bleak and romantic; at once retro-futurist and forward-thinking.

    Clash premiered their latest video, noting "there's a beauty to their melancholy", and The Line Of Best Fit were equally full of praise, called the video "an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world". The BBC also reported on the cutting edge technology used to record the new album.

    Read a full press release on the album and the band's history here and get a flavour of their sound via their latest video, below.

    Limited guest list is available: send requests to john@projekta.is by 4pm on March 5th 2014.

  • Alice Boman Premieres "Skiss 3" on Guardian New Music.

    We're happy to be working on this beautiful Alice Boman video.

    It premieres today at Guardian New Music, who say: "the songs on the EP, specifically Skiss 3, sound like they've been recorded on slightly battered instruments, using slightly muffled microphones that pick up any and every sound that surrounds the piano. This strange sense of unplaceable nostalgia is helped along by the dreamlike video."

    Skisser is out on ltd. edition vinyl now via Adrian Recordings.

  • Bastardgeist - UK Dates & Live Sessions

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    Watch / Embed "Notable American Women"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DT1TTrdo30

    Bastardgeist, aka Chicago's Joel Midden, is an intensely talented singer, kalimba player and producer who released his second LP, entitled Infinite Lives, in 2013 via Brainlove Records.

    Bastardgiest has enthralled audiences around the USA and Europe with his delicate falsetto voice, textured electronics and acrobatic kalimba playing. He recently recorded live sessions of Notable American Women (gleaned from the LP) and L.A. Looks, a new song, for Derelict Music in London, shot in an abandoned mental hospital. Stream/embed the captivating results via YouTube here & here.

    Midden also recently filmed for Bandstand Busking - expect those sessions soon - in the meantime, he will embark on some live dates in Scotland this February 1st & 2nd.

    FEBRUARY DATES:

    01/02/14 Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
    https://www.facebook.com/events/503086476471202




    Infinite Lives is available now on vinyl and digital formats via http://bastardgeist.bandcamp.com.

    Further US & UK dates will be announced soon.

    More on Bastardgeist:
    http://projekta.is/bastardgeist.

    https://www.facebook.com/bgeistmusic

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  • Girl With The Gun Premiere "Hold On For Cues" Video

    Italian trio Girl With The Gun have premiered the first single from their 2014 LP "Ages", via top UK blog Gold Flake Paint. Tom Johnson, the site editor, said: "Subtle electronics, hazy guitar grooves and strained, muted vocals... a beautiful mediation from the humdrum of every day life; a retreat to lose yourself in… wonderfully infectious."

    See the video & find out more about Girl With The Gun here.

  • Bloodgroup Premiere Girl Unit Remix via Guardian New Music

    Bloodgroup premiered the first remix to be revealed from their forthcoming Disquiet EP yesterday via The Guardian's New Music Blog.The Girl Unit remix "recasts the original's creeping melancholia through a gauzy haze of cinematic synths". The EP will also feature work by Com Truise, Keep Shelly In Athens and Renaissance Man. Pre-order 12" or MP3 via Kompakt, and read the article here.

  • Video Premieres: Astrid Swan & Shiny Darkly

    We had two video premieres recently - one for Shiny Darkly on The Line Of Best Fit, and one for Astrid Swan on Gold Flake Paint.

    "Dark intensity of this calibre is a rare thing: Savages‘ Jehnny Beth has it, Nick Cave has it, Suicide have it and based on the evidence we’ve heard so far, Shiny Darkly’s Kristoffer Bech certainly has it." - The Line Of Best Fit

    "One of the best videos we’ve seen all year... truly stunning" - GoldFlakePaint on Astrid Swan.

  • Aloa Input: "Vibrant, celebratory and never, ever boring"

    "Accessible pop creations backed by a minimalist electronic sheen... admirable." - Clash
    "Aloa Input have produced a sublime debut, and Notion Magazine is a big fan already."
    - Notion
    "A vibrant psychedelic outfit based out of Bavaria, Germany... gorgeous." - Cast The Dice
    "Vibrant, celebratory and never, ever boring." - Crack Magazine

  • Bloodgroup Play Airwaves, Announce Remix EP

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    Icelandic electro quartet Bloodgroup are set to release a stellar remix EP on December 2nd via their US label, Sugarcane. It will feature reworkings of tracks from their Tracing Echoes LP, which as released earlier this year by Com Truise, Girl Unit, Keep Shelly In Athens and Renaissance Man. As a taster of what's to come, here's a Kush Aurora remix of Nothing Is Written In The Stars.
    After a packed out performance at harpa last night, Bloodgroup play twice more in their hometown of Reykjavík this week at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival:

    Nov 2nd: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
    15:00 Kex Hostel
    20:50 Harpa Norðurljos

    See a full bio and LP press release here: http://projekta.is/bloodgroup.

    "A soaring group of great scope and scale" - The Guardian
    "A lovely dream-like quality and slow tempo beauty... really quite special" - GoldFlakePaint
    "
    A sweaty mess of darkwave with grotty basslines... fascinating. Recommended." - PressPlayOK
    "A smothering soundwash that embraces you in a womb-like shroud of bass and gloom."
    - Reykjavík Grapevine
  • Shiny Darkly Unveil "Dead Stars", Announce Debut LP, Play Iceland Airwaves

    "The gloom and psych of The Doors and Velvet Underground, the modern gothic of The Horrors, and the rock and roll intensity of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stooges and The Black Angels... Copenhagen’s best new band." - The Line Of Best Fit
    "'Dead Stars' displays more than a touch of Krautrock's more deviant side... the track soars off into the outer reaches of the consciousness." - Clash

    Shiny Darkly
    are a young rock 'n' roll trio from Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Their music evokes not just the classic sound of bands like Joy Division, Suicide and The Jesus & Mary Chain, but also the modern gothic of bands like Horrors, BRMC and Savages. With a rare intensity in the laconic vocal delivery of Kristoffer Bech, and a swirling, piercing guitar sound, their electric racket stands out as something very special.

    Their preturnaturally full-formed debut EP (Listen on Spotify) came out last year on 12" vinyl and digital formats, and saw them quickly gather devoted cult audiences both in Denmark and in the UK, which holds a special place in the band's heart. They visited London several times for packed out shows at Disorder, Crunchy Club, and The Old Blue Last, picking up praise from Xfm's John Kennedy, as well as a Resonance FM radio session and coverage from Clash, Artrocker, The Line Of Best Fit and a host of blogs and websites.
    Their debut LP, "Little Earth", was recently completed. "We have been busy this late summer and fall recording," says Bech. "We went to these two great studios in Malmö – Gula Studion and Tambourine Studios – and had some good and intense days there. After the recordings, we went to Berlin to mix the record at Kaiku Studios, who’ve done work with bands like Moon Duo and The Handsome Furs."
    "Dead Stars" is the first cut to be available from the sessions, premiering on Clash and The Reykjavík Grapevine earlier today. A 9.5 minute opus, it climaxes with a searing two-minute burst of noise. Hardly a traditional radio single, but indicative of the spine-tingling quality Shiny Darkly possess. It will be released on a limited edition 12", accompanied by two non-album tracks from the "Little Earth" sessions, on November 11th.

    As the label say: "Shiny Darkly create a crackling, high-voltage, narcotic universe you'll never want to leave."

    Shiny Darkly play Iceland AIrwaves this week at the follow places:

    31/10 Bar 11, 20.30
    01/11 Nordic House, 15.00 (acoustic)
    01/11 Kvosin – Hotel. 16.00
    02/11 12 Tónar Harpa, 14.45
    02/11 Loft Hostel, 17.00
    03/11 Lucky Records. 16.00

  • Black Lizard To Play Ja Ja Ja Festival; Debut LP Impresses Critics

    Black Lizard have announced they'll play at Ja Ja Ja Festival alongside such luminaries as Raveonettes, LCMDF, Mew, múm and Trúls this November 9th. Ja Ja Ja is one of Europe's best Nordic music events, and prides itself on highligthing new talent emerging in the UK.

    Their debut LP has been picking up positive attention since its UK release. Top indie newspaper Crack covered the band in a recent issue, and a host of blogs and websites have cottoned on to their classic psych-sound. With more UK plans taking shape now, expect to hear a lot more from Black Lizard, and thier label Soliti, soon.

    "They’ve delivered their own psychedelic-rock classic" - IndieLondon

    "A gloriously constructed collection which ingests the ageless psych template whole, reemerging as woozily potent as ever."Crack Magazine

    "Helsinki's Black Lizard like their psychedelic rock played loud, as highlighted to maximum effect on their eponymous debut LP"Drowned in Sound 

    "Black Lizard have crafted one hell of a strong début album." - Closewatch

    "For all you fans of raw fuzzy seduction à la Love and Rockets and The Jesus and Mary Chain, add Black Lizard to your collection." - Prefix