Tracks of the week: Hayden Thorpe, Leftfield and more
Hayden Thorpe will be adding four new tracks and four remixes to their album Moondust For My Diamond for an extended digital release on August 19.
“Each piece of dust brings to the family all the lost songs that were written alongside Moondust For My Diamond,” says the Wild Beasts man.
“I view this release as a Director’s Cut – indulging in some of the choices that haven’t been made thus far. There’s a mini heartache that happens when you end and move on from a disc – you almost have to say, “I’m moving on forever” However, these songs still avoid performance day.
CLAMM have created the official video for Something New, the final track from their upcoming album CARE.
“Something New is a song about searching or longing,” said guitarist and vocalist Jack Summers. “It’s about impatience and time, and its title refers to the process of coping with seemingly new stimuli throughout life.”
The band will be in the UK from the end of next month as part of a European tour which is scheduled to open at the Shacklewell Arms in London.
Rodrigo and Gabriella put their stamp on Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, one of the highlights of Radiohead‘s modern classic album, In Rainbows.
“When I was young, I never looked closely at Radiohead music,” the duo say. “I was the typical metal head and the typical metal head of the 80s and 90s was pretty much a closed-minded character who rarely took the risk of listening to alternative bands.
“It wasn’t until we met John Leckie, who produced our debut album in 2006 and Radiohead’s first 2 albums in the early 90s, that they caught my eye.”
The Lindas Lindas posted a cover of Tonite by The Go-Go’s, recalling when Belinda Carlisle and co dominated the fledgling band’s early days.
“The Linda Lindas started out as a cover band, and we played more The Go-Go’s songs than anyone else,” they said.
“And even after we started writing our own songs, we never stopped playing ‘Tonite.’ We love the idea of getting out there and owning our town, and “Tonite” is as fun to play as it is empowering – especially the part where we all sing together.
Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) and Jess Williamson revealed their new collaboration plains with the single Problem With It.
It is the first track from the duo’s debut album, I Walked With You A Ways, announced alongside an intro tour of North America.
“I’m thrilled to announce this new project and album,” said Crutchfield. “I’ve felt a connection to Jess’ songwriting and a kinship with her since we met years ago.”
Orbital have created the official video for Smiley – one of the brand new tracks which features on their recently released 30 Something album, as part of the duo’s 30th anniversary celebrations and which also features reworks and remixes from the Hartnoll brothers’ back catalog .
“We wanted to do something that represented where our heads were now, but wearing the clothes from the back when we started,” Paul said. “So to chronicle thirty years of Orbital, you have this track that chronicles the very beginning of dance music in Sevenoaks. It’s our origin story.
“And to make the very important point that in terms of civil rights, we were all beaten up by the police for throwing a party,” Phil added. “It could never happen now, everyone would film it on their phone. Case of instant police brutality.
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflet shared his new solo single Long, Long Year, recorded with producer Vance Powell and musicians including Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence.
“My trip to Nashville in March 2021 was my first time recording solo material since doing Hard Lessons,” says Shiflett.
“I hadn’t traveled much after the Covid lockdown so I was a bit nervous going there to work with a producer and lots of musicians I didn’t really know. In true Nashville style, we made our pitches and got to work, hammering down the basic tracks in a matter of hours.
Left field will release their first album in seven years on December 2 via Virgin Records.
This Is What We Do – their first collection of new music since Alternative Light Source in 2015 – revolves around themes of love, acceptance, diversity and healing, written on both sides of the pandemic and a period of poor health for Neil Barnes himself.
“I wanted Pulse to be the first statement on the new album,” Barnes said of the lead track. “It was loud. Dance floor. Human. Positive. And I love the bass. It’s Leftfield.
FlohioOut Of Heart’s debut album will be released on October 7th.
The 12-track disc is previewed with an opener and a new SPF single, showcasing a disc whose inspiration came from memories of some classic game soundtracks:
“I grew up in the days of games like Playstations and Nintendos; I bring back the nostalgia of me in my living room playing games with my friends when I was 10 years old.