• Disclosure set the date for hyped debut album
• Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell announce Departures project
• New Order lay out plans for first new material in eight years
• Thundercat Announces New Album Executive Produced by Flying Lotus, Listen to New Single
Disclosure set the date for hyped debut album
Yesterday, Maya Jane Coles made a lot of people very happy when she locked in the release of her long-awaited debut album. Well, the good news just keeps on coming. It must be the week for UK-based buzz acts to confirm exactly when we can get our hands on their records because now,Disclosure have set the date for their much-hyped first album (ITM’s fourth most anticipated release of the year, by the way).
Speaking to MTV UK, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have revealed that June 3 is the big day for the as-yet untitled release. “We’ve got a lot of collaborations on the album which is very nearly ready,” the Latch hitmakers told. “Can’t name any names right now, but there’s a few surprises on there and maybe some kind of ‘not surprises’, but it works. But this is only the first project we’ve ever done producing dance music, so we’ve still got a lot to give, I feel like. We’re still trying to find our own way. But we haven’t been in touch with any other producers, just vocalists.” Of course, one of those vocalists will be AlunaGeorge, who collaborated with the pair on super hit White Noise. The rest is anyone’s guess.
But while Disclosure’s ascent has been a remarkably rapid one, the pair have been plotting their debut for some time. “For the album we want to make sure that there’s variety,” Guy Lawrence told inthemix last year. “We don’t just want to make a house record or something that’s got a couple of breaks in it and slower beats. We want to come out with an album that’s consistent and sounds like us, but we don’t want to come out with a straight 4×4 house album. We’re trying to get a balance between vocal tracks and instrumental. We definitely want to have some club tracks on there as well, that’s what we were about at the start.”
Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell announce Departures project
It’s almost a month on from the last-ever Swedish House Mafia set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and the DJs are keeping downtime to a minimum. Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwellhave turned their focus full-time to DJing solo, running their record labels and making music, but two-thirds of the team is getting back together over the European summer.
As posted by the decadent, much-talked-about daytime party spot Ushuaïa Beach Hotel this week: “The rumors are true…Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have confirmed their new Departures concept will be at Ushuaïa from 12th June every Wednesday.” It’s still be revealed whether the parties will see the two DJs going back-to-back, or alternating weeks.
Ingrosso and Axwell, who are both managed by ATM, have of course been working together on tracks recently, including the collab that opened the One Last Tour sets, We Come, We Rave, We Love. The pair is also on the roster for new Las Vegas venture LIGHT at the Mandalay Bay. Meanwhile, Angello is relaunching the “deeper, techier” label X, an offshoot from his Size Records stable.
“It’s bittersweet,” Ingrosso told inthemix earlier this year of Swedish House Mafia’s parting. “But also, it needed to be done. Because if we never made the decision to split up, I don’t think we would have ever done the world tour. Because having an individual career and a Swedish House Mafia career – even if our Swedish House Mafia career is way bigger than the individual ones – I think that having two careers, both growing at the same time is like having two families.”
New Order lay out plans for first new material in eight years
The Factory legends have promised a series of EPs to accompany their forthcoming tour.
New Order have been plagued by troubles in recent years, with mouthy bassist Peter Hook usually at the epicentre of things. Hook left the band in 2007, and in his own words was determined to “fuck New Order over in any possible way”, and since then he’s gone from calling them a “tribute band” to insinuating that their recent reunion is nothing more than a sly cash-grab. Isn’t every reunion pretty much about the money, Hooky? Either way, the band have managed to carry on regardless, and have probably got quite accomplished at dodging shots at this point.
Their latest announcement is their most exciting yet, and it details a proposal to actually release music again. While we were just handed a new album in Lost Sirens, it was actually just a collection of music recorded at the same time as 2005′s Waiting For The Siren’s Call, so these promised new recordings will actually be the band’s first new material in eight years. Frontman Bernard Sumner said the EPs would be synchronized with their epic world tour, saying ”We’re thinking about doing about four songs at once, we’ve never tried it before.”, and ”then we’ll probably [assemble them] as an album,”.
It sounds good to us, and remember, New Order still have the biggest selling 12″ of all time (with 1983′s ‘Blue Monday’) so a shorter format has certainly worked for them in the past. [via The Guardian]
Thundercat Announces New Album Executive Produced by Flying Lotus, Listen to New Single
Bassist extraordinaire Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has announced the follow-up to his great 2011 album The Golden Age of Apocalypse. The new one is simply titled Apocalypse, and it’s out July 9 via Brainfeeder (and July 8 in Europe). The album was executive produced by Brainfeeder head honcho Flying Lotus, who co-wrote and co-produced “Heartbreaks + Setbacks” (above) with Bruner and Mono/Poly.
Thundercat and Flying Lotus are also about to head out on tour together. Check out their dates below the album’s tracklist.
02 Heartbreaks + Setbacks
03 The Life Aquatic
04 Special Stage
05 Tron Song
07 Oh Sheit It’s X
08 Without You
09 Lotus and the Jondy
11 We’ll Die
12 A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void
04-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex / Check Yo Ponytail
04-21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Ballroom *@
04-23 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *@
04-24 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *@
04-25 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *@
04-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *@
05-01 New York, NY – Brooklyn Masonic Temple (Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Duets)
05-05 New York, NY – Terminal 5 (Red Bull Music Academy) *#
05-06 New York, NY – Terminal 5 (Red Bull Music Academy) *#
05-12 Boston, MA – Paradise *@
05-13 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis *@
05-15 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy *@
05-16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland *@
05-17 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom *@
05-18 Chicago, IL – Metro *@
05-19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *@
05-22 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo *@
05-23 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theater *@
05-24 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater *@
05-25 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *@
* with Flying Lotus
@ with Teebs
# with Ultraísta