• Skream Signs to Crosstown Rebels, Details New Single
• Disclosure release statement on stolen lyrics allegation
• TomorrowWorld Releases 2014 OWSLA Stage Recap Video
• Envision Festival – Costa Rica hits Los Angeles for Pre-Party with Kaminanda, Imagika Om & Nicefingers on Wednesday, 1/28
Skream Signs to Crosstown Rebels, Details New Single
London’s Oliver Jones (a.k.a. Skream) has kept a sparse release schedule over the past few years, but he’s still managed to keep himself rather busy with a new label, a Radio 1 show, a 3-month residency at XOYO, and countless DJ gigs in between. Now, Jones has shared details of two upcoming releases on the longstanding Crosstown Rebels label. First, the London imprint will release a new single from Jones, “Still Lemonade,” which will also feature a remix from masked techno producer Redshape. Riding a cosmic house bent, “Still Lemonade” appears to find Skream moving further from his dubstep origins, though the tune also diverges away from the pop and disco stylings which marked some his recent work.
Details of an eventual third Skream full-length LP have yet to be announced, but Crosstown Rebels has revealed that it will release an album from the producer later this year. In the meantime, Skream’s “Still Lemonade” single will see its official release on February 23; the record’s artwork and tracklist have been included below.
1. Still Lemonade
2. Still Lemonade (Redshape Remix)
TomorrowWorld Releases 2014 OWSLA Stage Recap Video
This past September, the industry-leading dance festival TomorrowWorld welcomed Skrillex’s tastemaker label OWSLA, giving the squad their own stage in The Arising Of Life. Cutting-edge artists such as Jack Beats, Alex Metric, Alvin Risk, Valentino Khan, YOGI, Milo & Otis, and more graced the stage, and showcased the music that the Los Angeles imprint is respected for. This video recap takes viewers through the insanity of the OWSLA stage and TomorrowWorld as a whole, while also featuring exclusive interviews with the label’s performing artists, and more.
Tickets for TomorrowWorld 2015 are on sale here.
Disclosure release statement on stolen lyrics allegation
Following this week’s news that Disclosure were being sued over “stolen lyrics”, the Lawrence brothers have released a statement about the affair.
Songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher alleges that a notebook of lyrics was stolen in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend Sean Sawyers, who then sold her songs to his music industry contacts. She’s claming more than £200,000 in damages over four songs – Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ featuring Sam Smith, ‘You And Me’ featuring Eliza Doolittle, and ‘White Noise’ featuring Aluna Francis of Alunageorge, as well as her own group’s hit ‘Attracting Flies’.
All the lyrics were allegedly inspired by Sopher’s five-year relationship with Sawyers, including references in ‘White Noise’ to domestic violence that left her “black and blue”. The songwriter says her ex-boyfriend was “jealous and possessive and… believed she was cheating on him, which made him violent and reluctant to allow [her] to speak to other men,” according to legal documents seen by the Mail on Sunday.
Disclosure’s statement claims that “every we put our names to has been written by us”, and when they do collaborate – such as with featured artists and songwriter Jimmy Napes, “we always make sure everyone gets proper credit”. They conclude by statijng that the allegations are “completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up.”
In brighter news for Disclosure fans, their second album is “coming along nicely”.
Here’s their statement in full:
Just wanted to post a little something for our fans who may have read the blogs in the last couple of days and help clear up some speculation that has been circulating, to do with whether or not we wrote the lyrics to some of our songs.
Firstly we want to make it very clear that every Disclosure song we have put our names to has been written by us. We sometimes write lyrics and melodies along-side whoever the featured singer may be (i.e. Sam, Eliza etc) and the great Mr. Jimmy Napes, but that is it. When we do, we always make sure everyone gets proper credit. We take great pride in our self sufficiency, our work and the way we work, and it’s incredibly frustrating when someone tries to take that away from us, by claiming we stole even one word or one note of our music from anyone.
We’d much rather be working on more music than commenting on these type of things, but it felt like we had no choice…
So, just to be clear, all allegations made against us to do with this subject are completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up. We didn’t get into this industry to steal other people’s ideas and we haven’t – we are musicians, artists and producers.
In better news… Album 2 is niiiiicely underway!
Envision Festival – Costa Rica hits Los Angeles for Pre-Party with Kaminanda, Imagika Om & Nicefingers on Wednesday, 1/28
The journey to Costa Rica begins at Envision Festival’s Official Los Angeles Pre-party at Luminous Movement featuring the vibey sounds of KAMINANDA, Imagika Om, and NiceFingers on January 28, 2015 Zanzibar in Santa Monica.
This weekly community gathering is intended to activate the human potential of who and what you truly are! In addition to featuring revered festival DJs and musicians, it offers live painting, vendors, crested butte massage zone, and kombucha at the bar.
For tickets and more info on Envision Festival, visit here.