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NEW MUSIC: Fight Like Apes, Tracey Thorn, LÁ BAS, itsabrightlight, The History of Colour TV

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New Music is brought to you by Deadly Music! which covers mostly independent indie, alternative, electro pop, post rock and ambient music, with a bit of everything else deadly thrown in for good measure.

Most songs reviewed here are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Fight Like Apes

Fight-Like-ApesDublin-based electro pop punk act Fight Like Apes have announced the release of their eponymous 3rd album.

Due out on May 18th, it would appear that Fight Like Apes have finally embraced the nascent epic pop hooks that they may have backed away from to an extent in the past.

Known for their occasionally snarling take on pop punk, the songs on their latest release retain the rough around the edges approach but add in an element of pure pop that could well – and should by all rights – do the unheard of and find a brand new audience at a late stage in their career while keeping existing fans happy.

The transformation isn’t quite as extreme as that of DIY act We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It!! into Fuzzbox but with songs like “Numbnuts,” “Pretty Keen on Centerfolds” and the verging on glam rock “Carousel,” this is an explosive return for a band that could have gone awry many moons ago.

 

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Tracey Thorn - The Falling

20120926-traceythorn-624x420-1348678021After a fairly quiet couple of years following 2012’s sublime Christmas album Tinsel and Lights – apart from writing award winning books obviously – Tracey Thorn (one half of Everything But The Girl) is making her inimitable presence known once more.

Following on from a rather lovely cover of Kate Bush‘s “Under the Ivy” back in December, Thorn is back with The Falling, a 16-minute soundtrack to accompany British filmmaker Carol Morley’s first full-length feature, which stars Maisie Williams (above).

Thorn explains:

“I’d seen [Morley's] two previous documentary films, The Alcohol Years and Dreams of a Life, and I tweeted about how much I liked them. She saw that and came to a book signing I was doing for Bedsit Disco Queen.”

After Thorn appeared in one of Morley’s dreams, the director reached out immediately. “When I said that I’d never done a film soundtrack before and didn’t really know how to do it, she said, ‘Perfect.'”

Thorn’s goal was to provide music that could have been made by the schoolgirl characters, a creative process unexpectedly brought her back to some of her own early recordings:

“It sounds more like music I made with the Marine Girls or on my first solo album, A Distant Shore. I think that’s because I was deliberately trying to inhabit the mindset of these teenage girls. So it took me back into myself, in a way that I found really enjoyable.”

 

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The OXD Mirror: Beth Ditto & Alan Braxe Give Cerrone's 'Supernature' a Fresh Update and More New Tracks

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

French producer Marc Cerrone needs no introduction and neither does the The Gossip's Beth Ditto. When the latter produced a wild cover of Cerrone's hit track, 'Supernature' alongside The Shoes late last year, music fans applauded the unexpected version.

Fellow French disco maestro Alan Braxe enlists Ditto again to reproduce a version of 'Supernature' that's much closer to the 1978 original, albeit updated for modern times. With Giorgio Moroder and Chic acknowledging '70s disco is back into vogue, it's about time fellow disco powerhouse Cerrone got his due. Braxe's version of 'Supernature' is out on his new compilation, The Best of Cerrone Productions, which released earlier week.

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NEW MUSIC: A Compilation For Marriage Equality, Peter Broderick, PINS, Slow Down Molasses, Nicky William

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New Music is brought to you by Deadly Music! which covers mostly independent indie, alternative, electro pop, post rock and ambient music, with a bit of everything else deadly thrown in for good measure.

Most songs reviewed here are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Compilation: “50 Bands and a Cat For Indiana Equality”

Joyful Noise Recordings has just released 50 Bands and a Cat For Indiana Equality, a compilation of indie / alternative tracks to support LGBT groups in Indiana in their fight against controversial “right to discriminate” laws.

The album includes songs by well-known acts like Balmorhea, Benoit Piollard, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kishi Bashi, of Montreal and Surfer Blood.

Taken from the album is “The Ceiling” by Thee Oh Sees.

You can buy the album in physical and download formats here.

 

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Peter Broderick - Colours of the Night

Peter-broderick-colours-of-the-nightDeadly Music! obsession Peter Broderick drops his latest album Colours of the Night today via Bella Union.

Always to be relied on to do something completely different, the album would appear to be the closest that Broderick has come to pop in a prolific career that has included modern classical piano solos, electronica, folk, installation soundtracks and most everything in between.

Have a look at this quite brilliant live performance of album track “Colours of the Night (Satellite Version)”.

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The OXD Mirror: A Tribute To Chicago House And More New Music

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Robert Owens: 'This Time'

Even though house music is as well known today as mainstream genres like pop, rock, and R&B, it has not always been so commonplace or well-regarded as it is in 2015. Chicago was one of the first hold outs for house music, where this new and evolving music style broke race and sexual orientation barriers in the 80s – bringing people together under this new form of rich, soulful dance music, and eventually spreading all over the world.  

London-based record label Midnight Riot, known for their compilations of original disco and house tracks along with classics and B-sides, have put together a really great album that pays tribute to Ron Hardy, the Music Box, and the formative years of Chicago House. The album mixes vintage material with tribute tracks from current artists and Chicago legends, like vocalist Robert Owens. Owens is Chicago House royalty; one of the few that has reserved his soulful vocal talents for dance music. ‘This Time’ is his excellent contribution to this Chicago-centric compilation, which features many queer artists like Owens himself, and the likes of The Cucarachas, The Carry Nation, Severino, Alinka & Shuan J Wright, and The Black Madonna.  

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NEW MUSIC: Gillian, Damien Rice, Hey Elbow, Skyline Advantage, New Ambient Music

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New Music is brought to you by Deadly Music! which covers mostly independent indie, alternative, electro pop, post rock and ambient music, with a bit of everything else deadly thrown in for good measure.

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Gillian - “Colorize”

Gillian-ColorizeNew York-based Gillian have announced the release of their new single “Colorize” from a forthcoming EP of the same name.

“Colorize” is more on the pop side of indie and all the better for that, a high octane, female-fronted summer pop song that tones the bouncy down at the three minute mark where you might expect it to end, segueing into a proper old indie rock out.

Over five minutes, it’s really two songs on a theme. If that’s an attempt to please pop kids and the hipster crowd at the same time that’s all well and good but I suspect more likely Gillian are brave and talented enough to test the limits and try something new with a tried and tested format.

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Other Voices - Damien Rice Live

Other Voices (#OtherVoices)is Ireland's premiere showcase for the best in local and international music, consistently featuring standout performances from the 200-year-old St. James Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry as well as other venues around the area, co-presented by Aidan Gillen.

Artists appearing in the current series include Jessie Ware, Young Fathers and Hozier.

From episode one is Damien Rice (above) performing "I Don't Want To Change You" taken from latest album My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

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The OXD Mirror: Getting Deeper Into House with Severino, Fort Romeau and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Vanessa Daou: 'Love Is War (Severino & Terry Farley Dub Is War Mix)'

Vanessa Daou’s 1996 single 'Two To Tango' became a 90’s club staple after getting a popular rework by New York legend Danny Tenaglia. Nearly 20 years later, one of Horse Meat Disco’s prolific producers/DJs, Severino Panzetta, alongside Terry Farley of Roach Motel, have given her 2013 'Love is War' track their special touch to make yet another one of her soft spoken-word driven recordings into a hip-moving anthem. The simple, single note keys combined with an addictive bass line are the perfect instrumentals for Vanessa’s vocal work, making it a sure hit for late night crowds. 

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