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Listen to Arcade Fire’s new tracks

Posted in News, Stream, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 23 May, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

With the release of their album of the year ‘s special edition comes two new track from Arcade Fire. Rejoice!

The Suburbs, which has catapulted the band into mainstream adoration to the same level of their cult following, will be released with the bumper extras on June 27th. The two new tracks are called ‘Culture War’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ (which features David Byrne), and you can stream them below.

They fit in very with the rest of the album. I only have one issue with them. Hearing these songs after listening to such an obvious and conclusive closing track in ‘The Suburbs (continued)’ will be quite strange and anti-climactic. But it is always good to hear new stuff from such a great band.

In addition to the tracks, the short film made with Spike Jonse is in the new cut, along with a documentary, photos, lyrics and a music video of ‘The Suburbs’.

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Fleet Foxes hand out ‘Grown Ocean’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 4 May, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

To celebrate yesterday’s release of Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes have made the album’s closer ‘Grown Ocean’ available for free online.

This is a gesture of large generosity, considering the unbelievable quality of this song. To release the stand-out track on an already fantastic album is pretty good of them.

But we already known where Robin Pecknold stands when it comes to music’s value, thanks to NME’s very insightful article last month. Nahhhhtt.

So, if, for some crazy reason, you have ignored this album, give ‘Grown Ocean’ a listen, and you’ll beg for more. Amazon will be happy to oblige, though Pecknold would try to talk you out of paying for it.

Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean

Digitalism new album out in June

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 March, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

With all the folk releases that have dominated so far this year, electronic music is hitting back. Electro Big Dogs Justice announced their comeback last week with Civilization, and now Digitalism have gone one further.

Yes, the German dance bezzlers have announced a new album, called I Love You Dude, on June 20th, announcing it on their Facebook page, along with this message:

HELLO WORLD, HELLO UNIVERSE, HELLO EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE! Today is the day. Today Digitalism tells what you were asking for!
YES, our new album is on its way to you! YES, the 20th of June is the date! YES, this is our albums artwork! AND YES, THE COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW!

This comes quite a long time after the announcement of an EP way back in November, but now the real deal is coming out. the acts who took 2007 by storm are coming out of the woodwork now…

No news of any actual tracks, but remind yourself of one of their greats from the debut:



Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition Longlist announced

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 7 March, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Glastonbury organisers today announced the 123 bands who have made it to the next round of judging for their Emerging Talent Competition.

This comes just days after announcing a further 14 awesome artists to their bill, including Fleet Foxes, Chemical Brothers, Big Boi and Crystal Castles.

To win this competition and rub shoulders with giants like those acts is a great achievement. Being one of the preliminary judges for the competition, Hotcakes can safely say there is a great deal of very exciting potential in this list and it will be very interesting to see which eight bands make it through to the final rounds, once the list is further reduced by the Glasto organisers.

It has been a real honour to have a hand in judging for the best festival in the world! Here are just a few artists that really stood out to us personally.

Brave Little Note is a great chilled electronic artist with a fantastic lead vocalist. ‘Our Romantic Horticulture’ is a well put together track which combines a slow looping drum beat with violins and guitars to great effect.

Soundproof are a rock/indie band from Dublin who are masterful at a catchy tune that would not sound out of place opening the Pyramid Stage. They remind me a lot of the Subways. Head over to their site to take a listen.

Keep a look out for the final 8 later in the week.

 

The Muppets ‘dance thmselves clean’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 25 February, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

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This is one of the best fan made videos I have seen for a long time. Yes, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy sounds like Kermit the frog, it’s a well known fact, as we have seen in this video of ‘New York I love you, but you’re bringing me down’.

But it doesn’t get old, and now a group from Brighton have made one to 2010’s track of the year, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’. Have a look below, and wait for the inevitable mental bit around the 3 minute mark.

Seeing this is really making it hit home that LCD Soundsystem are breaking up. Sad times.

New TV on the Radio: Will Do

Posted in News, Stream, Uncategorized with tags , , on 23 February, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

New stuff from TV on the Radio tonight, accompanied by the announcement that their new album Nine Times of Light is out on April 12th.

The new track aired on US radio and is called ‘Will Do’. It has a very refined sound to it, particularly in the drum beat. It carries on from where Dear Science left off, with a sound that seems to move further and further away from the Return to Cookie Mountain’s style and more towards that of Dave Sitek’s Maximum Balloon.

It’s sounding more and more processed. They used to be masterful at creating wall-of-sound, guitar-thrashing, breath-taking songs. This is a very interesting song, it is difficult to work out what direction they are heading in.

TV on the Radio – Will Do

Stream Lykke Li’s ‘Wounded Rhymes’ now

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 22 February, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Lykke Li’s brilliant second album is now available to stream below or on Hype Machine. Give this one a listen, it is going to be a real sticker throughout the year. On first listen, I may have already proven The Hotcakes Pre-emptive 2011 Top 10 wrong.

The album has been hyped like nobody’s business, so judgement is bound to be slightly clouded during this early spell, but there is no denying the intrigue of this album, which has reminiscent qualities of the likes of Yeasayer, Little Dragon and Santigold.  Continue reading

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