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SW4 2016 - Preview


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As the last bank holiday weekend of the summer approaches, most passionate electronic aficionados get ready for the influx of world-class disc jockeys that land in London for the two-day festival that is SW4. And for those who lack the erudition of the festival, it is further reason for you to keep on reading.

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Fundamentally bringing some of the biggest acts from Ibiza to Clapham Common for two days may seem like a surreal notion, however, with every year, the festival in SW4 (the post code of the festival) gets more augmented, and this year is no different.

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Creamfields Festival 2015 Live Review


Bringing Ibiza to a field just outside Liverpool, Creamfields was back again, with a plethora of headline disc jockeys, showcasing Creamfields as the powerhouse of UK-electronic festivals. With as many headline acts and big room DJs as Ibiza, the only thing the Daresbury site cannot guarantee is the Mediterranean weather, though after years of being unfortunate to receive bad weather on a biblical scale, it was about time the festival punters fell serendipitously to some great weather. 

Creamfields Festival 2015 Live Review

Everything about the festival now seems augmented, revamped, rejuvenated and seemingly reinvigorated. Both outside stages, the tents, and the brand new 15,000 capacity mega arena seemed to have massively upped the ante, with grade A lighting and theatre to match the quality of the artists orchestrating their crowd below. Whilst stage hopping is very accessible, the frustrating part of Creamfields is down to the embarrassment of riches they portray in the artists they book, which any regular Glastonbury reveller will tell you is the most vexing part of the festival - missing artists you want to see.  

Despite being a three-day festival, Saturday is the main attraction, as tents stay open long into the morning, providing that Ibiza like mentality. From 5pm-4am, the choices were overwhelming and this was the crowds' predicament. Annie Mac or Dannie Howard? Above And Beyond or Armin van Buuren? Chemical Brothers, Avicii or Jooris Voorn? Maya Jane Coles, Laidback Luke or Hot since 82? Alesso, Seth Troxler, Pete Tong or Steve Angello? Knife Party or Gorgon City? The set clashes were inevitable, though the positive outcome to this is that the stages never seem chaotically rammed to the extent of ruining the music and atmosphere, like with the Swedish House Mafia in 2011.

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Creamfields 2015 - Preview


It's that time of the year again. Bank Holiday weekend in August. The time of the summer when Ibiza crash lands just outside Liverpool all because of a three-day weekender. We are of course talking about the UK's most sought after dance festival - Creamfields.

Creamfields 2015 - Preview

With Global Gathering taking a year sabbatical from the festival calendar, Creamfields is now unequivocally the biggest and greatest electronic line up in the isles, boasting huge headline acts over the three-day festival, amalgamating new acts such as David Zowie, all the way through to the veterans like Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyke.

With more festival exclusives than anyone else, whilst impulsively pumping much money into production and expansion, the festival has now firmly cemented itself as the go to premiere electronic-music festival, and will undoubtedly go off with more pyrotechnics and fireworks than a Chinese New Year. 

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Lowlands 2015! We Have Good News And Bad News...


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The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.

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Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.

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The Chemical Brothers Announce New Album With Lead Track 'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted' [Listen]


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The Chemical Brothers are set to return with an all new studio album this Summer, 'Born In The Echoes', featuring eleven tracks of captivating electronica and a host of impressive collaborators. They also unveil the stunning first track 'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted'.

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The electronic pioneers bring back their brand of mind-bending musicianship, five years since the release of their last record 'Further'. While there was no sign of any musical guests on that album, 'Born In The Echoes' changes all that by introducing a host of new and old collaborators. Q-Tip, who last appeared on 2005's 'Push the Button', will feature on track two 'Go', and Ali Love will return for 'EML Ritual'. Meanwhile, they have also taken on board the talents of St. Vincent for 'Under Neon Lights', Cate Le Bon on the title track and Grammy winning Beck on 'Wide Open'.

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Universal Music Publishing Release 'Trap For Cinderella' Soundtrack

Posted on 11 July 2013

Universal Music Publishing Release 'Trap For Cinderella' Soundtrack

Chemical Brothers, Don't Think - Live From Japan Album Review


Earlier this year, The Chemical Brothers became the first artists of their kind to release a four-dimensional movie of a live performance in cinemas only. Recorded last July at the Fuji Rock festival in Niigata, Japan, 'Don't Think' is a visually interactive documentary that captures the essence of The Chemical Brothers live performance in every way possible. Having witnessed the cinematic experience at Nottingham's Showcase in February alongside a smattering of hardcore fans and passers by, its one of those films that demands to be seen, perhaps more importantly, in the right surroundings. Directed by Adam Smith, whose previous credits range from overseeing episodes of Dr Who and Skins to music videos for The Streets as well as providing visuals for The Chemical Brothers first ever gig in 1994, 'Don't Think' is a timeless collection of footage highlighting the euphoric intensity of one of the UK's most consistent live acts these past two decades.

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Chemical Brothers - Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers headlining the Deer Park Stage Friday 5th August 2011 at The Big Chill Herefordshire, England

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Chemical Brothers - Thursday 20th May 2010 at The Roundhouse London, England

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Chemical Brothers and Lily Allen - Ed Simons There has been speculation that Allen has recently rekindled her romance with ex-boyfriend Simons, of The Chemical Brothers, although they have yet to officially comment on their relationship status. London, England - leaving Lily Allen's house to recycle some bottles after spending the last two days there. Thursday 10th July 2008

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Tom Rowlands and Chemical Brothers - Friday 7th March 2008 at Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney, Australia

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Lily Allen and Chemical Brothers Monday 11th February 2008 London, England

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The Chemical Brothers, We Are The Night Album Review


The Chemical Brothers
We Are The Night
Album Review


The Chemical Brothers are as inextricably linked to the 90s as bucket hats, Noel Gallagher's eyebrow and ridiculous affluence, and on the evidence of We Are The Night, they haven't moved on much.'All Rights Reversed' is decidedly dodgy from the rather suspect pun title downwards, even a turn from Klaxons unable to lift it above third-rate emo-dance, whereas the presence of the ubiquitous 'Do It Again' only serves to remind us just how irritating it is, in all its sub-Timbaland glory.

That's not to say the album fails on all counts, 'The Pills Won't Help You Now' is a triumphantly sweet piece of downbeat pop, featuring vocals from Tim Smith of Midlake. Also, 'A Modern Midnight Conversation' is a brilliantly disorientating drone, complete with woozy synths and buzzing sitars.

These moments though, are havens in a desert of half-baked Big Beat and undeveloped ideas. 'Battle Scars' wastes the raw vocal talent of Willy Mason with a dull dirge, elsewhere 'The Salmon Dance' is probably intended to be ironic, but just sounds like an excruciating novelty song.

When an act with so many epochal tracks behind them produces something as underwhelming as We Are The Night, it's a real shame, especially when they make such poor use of stellar guest stars.

Ben Davis

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