Phenomenal: 1. Very remarkable, extraordinary 2. Perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience. Well, I don't know much about either of those two, but the first minute of Form & Control's opening track Following sounds like a dead ringer for ABBA's Lay All Your Love On Me at about half the speed; maybe being phenomenally cool enough to mess with the legendary is the point, except being made in a hipster, New Yoik kinda way.
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Latitude Festival has announced the addition of Lana Del Rey and Ben Howard to their line-up. They will be joining the likes of Paul Weller; Metronomy; Bat For Lashes and Laura Marling at the event, which will take place at Henham Park, Suffolk, from 12 - 15th July.
While Del Rey will be making her debut appearance at the festival, Howard is returning; he last played Latitude in 2011. On his official Facebook page, Howard linked a 'behind the scenes' video he made last year and added: 'stoked to announce that we'll be playing Latitude Festival again this summer!'
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The Phenomenal Handclap Band aren't especially phenomenal, and their music doesn't feature too many handclaps. They aren't even much of band, insofar as that term suggests a unified, hermetically sealed group of like-minded musicians; the sound of their debut album was shaped by the contributions of a multitude of guest-stars, including members of Amy Winehouse's backing band and TV On The Radio. The critical reaction to that record's lazy, aimless disco-funk was so thoroughly lukewarm that it's hard to see the point of this remix album, unless it's an attempt to reinforce the group's already impressive reputation as consummate networkers.
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Review of The Phenomenal Handclap Band's self-titled album released through Tummy Touch Records.
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