Playboi Carti decided that Christmas Day was the day to give all of his fans a present rather than his own son Onyx as he released his latest album, Whole Lotta Red just as Santa was making his rounds. The rapper, from Atlanta, Georgia, split up from his equally famous Australian partner, Iggy Azalea earlier this year but has previously been reported as having a good relationship with the rapper and model, with Azalea also saying their son "Onyx is so loved by his dad". Seems like Carti may have got his priorities somewhat muddled on this occasion, especially when you consider how much of a gift Whole Lotta Red actually is, and read Iggy's subsequent comments on the matter.
Playboi Carti: 'Whole Lotta Red'.
Playboi's eagerly anticipated new album, his follow up to 2018's Die Lit, had been beset by ongoing problems ahead of it's release, not least of which have been the numerous leaked tracks. The album that he has eventually released has no doubt been affected by this as he tries to push his own boundaries. Carti has long since been considered quite experimental but on Whole Lotta Red he has gone further and darker than ever before in defining his sound.
Continue reading: Playboi Carti - Whole Lotta Red Album Review
It's time for our monthly round-up...
It's been an epic month for all genres, with some of our favourite artists at the top of their game. We're ending the Summer with some absolute masterpieces, and the Fall is looking just as exciting...
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
The American indie musicians have launched a new streaming platform named after their PEOPLE festival.
American indie musicians Justin Vernon and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner have teamed up to launch a brand new streaming service named PEOPLE, an offshoot of the pair’s established PEOPLE festival.
The USP behind the idea is that PEOPLE will be an open streaming service for artists to post one-off ideas, ranging from demos and song sketches to collaborations.
The beta version of the streaming platform was launched on June 6th and is available now, containing music from The National, Bon Iver (Justin Vernon’s band), Phoebe Bridgers, Lisa Hannigan and a new four-track EP from Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Big Red Machine project. The full version of the platform is being launched in August.
He's not thrilled with the 2018 verdict.
Bon Iver has caused quite the stir on social media this week by voicing his disappointment that Bruno Mars was the big winner at the 2018 Grammy Awards. He has nothing against the singer, but he certainly seems to wish for more musical diversity during the awards season.
Bon Iver performing live
Bon Iver, whose real name is Justin Vernon, won two awards in 2012 for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist, and last year he was nominated for his album '22, A Million'. Naturally, he hadn't released anything for the running this year, but that didn't stop him having an opinion on those who did win.
Continue reading: Bon Iver Speaks His Truth On This Year's Highly Criticised Grammys
They'll continue their tour run in the South this fall.
Bon Iver are set to embark on a series of Southern US dates this Fall, promoting their last album '22, A Million' which will be one year old next month. They announced the exciting news via social media this week as they prepare for their European stopover.
Bon Iver performing live
The new dates begin with a double night booking at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 29th and 30th, and will also take them to Louisville, Charlottesville, Asheville, Charlotte, Birmingham and Atlanta and Charleston, coming to a close at the Durham Performing Arts Center in North Carolina on November 13th 2017.
Continue reading: Bon Iver Announce Dates For Their Southeast US Tour
The band have cancelled their dates for 'personal reasons'.
For those planning to catch Bon Iver on tour in the UK and Europe over January and February, you're out of luck because the band have just axed 21 dates. It's unknown what has caused this sudden cancellation, though they have cited 'personal reasons'.
Bon Iver won't be rescheduling their cancelled dates
Tickets for the dates between January 22nd and February 20th will be refunded and no dates will be rescheduled in the near future. Plus, frontman Justin Vernon has also been forced to cancel his appearance on Chris Thile's radio show 'A Prairie Home Companion' next week.
Continue reading: Bon Iver Apologise After Pulling Out Of Upcoming European Tour
2016 has been overshadowed by bad news, both politically and for the music industry itself.
Yet the shifting social landscape and loss of musical icons doesn't seem to have galvanised any one artistic movement in response, surely that's on the horizon for 2017. But while this annus horribilis may not be remembered for a particular genre or artist capturing the cultural zeitgeist, it did reinforce the simple point that the concept of an album is not dead yet. From Bowie and Cohen quite brilliantly using the format as a last will and testament, Beyonce's lavish visual album for Lemonade, to Kanye and Frank Ocean bypassing some methods of traditional distribution, it's clear that the digital age of single song downloads hasn't killed the album as an artistic statement. Vinyl has helped to massively bolster sales of physical products too, emphasising the artistic merits of the album beyond simply the music on the record.
With that in mind, many well-established artists delivered records vying for position with their best work. Bands such as Weezer, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, and Against Me! may not be making many end of year top ten lists, but their output in 2016 has been impressively solid. Even Metallica returned with a record that lived up to its hype. Elsewhere other artists produced records that at an earlier point in the year would certainly have made my list; Ray LaMontagne, Brian Fallon, Iggy Pop, Shearwater, Wye Oak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Mould, PJ Harvey, Joseph Arthur, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, all comfortably fit into that category. Of particular note was the album, which kept appearing on my list and then just falling frustratingly into a lower position. Underworld's Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future is a glorious album. It's two men at a very different point in their lives using the music of their youth to paint a portrait of life post 50, and the result is uplifting and hopeful in a way that many other albums weren't this year. I'm delighted that Underworld has picked up a Grammy nomination for such a great record.
One final mention before sharing my ten favourite records of 2016 is for Jimmy Broomfield. Performing under the name Heart Of Oak, his debut EP, aptly titled EP 1, was released this year. It's a collection of songs that are deeply personal and wonderfully intimate with their bare bones performances. His song-writing is both clever and witty and if you're looking for some home-grown talent with a promising future you need look no further than Heart Of Oak's website.
Continue reading: Jim Pusey's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were' is one of the most exciting albums of the year and he plans to storm America in early 2015.
If there's any artist you should be excited about this year, it's London-based singer-songwriter Ben Howard, whose brand of seriously immersive indie-folk is capturing the hearts of many on an international scale.
While he was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 for his highly-acclaimed debut album 'Every Kingdom', Ben Howard really made a splash on the music scene in 2013 after winning two BRIT Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Solo Male Artist. He had already been releasing various EPs since he began in 2008, most notably his Island Records debut 'The Burgh Island EP' which entered into the UK Top 40. Now he's here with his eagerly awaited second venture, 'I Forget Where We Were', out on US label Republic Records.
Continue reading: Ben Howard: Your Guide To Modern Folk's Emerging Icon
Coldplay's new album charts Chris Martin's split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Does it have the heartbreak factor to join our five best breakup albums?
Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has been released, to quite a mixed bag of reviews. When just three weeks after the album’s track listing had been announced Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling” we all had a pretty good idea what the tone of the album would be like. With tracks like “Another’s Arms,” “Always in my Head” and “Magic,” it became pretty self-explanatory that "Ghost Stories" was going to be a breakup album.
"Ghost Stories" focuses on the marriage breakup between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
Perhaps he was inspired to call the album “Ghost Stories” as some of these breakup albums have been the some of the most hauntingly heartbreaking albums ever released.
Continue reading: Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time
Coldplay pull a "Beyoncé" and y'know what, it's not bad at all.
Coldplay have suddenly and unexpectedly released a brand new single, 'Midnight,' and accompanying music video which launched on YouTube today. The first signs of an announcement came when the British band wrote the cryptic tweet "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH," seemingly referring to the capital city of Mongolia.
Coldplay Have Pulled A Beyoncé, Releasing New Single 'Midnight' Unexpectedly.
It didn't take fans long to work out how to research time zones to learn when to check Twitter again for more news from the band. Sure enough, a couple of hours afterwards, the band tweeted: "Here is the video for our new song, Midnight. http://youtu.be/BQeMxWjpr-Y " and lo! the people were given 'Midnight,' Coldplay's new single.