One of the songs of the year, Tove Lo’s ‘Not On Drugs’ now has a video. She’s also unveiled the US release date / artwork and track listing (am a fan of those ‘sections’ ‘The Sex’ ‘The Love’ ‘The Pain’) over on Rollingstone

That there is the first taste (read single) from Kele’s new album. It’s called ‘Doubt’.

Mikky is back, sort of, this is a new song on the internet that’s getting a release in the US (only). Everywhere else will release another song soon to come from his album titled ‘Time’.

The stuff you’re about to hear is incredible.



The album will include collaborations with Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, and Dennis Herring, as well as Ekko’s previous collaborators Clams Casino, Nick Ruth, Justin Parker, Ryan Tedder, and Benny Blanco.
Praised as a “powerhouse vocalist” (The Fader), Mikky Ekko has been described as a “rising secret star among a tiny cadre of multitalented producers, instrumentalists, and singer-songwriters who are blowing up solely from the genre spanning power of their music” (Nylon). Ekko’s “The kind of artist that is able to balance creative production and arrangement with traditionally well-written music.” (Pigeons & Planes)
Following last summer’s release of his track “Kids” and his first US tour - a run of dates supporting Jessie Ware, Mikky released an EP, featuring songs culled from his performance at iTunes Festival in London when he opened for Justin Timberlake in October last year. Additionally, Ekko co-wrote, produced and was featured in Rihanna’s single “Stay” which became one of the biggest hits of 2013, selling over 10 million tracks worldwide peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Pop Songs chart in the U.S., and earning Ekko a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Collaboration. He also delivered a memorable live performance of the song with Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Ekko, a Louisiana native who currently resides in Nashville, co-wrote and is featured on Chris Malinchak’s current single, the disco stormer “Stranger.” Mikky Ekko was recently nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign. Mikky’s music has already been licensed in True Blood, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, and more. Additionally, Mikky is working on several projects with various artists including Zedd, Gwen Stefani, Giorgio Moroder, Rihanna, and others.

Mikky is back, sort of, this is a new song on the internet that’s getting a release in the US (only). Everywhere else will release another song soon to come from his album titled ‘Time’.

The stuff you’re about to hear is incredible.

The album will include collaborations with Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, and Dennis Herring, as well as Ekko’s previous collaborators Clams Casino, Nick Ruth, Justin Parker, Ryan Tedder, and Benny Blanco.

Praised as a “powerhouse vocalist” (The Fader), Mikky Ekko has been described as a “rising secret star among a tiny cadre of multitalented producers, instrumentalists, and singer-songwriters who are blowing up solely from the genre spanning power of their music” (Nylon). Ekko’s “The kind of artist that is able to balance creative production and arrangement with traditionally well-written music.” (Pigeons & Planes)

Following last summer’s release of his track “Kids” and his first US tour - a run of dates supporting Jessie Ware, Mikky released an EP, featuring songs culled from his performance at iTunes Festival in London when he opened for Justin Timberlake in October last year. Additionally, Ekko co-wrote, produced and was featured in Rihanna’s single “Stay” which became one of the biggest hits of 2013, selling over 10 million tracks worldwide peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Pop Songs chart in the U.S., and earning Ekko a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Collaboration. He also delivered a memorable live performance of the song with Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Ekko, a Louisiana native who currently resides in Nashville, co-wrote and is featured on Chris Malinchak’s current single, the disco stormer “Stranger.” Mikky Ekko was recently nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign. Mikky’s music has already been licensed in True Blood, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, and more. Additionally, Mikky is working on several projects with various artists including Zedd, Gwen Stefani, Giorgio Moroder, Rihanna, and others.

Manics cover the NME again this week - 20th Anniversary of one of the most seminal, the Holy Bible (via print team)

Manics cover the NME again this week - 20th Anniversary of one of the most seminal, the Holy Bible (via print team)

New Monday, new Manic Street Preachers video. Directed by Kieran Evans it’s the title track from their incredibly well received album ‘Futurology’. They’re on the cover of the NME this week again too.

We debuted this ridiculous remix of Slam Dunk’d gottabemassivesurely ‘No Price’ on UKF

We debuted this ridiculous remix of Slam Dunk’d gottabemassivesurely ‘No Price’ on UKF

Mikky Ekko remixes Little Dragon

Something of a ‘why didnt this happen sooner situation’, Mikky steps out with what i think is his first remix for non other than the majestic Little Dragon.

There is definitely more Mikky music coming and it’s sounding little less than astounding.

Really great piece worth reading on vinyl over on Pitchfork. Key points below:

1. “Every time I see a headline about Jack White’s latest gimmick, it’s kind of maddening,” one indie-label employee who declined to be named tells me. “While he’s making records ‘in one day,’ normal customers can go weeks not knowing the status of their orders.”
2. The cycle seems to have gone something like this: Twenty years ago, diehard vinyl fans were still buying LPs and saying, “The kids don’t get it.” Then, about five years ago, the younger generation started buying vinyl, and their parents were flummoxed. Now, millennials and boomers are all together in the same stores buying LPs. 
3. More and more people are buying vinyl; sales hit a record 6.1 million units in the U.S. last year. But as demand increases, the number of American pressing plants remains relatively fixed. No one is building new presses because, by all accounts, it would be prohibitively expensive. (not sure what the UK / European amount is)
4. You used to be able to turn over a record in four weeks,” says John Beeler, project manager at Asthmatic Kitty, the label home of Sufjan Stevens. “But I’m now telling my artists that we need at least three months from the time they turn it in to the time we get it back.” 
5. Recently, London-based ICM Research found that “15 percent of those who buy physical music formats such as CDs, vinyl records, and cassettes never listen to them—they buy them purely to own.”

Really great piece worth reading on vinyl over on Pitchfork. Key points below:

1. “Every time I see a headline about Jack White’s latest gimmick, it’s kind of maddening,” one indie-label employee who declined to be named tells me. “While he’s making records ‘in one day,’ normal customers can go weeks not knowing the status of their orders.”
2. The cycle seems to have gone something like this: Twenty years ago, diehard vinyl fans were still buying LPs and saying, “The kids don’t get it.” Then, about five years ago, the younger generation started buying vinyl, and their parents were flummoxed. Now, millennials and boomers are all together in the same stores buying LPs.
3. More and more people are buying vinyl; sales hit a record 6.1 million units in the U.S. last year. But as demand increases, the number of American pressing plants remains relatively fixed. No one is building new presses because, by all accounts, it would be prohibitively expensive. (not sure what the UK / European amount is)
4. You used to be able to turn over a record in four weeks,” says John Beeler, project manager at Asthmatic Kitty, the label home of Sufjan Stevens. “But I’m now telling my artists that we need at least three months from the time they turn it in to the time we get it back.”
5. Recently, London-based ICM Research found that “15 percent of those who buy physical music formats such as CDs, vinyl records, and cassettes never listen to them—they buy them purely to own.”

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