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Fontaines D.C. announces new album ‘A Hero’s Death’ and release new single.

The Irish troubadours come good on a debut album that offers both a storyteller’s narrative voice and a snarling new vision of youthful disillusionment. ‘Dogrel’ proves that early-days pinning as punk’s next great hope was perhaps premature – there’s far more to Fontaines D.C. than your typical thrashed-out, pissed-off young rebellion. The boys from Dublin are back and fans tuned in to Annie Mac playing their latest self-titled single from the album, ‘A Hero’s Death’ on BBC Radio 1 Show. The single is available to listen to now and you can pre-order the album for the release on 31st July. 

After the release of ‘Dogrel’ on 12th April 2019, the Dublin punks wasted no time heading to Los Angeles in October to inspire themselves for their second album. “We did it all in October. That’s been my real favourite moment of 2019, making the new record,” guitarist Carlos O’Connell revealed in an issue of LongLiveVinyl.

“I don’t know how we’ve found time to do it all, but we have. We’ve made it in LA, as this record is a lot more influenced by The Beach Boys, so we wanted to go to California. These songs are much more considered, in the details of the song arrangements.” 

While the band have previously discussed how ‘Dogrel’ reflects their experiences of growing up in Dublin, they say that the second album sees them addressing the wider world in general. “The new record is very different, both musically and lyrically,” O’Connell explained. 

“It’s strayed a lot from being based in a time and a place. We don’t have that experience anymore, because we aren’t just based in one place and time. There’s a dreamlike atmosphere to the new record, as that’s what this year has felt like.”

“The record feels like a dream that sometimes goes into nightmares and fairy tales. It’s been a very up-and-down year. There’s been no time for any break, so it’s been madness at times, and we’ve felt quite lost. But it’s been magical as well.”

Singer Grian Chatten has described the new single as “a list of rules for the self” as well as “principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread”.

“It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over,” Chatten explains. “There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well.

“The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them.”

‘A Hero’s Death’ tracklist:

01. ‘I Don’t Belong’ 02. ‘Love Is The Main Thing’ 03. ‘Televised Mind’ 04. ‘A Lucid Dream’ 05. ‘You Said’ 06. ‘Oh Such A Spring’ 07. ‘A Hero’s Death’ 08. ‘Living In America’ 09. ‘I Was Not Born’ 10. ‘Sunny’ 11. ‘No’

Pre-order ‘A Hero’s Death’ here:

https://www.fontainesdc.com/

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Melted Magic Mag Episode 7

It’s that time again! The seventh edition of the Melted Magic Mag is here. We’ve recommended some ace shops to visit in Leeds (once you’re allowed, that is! #stayindoors). We rounded up some of Tarantino’s best films with some graphics to go alongside. What happened at London Fashion Week Men’s? We’ve got you covered. Check out some of Sam Cardelfe illustrations with an exclusive interview. Plus more tasty content.


Due to current issues with coronavirus the postal of the hardback copy may take longer than normal. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered, on purchase you’ll receive access to our archive page. There you’ll be able to access a full online copy of the magazine with additional content, pictures and stories to go with the episode.


If you sign up to the mailing list you’ll also get free access to online copies and additional bits and bats for Episodes 1,2 and 3.


Purchase yourself a hardback and virtual copy now!


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How could the coronavirus effect nightlife and small business in the long term?

We think we’re right in saying you’re probably already sick of hearing about the coronavirus. We are too. But it’s no joke and no laughing matter. Millions of people are going to be affected in some way and although this is not ‘the end of the world’ governments around the world have had to take action to protect the health of the people.

Cities around the world have imposed caps on public events, some places banning them altogether. Festivals planned for March and April have been cancelled including California’s Coachella and other massive world festivals.

This halt could have a hugely detrimental effect on nightlife and small business around the world. Many urban underground restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs etc. depend on the monthly income from customers to survive. The small recession caused by the virus could permanently close many popular locations around your city.

But please don’t panic (we’ve already had enough of that), if we pull together there is stuff we can do to try and prevent all the wonderful places from closing.

Obviously, listen to all government guidelines, but if you are fit and well (if you’re feeling under the weather stay at home tucked up in bed) please attend events like normal. Event promoters and everyone involved in running the events are some of the worst affected, this is one of the industries which survives on a month to month income from ticket sales etc. The London club The Cause posted a statement asking those who are financially able to consider not collecting refunds for cancelled gigs. ”The industry is taking a big hit at the moment, please be gentle and thoughtful over this,” the statement reads. “Postponement, rather than refunds is the only logical option for many promoters to survive this. Your £15 ticket refund will likely not affect you, but in mass numbers refunded will kill our scene.”

If you are one of the people affected by the loss of work Techno4Hire are helping people find work to those that need it most. This WordPress site includes lots of helpful tips (including legal advice) for freelances to combat the effect of the loss of work.

Try and use local cafes, bars, restaurants as often as possible in a safe manner. Remember these are peoples livelihoods, the only form of income they have. Big business like Sainsbury’s will survive but a smaller business without a stockpile of money may not. Use your local corner shop, use the local cafe, use the local business that you love to use. When purchasing items think about the venerable, only purchase what you need. Trust us, you don’t need 100 rolls of toilet paper.

If you could sign this petition to force the government to help those in desperate financial need that would be of great help. If possible you can also donate on the world health organisation website.

Most importantly stay safe, stay healthy and look after the people around you. This will pass and we’ll come back better and stronger than ever.

On a lighter note, we hope to see you all in good health at the Old Red Bus Station on the 28th of March for the Melted Sessions #1. Love and respect!

Good times will come again!

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Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom announce new album ‘All Things Being Equal’

The co-founder of Spacemen 3 and record producer Peter Kember has announced a new album under his alias ‘sonic boom’. This will be the first sonic boom album since 1989 spectrum.

All Things Being Equal is out on the 5th of June via Carpark. You can pre-order your copy online or grab the copy from your local record shop. “Just Imagine” the title track is out now, directed by Nuno Jardim watch the video below. If this taster is anything to go then its definitely going to be one to look out for!

Tracklist: 

1.Just Imagine 2.Just a Little Piece Of Me 3.Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper) 4.Spinning Coins and Wishing On Clovers 5.My Echo 6.My Shadow and Me 7.On a Summer’s Day 8.The Way That You Live 9.Tawkin Tekno 10.I Can See Light Bend and I Feel a Change Coming On. 

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Melted Session #1- Meet the lineup

MOONBEAR 

How old are you and where are you from?

20 years old, from Rodley Leeds. 

What do you mix/produce? 

I mainly produce baseline but I also make hip-hop/ grime instrumentals, when I’m mixing its mainly baseline but I enjoy mixing a range of genres including garage, future/ bass house and drum and bass. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

Studying music in high school meant I got to use logic pro x and I knew the basics on how to make a track, so using the knowledge I started making my own music. I didn’t have the luxury of owning my own laptop to produce on, so my first few tracks were made on garage band for iPhone. 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Iv got countless projects that are in progress that I’m pushing myself to get released in the next few months. Going to be testing some of those out at the Melted Sessions 1 so make sure you’re there to hear some exclusives! Also going to be working on my mix series Pick ’n’ Mix as well as some collaborations, stay tuned!

S.I.D 

How old are you and where are you from?

I am from Leeds and I am 19 years old. 

What do you mix/produce?

I mix jungle and jungle DNB. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I first started mixing when I was 16 at house parties when I saw other people control the vibes in the house I wanted in.

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

 I have a new jungle mix coming out at the end of February, watch out. 

PHAZE 

How old are you and where are you from?

20 years old from Leeds 

What do you mix/produce?

DnB (rollers, jump up, neuro) 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

17 years old 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Bloc2Bloc (19/2), a guest mix for OTB (TBA) and a couple more events with ORB (TBA)

Dlln 

How old are you and where are you from?

Originally from a small estate called Gamesley not too far away from Manchester, now living in Leeds. I turn 24 in June. 

What do you mix/produce?

Mostly bass-line/bass and the odd bit of DnB, I enjoy diving into a bit of everything production-wise. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I first got into mixing about 13/14 years old from watching my dad, he brought me up around it and was alway buzzing to do it. I first got into production when I was 16, didn’t really know much to it and iv been self-studying ever since. 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Got a few hidden gems in the work, just working on making sure my production is the quality I want them to be and not just rush them. Hopefully got a few more shows lined up for this year too, I’ll keep you posted. 

NITTY 

How old are you and where are you from?

I’m from Leeds and I’m 21 years old.

What do you mix/produce?

I predominantly produce and mix drum and bass but l have been known to produce bassline, garage and even hip-hop/trap beats.

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I’ve always had a passion and been influenced by music, I started messing around with FL Studio and Traktor around 2014 mixing and producing deep and future house and slowly progressed onto drum and bass.

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

We have the second melted to announce very soon, also a few other bits that can’t be disclosed right now, in regards to music I have just released a garage flip of a Wiley classic which is on my SoundCloud and have a jungle banger currently in the works!