CARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY ANNOUNCE ALBUM THE NEW KING + RELEASE TOUR

Certified maniac Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA, despotic leader Kim Jong-un threatened a nuclear war, and former household hero Bill Cosby was outed as a sexual predator: 2017 was a very dark year.

It was in this dystopian world (with a working title of Dismal Imaginary Place deemed too depressing) that Carnivorous Plant Society’s sophomore album The New King was born, simultaneously aspirational and pragmatically nihilistic. With fables penned by bandleader Finn Scholes and read by his father Jeff, Finn reveals his warped genius in three ways; lyrically, through his rich compositional tactics and with his ear-wrenching instrumental virtuosity. 

To be released on 16 March, The New King brings together the extraordinary talents of five of Auckland’s most talented musicians, with special guests Don McGlashan, Lawrence Arabia & Tiny Ruins.

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Kiwi-born musician Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune, unveils new single ‘Sorceress’

Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune and unveils new single ‘Sorceress’. At only 25, the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. ‘Sorceress’, the first single taken from his forthcoming album, sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. "It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life,” he says.

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Bonobo Announces Bambro Koyo Ganda EP Shares “Bambro Koyo Ganda (Analog Version)” and New Song “Samurai”

Having just completed immensely successful tours in Europe and North America in support of his latest acclaimed record Migration, Bonobo has announced a new 3-song EP, out digitally, featuring an analog version of Migration favorite “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” which heavily features Moroccan by-way- of New York City band Innov Gnawa, and the completely new song “Samurai.” 

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RAC’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM EGO OUT JULY 14 VIA COUNTER RECORDS

Grammy award winning artist RAC (pronounced Ar-Ay-Cee)—known as André Allen Anjos—will release his highly anticipated new album EGO on July 14 via Counter Records. The record follows the release of Anjos’ 2014 album Strangers, which SPIN called, “…an impossibly smooth listen.” With this release, Anjos is re-directing RAC to songwriting which accounts for the record’s intimate but full-lunged tone, as heard on the records’ second single “I Still Wanna Know,” featuring vocals and a guitar solo from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo as well as additional production by Classixx, that debuts today. Listen/share the track here: smarturl.it/RACISWK. Fans can pre-order EGO at smarturl.it/RACEGO.

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!!! (CHK CHK CHK)

New York City dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) recently announced the release of their new album, Shake The Shudder, out May 19th on Warp Records. The album was premiered with the lead track “The One 2”, which was featured on BBC 6Music Radio, KCRW, KEXP and has racked up over 400k streams in the last month. The latest single “Dancing Is The Best Revenge”  elaborates on the dance performance elements of the first video by giving the song to some ladies who could really walk the walk and perform the song in the spirit of reinvention. “Dancing Is The Best Revenge” was premiered today on Beats1 with Zane Lowe and you can stream here : http://smarturl.it/ditbr-stream

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Forest Swords - Album + New track 'Arms Out' + video  out 5 May (UK)

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with his eagerly anticipated new full-length record.

“Compassion", the follow-up to 2013's critically lauded debut “Engravings”, will be released on 5th May 2017 via Ninja Tune. The album will be followed by a set of projects across multiple mediums by Forest Swords’ own Dense Truth, a new experimental studio and record label, including a series of music videos.

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