Singles Roundup

If (like me) you're unlucky enough to live in the small portion of the UK that isn't basking in high temperatures, you could always listen to our SOTW in the hope of recapturing that summer vibe. It sounds like a certain Welsh songstress has been hanging out in Ibiza. So, who is it? Charlotte Church? Bonnie Tyler? Read on to find out.

Andy Burrows
One time Razorlight, and current We Are Scientists drummer, Andy Burrows sets sail on a solo career with this anaemic and instantly forgettable electro-pop ditty that wouldn’t be out of place on of those dull ‘Best of the 80s’ collections that ignores all the really good music of that decade.

Clock Opera
After being big fans of previous efforts 'Once And For All' and 'Belongings', it's a shame to report that 'Lesson No. 7' is a touch of a disappointment from Clock Opera. Craft-wise, it still pretty much wipes the floor with most tracks out there - just take note of the elegant build up of guitars and synths below the surface - and it peters along nicely enough but, dare we say it, it's almost too straightforward for a band like Clock Opera. Although perhaps that's just our ridiculously high expectations.

Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone and their Psychedelic Friends take a trip to the UK
[b]Elephant Stone and their Psychedelic Friends[/b] are set to make a return to the UK in anticipation of next years new studio album. Find out more about the tour and the band below:

[b]Spindrift[/b] and [b]Brian Jonestown Massacre[/b] collaborating frontman, Rishi Dhir, spent the summer playing sitar for [b]The Black Angels[/b] (who even named a tune after him) and along the way reached the dizzy heights of treading the same boards as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.The last year has seen [b]Elephant Stone[/b] singled out for everything from support roles for Teenage Fanclub to being one of the rare few lucky enough to be brought under the wing of BJM’s Committee To Keep Music Evil.Elephant Stone is the brainchild of bassist/sitarist Rishi Dhir, a founding member of Montreal pop/psyche veterans the High Dials, and sitar player for basically every outlaw psyche band out there (Black Angels, The Earlies, Hopewell, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Soundtrack of Our Lives).In 2009, Elephant Stone released their debut album, [i]The Seven Seas[/i]. Perfectly melding Rishi's obsession with the perfect pop song and the trippiest raga, The Seven Seas was warmly embraced by the global indie-scene and long listed for the coveted 2009 Polaris Music Prize in Canada. 2010 saw the release of [i]The Glass Box EP[/i], a 5-song suite of inspired power-pop/psyche classics, a supporting slot on the Brian Jonestown Massacre's North American tour, and an inaugural tour of Europe with sold-out dates in London and Berlin.UK TourOct. 18 The Lexington London, UK Oct. 19 Sticky Mike's Frog Bar Brighton, UK Oct. 20 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, UK Oct. 21 The Brickyard Carlisle, UK Oct. 22 The Bongo Club Edinburgh, UK Oct. 23 13th Note Cafe Glasgow, UK Oct. 25 Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham, UK Oct. 26 The Kazimier Liverpool, UK Oct. 27 Stereo York, UK Oct. 28 Dulcimer Manchester, UKThe band released a digital single entitled 'Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin' on the 19th September.

The Black Angels collaborator prepares the world for his latest forthcoming album.

Gecko Chamber
Atmospheric, mid-tempo minimal techno. When the bass kicks in, it's heavy. Would sound good on the dancefloor at 3 a.m..

It's always nice when bands at least try to do something a bit different. Let's face it, with most singles you listen once and then never think of them again. 'Meantime' from Louisiana's Givers is a fun frolicking slice of life. An upbeat playful melody surrounds the band's vocal harmonies like a bear hug. The tune takes a stroll through pop to reggae, then back again. A bit meandering but fun all the same.

Roc Marciano, The Alchemist+ Oh No (Gangrene)
Three underground U.S. hip-hop artists collude on this six track EP. Fans of the genre are sure to enjoy the cool, funky production and the deliberately OTT bad language ("I'm hard to hit/ like porcupine pussy").

Supersonic Festival expands its film and workshop programme!
[b]Supersonic Festival[/b] is approaching swiftly, and while known for its exciting range of experimental acts, there's also a lot more to the festival. See below for a run-down of the most recent additions to the film and workshop programme, as well as a range of installations that will be taking place over the weekend of 21st-23rd October.
To make your weekend whole, Supersonic have got an excellent programme of films, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Particularly exciting is the news that [b]Whitehouse/Cut Hands[/b] front man William Bennett will be talking about his new project, his West African musical influences and his music’s inclusion on the [b]Vice Guide to Liberia[/b]. This talk will then be followed with a screening of the Vice film that examines the dark history of the war torn country and the fate of its people today.They will also be screening an exciting selection of film shorts from the exceptional label, Fonal. The Finnish label includes artists [b]Es, Islaja, Lau Nau[/b] and of course [b]Circle[/b], who will be performing at the festival this year.[b]Conny Prantera[/b] is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in London. Through her intricately detailed drawings, she tells us a story of disquieting and disturbed beauty. Here at Supersonic she will be showing a new piece titled Kore Kosmou, a video installation consisting of photomontage and drawings, meticolously put together frame by frame, animated and synced to a series of purposely created audio loops and dronesOther screenings include a package of late night horror, programmed by [b]Psychotronic Cinema[/b]. Responsible for he legendary “All Night Horror Madness” event and the upcoming “All Night Bad Movie Experience” they’ll be bringing ‘Flesh for Frankenstein‘ and ‘Suspiria‘ to the festival as a late night treat.Birmingham experimental artists and producers [b]SOUNDkitchen[/b] will be in residency at the festival, presenting their ‘Cinema for the Ears’. Working in collaboration with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), they promise a concoction of installations and performances in a site-specific immersive sound sculpture. They will also be contributing the sonic element to the Imperfect Cinema performance on Sunday – creating an alternative documentation of the festival.Other fantastic local folk getting involved are the [b]Birmingham Zine Festival[/b]. Celebrating alternative publications for Supersonic 2011, the festival organisers have invited some of their favourite small press publishers to sell their books, comics and zines, along with an exhibition of zine artwork. Continuing the zine celebrations, there will be ascreening of ‘$100 and a t-shirt’, Joe Biel’s documentary exploring the thoughts and experiences of zine-makers in North America. Also a panel, From a to Zine, featuring Alex Zamora, Nic Bullen and Charlie Woolley will discuss the history of zines, their inspirations and how this feeds into modern DIY creativity and publishing.The day line ups look like this:FRIDAY - APPAT/CLOAKS/DRUMCUNT/MIKE WATT/PART CHIMP/SCORN/SCOTCH EGG/SECRET CHIEFS 3/SLABDRAGGER/SATURDAY - AGATHE MAX/ALEXANDER TUCKER/ANTILLES/BACKWARDS/BARDO POND/BERG SANS NIPPLE/ELECTRIC WIZARD/KLAUS KINSKI/KOGUMAZA/LUCKY DRAGONS/MONARCH/MUTE SYNTH/NATHAN BELL/ORTHODOX/PHAROAH OVERLORD/SKULL DEFEKTS/TEETH OF THE SEA/WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM/ZOMBI/SUNDAY - ALVA NOTO/ASTRO/BARN OWL/BYETONE/CIRCLE/CUT HANDS/DRUNK IN HELL/DRUM EYES/ENVY/ETERNAL TAPESTRY/FIRE!/ICONACLASS/JEFR CANTU LEDESMA/MODULATE/ORE/PEKKO KAPPI/SELFLESS/SILVER APPLES/TONY CONRAD/TURBONEGRO/WHITE HILLS/

Psychotronic Cinema and the Birmingham Zine Festival join Turbonegro and Electric Wizard!

The Computers
The latest single from Exeter’s finest is a fun and feisty fusion of modern punk and classic rockabilly that barrels along at 150mph. Short, sharp and supremely entertaining. What more do you need?

The Unkindness Of Ravens
Electronic duo [b]The Unkindness Of Ravens[/b] return with this dark and moody new double A-side single. 'Virus' melds minimal, skittering beats with discordant guitars and Nina Wagner's creepy vocal. 'Viper' is a slightly more rocking prospect with a sturdy bass line and plenty of fuzzy distortion.

Single of the Week

Marina And The Diamonds
TMF fave Marina And The Diamonds is back and while she may now be sporting a blonde wig and a new guise of Electra Heart, the love is still there. 'Radioactive' may not be the inventive, kooky electro pop of her debut but it's still pretty irresistible 80s glam pop with a killer keys-led synth line and chorus that embeds itself into the membrane before the end of the first listen in spite of its conventionalism. If this is only a taster, we can't wait for the main course.

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