ROM Latest Releases – 17/02/2014

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01. Hunting My Dress (Undressed) Feat Sam Beam by Jesca Hoop (taken from the album ‘Undress’ out now via Last Laugh)
02. All That I Can See Is A Gun by Hatcham Social (taken from the album ‘Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future’ out now via O Genesis)
03. Holding On Feat. Vanity Jay (NYC Mix ) by James Fox (taken from the album ‘Future Diso vol. 7 – ’til the Lights Come Up)
04. Species by Jesse Rose (taken from the album ‘The Whole Twelve Inches’ out now via Play It Down)

Watch: Kevin Drew – Good Sex [NSFW]

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Kevin Drew – Good Sex from Arts & Crafts on Vimeo.

As a sexy Valentine’s Day treat, Kevin Drew – co-founder, songwriter and frontman of Broken Social Scene – has just released a steamy and admittedly NSFW video for new single ‘Good Sex,’ the first track off of his upcoming solo album entitled Darlings (out March 24th via City Slang).

Drew piqued our interest at the end of 2013 when he posted the news of a casting call for real couples ready to engage in “passionate and intimate sexual moments” while in “various states of undress” on-camera. Couples came out to participate and the final product, directed by Samir Rehem and produced by LaRue Entertainment, is above.

Darlings shows Drew growing from his role in indie vanguard Broken Social Scene to create a breakthrough statement of personal artistry. Darlings is also his first solo album that is truly, to put it bluntly, solo. If Drew’s 2007 effort Spirit If… was his inaugural step beyond the decade-long shadow of his former band, Darlings spotlights Drew with seven years more experience and maturity. Darlings reveals a more focused and refined sound; more honest, revelatory songwriting, with Drew’s craft concentrated on lyrical and emotional connections, less so than guitar pedals and studio jams.

This isn’t to say these aren’t classic Kevin Drew songs. His unorthodox lyrical explorations of family, hope and disappointment, skin and spit, intercourse, cultural infection and the death of communication, figure clearer than ever into the hallmark of his infectious melodic phrasing. Darlings is a fist-pumping fight for the euphoria of the after-party and the crush of pre-dawn passions. It’s a best friend’s zealous pep talk to not give up, and bring youth back into the fresh focus of life. On Darlings, Kevin Drew casts reflective inspiration forward into the brightness of the future with a soundtrack to kick everything into high gear.

Darlings features longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene) along with Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills). Darlings was co-produced by Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Graham Lessard.

Watch: The Notwist – Kong

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We are thrilled to share the official video for “Kong,” the lead single from The Notwist’s stunning new album Close To The Glass. The animated visual, directed by Yu Sato and featuring illustrations from Tim Divall, tells the true story of a young boy and his family trapped in their home by a flood, dreaming of being saved by a superhero as the water rose around them.

As previously announced, the band will be touring Europe in support of ‘Close To The Glass’. The tour begins 24th February in Wiesbaden at tje Schlachthof ends on 28th at Amsterdam’s Melkweg, including sold-out shows at Berlin’s Heimathafen, La Maroquinerie in Paris and St. Gallen Open Air festival – all tour dates below.

The Notwist’s ‘Close To The Glass’ will be available this 24th February on CD / 2LP / Digital via City Slang. The album will also be available in the following territories: in Japan from Afterhours on February 12th; in Australia via Spunk on February 21st; and in North America via Sub Pop on February 25th. ‘Close To The Glass’ features “Kong” and the title track, along with highlights “Run Run Run,” and “Casino.”

Fans who pre-order ‘Close To The Glass’ via iTunes will receive the album’s title track and “Kong” immediately. Both singles can be purchased individually as well.

European Tourdates:

Feb. 24 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof
Feb. 25 – Bielefeld, DE – Forum
Feb. 26 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 10 – Stuttgart, DE – Wagenhallen
Mar. 11 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
Mar. 12 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Mar. 13 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 14 – Lille, FR – Le Grand Mix
Mar. 15 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
Mar. 16 – Glasgow, UK – Mono
Mar. 17 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Mar. 18 – London, UK – Village Underground
Mar. 19 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Mar. 20 – Cologne, DE – E-Werk
Apr. 05 – Milano,
IT – Magnolia
Apr. 06 – Foligno, IT
- Serendipity
Apr. 07 – Roma,
- Auditorium Parco della Musica
Apr. 08 – Bologna, IT
- Estragon
Apr. 09 – Padova, DE
Apr. 10 – Ljubijana, SK – TBA
Apr. 11 – Zagreb, HR – Mochvara
Apr. 12 – Linz, AT – Posthof
Apr. 13 – Munich, DE – Circus Krone
May 26 – Berlin, DE – C-Club

May 27 – Hamburg, DE -
May 28 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
Jun. 28 – 
St.Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen 
July 19 -
Gräfenhainichen, DE – Melt! Festival

North American Tourdates:

Jun. 09 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Jun. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Jun. 11 – Montreal, QE – Société Des Arts Technologiques
Jun. 12 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Jun. 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge @ House of Blues
Jun. 14 – San Francsico, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Jun. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
Jul. 04-06 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

ROM Latest Releases – 10/02/2014

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01. I Dream You by Vincent Floyd (taken from the album ‘Dance Mania Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997′ out now via Strut)
02. Shangri La by James Tillman (taken from the album ‘ presents: On Deck 2′ out now via BBE)
03. Landlocked by Fanfarlo (taken from the album ‘Let’s Go Extinct’ out now via New World Records)

ROM Latest Releases – 03/02/2014

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01. Wonderland by CEO (taken from the album ‘Wonderland’ out now via Modular)
02. I Go Boom – Rashad Remix by Addison Groove (taken from the album ’50WEAPONSRMX01-09′ out now via 50 Weapons’
03. Conchord (Oliver Remix) by Boys Noize (taken from the album ‘Out Of The Black The Remixes’
04. Forever by Angela Blesset (taken from the album ‘Recovery’ out now via BBE)

Wye Oak announce new album and tour dates

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We are thrilled to announce that Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) will release their fourth full-length studio album this 28th April on City Slang! Fans can pre-order the album starting today, via iTunes as well as through the City Slang webshop – ‘Shriek’ will be available on both CD and LP, including a limited run on orange vinyl. Yesterday, BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne unveiled the first track “The Tower” on her show, and today the band have made the song available to listen to and share via Soundcloud and YouTube.

Following extensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 release ‘Civilian’, Wye Oak members Jenn and Andy found themselves apart for the first time. Andy had recently moved to the west coast, leaving their hometown of Baltimore. Simultaneously but separately, the two began exploring new ways of writing. Jenn, having picked up the bass did not begin with her typical guitar and likewise Andy began to explore different ways of layering keyboards. The freedom of these new methods allowed for a new found emotional immediacy and in spite of, or perhaps because of the distance, Wye Oak have recorded their most personal album yet. ‘Shriek’ was a co-production between Wye Oak and Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Vernhes also engineered and mixed the album. His inventive production work complimented the band’s new direction, helping them to create their immensely layered and emotive new sound.

Wye Oak will be on tour throughout the spring beginning 3 March and including stops at both Coachella and SXSW. Other highlights include a sold out show at The Lexington in London, the M4M Music Festival in Zurich and Webster Hall in New York City on 7 May. All confirmed dates are below – more to follow!

Wye Oak Tourdates

20.03. London UK – Lexington (Sold Out)
21.03. Brussels BE – Botanique
22.03. Amsterdam NL – MC Theatre
25.03. Berlin DE – Privatclub
28.03. Zurich CH – M4Music Festival
29.03. Istanbul TR – IKSV

Latest Releases – 27/01/2014

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01. Love My Eyes – Breakaway (taken from the album ‘Breakaway’ out now via Bbe)
02. Forgive and Forget – You Me At Six (taken from the album ‘Cavalier Youth’ out now via BMG)
03. Requiem – Tenwalls (taken from the album ‘bpm001 mixed by Art Department’ out now via No. 19 Music)
04. Therapy – Moderat (taken from the album ‘Moderat II’ out now via Monkeytown Records)
05. The End – Change (taken from the album ‘Elaste vol. 4 Meta Disco and Proto House’ out now via Compost)

Listen: The Notwist – Kong (+ tour dates)

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City Slang is excited to present the premiere of “Kong”, the irresistably upbeat first single from The Notwist’s much anticipated forthcoming album ‘Close To The Glass’, coming February 24th. The track, driven by its beat and anthemic guitar chords, is The Notwist’s homage to 90’s indie-pop. The lyrics tell the true story of a young Markus and his family trapped in their home by a flood, dreaming as hard as he could about being saved by superheroes as the water rose around them. The eponymous Kong is, according to Markus, “a mixture of King Kong and Superman”, swooping in to rescue the desperate young boy and his family from disaster.

‘Close to the Glass’ is available for pre-order now, and fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes will receive the album’s title track and “Kong” immediately!

The Notwist will soon be taking ‘Close To The Glass’ on the road in Europe, beginning with two Austrian shows this weekend: January 24th in Innsbruck and January 25th in Vienna at FM4 Geburtstagsfest. The band will resume performances on February 24th in Wiesbaden, DE at Schlachthof, with a series of tour dates that currently end May 28th in Amsterdam, NL at Melkweg. There will also be a North American tour announcement shortly. Please find a full list of tour dates below.

More about The Notwist:
The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on inside you.

Their latest full length ‘Close To The Glass’ is yet another courageous leap into the sky of songs. It is a catchy and unpredictable marriage of playing your heart out on an instrument and the magnetic pulse of precise programming. While the band always creates music ripe with authenticity and mood, we find them now defining their edges with no shortage of bravery or beat. As romantic as it is robotic, ‘Close To The Glass’ is a bottomless collage; part pop song, part science, part band, part story telling and all Notwist. The sturdy glue between the layers of ‘Close To The Glass’ is their newfound synergy as a band, no longer co-writing parts, Markus Micha and Martin have finally found their human form and in some ways, at last, have ‘become’ the Notwist. Along side Max and Andi, they write, re-write, and record songs as one, tapping into the energy they possess on stage, and naturally arriving at the band all their exploratory recorded music had cut out for them.

‘Close To The Glass’ Tracklisting
1. Signals
2. ‘Close To The Glass’
3. Kong
4. Into Another Tune
5. Casino
6. From One Wrong Place To The Next
7. 7-Hour-Drive
8. The Fifth Quarter Of The Globe
9. Run Run Run
10. Steppin’ In
11. Lineri
12. They Follow Me


24.01. Innsbruck AT – Weekender Club
25.01. Vienna AT – FM 4
24.02. Wiesbaden DE – Schlachthof
25.02. Bielefeld DE – Forum
26.02. Berlin DE – Heimathafen (Sold Out)
10.03. Stuttgart DE – Wagenhallen
11.03. Lyon FR – Epicerie Moderne
12.03. Nantes FR – Sterelux
13.03. Paris FR – La Maroquinerie
14.03. Lille FR – Le Grand Mix
15.03. Manchester UK – The Deaf Institute
16.03. Glasgow UK – Mono
17.03. Bristol UK – The Fleece
18.03. London UK – Village Underground
19.03. Brussels BE – Botanique
20.03. Cologne DE – E-Werk
05.04. Milano IT – Magnolia
06.04. Foligno IT – Serendipity Club
07.04. Rome IT – Auditorium Parco Della Musica
08.04. Bologna IT – Estragon
09.04. Padova IT – Radar Festival
10.04. Ljublijana, SL – Channel Zero
11.04. Zagreb HR – Mochvara
12.04. Linz AT – Posthof
13.04. Munich DE – Circus Krone
26.05. Berlin DE – C-Club
27.05. Hamburg DE – Laeiszhalle
28.05. Amsterdam NL – Melkweg
28.06. St. Gallen CH – Open Air St. Gallen

Watch: EMA – Satellites

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The first video from EMA’s new album “The Future’s Void”.

Shot and Directed by EMA and Leif Shackelford

Edited by: Will Rahilly

Additional Photography:
Marcus Estes
Judah Switzer
Ghassan Ammar

City Slang is excited to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released throughout Europe by City Slang on April 7 (via Matador in North America April 8). The follow-up to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album looks at the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” music video, see above. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”. This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats.

Pre-order the album on iTunes at this link: and receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette (yes, cassette) on the City Slang Store (LP on limited edition vinyl!)

EMA will be touring, including select performances during SXSW Music.

“The Future’s Void” track listing:

So Blonde
When She Comes
100 Years
Dead Celebrity

Watch: EMA – Satellites

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EMA has unveiled a new track ‘Satellites’, the first new music from the Portland-based artist since the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released to a multitude of acclaim in May 2011.

Taken from her anticipated second album ‘The Future’s Void’, due for release in Spring 2014, ‘Satellites’ hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.

The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”

With ‘Satellites’, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

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New Releases – 09/12/13

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01. Velour by Scntst (taken from the album ‘Self Therapy’ out now via Boys Noize Records)
02. Where’s My Swiss Cat by Cipy (taken from the album ‘M.A.N.D.Y. & DJ T. PRESENT TEN YEARS GET PHYSICAL’ out now via Get Physical)
03. Velvet Aeroplane (Chill Out Vers.) by Schiller (taken from the album ‘Sun (Chill Out Version)’ out now via 7Star Music)
04. Whale (Boohoo) by Dear Reader (taken from the album ‘We Followed Every Sound’ out now via City Slang)
05. Chillwalker by Summerrain (taken from the album ‘Secret Lounge’ out now via 7Star Music)

New Releases – 02/12/2013

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01. Last Forever by Fenech-Soler (taken from the album ‘Rituals’ out now via Beyond Records)
02. Pirates by Unmap (taken from the album ‘Pressures’ out now via Sinnbus)
03. 1988 by Boys Noize (taken from the album ‘A Tribute to Dance Mania’ out now via Boys Noize Records)
04. My Shovel – Cold Crows Dead (taken from the album ‘I Fear a New World’ out now via Raygun)
05. Everything In Focus – Jonathan Snipes & William Hutson (taken from the album ‘Room 237′ out now via Death Waltz Recording Company)