On December 16th 2013 chart-topping electronic duo Röyksopp present ‘Running To The Sea’ - their first new single since 2011, which is now set for worldwide release following its no.1 chart success in their native Norway. ‘Running To The Sea’ features stunning vocals by the platinum-selling Norwegian artist Susanne Sundfør, and this epic, sweeping track glistens with moving beauty.
The equally elegant singing on b-side ‘Something In My Heart’ - a melancholy, synth hybrid - is provided by Jamie of cult orchestral pop ensemble The Irrepressibles.
“’Running To The Sea’ and ‘Something In My Heart’ are in essence both expressions of compulsion and its strong, often uncontrollable, persisting pull”, explain the duo. “Dependence is a returning theme in our music", they add.
Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland AKA Brit and Grammy award nominees Röyksopp have produced four massive hit albums, which have reached the top of the charts in several countries, including four consecutive number-ones in Norway. The band have sold over two million records. Plus they gained 3 entries in the Pitchfork list of top 500 tracks from the last decade.
Röyksopp have remixed the likes of Lady Gaga, Depeche Mode, Beck and Kings Of Leon, as well as written music for some of the most exiting female vocalists from Scandinavia, like Robyn, Lykke Li and Karin Dreijer-Andersson (Fever Ray / The Knife).
Last year the duo released their edition of the acclaimed ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation series, which showcased their diverse influences and impeccable taste, with tracks from Tuxedomoon, Vangelis, John Martyn, This Mortal Coil and Popol Vuh, not to mention a spoken word piece by Benedict Cumberbatch of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and Hollywood movie fame.
'Running To The Sea’ will be released on Royksopp's label Dog Triumph, via Wall of Sound and Cooking Vinyl in the UK.
LA based band Linus Young, formed in 2013 and made up of Joseph Walker & Iris Belson, were introduced by Malay (Grammy award winning producer of Frank Ocean’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Channel Orange’) and immediately connected with each other both musically & creatively.
Originally from New Orleans via Jersey the band now reside in LA. Joe met Malay whilst playing guitar on the Frank Ocean tour about 4 years ago and after hearing the tracks he was working on Malay demanded he meet a friend of his; enter the brilliant Iris and thus the birth of Linus Young. They’ve purposely kept things mysterious, dropping the amazingly cinematic video for first single ‘City of Sin’ online in July, their reputation has been steadily building since and preparing the world for their debut album in 2014.
Their influences span far and wide and include Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Mariah Carey, U2 and Jimmy Hendrix and after supporting The 1975 on tour in America recently, Linus Young will be touring the UK and US early 2014.
‘City of Sin’ will be released in the UK on Sunday 2nd March backed with B side ‘Sister’, their debut album will drop summer 2014.
On November 11th The Rifles returned with their new single ‘Minute Mile’ - a punchy, ebullient combination of angular guitars and Shins-style American indie pop, released on Cooking Vinyl. ‘Minute Mile’ precedes the release of their new album ‘None the Wiser’, out on January 20th 2014. With a huge, loyal fanbase and genuine top-class songwriting talent, The Rifles have long outlived many of their original peers. Both the single and album mark yet another raising of the bar from the band with a broadened musical palette and brilliantly crafted rock & roll, plus an added dose of folk, a strong pop sensibility and timeless songs that meld elements of The Kinks, The Byrds and Doves.
‘None The Wiser’ was produced by Dave McCracken (Ian Brown), plus Jamie Ellis and Chris Reece at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios. It was mixed by Steve Harris (Miles Kane) and Mike Crossey (Jake Bugg/1975).
The album was recorded by the newly reformed original line up of Joel Stoker (vocals, guitar), Lucas Crowther (guitar, vocals), Robert Pyne (drums) and Grant Marsh (bass), who will also be touring throughout November. Tickets available at www.therifles.net.
08.11.13 Bristol, Bierkeller 09.11.13 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms 12.11.13 Oxford, Academy 2 13.11.13 Brighton, Concorde 2 14.11.13 Reading, Sub 89 15.11.13 London, The Forum 18.11.13 Birmingham, Institute Library 19.11.13 Sheffield, The Leadmill 21.11.13 Manchester, Academy 2 22.11.13 Stoke, Sugarmill 23.11.13 Nottingham, Rock City 29.11.13 Newcastle, Academy 2 30.11.13 Leeds, Cockpit