AU release new song and confirm SXSW shows
Published 8 March 2012 by BWL

AU's latest single, 'Get Alive', was premiered earlier today on Pitchfork and Rockfeedback and you can also stream/download it via the SoundCloud player below. The track features the vocals of fellow Oregonian Holland Andrews, who also appeared on debut single 'Solid Gold', duetting with AU's Luke Wyland.

'Get Alive' is taken from AU's forthcoming album 'Both Lights', out on April 2.

The band are currently on tour in the US, and will be heading to Austin next week for SXSW for a series of parties (see below). Following the dates across the pond, AU have announced a European tour starting in April, all shows can be found on our live page.

Wed 14 Mar (4.25pm) - ForceField/Terrorbird Day Party, Red 7
Wed 14 Mar (8.30pm) - KVRX Showcase, Spiderhouse
Fri 16 Mar (4.45pm) - Terroreyes Day Party, Music Makers
Fri 16 Mar (8.45pm) - Stouh By Smes Shout 2, 21st St oc-po
Fri 16 Mar (10.30pm) - Redefine Magazine Party, House of Commons
Sat 17 Mar (4.00pm) - Hometapes Friend Island, Papi Tino's Backyard

volcano! return with new single, 'Piñata'
Published 20 March 2012 by BWL

volcano! are back after four years in the wilderness with a new single, the devilishly addictive 'Piñata', which can be heard/downloaded from The 405/MTV Hive or in the player below.

'Piñata' is taken from the album of the same name, their best yet, which will see the light of day this June. The album also includes a re-edited version of previous single 'So Many Lemons'. Here's the hilarious video from the original release.

Hear March's Days And Nights At The Takeaway single
Published 26 March 2012 by BWL

The new single in Sebastian Rochford's singles club, Days And Nights At The Takeaway, is released this Friday but you can hear it now using the player below or via Sonic Router's premiere. This month's instalment sees Rochford collaborate with shadowy dubstep types LV (who also remixed the first release in the series). Like all the other tracks in the series, 'Sugah Sweet' was recorded in Seb's studio in a former takeaway in London. The remix this time is by the multi-talented Micachu, under her M.A.T.H.E.S. moniker.

We are now a quarter of the way through the project with Leo Abrahams, Ranjana Ghatak, Gina Loring and Pete Wareham all making appearances as collaborators - don't forget you can hear and purchase any of the previous tracks via Bandcamp and, of course, all your usual digital shops.

Jherek Bischoff joins The Leaf Label
Published 27 March 2012 by BWL

The Leaf Label is delighted to announce the latest addition to our ranks, Jherek Bischoff. Jherek's remarkable new album, Composed, will be released in late May. 'Young & Lovely' was premiered earlier today via The Guardian's website, and is also available for free download via Bandcamp. The song features Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls) and French singer/actress Soko on vocals.

You can watch a trailer for Composed below or on Jherek's website, including extracts of songs from the album. Composed features a stellar array of guests, including ex-Talking Head David Byrne, Brazilian Tropicalismo legend Caetano Veloso, Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Mirah, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy, Nels Cline (Wilco) and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.

New Matthew Bourne shop, jazz award, plus Amon Tobin box set
Published 28 March 2012 by RM

Matthew Bourne's shiny new shop is now up and running on his website. The shop includes much of Matthew's back catalogue including collaborations and side projects.

Alongside this you will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive, previously unreleased digital tracks from his own private archive, of which the first is available now in glorious 320kbps sound.

Last week Matthew was awarded album of the year at the Yorkshire Jazz Awards. Matt is currently on a six week residency in China (you can follow the adventure on his blog), so he recorded this acceptance video from there.

Bourne also features, alongside Polar Bear's Pete Wareham, on a limited edition Amon Tobin box set including remixes, covers and re-interpretations of 2011's ISAM album. The beautifully packaged set, which includes 10" vinyl, CDs and DVDs, is released on Record Store Day. For more information and to pre-order visit the Ninja Tune website.

Two completely new versions of Amon Tobin tracks, constructed by Matthew and producer Sam Hobbs, are included in the release.