After opening the NME Radar stage at The Great Escape last month, Jamaica, the French duo formerly known as Poney Poney have announced the details of their highly anticipated debut album, ‘No Problem’.
Set for release on August 20th through Co-op Music, ‘No Problem’ was produced in Paris by Grammy Award winners Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) and Peter Franco. Contrary to what people might expect, there isn’t a synth in sight. In fact, the only rule when recording the album was “No synthesizers would be involved!”
‘No Problem’ positively erupts out of the stereo as opener ‘Cross The Fader’, and debut single ‘I Think I Like U 2’ set the tone with sleek melodies, rousing guitar riffs and crisp bass grooves. Jamaica stride through the album’s 11 tracks, slowing down the pace ever slightly on ‘Gentleman’ where the duo showcase their perfectly honed ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ melodies around Love Unlimited strings in a more hushed style. Closing the album with the climatic ‘When Do You Wanna Stop Working’, Jamaica end ‘No Problem’ the same way they started it, explosively.
The video for forthcoming single ‘Short & Entertaining’ – due August 16th – will be directed by Jeremie Rozan & Martial Schmetz – from Surface2Air – (Justice vs. Simian, The Streets) and features Igor Cavalera, the drummer and founding member of the Brazilian Thrash metal band Sepultura.
Based in Paris, Jamaica are Antoine Hilaire & Flo Lyonnet. The palette of colours served up on ‘No Problem’ reflects the pairs quite differing musical backgrounds: Antoine’s inspirations range from Michael Jackson and The Beatles to 60s girl groups and Nirvana, whilst Flo is the electro head but holds a special place in his heart for the likes of Pantera and Rage Against The Machine.
This wide spectrum of influences gives Jamaica its distinct sound: sleek pop hooks and rock undertones alongside super tight electronic production. The album’s yacht rock sound – resplendent with guitar solos reminiscent of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ – arrives just at the right time for summer.
Jamaica who play with a live drummer are currently supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their French tour.
Wichita Recordings / Cooperative Music are delighted to announce the signing of Californian duo Best Coast and the release of their debut album Crazy For You on 30th July (CD, LP, download).
Best Coast are 23-year old songwriter Bethany Cosentino and musical partner Bobb Bruno.
Their sun-kissed songs of love and longing have been attracting much attention over recent months following a string of now sold-out 7” releases Stateside on the independent labels Group Tightener, Atelier Cuseaux, Art Fag, Black Iris, PPM and Eskuche. The only place you’ll find these rare gems now is on eBay.
Over here, a hugely successful debut UK/European tour in May included a packed out show at Brighton’s Great Escape festival and culminated in a knockout performance at Primavera in front of 10,000 music fans.
None of the songs on Crazy for You have been previously released on earlier 7-inches. For the album’s sessions Cosentino brought in a collection of demos she had never sent to Bruno. “I wanted the record to be something completely fresh and new,” says Cosentino. “I just felt like my first record needed to be really special.”
Their LP was recorded at Black Iris, a studio in LA’s Echo Park neighbourhood, and produced by Lewis Pesacov of the bands Fool’s Gold and Foreign Born.
Grinderman will release their new studio album Grinderman 2 through Mute on September 10th. Grinderman 2 was recorded in 2009 at London’s RAK, State of The Ark and Assault and Battery studios. Co-produced by Grinderman and Nick Launay, the album was mixed by Launay at London’s British Grove in August 2009 and LA’s Seedy Underbelly in April 2010.
Stay tuned for more exciting info…
We’re proud as punch of this one. Two Door Cinema Club make their US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel, and what a stormer it was too – see for yourself below. Some slick new haircuts, and a stunning performance.
I Can Talk has been rocking dancefloors and airwaves in Ireland for some time now, along with Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work, contributing to a 9 week stint in the Irish Top 75 album charts.
Onwards and upwards for these young chaps. You can expect their Oxegen show to be an absolute cracker. They just keep getting better live every time we see them.
Your new favourite band?
Your favourite tune of the summer?
Yep, ours too.
If you don’t believe us, then maybe you’ll believe The Irish Times
Or, just make you’re own mind up.
See, told you we were right…
THE BLACK KEYS release their sixth full-length album, entitled “BROTHERS”, on 17th May on V2 / Cooperative Music… Recorded at Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Sound with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and the Bunker in Brooklyn, the album sees production duties handled by The Black Keys, along with shared duties between the band, Mark Neill, and their old friend Danger Mouse, who lends his skills to a new track. Tchad Blake brings his sonic excellence into the fold to handle mixing duties… Muscle Shoals has produced iconic recordings from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Wilson Pickett, among many others…
Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.” The ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds… like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.” The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.”