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Watch Deaf Dancers move to Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound”

Nowness on London-based artist Sofia Mattioli’s gorgeous video featuring Jamie xx’s new single, “Sleep Sound”:

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake, and member of The xx. During the course of one day, Mattioli danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” she says. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”


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Jamie xx – Sleep Sound [ Video ]

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Con ustedes el maravilloso video de “Sleep Sound” de Jamie xx. En el video la artista Sofia Mattioli representa como la música no se necesita escuchar para sentirse. Los 13 protagonistas del video bailan y disfrutan al máximo de la música junto a Mattioli. Enjoy.

All the music around me was silence in my head

All the silence around me was music in my head

Love was all the silence, all the music, around me and in my head.

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Against Me!, The Antlers, Jamie xx, Yumi Zouma, Wye Oak and Mikal Cronin.

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Against Me!, “Transgender Dysmorphia Blues” / “True Trans Soul Rebel”
Gender ambiguity has been ubiquitous in the last four decades of American culture. From Bowie’s 70s heyday to the cult popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” blurred notions of masculinity and femininity have almost exclusively been presented (and largely accepted) with glamour. A trans* person’s daily life, of course, bears little resemblance to such drag pageantry. Even in the best cases, a trans* individual faces a daily threat of suspicion and scorn, if not actual physical danger. This is the side of trans* identity that has been conspicuously absent in popular art, though there are some notable exceptions. Even fewer examples exist in music, the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming closest to (often brilliantly) dramatizing a trans* character’s internal experience through song.

So when Transgender Dysphoria Blues arrived earlier this year, it felt like a genuine breakthrough. Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace launches into her artistic outing as a trans woman by laying all bare. Referring to herself in the second-person on the album’s title track, which opens Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she spits an immediately iconic lyric: “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/ You’ve got no hips to shake.” This, of course, is meant to shock. But it’s not presented for mere shock value. By using the dirtiest word in the English language, Grace jolts us out of our skin and makes plain the anger and self-loathing surrounding her (seeming) inability to “pass” for her true gender. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is all the more devastating, with Grace fighting thoughts of suicide.

Against Me! juxtapose the dejection of Grace’s words by smartly turning “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” into a pair of forceful stadium-rock anthems. Rather than distract from the pain at the center of these songs, the soaring guitars and walloping drumbeats instead provide intense release. This is what Springsteen meant by the redemptive power of rock. For Grace, the short-term pain that comes with truth is a necessary evil. The goal here is triumph, and it’s just within her reach. [Peter Tabakis]

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Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Against Me!, The Antlers, Jamie xx, Yumi Zouma, Wye Oak and Mikal Cronin.

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7 Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

Against Me!, “Transgender Dysmorphia Blues” / “True Trans Should Rebel”
Gender ambiguity has been ubiquitous in the last four decades of American culture. From Bowie’s 70s heyday to the cult popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” blurred notions of masculinity and femininity have almost exclusively been presented (and largely accepted) with glamour. A trans* person’s daily life, of course, bears little resemblance to such drag pageantry. Even in the best cases, a trans* individual faces a daily threat of suspicion and scorn, if not actual physical danger. This is the side of trans* identity that has been conspicuously absent in popular art, though there are some notable exceptions. Even fewer examples exist in music, the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming closest to (often brilliantly) dramatizing a trans* character’s internal experience through song.

So when Transgender Dysphoria Blues arrived earlier this year, it felt like a genuine breakthrough. Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace launches into her artistic outing as a trans woman by laying all bare. Referring to herself in the second-person on the album’s title track, which opens Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she spits an immediately iconic lyric: “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/ You’ve got no hips to shake.” This, of course, is meant to shock. But it’s not presented for mere shock value. By using the dirtiest word in the English language, Grace jolts us out of our skin and makes plain the anger and self-loathing surrounding her (seeming) inability to “pass” for her true gender. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is all the more devastating, with Grace fighting thoughts of suicide.

Against Me! juxtapose the dejection of Grace’s words by smartly turning “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” into a pair of forceful stadium-rock anthems. Rather than distract from the pain at the center of these songs, the soaring guitars and walloping drumbeats instead provide intense release. This is what Springsteen meant by the redemptive power of rock. For Grace, the short-term pain that comes with truth is a necessary evil. The goal here is triumph, and it’s just within her reach. [Peter Tabakis]

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GDD™ Morning Update: John Talabot/Jamie xx, Diddy/Guy Gerber, Lone

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• Listen to John Talabot‘s and Jamie xx‘s Lengthy B2B Session from Beats in Space
Diddy and Guy Gerber’s 11:11 set for release, Diddy originally wanted to call the album Ketamine
Lone reveals full details of Reality Testing

 

Listen to John Talabot’s and Jamie xx’s Lengthy B2B Session from Beats in Space

Tim Sweeney‘s long-running Beats in Space radio show is known for its top-notch guests, but last night’s episode was a real all-star edition, as the entire show was devoted to a special joint mix from John Talabot and Jamie xx. No playlist is available, but the two-and-a-half-hour program is full of quality tunes, as the two DJs moved through cuts of house, disco, boogie, funk, electro, and more. The whole thing can be heard in the player below, and we’re guessing that it will help to tide over all of those who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jamie xx’s new 12,” which drops next month.

(via XLR8R)

 

Diddy and Guy Gerber’s 11:11 set for release, Diddy originally wanted to call the album Ketamine

Diddy, or Puff Daddy, or whatever he’s called today, is set to finally release his collaborative album with Guy Gerber, 11:11.

Diddy and Gerber announced that they were making an album a few years back, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it would never arrive. However, Diddy hosted a listening party for 11:11 at the Red Bull Guest House in Miami, so it’s safe to presume it’s arriving soon. According to Billboard, Diddy described the album as a product of “demented after hours minds”, and marks a follow-up of sorts to Diddy / Dirty Money’s cult favourite Last Train to Paris.

Incredibly, RBMA report that Diddy wanted to call the album Ketamine. That’s that whole “demented after hours” thing explained then, we guess.

Stream Last Train to Paris highlight ‘Shades’ below.

(via FACT)

 

Lone reveals full details of Reality Testing

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Lone has announced full details of his next album for R&S Records, Reality Testing. 

Initial details arrived last week when the album was made available for preorder via Boomkat. Now the producer, real name Matt Cutler, has spoken of the influences that fed into the LP. “I was listening to a lot of Detroit techno and old Chicago house that had the same grain and dirtiness to it as a lot of the hip hop I was listening to,” he says. “That was the real spark—I wanted to make an album that had both hip-hop and house beats, but that weren’t completely different from each other, that shared the same sort of vibe. I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, [it's more that] those two things could almost be the same thing.” 

Cutler says he sees Reality Testing as “a diary, a real document of the last year of making it.” He adds: “In a lot of the tracks there’s sounds I’ve sampled and recorded of me just being in the studio, and leaving the microphone running—you’re almost in there with me. I wanted it to be a representation of the different moods and emotions that went into making it—just as real and honest as possible.” The record features “Airglow Fires” and “Begin To Begin,” both of which were released on R&S last year, as well as ten previously unheard cuts. 

You can stream one of the album’s tracks, “2 Is 8,” below: 

Tracklist
01. First Born Seconds
02. Restless Cities
03. Meeker Warmer Energy
04. Aurora Northern Quarter
05. 2 Is 8
06. Airglow Fires
07. Coincidences
08. Begin To Begin
09. Jaded
10. Vengeance Video
11. Stuck
12. Cutched Under

R&S will release Reality Testing on June 16th, 2014.

(via RA)

Get Down to the New Jamie XX Single ‘Sleep Sound’

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Everyone’s favourite experimental producer Jamie XX has emphatically launched a full preview of a new tune available in early May as part of a two-track release.

Having recently made an appearance at touring indie and electronic music festival Laneway, the one-third of The XX member has created the double A-side ‘Girl’ / ‘Sleep Sound’ EP. “Sleep Sound” is a subtly bass-driven number with melodic and experimental features to it – the vocals surf in between the kicks and melodies creating a sense of unseen mystery.

The EP is due for a digital release Monday the 5th of May on Young Turks.


Listen: Jamie xx – “Sleep Sound”

Here is the gorgeous second side to Jamie xx’s new 12″ single, Girl / Sleep Sound. The new single will be available on May 5 via Young Turks. The track was originally teased on Jamie’s first ever BBC Radio 6 mix.

Recently, Jamie xx and Four Tet shared collaborative track, “Seesaw.”


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