Half / Wozniak – ‘Mute Swan’

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Last week two UK acts; Half and Wozniak teamed up for the split single ‘Mute Swan’. It’s a slow burning cinematic soundscape that pairs nicely with the 2016 mix of Half’s stunning ‘Mind Maps’. Best of all, proceeds go towards the much-loved DKFM! The Fresno shoegaze broadcaster has hit hard times thanks to fees mounting from the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). Download now and feel warm n’ fuzzy!

 
Half / Wozniak – ‘Mute Swan’

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Minor Victories – ‘A Hundred Ropes’

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We knew it was coming but we didn’t know when… now we do! Minor Victories debut self-titled album will be in our hands on June 3 via Fat Possum. The supergroup features Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Justin Lockey (Editors) and James Lockey (Hand Held Cine Club). There’s also a few guests involved including The Twilight Sad’s James Graham. ‘A Hundred Ropes’ is our first taste (since Minor Victories posted the teaser ‘Film One’ last year). I expect it will be a very diverse record, but first impressions are positive (pre-order here).

 
Minor Victories – ‘A Hundred Ropes’

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Matt Bartram – ‘Moments Before’

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Matt Bartram’s golden run continues with his fourth solo album ‘Moments Before’, available now via Drifting Falling. The British veteran recently impressed with Air Formation’s EP ‘Were We Ever Here’ and backs it up with perhaps his strongest effort since going solo in 2008. Also known for his work with You Walk Through Walls, Matt excels at dishing up different tones on ‘Moments Before’; from the noise rocking ‘Break It’ to the blissful ‘Walls Around You’ to the widescreen epic ‘What Can We Do’. Recommended listening, and great for a late night headphone session!

 
Matt Bartram – ‘Moments Before’

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Ulrika Spacek – ‘Strawberry Glue’

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Regular readers may remember Rhys Williams (aka Viscous Liquid) and his 2014 solo EP ‘Songs For Jealous Lovers’? A few years back Rhys teamed up with a friend to begin a new project, the psych outfit Ulrika Spacek. This time last year we shared their first song ‘I Don’t Know’, and this month the Brits delivered their debut album ‘The Album Paranoia’ (with high praise from The Guardian, Q, DIY, Quietus and NME). In other words, humble beginnings have ended in big things! Here’s their latest video ‘Strawberry Glue’ and the second single ‘Beta Male’. Grab ‘The Album Paranoia’ thanks to Tough Love Records (@ Rough Trade).

 
Ulrika Spacek – ‘Strawberry Glue’ [Video]

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Minor Victories – ‘Film One’

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The latest supergroup to whet our rock n’ roll fantasies is Minor Victories, a recently announced collective including Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Hand Held Cine Club’s James Lockey and Editors’ Justin Lockey. The term ‘supergroup’ often creates more internet hype than it merits, but after watching Minor Victories first teaser video, they may live up to it. Sure, it’s just a snippet but it’s all class (via Pitchfork TV). The audio (on the car stereo) at the beginning sounds gigantic. *drools*

 
Minor Victories – ‘Film One’

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