Hot Chip Offshoot The 2 Bears Release Sophomore Album ‘The Night Is Young’

October 30th, 2014

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‘The Night Is Young’ is available on Digital, CD and Vinyl

The Night Is Young manages to be simultaneously familiar and strange, commercial but emotionally weighty, grown-up without being boring.” The Guardian

 Today marks the North American release on Kartel Creative/Fontana North of ‘The Night Is Young,’ the second album by UK house duo The 2 Bears, comprised of Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard.

Where 2012 debut smash ‘Be Strong’ was rooted in their love for London, ‘The Night Is Young’ takes on a more global vision. With a love for their home city still at its heart, the album pulls influences and experiences from across the world of dance music, drawing deeply from their trip to Africa last summer. As part of a project for Brixton-based youth magazine Live, the duo played shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg and spent time recording in a studio run by BLKJKS’s Tsepang Ramoba. The lead vocals for ‘Son Of The Sun’ were recorded there with a young singer called Sbusiso, and Kwaito legend Senyaka, who also added his vocal to lead single ‘Angel (Touch Me).’

Speeding through multiple genres, often condensed into single tracks, ‘The Night Is Young’ lifts The 2 Bear’s famed, eclectic DJ sets to higher realms, shifting the imperative to lose both body and mind distinctly up a gear. “I love tunes that disguise things,” says Joe. “A really sweet melody with a really dark sentiment. ‘Money Man’ is meant to be like that, you can have those glossy reggae records that still say something. We didn’t want to just be in that culture of not saying anything, where it’s all a fantasy world and everyone just goes and gets fucked up but no one says anything.”

It’s a stark contrast and one that cleverly moves the full-on party hedonism of their debut forward, without sacrificing any of its unadulterated disco charm. The record undulates, it’s like a taster menu; courses of hard house, soft reggae, punchy ragga, piano tear-jerkers, funk and soul, all made crystalline with the typically high level of production and the passion of Raf’s voice.

Honing their craft with all the care and attention paid to a well-groomed patch of facial hair, Raf and Joe have bounced from Brixton to Tel Aviv via Cape Town, sharing the decks ever since their fateful incarnation, delivering a memorable blend of house, techno, ragga and more to almost every continent. A bearded pilgrimage if you will, and one that has coloured in the bold dancefloor-centric shapes of ‘The Night Is Young.’

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‘The Night Is Young’ Track List:
1. Get Out
2. Angel (Touch Me)
3. Money Man
4. Not This Time
5. See You
6. Son Of The Sun
7. Unbuild It
8. Modern Family
9. Mary Mary
10. Run Run
11. My Queen
12. The Night Is Young

New Releases – Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

October 28th, 2014

The long out of print 1987 No Mercy album ‘Widespread Bloodshed, Love Runs Red’ has been reissued and pressed on picture disc vinyl or the first time. No Mercy was a side-project of lineup Mike Muir, Mike Clark, Ric Clayton, & Sal Troy of Suicidal Tendencies that was fused into the band after the release of this album. David Myles sets the tone for the season with his latest release ‘It’s Christmas.’ Featuring classic songs in a range of styles, from foot‐stomping bluegrass to crooning jazz along with whimsical originals ‘It’s Christmas,’ ‘Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo,’ and ‘The Gift.’ Physical copies come bundled with a 5-pack of Christmas Cards, and a portion of sales go towards Canada’s Food Banks. Diplo has put together ‘Random White Dude Be Everywhere’ a deluxe collection of his most popular singles, never before‐heard remixes and 2 brand new tracks featuring Waka Flocka Flame,Yellow Claw, Alvaro and more. The 7-track set is pressed onto a picture disc with Random White dude text on side A and the world on side B.

Suicidal Tendencies ‘No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed, Love Runs Red’ CD Vinyl Picture Disc
David Myles ‘It’s Christmas’ Digital CD Vinyl
Diplo ‘Random White Dude Be Everywhere’ Digital Picture Disc

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
The 2 Bears ‘The Night Is Young’ Digital CD Vinyl
Witchmaster ‘Antichristus Ex Utero’ CD
Mike Mictlan ‘HELLA FRREAL’ Digital CD
Bessie Jones ‘Get In Union’ CD
Choir Vandals ‘At Night’ Vinyl 7″
Korzus ‘Legion’ Digital CD
Lordi ‘Scare Force One’ Digital CD
Hemingway ‘Pretend To Care’ Digital Vinyl

New Releases – Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

October 21st, 2014

The original Primus lineup makes their studio album return for the first time in 19 years on their new release ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory.’ This tribute to the 1971 Willy Wonka movie features deep reworks of the influential and distinctive tunes. Five vinyl copies of the album will feature gold coloured vinyl and free lifetime tickets to Primus concerts, watch records get pressed in the promo video here. See the full list of special album tour dates hereThe Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier‐shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s post‐punk era, have released their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities.’ Kicking off with ‘Where There’s A Will’, described by Sager as “The group’s best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing.” and their most infamous song ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil’ before revealing exclusive deep cuts. Vocalist Mark Stewart calls the collection “similar status to a lost Pop Group album.” ‘Burnt Offering‘ marks the fourth album from Staten Island prog-funk outfit The Budos Band. Evolving their sound sparked by a love of Black Sabbath & Pentagram the record was recorded live in the studio and produced/engineered by guitarist Tom Brenneck. Watch the video for the title track here.

Primus ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Pop Group ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Budos Band ‘Burnt Offering’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Warp Records have reissued the entire Nightmares On Wax catalogue re-cut to double LPs for improved bass response. Some have been out of print for years and are presented in a deluxe gatefold package including printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio.

Nightmares On Wax ’A Word Of Science’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Smokers Delight’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Carboot Soul’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Mind Elevation’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’In A Space Outta Sound’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Thought So…’ Digital Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
The Lazys ‘The Lazys’ Digital CD
The Arrogant Worms ‘Space’ Digital CD
Lyriel ‘Skin and Bones’ Digital CD
Cold War Kids ‘Hold My Home’ Digital CD Vinyl
Transit ‘Joyride’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Avid Dancer ‘I Want To See You Dance’ CD Vinyl
Xerxes ‘Collision Blonde’ Digital CD Vinyl
Armin van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance at Ushuaia’ Digital CD
Markus Schulz ‘Armada Collected’ Digital CD
Aly & Fila ‘The Other Shore’ Digital CD
The Bunny Gang ‘Thrive’ Digital Vinyl
Heartsrevolution ‘Ride or Die’ Digital CD Vinyl
Boaz ‘Intuition’ Digital CD
The Pop Group ‘We Are Time’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Pop Group ‘Curiosities’ CD
Blaze Ya Dead Homie ‘Gang Rags: Reborn’ Digital CD
Sam Paganini ‘Satellite’ Digital CD
Various Artists ‘Toolroom Live – 01′ Digital CD

The Budos Band Conjure Evil Spirits On ‘Burnt Offering’ Out Oct. 21

October 15th, 2014

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Dave Lombardo (founding member of Slayer):
“Q. What would be some of your main influences today?
A. Lately I’ve been really into all aspects of Funk. The Budos Band etc. ”
» February 2014

Pre-order ‘Burnt Offering’ on iTunes

‘Burnt Offering,’ the new album from The Budos Band, is a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs, take-no-prisoners horn lines and relentless percussion that summons the occult — an evolved sound for this mighty 10-piece band sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram.

It is The Budos Band’s first album in four years, and will be released October 21 on Daptone Records/Fontana North. Pitchfork has described The Budos Band as, “So tight and in tune that they’ve basically become this telepathically-communicating instrumental hydra that ambushes you into moving your body on its terms.”


New Releases – Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

October 14th, 2014

Thrash metal veterans Exodus stretch and raise the genre’s boundaries on their latest studio album ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ Featuring the return of former frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on vocals along with Gary Holt and Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, and Jack Gibson on bass. Listen to ‘Salt The Wound’ featuring Metallica’s Kirk Hammet on YouTube here. The Acacia Strain are often referred to as the heaviest band around, and any doubt of this claim will surely be silenced be their new double disc album ‘Coma Witch.’ The first disc features the 10-track album which builds on their past success while the second is a 27 minute opus that features brutal breakdowns, various time signatures, dark samples and deep growls. Listen the crushing riffs and read the lyrics of the single ‘Nailgun’ here. New Jersey-based duo Dads follow up their highly acclaimed 2013 “Pretty Good” EP with their sophomore album ‘I’ll Be The Tornado.’ The record marks a decidedly more diverse approach to songwriting for the band as heard on the single ‘Chewing Ghosts.’ Catch the boys in Toronto this Saturday at Sneaky Dee’s.

Exodus ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ Digital CD CD+DVD Vinyl
The Acacia Strain ‘Coma Witch’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Dads ‘I’ll Be The Tornado’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
In-Flight Safety ‘Conversationalist’ Digital Vinyl
Scar Symmetry ‘The Singularity (Phase 1 – Neo Humanity)’ Digital CD
Favorite Weapon ‘Sixty Saragossa’ Digital CD
Thank You Scientist ‘Maps of Non-Existent Places’ Digital CD Vinyl
DJ Quik ‘The Midnight Life’ Digital CD
His Kids United ‘His Kids Christmas Vol. 1′ Digital CD
The Melvins ‘Hold It In’ Digital CD Vinyl
Joey Ramone ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ Digital CD Vinyl
Sims ‘Field Notes’ Digital CD
Stars In Stereo ‘Leave Your Mark’ Digital Vinyl

British EDM Artist Clark Releases Eponymous Album Nov. 4 on Warp/Fontana North

October 10th, 2014

Pre-order ‘Clark’ on iTunes

This is where the sounds of the machine meet the sounds of the world. A protracted club experience distilled into a cinematic, immersive whole. Clark‘s chiseled vision of techno contextualized for a post-rave environment — the clean, cold edges of technology eroded over time to produce raw, fascinating new textures.

These textures lay the foundations for a hugely kaleidoscopic listening experience filled with warmth. Memorable songwriting packed with melody and subtle, unpredictable shifts in mood; a finely balanced mix of electronic composition, heads down techno, human nature and the environment it was created in.

“I wanted to let the weather in with this album,” Clark explains. “It’s outward looking, it’s drenched in sounds of the outside world, sounds free from human intervention: branches crackling in the wind, storms brewing, the stillness of settling snow. It’s all in there, amongst the moreish crunch of industrial machinery.”

These real world elements offer a sense of a meditation that beckons the listener to leave human desires behind. A detailed field recording of boots in snow creeps into an echo of piano house on ‘Strength Through Fragility,’ swallowing up the melancholy of the melody rather ruthlessly, teasing these things out of the listener as the track progresses. The essence of the new being carved from an unheard ancientness appears throughout Clark, a tactile interaction between alien elements creating something that would not have otherwise existed.

The machines hold their own against nature: ‘Banjo’ is a straight up MPC/synth funk jam played over three notes, the hypnotic arpeggios of ‘Unfurla’ are underpinned by a solid 4/4 kick drum, peak-rave euphoria is captured in ‘There’s a Distance In You.’ At its essence ‘Grit In The Pearl’ is more Berghain than Guggenheim — a club banger, albeit in a parallel dimension filtered through the Clark lens, lending new context to its spiralling rave chords.

The theme of reduction, a sculpture of sound, wins out in the end. Closing beatless piece ‘Everlane’ is a cathartic conclusion to the record, the elements ultimately refined into timeless, ethereal melodies echoing into the ages:

“It straddles this fine line of being ultimate bliss and sadness at the same time. I find this emotional terrain compelling and keep on coming back to it. I need that epic sense of closure.”

‘Clark’ Track List
1. Ship Is Flooding
2. Winter Linn
3. Unfurla
4. Strength Through Fragility
5. Sodium Trimmers
6. Banjo
7. Snowbird
8. The Grit In The Pearl
9. Beacon
10. Petroleum Tinged
11. Silvered Iris
12. There’s A Distance In You
13. Everlane


Bryan Potvin Announces Fall Canadian Tour In Support Of ‘Heartbledwhite’

October 10th, 2014


Northern Pikes singer/guitarist teams up with Kevin Kane of The Grapes Of Wrath for solo dates

“This album is definitely not a retread of the Pikes… pretty sterling stuff.” — Popmatters review of ‘Heartbledwhite’

Bryan Potvin, founding member of Canadian rock legends The Northern Pikes, embarks on his first tour in support of his current solo album, ‘Heartbledwhite,’ released earlier this year on his own Klementine Music label, distributed by Fontana North.

Potvin is teaming up on this 20-date trip with Kevin Kane, guitarist and singer with The Grapes Of Wrath. It will be a double bill that will thrill not only fans of the Pikes and Grapes, but also fans of classic folk-pop songwriting in general.

Bryan Potvin Tour Dates (all shows with Kevin Kane, except *)
Sun. Oct. 19 — Morin Heights QC — Rickk’s Room
Mon. Oct. 20 — Montreal QC — BAMM! Gallery
Wed. Oct. 22 — Moncton NB — Plan b
Thu. Oct. 23 — Halifax NS — The Carleton
Fri. Oct. 24 — St. John NB — Magnolia Cafe
Sat. Oct. 25 — Lunenberg NS — Boscawen Inn
Sun. Oct. 26 — Charlottetown PEI — Trailside Cafe
Wed. Oct. 29 — Annapolis Valley NS — private show *
Sun. Nov. 9 — Truro NS — Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 Songs & Stories *
Fri. Nov. 14 — Ladysmith BC — Short Close Song Shelter
Sat. Nov. 15 — Parksville BC — Quality Bayside Resort
Sun. Nov. 16 — Port Alberni BC — Chars Landing
Wed. Nov. 19 — Nanaimo BC — Dinghy Dock Pub
Thu. Nov. 20 — Duncan BC — Duncan Showroom
Sat. Nov. 22 — Victoria BC — Victoria House Concert B
Fri. Nov. 28 — Red Deer AB — International Beer House
Sat. Nov. 29 — Calgary AB — Deerfoot Casino [NORTHERN PIKES] *
Thu. Dec. 18 — Brantford ON — Two Doors Down
Fri. Dec. 19 — Toronto ON — Hugh’s Room
Mon. Dec. 29 — Vancouver BC — Railway Club


New Releases – Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

October 7th, 2014

On his 5th studio album ‘You’re Dead!’ LA-based producer Flying Lotus contemplates our pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. The record is a fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity featuring hugely-talented musicians Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat and more. Available on digital, CD and 2LP vinyl, as well as the 4LP deluxe edition which includes an instrumental version. Nashville’s Music Row Magazine called Victoria Banks “One of the best songwriters in the business” and she proves it on ‘Indigo.’ On her third studio album Victoria lays down 10 songs built from bare-bones midnight recording sessions in her attic that are “things that I need to say.” Listen to the Muskoka-native’s lead single ‘Ruined.’ Recorded in the harsh winters of rural Manitoba comes Jess Reimer‘s new album ‘The Nightjar and the Garden.’ Produced by Blue Rodeo keyboardist Bob Wiseman, Nightjar displays an artist with many facets, unwaveringly connected to the soul of North American music. Listen to the raw beauty of her vocals on lead single ‘Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang).’

Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’ Digital CD Vinyl Deluxe Vinyl
Victoria Banks ‘Indigo’ Digital CD
Jess Reimer ‘The Nightjar and the Garden’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Christmas Time Again’ CD
Minus the Bear ‘Lost Loves’ Digital CD Vinyl
38 Special ‘A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night’ CD
Moose Blood ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ Digital CD Vinyl
Gormathon ‘Following The Beast’ Digital CD
Audrey Horne ‘Pure Heavy’ Digital CD
Alunah ‘Awakening The Forest’ Digital CD
Alive Like Me ‘Only Forever’ Digital CD
Exotype ‘Exotype’ Digital CD
Armin Van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix ’04′ CD
Satellites ‘Satellites 02′ Digital CD Vinyl
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders ‘Live’ Digital CD
Charles Lloyd ‘Manhattan Stories’ Digital Vinyl

U.K. Post-Punk Legends The Pop Group Return Oct. 21 With New Rarities Collection ‘Cabinet Of Curiosities’

October 2nd, 2014

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Classic 1980 album ‘We Are Time’ also getting first-ever CD/Digital release

“It was one of those moments where you just feel the cogs of your mind shift and your life is going to irreversibly change forever” Nick Cave on seeing The Pop Group

“The greatest song of the whole post punk era” WIRE, 2014
“She Is Beyond Good And Evil was both funky and fucked-up”
20 Post Punk Greats – MOJO, 2014

The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s post-punk era, are finally seeing their rare and fabled legacy reissued for the first time, along with previously unheard gold from the archives. After spending over a year collating original singles, albums and previously unreleased studio and live recordings, the band will put out a series of albums over time on the new Freaks R Us label via Kartel label services and Fontana North.

The band has also teamed up with Pledge Music for a campaign offering fans exclusive and very limited memorabilia via the band’s facebook & twitter, with a share of any surplus revenue going to CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade).

‘We Are Time,’ named after one of their most infamous onslaughts and originally released on vinyl in 1980, has been remastered from original tapes and is one of two albums being released on October 21st spearheading the reissue program. Of the early live and studio recordings that comprise ‘We Are Time,’ frontman Mark Stewart says “The Pop Group was mutating so fast right from the start that it was crucial to document those first experiments with this compilation. ‘We Are Time’ is really the teenage Pop Group album. It’s full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band’s staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument.”


New Releases – Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

September 30th, 2014

Remastered from the original tapes and reissued, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory‘ is Oasis‘ international breakthrough and best selling album, it’s the #5 best selling album in UK chart history with over 22 million copies sold worldwide. Featuring 2 extra discs of unearthed live recordings, demos, and alternate mixes in the Morning Glory era repackaged with artwork taken from a wealth of never-before-seen photos. ‘The Ophidian Trek‘ is a full Meshuggah live show recorded on May 03, 2013 at their co‐headline show alongside Devin Townsend at Brixton Academy, London. The Swedish prog metal band cover material ranging from their 1998 album ‘Chaosphere’ with the track ‘New Millennium Cyanide Christ’ to ‘Swarm’ from their most recent album ‘Koloss.’ Watch the DVD cut of them performing ‘Do Not Look Down.’ Halifax sweetheart Mo Kenney returns with her sophomore album on Pheromone Recordings ‘In My Dreams.’ Produced and recorded with Joel Plaskett he pushes her vocals and the production further than previously heard. Listen to the debut single ‘Telephones‘ and see her upcoming tour dates with Kim Churchill.

Oasis ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ Digital CD Deluxe CD Vinyl
Meshuggah ‘The Ophidian Trek’ Digital CD+DVD CD+Blu Ray
Mo Kenney ‘In My Dreams’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Corey Charron ‘Lied To My Face’ Digital
Mariachi El Bronx ‘New Beat’ Digital
SPM ‘Son Of Norma’ CD
WiL ‘El Paseo’ Digital CD
Meshuggah ‘I (Remastered)’ Digital CD
Decapitated ‘Blood Mantra’ Digital CD CD+DVD
Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White ‘Hearts Like Ours’ Digital CD
Richard Galliano ‘Sentimentale’CD
Alice Gerrard ‘Follow The Music’ Digital CD Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi’ Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘The Mirror Conspiracy’ Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ Vinyl
Thank You Scientist ‘Maps of Non-Existent Places’ Digital Vinyl
Le Butcherettes ‘Cry Is For The Flies’ Vinyl
Crystal Shawanda ‘The Whole World’s Got The Blues’ Digital CD
Dash Berlin ‘We Are – Part 1′ Digital CD
Aspects ‘Grind Over Matter’ Digital CD
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