Rock Icon IGGY POP Surprises With Meditative Title Track ‘FREE’ From New LP…

Brand new sonic impulses

18 July 2019

Imperishable rock icon and the Godfather of Punk IGGY POP will
release his new album FREE on 6th September. Pre-order facilities here.

“This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice” says the man who wanted to be your dog once upon a time. “I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need – not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen…” he further revealed about the record’s theme. And here’s the first track, actually the intro to the longplayer.
A short, atmospheric and meditative musing. Check it out right here…

IGGY POP: Facebook

10 Questions For London’s Moony Ambient Project… WHERE WE SLEEP

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

18 July 2019

Impassioned singer/songwriter and performer BETH RETTIG, the arresting frontwoman
of former British synth force Blindness started her solo project WHERE WE SLEEP last summer with the release of three stirring ambient tracks. And last May her impressive
5-track debut EP, titled ‘EXPERIMENTS IN THE DARK‘ featuring members of The Fall, Echobelly and Curve saw the day of light. Five gloomy electro grooves, five bedazzling sentiments, five magnetic moony moments, five vocal highlights.

So Turn Up The Volume is delighted to have a chat with Beth. But before starting
the Q & A let’s get in the right mood with her new clip for one of the EP’s intriguing
cuts. Here’s ‘CONTROL‘…

Hello Beth,
welcome…

1. Is WHERE WE SLEEP a BETH RETTIG solo trip or rather a collaborative project with befriended musicians helping you out to translate your musical ideas and the stories you want to tell?
“It’s a bit of both really. Three of the tracks on the EP feature guitarists, the other two are just me. I’m definitely hoping to keep the collaborative element going as much as possible. There are advantages to both formats. It’s nice to have the freedom and control in working by myself – and I am a bit of a control freak. But, I’m not a good enough musician to do it completely by myself. And, more importantly, you get so much from working with other people – new ideas that you wouldn’t have come up with on your own, new challenges, different moods and directions. And that’s really really exciting.”

2. What’s the story behind the name WHERE WE SLEEP?
“I actually set up a Soundcloud page before I started this as a proper project to repost stuff that I’d been doing – not just Blindness but a couple of collaborations as well – and have them on one page. So when I decided to release new songs under this project, I kept the name. There isn’t really a story behind the name – if there is, it’s probably a really boring one.”

3. Last year WHERE WE SLEEP shared its first tracks (‘Crawl’, ‘Veins,’ and ‘The First One’). Why did they not end up on the debut EP and making an album out of it?
“I did consider that, bringing it up to an album. I suppose I ended up just feeling like, as they had already been released, they could stand on their own and I should move forward. There were a couple of other factors as well, the first two songs were mixed by Guy Fixsen, whereas the others have all been mixed by John Cranmer. I wasn’t sure if they’d sound right together. Also, the five songs on the EP, for some reason, just seemed right together in my head.
It’s really hard for independent musicians to release music. I’m not sure everyone realises how much goes into getting one song sounding right. It’s so expensive to get songs recorded, mixed, mastered, promoted etc. and I don’t expect to make any of that cost back from whatever I’m releasing. So at one point, it did occur to me to just release singles to make it a little easier and spread out the costs a bit. But I still like having a body of work of some kind. And, at some point, I’d like to get the EP out as a physical release and that’s obviously, easier than releasing several singles.”


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4. Do we need to take the EP’s title ‘EXPERIMENTS IN THE DARK’ literally?
“I’m not one for talking about song meanings but I guess a little of all the above.
The title of the EP is obviously taken from the name of the last song. I just really liked
the title for the EP as well. It seemed to sum up the mood of it. And Experiments In The
Dark
was the first new track that I wrote for Where We Sleep, before Where We Sleep was actually going to be a thing. It was the first new song I’d written in a while.”

5. I really dig the artwork of the EP, especially that very intriguing ring.
What represents or signifies that beautiful ornament?

“I don’t know that it signifies anything really. I have a bit of a thing for images of lizards.
I don’t know why. I really liked the ring and once I’d messed around with it, I just liked the image and though it worked well as a cover. ”

6. ‘The Desert’ is my favorite track. Great swagger, great guitars, great vocals. Sounds also very personal. Will you share with us what it was that you wanted to express in that song?
“Again, I’m not that great at explaining songs. But I really like the imagery of driving through the desert night. I grew up in Africa and one of the things that really makes me yearn to be back there, is huge open spaces and skies. I’ve often felt quite overwhelmed when I’ve seen images of those endless skies and vast unpopulated plains. Even more so when I go back there. It wasn’t something I was conscious of when I wrote The Desert, but once it was written it was obvious that that nostalgia and need in me has found its way into some of my music.”


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7. The title track deals with anxiety and a sort of claustrophobic fear when
being left alone? To me, it resonates like a universal feeling in these troubled, egoistic times we live in again the past few years. Do you agree?

“I don’t think that’s wrong – I think a lot of people are struggling to navigate the complexities of our current times. Experiments In The Dark certainly has a thread
of helplessness running through it.”


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8. Does this new project mean that your former band BLINDNESS is over?
“So, Blindness ended in 2016 when I left London for a while, although we released the Monsoon EP, which we had already been working on, the following year. That’s how it is at the moment. I wouldn’t say that’s definitely it, because you never know, but we haven’t got any plans to do anything.”

9. What movie would you pick to visualize the EP’s
music on a big screen while playing
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“I actually don’t watch a lot of films anymore. But I guess it would be something dark, dramatic and visually beautiful. Something involving dystopia and rebellion.”

10. Next step for WHERE WE SLEEP?
“I’m hoping to do an album next. I have some songs written, one or two that I can start thinking about getting mixed. I have a few ideas about people I’m hoping to work with
on some of the other tracks as well, which I’m quite excited about so I’m starting to think about first steps for that now.”

Thank you for this interview, Beth.
May the road rise with WHERE WE SLEEP!

Stream/purchase
EXPERIMENTS IN THE DARK here…


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WHERE WE SLEEP: Facebook / photo on top by Nando Carniel Machado

French Techno Addict MERCI FCKING BEAUCOUP Will Save Your Soul…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

18 July 2019

French techno musician MERCI FCKING BEAUCOUP just released his brand new dazzling EP ‘AMOUR‘. A must-hear and must-feel summer dance record of five hypnotizing rave strokes you can spiral yourself out of control to. Uplifting old school electro exuberance that will make you sweat uncontrollably from start to finish. SAVING MY SOUL is definitely my favorite stonker. An ongoing motorik Chemical Bros inspired banger featuring sensual soul vocals by Natalia Pujszo. Don’t hesitate to shake your hips right here, right now…


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Stream the AMOUR (Partie A) EP
in full via Spotify…

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MERCI FCKING BEAUCOUP: Facebook – Amour on Other Platforms

‘Intergalactic’ By The Fab BEASTIE BOYS (1998)…

Knockouts from the past

18 July 2019

This day 21 years ago, on 18 July 1998 hip hop icons BEASTIE BOYS topped the UK Albums Chart with their fifth, highly acclaimed, studio album HELLO NASTY. The LP
also hit the top spot in the USA and won two Grammy awards a year later. Wacky track ‘INTERGALATIC’ was the brilliant lead single. It reached #28 in America and #5 in Great-Britain. Here’s that legendary giant robot clip…

BEASTIE BOYS: Facebook

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R.I.P. Adam Yauch aka MCA

SLEATER-KINNEY Drops Detonating Title Track From New LP ‘THE CENTER WON’T HOLD’…

Brand new sonic impulses

17 July 2019

Despite the unexpected and unfortunate departure of drummer Janet Weiss life goes
on for riot grrrl legends SLEATER-KINNEY as they will unleash new album, entitled ‘THE CENTER WON’T HOLD’ on 16th August. After sharing robust lead single Hurry On Home and poppy second track The Future Is Here earlier on the band just dropped the political title track.

The song refers to “the world of catastrophe that touches on the (American) election” says guitarist/vocalist Corin Tucker in a press statement. After a rather meditative start, the
track will detonate near the end. Feel the shock here, ladies and gents…

SLEATER-KINNEY: Facebook

Melbourne’s BATZ Will Turn Up Your Body Temperature With New Flashing Single ‘WIZARD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

17 July 2019

Melbourne’s spunky rockers BATZ nail it again with their brand new thrilling belter called ‘WIZARD‘. Ravishing frontwoman Christina Aubry says the song is “about a dream I had about being a wizard and coming from another planet, landing on Earth at some crazy house party. It’s all vibes. Good vibes.”

‘Wizard’ is a solid gold crackerjack that has an instant impact on all of your senses and all of your limbs. Your body’s temperature will go up, your bloodstream will speed up and your head will rotate madly. This is funky stuff to dance your ass off. Do it here…


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BATZ: Facebook

‘BOOGIE IN MY BONES’ By The Ska Godfather LAUREL AITKEN (1958)…

Knockouts from the past

17 July 2019

This day 14 years ago, on 17 July 2005, Cuba born musician LAUREL AITKEN passed away, at the age of 78. He’s referred to as the Godfather of Ska. His parents were Cuban and Jamaican and moved with their kids to Jamaica in 1938 where Laurel started his musical career in the mid 50s. The song ‘BOOGIE IN MY BONES’, released in 1958, was his first great hit. It was produced by Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records that same year. Move your hips, folks, here’s some shaking history…

LAUREL AITKEN: Biography

CHELSEA WOLFE Shares Mystifying Musing From Upcoming Album – Here’s ‘AMERICAN DARKNESS’…

Brand new sonic impulses

16 July 2019

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(photo: Nona Limmen)

After her 2017 LP ‘His Spun‘ the first music from gloomy troubadour CHELSEA WOLFE
was a Roky Ericskon cover to pay tribute to the psychedelic rocker who recently passed away. A few weeks ago she announced her new longplayer ‘Birth Of Violence‘ and shared moony lead single ‘The Mother Road’ and today she launched a second track. ‘AMERICAN DARKNESS’ is a mystifying and puzzling pop noir ballad. Capture the twilight vibe here…

CHELSEA WOLFE: Facebook