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Posted by Jez Burrows,

Limbo, Panto is one of the more contentious, stubborn albums I’ve heard this year, but it’s also one of the best. Grand, addictive, and definitely some of the most ambitious, peculiar vocals of recent times.

Posted by Jez Burrows

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    We’ve already seen astounding interactive music videos, and live Spike Jonze-directed pieces performed and filmed at the YouTube Music Awards, so really a feature-length film is the last of the unchartered territory in Arcade Fire’s commingling of music and visuals.

  2. Bjork-itsnicethat-list

    It’s been a long old wait, but three months after dropping the trailer, Bjork has finally released her Andrew Thomas Huang-directed short film for Black Lake in full on her YouTube channel. The ten minute film was commissioned by MOMA as part of her retrospective which opened this spring, and focuses on the pain of heartbreak, in accordance with the much of new album Vulnicura, which was written following her split with Matthew Barney. Created in collaboration with the 3D design firm Autodesk, the film is an ethereal but powerfully theatrical offering, and sees Björk walking barefoot through Icelandic caves, ravines and moss fields.

  3. Acarpenters-dancing-3-int_copy

    Adam Carpenter is quite rightly Instagram-famous for his daily 15-second dance videos, which have now been turned into three minutes and 23 seconds of dancing for Low Cut Connie’s new music video Shake It Little Tina. The video sees Adam jiggle his way through old people’s homes, hospital appointments, interactions with law enforcers and pool-side antics. As much as we all like to perpetuate the impression of high-brow humour, there are few things more entertaining than pretending to fart fireworks whilst dressed up like Uncle Sam at a sports day.

  4. Annaginsburg-int-list

    I can imagine that pitching for music videos can be a really interesting process: “Well, we’re going to dress her up in an outfit made of dog treats and hot dog sausages, and have her run around in an underground carpark with two massive Alsatians.”

  5. Azeliabanks-single-4-int_copy

    Whenever we need a power-surge in the studio we have a straight-forward recipe for success: Azealia Banks and headphones. Seriously, if you need to be ridiculously productive and do loads of high-quality work in an unfathomably short amount of time (just like Azealia Banks does), just stick on Broke with Expensive Taste and go, go, go.

  6. Jack-white-int-list-3

    “But I don’t WANT one music video!” I can imagine a sulky Jack exclaiming as he brought his fists down upon the mixing desk, “I want THREE!” Or perhaps he was just looking to bring a more varied viewing experience to his dedicated fans with the visual accompaniment to new track The Black Bat Licorice. Either way, the interactive video he finally came up with, which offers three full music videos simultaneously, is more than enough to keep us satisfied.

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    Good lord, I haven’t OMGd this hard since…possibly since anything this big and Blur-related happened last time, maybe with the release of Under the Westway, maybe when I sweatily, heart-in-mouthedly (be cool Gosling!) met Damon Albarn in a Foyles book shop. As anyone who’s been on any form of social media in the last hour will know, during a lovely long live Facebook chat with Zane Lowe this morning it was announced that Blur have recorded a new album, called The Magic Whip (their first full-length release in 12 years) revealing the very cool artwork in The Sun of all places this morning.

  8. Studio-moross-opening_film_storyboards-list-int

    How exactly do you go about measuring the success of a band like One Direction, who have been the source of underwear-throwing and diary-doodling since they came upon success in The X Factor in 2010? They’ve got a cool 22 million Twitter followers for starters, which goes some way to demonstrating the enormity of the job Studio Moross had on its hands when it started art directing their tour last Autumn.

  9. Christian-marclay-vinyl-factory-int-1

    In another brilliant feat of creative engineering that bridges the gap between music, art and design, a project at the White Cube gallery in London’s Bermondsey sees musicians including Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore perform a composition for Christian Marclay, which is recorded and pressed on site by The Vinyl Factory Press. The press is housed in a shipping container, and the artwork for the record – also created on site – is designed by Christian and printed by Coriander Press, in a series that feels like cottage industry, DIY ideas brought into a slick, art-world setting.

  10. Inezandvinoodh-fourfiveseconds-int

    Maybe it’s because I spent all day Saturday watching Beatles documentaries, or maybe it’s because I’m feeling emotional and loving after a big lunch, but this is great. If you had told anyone five years ago that Rihanna, Kanye and Paul would team up with fashion photography powerhouse Inez and Vinoodh to create a music video, no one would have believed you. But, it’s happened. Sure Brandon Stosuy from Pitchfork just referred to it on Twitter as a GAP commercial, but I think maybe it’s stronger than that. When the collaboration was first announced I expected them to accompany it with a mindbendingly expensive blockbuster video à la Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around…Comes Around complete with a car chase. But no, it’s stripped back, fashionable, kinda soppy and watchable. Well done Inez and Vinoodh, you’ve made this almost farcical musical trio somewhat more believable.

  11. Seamus_murhpy_pj-harvey_-recording-in-progress_-2015.-an-artangel-commission.-_1_int

    While we wait to take our turn to become a sort of strangely sanctioned voyeur as PJ Harvey records her ninth album, thinking about what’s ahead feels peculiar. Essentially, we’re going to see PJ (Polly Jean) Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, a photographer and two engineers making an album in a Something & Son-designed box, formed of glass that allows visitors to see in, while the musicians can’t see out.

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    The more we see of FKA Twigs, the more it becomes apparent that there’s no end to what she can do. She has a voice like nothing we’ve ever heard before, she dances like an extra-terrestrial placed on this earth solely to do so, and she directs all of her own music videos, because her creative vision for the visuals which accompany her music is such that nobody else could quite nail it. So the word talented doesn’t really cover it.

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    There are so few artists that manage to move into the higher echelons of householdnamery and still feel totally, grimily relevent to us every day. Despite David Shrigley’s 2012 Hayward Retrospective, his massive thumbs up set to grace Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth in 2016, and numerous other brilliant projects behind him, his work still feels so prescient and so hilariously real that we’re still extremely excited by each and every project his camp announces. So when we were told about the new spoken word album he’s involved in, Music and Words, we were naturally intrigued.