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Live Review: Death in Vegas @ Thekla, Bristol – 14 December

Since forming on the very fringes of Britpop in the early 90s, Death in Vegas have never failed to challenge genre boundaries, foraying from their very organic, electronic sound into trance, dub and krautrock. It has been seven years since the duo last released an album and fans have been hungry for more of their menacing sounds; a hunger that was evident amongst the sell-out crowd at Thekla…

New Release: Azealia Banks – Liqourice

Azealia Banks, the vibrant 21 year old rapper from Harlem, is back to give us one more fix before the year is up. Since the profanity-nourished track 212 went viral, there’s been some whispers of a debut album come 2012 plus rumours of business phonecalls with Kanye West.

New Artist: Szjerdene

It’s always great to see musicians doing something different, as is the case with North London singer Szjerdene. She’s been elegantly fusing Soul, RnB and Jazz vocals with Glitch-Hop backdrops; drawing clear parallel’s with the Future-Soul sound that has come out of L.A. in the last few months via OFWGKTA sub-group The Internet. Leila’s Tale has her beautiful tones sprinkled generously over a rework instrumental from Swiss-born producer Dimlite. A match made in heaven, we can’t wait to hear more!

New Release: Mar Variation – Avril 14th with Szjerdene

It’s safe to say that Aphex Twin, known as the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music today, has had a pretty interesting 2011. Kanye West sampled the track Avril 14th off the 2001 drukQs album to make a melancholic love joint with John Legend called Blame Game. Now, Dutch-born RnB/Neo-Soul singer Mar (of Full Crate & Mar) and North London counterpart Szjerdene have collaborated to showcase their version of the famous piano track. It is in keeping with Mar’s Variation project, which has him reinterpreting old songs in his own style, accompanied by some very cinematic videos. The video for Avril 14th is a bit heavy, (it might even be a homage to Aphex Twin’s notoriously messed up music videos) but we love the new interpretation – AAAAND it’s a free download which you can get here.