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Music by Bergman: The Avalanches

The Avalanches‘ acclaimed debut album Since I Left You is composed almost entirely of samples from other records — but there’s nothing lazy or unimaginative about their approach to recording…

Few records managed to capture the dizzy rush of the cut-and-paste aesthetic as succinctly as The Avalanches‘ Since I Left You. With its immaculately sewn patchwork of found sounds and gussied-up rhythms, the Australian duo’s charming debut seduced almost anyone who came near it.

Entitled ‘Running Red Lights’, The Avalanches new track features Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, LA-based artist and Pink Siifu. Last month, the electronic group also shared a new track with Blood Orange, AKA Dev Hynes, ‘We Will Always Love You’. It was the first new music since 2017, when The Avalanches revealed that they had begun work on a new album following the release of 2016’s ‘Wildflower’. That album is expected to drop later this year.

Divus Julius presents: Happyness

Happiness is a great feeling; Happyness is a great band. The South London trio specializes in lush-yet-breezy indie rock that conjures all sorts of wistful feelings then takes the piss out of them with wry puns and punchlines. Think of it as Sparklehorse’s mournful dream-pop pocket symphonies infused with Pavement’s winking ironic sensibility, or Yo La Tengo if their public sense of humor seeped into their records more often.

Happyness are set to release new album ‘Floatr’ in May, they have shared some tasters such as ‘Vegetable’ or ‘Seeing Eye Dog’. It’s the now-duo’s first new material in three years, but also their first since drummer Ash Kenazi began incorporating his drag into the band.

Divus Julius presents: Melt Yourself Down

Formed in 2012, on the dawn of the UK Jazz explosion, Pete Wareham and his band – including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings – have been the purveyors of sweaty, fast-paced ‘Jazz’ gigs. The London based band were one of the very first acts of the scene to make people excitedly question “What do you call this music?”

With two studio albums behind them, the self-titled debut and the 2016 release ‘Last Evenings On Earth’, they have a strong foundation on which to return. Melt Yourself Down have announced their third album, 100% YES. The London jazz six-piece have so far shared three tracks from the album, the latest one ‘Crocodile’

Divus Julius presents: Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets is an English five-piece indie band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, London.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Mystery Jets broke surface with their debut album, Making Dens.

A few days ago Mystery Jets have shared a video for A Billion Heartbeats. The indie-rock number serves as the title track of the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, out on April 3 via Caroline International, having had its 2019 release postponed due to vocalist Blaine Harrison undergoing emergency surgery. The clip, meanwhile, was shot in Trafalgar Square, London.

 

Divus Julius presents: Franc Moody 

Franc Moody are London duo Ned Franc and Jon Moody, who embrace disco-funk in glittering dance-pop productions, emboldened by Daft Punk’s studio forays into the recreation of classic disco and funk on Random Access Memories.

Their sound is DIY-driven, which involves finding out that recording the perfect handclap takes three pairs of hands and one pair of Marigold gloves. Salt shakers, radiators and the sound of zipping flies have also been used in their recordings.

Their eight-track mini album Dance Moves encapsulates their appeal in one tight package, head-nodding disco-electronic-funk with an emphasis on earworm choruses such as Dance Moves or the pristine four-million streamer and digital-bass and guitar groover Dopamine.

 Franc Moody have released the funky antidote we all need to get through.  Dream In Colour, released on 28 February, is Franc Moody’s first full-length album.

Divus Julius presents: MEUTE

MEUTE is a Techno Marching Band – eleven drummers and horn players from Hamburg / Germany who fulfil the job of a dj with their acoustic instruments. The archaic conglomerate of brass and drums creates a new genre by combining hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music. MEUTE detaches electronic music from the dj desk and evolves the thrust of energy on stage or directly in the crowd. Be it on the streets or in the club, with or without electricity.

Having captivated audiences across the globe, techno marching band MEUTE will present tonight in concert at Razzmatazz its second studio album, PULS.

Divus Julius presents: Thundercat

Thundercat forms a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder label; he released “Golden Age of Apocalypse” (2011), “Apocalypse” (2013), followed by EP “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam” featuring the modern classic ‘Them Changes’.  He was later “at the creative epicenter” of the 21st century’s most influential hip-hop album Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, where he won a Grammy for his collaboration on the track ‘These Walls’ before releasing his game-changing third album “Drunk” in 2017. In 2018 Thundercat and Flying Lotus composed an original score for an episode of Golden Globe and Emmy award winning TV series “Atlanta” (created and written by Donald Glover).

Thundercat has shared another track from his forthcoming album ‘It Is What It Is’. Titled ‘Dragonball Durag’, it follows up on lead single ‘Black Qualls’ in previewing the full-length, which drops on April 3rd.