I am currently taking a break from the Schoole of Abuse. In the past two months, fate has handed me a wicked set of cards, ones that need addressing and require the time I usually invest into this site. Maintaining this site requires a lot of love and dedication, and whilst the former is not and never will be in question, I simply have to refocus my goals and the challenges that my life has brought me to.
I am still writing as much as I can for DIY, so if you enjoy my irreverent reviews then head there. Thank you to anyone who has ever spent more than three minutes on the site and to all the people I have met through this project. I love you all.
video: The Wytches - Robe For Juda
Artist :: The Wytches
Track :: Robe For Juda
Release :: Robe For Juda / Wide At Midnight (November 2013, Hate Hate Hate Records)
For Fans Of :: The Horrors, White Stripes.
Been away for a while, but, we’re back.
The Schoole of Abuse is changing. From now on, we’re implementing a new editorial decision and house style for the site. The biggest change will be in content; no longer will you be reading a review of the tracks, videos and EP’s we post - we’re replacing it with bare facts, with the addition of a ‘for fans of’ bullet point that should hopefully encourage/discourage the reader to listen or not listen to the post. Hardly groundbreaking, but, the decision has been made after analysing reader behaviour and more that we have less time to write these days. Sometimes music is that good, you can’t even describe it anyway.
mp3: GEMS - Sinking Stone
Artist :: GEMS
Track :: Medusa
Release :: Medusa EP (November 2013)
For fans of :: Beach House, Anna Calvi.
mp3: MØ - Never Wanna Know
Karen Marie Ørsted has been coming on leaps and bounds for the best part of twelve months now. Last month’s ‘XXX 88' was a punchy and ensnaring cut, with MØ lending her vocals to hi-hats and claps enlisted by Diplo. Perhaps the radio ready qualities of ‘XXX 88' broke her to a wider audience, but maybe it'll be 'Never Wanna Know' that truly taps into public consciousness. Believe it or not, it's a ballad.
The release of ‘Never Wanna Know' couldn't be any further from MØ's previous output. Her characteristically icy vocals remain, but this time, she casts a distinctly different figure. “I would never let you go/ If I’d been a little older" she says with the beauty of hindsight. Whoever MØ is aiming her plea at, it’s clear she doesn’t want to be the subject’s image anymore. A future without him/her proves that a fresh start is in order, and with her most telling tale yet, ‘Never Wanna Know' provides a fresh impetus for her forthcoming Bikini Daze EP. It shouldn’t be a surprise that MØ has written a love song; it’s probably the most prominent theme throughout her work. What’s more surprising is how sincere this departure is amongst her other songs, proving that it isn’t what you say, it’s how you say it.
video: BANKS - This Is What It Feels Like
New video for BANKS' 'This Is What It Feels Like’, taken from her stunning London EP.
mp3: Woman’s Hour - Thunder
‘Thunder’, the b-side to Woman’s Hour's latest single 'Darkest Place’, out with Luv Luv Luv Records next month.
photos: SHINIES :: KAGOULE :: AUTOBAHN
Photos of SHINIES, KAGOULE and Autobahn from our event on Wednesday 25th September.
Credit :: Grace Claire
mixtape: SEPTEMBER 2013
As always a genre-spanning review/continuous stream of some of the best album cuts, singles and remixes we’ve heard in the past month.
Free download here (320kbps mp3)
01. SOHN :: Lessons 00.00
02. BANKS :: This Is What It Feels Like 03:18
03. Vaults :: Cry No More 08:16
04. Gent Mason :: Head 11:50
05. Four Tet :: Parallel Jalebi 16:02
06. Active Child :: Subtle (Feat. Mikky Ekko) 19:54
07. Autre Ne Veut :: Play By Play (Jacques Greene Remix) 23:51
08. Arcade Fire :: Reflektor (Feat. David Bowie) 30:38
09. JUNGLE :: The Heat 37:56
10. Blood Orange :: Chamakay 41:09
11. Daft Punk :: Lose Yourself To Dance (Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 45:23
mp3: Movement - Us
Australian trio Movement have shared details of a new single, which is out next week via Modular People. New cut ‘Us’, is a slow and sensuous track, channelling bittersweet pop lyrics with R&B and dance sensibilities. Whispered with a tantalising, darkly-shaded beat, the vocals are sensitive, with lyrics like “When we’re alone in the dark/ And I could take you right now/ You’re the way that I want you/ Moving for me”, giving ‘Us's colour a bit of a sinister edge. The single comes with remixes by Giraffage and Kowton.
Stream ‘Us' below:
video: Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
Foxygen have shared a video for the title track of their latest album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic, released earlier this year by Jagjaguwar. Directed by William Doyle of Neighborhood Watch Films, it features vocalist Sam France's trip through graveyards, filtered by a myriad of psychedelic effects and patterns that work in tandem with the track's frenzied nature.
Watch the video to ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic’ below:
mp3: James Blake - Life Round Here (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
James Blake has shared a new version of ‘Life Round Here’, taken from the Mercury Prize nominated album Overgrown. It features an additional verse from rising Chicago artist Chance The Rapper, and whilst no details have been shared for an official release, the duo have recently filmed a video for the edit, expected soon.
Stream ‘Life Round Here (Feat. Chance The Rapper)' below:
video: Telegram - Follow
London quartet Telegram have announced details of their much anticipated debut single today. ‘Follow’, is set to be released on their own GramGram label this November, recorded with producer Dan Carey and backed by b-side ‘Under The Night Time’. Filled with an abundance of energy, ‘Follow' is a careering and propelling debut, not shy of flirting with motorik and psych influences. It hurtles at whirlwind speed, with Matt Saunders' vocals producing an urgency and rawness, best encapsulated in the line “and there’s no slowing down!”, to which Telegram dodge an impression to what their moniker would suggest.
Watch the video for ‘Follow' below:
video: Solange - Lovers In The Parking Lot
Solange has shared a video for ‘Lovers In The Parking Lot' taken from her latest EP True. The video features Miss Knowles dancing through Houston’s Kings Flea Market, with Solange dressed in various jewels and neon and metallics costumes in a vibrant and colourful environment. Solange worked and directed the video with Emily Kai Bock and Peter J. Brant in collaboration with The Creators Project.
Watch the video to ‘Lovers In The Parking Lot' below: