Farmfest 2016 announce line up: Young Fathers, Gilles Peterson, Lone, Bentley Rhythm Ace and GoGo Penguin confirmed

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Young Fathers, Gilles Peterson, GoGo Penguin, The Hot 8 Brass Band and Bentley Rhythm Ace are among the first acts to be confirmed for Farmfestival 2016.
Young Fathers, Mercury Prize winners, touring with Massive Attack, and undoubtedly one of the most exciting acts to have emerged in recent years will bring a notoriously fierce live performance to the Farmfest main stage. By contrast GoGo Penguin are carving out a niche in glorious acoustic reinterpretations of electronic music. New album ‘Man-made Object’ is set for release on Blue Note, making them one of only a handful of Brits to have released on the prestigious label.

On another plane of the jazz spectrum sit legendary New Orleans outfit The Hot 8 Brass Band who have been blowing for over 20 years. They are among the very best exponents of big brass jazz, blending classic covers with new and funk-fuelled original tunes, and are one massive hoot!
The Farmfest line-ups always have a habit of producing pleasant surprises but this year there is one more obvious than most in the form of 90s big beat protagonists Bentley Rhythm Ace who had a string of hits before parting ways at the height of their fame. This is one act who will have plenty of ravers in the 30+ age range beaming with excitement.

Joining the big guns on the very cosmopolitan line-up are Dutch trio My Baby, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Shilpa Ray and French duo Holy Two, with further home-grown talent coming in the form of widely and critically acclaimed Haiku Salut, Rachael Dadd and Plastic Mermaids.

Heading up the live electronic offering will be Lone whose track Airglow Fires on legendary Belgium label R&S Records won Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards Track of the Year 2014.

And speaking of which, the man himself Gilles Peterson will be heading down to Somerset to grace the festival’s unique combine harvester DJ booth! He will be joined by his favourite DJ, Belgium’s Lefto (‘Your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ’ – Fact Mag), Bristol heavyweight hero Kowton showcasing his soon to be released longplayer, and Manchester’s Hoya:Hoya resident Jon K. The Late Night Tales DJs will be back to expertly fill the gaps between acts on the main stage, and party crews Shapes, The Civilisation of the Rough and Crucial & Fresh all return for 2016 and are set to announce stage line-ups soon.

Away from the music, the overwhelming success of the new and improved arts offering around the festival in 2015 is set to be even greater for 2016 and will see the Comedy and Spoken Word Tent grow, more theatre, art workshops and activities for grown-ups to compliment the varied and hugely popular programme already available for children, plus many more immersive oddities and beautiful creations.

More acts and DJs will be announced over the coming months ahead of the festival at the end of July.

Full list of confirmed acts to date:

Young Fathers
GoGo Penguin
The Hot 8 Brass Band (US)
Bentley Rhythm Ace
My Baby (Holland)
Shilpa Ray (US)
Desert Sound Colony
Holy Two (France)
Plastic Mermaids (Isle of Wight)
Rachael Dadd
Haiku Salut
Pete Josef
Tamu Massif
The Flamenco Thief
Titus Monk
Passion Bel Canon
[More TBA]
Gilles Peterson
Lone (live)
Lefto (Belgium)
Jon K (Hoya:Hoya)
Late Night Tales DJs
Unwanted Family
Franklin (Freerange Records)
Shapes stage hosts (headliners TBA)
Crucial & Fresh takeover (headliners TBA)
The Civilisation of the Rough takeover
The High Grade Rockers Dub Soundsystem
Vintage Mobile Disco ‘Soul Express’ stage
The Ransomnote takeover
[More TBA]

Sons Of Kemet share video for ‘Play Mass’

After the blistering success of their debut album ‘Burn’ in 2013, Sons of Kemet return with their highly anticipated follow up ‘Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do.’ ‘Burn’ is a hard act to follow – not only did it garner the band fans such as Gilles Peterson (who included the album in his Worldwide Awards shortlist) and stunning reviews, including The Arts Desk (who pronounced it Album Of The Year) and The Quietus, but they also scooped the MOBO Best Jazz Award. The bar has indeed been set high for the second album, but yet again Sons of Kemet have surpassed themselves, delivering an album stuffed to the rafters with the euphoric, danceable grooves and riffs that made ‘Burn’ such an unprecedented success and audiences go crazy.

Sons of Kemet boasts a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond. Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinet player Shabaka Hutchings continues his fiery vision alongside London-based band mates Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford (a dynamo duo on drums) and latest addition, Theon Cross (taking over from Oren Marshall) on tuba.

Rather than a complete departure, ‘Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do’ is a vivid continuation of themes explored on the debut album. Hutchins describes the album as ‘a meditation on the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain’ and just as ‘Burn’ blazed through unpredictable atmospheres and effects, more far-reaching influences are incorporated on Lest We Forget… These range from his relationship with classical concepts (Mo’ Wiser), to literary inspirations on tracks such as In The Castle Of My Skin (named after Barbadian author George Lamming’s 1953 novel about post-colonial identity) and The Long Night Of Octavia Butler, in homage to the award-winning African-American sci-fi writer.

Meanwhile, the album’s exceptionally resonant opening track reflects an unsettling modern reality; In Memory Of Samir Awad was written to commemorate a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces as he fled their gunfire in 2013. Another pivotal track on Lest We Forget… is the earthy and ceremonial Afrofuturism, which takes the band’s explorations of Caribbean roots into new realms. The bass rhythm is based on a traditional Barbadian style called tuk, with a bass and snare drum; similar to fife music from New Orleans, but also West African roots, and Western military band music.

The album’s overall restless and trancey energy is most definitely a collective achievement, and over the past year and a half Sons Of Kemet have seeped this latest material into their irrepressible live sets. ‘Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do’ is proof that there’s still nothing quite like the ‘supergroup’ sound of Sons Of Kemet: eloquent, fierce, explosively funky – and thrillingly out-there.

Tour dates:

28 Aug 2015 Jazz Festival Willisau Willisau CH

08 Sep 2015 Jazz a la Villette Festival Paris F

09 Sep 2015 Periscope Lyon F

14 Oct 2015 Salon IKSV Istanbul TR

17 Oct 2015 Touch of Noir Festival Luxembourg L

18 Oct 2015 Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim D

22 Oct 2015 Hare & Hounds Birmingham GB

29 Oct 2015 Moritzbastei Leipzig D

30 Oct 2015 Überjazz Festival Hamburg D

06 Nov 2015 Jazz Jantar Festival Gdansk PL

13 Nov 2015 Rich Mix London GB

14 Nov 2015 Jazz Forum Bayreuth Bayreuth D

18 Nov 2015 Cube Cinema Bristol Bristol GB

19 Nov 2015 North Devon Theatres Barnstaple GB

21 Nov 2015 The Kazimier Liverpool GB

22 Nov 2015 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival Vilnius LT

01 Dec 2015 Band On The Wall Manchester GB

ephemerals announce new single ‘Life is Good’ + London headline show

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Having released their debut album in September 2014, ephemerals started 2015 is serious style by reaching Number 1 on hype machine after gaining support from tastemaker DJ’s like Gilles Peterson and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart as well Craig Charles and Groove Armada on 6 Music and DJ Target on Radio 1.

In print respected soul mag Blues & Soul gave them a 5 star review and key tastemaker blogs like indie shuffle, pigeons & planes and hilly dilly all started the year hailing the band as ones to watch in the new wave of soul music that is defining 2015.

ephemerals next single Life Is Good had already been singled out by Hollywood before the album was even released with hit TV show Homeland licensing the track for a key scene.

The song Life Is Good is a beautifully uplifting counterpoint to the sometimes dark social commentary that characterises much of the album’s lyrical content.

The chorus line we got skills knowledge technology and I feel life is good is an anthem to making the most of what we have and not always harking back to a rose tinted past. It’s a recurrent theme in this soul band who mine classic production techniques while trying to avoid all the usual soul band clichés.

There is a stellar lineup of remixes. Shogun Audio’s Drum & Bass dons Technimatic throw down a jazzy soulful D&B mix that sounds amazing. Nottingham sound system man Animist turns out a house mix that should open this track up to serious club play while Tru Thoughts new signing Titeknots goes for an alternative 4/4 shuffle for the more leftfield DJ’s. Finally Frenchman Chicky Boom’s mix has already been singled out for attention by Mixmag who are supporting his stripped back breakbeat groover in print.

Riva Starr feat Rssll – Absence [official video]

Riva Starr, the eclectic London DJ/Producer, whose won over loyal fans in the likes of Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Swedish House Mafia, is starting the year strong with his latest single “Absence”. The softly and opaque original not only demonstrates his ability to compose intricate sounds full of surrealism and esoteric elements but also illustrates his maturity as a producer since his first introduction to the UK underground house scene in 2009.

The effortlessly charming single is accompanied by its official music video, drawing from European experimental cinema and theatre and creepy scenes that feel taken out of a David Lynch film.

Riva Starr feat Rssll Absence

‘Absence’ is the first track from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Hands In Hands’ being released 7th March.