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Daily Visual 11.01.16: David Bowie Dies Aged Sixty-Nine

As day broke on Monday morning, the shocking death of David Bowie was announced, a statement on the artist’s official Facebook page notifying the world that he had died on Sunday after an eighteen month battle with a cancer none of us knew he had. Bowie had managed to keep his illness secret from all but his very closest family…

Culturedarm’s Albums of the Year 2015

35. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late  |  34. Peaches – Rub  |  33. Young Thug – Barter 6  |  32. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album  |  31. Ian William Craig – Cradle for the Wanting  |  30. Dr. Dre – Compton  |  29. Zhala – Zhala  |  28. Future – DS2  |  27. Laurel Halo – In Situ…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (December 2015)

ANOHNI – ‘4 DEGREES’ Last February the artist hitherto known as Antony Hegarty announced HOPELESSNESS, described as ‘an electronic record with some sharp teeth’, with co-production from Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and to be released under the name ANOHNI this spring. In a fan interview published in October, ANOHNI further characterised the album as a significant departure from the chamber music…

Culturedarm’s Christmas Playlist 2015

You are all alone. You are not alone, but you’re ‘waiting for the day’, as The Beach Boys once sang, when it might be otherwise. You are surrounded, now cosseted, now buffeted by family and friends, surfeited on mince pies and chocolate boxes, and seeking the respite of music, or a selection sufficiently unfamiliar that it might shoo them away. Here…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (November 2015)

Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Sticky Drama’ On 13 November Oneohtrix Point Never released Garden of Delete, his seventh studio album and the second to come out on Warp, having set the scene over preceding months courtesy of an interview with a humanoid alien named Ezra, backdated blog posts narrating a musical coming-of-age through the apocryphal ‘hypergrunge’ band Kaos Edge, and teasers posted –…

Grimes – Art Angels

From her early live performances, where an ethereal voice pulled apart graceful melodies over simple looping synths and incessant drums, to 2010’s Halfaxa and her 2012 breakthrough Visions, to ‘REALiTi’, the throwaway which emerged to become one of 2015’s best songs, Grimes has consistently shown one of the strongest instincts in all of music. She also appears to be one of the industry’s hardest workers….

Daily Visual 30.11.15: Animal Collective Unveil Painting With

Today Animal Collective announced Painting With, their new album which is set to arrive on 19 February. Painting With will be the group’s tenth studio release, and their fourteenth album in total including their three live records and the ODDSAC visual project. It will come as the follow-up to Centipede Hz, the group’s previous record, which was released in 2012. The tracklist reads: 1. FloriDada 2….

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (October 2015)

Kelela – ‘Rewind’ Kelela first came to attention in 2012 as the featured vocalist on Teengirl Fantasy’s ‘EFX’, a lilting shanty with scuttering percussion from the duo’s second album Tracer. The following year she released her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me, which showcased the breadth of her R&B stylings over clanging percussion courtesy of the LA-based label Fade To Mind and their London counterparts Night Slugs. Kingdom and Nguzunguzu were…

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Five years on from the epic and sprawling Have One On Me, it is little surprise to find Joanna Newsom, one of our greatest artists, back with an album of breathtaking beauty, fashioning, forging, and conjuring once again something entirely unique. Nor is it a surprise that after the sheer length of Have One On Me  – a triple album which…