Coldplay cover house classic “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”: Watch

Coldplay won’t be touring again until it’s environmentally “beneficial,” and that decision places extra weight on the few live shows they choose to perform. So it was something of a surprise when the band stopped by Future Sounds with Annie Mac to promote their new album Everyday Life, and then busted out a cover of the classic house song “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters.

According to frontman Chris Martin, he  got the idea from the Belgian hip-hop artist Stromae, who had sampled “Gypsy Woman” during his last tour. In Coldplay’s hands, the old-school electronica sounds like disco by way of a Vegas lounge. Martin’s voice has always been pop perfect, and he brings charm to the already infectious “La da dee, la dee da,” refrain. The band’s lack of familiarity with the song wasn’t apparent until the very end, when Martin began vamping. “Let’s fade it out boys, let’s fade it out now… Annie, you better rescue us because we don’t know how to end this!” Watch the performance below.

Elsewhere during their Future Sounds set, Coldplay performed Everyday Life tracks “Orphans”, “Arabesque”, “Lovers in Japan”, “Guns”, “Everyday Life”, and “Daddy”. For the session, they were accompanied by string and horn sections.

Without any tours on the horizon, all your Coldplay performance needs will have to be met via video. Earlier this month, the British rockers premiered “Daddy” and “Everyday Life” on SNL, and last week they played sunrise and sunset shows in Amman, Jordan.

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Prince Estate unearths deluxe reissue of 1999: Stream

The Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records have released a deluxe reissue of 1999, The Purple One’s legendary 1982 record. Stream it below via Apple Music or Spotify.

Today’s reissue features the first-ever remastering of the original 1999. It’s also highlighted by 35 previously unreleased tracks, like the preview track “Don’t Let Him Fool Ya” from earlier in the month. These were all pulled from Prince’s famed vault, which is rumored to hold nearly a century’s worth of music.

(Read: The Top 10 Definitively Prince Songs)

In addition to the below digital version, the 1999 reissue comes as a treat-filled Super Deluxe Edition. This version delivers all the audio Prince officially released in and around 1982, 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live performance from the “1999 Tour” recorded in Detroit, Michigan on November 30th, 1982.

The Super Deluxe Edition also includes Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including “Little Red Corvette”, alongside rare photography from Prince’s early ’80s photographer, Allen Beaulieu. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl penned new liner notes.

You can buy the super deluxe edition of 1999 on CD or vinyl here.

(Read: The Top 25 Tours of the 2010s)

1999 (Super Deluxe) Reissue Artwork:

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1999 (Super Deluxe) Reissue Tracklist:
Disc 1 – 1999 Remastered Album:
01. 1999
02. Little Red Corvette
03. Delirious
04. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
05. D.M.S.R.
06. Automatic
07. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
08. Free
09. Lady Cab Driver
10. All The Critics Love U In New York
11. International Lover

Disc 2 – Promo Mixes & B-Sides:
01. 1999 (7″ stereo edit)
02. 1999 (7″ mono promo-only edit)
03. Free (promo-only edit)
04. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ b-side)
05. Little Red Corvette (7″ edit)
06. All The Critics Love U In New York (7” edit)
07. Lady Cab Driver (7″ edit)
08. Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix promo-only edit)
09. Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)
10. Delirious (7” edit)
11. Horny Toad (“Delirious” b-side)
12. Automatic (7″ edit)
13. Automatic (video version)
14. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ edit)
15. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ mono promo-only edit)
16. Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” b-side)
17. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (video version)
18. D.M.S.R. (edit)

Disc 3 – Vault, Part 1:
01. Feel U Up
02. Irresistible Bitch
03. Money Don’t Grow On Trees
04. Vagina
05. Rearrange
06. Bold Generation
07. Colleen
08. International Lover (Take 1, live in studio)
09. Turn It Up
10. You’re All I Want
11. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (Original Version)
12. If It’ll Make U Happy
13. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2, live in studio)

Disc 4 – Vault, Part 2:
1 Possessed (1982 version)
2 Delirious (full length)
3 Purple Music
4 Yah, You Know
5 Moonbeam Levels **
6 No Call U
7 Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got
8 Do Yourself A Favor
9 Don’t Let Him Fool Ya
10 Teacher, Teacher
11 Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (tour demo)

** released on the 2016 compilation, 4Ever

Disc 5 – Live In Detroit – November 30, 1982 (Midnight Show)
01. Controversy
02. Let’s Work
03. Little Red Corvette
04. Do Me, Baby
05. Head
06. Uptown
07. Interlude
08. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
09. Automatic
10. International Lover
11. 1999
12. D.M.S.R.

DVD: Live In Houston – December 29, 1982:
01. Controversy
02. Let’s Work
03. Do Me, Baby
04. D.M.S.R.
05. Interlude – piano improvisation (contains elements of “With You”)
06. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
07. Lady Cab Driver
08. Automatic
09. International Lover
10. 1999
11. Head (contains elements of “Sexuality”)

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Lewis Capaldi pulls out of show due to voice woes

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi cancelled his concert in Southampton, England at short notice on Thursday.

The Someone You Loved hitmaker was due to appear at the O2 Southampton Guildhall venue, but took to Instagram just hours before the gig to apologise to fans and explain that his vocal woes meant he would not be performing.

“Am so so gutted to be typing this message. Have been having trouble with my voice again this week and have been struggling through the past few shows and woke up today sounding rubbish,” his statement read.

“This morning I had an urgent check up with a ENT doctor and they’ve told me that to have any chance of finishing this tour we’ll need to cancel tonight’s show at O2 Guildhall in Southampton.

“I was hoping that a night off from performing yesterday would allow me some recovery time for tonight but unfortunately that has not been the case.”

The 23-year-old apologised to fans and promised to add another Southampton date soon. Lewis’ next gig is at the O2 Brixton Academy in London on Friday.

Kvelertak Announce First Album With New Singer, Share Song: Listen

Kvelertak are back with a new album. Splid, the follow-up to 2016’s Nattesferd, is out February 14, 2020. It’s their first LP since singer Erlend Hjelvik left the band last July, to be replaced by Ivar Nikolaisen, formerly of the glam-punk outfit Silver and Norse punks the Good, the Bad & the Zugly; it’s also their debut for new home Rise Records. “Bråtebrann” leads the record—listen to the song below.

The Norwegian group say in a press release that Splid, which translates as Discord, is “a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth.” Recorded with Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, the record “is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok,” according to the band.

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Faith No More, Deftones to headline inaugural Sunstroke Festival

Sunstroke is the name of a new hard-rock festival taking place in Punchestown, Ireland next summer, and it’s making quite the first impression.

Faith No More will headline the two-day festival as part of their first European tour in five years. Joining them on the lineup are Deftones, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Killing Joke, Gojira, Refused, The Hu, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and Pup, among others.

Sunstroke goes down June 13th-14th, 2020 at Punchestown Racecourse. You can find more information, including ticketing details, at the festival’s website.

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T.I. ‘incredibly apologetic’ to daughter Deyjah after claiming gynaecologist checks every year she’s still a virgin

T.I. is “incredibly apologetic” to his daughter Deyjah, after he claimed he takes her to the gynaecologist every year to check she’s still a virgin.

The 39-year-old rapper came under fire earlier this month when he admitted he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the gynaecologist every year to make sure her hymen is still intact.

And he has now extended his apologies for his comments, but insisted he’s only apologising to Deyjah, and not the “weirdos” who he claims have been “tossing lies around” about him and twisting his words.

He said: “There was never any objection. She did have a problem with me talking about it, however. And I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. To her. Not to any of these other strangers, any of the weirdos, who just kind of toss lies around for fun. She understands my intentions, and she knows who I am. She knows who I’ve always been. And I think that allows a certain level of understanding.”

The ‘Live Your Life’ hitmaker went on to insist he’d made his comments as a “joke”, and slammed his critics for taking his words seriously.

He explained: “I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent, and what is appropriate and inappropriate. I think all of this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner when asked how I deal with parenting in this day and age. From a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate and I think a lot of people took it extremely literal.”

And T.I. – who also has three-year-old daughter Heiress, as well as sons Messiah, 19, Domani, 18, Clifford, 15, and Major, 11 – claims his comments didn’t come from a place of trying to control his daughter.

Speaking during an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith for her Facebook Watch show ‘Red Table Talk’, he said: “I am here to protect all of the children from themselves until they make it to a point where they have awareness, a sense of self and discernment to be able to make certain decisions on their own that will impact their lives indefinitely. I’m not there to protect necessarily virginity, I just know that is a big move.”

T.I. made his original comments on ‘Ladies Like Us’ podcast, where the rapper – whose songs often feature lyrics about sex – opened up about accompanying Deyjah to her annual check-up.

He said: “We’ll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism. He’s like, ‘Well, you know sir, I have to, in order to share information’ – I’m like, ‘Deyjah, they want you to sign this … so we can share information. Is there anything you would not want me to know?’ ‘See doc? No problem.’

“So then they come and say, ‘Well, I just want you to know that there are other ways besides sex that the hymen can be broken, like bike riding, athletics, horseback riding, and just other forms of athletic physical activity.’

“So I say, ‘Look doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.’ “

Darkstar – News From Nowhere

The Darkstar that we hear on News From Nowhere bears little resemblance to the production outfit that were bang on the “future garage” trend back in 2009 with their Hyperdub single, Aidy’s Girl Is a Computer.

Even then, though, there were suggestions that the group – at the time, the duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley – were looking beyond the dancefloor for their kicks. Their mutant two-step experimented with floaty electronic textures and strived for a fuzzed emotional quality some way removed from familiar raving highs.

Their debut album, 2010’s North, made this break explicit, as Young and Whalley employed a vocalist, James Buttery. They subsequently embarked on a new direction of chilly synth-pop – notable amongst these tracks was a take on The Human League’s (You Remind Me Of) Gold.

But News From Nowhere shifts the goalposts once again.

In part inspired by George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, Darkstar’s second finds the group jettisoning conventional verse-chorus structure and exploring mantric vocal repetitions.

A bit like Animal Collective, in fact, who tracks like Amplified Ease or You Don’t Need a Weatherman somewhat resemble. But Darkstar’s gleaming, pristine electronics pull them some way from that particular group’s wild canter through the experimental backwoods.

Instead, songs like Young Hearts and Hold Me Down employ techniques drawn from synth-pop, folktronica and the shimmering ambience of Eno collaborator Harold Budd.

Their aim isn’t always true: Armonica ladles effects onto Buttery’s vocal to cover up the paucity of its tune. But elsewhere, things come together quite beautifully.

A Day’s Pay for a Day’s Work opens with lead-like Pyramid Song piano, and slowly opens up into a sleepy-eyed mini-symphony, like an electronica Van Dyke Parks. Later, Hold Me Down is a lush tumble of ambient repetitions that closes the disc in gorgeous fashion.

They’re further from the dancefloor than ever – but Darkstar are picking up new tricks as they go.

Coldplay perform sunrise and sunset live sets in Amman, Jordan: Watch

As a live debut of their newly released double LP Everyday Life, Coldplay have shared two performances from Amman, Jordan– one taking place at sunrise, and another at sunset.

Staged atop the capital’s aged citadel, the sets reflected the two-halves of the new record. The first sunrise performance kicked off at 4am GMT, with the city cloaked in grey clouds as the band whisked through each new track. For their performance of “Arabesque”, they were joined by Stromae, Femi Kuti, and a pack of sparkling horns. The following sunset performance opened with “Guns”, then moved into the single “Orphans” accompanied by a jumping choir. The set wrapped with the album’s title track, sizzling out against a brightly glowing horizon.

The two performances serve as one of the few chances to see these songs in live form. You won’t catch the guys touring anytime soon as they’ve sworn it off until they find a more environmentally friendly approach. However, fans in London can catch their upcoming one-off show on November 25th at London’s Natural History Museum. All proceeds will go to the environmental law charity ClientEarth.

Watch both full performances below.

Sunrise Setlist:
Sunrise
Church
Trouble in Town
BrokEn
Daddy
WOTW/POTP
Arabesque
When I Need a Friend

Sunset Setlist:
Guns
Orphans
Eko
Cry Cry Cry
Old Friends
بنی آدم
Champion of the World
Everyday Life

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Celeste reveals Lewis Capaldi is a fan of her music

MTV Push: Ones To Watch 2020 nominee Celeste has revealed last year’s winner Lewis Capaldi is a fan of her music.

The soul singer – who has supported the likes of Neneh Cherry and Janelle Monae – has been shortlisted for the same rising star accolade that the ‘Grace’ hitmaker won this year, and she has revealed they are both fans of one another’s work.

Speaking to Marco Gandolfi for Music-News.com, Celeste said: “I am a fan of Lewis Capaldi and I think we write with some of the same writers and stuff.”

Asked if they plan to collaborate, Celeste said: “I don’t know. “But I heard that he’s listened to my songs – so that’s cool.”

Celeste is among 10 artists who have been shortlisted for the prize, including ‘Loner’ hitmaker Yungblud, singer/songwriter JC Stewart, rappers Aitch and Deno, and alternative pop band Easy Life.

Plus Joel Corry – whose single ‘Sorry’ featured on ‘Love Island’ this year – singer/songwriter Joy Crookes, Lily Moore, the daughter of late guitar legend Gary Moore, and indie rockers Sea Girls.

The up-and-coming star says it’s a “huge honour” to be recognised by MTV, and revealed how she was inspired by her idols Lauryn Hill and Jay-Z’s MTV Unplugged performances in 2001.

She said: “Unfortunately I was slightly too young to have witnessed Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged, but luckily I can still remember the first time I heard and saw Lauryn Hill and Jay-Z and how in awe I was of those artists at the time, I remember kneeling at the television, sitting right in front of it so I couldn’t miss a moment, sooner rather than later my mum told me I shouldn’t sit so close to the television otherwise I’d get square eyes, so I had to take a tiny step back but it didn’t stop me from absorbing and listening to the artists I loved whenever I had the chance.
“So to be recognised by a platform that had such a part to play in some of these artists most iconic moments is a huge honour.”

On winning this year, Lewis said: “2019 has been absolutely crazy for me, since being named MTV Push’s One to Watch 2019 – it was an unreal start.

“Thank you so much MTV for the support.

“I’m buzzing to see who is nominated this year – good luck to all involved.”

The likes of Mabel, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Krept & Konan and more have previously been crowned MTV Push’s One to Watch.

See full interview below:

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Pantha du Prince – Elements of Light

If you were feeling bold, you could probably boil the evolutionary progression of techno down to a single, simple phrase: innovation through percussion.

Melody, of course, plays a part: but it is rhythm – the syncopation of beats, the complex interplay of bass and drums – that is the genre’s guiding principle.

The bell, however, offers a little of both worlds: of melody, and of rhythm. It lends its sound to at least one bona fide techno classic – Jeff Mills’ The Bells, later transformed into a big-stage classical performance with the help of the Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra.

And now, the instrument is the cue for an excellent new collaborative album by Pantha du Prince – aka Berlin DJ/producer Hendrik Weber – and an assembled team of percussionists going under the name The Bell Laboratory.

Elements of Light is, unquestionably, a record that finds its roots in techno – but Weber isn’t kidding when he describes it as a “symphony”.

Built around a bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising over 50 bronze bells, this five-part suite expertly blurs boundaries between Weber’s sequenced beats and the florid, cascading melodies of the carillon (played expertly by Vegar Sandholt).

Adding to this is a number of assisting percussionists, who dutifully fill the remaining space with patterned tubular bells, marimba, xylophone and cymbals.

The main point of reference is probably the classical minimalists, the likes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass (who, in its more subtle and experimental moments, Elements often recalls). It is a style that probably works best in moments of gentle build – certainly, as Spectral Split drifts in the direction of “banging”, a sense of incongruity begins to seep in.

But it’s hard to fault the care and measure that Weber brings to the project, and, particularly on the 12-minute Particle, he does it with elegant and engaging results.