ONETWO, the new project from OMD's PAUL HUMPHREYS and PROPAGANDA's CLAUDIA BRUCKEN have signed a deal with Mute Records, the home of DEPECHE MODE and ERASURE among many others, who will distribute all their forthcoming releases including their much anticipated debut album.
A-HA have announced the first dates of their forthcoming European tour in November and December. Shows have been confirmed in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the UK with more shows to be announced soon.
THE BLOW MONKEYS' former frontman DR ROBERT has put together a new Marc Bolan & T-Rex compilation, 'Children Of the Revolution', for the Demon label. Dr Robert, a huge fan of Bolan, compiled the album and also provided sleeve notes describing his own journey through Bolan's music. KRAFTWERK have announced a rare run of dates from May to July which see the innovative German band play sixteen gigs in the US and Europe, including a performance at the prestigious Montreux Jazz festival on july 4th.
ABC, GO WEST, TONY HADLEY and PAUL YOUNG have announced the first dates for their upcoming Spanish tour. The acts will play shows in Barcelona, Alicante, Madrid and Murcia with more to be announced shortly. ELVIS COSTELLO is to release a deluxe 2-CD edition of his 'King Of America' album along with a limited edition 7" vinyl single of the album's lead track 'Brilliant Mistake' on April 26th. The album includes a bonus CD of live tracks, outtakes, demos and rare material.
THE CURE frontman ROBERT SMITH has provided vocals for a track on the forthcoming solo album from former Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan. Smith has recorded backing vocals on a cover version of THE BEE GEES' 'To Love Somebody', one of eleven tracks on the album 'The Future Embrace' which is due for a June 21st release. SINEAD O'CONNOR is recording a reggae album in Jamaica with the legendary Sly Dunbar. The album will be rleased later this year and will feature O'Connor's versions of 'some of reggae's most famous protest songs', which will include Bob Marley's 'War', Peter Tosh's 'Downpressor Man' and Burning Spear's 'Marcus Garvey'. THE WATERBOYS have announced a handful of dates for 2005 including headlining a MASG (Male Abuse Survivors Group) benefit in Galway on May 7th.
TANITA TIKARAM will release a new album - her first since 1998 - in April. 'Sentimental' will feature 10 new songs including two in collaboration with NICK LOWE.
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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has revealed the band's new influences.
He was speaking to Xfm.co.uk ahead of the band's performance at the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust last night.
Kapranos said: "I've been listening to a lot of Dylan recently. I'm getting really into "Highway 61". It's so good. That's influencing more my lyrical style, than anything. I don't think we'll end up sounding like Dylan... but I just love the rhythm of his lyrics... and listening to people who are adventurous with the rhythm of their words. Bowie too... a bit of the old glam stuff, but also "Low", "Station to Station" and "Heroes" they're so radical and so adventurous and very inspirational. They were massively experimental and went to places where music had never gone before and yet it still sounded like pop music... and you could hum it straight away."
He added that the band is working with producer Rich Costey and "sitting around playing a lot of records, talking about music and things that excite us and experimenting."
Franz Ferdinand played four new tracks in their set, "Your Diary", "This Boy", "Wee Andy" and "Evil Heathen".
Norwegian dance duo Röyksopp have revealed details of the follow-up to their million-selling debut album "Melody AM". Titled "The Understanding", the album will be released on June 27th and preceded by a single "Only This Moment" on June 13th.
In a statement reported by Music Week, the duo claimed that their new sound was more melodious than their past work. In full, this read: "This is definitely a sound which for us is more looking towards the future, than being as reminiscent of the past as our last album was. We always feel we have to move on and venture into things we really haven't done before. Even though the last one was called "Melody AM", this one is even more about melody."
The full tracklisting for "The Understanding" is as follows:
"Triumphant" "Only This Moment" "49 Percent" "Boys" "Follow My Ruin" "Beautiful Day" "What Else Is There?" "Circuit Breaker" "Alpha Male" "Someone Like You" "Dead To The World"
Depeche Mode are currently in Santa Barbara, California recording their first studio album since 2001's, 'Exciter', due for release this Autumn.
2004 ended on a high for Depeche Mode, generated largely by the success of their remix album, 'Depeche Mode Remixes 81-04' which sold over 1 million copies worldwide and produced the top 10 single, 'Enjoy The Silence' remixed by Mike Shinoda.
The new album is being co-produced by Depeche Mode and Ben Hillier, whose credits include Elbow's 'Cast Of Thousands' album, the current acclaimed Doves release, 'Some Cities' and Blur's classic, 'Think Tank'.
"It's a great feeling to be back together in the studio again and we are very excited about the new material", says Dave Gahan. "We are all feeling incredibly positive about the album. Ben Hillier has brought a whole new dynamic to the group which is quite inspiring."