One of the more interesting reversals in rock came in 2009 when Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke took to the stage for an encore during a solo show at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. Performing mainly songs off his Erasure album, Yorke was joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. What made this particular moment noteworthy was the usually modest Yorke, bare-chested in an unbuttoned flannel shirt, while Flea, a man who stage get-up usually involves little more than tighty-whiteys looked positively formal in t-shirt and jeans.
Since that evening, Yorke’s vague unnamed project has gotten a moniker, Atoms For Peace, and has prepared a full album, AMOK, which comes out next week on XL Recordings. And as per usual these days, you can stream the album seven days early, right after you click the jump.
Thom Yorke is no stranger to the turntables these days, but he is known for avoiding the more typical superstar trappings of the dreaded magazine interview. So we’re not sure which has us more excited, the fact that Yorke cooked up a nice 25 minute mix of mostly new tunes and remixes from Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, or the fact that it’s all promotion for the in-depth cover interview he did for for UK hipster bible Dazed & Confused. Well, until we get our hands on a copy of the magazine to read, we guess this excellent mix wins. …MORE
When the next chapter in the history of electronic music is written, look for Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus to be featured on the first page. His visionary take on instrumental hip-hop has taken the world by storm, while his Brainfeeder label has sustained an entire new generation of producers—from Gaslamp Killer to Tokimonsta—who together make up what is known as the LA Beat sound. FlyLo’s fourth album, Until The Quiet Comes, drops next week on Warp Records (a name already written in many chapters of electronic music’s grand history). The album features some of the most significant players in modern music, including Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke. Check out the stream via NPR, and be convinced that Flying …
Flying Lotus has been teasing us with word of a new album for some time. Heck, he delivered an all new live set back in April at Coachella, making us wonder when the heck the new record would finally drop. The beloved producer is finally firming some things up, including the album title (Until The Quiet Comes), artwork, tracklist, and a list of special guest including Erykah Badu, Laura Marling, Niki Randa, Thundercat, and Thom Yorke. He’s also announced a tour to support the new record which will be coming on Warp Records on October 2nd.
This surprise release picks up right where Burial and Four Tet‘s last collaboration, “Moth/Wolf Club,” and their tune with Thom Yorke, “Ego/Mirrors,” left off. Shuffling drums and tasteful atmospherics by two producers who have been at the top of their game longer than Tiger Woods. The track will be released soon on Four Tet’s Text Records.