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Published March 29th 2015
New music to excite and delight in April
Just like March before it, April 2015 promises a bumper crop of new records from a range of exciting artists. Whether you're an electro-head, a hip-hop aficionado, a fan of good old-fashioned rock'n'roll, or all three, there is sure to be an aural offering to excite your eardrums.
Read on for five of the most exciting new releases this coming month!
Culture of Volume by East India Youth
Big, flashy recording studios are all well and good, but sometimes the best work has its origins a little closer to home. Culture of Volume was recorded in the London home of William Doyle, a young man from England's south coast who has become better known in music circles as East India Youth.
Following on from Doyle's first record, the Mercury Prize nominated Total Strife Forever, Culture of Volume promises to cement East India Youth's position at the forefront of the UK electropop scene. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes experimental, always interesting, East India Youth's music is amongst the most exciting being produced in the UK at the moment.
No Pier Pressure by Brian Wilson
From a release by a young upstart to an LP from one of the music world's most respected elder statesman. Whether with The Beach Boys or out on his own, Brian Wilson has treated the world to some classic pop tracks over the course of his 50 year career. His eagerly awaited new record No Pier Pressure is expected to add yet another chapter to his incredible story.
It's been a while in the making, but No Pier Pressure is finally ready to drop on April 7th 2015. It features guest spots from a capella artist Peter Hollens and twee indie-pop darlings She & Him.
Damogen Furies by Squarepusher
Squarepusher – or Thomas Jenkinson as he is known to his mum – has been making his own unique brand of electro music for over two decades. An astonishingly prolific artist, Jenkinson is returning in April 2015 with Damogen Furies, which is released on April 20th.
After experimenting with live guitar sounds towards the end of the 2000s, Squarepusher's music took a turn back towards the pure electronica of his early output on 2012's Ufabulum. Damogen Furies is the follow up to the experimental Music for Robots EP which dropped last February, and could prove to be very exciting indeed.
Kindred by Passion Pit
When Passion Pit's debut EP Chunk of Change was released back in 2008, the music world was rapt by the band's delicate warmth and charming electronic melodies. An acclaimed full length followed in 2009, but the release of second LP Gossamer was the beginning of a troubled period for the Massachusetts-based outfit.
With the episodes of cancelled tours and severe health problems now behind them, Passion Pit are ready to unleash Kindred on the world. Taster tracks such as the lovely Lifted Up (1985) indicate a very special record indeed, and we can expect Kindred to put Passion Pit back on track.
Fly International Luxurious Art by Raekwon
As part of Wu-Tang Clan and subsequently on his own, Raekwon as proved himself to be one of the skilful and inventive rappers around. While is lyrical skills are not in question, his ability to release an album in a timely manner certainly is. It's almost three years since work began on Fly International Luxurious Art, and still the record is not available to the masses.
However, this LP looks to be worth the wait. After releasing singles All About You and Soundboy Kill It in 2013 (!), Mr Kwon finally gave fans another teaser of the album earlier this year with the release of Wall to Wall. On April 28th, the wait will be over, and fans will be able to devour another offering from the East Coast hip-hop heavyweight.