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Listen to this gnarly Delorean remix of “Touch”, the…

Listen to this gnarly Delorean remix of “Touch”, the debut track from Shura.

Shura was born in London to a Russian actress & an English documentary filmmaker. One of her 1st memories is of walking around a snowy Red Square in a pink jumpsuit, otherwise occupied by the Soviet army. Her mother made a notable five-minute cameo in Mission Impossible but turned down a role in GoldenEye, believing James Bond to be anti-Russian.

Whilst her early demos started at University in London, Shura’s passion for songwriting in fact came via her brother, who would DJ drum&bass at the weekends, & installed an early love of electronic music in his sister. Keen to impress him, Shura began building her own songs, refining her production skills + immersing herself in the textured sounds of Massive Attack. She took the decision to make music her life, but needed the fuel to write first. And it was in South America, where Shura worked for an extended period after her studies, that her confessional songwriting found its pop filter. Alone & unable to speak Spanish, she would walk pumas previously raised in captivity around the Amazon, contemplating past relationships, & future music.

What emerged was “Touch”. An effortless mix of hip-hop beats, lush synths, + Shura’s smooth & affecting vocal, there is an emotional resonance to the lyrics (“I want to touch you, but I’m too late. I want to touch you, but there’s history”) which lends the song an immediately-recognisable quality; the sadness of not being with someone anymore, but the infinite tenderness of your time together. Written & co-produced by Shura, the single assimilates a love of Blood Orange with the atmospheric pop of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope.

Music From The Films Of Jim Jarmusch

Music is never incidental in a Jim Jarmusch movie. It’s part of his film’s DNA, a through line running through his characters’ black comedy gags and existential wanderings. There’s no stylistic template – everything from crazed blues to ambient drones have soundtracked Jarmusch’s films — but the director ties songs together with an unmatched patience […]

Chet Faker has been building a name for himself both in the US…

Chet Faker has been building a name for himself both in the US & abroad over the last few years, & just released his highly anticipated debut album Built On Glass this week via Downtown Records/Future Classic. The Australian producer & singer also just released the beautifully stark animated video for “1998”. Directed by Domenico Bartolo + animated by Grace Lee, the visual links to classic house/rave music of the late 80s, combining references to Keith Haring & the psych-tinged but minimal art of the era. It also combines a narrative of the central character morphing into new forms as old relationships end.

“1998” follows the release of single “Talk Is Cheap,” a track that crystallizes Faker’s wide-reaching aesthetic into a singular vision, fusing languid soul, classic songwriting intimacy, house music immediacy & the dusty thump of golden age hip-hop. Since the release of “Talk Is Cheap” in mid-February, it has received close to 3 million combined streams on YouTube & Soundcloud.

An artist of considerable range, Chet Faker—the name taken by the Melbourne-based songwriter & producer Nick Murphy—performs all of his own music, giving it a warm, homespun feel that also sounds like one of the world’s sultriest bands cranking at full steam. Look for him to kick off his headline N. American tour on May 13 for a performance in the round at Brooklyn’s Output.


May 13 Brooklyn, NY – Output
May 14 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 15 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
May 16 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 17 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 19 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
May 20 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 23 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 24 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival, George Amphitheatre
May 26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
May 29 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
May 30 San Diego, CA – Casbah
May 31 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jun 01 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Jun 03 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Jun 04 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Jun 06 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jun 07 Austin, TX – The Parish

ATG Presents: Communion DC

Communion DC returns to Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday, May 7th for another edition of the monthly series. Joining us this time around is an eclectic line-up featuring Neulore, Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport and The Sea Life. Whether you’re a fan of anthemic folk rock or tropical synth-pop, there’s something here for you. Get familiar […]