Category Archives: News

Laughing Vixen’s first EP is released

Sound Arkive owner and editor Tamas Arki’s personal music project Laughing Vixen has released its first EP which is a self-titled debut and shows just what Tamas has been wishing to look into in the past few years.

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London Olympics Music 101

The United Kingdom, having been the starting point of popular music, or at least  one of the most important focal points thereof, and as host to the XXX. Olympiad will truly deliver something special in the days to come. Not only in sports but also when it comes to showcasing musical talent from the UK. Let’s see what we know so far, starting with the acts’ names and then everything you need to know concerning their appearance.

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Flea’s solo album is finally out

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Rocket Juice And The Moon / oh-too-many-projects-

Mr. Balzary in action (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

to-count bassist Flea has released his solo effort titled ‘Helen Burns’ which can be downloaded even for free or for set amounts. Be advised, all proceeds go to The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a community based non-profit music school.

The bassman comments on the album:

Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home.

A 900 limited run of vinyl is also available for $75 a piece.

Album is HERE
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music website

Download a new mix by James Lavelle

The mastermind behind the great unit we all know and love as UNKLE has

James Lavelle (photo:

released a mix, UNKLE Sounds – The End Pt. 1 which definitely evokes some misgivings, let’s hope Mr. Lavelle is just fooling around. You can listen to, and of course download all 78 glorious minutes of the mix below:



James Lavelle Presents UNKLE Sounds – The End Pt. 1

Mix by James Lavelle
Engineered and edited by Paul Rogers

1. Intro
2. Trouble In Paradise – UNKLE
3. Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me (UNKLE Remix) – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
4. F.E.A.R. (UNKLE Remix) – Ian Brown
5. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (A Cappella) – Daft Punk
6. Restless (16 Bit Lolitas Remix) – UNKLE
7. The Runaway (A Cappella) – UNKLE
8. Natural Selection (Future Beat Alliance Remix) – UNKLE
9. The Answer (Trentemøller Remix) – UNKLE
10. Reign (String Reprise) – UNKLE
11. Reign (King Unique Remix) – UNKLE
12. No One Knows (A Cappella) – Queens Of The Stone Age
13. Money And Run (16 Bit Lolitas Remix) – UNKLE
14. Heavy Drug (Album Version) – UNKLE
15. Heavy Drug (King Unique Remix) – UNKLE
16. Heavy Drug (Future Beat Alliance Remix) – UNKLE
17. Heavy Drug (Fergie Remix) – UNKLE
18. Follow Me Down – UNKLE
19. 24 Frames (Redux) – UNKLE
20. Tomorrow Never Knows (A Cappella) – The Beatles
21. The Dog Is Black (Barry Jamieson Remix) – UNKLE
22. Heaven (Charlie May Remix) – UNKLE
23. Sayonara – UNKLE
24. Burn My Shadow (A Cappella) – UNKLE
25. In A State/God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters – UNKLE/Moby

News: Listen to and download the new Gorillaz track made for Converse

Rumor’s been out about Gorillaz being up to something. First there was a picture of 2D sitting with a notebook and toy synth on his lap, then a great-sounding collaboration between the band and Converse was announced (in the form of several sneakers designed by ‘the band’, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett that is). Shortly after came the great new that the collab would blossom as a new track titled ‘DoYaThing’ featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy.

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You’ve seen the shoes, you’ve seen the pic, now you can listen to the song, a bit before its official release. Here below:

Also, there’s a making of footage before the video for the song drops:

News: Blur are definitely back

At last night’s BRIT Awards Coldplay happened to be the best British band and Adele went on to win both

Blur performing live in 2009

in the female and best record category then made yet another dumbass move. Among other things.

But what really might matter to us music nutheads is that Blur got the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ (at last) and the classic quartet with a little help from their friends performed 5 songs at the show. After some gossip that the band might be working with producer William Orbit on a new album and then Graham Coxon’s confirmation thereof made everyone hope for a triumphant comeback with new material. Then, for charity organization War Child, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon performed a short set and there they played a new song. (Video below.)

All this could be considered great news but what’s really reassuring is the faces of the members of the band during all the 5 songs that were played at the BRITs: it definitely looks like they enjoyed every minute of being on stage and playing such great songs.

And before I forget: Blur will be performing at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics after The Specials and New Order.

This one will be a good year.

The spot-on poster for the Olympics closing concert:

The performance at the BRITs:

The new song, ‘Under The Westway’:

Download and listen: Deepfunk remixed Gus Gus

On one hand, there’s house-soul-electronica veterans from Iceland, Gus Gus who released a beautiful

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and rather impressive tech house effort titled ‘Arabian Horse’ last year. On the other, there’s a house/IDM producer from Malta who’s had releases on DJ legend John Digweed’s label Bedrock. (Amongst others.) He’s Deepfunk.

Possibly the best thing happened: Deepfunk published an unofficial remix from ‘Selfoss’, the opener from ‘Arabian Horse’. Now it’s evident, that the original is no short epicness and wit but the remix has a clever twist in it, a notched up beat here, some clicks and clacks over there and we have a version suitable for radio play (at least in those late-night DJ mixes they all have nowadays) as well as e.g. running.

Being unofficial, the remix can be listened to as well as downloaded on Soundcloud, and here on Sound Arkive as well.

(Pretty much more on Gus Gus coming soon!)


News: Gaz Coombes readies solo album

Many of us were really bummed when the news came in about British supercool rock band Supergrass

Gaz Coombes ca. 2008 (image: Wikimedia Commons)

breaking up. The band’s principal songwriter mastermind did not really rest however, as he has posted something really reassuring on Facebook:

Hello folks. Just a quick note to say, that after the past year & many adventures down the rabbit hole looking for new noises & stories, my record is finished & it’s ready to go !…..So excited about y’all hearing it & I’m currently rehearsing for Spring live shows which is going great.
Tracks, vids & more info to come…
Tick-tock !
GC x


Supergrass was stylish and enjoyable as a whole but let’s hope some flavour will return on Gaz’s solo effort as well.

Here’s one of the last Supergrass videos for the lead single of the last album ‘Diamond Hoo-Ha’:

News: TV On The Radio genius Dave Sitek remixes Florence

The Vinyl Factory and Island Records will release a 12″ single by Florence + the Machine and the song

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published and taken apart-then-put-back-together will be ‘No Light, No Light’ off the bands latest album ‘Ceremonials’.

The release comes in a “luxurious special edition” which consists of the following (taken from

This is the second of a series of limited Florence vinyl releases with The Vinyl Factory; each cover will showcase the creative collaboration between Florence Welch and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who personally chose Florence as his muse for next season’s collection and for whom she performed at Paris Fashion Week.

Each cover has been screen printed, silver foiled and hand numbered on pristine white card and features a unique series of photographic portraits personally taken by the fashion legend, which will remain exclusive to these releases.

Each sleeve houses a heavyweight 180-gram 12″ white vinyl contained in a black inner bag.

Listen to the remix then watch the song performed earlier this year on ‘Saturday Night Live’:

News: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ soundtrack details and free download

As it has been expected and excitedly waited for, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have let out information on the follow-up to 2010’s extremely successful and critically acclaimed, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winner original score ‘The Social Network’. This time, it’s another movie by David Fincher, the American remake of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

Trent Reznor announced on Twitter that further information concerning the score would be released on December 2nd and the album itself would come out on the 9th some weeks ago. Well, the details are out, and here they are:

The soundtrack to ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ is as long as three hours. It will be available in various formats, the cheapest of which will be the ‘good-old’ iTunes preorder (for $11.99) and the most expensive (and expansive for that matter) Deluxe for $300. Details below. With the iTunes preorder comes the immediate download of the cover to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs singstress Karen O.

Tracklist is as follows:

  • (CD1)
  • 1. Immigrant Song
  • 2. She Reminds Me Of You
  • 3. People Lie All The Time
  • 4. Pinned And Mounted
  • 5. Perihelion
  • 6. What If We Could?
  • 7. With The Flies
  • 8. Hidden In Snow
  • 9. A Thousand Details
  • 10. One Particular Moment
  • 11. I Can’t Take It Anymore
  • 12. How Brittle The Bones
  • 13. Please Take Your Hand Away
  • (CD2)
  • 14. Cut Into Pieces

    Cover art for full release

  • 15. The Splinter
  • 16. An Itch
  • 17. Hypomania
  • 18. Under The Midnight Sun
  • 19. Aphelion
  • 20. You’re Here
  • 21. The Same As The Others
  • 22. A Pause For Reflection
  • 23. While Waiting
  • 24. The Seconds Drag
  • 25. Later Into The Night
  • 26. Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome
  • (CD3)
  • 27. Another Way Of Caring
  • 28. A Viable Construct
  • 29. Revealed In The Thaw
  • 30. Millennia
  • 31. We Could Wait Forever
  • 32. Oraculum
  • 33. Great Bird Of Prey
  • 34. The Heretics
  • 35. A Pair Of Doves
  • 36. Infiltrator
  • 37. The Sound Of Forgetting
  • 38. Of Secrets
  • 39. Is Your Love Strong Enough


Digital download – 320kbps
HD Digital Download – FLAC or Apple Lossless
CD – 3CD set in digipak casing

Deluxe version contains the following:

  • Choice of Apple Lossless, FLAC or 320 kbps MP3

    The Deluxe Version (image taken from

  • The full album on six pieces of 180 gram vinyl
  • Deluxe book package with metal cover in a hard plastic “ice” slip cover
  • Exclusive custom 8gb metal razor blade USB pendant, inspired by Lisbeth’s razor blade necklace
  • USB drive contains the full album in high-fidelity 96k audio
  • Fold-out poster by Neil Kellerhouse
  • Numbered limited edition of 3000
  • Personally signed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Images shown are concept renderings.
    Appearance and content subject to change
  • Ships February 6, 2012

And definitely the most intriguing thing about today’s news:

A free download of six full-length tracks (35mins of running time). HERE

Tracklist to the sampler:

  • 1. Hidden In Snow

    Sampler cover art

  • 2. People Lie All The Time
  • 3. What If We Could?
  • 4. Oraculum
  • 5. Please Take Your Hand Away
  • 6. Under The Midnight Sun


UPDATE: listen to the cover of ‘Immigrant Song’ below: