Danny Byrd is back and ready to blow 2013 away with this rambunctious double A-side sampler, as we approach the release of his third studio album later this year. First he teams up with Bristol based Full Cycle legend and Mercury Music Prize winner Roni Size for the explosive, dancefloor-driven ‘Grit’. Bringing together two legends of the D&B scene for the first time ‘Grit’ has an exuberant, larger than life appeal that will surely make it a favourite amongst DJs and punters alike. See the two perform together on stage at Hospitality on 25th of January.
UK electronic maestros Monarchy are back with an extremely-efficient tune featuring the first vocal hummings of Queen of Glamour and burlesque extraordinaire, Dita Von Teese (yes, that Dita Von Teese, the American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, actress and Marilyn Manson’s ex-wife). They’ve paired up on a new single called ‘Disintegration’. Monarchy wrote the song for her and this marks the first time Dita has ever lent her vocals to a released track. The video (exclusively unveiled on NOWNESS) is shot by Roy Raz and features Dita as a classic 1950?s housewife.
Shortly after releasing their last album Black Light Burns, the avant-garde musical alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, return with Lotus Island, a conceptual album. The eleven songs, partly instrumental, are built around the previously released track ‘It Rapes All In Its Path’. The idea of building an EP evolved into a pseudo film soundtrack. Furthermore, in January and February 2013 Black Light Burns embark on their first ever European Tour plus 3 gigs in Russia.
Kala Jula is about the art of Mandingo guitar playing. Samba Diabaté is one of the most esteemed guitarists in Bamako, regularly called on by all the prestigious ambassadors of Mandingo music Toumani Diabaté to Djelimady Tounkara. Vincent Zanetti is the former stage companion of the late regretted djembe legend Soungalo Coulibaly. He accompanies Samba Diabate on zena, a bridge harp of the kora family recently created by the lute maker Gweltas Simon, guitar and various African percussion instruments.