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Friday, Oct 5, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game.

Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game. The soundtrack will release October 22nd via The End Records and features music that is massive and grand with soaring crescendos and painterly in execution with waves of sound illustrating another world. The project involved the additional work of some of the electronic music world’s leading lights, including Gui Boratto, DJ Skee & THX, Hundred Waters, Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan, Caspa, Apocalyptica, and more.


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Thursday, Sep 27, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
France's Wax Tailor brings the escapist dreamworld of music to life on his new album, Dusty Rainbow From the Dark, and touring stage show.

French downtempo/trip-hop producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût) returns this month with his fourth album Dusty Rainbow From the Dark, a 22-track affair conceived of as a concept album inspired by how children look at the world. Le Saoût has brought in a large cast to bring his dreamworld to life, including Aloe Blacc who features on this video for the very soulful “Time to Go”. Other featured guests include Shana Halligan (Bitter:Sweet), Elzhi, Jennifer Charles (Dan the Automator’s Lovage project), Charlotte Savary, Mattic, and more.


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Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
"I may sing my songs from the gut but they come from my heart. I learned very early that women appreciate attention, I’m not singing for women, I sing to them.”

Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson has been an R&B singer for near-on 50 years, hailing from a part of the world where God-given soul talents seem to run in the waters. Jackson comes from Phenix City, Alabama, deep in the so-called “Black Belt” where music is an essential part of life. His first single released in 1965 after Rick Hall brought Jackson to Muscle Shoals to work in his FAME studios. Since then the singer has kept up his rigorous performing schedule, as he says “I grew up in the country, a hard working environment where your ass had to get out there and work.” Jackson became known as the Alabama Love Man for his special appeal to female music fans. “See, I may sing my songs from the gut but they come from my heart. I learned very early that women appreciate attention, I’m not singing for women, I sing to them.”


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Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
Tomorrow's Lost is a game changer and a must for fans of traditional metal/rock in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Angel Witch.

Prolific Canadian heavy metal band Cauldron return to action on the 8th of October 2012 with Tomorrow’s Lost, their third full-length album in fours years for Earache Records. To ramp up excitement levels ahead of its release, PopMatters is proud to host the exclusive premiere of the arena worthy anthem “Nitebreaker”, a headbanging highlight from the forthcoming album which sees Cauldron hone their songwriting, tighten their guitar attack, and fire-off the most memorable chorus of their career. Tomorrow’s Lost is a game changer and a must for fans of traditional metal/rock in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Angel Witch. Check it out and wreck your neck!


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Thursday, Sep 20, 2012
Next week is a huge week for one of the finest bands on the planet. The National Treasure that is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have two new releases on tap: the first is a live recording of their Carnegie Hall appearance in 2012, St. Peter & 57th St. and the second is a massive box set, 50th Anniversary Collection.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around since 1961, when Ben Jaffe’s father, Allan Jaffe also a tuba player, started the group with local New Orleans musicians to preserve and enhance NOLA’s unique musical heritage. The last 50 years have seen numerous line-ups and even multiple bands at the same time and these groups have travelled the globe spreading their joyful and soulful classic jazz sounds. Of course, Preservation Hall is also a major tourist attraction itself and many fortunate souls have had the chance to hear the group play on home turf over the years.


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