Listen: Flying Lotus drops a "Bedtime Mix" for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1

After headlining at Manchester's Warehouse Project this weekend, Steven Ellison a.k.a Flying Lotus, rang into Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show to provide a little Bedtime Mix for those who have trouble counting sheep without an ambient audio backdrop. Read more


Björk dedicates 'Declare Independence' to jailed rockers Pussy Riot, issues statement showing support [Video]

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk joins fellow musicians Franz Ferdinand, Kate Nash, Sting and Madonna in calling for the release of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot from jail. Read more


Björk - 'Biophilia Remix Series VII' | Album Stream

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk continues to promote her latest album Biophilia with an eight-part remix series. The album, which was partially composed on her iPad, sees the seventh part to the series make it onto the 'net. The new project includes new 16-bit versions of "Mutual Core" and "Hollow" -- both taken from the 2011 album released in 2011. Read more


Björk – “Hollow” | Music Video

Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk has released a brand new video for "Hollow", taken off of her latest release Biophilia. Taking a more interactive/multi-media approach to her music, the singer reveals her DNA in the music video. The clip, which shows the singer's multi-colored molecular DNA strands and protein models react to her music was created by biomedical animator Drew Berry.Read more


Björk interview and "Cosmogony" performance on The Colbert Report | TV Catch-Up

Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk passed by The Colbert Report to promote Stephen Colbert about her recently released album Biophilia her eighth studio album following up from her 2007 release Volta. Read more


Björk performs "Thunderbolt" on Later with Jools Holland | TV Catch-Up


Icelandic singer Björk took to the BBC studios in the final installment of this season's Later... with Jools Holland to perform her track "Thunderbolt."

The song is lifted from the album Biophilia, which was released in October and was in part recorded on an iPad. The album is in fact her eighth full length studio album and was released in parts via a series of apps.

Björk has always been someone who redefines musical boundaries and the album and performances go along with this theme that has been prevalent throughout her career.


Björk performs "Crystalline" on Later with Jools Holland [Video]


Donning a weathered orange hairpiece, Björk and choir took to the stage of revered BBC music show Later with.. Jools Holland this week to perform "Crystalline"; the lead single from the Icelandic artist's latest [and eighth] album, Biophilia - out now.
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Björk - "Thunderbolt" | Music Video

Taken from her recently released eighth full-length studio album Biophilia which was partly recorded on an iPad, Björk has unveiled this live visual accompaniment to her track "Thunderbolt" . Filmed at the iconic Icelandic singer’s residency at the Manchester International Festival this summer where she world premiered Biophilia in its entirely which was met with critical acclaim. The visuals were directed by thirtytwo and produced by Dan Bowen. Press play below and enjoy.

Bjork's eighth full-length studio album Biophilia is out now on One Little Indian/Polydor Records.

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Ben Westbeech: "It’s important to think about the bad shit that's going on sometimes" | Interview


It was a hot Autumn afternoon for my meeting with Ben Westbeech; a gifted young musician whose confident nature preyed on my interviewing techniques. “Fucking hell that’s a lot of questions there,” – his eyes bulged out upon witnessing the thick amount of my question cards.  Nevertheless, as he sat in the sun’s heat next to a cafe bar, Soul Culture’s Philip Javens talked to the Strictly Rhythm artist about his origins, his musical limbo, and the influences that helped him create his latest album: There’s More To Life Than This...
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Björk – “Moon” | Music Video


Having equally captivated and confused with her genre-pushing sounds and artistic leadership for over three decades, iconic Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk unveils the video for "Moon"; the delicate, harmonious opening track from her eighth album Biophilia. As with many of her releases I find that appreciation of Björk's subtle musical genius, melodically and lyrically, rests on the listener's attention span - and "Moon" is no exception; with each listen I find myself more finely tuned to the song's message and emotion... Check it out below.
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Björk - "Crystalline" | Official Music Video (Dir. Michel Gondry)


The knitted creatures from vintage BBC stop motion animated kids show Clangers are the only things missing from the intergalactic, Michel Gondry steered video for "Crystalline," Björk's lead single from her new album Biophilia. Debuted live at Manchester International Festival this month, Biophilia was partly recorded on an ipad and is set for release through a series of apps later this year.

For those hoping to catch her live, Björk is scheduled to perform at this year's Bestival on September 11, plus eight shows during the Iceland Airwaves Festival at Harpa in October and November.


Björk to premiere Biophilia music & multimedia live show at @MIFestival, June/July | UK Events


Eccentric Icelandic singer, songwriter and composer and occasional actress Bjork has just announced a string of UK performance dates as part of the Manchester International Festival to be held later this Summer, during which she will exclusive preview new material from her forthcoming Biophilia album.

Originally launched in 2007, the Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK, "presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture."

In a special collaboration with MIF, the Biophilia show will travel to major cities around the world following the Manchester premiere. Read more


London A Cappella Festival (Jan 15) | Review


I was beside myself with enthusiasm when I heard about the third annual London A Cappella Festival, curated by the world renowned, multi-Grammy winning, unaccompanied harmony group The Swingles. What a splendid way to kick start 2011; an event dedicated to that element of music closest to my heart: harmonies!

The festival’s grand finale took place at Kings Place in Central London last Saturday 15 January. The day was, not surprisingly, chock-a-block with fun activities. I signed myself up to a workshop and the main live events and was away. Read more


Erykah Badu x FADER TV

Wearing the very same top hat she rocked for us at her London album preview, Erykah Badu swings by Fader TV (having previously graced the magazine's cover along with her alien 'comrade' Bjork) for a chat about her new album, New Amerykah Part II: Return Of The Ankh (out now) and her 'Frustrated Artist' Tour, inspiring a multitude of songs recorded straight onto her laptop on the tour bus with Garage Band - plus a little bit of dream analysis.


Corinne Bailey Rae inspired by Erykah Badu and Bjork (Video)

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had the pleasure of interviewing Corinne Bailey Rae this week - and of course caught it all on camera for you. Keep an eye out for the full interview next week - along with your chance to win signed copies of her new album The Sea [click for our review] plus tickets to see her perform live in London with full band this month.

In the meantime, check out this snippet from our interview below in which Corinne describes her experience of attending Erykah Badu's recent album listening party held in New York - and explains why the figurehead of Neo Soul is one of her key modern musical inspirations, alongside Bjork.

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