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CMU’s One Liners: Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, MTV EMAs and more

By | Published on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Frank Ocean

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• It’s transpired that Mr Frank Ocean signed a management deal with Calvin Harris/Deadmau5’s reps Three Six Zero back in June, having split off from his long-time firm 4 Strikes earlier in the year. “Frank is an incredibly intelligent and creatively brilliant individual”, fawns Three Six Zero co-owner Mark Gillespie.

• The first speakers speaking at next year’s Eurosonic Noorderslag conference, which ‘goes off’ in Groningen, The Netherlands, on 14-17 Jan, have been named as SFX Europe Chief Exec Duncan Stutterheim, Marty Diamond and Rob Challice (aka the respective heads of booking agencies Paradigm and Coda), and Guns N Roses/Smashing Pumpkins tour manager Alex Macleod. Details and tickets are here.

• Warp has this week listed five extra listening parties for Aphex Twin’s new LP ‘Syro’. Fans can go and hear the LP played back on a first-arrivals-only basis at the first event, which is in-store at Piccadilly Records in Manchester tonight.

• The Doors’ DIY-shot part-fictional doc ‘Feast Of Friends’ which the band filmed whilst touring in the summer of 1968, is going to be released for the first time on DVD (and Blu-Ray). All nice and remastered. On 11 Nov, confirms Rolling Stone.

Twice-CMU-approved London creatives Dems have shared details of their long-awaited (I’m talking several years but hey, Dems the breaks) first LP; starting with its title, ‘Muscle Memory’; release date (3 Nov); and lead single ‘Lioness’.

• Boxfresh XL signings (and CMU approved act) Ibeyi are streaming a new track named ‘Mama Says’. Hear it here, and find details on a free-entry in-store the Ibeyi girls are doing at London’s Rough Trade West on 22 Sep here.

• Irish denim/pop fiends B*Witched are B*Ack with a new EP which is really (really) titled ‘Champagne Or Guinness’, and really (really) being released on 28 Sep. Get familiar with its lead single ‘The Stars Are Ours’, while I pinch myself repeatedly, here.

• In breaking news of lesser significance than the new B*Witched EP, MTV has released the list of nominees for its EMAs, which will be presented right inside Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on 9 Nov. Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Pharrell all feature on said list the most times. View and vote on said list here.

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