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CMU’s One Liners: Nicki Minaj, Babymetal, Male Bonding and a partridge in a pear tree

By | Published on Friday 19 December 2014


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• High-fashion brand Roberto Cavalli has made Nicki Minaj’s face and body the face and body of its SS15 line, if you really want to know. And to confirm, this is a pic of “the tribal dance of Nicki Minaj enchanting the lens” for the campaign.

• Adamski has released an ‘anti-Catholic’ track featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, titled ‘Boo Pope’. Yeah, that’s right. The single, which is streaming here, is taken from Adamski’s ‘Revolt’ box set, a collaborations-rich compilation that’s set for released on 9 Feb.

• In Muse news, the band have posted an Instagram clip of an orchestra playing some kind of strings-based arrangement, which it looks highly likely will feature on Muse’s next LP. Is this excitement? I think so.

• London band Male Bonding are up and about after a bit of quiet time, and have released a noisy standalone track titled ‘Falling’. Hear it here.

• Finnish synth-pop instrumentalists Siinai have released the video to ‘Vasikka’, a song on their shopping-for-groceries-themed concept LP ‘Supermarket’. Get a two-for-one deal on it (if you watch it twice) via this link.

• Synth controller Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has let go two new songs, one an unreleased extra from his 2013 LP ‘R Plus 7’, and one a collaboration with PC Music MD AG Cook. Try to take a stab at which is which as you play ‘Rush’ and ‘Bubs’ here, immediately.

• Pop transcendentalist Indiana, who’s all geared to release her first LP ‘No Romeo’ on 26 Jan, has in its stead shared a clip for her new single ‘Only The Lonely’. Lay eyes on it here.

• On 7 Jan, Japan’s deathliest pop trio Babymetal, also one of CMU’s Artists Of The Year, will release a live DVD titled ‘Red Night & Black Apocalypse’, a film of the set they did at the famed Nippon Budokan. Here’s a preview to set the mood.

• A Winged Victory For The Sullen added a series of headline UK/IE shows to their itinerary yesterday, all of them in early-to-mid February. The final two dates, at London’s Sadler’s Wells, will find the band live-scoring Wayne McGregor’s contemporary ballet ‘Atomos’, also the title of their latest LP. Info here.

• Duran Duran, Bastille, Ride and other top artists will play an array of tiny shows in aid of the War Child charity as part of an initiative titled ‘Passport Back To The Bars’. Listings, details and ticket links will appear in early January, via the War Child site.

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