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Staff picks August 2013

Oblivians – Desperation
Bombino – Nomad
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Jack Chester – Long Mind Hotel
Pre-Be-UN – Clean Spasms

Julia Holter – Loud City Song
V/A – Mutazione – Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Classixx – Hanging Gardens
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now

Jonathan Keevil – Bellflower
Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Sunbeams and the Cosmic Ascent to Nowheresville
Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal
Jeffrey Lewis – City & Eastern Songs
Kanye West – Yeezus

Staff picks 08.04.13

Spring (sorry) into April with this month’s staff picks

Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
Atoms For Peace – AMOK
DJ Koze – Amygdala
John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33

Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In The Devils Time
Tijuana Panthers – Semi Sweet
Memory Band – On The Chalk (Our Navigation Of The Line Of The Downs)
Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk
Chain And The Gang – In Cool Blood

The Men – New Moon
How To Dress Well – Total Loss
And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures
Low – The Invisible Way
Daughn Gibson – All Hell

Staff picks 04.03.13

Feast your ears on the FTH staff picks for March 2013…

Applescal – Dreaming In Key
Darkstar – News From Nowhere
TV On The Radio – Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
Blouse – Blouse
Chairlift – Something

Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Part 1
Bjork – Bastards
Vision Fortune – Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune
Busdriver – Beaus & Eros

Keaton Henson – Birthdays
Mogwai – Les Revenants Soundtrack
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper – Ripely Pine
On An On – Give In
Jaill – Traps

Staff picks 01.02.13

Take a look at what the FTH staff are particularly enjoying at the moment.

Low ‘The Invisible Way’
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Push The Sky Away’
Toy Drum – ‘Just An Illusion Mix & re-edit’
Cody ChesnuTT – ‘Landing On A Hundred’
The Growlers ‘Are You In Or Out?’

Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory – Elements of Light
Gold Panda – Trust
David Bowie – Heathen
Prins Thomas Orkester – Oving
How To Dress Well – Total Loss

John Grant – Queen of Denmark
Torres – Torres
Grouper – Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Indians – Somewhere Else
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation


Friends of FTH and longtime Diagrams collaborators Mathy & Fran have put their short film Elsewhere online for the world to view. Here’s a little spiel…

Two ‘lovers on the run’ head into the middle of nowhere, armed only with strange trinkets and a silver boombox.

A short film by Mathy & Fran, starring Aneurin Barnard and Jessica Raine. Featuring music by Kurt Vile, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, High Places and Lucky Dragons.

Supported by Film London, UK Film Council and the British Council.

FTH staff Top 10s of 2011

As is the tradition, we’re rounding off the year with our Top 10 records of 2011. Have a look below for what has had the heaviest rotation on the office stereo. Please note: we don’t include our own releases in our lists.

1. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
2. Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
3. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
4. Antlers – Burst Apart
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – S/T
6. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
7. Feist – Metals
8. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys
9. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
10. The Field – Looping State Of Mind

1. Smother – Wild Beasts (Domino)
2. Looping State Of Mind – The Field (Kompakt)
3. Feel It Break – Austra (Domino)
4. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (Domino)
5. Let England Shake – PJ Harvey (Island)
6. The English Riviera – Metronomy (Because)
7. Burst Apart – The Antlers (Transgressive)
8. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves – John Maus (Upset The Rhythm)
9. Tomboy – Panda Bear (Paw Tracks)
10. SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Young Turks)

1. Sufjan Stevens @ Royal Festival Hall
2. Sufjan Stevens @ Primavera Sound
3. Portishead @ ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
4. Joanna Newsom @ End of the Road
5. Pulp @ Wireless

Hayley’s Highlights Spotify Playlist

1. Tune-Yards – Who Kill
3. Atlas Sound Parallax
4. Blouse – Blouse
5. Clams Casino – Instrumentals
6. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
7. Rustie – Glass Swords
8. Three Trapped Tigers – Route One Or Die
9. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
10. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

1. Sufjan Stevens – Primavera Festival
2. Beyonce – Glastonbury Festival
3. Big Boi – Glastonbury Festival
4. Bon Iver -Hammersmith Apollo
5. Wild Flag – The Lexington

Bread As An A&R Tool

I’m a breadhead. Not in the sixties sense of the term you understand. If I was truly one of those I’m in the wrong line of work right now, I’d be developing apps, creating complex financial products or running a sweet shop, or whatever.

No, in the true sense I’m a breadhead and spending my saturday trapping wild yeasts and making them yield to my bakerly ways. It’s relaxing, but most of all it’s a superb A&R tool. The time it takes to go along with the convoluted ways of the sourdough make it perfect for fixing long periods listening to albums in the kitchen, playing, re-playing and playing again of demos, mixes and final album masters while the wild yeast accepts it’s been house trained.

I’m sure there are various music styles more suited to the many ways of the dough, at present I’m making a spelt sourdough while listening to new material by SVIIB and Craig Finn. I’d imagine a bagel would work well with new material from Malcolm Middleton and Pinkunoizu would be a treat with something I’ve yet to try, something tricky and complex but ultimately satisfying and long lasting like a dark rye loaf.


sourdough at the demo stage

The world of bread has it’s John Peels, too. Check for instance Richard Bertinent and the work he does with books like Dough or Crust, an obsessive bread enthusiast he thinks nothing of exhorting his followers to start a process that can take a couple of weeks before you can get your choppers around a slice. Or the myriad blogs dedicated to baking, like which is a bit of a favourite.

I read somewhere of an indie label head comparing the music they released to a three course meal with likes of X Factor and the pop world having the transient satisfaction of McDonalds. Similarly in the world of bread, taming the wild yeast and spending the time and effort to produce a loaf with taste, texture and smell makes the toil worthwhile and stays with you. Or, you can nip off for a cheeky white sliced bacon butty as your guilty pleasure.


Diagrams do Hastings

So today, we’ve come down to Hastings in Sussex to do a spot of filming with Sam from Diagrams, along with our good friends & film makers Mathy & Fran.

Footage from today’s shoot should crop up online in the coming weeks, but today’s setting should provide an amazing backdrop for what we all have planned.

Click here to see a photo of where we’re filming next to the old pier.