TOY release second album ‘Join The Dots’ to critical acclaim and announce secret London show tonight!
TOY’s second record ‘Join The Dots’ is officially out TODAY and to celebrate, the band have announced they are to play a secret show tonight at London’s Old Blue Last, alongside their free instore at Rough Trade east on Wednesday. Doors open this evening at 8pm and entry is first come served, so get down early if you want in!
18 — BRIGHTON, THE OLD MARKET
19 — BRISTOL, THEKLA
20 — SOUTHAMPTON, TALKING HEADS
21 — BIRMINGHAM, THE RAINBOW
22 — NOTTINGHAM, BODEGA
23 — LEEDS, COCKPIT
24 — MANCHESTER, GORILLA
26 — NEWCASTLE, CLUNY
27 — GLASGOW, KING TUTS
28 — LIVERPOOL, EAST VILLAGE ARTS CENTRE
1 — NORWICH, STUDIO
‘JOIN THE DOTS’ CRITICAL ACCLAIM
“Sonic Youth, New Order, Ride, and, as ever, Neu! spring readily to mind. However…it is this intrepid combo’s assembly of these disparate echoes into something of their own that takes them ever closer to the pantheon of greats. Join The Dots is another exhilarating leap in that direction”
“Just over a year since their debut and now a second has arrived… Songs pound onwards, elliptical guitar lines wrapping round and round…while TOY may be fast workers, they’ve also got a faintly astonishing level of quality control”
Fake DIY ****
“‘Join The Dots’ opens with ‘Conductor’, a hypnotic, almost meditative seven-minute instrumental, and from then on, from the self-pity of ‘Frozen Atmosphere’ to the ten-minute post-punk closer ‘Fall Out of Love’, it remains absolutely compelling”
The Times ****
“‘Join The Dots’ maintains TOY’s stance as masters of creativity, then controls and expands it”
NME 8/10 – Album Of The Week
“TOY get the balance exactly right here, perfectly mixing noise and melody“
Album Of The Day/ Shaun Keaveny’s Record Of The Week
Album Of The Week
“This is the future of music”
Zane Lowe on ‘Endlessly’ BUY ON ITUNES
Following Jimi Goodwin’s announcement that he’ll be supporting Elbow on their April 2014 UK arena tour, we’re very pleased to reveal details of his debut solo album, ‘Odludek’, which will be released on Heavenly Recordings on Monday 24th March 2014.
This is the first new music release from Jimi since Doves’s Kingdom Of Rust in 2009 so it’s set to be a very special release indeed. Listen to the forthcoming track ‘Oh! Whiskey’ below which is all kinds of brilliance, and stay tuned for details on how to pre-order the record!
Jimi on Odludek:
“I wanted to make this mad mixtape… the kind you’d pass back and forth with your mates; eclectic as fuck. That’s the way we’ve all discovered music over the years isn’t it? We join our own dots to make it all make sense. As I got into making the record, it felt like I was proving something to myself, making a point that I could do all this on my own. You know — I can play bass, I can play guitar, I can orchestrate. As the methods changed, the original concept stayed intact. It’s me, powering through ideas, kapow kapow, no pause for breath. It’s not trying to be wilfully eclectic; it’s just a reflection of how I schizophrenically devour music.”
1. Terracotta Warrior
2. Didsbury Girl
3. Live Like A River
5. Man v Dingo
6. Keep My Soul In Song
7. Oh! Whiskey
8. The Ghost Of The Empties
9. Lonely At The Drop
10. Panic Tree
This NYE, our venue The Social is throwing a big old party over its two floors, with the legendary Ragga Twins performing live on stage before midnight. They’ll be joined by a host of DJs including special guest Drums of Death and a midnight set from Rob Pursey (Hip Hop Karaoke / Rated R / Players Ball / Southern Hospitality), classic house and garage from Found A Cure and of course our very own Heavenly Jukebox.
Grab a free ‘Norm Peterson’ cocktail from 9-10pm from the specially created NYE menu and let the good times roll!
*£5 TICKETS SOLD OUT
5 Little Portland Street
We are so excited to be able to share with you (as premiered by The Guardian) the new TOY album, ‘Join The Dots’ one week ahead of its release. Listen below and let us know your thoughts!
To celebrate the release of their second album, TOY are playing a Rough Trade East instore on Wednesday 11th December — you can purchase “Join The Dots” from Monday 9th December or pre-order the bundle online now in order to get a wristband. Head over to the Rough Trade site HERE for the details.
We’re also very happy that the forthcoming album is chosen as NME’s Album Of The Week! (“Join The Dots” maintains TOY’s stance as masters of creativity, then controls and expands it”). If you’re looking for another treat, check out this spaced out “Join The Dots” remix by Leo Zero — 13mins of psych goodness…
“[Leo Zero has] transformed the title-track from the five-piece’s second album, ‘Join The Dots’, into an incessantly pulsating, senses-pricking, euphoria-peaking 13-minute monster — something like we imagine LCD Soundsystem remixing Liars might’ve sounded like” CLASH
We’re very pleased to say that Temples have been chosen as one of VEVO’s Ones To Watch 2014. To celebrate, the band recently played an exclusive live session for VEVO, performing a gorgeous stripped down version of ‘Keep In The Dark’ which we’re a bit addicted to. Watch below and check out James and Adam in conversation…
You may have noticed for the past couple of weeks that we’ve been counting down the 100 days until our 100th ever album release, and we’re pleased to reveal that HVNLP100 is none other than the debut album from Temples!
Featuring 12 out-of-this-world tracks including the singles ‘Shelter Song’, ‘Colours To Life’ and ‘Keep In The Dark’, the album is released on Heavenly Recordings on Monday 10th February 2014, with new single ‘Mesmerise’ out on January 13th.
1. Shelter Song
2. Sun Structures
3. The Golden Throne
4. Keep In The Dark
6. Move With The Season
7. Colours To Life
8. A Question Isn’t Answered
9. The Guesser
10. Test Of Time
11. Sand Dance
12. Fragment’s Light
The band have also announced a string of UK shows for the new year, with tickets going on-sale here at 9am on Friday. Find the full list of dates below and listen to the cosmic anthem that is ‘Mesmerise’!
NEW ANNOUNCED DATES**
24th Glasgow Oran Mor
25th Hull Fruit
27th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
28th Leeds Stylus
1st Manchester Academy 2
3rd Oxford Academy 2
4th Birmingham Institute Library
6th Cardiff Globe
7th Bournemouth Old Fire Station
8th London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
*Plus look out for other exclusives from other independent retailers
*FIND ALL TEMPLES DATES HERE
News just in from our sister venue The Social:
The Social’s famous Christmas Saturdays return to Little Portland Street in December. This year there will be more booze, food and space to socialise, and much more music too with free shows in the basement from acts on Rough Trade (14th) and Heavenly (21st).
The market, as ever, will happen in the upstairs bar at The Social and stalling out for your delight each week will be the essential nature and culture website Caught By The River and their spectacular shop filled with books, maps, badges, records, limited edition screen prints from, amongst others, Stanley Donwood and David Chatton Barker, as well as exclusives from their cupboard. They’ll be joined by a couple of guest stalls each week and this year we’ll be leaving a booth or two free for people to come and sit down down and enjoy our food and drink.
The doors will be open between 12pm and 5.30pm, entry is free and with a fully stocked bar including a selection of ales, our homemade mulled wine, hot cider, Bloody Marys, hearty food, impromptu DJ sets and outbreaks of festivity – we invite you to come down our chimney where a very warm welcome is once again guaranteed.
Guest stalls this year will include Faber Social, Andrews and the Empress of Arcadia, Clay Pipe, Heavenly Recordings and more.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, press enquiries, and to enquire about booking one of the booths for you and your friends to eat and drink.
We’re super excited to be reaching a big milestone next year, with the release of our 100th (yes, HUNDREDTH!) album on Heavenly. With today officially being 100 days until the release of HVNLP100 (top secret for now, more details to follow), we’re digging through the archives and counting down with a track a day. Bookmark our soundcloud set here for a tasty song a day and tweet us your suggestions using the #Heavenly100 hashtag.
Announcing the new single from Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, out on iTunes NOW and on limited 7″ on Monday 16th December.
The band have shared the accompanying video shot by Douglas Hart which you can watch below. The 7″ comes backed with a brilliant cover of the Kinks’ ‘Wicked Annabella’ on the B-side plus the full download package (out 16th December) includes a live cover of The Velvet Underground’s Sister Ray, previously released as a one-sided limited edition 12”.