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London Grammar Eclipses 2020

Photo Credit: Crowns and Owls
About London Grammar
London Grammar are Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major. They released their UK #2 double platinum selling debut album ‘If You Wait’ in 2013, followed by their UK #1 album ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ in 2017. They garnered numerous BRIT nominations and were awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello.
London Grammar share the Maya Jane Coles remix of their new track ‘Californian Soil’ available now on Ministry Of Sound. The original track is featured on the band’s highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, which will be released on February 12, 221. Listen to the Maya Jane Coles remix of ‘Californian Soil’ here.
Photo Credit: Will Reid

 

“With trancy beats crunched smoothly into Hanna Reids’ angelic voice, the “California Soil” remix dominates into seemingly simplistic yet brilliantly crushing vibes of stellar techno bliss. ” –Hollywood Sentinel
Watch the official video for “Californian Soil” directed by Silent Tapes here.
“Californian Soil” is the irrefutably beautiful third record from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has stood the test of time for over a decade. Following its premiere, the band released their return single the perfect electropop cut “Baby It’s You,” arriving as their follow up to their 2017 UK #1 album “Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.” The single, co-produced by George FitzGerald, hit an impressive 40-plus New Music Friday’s across the globe. The band also performed the single and a stirring cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights as part of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month. They also performed the single proper on Later…With Jools Holland (the third time they have guested on the lauded BBC show).
About Hannah Reid 
Frontwoman Hannah Reid has been on a journey of self-discovery. After a reported long and frustrating period of feeling powerless over her own path as an artist, the singer/songwriter has–with the support of her two friends and fellow bandmates Dan Rothman and Dot Major–claimed her role as leader of the British trio, a shift that soon restored her clarity of purpose. Reid guided the band through the making of their most dynamic album yet, a decidedly feminist and utterly transportive body of work.
‘Californian Soil’ Track listing
1.    Intro
2.    Californian Soil
3.    Missing
4.    Lose Your Head
5.    Lord It’s A Feeling
6.    How Does It Feel
7.    Baby It’s You
8.    Call Your Friends
9.    All My Love
10. Talking
11. I Need The Night
12. America
“London Grammar’s sound and songwriting has matured to a level of experimentalism and bliss that lends their work to a level of creativity that knows no bounds. Not only are they the “perfect looking” band, they also sound simply perfect. A stellar, brilliant trio of massive talent and genius whose current body of work will proudly stand the test of time.”  –Hollywood Sentinel
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London Grammar Brings Perfection with “Baby It’s You”

     British trio London Grammar have just released a soaring new single titled “Baby It’s You,” out now on Columbia Records.  Baby It’s You” arrives as the first track the band have released since their 2017 UK #1 selling album ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.’ Listen to “Baby It’s You” here: https://LondonGrammar.lnk.to/BIY
     “Baby It’s You” takes off and flies on a wave of blissed out love. A stark contrast to London Grammar’s earlier melancholic, darker vibe. The  beautiful new cut vibes strong, with beauty, love, grace, and hope in a time of immense turmoil and pain in 2020. It’s perfection demands  an immediate replay.
     The stellar new single, with brilliant beats and otherworldly layers of sound and piano, was co-produced by the band alongside lauded electronic producer George FitzGerald.  With vocalist Hannah Reid’s angelically exquisite vocals delivering nothing less than heavenly rapture, this song is one of my favorite new cuts–perfect for the dance floor, or jamming in your car on your way to paradise with your lover by your side.
     ABOUT LONDON GRAMMAR: 
      London Grammar are Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major. They released their UK #2 double platinum selling debut album ‘If You Wait’ in 2013, followed by their UK #1 album ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ in 2017. They’ve garnered numerous BRIT nominations and have been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello. The band have worked with an array of contemporary talent and brands including Paul Epworth, Flume, Dior and Disclosure, played a list of sold out tours and headlined festivals around the world.  Most recently their track Hey Now (Arty Remix) was featured on the hit show ‘Normal People.’
(c) 2020 Hollywood Sentinel

FKA Twigs Releases New Film Short

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FKA twigs and WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform, launch their latest collaboration, the short film We Are The Womxn. Directed by Ivar Wigan, the short film documents FKA twigs as she traveled to perform at Afropunk Festival in Atlanta in late 2019. There she joined forces with healer and spiritual leader Queen Afua to host a moon dance in celebration of the sacred womxn. After the moon dance, twigs led the womxn to Blue Flame: Atlanta landmark and the city’s first Black strip club. Summoning the divine feminine, together they created an environment in which womxn danced for each other. Watch We Are The Womxn here, and read the full interview with FKA twigs and Queen Afua here.
The film captures glimpses of FKA twigs’ performance at Afropunk intertwined with scenes from both the sacred moon dance and Blue Flame, celebrating Atlanta’s dance community and rooting the craft of pole dancing in spirituality and matriarchal energy.
Empowering each other through dance and rituals, the short film shows elements of movement used by some of the first known healers. FKA twigs shares her intentions as the film progresses, “I decided to hold the second part of the all-female and femme sacred moon dance at Blue Flame, firstly to honor the heritage of pole dancing, but also to create a matriarchal dominance in a space that’s usually filled with, and run by, male energy.”
We Are The Womxn concludes FKA twigs’ year-long campaign for her album Magdalene and was filmed during her global tour. The campaign kicked off with the last FKA twigs commission from WePresent, Practice, a short film that celebrates the physical training and creative process that culminated in her GRAMMY-nominated music video “Cellophane.” Practice delved deep into the making of FKA twigs’ journey to mastering the craft of pole dancing, triumphantly pushing through physical and mental boundaries.
FKA twigs shares her take on the overall experience of creating We Are The Womxn, “I’m actually pretty shy but I felt so encouraged to dance and enjoy my body by all the amazing womxn who came together. I particularly bonded with one dancer at Blue Flame [named] Kharisma. She had such vibrant energy and at the beginning of the night she called the other girls on to the stage to be admired and supported in their expression. My experience at the Blue Flame solidified that, although historically womxn are often pitched against each other for their looks or their assets by the patriarchy, when left to our own devices we are incredibly nurturing and healing for each other.”
Holly Fraser, Editor in Chief of WePresent, shares, “We are delighted to launch We Are The Womxn, the latest project in the 4 year creative partnership between FKA twigs and WePresent. Traveling to Atlanta the project sees FKA twigs explore her evolving artistry and develop a deeper understanding of herself through learning from local womxn. It is exactly these stories of intimate and candid creativity that the team at WePresent strives to tell, while allowing artists the freedom they need for creative expression. In order to detail FKA twigs’ experience as authentically as possible we also worked with Atlanta-based writer Clarissa Brooks to bring the essence of the local community to life throughout the piece.”
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Film credits
Director: Ivar Wigan
Produced by: EVERYBODYNEEDSUS
Executive Producer: Maria Rubin and Cathleen Cher
Line Producer: Sally Oh
Production Manager: Dannah Gottlieb
Director of photography: Jamie Korn
Gaffer: Hayden Mason
Key Grip: Bryce Milburn
Swing: RJ Cassavitis
Sound: Gabe Valduri
Choreographer: Kelly Yvonne
PAs: Chris Tevebaugh, Ozzie Bunbury, Jeremy Baiden
Editor: Ruth Hegarty
Grade: Luke Morrison
Special Thanks To:
Queen Afua
Kharisma, Shaeyonce & the dancers
Brenda at Blue Flame Atlanta
Jocelyn and Matthew at Afropunk Festival
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