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Rober Awards 2017 Music Poll: Complete List Of Winners

Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem are the biggest winners at this year’s Rober Awards. The rapper from Compton, recently shunned out of the biggest categories at the Grammys, was voted best male and hip-hop artist of the year, and his record DAMN. took home the honours for album of the year. James Murphy’s band unsurprisingly won in the category of comeback of the year, as well as being voted the best band and song of the year for the title track of their fourth album American Dream.

Among biggest surprises St. Vincent was voted best female artist over Lorde, the young Kiwi singer though reigned in the pop artist category. Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’ took over Prince‘s ‘Purple Rain,’which had been the frontrunner during the last few weeks, and Japanese veteran Ryuichi Sakamoto earned the award for best electronica. Cigarettes After Sex were voted breakthrough artists and Cardi B won the Sound Of 2018 trophy.

Frank Ocean, Father John Misty and The Black Madonna were among the rest of the winners in a scandal-stricken edition hampered by complaints of individual voting manipulation in the Best Live Category which were proved right. In the wake of which, the Academy decided the prize should be shared to honour the hundreds of fans of both Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers paying tribute to the late legend, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds who genuinely voted and would have left in any case the rest of the contenders far behind.

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#18-LCD SOUNDSYSTEM-This Is Happening (DFA)

James Murphy’s farewell to the project that has made him one of popular music’s biggest shakers during the first decade of the new century, sees him repeating his tested formula of mixing elements of punk , new-wave and disco on a personal cocktail that in this third serving did begin to lose a bit of its original surprise. Although LCD is still acclaimed by virtually everyone and capable of such distinguished moments as ‘Drunk Girls’; ‘I Can Change’ or the best ever tribute to Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, ‘All I Want’. Murphy is probably aware of the adage that says that a timely retreat equals a victory. Looking forward to find out what he’s going to do next.


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The Week That Was (18-04-2010): LCD Soundsystem; Record Store Day; Blur; PJ Harvey…

Enduring a minor delay due to the vulcanic cloud forcing us to alter our plans, we begin our review of last week’s music activity with the record that everybody is talking about. James Murphy has made available the third LCD SOUNDSYSTEM album, ‘This Is Happening’ , for streaming weeks before its released, right before their tour reaching UK shores. On a first listen it sounds more inclined towards the post-punk/rock element of the band, whereas our preferred dance/electronica part of the equation is somehow kept on a secondary level. It also includes the most obvious tribute to David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ ever made.

LA arty noise rockers HEALTH announced the release of their second remix album and launched a spooky video for ‘We Are Water’. Other artists unveiling clips worth mentioning were San Francisco’s art-pop combo The Morning Benders , putting into images ‘Promises’, another highlight off their acclaimed album ‘Big Echo’. Danish electronic meister Trentemøller with ‘Sycamore Feeling’, the first taster from the DJ’s new record; whereas fellow Danes Efterklang introduced the clip for ‘I Was Playing Drums.’

Best piece of news of the week was provided by PJ HARVEY launching out of the blue a new song in the middle of BBC political analyst Andrew Marr’s show. ‘Let England Shake’ samples The Four Lads ‘Istanbul Not Constantinople’ and in her live rendition we could watch PJ hitting that weird electronic harp she has been using in her shows for a while. Suitably for election time, the track is unusually political for our favourite artist from Dover. On the other side of the coin, worst news was the dead of legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, joining the already long list of musicians passing away in 2010.

Around the festival circuit, the granddaddy of them all, Glastonbury, revealed this year’s line-up with Stevie Wonder, U2 and, erm, Muse topping the traditionally long and eclectic bill of participating acts. Its film counterpart in Cannes also announced this edition’s schedule with a jury presided by Tim Burton and new works by Kitano, Kiarostami, Ridley Scott, Gonzalez Iñarritu and Mike Leigh in competition.

Last week was also packed with high profile new tracks from some of the most awaited forthcoming albums, THE NATIONAL Y BAND OF HORSES amongst them. Most notoriously, ROBYN offered a triple advance from the first of the three mini albums the Swedish star plans to release during the year: the already known tracks ‘Dancehall Queen’ and ‘Fembot’, plus her new collaboration with Röyksopp, ‘Make Den Mine’.

In the realms of the anecdotic, youg Brits The XX have already made such an impact among Japanese youngsters that they’ve got a tribute band, callet The OO.

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Last Saturday was Record Day Store. The event celebrated its third edition and judging by the queues to get into London’s Rough Trade East –one of the many participant stores around the world- it was a rotund success. The East end shop offered its customers a day packed with free showcases by the likes of Ash; Caribou or LAURIE ANDERSON, who performed a Q&A session as the main character of the latest theatrical opus ‘Homeland’.

One of the highlights of the Record Shop Day was the amount of exclusive material released for the occasion. The most sought-after was Blur’s ultra limited 7” inch, containing their first studio track for over a decade, ‘Fool’s Day’. After last year’s return to the stage, the band seems to be slowly putting their differences behind and the first new fruit of this reunion is this lovely track reminiscent of some of Blur’s musical influences, particularly The Kinks. The band made the track available for download at their official website.

Other top freebies of the last seven days were given by Haunted House, one among that batch of acts who have adopted the new trend of ultra-lo fi cassette recordings and gave away the content of two of them online. Also, Mount Kimbie gave away one of the new remixes they are compiling in two 12”, The FaltyDL reconstruction of ‘Serged

US rising trio The Antlers offered a new video for the track ‘Sylvia’, at the same time than a free EP worth of new material and African legend Toumani Diabate was the latest guest in the famous ‘Black Cab Sessions’.

CARIBOU was plugging the release of their new album ‘Swim’ with a double free bonanza. The Canadians gave away a remix of one of the record’s highlights ‘Sun’ totally gratis; plus Belgium DJs Allez Allez curated a mix containing some of the band’s new tracks.

Other artists offering new mixes and mixtapes were James Murphy, whose Disco mix next to Pat Mahoney was rediscovered in the light of the third LCD Soundsystem album; Angola’s Kuduro greats Buraka Som Sistema curated their own Essential mix for the BBC; and the duet formed by Alessio Natalizia of Banjo or Freakout and Sam Willis of Allez Allez (again), Walls, did the same for Dummy magazine . Jumping to another continent, Chico Sonido stormed the Latin dancefloors with his most recent mix.

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The Week That Was (20-03-2010): News And Records

Back to our weekly recap after a seven day hiatus, we began the fortnight with the shocking news of Mark Linkous aka Sparklehorse joining the tragic list of great artists who’ve put an end to their own life. Sparklehorse was a multiple Rober Award winner whose career has been spiked by a long story of depression; drug problems and bad luck. The release of his last opus, ‘Dark night Of The Soul’, was abruptly interrupted by his record label claiming copyright problems. Linkous was surrounded by a constellation of rock stars with David Lynch adding exclusive photographic and visual content to the project. The album was just recently given the go ahead.

Alex Chilton, the legendary member of The Box Tops and Big Star also passed away at 59. The cause is rumoured to have been a heart attack, right before a SxSw live appearance!

More shock arrived via Phil Spector launching an appeal against his murder conviction and Eddy Grant accusing Gorillaz of plagiarism in the cartoon band’s new single ‘Stylo’.

Better things came courtesy of Fleet Foxes’ lead singer Robin Pecknold, who offered us a cover of Joanna Newsom to celebrate he is soon to be touring next to our favourite harp player.

Elsewhere, Beck carried on his prolific record club, recruiting Brooklyn female songwriter Annie Clark, of St. Vincent fame; abrasive art-rock trio Liars, and reborn Tropicalia greats Os Mutantes to perform INXS breakthrough album ‘Kick’ in its entirety: after his previous reinterpretation’s of Velvet Underground & Nico; Leonard Cohen and Skip Spence’s creative landmarks.

A video that showed an entire song was the latest instalment in the clever promotional stunt that is ‘iamamiwhoami’. Who was it? Lykke Li? Christina Aguilera? Polly Scattergood? It seems that it all belong to Swedish singer Jonna Lee. Another, better known, Swedish popette unveiled some rather ambitious plans for 2010. Robyn will release her new material in three mini albums/ep’s during the year. A new song, ‘Fembot’ is currently streaming at her website.

LCD soundsystem carried on flooding the world’s media prior to the release of their long awaited, and apparently last ever third album. James Murphy unveiled a new track as part of an Yves St. Laurent fashion parade. Elsewhere, the first taster of his soundtrack for Noah Baumbach new movie ‘Greenberg’ leaked online. ‘Oh You (Christmas Blues)’ sounded like Suicide performing a dark ballad.

The world of soundtracks gave us more reasons to be cheerful. Members of Goldfrapp and Portishead announced their joint project to write a new score for the classic film ‘The Passion Of Joan Of Arc’; Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood follows his notable debut as soundtrack composer in ‘There Will Be blood’ by writing the music for the long-awaited adaptation of Murakami’s literary classic ‘Norwegian Wood’.

Two brand new compilations were also newsworthy: a Box Set comprising all albums of Krautrock masters Neu! was announced; as it was David Holmes’ best moments, including some of his remarkable film music and completed with 3 new songs; The Girlfriend Experience, Your On Fire (Too Fat) and The Lower Orders; 1 brand new remix of ‘The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack’ by Geese and an unreleased mix of ‘Living Room’ by Kevin Shields. ‘The Dogs Are Parading’ is the name of the anthology.

After last week’s new release bonanza, calm has been somehow restored. The last days have brought fewer streaming premieres. Among the most interesting ones: Goldfrapp’s 80’s electro-pop infused fifth album ,’Head First’, likely to become a career peak for the duo thanks to such gems as ‘Believer’ or ‘Alive’; and the ‘Volume 2’ of the collaboration between Americana troubadour M. Ward and Hollywood starlette Zoey Deschanel is streaming at the usual NPR destination.

Autechre came back to their more accessible ways with ‘Oversteps’ giving further signs of what looks like 90’s electronica getting back into trend; Italian electromeisters Crookers finally unveiled their star-studded and slightly disappointing album ‘Tons Of Friends’. Still, it’s got a few highlights that will be strong contenders for summer song 2010. Finally, Norwegian shoegaze purveyors Serena Maneesh were previewing their debut for the 4AD stable “Abyss In B Minor”.

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