Basement Jaxx star Felix Buxton has written a song about aliens after catching a glimpse of what appeared to be a UFO outside the band's London headquarters. The electro musician has revealed he saw what he believes was a flying saucer out of the window of the group's studio near King's Cross in the British capital.
Buxton was spooked by the encounter and went on to write a new song, titled We Are Not Alone, about the experience.
He tells Britain's The New Review magazine, "(I saw) something very still and glinting in the sky, like light reflecting off a car... it looked like a flying saucer, basically."
He even mentioned the incident during a talk he gave to students at England's Oxford University and was glad they didn't make fun of his encounter, adding, "The students were cool about it - whereas people of my generation tend to get angry when I tell them I saw something I don't understand. It shows how closed-minded people are, generally."
Kanye West will be rethinking his second night as London's Wireless Festival headliner on Saturday (05Jul14) after he faced booing and hecklers on Friday (04Jul14). The rapper, who agreed to fill-in for Drake after the ill Canadian announced he wouldn't be able to perform on Saturday, had a less than smooth experience on the opening night of the Finsbury Park event as music fans took exception to his ranting onstage.
Kanye was booed and heckled by festival-goers as he took aim at the media during a break in his set.
He told the crowd, "I'm not particularly angry but they've taken the idea of celebrity and tried to make me seem like I'm stupid or something. People keep looking at me like I got a problem or something, like I'm not doing something I'm meant to. The lies, the media, they want to make you feel like you're less to them in their eye."
Kanye also attacked top fashion brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton, who he has fallen out with in the past - but it appeared fans weren't in the mood for a soapbox performance and they started leaving the venue in waves.
Tinie Tempah, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams and Basement Jaxx also performed at Wireless on Friday, while Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa and Ellie Goulding are among the other acts playing over the weekend.
Dance music duo Basement Jaxx are trawling the Internet to find new singers. Grammy Award winners Simon Radcliffe and Felix Buxton are working on their first Basement Jaxx album in four years but say they are bored with polished voices and are looking for hidden gems and edgy vocal talent online instead.
Radcliffe tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "All the voices you hear now are like machines. We prefer voices with character. So we scour YouTube looking for different kinds of talent. If it's got an edge we like it."
A growing number of artists including Lana Del Rey, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Bryan Ferry and Slayer have axed gigs in Turkey amid growing political unrest in the country. Protests broke out in Istanbul last month (May13) over plans to develop one of the city's parks, and the clashes between activists and police have escalated over the last few weeks and spread to other cities.
The problems prompted several bands including Jared Leto's 30 Seconds To Mars and The National to axe gigs there, and now a huge number of international artists have cancelled planned events in Turkey.
Lana Del Rey's show in Istanbul on 7 July (13) has been pushed back until September (13), and Bryan Ferry's appearance at the Istanbul Jazz Festival on 8 July (13) has been called off.
The multi-date Vodafone Istanbul Calling music festival, which was due to feature Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo Green, Nas, Sigur Ros, The Prodigy, and Bloc Party, has been axed, along with the Hi-Voltage festival, which was to be headlined by Slayer and Cradle of Filth.
The Pet Shop Boys have also cancelled a gig in the country, while other acts affected include Bat for Lashes, Basement Jaxx and New York Dolls.
This time last year I wrote a MindFood entry about stumbling across the world premiere of Monsters, Gareth Edwards’ low-key spin on giant monster movies, at SXSW. And when you write about the world premiere of a movie no one has ever heard of, there’s a strange sense of responsibility that comes with doing so. Even if you’re super excited about the movie and want to be its biggest supporter, most people won’t have an opportunity to see it for months, if at all. (Last year’s great SXSW midnight flicks Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil and The Loved Ones still don’t even have US distribution.) So there’s a certain concern that you don’t want to over-hype a movie that people can’t see, because by the time they can see it, chances are it’s not going to have lived up to that hype.
I don’t have that concern when it comes to Attack the Block, the best film I’ve seen at this year’s SXSW film festival. I’ve got no worries that I’ll over-sell and the movie will under-deliver. Joe Cornish’s directorial debut is so much damned fun that people the world over are guaranteed to fall in love with it. Nope, that’s not over-hyping it; I’m just that confident that people are going to be blown away by it.
A gang of South London hooligans have to protect their neighborhood from an invasion of aliens. Sure, that sounds like it could be the plot of an Goosebumps book or a Disney movie, but there’s none of that kiddy crap here. Attack the Block hasn’t been seen by the MPAA, so it doesn’t have a rating, but there is absolutely no doubt that it’d take home an R-rating and wear it with pride.
It’s bloody, it’s savage, it’s hilarious, it’s profane and it pulls zero punches. But the best thing about Attack the Block is that it’s not done in a tongue-in-cheek way. Cornish takes a dead serious approach to his own story, filling it with anti-hero characters you start off hating. And considering most established filmmakers never tackle characters that aren’t instantly the heroes, that’s a ballsy movie for a first time filmmaker. Imagine what would happen if Michael Bay made Shia LaBeouf out to be a drug-dealing thug instead of a bumbling dork, or if instead of Elliot leaving E.T. a trail of Reeses Pieces to follow, he rammed a sharp stick through his skull. Attack the Block does both before you can even catch your breath.
And if complex teenage characters and a penchant for awesome violence isn’t already enticing enough, know that Attack the Block features not only a highly original alien design, but also slick and stylish cinematography that lets you appreciate what’s happening. There’s none of this shakeycam, do-it-like-a-CNN-war-video malarkey going on. Joe Cornish understands that tripods and steadicams are never going to go out of style. And if his eye for awesome action isn’t enough, Cornish collaborated with Basement Jaxx to deliver the score. The combined effect of the two is like injecting crack into a can of Red Bull.
It’s just such a relief to come across a high energy movie that isn’t dumbed down for a lowest common denominator audience; that features real characters behaving realistically despite how ludicrous everything about their situation is; that will make you laugh your face off one minute and then rip a character’s face off the next. I’m talking about a movie that embodies that anything-can-happen spirit of the ‘80s without pandering to faux nostalgia or confining itself to being some kind of throwback.
Attack the Block doesn’t fit any one mold. Joe Cornish simply watched all the same movies you and I watched growing up. He fell in love with Predator and Terminator 2 and The Goonies and everything else. But instead of figuring out some way to roll them all together, he decided to make a movie that feels like a direct descendant of that generation. And considering the biggest sci-fi news item going around right now is that Hollywood wants to reboot Daredevil and make yet another superhero flick, I just hope sci-fi fans realize that not everyone is playing it safe these days. There are people like Joe Cornish out there who are making a movie that turns its back to Hollywood rules. Attack the Block may take a while to get to you, but when it does, please do check it out. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Is the Tomb Raider soundtrack worth excavating? We sent fearless adventurers Erika Gimenes and Scott Turner to explore the soundtrack's underground sounds and alternative remixes.
Erika Gimenes: This U2 song totally gets me in the best mood!
Scott Turner: I don't know what happened to U2 with the whole "return to their roots" style they tried to pursue with their last album. But this song seems to exemplify the division between their songwriting and their market aspirations, which were effectively summed up by their confusing and artistically bankrupt apology for their years of exploring a quasi-techno aesthetic. Note to Bono: Be true to your self and don't sell out.
Erika Gimenes: SELL OUT? What are you talking about? I haven't heard such an energetic and groundbreaking U2 song in a long time! When listening to "Elevation" I feel like I want to get out of my chair and start dancing. It's one of the most energetic, contagious songs on the soundtrack. The music fits together perfectly: the guitar tunes, Bono's vocals (which he does quite charmingly I must add). U2 does amazingly well at blending different music tunes into their "roots" and this is a proof that they have succeeded. Do not be surprised if this song is the reason why the soundtrack will do so well.
Scott Turner: It's true that some of their former glory is bleeding through, but it's bleeding and dying.
ErikaGimenes: And what about Nine Inch Nails? That is another band that has power to make the CD stand on its own two feet! True, much of NIN music may sound repetitive, but Trent Reznor digs in the dark depths of rock 'n' roll and always brings the best of the dark, raw rock 'n' roll to life.
Scott Turner: Yawn--Trent Reznor needs to get some Prozac. I don't know why he's so upset, but I'm sure he can afford professional help with his fabulous rock star income. As usual his music is derivative, rehashed and slightly embarrassing ... and please, Trent, don't give us five remixes of this song and deliver it in the guise of a new album. We don't care.
Erika Gimenes: Imagine being in a dark, cold tunnel. Trent Reznor signifies darkness. That's why his work blends well with artists such as Marilyn Manson. Because that's what their music is all about. Sometimes the best work of art comes through the depths of your sorrows. I am not saying that's the case with Reznor, but you can definitely tell that what is dark and eerie, is sometimes the best product for the imagination. "Deep" is just about that: it's dangerous and mischievous. Reznor couldn't have done a better job to fit this movie.
Scott Turner: Reznor is the Anne Rice of the dark world. He is as authentic as Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire.
Erika Gimenes: Ouch...Chemical Brothers? Ugh...I feel like I am in a rave. It's the same beat over and over again. I feel dizzy just listening to this thing!
Scott Turner:I like the little repetitive figure, which meanders like a lost duck through this track. This song is cool and upbeat and unpretentious. Very refreshing...
ErikaGimenes:How can the same beat that repeats over and over again for 4 minutes and 45 seconds be refreshing? I feel like I am trapped in a club and feel like bashing my head against a wall!
Scott Turner: Makes me want to turn up the volume and get another drink.
Erika Gimenes:OK, moving on. Basement Jaxx sounds just like the Beastie Boys...
Scott Turner:The Beastie Boys are a true classic--Basement Jaxx, however, should have been left in the basement. This insipid uninspired mix is bereft of life.
Erika Gimenes: I AGREE. Beastie Boys are original and Basement Jaxx should be scrubbing their floors with A-jaxx--the disinfectant!
Scott Turner: I thought Moby's song was pretty cool ... he does a good job of cross-pollinating genres. It's a little reminiscent of his work on Play, but it's still strong.
Erika Gimenes: Yeah, well, Moby rocks. He can touch a song and just make magic.
Scott Turner: I still wanna know though: What happened to his hair? Really?
Erika Gimenes: I dunno. He's still hot. Who cares about his hair, though? He is amazing! Every time he plays he can transform a song into something totally new and different. It's terribly addictive and hypnotizing.
Scott Turner: I agree. Sometimes he chooses some pretty wacky samples to build songs around ... maybe a little too wacky but you have to respect him for trying something different
Erika Gimenes: Agreed. He's is going to be around for a while. He's so innovative and has earned the respect of so many people. I bow down to him.
Scott Turner: Hey, what are you doing down there? You can get up now. Also Fat Boy Slim's song is interesting. Its what Hank Williams would have sounded like if he had been weaned on crack and raised in London with Bootsey Collins playing a nuclear-powered rubber band.
Erika Gimenes: I am playing U2 again... OHHHHHHHHH OHHHHHHHHHHHHH OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH elevation...