The Mercury Prize winning, chart-topping alt-J have released a remix of HARD DRIVE GOLD from their new album THE DREAM, which is out now via Infectious Music / BMG. The track has been reworked by multi award-winning electronic polymath Maya Jane Coles, who has propelled the already dynamic track into new, unexpected directions. Alongside this, the band have released a remixed version of the visualiser for Hard Drive Gold. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwgY8DS7gbo
Maya Jane Coles imbues Hard Drive Gold with a trippy late-night sensibility. Newman’s vocals are panned and slowed, gliding across a pulsating four to the floor house groove. The chanted hook of the original track remains – “Don’t be afraid to make money, boy” – but this time possesses an added sense of jeopardy. It’s a truly heady reinterpretation of one of the highlights from the band’s fourth album.
THE DREAM is an album where true crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateaux Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band’s more personal moments to date. Both beauty and darkness lay side by side – often seamlessly merging on the same track; a purposeful choice that pays dividends across the record. The band’s dazzling instrumentation has matured; there are still far out moments but now they are deployed with an artful precision.
alt-J previously announced a run of intimate shows in association with Independent Record Stores in May and into June, and the band are currently on a major tour across the US featuring state-of-the-art production that utilises hologram technology which they will be bringing over to the UK later this year.
Thu 05 EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms (with ASSAI RECORDS)
Fri 06 GLASGOW Barrowland
Sat 07 GLASGOW Barrowland
Mon 09 LEEDS O2 Academy
Tue 10 BRISTOL O2 Academy
Thu 12 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Fri 13 MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sat 14 LIVERPOOL Jacaranda Records (with JACARANDA RECORDS)
Mon 16 OXFORD O2 Academy (with TRUCK RECORDS)
Wed 18 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
Thu 19 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
Fri 20 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
Sun 22 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon 23 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Wed 25 BELFAST Telegraph Building
Fri 27 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 28 BRIGHTON Chalk (with RESIDENT RECORDS)
Thu 07 KINGSTON Pryzm (with BANQUET RECORDS)
alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold more than two million copies and their songs have been streamed over two and a half billion times. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut AN AWESOME WAVE was followed two years later by their number one, GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album THIS IS ALL YOURS. In 2017, RELAXER reached the UK album chart Top 10, ahead of a summer of major international shows that included a show at London’s O2 Arena and headline performances at numerous festivals and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.
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