News featuring Ratatat

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’15 Jul 22 Wed

Wednesday 22nd July

  • Despot – “House Of Bricks” Video

    The great New York underground rapper Despot has been destroying other people’s songs for years, but he’s barely released anything under his own name. That could change soon, though. Despot’s “House Of Bricks” single is getting some serious notice, and his long-developing album We’re All Excited may actually come out before we’re all dead. Ratatat’s […]

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’15 Jul 19 Sun

Sunday 19th July

  • Magnifique: Ratatat review – after five albums, the charm is running thin


    If you haven’t checked in with Ratatat since their debut in 2004, you’ll be reassured – or nonplussed – to hear that not much has changed in the interim. After a slight detour on their last two records, which attempted to diversify their sound by introducing new instruments and global influences, this fifth album pares it back to the basics: solid instrumental tracks layered with spacey effects and squealing guitars. The urge to sound up to date on tracks such as Cream on Chrome is outweighed by retro impulses – I Will Return is a cover of the 1971 Springwater soft-rock hit. There is some charm in the Brooklyn duo’s method but, after five albums, it’s running thin.

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’15 Jul 17 Fri

Friday 17th July

  • Ratatat: Return of the Guitar Heroes

    Having this duo back releasing music is simply magnifique

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  • What's going on Friday? (Ratatat, mewithoutYou, The Bird and the Bee, Into Another, Mitski, Dalek, Bouncing Souls, more)

    photo: Ratatat at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)

    photo: mewithoutYou at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)

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  • Ratatat: Magnifique

    Five years after Ratatat's bloated experimental effort LP4, the Brooklyn duo have are back with the more focused and accessible Magnifique, which finds them returning to a guitar-centric approach.

    Ratatat showed some real growth on their first three records. The Brooklyn duo of Mike Stroud and Evan Mast managed to etch out their own place among countless Brooklyn indie acts in the early aughts because of a vibrant, experimental sound that’s very much guitar-powered. Their self-titled 2004 debut had a rawness that was endearing, but with 2006’s Classics and especially 2008’s LP3, their songs became more polished and accessible, which is a feat for…

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’15 Jul 16 Thu

Thursday 16th July

  • Ratatat: Magnifique review – cranking up the noise


    Guitarist Mike Stroud and producer Evan Mast have practically come full circle. Leaving behind the darker, sparse elements of 2010’s LP4, the noodly guitar and synthesiser duo crank up the noise and amplify their skittering energy on this fifth studio album. This news ought to please fans who have spent the past five years waiting for the return of vintage Ratatat, who first appeared in 2004 with an entirely unholy and exciting mishmash of hip-hop production, a squealing guitar and blooping synths. They still sound like a Jimmy Page or Brian May solo let loose over a Nintendo game interlude: playful, and wilfully ignoring 2015’s major pop and electronic music trends. Single Cream on Chrome floats into an effervescent groove, while Nightclub Amnesia starts off knee-deep in crunching guitars before recalling Justice circa 2007. Magnifique drags a bit, as can often be the case with instrumental tracks centred on…

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  • Capitol Hill Block Party includes Ratatat, TVOTR, Father John Misty, SSDD & more ++ get to Seattle early and see So Pitted

    by Andrew Sacher

    Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

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  • The playlist: hip-hop - Future, Despot, Wizkid, Migos and Knxwledge

    Champagne has been sprayed over this month’s hip-hop selection, which brings pig rhymes from New York, vlog news and a collaboration with Skepta

    Despot is arguably the most well known of a trio of New York MCs who all share a similar MO and aesthetic. Along with El-P and Action Bronson, he creates cartoonishly aggressive rhymes, while dropping in references to Queens and sporting a ginger beard. His turn on Pitchfork’s freestyle series Selector with El-P is still one of the funniest freestyles of recent years. For his latest track – which went down very well at MoMA PS1 last weekend – he’s hooked up with Ratatat man E*Vax, who’s always had a tendency to create guitar rock that references hip-hop. The combination of his production – which features a warped, diving bassline and haunting vocal sample – and Despot’s delivery, which is the hip-hop equivalent of someone spoiling for…

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’15 Jul 14 Tue

Tuesday 14th July

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Thursday 9th July

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