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SCHOOL OF X RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘BAD LOVE’ ALONGSIDE HAUNTING VIDEO DEBUT ALBUM ‘ARMLOCK’ IS OUT MAY 29TH

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School of X reveals a hopeful song about overcoming inscrutable lows of love. The song is taken from the debut album Armlock, released on May 29. Musician and director Frederik Valentin has created the accompanying music video.

In February, School of X released the first single, “Collarbone (feat. Lord Siva)”, of his forthcoming debut album. “Collarbone” bridged the explosive and heavily produced style of the debut EP Faded. Dream. with the intimate and intense songs on 2019’s Destiny EP. Today, School of X announces the title and release date of his debut album Armlock, out on May 29. Accompanying the announcement is School of X’s second single from the debut album, “Bad Love” – a love song about overcoming trying times.

School of X’s Rasmus Littauer about the song:

“It’s about feeling alone in a relationship, having lost faith or trust, about how much the relationship suddenly matters when it’s slipping through your fingers. But that’s how love is – it comes and goes and we all have to put up a constant fight to save it and bring it back.”

The music video was created with friend, director and fellow musician Frederik Valentin just when the covid-19 virus forced the ongoing lock-down in Denmark.

“Frederik has been a vital part of the visual side of School of X since the beginning. I admire his creativity and always have for the 10 years we have known each other. We wanted to capture duality, danger and love with this video. It was a tough process because of covid-19. We couldn’t really meet except for outside and inside we were always 3-4 meters apart. We feel we succeeded, and under the circumstances I think this video makes the experience of Bad Love even more powerful.”

The debut album Armlock is released on May 29. Like “Bad Love”, it’s full of ambiguity — although an armlock is usually known as a restraining technique,, for School of X the word can also contain something positive.

The title emerged in the early morning hours when Rasmus Littauer and his friend were in New York City.

“I came up with the title while driving in a taxi in NYC at 4am in the morning arm in arm with one of my best friends. We were pretty ecstatic about being together in this city at that moment. Literally, “Armlock” of course also has a negative meaning. And this duality means a lot to me because one of my only real struggles is that I’m always trying to break out of what I’m doing. I’m simply scared of being stuck and of being held down by the world around me. It’s not just in music I feel like this – the impermanence of my entire existence is really a lot on my mind”

The School of X moniker is inspired by Eks-skolen – an anti-establishment art collective that was based in Copenhagen in the 1960s. Alongside his work with School of X, Rasmus Littauer has toured the world for the past 7 years as the musical director and drummer for MØ and has also worked with acts such as Liss, Clairo, and many more.

Armlock will be released on vinyl, CD and digital via Tambourhinoceros on May 29.

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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