The Nextwave Sessions

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The Nextwave Sessions
EP by Bloc Party
Released 12 August 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Post-punk revival, indie rock, alternative rock
Label Frenchkiss Records
Producer Dan Carey
Bloc Party chronology
Four
(2012)
The Nextwave Sessions
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B−[3]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 4/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 5.2/10[6]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[7]

The Nextwave Sessions is an extended play by British indie rock band Bloc Party. It was released on 12 August 2013 in the United Kingdom, and 13 August in the United States, via Frenchkiss Records.[8] "Ratchet" and "Obscene" were recorded with Dan Carey, who had previously worked with Bat for Lashes and Hot Chip.[9] It features five previously unreleased songs that were given live debuts on the band's 2013 North American tour.[8]

"Ratchet", the EP's lead track, was given its first radio play by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on 25 June.[10] An accompanying video, created by Cyriak using heavily edited footage from the music videos for "Octopus", "Hunting for Witches", "Little Thoughts" and "Helicopter", was released on the band's Vevo channel on the same day.[8][11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ratchet"   3:18
2. "Obscene"   3:44
3. "French Exit"   2:52
4. "Montreal"   4:39
5. "X-Cutioner's Song" (iTunes bonus track) 2:01
6. "Children of the Future"   3:07
Total length:
19:01[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Nextwave Sessions EP - Bloc Party". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Heisel, Scott (7 August 2013). "Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions EP". Alternative Press. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ McFarland, Kevin (13 August 2013). "Bloc Party: The Nextwave sessions". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Bosman, Chris (5 August 2013). "Album Review: Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions EP". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Hanratty, Dave (8 August 2013). "Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Ian (8 August 2013). "Bloc Party: The Nextwaves Sessions". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (9 August 2013). "Bloc Party: The Nextwave sessions". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (25 June 2013). "Bloc Party announce new EP The Nextwave Sessions". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Young, Alex (25 June 2013). "Bloc Party announce new EP, The Nextwave Sessions". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Murray, Robin (25 June 2013). "Bloc Party confirm Nextwave Sessions EP". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Bowe, Miles (25 June 2013). "Bloc Party – "Ratchet" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Nextwave Sessions - EP by Bloc Party". iTunes Canada. Apple. Retrieved 6 July 2013.