‘All Love’s Legal’ album released 17th February, 2014 via Human Level Records
‘All Love’s Legal’ single released 24th February, with remixes from Mokadem,Trust, Kool Thing and Lerato & Tama Sumo
London show sold out, Rough Trade instore announced, Monday 17th February
'Looking Ahead' album picks for 2014 Independent on Sunday
‘A brave and pertinent attack on an issue so regularly ignored in dance music today, ‘All Love Is Legal’ is both wistful and unwavering in its exploration; a challenging, at times chaotic listen that’s as enjoyable as it is playfully experimental.’ 8.5/10 DJ Mag
'With no twee gimmicks, vibrant colour and bold substance are present in spades, resulting in an album that’s nothing short of a masterclass in left-of-centre dance music' 9/10 Mixmag
'On ‘Human Drama’ her vocal is pitch shifted down and over a sparse production she sings ‘Gender’s just a lie’. Direct, effective and an early indication she might top her excellent 2011 album ‘W’' NME On Repeat
'By highlighting her message in fluctuating technicolour shades, Rostron visually underscores the fluidity of gender assignations and sexual identities’ [Human Drama] Dazed Digital
'On this remix, the original song's spaciousness is filled out and manipulated by Berlin-based DJ and producer Perera Elsewhere, whose almost trip-hop inspired production gives the song a vaporous, shape-shifting quality.’ [Human Drama] The Guardian New Music
'With fiery lyrics and a bizarre instrumental behind it, "Misogyny Drop Dead" hit as hard as its message' Resident Advisor's Tracks of 2013
Disruption and interference aren’t words you ordinarily associate with pop or dance music, but Planningtorock is on a mission to unseat all norms. On her new album All Love’s Legal, she leaves you in no doubt as to the seriousness of her vision of transnational gender equality. Surprisingly, given that Western dance music is born out of black, queer music, it rarely touches upon these themes, but All Love’s Legal is a refreshingly direct statement of political intent.
‘All Love’s Legal’ is the second single to be released on 24th February, and comes with remixes from Mokadem, Trust, KoolThing, and Lerato & Tama Sumo.
Thu 13 February – Dublin, Workmans Club http://bit.ly/1gjvPOl
Fri 14 February – Glasgow, Broadcast http://bit.ly/IXjaCd
Sat 15 February – Leeds, BelgraveMusic Hall http://bit.ly/1cw2b51
Mon 17 February – London, Rough Trade Instore http://bit.ly/1aHyURe
Tue 18 February – London Hoxton Bar and Grill - SOLD OUT
Wed 19 February – Paris , Gaite Lyrique http://bit.ly/1drHhAg
Thu 20 February – Bordeaux, IBOAT
Sat 22 February – Vevey, Rocking Chair http://bit.ly/1gjvWJI
Tue 25 February – Leipzig, UT Connewitz http://bit.ly/1f1zFrv
Weds 26 February – Berling, Schwuz http://bit.ly/1hdy5nI
Fri 28 February – Stockholm, Kägelbanan / Södra Teatern http://bit.ly/1d4Qct8
Sat 01 March – Helsinki, Aaniwalli http://bit.ly/1e0Lima
Tue 04 March – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich Turmzimmer http://goo.gl/DPYmOS
Wed 05 March – Cologne, Luxor http://bit.ly/18ihcYT
Thu 06 March – Brussels, Beursschouwburg/Zilveren Zaal http://bit.ly/1iPwVmN
Fri 07 March – Amsterdam, De Balie http://bit.ly/1bfGenn
Sat 08 March – Malmo, Moriska Paviljongen
For Jam Rostron, the Bolton-born, Berlin-based artist behind the multimedia recording and performance project Planningtorock, All Love’s Legal is both an extension of her previous work and a refinement and of its ideas and sonics. Planningtorock has always incorporated politics into her music, but this is by far her most explicitly political record yet. It follows W, which was released onDFA in 2011, and her 2006 debut album Have It All, as well as Tomorrow, In A Year, her acclaimed collaboration with Mt. Sims and The Knife. With a refined sonic palette, focused political intent, and a new name – having changed it from Janine to Jam –Planningtorock embarks on an exciting new phase.
Where on W, Planningtorock mapped her political intent onto a canvas of bubbling electronics and instrumentation, on All Love’s Legal her themes are embedded in the very fabric of the album, woven into every beat, synth line and string passage. The musical and lyrical aspects of All Love’s Legal are equally important, and Planningtorock works towards queering sonics. Her technique of pitching down and processing her magnetic voice into de-genderized tones enables her to confront received ideas of femininity head-on, and that she composed, recorded, played and produced All Love’s Legal in its entirety also lays waste to what she describes as a “sickness within society, the genderization of intellect and skill in almost any profession.” ThoughPlanningtorock’s voice is an extraordinary instrument, it’s part of a wider network of disruptive sound. ‘Misogyny Drop Dead’ may be a house track, but its off-kilter timings mean it’s far from straightforward four-to-the-floor music, though its opening chaos settles into a deep groove you can get lost in.
After the W tour came to a close, Planningtorock had something of a creative crisis. She realised she wanted to create music that made her feel inspired and liberated. The outcome of this was ‘Patriarchy Over and Out’, the A-side of the first release on her Human Level label. In line with her goal of creating liberating music, Planningtorock’s lyrics on All Love’s Legal don’t instruct or patronise, but open up a space for the discussion of gender and identity.
Planningtorock explains that at the time of her creative crisis, she realised that her purpose in making art was “to create music that is useful.” On All Love’s Legal, she’s fulfilled that ambition. It is both a beautiful and intriguing record, but it’s useful as well, giving people an access point into complex discourse about gender. All Love’s Legal is no evangelical treatise, but a unique and vivid work of self-expression that will delight and empower you.
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