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Nigel Godrich relaunches From the Basement sessions with IDLES

Other featured artists include Warpaint and Sons of Kemet

By Sam Moore

Joe Talbot on 'From the Basement'.
Joe Talbot from IDLES. (From the Basement)

Nigel Godrich is relaunching his live music series From the Basement starting on the 1 June.

The first act to feature on the show will be Bristol punk rockers IDLES.

The series originally aired between 2006 and 2009 on Sky Arts and featured artists such as The White Stripes, Jarvis Cocker and PJ Harvey.

The new incarnation of From the Basement will stream on YouTube and feature others artists such as jazz group Sons of Kemet, Warpaint and Caribou.

Nilufer Yanya and Squid are also booked in to perform sessions for the current block of episodes that will air up till October.

Each episode will be accompanied by an additional song performance per artist that will be released exclusively to WeTransfer Premium and Pro subscribers.

The audio of the sessions will also be available through Sonos Radio.

Producer and long-time Radiohead collaborator Godrich commented on bring From the Basement back: “What a pleasure it has been doing this again! I’m still just a fan, still super excited to have the opportunity to film all these great artists and have loved making these new shows.”

He added: “After being so busy doing other things I felt that the time was right to rekindle this idea… to somehow bring it into the present, but the same rules apply now as they did then… no audience or presenter… just a direct connection with the viewer and a chance for us to take some time to do something special in a controlled environment. The priority being to make it sound and look great…”

IDLES lead singer Joe Talbot also commented on the return of the show: “There’s an atmosphere on From The Basement that I haven’t seen equalled – it’s unlike anything else. There’s a sense of mythology behind it and it’s a dream for us to be involved. We’ve wanted to do this for a very long time.”

Godrich most recently produced Radiohead side project The Smile which features Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood teaming up with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner.