Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hot Dreams - Plungepool

Following yesterday's most uncomfortable night yet with the soaring temperatures, Hot Dreams seems like one of the most appropriately titled band's I've posted about in recent months. Having been locked away recording in an East Sussex farm for the last year, the band have finally unveiled their first offering in the form of Plungepool. From its tantalising intro, one that magnetises your attention pulling you in towards its spiralling guitars, right through to the track's impulsive and brutal finale, the London-based four-piece hold their captivating corner with infinite detail. This being just the start, it looks likely many more great things are yet to come. Take a listen to Plungepool for yourselves below.


Jake Bugg - Bitter Salt (Live at the Excel Centre)

With himself now at the helm of writing duties, Jake Bugg's recent album 'On My One' proved to be his most honest and raw interpretation of his work yet. It's with no surprise then that latest single Bitter Sweet becomes a real stand-out, especially live. Ahead of his upcoming UK tour Bugg has returned with a video performance filmed recently at London's Excel Centre. "Jacknife was good at adding strings and different sounds to the songs I’d already written," says Jake. "Bitter Salt’ was recorded as a folky thing but then I went away and came back to the studio the next day and Jacknife had put all these dance synths on top of it. Not how I imagined it would turn out but it sounded great so I kept it". Take a listen/watch below along with a full list of his forthcoming tour dates. Tickets are available here:

Live Dates
Tue 18th                      MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo                                       SOLD OUT
Wed 19th                    MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Fri 21st                         GLASGOW, O2 Academy Glasgow                    SOLD OUT
Sat 22nd                      GLASGOW, O2 Academy Glasgow                    SOLD OUT
Mon 24th                    BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy                                 SOLD OUT
Tues 25th                     SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy
Wed 26th                    LEEDS, O2 Academy                                               SOLD OUT
Sat 29th                       NEWCASTLE, City Hall                                              SOLD OUT
Sun 30th                      HULL, City Hall                                                           SOLD OUT

Tue 1st                         LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton                            SOLD OUT
Wed 2nd                     BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
Thurs 3rd                      CARDIFF, University Great Hall
Sat 5th                         DUBLIN, Olympia Theatre                                       SOLD OUT

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Refs - Turn Around

On the hottest day of the year it seems only appropriate for Refs to return with a new single of equal measure. Sharing their debut 'Pain Goes Away' last year, they look set to follow it up with their latest effort, Turn Around. Here the NYC duo replace their twinkling piano led melody lines in favour of fluttering synths and light and breezy vocals that sit atop the tracks almost oriental feel. With plenty more promised from the pair, I'm sure it won't be quite so long to wait until we hear from them next. Take a listen for yourselves below.


The Japanese House Announces Autumn UK Tour

With new music on the horizon, Amber Bain aka The Japanese House has announced her largest UK headline tour to date culminating with a hometown show at London's Heaven on November 7th. Having recently rounded up a US tour supporting The 1975 and a sold out run of dates earlier this year, 2017 already looks to be a break-through year for the artist, her increasing popularity a clear sign of what lays ahead. Full dates can be found below. Tickets will be on sale at 9am on Wednesday 20th July and available here:

27 - Bristol - Thekla
29 - Southampton - Joiners
30 - Oxford - The Bullingdon
31 - Birmingham - O2 Institute 3

1 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
2 - Manchester - Club Academy
3 - Glasgow - Oran Mor4 - Leeds - Wardrobe
5 - Norwich - Arts Centre
7 - London – Heaven


Friday, 15 July 2016

Jamie T announces new album 'Trick' + October tour!

Following his abrupt and welcomed return with new single Tinfoil Boy, Jamie T is back with not just one two pieces of wondrous news. If the thought of a fourth album wasn't enough to get you all hot and bothered, then how about an October UK tour to follow it up. Take a watch below of the recent video along with a full list of the upcoming dates. Tickets go on General Sale Friday 22nd July at 9am via

1. Tinfoil Boy
2. Drone Strike
3. Power Over Men
4. Tescoland
5. Police Tapes
6. Dragon Bones
7. Joan of Arc
8. Solomon Eagle
9. Robin Hood
10. Sign of the Times
11. Crossfire Love
12. Self Esteem

Live Dates
27 Sept Olympia, Dublin
28 Sept Limelight 1, Belfast
01 Oct O2 Academy, Birmingham
02 Oct University Great Hall, Cardiff
03 Oct Guildhall, Portsmouth
05 Oct De Montford Hall, Leicester
06 Oct Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
08 Oct Brixton Academy, London
09 Oct Brixton Academy, London
10 Oct Brixton Academy, London
12Oct 02 Academy, Bournemouth
13 Oct Olympia, Liverpool
15 Oct O2 Academy, Leeds
16 Oct O2 Academy, Newcaste
17 Oct O2 Academy, Glasgow
20 Oct O2 Apollo, Manchester
21 Oct O2 Academy, Sheffield
22 Oct Corn Exchange, Cambridge


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Talos - Your Love Is An Island

It's crazy how fast time flies. In the blink of an eye over 2 years have gone by since I first came across Talos through a chance encounter when my car CD player broke and I was forced to listen to the late night radio. Following up his debut single Tethered Bones with the equally fragile In Time and Bloom, the Irish wunderkind disappeared from our radars almost as quickly as his emergence. It's with great joy then to have him back with his latest single which of course elicits the same tantalising emotions he's known to beseech. From its sparse guitar intro and haunting vocal alignment, right through to the track's soaring crescendo finale, Your Love Is An Island is about as good as comebacks get. "Your love is an island, I’m scorched in the sands of it…". "The image described in the last lines sum up what the song is about for me - the struggle to find that sense of peace that only comes from attaining ones dreams and desires" explains Eoin French. "The idea of being so close but still so far from salvation - and not knowing if you'll ever really find it even if reached". Take a listen below for yourselves.

'Your Love Is An Island' is available now released through Feel Good Lost. 


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Black Marble - Iron Lung

Finally. Some new music I can actually shout about. Having gone so long without discovering anything worthy of posting, the deadlock eventually broke this evening in the best possible ways. I think I first stumbled across Brooklyn-based Black Marble's disconsolate indie pop nuances from a chance encounter through downloading my inaugural monthly BIRP playlist a good few years ago. Then a band, now just the solo project of Chris Stewart, it seems the project breathes life once more as he returns sharing new single Iron Lung. Take a listen to the track's scintillating synths and jazzy basslines for yourselves below. With a new album on the horizon 2016 looks like it might just be alright after all.

Iron Lung is taken from Black Marble's forthcoming album 'It's Immaterial'. You can Pre-Order the record here.


Friday, 8 July 2016

Video: The 1975 - Somebody Else

Probably the most anticipated video yet from their recent critically acclaimed UK and US number 1 album 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it', The 1975 take their artistic approach to a new level of wonder. Following on from their previous video for 'A Change Of Heart', the subtle references to their previous work is quite outstanding. The deeper you look the more apartment they become. Directed by Tim Mattia and written by Matty Healy the film solidifies the band as the out and out game changers they are with another aesthetically profound work of art. Take a watch for yourselves below as Healy throws himself in to a darkened London nightmare, becoming all the more aware of his own worth and as self-obsession in the face of heartbreak.

The 1975’s new album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it is out now on Dirty Hit / Interscope Records.