Friday, 24 October 2014

Watch Massive Attack live in LA

Massive Attack are an alternative hip-hop, trip-hop and experimental band that formed in 1988 in Bristol, United Kingdom. The band consists of members Robert "3D" Del Naja ("D") and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall ("G"). The duo are performing at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, USA, on Thursday, 16 October, 2014, with the venue having a capacity of up to 5,800 people.

Background on The Greek Theatre
The Greek Theatre is located in Griffith Park, and has a capacity of close to 6,000 people. The venue
is famous for hosting some of the biggest headlining acts from around the world, including Jack Johnson, Sting, Carlos Santana, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and The White Stripes.

The theatre was built in 1929, and besides hosting some of the biggest concerts in Los Angeles, the theatre acts as a backdrop for many major motion pictures (such as Get Him To The Greek) and TV shows.

Massive Attack
Massive Attack have sold over 11 million copies of their 5 studio albums, and have won numerous awards throughout their 26 year career, including Best British Dance Act at the Brit Awards, MTV Awards and two Q Awards. In a poll conducted by New Musical Express (NME), their single Unfinished Sympathy was voted the 63rd greatest song of all time.

Shara Nelson provides vocals on this song, which is considered to be an innovator in the trip hop genre. The song was later covered by Tina Turner. It was the second single to be released from the bands album, Blue Lines, in 1991, and achieved immense commercial success and critical acclaim.

Their albums Blue Lines and Mezzanine have been included in the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Times by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s musical style incorporates elements of distorted guitars, orchestral arrangements, looped basslines, and psychedelic inclusions.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

PAUMA | Getting Close

Taking a break from all the synth pop tracks I post here, PAUMA offer a righteous blend of jagged guitars and driving percussion, something I sadly all too often neglect these days. Released as a free download Getting Close precedes the release of the band's debut EP 'Sink or Swim' due out 10th November 2014 through Believe Recordings. With vast sweeping melodies its slowly building crescendo offers so much with frontman Tom Greenwood’s brooding vocal range adorning its backdrop. As the percussion builds it doesn't take long to becoming fully engrossed in the track's blissed out guitar lines surrounding you with all their fuzzy energy. Take a listen above. Fans who pre-order the debut EP on iTunes can gain its title track 'Sink Or Swim' immediately:

Live Dates
12th November 2014 - The King's Head, London


Chløë Black | 27 Club

Whilst I'm a big time sucker for pop music, it takes a certain class to pull off the right angle in being timeless. As a whole there's a very short shelf-life of enjoyment for many radio rotated singles. You've only got to take Pharrell's 'Happy' as a case in point. Okay, great the first time but play it once more now and I might just explode with rage. Chløë Black almost certainly falls in to the timeless bracket. Her sultry vocal aesthetic being something that needs to be heard to be truly appreciated. I won't make the obvious tonality comparisons because let's face it, everyone deserves to shine on their own, yet even if I did Black wholeheartedly excels. Dark subject matter aside, 27 Club is a perfect ode to remembering the sad loss of such great talent, all at 27 years of age. With her smoky alluring voice and its high strung piano led rhythm, as far as debut's go, this might just be one of the strongest I've heard. Listen above. Hopefully the wait won't be too long before we can indulge some more.


Misun | Superstitions

Whilst this is my very first taste of Misun's colourful sprightly synth-pop, the LA via DC collective are actually on the tip of releasing their debut album 'Superstitions' on November 11th. Here they return with its title track featuring some pretty funky melodies, all driven by its pounding bassline and unique vocal delivery. Through scintillating synths twinkling on the horizon Superstitions demonstrates the band's prowess backing up a firm popularity having set off sparks in the blog world. I guess I've got some catching up to do. Take a listen above for yourselves.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pr0files | Forgive

As the accessibility in to music production becomes easier than ever before, the amount of emails I receive corresponds exactly as one could imagine. Sifting through them, hundreds at a time, can be pretty dreary on the best of days. But somewhere, hidden amongst all the dirt, is a real diamond that makes everything worthwhile. Pr0files being a case in point. Standing out from the recently emerging synth-pop duo scene, longtime friends Lauren Pardini and Danny Sternbaum from an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Their latest single Forgive going to show just what the pair are capable of as slinky basslines drive power in to futuristic synths and pulsating percussion - all neatly weaved together with Pardini's angelic vocals. Taking cue from the sophisticated pop sounds of the late 80s the LA twosome's cinematic widescreen sounds epitomize everything from an era that was once so rich in harmonizing melody. Here they look set on bringing it all back to life. Indulge yourself above.


Video: Flyte - Light Me Up

Following on from Flyte sharing a stream to their latest single 'Light Me Up', the band return with an official video to coincide with its forthcoming release. Whilst this one doesn't feature frontman Will Taylor sat in his pants on a busy London street, its candid-shot approach with shaky panned cameras from afar provide an engaging watch. Add to the fact it was shot on 16mm film (don't get me started on why analogue anything is better than digital because you will most certainly lose) the Ryan Goodman directed clip nails the band's warm huggable sounds to a tee! Speaking on its conception the band went on to say:  
"The Light Me Up video is set amongst the 'Brutalist Architecture' of the city of London, it has a touch of Pop Art, it's a little bit tongue in cheek and ultimately, it's very British. It was also shot on 16mm film which helped evoke the mood of so many of the Mike Leigh films we love so much. We decided not make this one ourselves and we were quite nervous about handing it over at first, but Ryan totally got our aesthetic and with virtually no money, he's made a fantastic video".
'Light Me Up' will be released 17th November through Turned Out Nice / Island Records. You can catch the band out on the road this Autumn as they play the ‘DIY Presents Tour 2014’ all kicking off tomorrow evening in Bristol along with a string of headline shows. Check out the full list of shows below.

21st Brighton, The Hope, Headline show
 Bristol, Start The Bus, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
23rd Reading, Oakford Social Club, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
24th Bournemouth, Sixty Million Postcards, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
25th Birmingham, Alfie Birds, Headline show
26th Manchester, Gullivers, Headline show
28th Edinburgh, Electric Circus, Headline show
29th Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
30th Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature
31st Banbury, Also Known As, DIY Presents Tour w. Shy Nature

1st London, The Laundry, DIY All-Dayer w. Shy Nature, Telegram, Blessa & Menace Beach
4th London, Oslo, Headline show
5th Leicester, Academy 3, Headline show
6th Sheffield, Bungalows and Bears, Headline show
7th Liverpool, Shipping Forecast, Headline show

HUNTAR | Bitter

Whilst Huntar's press shot doesn't say reveal too much, except maybe a love for smoky silhouettes, the South-East London native's music covers more than enough ground. First piquing my interests with All That I Want back in September, the rather ambiguous 21 year old returns once more with another pristine downtemp jam. With his unique take on RnB tinged pop Huntar manages to excel once more as luscious basslines bubble beneath his floaty almost falsetto vocals. 'Bitter' is taken from his debut EP due for release on the 8th December. You can download the track for free right now when pre-ordering the EP from iTunes.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Jack Garratt | I Couldn't Want You Anyway (Son Lux Remix)

Remember when E4's Skins was actually good (and realistic)? Nope, me neither. It would seem the out of hand parties and reckless drug taking made the so-called gritty drama series about as far-fetched as me winning the lotto. Now before I get too sidetracked, the show did have a kick-ass soundtrack and was to be my pathway in to discovering Son Lux. His unique take on songwriting being as engaging today as it was when first hearing 2008's 'At War With Walls And Mazes' - here he returns to remix Jack Garrat's 'I Couldn't Want You Anyway' to gorgeous effect. Retaining the crisp falsetto vocals seems to be paramount yet opening up the track to ambiguous depths offers stunning results. It's still ever so Jack Garratt but with a distinct Son Lux touch through experimental percussion and glitchy backing vox an already impressive release is taken to even higher ground. Take a listen above for yourselves. The original can be streamed below.

I Couldn't Want You Anyway (Son Lux Remix) is taken from Remnants Remix EP due out October 28th.

1. Water 2. I Couldn't Want you Anyway 3. Worry 4. Remnants  

1. Water - Jesse & The Wolf Remix 2. I Couldn't Want You Anyway - Son Lux Remix 
3. Worry - IYES Remix 4. Remnants - Carassius Gold Remix

Live Dates
November 29 - Brundenell Social Club (Leeds)
November 30 - Castle Hotel (Manchester)
December 2 - Prince Albert (Brighton)
December 3 - Hare & Hounds (Birmingham)
December 4 - Cargo (London)
December 6 - The Arches (Glasgow - Suporting Prides)
December 8 - The Louisiana (Bristol)
December 9 - The Bodega Social Club (Nottingham)