Friday, 30 September 2016
Following on from their recently released debut EP, Danish pop wonders CHINAH return with their sensual new single, Can't Remember How It Feels. Having already proved themselves as masters in the art of conjuring silk smooth pop sensibilities, they take things up a notch with another spellbinding array of glittering synths and polished melodies. "Lyrically, the song is about being out of touch with your feelings” explains the band. "With age comes the realization that most things have an ending, and the song is written in that ‘realist’ state of mind where you seem to have forgotten the childish fantasy of romantic love as invincible and ever-lasting. Relationships end, friendships change over time, and ideas of life you thought would stick to your mind suddenly seem pointless and vauge. This realization hits you transiently, but when it happens it feels really intense". Take a listen below for yourselves.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Rarely does a new artist so instantaneously win me over in quite the same way as The Japanese House has done. In just over a year since Amber Bain first graced the pages here with her gorgeously resplendent art-form, the 21 year old London-based artist has seen a continually increasing rise in popularity as she begins to sell out shows across the country. Returning with her latest single Face Like Thunder it's clear to see why. Deep-rooted in 80's influence the track follows in suit to her previously released material with some painfully emotive lyrics backed with a stark contrasting melody. Face Like Thunder will be taken from Bain's forthcoming new EP entitled 'Swim Against the Tide’, released 11 November through Dirty Hit. Take a listen to the single now below.
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 MOR
4 – LEEDS – WARDROBE
5 – NORWICH – ARTS CENTRE
7 – LONDON – HEAVEN
10 – PARIS – POP UP DU LABEL
12 – AMSTERDAM – PARADISO (UPSTAIRS)
14 – BERLIN – AUSTER CLUB
16 – VIENNA – B72
18 – BRUSSELS – ROTONDE
21 – BOSTON – GREAT SCOTT
22 – BROOKLYN – BABY’S ALL RIGHT
25 – WASHINGTON – DC9
26 – PHILADELPHIA – THE FOUNDRY
28 – TORONTO – HORSESHOE TAVERN
30 – SEATTLE – THE SUNSET TAVERN
1 – VANCOUVER – THE COBALT
3 – SAN FRANCISCO – RICKSHAW STOP
5 – SAN DIEGO – HOUSE OF BLUES VOODOO ROOM
7 – LOS ANGELES – THE ECHO
Tickets - http://thejapanesehouse.co.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Returning with her third-ever track entitled Reflection, London based songstress Liv Dawson sets out to instantaneously ease away your Monday blues through her pacifying sounds. What's essentially a break-up song, her latest effort searches for closure in a self-reflecting, self-assured tale of changes. Take a listen to the intimate number below as its stripped back percussion and subdued synth work take a hold. Already showing real promise Dawson will take to the stage as the main support on Honne's upcoming UK tour, which kicks off in Bristol on Oct 23 before culminating at London's Roundhouse on October 28.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Anyone who's been following BANNERS over the past few months even remotely will know just how much of an advancement in sound the artist has put out since his early days, his return with In To The Storm showcasing this in its most immediate form to date. Having hooked us with soft and intricate guitar melodies the Liverpool-based artist delivers a forceful intro with a fearsome foundation soaring to dizzying heights once it reaches its euphoric chorus. A change in direction of sorts for the promising artist but one that administers everything we've come to love about his sound and will continue to do if this is the path he walks. Take a listen to the new single for yourselves below.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Springing up on my radar with their exceptional debut track Breathing Space back in 2015, Little Cub have seen an increasing rise in popularity and demand. So much so it's sparked the likes of Domino Records in to action who've snapped them up in time to release their latest single 'Loveless'. Their best yet sees the track's subdued bassline perpetuated with its slinky synth line melody come to life in the most wondrous of ways as it slowly builds. "I was perceiving this relationship between two great people", Gore says, "but could see it was kind of becoming less than the sum of its parts. It was neither party's fault but it was clear that both were becoming colder through the very nature of being together. It's something I've perceived a lot, these situations where if it were merely a friend going through that pain then you'd automatically feel empathy but in a romantic setting those feelings in someone else gradually come to seem ridiculous or embarrassing or even grotesque.It's about how every time you have a relationship like that it seems to remove a part of you. You can lose your heart a little. Of course this should be horribly sad, and in a way it is, but I also think it might be in a way necessary and so the song's not completely mourning that loss". Take a watch of the Dexter Lander and Nick Pomeroy directed clip below for yourselves.
‘Loveless’ will be released on 11th November as part of the ‘Loveless’ 12” including 3 reworked versions of the track. Pre-order the EP via Dom Mart.
Thurs 29th Sept Kamio (formerly Red Gallery), London w/ Boxed In
Tuesday 15th November Electrowerks, London (headlining show)
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
In 2016 everyone's trying to do something different. Something to make them stand out. By the looks of things that doesn't stop at just the musicians either as I rather pleasantly received a small jigsaw puzzle in the post recently. Put together it revealed a rather cryptic message along with a web address. Now I know it's drummed in to us not to click anything suspicious (what's not to trust about an unsolicited picture puzzle + web link in the mail) but I take risks, and it's one that most certainly paid off with a private stream to this unreleased single. In a similar vein to Jai Paul and Ben Khan, newcomers Mulàn bring a more sensual edge to the table with their jagged synth melodies softened by silk-smooth vocals and warming pad textures. With a debut this strong the anonymous UK trio already look set to make exciting moves, ones I'll most certainly be keeping track off. Take a listen to Night below.
The group released this statement with the track: “Being aware of how little of the world you willexperience, will allow you to see what is hidden. Night is the start of that awareness. Music created by 3 individual’s for the sake of creation solely. Identity is secondary to the output yet, never forgotten. Mulàn are Mulàn.”
Returning with their exceptional new single, King Ruby, North London duo IDER show us just why they've become so hyped with another energising effort. Traversing between wholesome organic instrumentation and electronic elements, the pair's work truly comes to life as their soaring vocal alignments meet the track's ethereal and fruitful melodies head on in a wondrous display of innovation. Take a listen for yourselves below.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Keeping in line with Nordic artists here, SLØTFACE (said Slutface for anyone less familiar with the pronunciation) return with their infectious new single Bright Lights. "Bright Lights' is about escaping from things that are going on in your own head and in society in general by distracting yourself, especially from the minor and major personal issues we all have." explains singer Haley Shea. "It's about a desire for escape, and a break from dealing with things that might seem too hard". Take a listen to the gritty 90's pop influenced single below.