Friday, 26 August 2016

Album Review: Jamie T - Trick

'Jamie T - Trick' Tracklist
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

Released September 2nd 2016 through Virgin EMI

If there was ever to be a definitive voice to the indie music scene, Jamie T would surely be number 1 contender. Creating waves of critical acclaim from his Mercury Prize nominated debut 'Panic Prevention' back in 2007, the Wimbledon born artist kicked off a genre defying sound that is yet to be replicated, and probably never will be. The embodiment of our youth culture, his music sound-tracked the biggest coming of age era for teens across the country as his angsty lyrics and raw sound became second nature to the boozing on street corners, experimenting in drugs and feeling resent towards your shitty ex-girlfriend's.

A lot has changed over the years. Probably the biggest one being Jamie now turning 30 and likely not relating to that lifestyle nearly half as much as before. 'Trick', then, might be Jamie Treays' most ambitious effort yet. Not a million miles away from previous work, yet with a whole new concept and mature sound in tow it brings together nearly a decade of advancement in songwriting stylistics. From the record's heavy opener Tinfoil Boy, drudging through the depths of his punk inspired roots through to recent single Power Over Men, the album becomes his biggest mix of genre's yet as he jumps from hip hop beats to trashy hardcore punk inspired melodies in the drop of a hat.

A quintessential look in to the mundane British lifestyle has always been at the heart of everything Jamie does and he's no stranger to it here opting for track titles such as Tescoland and delivering lyrically complexed face-melting anthems such as Police Tapes. Don't be fooled though, there's still moments where the pop sensibilities from his early work shine through in even brighter premise than ever before - Joan of Arc being a favourite. "It's funny how you never give a fuck with you're 20" "Spend most of our time now counting back from 30" utters Treays. A display of the introspective attitude the record holds.

Taking things down a notch with the emotionally led single Sign of the Times, his stripped back sound takes the lead as the bare bones of Jamie's lyrically raw sound unravels with just his scuzzy guitar forming the backdrop to a tale of destruction; a beautiful ode the scene that once made him and now its sorrowful state with the closure of venues and a self reflecting outlook as he sings "I wish I'd been a little more exceptional".

The contemplative degree throughout 'Trick' is a hard image to shake off. It's what gives it its strong nostalgic kick as we're all forced to focus on past memories and face our lost cultures head-on. It's always been about the love-hate relationship with the streets yet Jamie's broadening horizon has allowed the record to breath life and cover such a wide array of subject matters, it might just be his most diverse record yet - one that evolves and becomes richer with each and every listen.

Jamie T's fourth studio album 'Trick' will be released September 2nd 2016 through Virgin EMI. It's available for pre-order here.



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Lung

In all honesty, I really wasn't prepared for a new single from Vancouver Sleep Clinic today. Already in a fragile place, Tim Bettinson's vocals set amongst the track's blistering serenity is more than enough to edge one towards a heightened state of emotion. 3 years after first discovering his music back in 2013, he returns following a lengthy absence with the delicate Lung, a track that reinforces the flawless and crystallised soundscapes he's delivered on previously. A slow burner in comparison to past singles, Lung opens up in to a gorgeous at-peace offering, a track that aches to be played again and again. I really can't wait to hear what else the year has in-store. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Hazel English - I'm Fine

Following on from her recent video to single Never Going Home, Hazel English returns with another giddy offering from her forthcoming debut EP of the same name. A master in the arts of conjuring sunshine inspired melodies, the 25 year old Oakland-based artist deals with the issues of anxiety and fear head-on in the most serene of ways. A subject matter I'm sure we can all relate to and one I hold close to my heart, the track's balanced guitars and floated synths provide a much needed escape from the reality of life - something her music has an continued to do with a profound effect from day one. Take a listen for yourselves below. 'Never Going Home' EP will be available 7th October 2016.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sundara Karma - She Said

It's felt like an eternity in the making but Sundara Karma are finally gearing up to release their debut LP 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect', last night sharing a stream to She Said, the first track to be lifted from its release. Sticking to what they know best the band's latest effort is straight up energising guitars backed with their signature adolescent lyrics and vigorous energy. Take a listen for yourselves below. Sundara Karma will release 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect' on January 6th through RCA/Chess Club Records.


Nilüfer Yanya - Small Crimes

Making her mark with her official debut single Small Crimes, London newcomer Nilüfer Yanya delivers all kinds of warmth on her confident first steps in to our musical world. Taking influence from the likes of Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley through to Connan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe, the 21-year old artist opens up a blissful array of sounds as her arresting melodies take a hold. Filled with quirky vocal lines and striking guitar chords Small Crimes does more than enough to stop you in your tracks. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Talos - Reborn

Following on form last month's return with Your Love Is An Island, Talos is back with his latest single Reborn. Having put forward compelling evidence from his very first fleeting steps in to the musical world, the Irish born artist has continued to go from strength to strength and this latest effort looks set to be his most sacred yet. Filled with pulsating synths and subdued basslines comes a stunning slow-burner that steadily builds underneath its striking percussion. "Reborn' embodies the feeling of a release. I think there are times when you have to allow yourself space from looking inward and instead expose something more instinctual, more impulsive... This is about a desire to get 'lost' in a way, and to let any attachments fall away in that escape." explains Talos. Take a listen for yourselves below. 'Reborn' is the second track taken from his upcoming EP 'O Sanctum', set for release via Feel Good Lost this Friday 19th August.


Crystal Fighters - All Night

Photo credit: Jackson Grant

Following a summer of extensive live shows and festival frolics, Crystal Fighters vanished from the audio spectrum much to the dismay of myself and fans alike. Not all was lost though, and that time away working hard on new music has finally unearthed an explosive new single, All Night. Renown for their sun-kissed anthemic qualities, the band stick to what they know best with another high spirited effort filled with carnivalesque percussion and quirky vocals. With an upcoming world tour and further new music hopefully on the horizon, 2016 's party atmosphere looks to be in safe hands once more. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Me Nd Adam - Foolish Lover

Having slowly been ground down by the constant stream of 'mediocre' to 'songs that should never cease to exist in our audio world' being sent through daily, blogging has become an ultimate chore. Sifting through hundreds of emails in order to find anything worth posting is becoming harder and harder as each week ticks by. Reminding me that it can be worthwhile on times though is new comers Me Nd Adam. Sharing their debut Foolish Lover, the Brooklyn based duo put forward an impressive argument through their in your face synth lines and rocketing percussion. "I wish I had a better and more romantic story to tell about this song." explain the pair. "Like I wish I was someone's "foolish lover" and the song was rooted in some autobiographical truth but in reality it was just me, alone, rolling around the floor of our buddy's moldy dilapidated studio and the phrase "foolish lover" just kinda fell out of my mouth. Vince, I guess, was playing around with some huge synth sound in the other room and the whole thing just kinda came together. So I'd love to tell you this song is about the love my life or some crazy love at first sight thing but, I honestly have no idea what it's about except that it feels fun and I'm pretty sure we had fun making it." Take a listen for yourselves below. Hopefully it's just the first of many great things to come.