Thursday, 30 October 2014
In such a short space of time TĀLĀ has continued to show innovation in the most wonderful of lights. Here's no different either as the London based artist returns with an exceptional cover of Quindon Tarver’s ‘Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)’. Transforming the original in to something of her own with switched up vocals and a heavy sounding beat TĀLĀ once mroe demonstrates her vast musical pallet. Take a listen above. Everybody’s Free is taken from the upcoming Alchemy EP, fans can Pre-Order from iTunes here: smarturl.it/AlchemyEP
There's no denying The 1975 have had probably one of the most successful years in new music we've seen. It still feels like only yesterday I came across the the band - then playing under a different moniker, all fresh faced and with little direction back in 2011. Fast-forward a few months and they were back performing as The 1975 we know and love today, packing out a Bristol club midway through a tour that was probably to be their last on such an intimate scale. From sold out shows across the world, a multi-million number 1 selling album and countless festival main stage slots, the Manchester foursome have transformed the way they work in to being one of the most proficient bands this generation has seen. With a debut LP so strong almost all of its tracks have been worthy of singles, the band have finally come to its current end of era as they prepare to wind-down what's been a whirlwind campaign before starting work on record number 2. Thankfully for adorning fans they've one final trick up their sleeve returning to share a contribution towards Zane Lowe's Drive rescore which airs in full this evening on BBC Three. And for something that's been so longingly anticipated since the band sharing its artwork on Twitter at the start of this month, it far from disappoints. I mean, let's face it, when have they ever let us down? Expansive pop at its finest, Medicine is another pristine example of their craftsmanship as sweeping synths glisten and pop beneath Healy's crystalline voice. Its never ending depths of emotion showcasing a brilliant contrast to the quite often high flying life they lead. I know I don't need to tell you this but The 1975 really are one of the greatest band's I've witnessed rise from the bottom to the top. This only adding to its weightable evidence.
'Medicine', its title and sentiment, goes all the way back to the original The 1975 project that was based in my bedroom. It's a new piece of music informed by the genesis of our band and our love for 'Drive' as a film. Having the opportunity to rescore a movie of which we were already so familiar with provided us with a sense of knowing and allowed us to be slightly more introspective than we maybe would have been approaching something unknown. The movie itself plays with the duality of resignment and hope - and this is most obvious and stirring in the scenes we chose to score. The song is a testament to that same idea and has in turn become one of our most personal and best loved pieces of music to date. I won't delve into what the song is about lyrically because frankly I want to put those ideas to bed; but being provided with the context in which 'Medicine' came to be, it allowed the song to become a mausoleum for those ideas, captured, diverted and frozen forever. Which is pretty cool x" - Matthew Healy
Radio 1 Rescores: Drive, curated by Zane Lowe, will air on BBC Three tonight (Thursday the 30th of October) at 10pm.
The sheer advancement in Bearcub's production has been nothing short of mesmeric. From his early days of simplistic recordings born out of a failing dubstep scene, the continually rising UK artist returns with quite possibly his strongest effort to date sharing a stream to his latest single, 'Touch'. Set for release December 1st through Love & Other, Jack Ritchie aka Bearcubs displays once more his unmitigated talents taking care of all production and singing himself - his seasoned electronic laced skills being rasied to new levels of ecstasy. Check it out above for yourselves.
Following their Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record in the World' worthy single, 'A Rush Of Blood', Coasts return with a second offering from their forthcoming new EP in the form of Wash Away. Showing a more primitive side to themselves in its opening stages, the band's new direction sees an unravelling of some of the most euphoric guitar lines we've seen this year. As its pace picks up in true Coasts fashion, Wash Away lets loose with some rapid fire percussion and high strung melodies as we hurtle towards its infectious as hell chorus. Having relentlessly put in the work over the last few months it would seem they're finally about to receive the dividends they so rightfully deserve as the band look set to reach their highest peak yet!
Speaking ahead of the EP's release the band had the following to say: "A Rush Of Blood EP is a collection of songs that helps to shed more light on what we are about as a band, offering up a few different elements that people have potentially not seen yet. We've experimented quite a bit with structure and different genres of music and so it's a body of work that we're really proud of and can't wait for people to hear"
The EP will be released 1st December 2014 coinciding with a UK tour throughout November and December. The band's long awaited debut album is set to follow in Summer 2015. You can Pre-Order the new EP here where fans can download its title track instantly.
Track listing: 1. A Rush of Blood 2. Let Go 3. Wash Away 4. Lions
November 22 - Brighton (The Haunt w/ Racing Glaciers)
November 23 - Bristol (The Fleece w/ Racing Glaciers)
November 25 - Leeds (Brudenell Socal Club)
November 26 - Liverpool (East Village Arts Club)
November 27 - London (Heaven w/ Racing Glaciers)
November 29 - Birmingham (The Institute w/ Racing Glaciers)
November 30 - Glasgow (Broadcast)
December 02 - Portsmouth (Wedgewood Room)
December 03 - Nottingham (The Recue Rooms w/ Racing Glaciers)
December 04 - Norwich (Waterfront w/ Racing Glaciers)
December 07 - Manchester (Sound Control w/ Racing Glaciers)
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
With its run-time at just 2:47, BLOSSOM's latest single Stupid Things gives you another reason to keep them fingers hovered on the replay button. Not to mention their warm fuzzy guitar lines and jangly percussion, the band's glorious use of noise makes for a joyous change to the clean cut songs of today. Take a watch of their latest video above featuring beautifully pieced together vintage clips to create something wonderfully new and unique.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
For relatively new kids on the block, it would seem St. Sleep have almost all but achieved perfection with their innate abilities in creating such sublimity in music - something many spend years and years fine tuning to this level. Their latest single (lifted from the band's self-titled debut EP) goes to show just what's possible when every factor of music creation and performance comes together in the most wonderful of ways. With an Icelandic heritage it's no wonder the London based quintet have a passion for creating such high flying music, Quarter Life demonstrating this in fine style as atmospheric synths bubble beneath its aspirant percussion before exploding with the most radiant of lights. Take a listen above. You can download the full EP for free right now from the band's website: www.stsleep.com. You can't say much fairer than that!
Monday, 27 October 2014
Believe it or not, Canadian quartet Close Talker are on the verge to releasing their second full length record, 'Flux'. Sometimes a band of great quality will sit just under the surface, rarely making an appearance to the outside world, their music remaining unheard amongst the masses. Thankfully for us it looks like the trend is being bucked as they begin making waves across the pond returning with their latest single For The Sun. Eliciting all kinds of warm fuzzy emotions inside of me, it's the buzzing energetic pace that keeps things alive as melodic guitars set off sparks in my heart. It looks like I've got some catching up to do!
‘For The Sun’ will be available to download from the 8th December as the band embarks on an extensive North American tour for the remainder of 2014. UK dates will follow.
Impressing from day one with their debut single Give Me Something back in July this year, Bridlington duo Seafret return with an official video directed by Brendan Canty. With its serene backdrop complimenting the track's undying tranquillity the clip follows a young lad and his guiding light through some pretty spectacular scenery. Take a watch above. The pair will go on to play the following shows this Autumn:
Oxford - 16th Dec
Birmingham - 17th Dec