Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Rationale - Re.Up

So as it turns out it wasn't just me that fell head over heels in love with Rationale last month. With his debut single Fast Lane nearing half a million Soundcloud streams in as little as 30 days, it's safe to say he's already made quite the impression. The great news is, as he returns with its follow up, second track Re.Up looks to be equally promising. Already showcasing a diverse musical background, this latest outing will most certainly solidify his name as being one of this year's most exciting new acts demonstrating another delectable effort here. Taking things down a notch to some serious levels of seduction, Re.Up's smooth percussive hits and sensual vocal layering make for an incredibly intoxicating listen. Said to be working on his album, having already paved the way to an exhilarating start, it looks likely to be one of favourite debut releases. Appetites are most certainly whet. Check out his latest single streaming below for yourselves.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Jaymes Young + Phoebe Ryan - We Won't

First introduced to Jaymes Young's lustrous sounds through his 'Dark Star' EP way back in 2013, it's great news to have him back joining forces with Phoebe Ryan on new single We Won't. Whilst I (rather shamefully) haven't kept up entirely with his goings on since my first encounter,  this latest effort more than makes me want to binge on as much of his back-catalogue as I can possibly get my hands on. Sharing vocal duties over a warming synth-pad backdrop of ambient desire, We Won't acts as the perfect showcase to both their rising talents. Indulge in it for yourselves below.


Deaths - Saviour

With such a futuristic outlook coursing through their music, it's no surprise their sound excels light-years ahead of themselves. Fresh off the back of a string of singles released last year, Berlin outfit Deaths return once more with another superlative effort in the form of new track Saviour. Demonstrating their exceptional approach to songwriting through a canvas splashed with jagged synths and jazzed up basslines, Saviour's continual evolution solidifies their undying advancements in fine style. This truly is the sound of the future. Saviour the lead single taken from their forthcoming debut EP. Take a listen below for yourselves.


Desta French - Take You For Dead

I know I've said this before but the quality in debut singles is the strongest it's ever been right about now. No longer are there a string of rough edged demos and preview clips, instead we're thrown head-first in to the real deal and it's always been a magnificent affair. The latest newcomer set to join the ranks is London based artist Desta French and her sultry allurement with her first step in to our musical world on Take You For Dead. Through a backdrop awash with intoxicating melodies and dazzling synth-work comes a gorgeous first impression that's sure to be the start of many great things to come. Dive right in for yourselves below.


Stonefox - Arrow

In a delicate blanket of ambient haze, Australian based trio Stonefox sprawl on to my radar this morning with a heartwarming emergence. From the bitter-sweet intertwine of their boy-girl vocals to their plucky guitar strings and swelling choruses, Arrow makes exceptional use of the track's space - each expansive strike of instrumentation rushing to fill any leftover openness. Already showing real promise, their self-produced debut single All I Want clocking up in excess of 180,000 plays, this first taster of their forthcoming 'Surface' EP is more than enough to whet my appetite. Really can't wait to hear more. Take a listen below for yourselves.


Friday, 22 May 2015

Fickle Friends - Paris

It never does get easier, the agonising wait for new Fickle Friends. It's only been 2 months since their last effort Could Be Wrong but the days have dragged and the nights have been forever long. Fear not though, one of the most mouth-watering blog acts have returned bearing lustrous gifts in the form of their new track Paris. More dignified than we're used to hearing from the Brighton-based quintet, Paris most certainly stands as the pinnacle to their hard work and divine musicianship. Showcasing a unique juxtaposition with sensual voacalism and pulsating basslines set amongst a scintillating backdrop of skittering percussion and vibrant synth-work comes another pristine pop masterpiece, but then would we expect anything less from them? “Paris is our quiet storm." explains singer Natassja Shiner, continuing "It captures the subtleties we love in Bombay Bicycle Club's instrumental layers but with our own Janet Jackson-esque spin. It's the song you hear at 3AM when things are getting hazy”. Take a listen below.

Paris is taken from the band's forthcoming debut EP entitled 'Velvet', due for release 25th May 2015 through Killing Moon Records.

Velvet EP's full tracklisting: 1. Could Be Wrong 2. Velvet 3. Paris 4. Shake Her

Live Dates - Tickets available here
Mon, 25 May - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Tue, 26 May - The Bodega, Nottingham
Wed, 27 May - Barfly - Camden, London
Fri, 29 May - Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
Sat 30 May - Wychwood Festival, Gloucester
Tue, 02 Jun - The Keys, Middlesborough
Wed, 03 Jun - The Garage, Glasgow
Thu, 04 Jun - Sound Control Bar, Manchester
Fri, 05 Jun - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Video: Spector - Bad Boyfriend

I'm sure we've all done something stupid and crazy whilst intoxicated. Phoning my own ambulance springs to mind when I became lost and couldn't stand on my legs back in my teenage days. As embarrassing as that night was, thankfully I've never found myself naked in the middle of a football field (yet) like our protagonist in Spector's latest clip. Following on from sharing a stream to their new single Bad Boyfriend last month, the band return with a raw and honest new video to coincide with its release, directed by Rina Yang, Thomas Humphreys and Jean-Philippe Blunt. Watch on below as the actions from one night are attempted to be pieced back together.

Bad Boyfriend’ will be released June 8th via Fiction. To coincide with the new single, Spector play their third London show of the year on June 11th at the Dome. Tickets are available now from the band's site priced at £12:

Spector Are: Fred Macpherson (vocals), Jed Cullen (guitar), Danny Blandy (keyboards), Tom Shickle (bass).


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Occupanther - Hermit (feat. Tobias Palerne)

Electronic in parts. Vastly orchestral in others. New producer Occupanther based out from Munich surely has an eye for detail in his latest single Hermit. Whilst its title may suggest a closed off affair, reclusive in nature, its capaciously pieced together backdrop of smouldering synths and stuttering percussion serve to be a real aural treat. Retaining its dignified composure throughout, Hermit softly teeters on the edge of emotive expansiveness as its instrumentation elegantly swells towards its haunting finale. A true work of art.

 Hermit is taken from Occupanther's forthcoming debut EP entitled 'Chimera', due for release May 22nd. 

Chimera Tracklisting 
01 Down // 02 Hermit (feat. Tobias Palerne) // 03 Color // 04 Chimera (feat. Claire) // 05 Hannah