Monday, 16 January 2017

Blaenavon - Orthodox Man

Having featured Blaenavon since their early emergence back in 2013, it's been splendid to see them grow with such confidence over the years all in the lead up to their eagerly anticipated debut album 'That's Your Lot' (it's just a shame their press have forgotten about all the sites that have been there from day one). Here they share their latest single and official video for Orthodox Man, taken from their upcoming release due out April 7th 2017. The forthcoming album is available for Pre-Order here.

'That's Your Lot' Tracklist
1. Take Care
2. Let's Pray
3. Orthodox Man
4. My Bark Is Your Bite
5. Lonely Side
6. Let Me See What Happens Next
7. Alice Come Home
8. Ode To Joe
9. I Will Be The World
10. Prague '99
11. Swans
12. That's Your Lot


Kidsmoke - Waves

First posted here almost 4 years ago, Wrexham's Kidsmoke make a very welcomed return to the pages with their latest single, Waves. Renown for their breezy, elongated melodies, filled with whimsical guitar strums and intricate layering, their latest effort follows in suit yet amplifies everything they've delivered on previous releases. Confidently striding towards perfection, I feel Kidsmoke are on the cusp of something truly wonderful. Join them on the ride below.

Live Dates 
13 May – Focus Wales 2017, Wrexham


Venture Lows - Brenda

Setting out to make 2017 truly theirs, East-London trio Venture Lows return with their jubilant new single Brenda. The perfect pick-me-up to your 'Blue Monday', let go of your disconsolate thoughts and allow its snappy 2 minutes of feel-good rhythms set you free. Following on from their earlier released single Summer/RIP the band have been hard at work on new material which they look set to release throughout the course of the year. Take a listen to their first offering below. The band play DIY's Hello 2017 show at London's Old Blue Last tomorrow night, Tuesday January 17th.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Treasureseason - The Rush

Wednesday. Not my favourite day of the week by a long shot. Equal distance from Monday to the weekend. That dreaded mid-week slump. Thankfully people like Treasureseason exist to make it all that more bearable. Back with their latest single, The Rush, the London based duo let us in to their ethereally pleasing world as we adventure amongst a canopy of glassy vocals and chilled-tempo synths - a perfect accompaniment to ease you in to a mellowed state of relaxation. Take a listen for yourselves below. The pair will release their new EP 'X/Y' later next month through Morpheme Records.


JW Ridley - Everything (Deathless)

The true test of a good song is when you don't feel rushed listening, wanting to skip to its end. When that song is 8 minutes long then it says a whole lot about your musical capabilities, as JW Ridley effortlessly displays on his wondrously pleasing debut Everything (Deathless). A track that's split in to two parts for its vinyl release, the London-based solo project of Jack Ridley introduces some pretty incredible soundscapes as we meander through its flickering percussion and washed out vocal sections. The real beauty comes in its layered guitar and synth melody lines though, a masterpiece in itself. Take a listen below.

Everything (Deathless) will be released 10th February through Speedy Wunderground, marking their 20th single release.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Harlea - You Don't Get It

Addictive and infectious. Two words that instantly spring to mind when playing through North London raised Harlea's latest single, ‘You Don’t Get It’.  Following on from her debut offering, the promising young artist showcases a blisteringly powerful effort of thunder clashing basslines and compulsive percussive hits all set amongst the track's non-stop head nodding melodies. It doesn't come as exciting as this. "It's about living life on your terms and being true to yourself" explains Harlea. "You do what you want, when you want and how you want. It is defiant of a male world in which women are expected to fit. You either fit her world, her needs, her desires or you don't get her". Take a listen below for yourselves.


Temples - Strange Or Be Forgotten

Temples have today announced Strange Or Be Forgotten, their latest single to be taken from their much anticipated second album 'Volcano', due for release on Friday March 3rd 2017 on Heavenly Recordings. Self-produced by the band in their Kettering studio it keeps much in-line with their previous work offering a scattering of psych-pop melodies and quirky 60's-esque soundscapes. Take a listen for yourselves below along with a full rundown of the band's upcoming tour dates.

26 - Newcastle, Riverside
27 - Sheffield, Leadmill
28 - Manchester, Academy 2
30 - London, Brixton Electric
31 - Brighton, Concorde 2

1 - Derby, 2Q Festival
2 - Birmingham, Institute 2
7 - Cologne, Gebaude 9
8 - Munich, Strom
9 - Prague, Palac Akropolis
10 - Berlin, Postbahnhof
11 - Hamburg, Knust
12 Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
14 - Nijmegen, Doornroosje
15 - Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
18 - Brussels, Botanique
19 - Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
20 - Lausanne, Les Docks
21 - Zurich, Plaza
22 - Lyon, L’Epicerie Moderne
24 - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
27 - Bristol, Trinity Centre


LOYAL - Moving As One

It would appear that whilst most of us were having a lazy Christmas break, UK collective LOYAL have been hard at work putting the finishing touches to their latest single, Moving As One. Delivering a hard packed anthem with a sprinkling of pop splendour, the aspiring outfit make all the right moves as they continue to progress and build on their early success. Speaking of its release LOYAL had the following to say: "Blue and The Green was questioning whether to fight for what has been, or flee. House For You expresses the consummation, knowing there's still a beauty worth fighting for and Moving As One is about the fighting/the loving/the fucking, being in the moment, letting instincts dictate actions and allowing the emotions that ordinarily make you nostalgic or hopeful turn to something instantaneous, explosive and fearless whether the fight is for a love, hope, or a new world it's about the actions not the thoughts that surround them." Take a listen below for yourselves.