Friday, 31 July 2015

CANVAS - You & Me

Through a sentimental awakening of intricate percussion and striking piano keys comes Sweden's Canvas and their debut original single You & Me. Treading the thin line between R&B and electronic pop, brothers Andreas and Robin Schulz create an undying elegance in their compositions. Said to pay "homage to the future soul sound of London and L.A. while keeping its roots firmly planted on Swedish soil" the pair's icy Nordic touch and soulful energy effortlessly displays what promise lays ahead for them. Take a listen below for yourselves. You & Me will be released July 31st through HMWL / With Love Recordings.


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hazel English - It's Not Real

Impressing with her debut Never Coming Home back in April last year, Hazel English returns with another dazzling display of sun-kissed charm in new single It's Not Real. With a penchant for giddy guitar melodies wrapped in a cloak of fuzzy lo-fi desire, Hazel English has quickly become an artist that holds real hope for the future with such a promising emergence. Described as "an ode to staying genuine", her latest effort becomes the embodiment of pure undying bliss as heady vocals swirl and intertwine with its joyful nature to maximum effect. Two releases in I already can't wait for what's to come. Take a listen for yourselves below. 


Video: Josef Salvat - Open Season

Returning to Open Season, a song that first introduced me to the Australian wonder that is Josef Salvat back in September last year, Rob Jelley adds his directive touch to an official video that is to put it quite simply, magnificent. Colour grading and location choice aside, its satirical theme with hilariously obvious on-screen titles sees Salvat takes the centre role as the 'artist' in his very own cinematic adventure seen from a whole new perspective. Take a watch for yourselves below along with a list of upcoming UK tour dates.

12 O2 Academy, Birmingham
13 Electric Circus, Edinburgh
15 Thekla, Bristol
16 Gorilla, Manchester
17 The Haunt, Brighton
20 Heaven, London


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Ten Fé - Make Me Better

Following a slight name change inspired by their recording sessions in Berlin with producer Ewan Pearson, Ten Fé return with their anthemic new track, Make Me Better. With some time away following their debut singles the duo's invigorated sound is back bigger than ever as their larger than life percussion and uplifting string sections send ripples of excitement throughout. With a slight hint of the early Britpop era coursing through its veins, mixed in with their stunning vocal harmonies and unique song structuring comes a stunning return, one that's more than whet my appetite for what's to come in the form of a debut LP.

Live dates
Sept 05 - Electronic Beats City Festival, Podgorica
Sept 19 - The Louisiana, Bristol
Sept 23 - St Pancras Old Church, London
Sept 25 - The Reepherbahn Festival, Hamburg
Oct 02 - Electronic Beats City Festival. Bucharest
Oct 16 - Electronic Beats City Festival, Budapest
Nov 06 - Electronic Beats City Festival, Zagreb


Chad Valley - True

Has it really been almost 2 years since I last wrote about Chad Valley?! It only feels like a few months ago I was eagerly anticipating his debut album having fallen in love with his initial string of singles a few years previous. Time flies when you're having fun I guess. Returning with his new LP entitled 'Entirely New Blue' due for release this Autumn, Hugo Manuel returns with the first single, True - an off-kilter gem transcending through its dance-floor ready melodies and touching vocalism. With the new album described as an "exploration in identity and a return to the places that comfort us, especially when we return to them a different person" 'Entirely New Blue' looks set to bring completely fresh ideas to the table as he continues to build on previous successes. Check out the new single below along with a list of UK live dates.

'Entirely New Blue' Tracklist
1. Understand
2. True
3. Labasa
4. Arms Away
5. Moon Under Water
6. Not That Man
7. Seventeen
8. Good Brains
9. Alisa 

11-22 Cardiff, UK – Buffalo Bar 
11-23  Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy 2 
11-24 Leicester, UK – The Cookie 
11-25 Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2 
11-26 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC2 
11-27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3
12-11 London, UK – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 
12-12 Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon

'Entirely New Blue' will be released October 2nd through Cascine, digitally and on a limited white 12". 


Jodie Abacus - Good Feeling

When you name your track Good Feeling you better be damn sure that's the emotion it's going to elicit. Jodie Abacus is an artist that has absolutely no problem holding that confidence to the letter in his latest single. Creating quite the impression with his debut I'll Be That Friend last year he's back once again with plenty more soul quenching sounds bringing splashes of vibrant colour to his recordings. Following its first play last night on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show you can check it out for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dorj - Don't Care

YoYo's. Pokémon. Whilst trends often come and go, one I've noticed of recent that I'm hoping will stick is a big uptake in emails from Tel Aviv based artists. Especially if all the music's on this level. Sharing his debut solo single Dorj takes a confident step in to the musical world with Don't Care, a track that thrives off its pulsating bass. Dig a little deeper and there's a real sentimental element here as moments of electronic bliss shine light on his almost acapella vocals. "I have grown increasingly fascinated by the artistry of strong lyrical presence sitting on top of abstract electronic sounds" explains Dorj. "In recent years, my entire musical attention has shifted to the outpouring of electrical music, beats and sounds, that are both abstract and yet simultaneously very grounded". Take a listen to Don't Care below.

Dorj will release his 'FORGETMOVEONDONTCARE' EP later this year whilst also playing the Notting Hill Arts Club in London on Wednesday 29th July.


FREJA - Young Heart

Glittering pop sensibilities. Soaring choruses. An underlying heartbreak. We wouldn't expect anything less from a Scandinavian pop artist would we. New kid on the block FREJA ticks all the right boxes with her debut single Young Heart, a track that's as infectious as they come yearning to be played again and again. Thinking you know what you want in love but your heart having very different ideas is a theme I'm sure many of us can relate to. Backed by her insatiable vocals, taken from a forthcoming debut EP entitled 'White Magic Spells' due on October 9th, it looks like we have plenty more to look forward to. Check out the first cut for yourselves streaming below.