Friday, 23 February 2018

Tim Atlas - Talk

Talk is the first single by Tim Atlas that's crossed my path, and what a track to do the honours of introductions. Perfectly poised in every manner, the soul and funk-filled jam comes at an exciting time for Atlas as he prepares to unveil his new EP 'All Talk', set release on March 6th. “When you hear that someone is “All Talk”, it means that they tend to promise a lot, but in the end, they don’t deliver,” explains Tim. “This record is about backing our words up with actions, even in the face of fear.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Mont Jake - Come Closer ft. Leland Whitty, Gene Fisher

The Dig - Nothing In This Town

Releasing just one EP a year is a big enough feat for some acts, yet The Dig set to take on the mammoth task of releasing a track a month for the whole of 2018. Their latest escapade comes in the form of the elegant Nothing In This Town. In total, the band will share 12 songs split across 2 EPs: 'Moonlight Baby' (out May 4) & 'Afternoon With Caroline' and this is their second offering. Take a listen for yourselves below. All the tracks will be compiled into a playlist which can be found here ( so nothing gets missed and anyone following will be automatically entered to receive special items from the band randomly throughout the year.

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Districts - Nighttime Girls

As The Districts prepare for a monstrous tour across North America and Europe, the band unveil a surprise new single ahead to whet the appetites of fans and keep things ticking over nicely. No less than the dust has settled on their recent second LP 'Popular Manipulations' last summer, the band are back at it and out on the road once more with a string of UK dates in tow. Here they return with their rattling sound, packed with serrated guitar lines and rough-edged lo-fi vocals. "Nighttime Girls is a song about the allure of escapism and a character's general preoccupation with shallowness and neon light" explain the band. Jump in to it below.

pre-order limited 7”, exclusively through bandcamp. available March 09.
Side A: Nighttime Girls
Side B: Soft Auxiliary 

Live Dates
02/23 – Jersey City @ White Eagle Hall *
03/02 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Festival
03/16 – Davenport, IA @ The Village Theatre *
03/17 – Lincoln, NE @ VEGA *
03/18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge *
03/19 – Rapid City, SD @ The Garage *
03/20 – Bozeman, MT @ Rialto Bozeman *
03/22 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03/23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
03/26 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
03/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room *
03/29 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers *
03/30 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East *
03/31 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre *
04/02 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *
04/03 – Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale Music Hall *
04/04 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street *
04/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
04/06 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
05/02 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/03 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
05/04 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Festival
05/25 – Napa, CA @ Silos
05/26 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley
05/31 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ Forum
06/01 – Leeds, UK @ Communion Room At Brudenell
06/02 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
06/04 – Exeter, UK @ The Cavern
06/05 – Guilford, UK @ Boileroom
06/06 – Ramsgate, UK @ Music Hall
06/08 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
06/09 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
06/11 – Bremen, DE @ Tower
06/12 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210
06/13 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
06/15 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar
06/16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
* = w/ Twin Peaks


John.k - Best of Me

As pop, soul and RnB continue to dominate our music scene, standing out form the crowd is becoming harder than ever before. It's a good job John.k knows exactly what buttons to push when it comes to asserting his presence to excel above the rest with his elevated sound. "'Best of Me' is about evolving through young love, admitting to past mistakes and committing to giving someone the best possible version of yourself." he explains. Best of Me is streaming below. Take a listen for yourselves.


SPINN - Who You Are

From the band's initial debut single, right through to the their current release, SPINN continue to push the boundaries as they return with their latest effort Who You Are. On the cusp of unveiling their debut EP on 6th April 2018, the band take things up a notch as their ever maturing sound takes on a new dynamic through their swirling guitars and sharp witted lyricism. "Who You Are is a love letter to all the posers of the world" exclaims singer Jonny "I think that everyone is a poser in their own way, like it or not at one point or another we’ve all pretended to be something were not." "This isn’t us thinking we’re some supreme beings who are immune to falseness"  he adds, "I mean Andy wears a Beatles wig every day, and I haven’t always been this much of a loser, I used to be much worse.." Listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
23 FEB - MANCHESTER, Fallow Cafe
03 MAR - LIVERPOOL, Shipping Forecast
15 MAR - NEWCASTLE, Little Buildings
17 MAR - NOTTINGHAM, The Chameleon
31 MAR - EDINBURGH, The Mash House
01 APR - GLASGOW, Broadcast
06 APR - LIVERPOOL, EP Launch @ Arts Club
05 MAY - LIVERPOOL, Sound City
12 MAY - LONDON, Closeup Festival
03 AUG - LEICESTERSHIRE, 110 Above Festival


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Boniface - Phantom Limbs

Bursting on to my radar last summer with his irresistible blend of synthesised pop, Canada's Boniface returns with his latest single Phantom Limbs. Moulding his own sound from what can only be relatable to a hybrid between The Wombats and PRIDES, the track's soaring 80's elements deliver an unrivalled energy packed with nothing but sheer pop brilliance. "I wrote Phantom Limbs a few years ago when I was starting to become really unhappy with the way I was treating myself and the way my friends were treating themselves" explains Micah Visser aka Boniface. "I wrote it out of frustration without much redemption, and in the years since I’ve really tried to stop doing that. I think it's stuck with the band and I because it’s just really fun to play and we like that contrast". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Ayahuasca

Having first graced the blog here in 2013 with his single Vapour, a track that's now amassed over 2 millions Soudcloud streams, Vancouver Sleep Clinic has become a name renown for quality and immense power. Even when his music is often whispered and dressed in subtle electronics Tim Bettinson seems to find a way to bring his emotive compositions to dazzling life. Here's no different as he returns with Ayahuasca, a stunning 8 minute piece showcasing his vast and expansive talents, the track spanning through synthesised and analogue elements.

"Ayahuasca is a world that I lived and breathed in over a weekend in my little studio apartment in LA" explains Bettinson. "I bought a bunch of food, shut the blinds, lined the walls with LEDs & locked myself into a journey for three days. It's the song I've always wanted to make but never been brave enough to. Something that defied any normal expectation & allowed me to express every inch of what i was feeling at the time. A place where you can shut your eyes for 8 minutes and escape reality". Free from a major label deal he felt trapped by, 2018 looks set to hold no creative limitations with his boundaries endless. I can't wait to hear what's in store.