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.


Monday, 19 February 2018

All The Luck In The World - Contrails

Whether band's drop their PR or I'm just another blogger on the scrapheap, but losing track of upcoming releases seems to be a repeating occurrence. With the sheer amount of music available and limited time they provide a vital source in tipping single's of importance. Without that service many get missed, hence the case here. I fell in love with All The Luck In The World's single Golden October last year and a few weeks back the Irish trio have released their latest single Contrails. Take a listen for yourselves below as the band melt together their intrinsic folk qualities and serrated guitar plucked melodies to the finest degree.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Melvv - Anything Else

Making his major label debut today, LA-based newcomer MELVV unveils his tantalising latest effort Anything Else. Released on Atlantic Records the collab with Asa Taccone from Electric Guest serves an exciting starting point for the artist as he looks to capitalise on his elegant blend of futuristic and forward thinking electronica. "I went over to Asa’s house one day. We’d never met, and it was during a heat wave - it was over 100 degrees in the house. He set up this ice bath and kept hopping in between takes on the mic. We really just clicked and basically finished the song in a day." Take a listen for yourselves below.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Holly Miranda - To Be Loved

I can still fondly remember discovering Holly Miranda many years ago when I first got a taste for alternative music, a far world away from our generic chart music. Alongside artists such as Sam Amidon, Anna Calvi, Damien Jurado et al she opened the door to my broadening tastes. It's been a while since I've indulged in her music but it's great to hear her gear up to the release of her new album with the fantastic To Be Loved. Speaking about the track, Holly says; "To Be Loved is about those times you’ve reached for someone and they just weren’t there. For whatever reason they couldn’t show up. It’s a vulnerable place to be, but it can also be empowering to say, ‘yeah, I wanted to love you and I wanted you to love me. Oh well. I still got my self, love. You have to gracefully release what is not yours… which is everything!". The new album 'Mutual Horse’, will be released February 23. Take a listen below now.

18 April LONDON The Islington
20 April BRIGHTON Pipeline
22 April MANCHESTER Night & Day Café


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

DMA'S - In The Air

Having made quite the impression with their 2016 debut album 'Hills End', the DMA's make a very welcomed return with their latest single, In The Air. Taken from their forthcoming new album 'For Now' which is set for release on April 27th it serves as another notch in the band's ever developing sound with plenty more Brit Pop influence. "Last time round, we were still working out what kind of band we want to be, and we still are,: admits Johnny Took. "We still have that jangly rock’n’roll aspect to it, but it’s also matured in other ways. It feels like a natural progression for the band". Take a listen for yourselves below.

For Now 'Tracklisting'
  1. ‘For Now’
  2. ‘Dawning’
  3. ‘Time & Money’
  4. ‘In The Air’
  5. ‘The End’
  6. ‘Warsaw’
  7. ‘Do I Need You Now?’
  8. ‘Break Me’
  9. ‘Lazy Love’
  10. ‘Tape Deck Sick’
  11. ‘Health’
  12. ‘Emily Whyte’


Ugly Boys - Bad Language

In the metropolis of my blog email's inbox, a rare gem will often shine through the dirt. Step up to the plate Utah's Ugly Boys and their debut single Bad Language. An ode to all things 80's with its flamboyant melodies and glittered guitars, the track delivers an excitable introduction to their sound, and centred around the theme of failed relationships, what's a more perfect day then Valentines to release it. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Coasts - You Could Have Been The One

Returning with their first new music of the year, Coasts unveil their latest single You Could Have Been The One giving us a glittering look in to what lays ahead for 2018. Take a listen for yourselves below. The band will head out on a UK tour this April. Details below.

APR 18 Riverside Newcastle 
APR 20 Manchester Academy 2
APR 21 O2 Academy Birmingham
APR 24 SWX Bristol
APR 25 Engine Rooms Southampton
APR 26 O2 Forum Kentish London
JUL 20 Hillsborough Park Sheffield
AUG 26 Southsea Seafront Portsmouth