Monday, 18 December 2017

Palmes - For You and I

Huddersfield's Indie-Pop trio Palmes return with their latest single For You and I, a track that'll see out the year with a scintillating effort of high strung guitars and twinkling synth notes. Their last official release of the year was a long time coming but well worth the wait and paves the way effortlessly in to the new year as they deliver youth-filled vigour in fine form through the track's infectious melodies and jubilant percussion. Take a listen for yourselves below. 


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas Number One - How streaming is affecting the charts

Christmas songs. I'm sure everyone has a favourite. Whether it's Michael Buble's rendition of Jingle Bells, or perhaps Wham's famous Last Christmas. Even classics such as Nat King Cole's Christmas Song make their very welcomed appearance at this time of year. The truth is you can't get away from them. And who are we to complain as everyone begins to get in to the festive spirit.

With a growing trend in media streaming online, something which now affects the Top 40 Charts here in the UK, it was only a matter of time before this growing trend would see a shift in the artists we are now seeing rising up through the ranks. And with these Streams now counting towards the much acclaimed chart we're about to see a whole host of familiar names dominate.

As singers and musicians like Rita Ora and Clean Bandit slip down the lists, people's change of habits at this time of year will see a rise in Christmas cheer as The Pogues, Brenda Lee and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas take their rightful place, all set on challenging for the UK's Christmas Number One spot. The cut-off point for sales and streams to count towards this year’s Christmas Number One will strike at midnight on Thursday 21st of December so it goes without saying, every play counts, with many attempting to get George Michael in to pole position after his sad passing last year on Christmas Day. Although, they do currently have Ed Sheeran to contend with who has fronted the charts over the summer, alongside Eminem who looks to claim his first Christmas Number One Album. 
Whilst some people argue that change is an unnerving process, it's themes like this that really set the differences apart for good times and fun as excitement continues to build. It's at this very time of year the bookmakers truly start to unveil their best odds on who they think will be crowned 2017's winner, but don't hang around though, because prices are already being slashed as the deadline looms ever closer. Sites such as Euro Palace also offer this same level of excitement through their extensive list of themed games available at the touch of your fingertips where you can play slot machines Euro Palace casino to your heart's content, all minus the stress of ever changing odds.

So whether it's having a flutter online or just enjoying the change in theme at this time of year, there's no denying the fun that can be had as everyone comes together to enjoy their downtime. There's no shying away from the fact that our ever changing digital world is having an effect on the way in which we consume media and our current charts are the perfect reflection of this as Christmas party playlists and the like begin to take a hold boosting artists to the top who may not have been there otherwise.

The Christmas Number One 2017 single will be announced by the Official Charts Company on Friday, December 22.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Grace Carter - Ashes (Official Video)

When a genre gets saturated in mediocre releases, it takes real talent to stand out. Grace Carter has such in abundance as her latest track so evidently displays. "It’s a song about the frustration and need to get over someone but not quite having the strength to do so yet. Working with someone like Mike Dean who has worked on some of my favourite records was an honour". Her debut EP is out release next spring. Take a listen to Ashes below for yourselves.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Meadowlark - May I Have This Dance (EMBRZ remix)

Breaking a week-long deadlock of mediocrity, Embrz returns with his stunning remix of Meadowlark's single, May I Have This Dance. Having racked up plays in the millions for his re-workings, and with a string of original track's now to his name, it's no surprise to learn this one is anything short of the mark. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Meadowlark Live Dates
Fri 1 Dec - London, The Islington

Sat 2 Dec - Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
Fri 8 Dec – Barrelhouse, Totnes
Sat 9 Dec – Driftwood Spas, StAgnes


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

RAFFER - Together

There's something to be said about an artist who manages to so effortlessly pull off everything in-house, from that track's performance right through to its writing and production. Returning with his new single, Together, 19 year-old Raffer does exactly so as he unveils his high energy guitar-driven-pop in fine definition. Exerting a dazzling display of infectious melodies and emotively-hinged chord changes, the Kent-based artist showcases his diverse talents giving us a tantalising taste for what lays ahead as he prepares the release of new music. Take a listen for yourselves below. There's promise of a lot more in the coming months!


Thursday, 30 November 2017

SPINN - She Takes Her Time

Photo: Lauren Jade Keir

Returning with another infectious-as-hell, euphoric jam, Spinn take things to a higher level of fun-loving intensity with their latest effort, She Takes Her Time. With plenty more playful melodies and sprightly guitar pop, the band showcase another fine release with endless amounts of feel good desire. Frontman Jonny describes the song as “a little pop tune to listen to when you find yourself ‘low-key’ in love with someone, they may be unattainable, they may be the one for you, who knows? You’re going to have to listen to find out.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Video: FLING - That's Nice

Nice. It's a word that doesn't really say a lot. It's neither here nor there. It's everyone's dreaded descriptor in the dating world. Yet, Bradford's Fling have given those four little letters a whole new meaning in their latest single. Catchy-as-hell, the tracks chiming keys and infectious chorus line make for an excellent pairing, the video remaining equally enticing. "A lot of people write songs that talk about sex or wanting to have it, but not about doing it. So we did one about doing it because it's nice doing it" explains Fling's singer Charles McSorley. Take a listen for yourselves below.

FLING are comprised of singer and artist Charles McSorley, Jack Winn on Guitar, Jake Lees on Bass, Sam Malynowsky on Keyboard and Billy Fielding on Drums.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sivu - Kin and Chrome

When I first heard Sivu's Better Man Than He back in 2013, I knew I was on to something incredibly wonderful. Over the course of his career his sound has continuously evolved with the times yet it's never strayed too far away from his fraught and piercingly honest narratives. Breaking a 2 year silence back in April this year he returned with the fragile and intimate Childhood Home, a track filled with nostalgic nuances, something Sivu's become so accustomed with, creating true realism in his music. Here's no different as his latest single Kin and Chrome delivers an achingly disconsolate sound that draws you in through its simplicity and splendour. "To me," James says, "this song is the closest I could get to a love song. I’m very fortunate to have my partner and she puts up with a lot, so this is a song about being thankful to her". Kin and Chrome is taken from his forthcoming new album ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’, recorded over the past two years between Cambridge, Brixton and very northern Scotland. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
February 15 || King’s Place (w/ The Mangan Quartet)