Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Trails And Ways - Skeletons

It's been a hell of a long time coming but Trails And Ways have finally announced details of their debut album set to hit stores 2nd June 2015 via Barsuk Records. Entitled 'Pathology' the band have shared the first single to be lifted from it, Skeletons, recorded and produced in drummer Ian's bedroom. Take a listen above as the band blend their infectious unique melodies with a dance-floor ready backdrop of scintillating guitars and percussion. You can Pre-Order the new record from iTunes hrere:


Dive In - Eighteen

Where many fall short writing engaging pop music of this calibre, Glastonbury-residing trio Dive In most certainly excel. Following on from their debut single Let Go, the three-piece return on fine form with the first taste of their forthcoming debut EP, 'Eighteen'. Sharing a stream to its title track today, the band showcase a firm understand of where they want to be. Stepping up their production, this latest effort most certainly ain't for the faint-hearted. With its pulsating basslines and penetrating synths, big enough to give Prides a run for their money, their infectious melodies and high strung choruses provide a pristine backdrop to its glistening pop nuances. "Eighteen was born from a loop pedal jam in our old residence" explains frontman Guttridge, "It was inspired by another day of watching the village's festival fences go up.  It was the product of excitement and the, what some may call delusional idea that we could one day amount to the successes of the bands/aritsts that descend upon our village each year."

Take a listen above for yourselves. The band's debut EP will be available May 25th via Vagrant.

"Eighteen" Tracklist:
1. Into The Blue 2. Eighteen 3. Promise 4. Can't Hold Me Down 5. Lost (In The Blue)

The band will play The Lexington for The Line Of Best Fit on Aug 5, 2015. Tickets are priced at £6.00 and available here. (Ages +18) 

Dive In are Matthew Guttridge, Daniel Hayes & Adam Mason


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Fantastic Fantastic - Boulevard

Having already shared their b-side single 'The Night' back in November, sprightly London-based pop duo Fantastic Fantastic return on fine form with its a-side counterpart Boulevard. Conceived between the pair through email as they travelled alone, Boulevard serves as another pristine offering as they continue to blend scintillating 80's inspired synths with what's now become their signature bubbling percussion and bassline formula. "We were emailing ideas back and forth for a few weeks" explains Kris, "Then when I got back it all came together in pretty much a day, I think the whole song is basically about the ability to travel and write at the same time."

Take a listen to both tracks above. Boulevard will be relased digitally on March 30.


Mt. Wolf - VIII feat. Alexa Harley

As Mt. Wolf close in on their forthcoming 'Red' EP, set for release April 13 2015 through X Novo, the London-based outfit return with their latest offering, VIII. Featuring the celestial vocal talents of  Alexa Harley, the trio's inherent abilities in crafting some of the most beautiful atmospherics around really is second to none, effortlessly demonstrated once more in the follow up to Hamburg's heart-wrenching profundity. Making excelling use of the track's spacious soundscapes comes another masterclass production in emotively-tinged pop, each reverb drenched guitar strum and atmospheric percussive hit drawing you further than ever before in to their bewitching spell, one of which I'm truly under. Indulge yourself below.

VIII is taken from the Mt. Wolf's  forthcoming 'Red' EP set for release April 13 2015 through X Novo.

Live Dates
April 15th - London’s Cecil  Sharp House


The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

Never have I been more excited for a return of a band than that of The Maccabees. It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since 2012's Mercury Prize nominated album 'Given To The Wild', but it looks like they're finally ready to fill the silent void they left behind with news of their hotly anticipated fourth studio record. Taking things down the self-produced route, Marks To Prove It offers a brilliant return as they firmly stamp their arrival on us with a unique concoction of vibrant guitars, changing tempos and falling melody tones. "These new songs are a reminder of why we started the band," explains Hugo White. "With the enthusiasm to play music that’s exciting and makes us excited." "We’re thrilled to say that artwork for the singles from our new album will again feature the work of Andy Goldsworthy” further add the band. "This is the first in the ’Midsummer Snowballs’ series - we hope you like it as much as we do."

Marks To Prove It’ will be available May 11th released through Fiction. To coincide with the announcement of their new single, The Maccabees will play a string of intimate dates this May. Fans signed up to their mailing list here will be able to access a pre-sale 9am Wednesday 1st March.

Mon 11th       BIRMINGHAM, Institute
Tues 12th       GLASGOW, ABC
Weds 13th     MANCHESTER, Ritz
Thurs 14th      LONDON, Coronet


Colleagues - Somewhere

It feels like only last month I was writing about Colleagues effervescent single's Tears and Parents' House. When you take a breather from your hectic life, it's really quite scary how fast our time's flashing before us. In the year that's gone by since, the Swedish outfit have finally announced details of their long awaited debut EP, entitled 'Visits', set to hit stores May 18th through In Stereo Records. With a plethora of glacial-esque cinematic melodies comes the band's very welcomed return with Somewhere, a track that perfectly captures everything we've grown to love about them thus far - launching their stratospheric ideas way beyond our realm. Most definitely their strongest to date, take a listen below as their continual blend of vaporous vocals and stratifying synth-work meet head-on to form a wondrous alliance.

Colleagues - Visits Tracklist 
1. Talk It Out   //   2. Somewhere   //   3. Align   //   4. Visits


Ben Khan - Zenith

It's crazy how quick the blog world moves. In just one day Ben Khan has already clocked up a rather respectable sixteen thousand plays on his latest single Zenith, but then again, with skills as wondrous as his is there really any wonder how such a feat is achieved. Following on from 1000 shared a few weeks previous, Khan returns on fine form with another swaggering experimental synth-pop masterpiece. With plenty more signature jazzy basslines and funky percussive hits comes another pristine representation of the innate talents the 22-year old producer possesses. Take a listen above. Zenith is the second track to be lifted from the forthcoming '1000' EP.

 '1000' will be released through his own label Blessed Vice on 11 May. You can check out a list of live dates over on his site here:


Monday, 30 March 2015

Gallant - Open Up

It's been almost a year since I first stumbled upon LA residing artist Gallant and his silk smooth vocal talents when his Maths Time Joy produced single Jupiter Grayscale instantly won me over. Borrowing influence from all corners of the electronic spectrum and delivering them in such an engaging manner was always going to be a hit formula in my books, and as he returns on equal form with his latest track Open Up, it's clear to see why. Through a rousing blend of sensual synths with an ambient backdrop of experimental percussion comes another fine representation of Gallant's elegant talents as his almost falsetto vocals build with each layer of intensifying melody. Undeniably honest and almost certainly his strongest work to date, Open Up looks set to pave the way to a wondrous year ahead. Take a listen above.

"Open Up" is a teaser for Gallant's upcoming EP, which is slated for release this summer.