Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Returning a year after releasing her 'Young Blood' EP, Only Girl brings plenty more soul to the table as the South-East London based artist shares Fortune. A combination of both heartfelt sentiment and all out lyrical prowess, Ellen Murphy once more shines with another stunning effort. "Fortune is a song about the value we place in our relationships", explains Murphy. "When we build up our emotional fortune with someone, it's so easy to take them for granted and forget what you have, until something happens to make you realise how much you have to lose: "I built my fortune up on you, I didn't know I had so much to lose - so let me treasure you.” I've learnt this the hard way, so this song holds a really important message to me about really cherishing what you have with someone". Take a listen below for yourselves.
Ethan Barnett sure knows a thing or two about crafting a devilishly catchy melody. Here he dons his Ten Tonnes namesake once more to share his latest single Silver Heat. Influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan it's no wonder the track comes packed with an artillery of high energy guitars and youthfully exhilarating vocals. "It’s really just about looking back, in part about my ex-girlfriend, but more about that mood you can get into, when a flashback hits you suddenly, and you’re right back in that place" he explains. Take a listen for yourselves below along with a list of upcoming tour dates.
‘Silver Heat’ is taken from TEN TONNES’ new ‘Born To Lose’ EP due for release June 9th.
April 28th – Hit The North Festival
April 29th – Live at Leeds
May 18th – The Great Escape
May 26th – Dot To Dot, Manchester
May 27th – Dot To Dot, Bristol
May 28th – Dot To Dot, Nottingham
June 10th – Bushstock
July 2nd – Barn on the Farm
September – 9th – Festival No. 6
With an already promising back-catalogue of electronic hits, Irish artist Elaine Mai returns on fine form to give Sheets, a sparse and intimate single by Liza Flume, a melodic make-over. "From the first time I heard Liza sing, I knew I wanted to work with her one day" explains Mai. "I adored 'Sheets' when I heard it, and wanted to add another dimension to the vocal and emphasise the pain and loss in the track. I spoke to Bob about the possibility of doing a video and I was delighted when he came on board. He added another chapter to the story and all three of us are really happy with the end product, it's something we're very proud of". Take a listen below along with the powerful Bob Gallagher directed clip for your viewing pleasure.
Having hugely impressed with his debut Feelings last month, Denmark's Maximillian returns with his arresting cross-cover of London Grammar's Hey Now and Frank Ocean's Pink + White. Whilst many fall short tackling just one cover, the 18 year old artist excels where others fail with impressive delicacy and skill. Displaying the warming, heartfelt dexterity in his music, Maximillian already shows immeasurable promise, his towering vocals and immense production second to none. With just two live videos to his name, it begs the question, where will the year see him. All that's for certain, he's a name you'll most certainly be hearing a hell of a lot more of, and that definitely ain't a bad thing! Take a listen below.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Looking set to make it a hat-trick of releases this year, NoMBe returns with his latest single Freak Like Me. "This is the one and only song my significant other never wanted me to release" he explains. "Lucky for you she eventually caved because the world needs to hear it. Here's to all the Freaks ;)". Take a listen below for yourselves.
After an unsuccessful few days trawling the inbox for anything worth posting, DAUNT breaks the deadlock with his gorgeous new single Unbearable Light. Rather contradictory of its title, being the only bearable light I've had in days at the end of my never ending tunnel of bad music, the London based artist returns on fine form for his second release. Reminding me of the reasons why I first starting blogging, to unearth gems like this, his showcase of dark minimal pop delivers a unique take on swinging hip hop percussion and soul. Of writing the track Will says: “it was clear that the song was really visual, taking cues from night-driving and classic Hollywood road movies. In short, our central character is driving away from an undefined event or relationship which has revealed some aspects of himself that he’d rather not have seen, as though an ‘unbearable light’ has been cast on him.” Take a listen below.
Unbearable Light will be released on his forthcoming new EP of the same name, due on April 28th through London label Beatnik Creative.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
There's something to be said about an artist that can hold such captivity through bare minimalism, a feat that comes only natural to Fenne Lily. Returning with her new single What's Good, the now Bristol based artist showcases her fraught and honest lyricism in the most wondrous of ways as her latest effort delivers on all its emotional worth. "Waiting for an ending hurts, sometimes more than the ending itself" explains Fenne. "I wrote 'What's Good' at a time when I was trying to allow myself happiness despite knowing that it would be short-lived. It’s about realising that something you trust in and depend on is coming to an end, and the feelings of helplessness & inadequacy that go hand in hand with this sense of loss". Take a listen for yourselves below. Fenne heads out on the road this spring supporting Charlie Cunningham. You can find a full list of dates below.
Wed 22 Mar - Les Trois Baudets, Paris France
Fri 24 - Schloss Landestrost, Neustadt Germany
Sat 25 Mar - Konzerthaus, Dortmund Germany
Sun 26 Mar - Kampnagel, Hamburg Germany
Mon 27 Mar - Kammermusiksaal Philharmonie, Berlin Germany
Wed 29 Mar - Effata! Jugendkirche, Münster Germany
Thu 30 Mar -Kulturkirche, Cologne Germany
Sat 1 Apr - Heiliggeistkirche, Frankfurt Germany
Sun 2 Apr - Atlantis Kino, Mannheim Germany
Mon 3 Apr - Carl-Orff-Saal im Gasteig, Munich Germany
Wed 5 Apr - Chelsea, Vienna Austria
Thu 6 Apr - Rockhouse, Salzburg Austria
Sat 8 Apr -Papiersaal, Zürich Switzerland
Sun 9 Apr - Theaterhaus, Stuttgart Germany
Wed 12 Apr - Paradiso, Amsterdam Netherlands
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Effortlessly calm and deeply engaging, Isaac Gracie returns with his exceptional new single Reverie. Both haunting and deliberating in equal measure, the London based artist once more tackles another slow burning masterpiece as his smouldering vocals take the reigns. Take a listen for yourselves below. To coincide there's also a list of upcoming dates that will mark the first since supporting Michael Kiwanuka across the UK last Autumn.
16th March – The House Of St Barnabas, London SOLD OUT
21st March – King’s Head, London SOLD OUT
29th March – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
30th March – Effra Social, London SOLD OUT
31st March – Sacred Trinity Church, Salford
18 – 20th May – The Great Escape, Brighton