Thursday, 8 October 2015

The 1975 - Love Me

Rarely has a new band sounded so fully formed and ready to take on anything that's thrown in their direction as The 1975 were hurtling out of the gates at the tail end of 2012. There's really no shying away from the fact the Manchester formed group have had one of, if not, the most successful debut records in recent times. From all of the late nights and high times with friends, right through to the shitty relationships and gameplaying I've been caught up in, The 1975 have soundtracked it all. Having sold out shows across the world, relentlessly covering the festival circuit, all before taking the UK and US by storm, the four-piece have transformed the way they work in to being one of the most proficient bands this generation has seen.

Playing in to the whole "June 1st" phenomenon, a date scribed in to a book discovered by Matty whilst holidaying in Majorca alongside the words "The 1975", the band plunged themselves in to darkness this summer before re-emerging with their new more colourful livery. Taking to Twitter to post a cartoon comic strip Healy went on to say "Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically". And whilst it's been a long time coming, we can finally sink our teeth in to what lays ahead for the group as they return with the first glimmer of what's to come from album no. 2.

Premiering as Annie Mac's hottest record in the world this evening Love Me effortlessly ties up with this resplendent new image as they emerge from their shadowy monochrome past with their funkiest work to date. Imagine Prince getting in to bed with Bowie then you're somewhere along the right lines. Take a listen to the big hitting heavily 80's inspired track below. You can order it now from iTunes.

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9 – Liverpool – The University
10 – Leicester – De Montfort Hall
11 – Sheffield – Academy
12 – Doncaster – Dome
14 – Nottingham – Rock City
15 – Newcastle – Academy
17 – Edinburgh – Corn Exchange
18 – Bridlington – Spa
19 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
20 – Plymouth – Pavilion
21 – Southampton – Guildhall
23 – Southend – Cliff Pavilion
24 – London – Hammersmith Apollo
26 – Brighton – Centre
27 – Swindon – Oasis
28 – Manchester – Academy


FREJA - Lonely

With a song entitled Lonely you'd expect it to be a pretty stark affair, at the very least a little depressing. Opting for the more expansive euphoric pop route (the best way if you ask me), Freja returns with her sensational new single, Lonely. Taken from the forthcoming debut EP 'White Magic Spells' due out Friday, her latest effort's another pristine example of wholesomely perfected pop. Hitting on to a good thing early, Freja's big room vocals and far-reaching melodies combine to form a wonderfully uplifting sound. One that can't really be satisfied with just the one play. Take a listen below for yourselves.



Having racked up well over 10 million Spotify streams since their emergence last year, LA-based duo POWERS are set to make us all forget about the cold chill that's creeping its way on to our UK shores. Sounding more at home poolside with a drink, Hot perfectly captures the pair's floaty synth-pop vibe as they return with their latest effortlessly chilled single on fine form. Take a listen for yourselves below as its punchy basslines and gliding synth-work prepare to ease you in to the evening ahead.

Hot is taken from their forthcoming debut EP 'Legendary' released through Republic Records October 23rd.


Half Moon Run - I Can't Figure Out What's Going On

Four tracks in to their long awaited second LP, Half Moon Run have shown a huge advancement in sound in the time they've been away. Returning with their latest single it looks like there's no signs of slowing down for the Canadian group as they return with I Can't Figure Out What's Going On offering further insight in to what lays ahead of its release. What appears to be another gorgeous splintering effort, the band's heartstring-tugging melodies bring an uplifting sense of enlightenment as crisp guitars glimmer beneath its shifting sounds. Take a listen below for yourselves.

Sun Leads Me On – Tracklsit
1. Warmest Regards
2. I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On
3. Consider Yourself   
4. Hands in the Garden
5. Turn Your Love
6. Narrow Margins
7. Sun Leads Me On
8. It Works Itself Out
9. Everybody Wants
10. Throes
11. Devil May Care
12. The Debt
13. Trust

'Sun Leads Me On' is due for release 23rd October through Glassnote Records. You can Pre-Order now here. A full list of forthcoming tour dates can be found below.

23rd October – Dublin, Whelan’
26th October – London, Koko SOLD OUT
27th October – Bristol, Trinity SOLD OUT
28th October – Manchester, Gorilla SOLD OUT
30th October – Leeds, Brudenell
31st October – Glasgow, Oran Mor
1st November – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4th November – Paris, Trabendo
5th November – Brussels, Botanique SOLD OUT
6th November – Cologne, Luxor
7th November – Amsterdam, Paradiso Nord SOLD OUT
10th November – Berlin, Lido
23rd March 2016 – London, The Roundhouse NEW DATE


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

XYLØ - L.A. Love Song

Following on from their recent hat-trick of single's, LA duo XYLØ return with another game-changing effort in their latest, L.A. Love Song. With its darkened vibe, the brother-sister duo manage to create in effortless style once more a track that boasts huge levels of talent with Paige Duddy's ice cold vocals glaciating brother Chase's crisp production skills. Take a listen for yourselves below. LA fans can catch the pair playing Neon Gold Popshop on October 26th.


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Glades - Her (Loving You)

Ticking all the right boxes in perfecting their blend of pristine pop elegance, Sydney's Glades return with their stunning new single Her (Loving You). With its emotively charged lyricism and dazzling melodies the Australian based trio have once again managed to create a touching work of art leaving a lasting impression as its evolving soundscape transforms over skittering percussion and swooning synths. With such a strong effort thus far it looks likely they'll have a very healthy future ahead of them based on what we've heard so far. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Fickle Friends - Say No More

Having featured every track they've released to date, it's no shy fact I'm no fair weather Fickle Friends fan. Their sheer advancement in sound from simplified synth-pop to fully fledged euphoric anthem status has been nothing short of inspiring, and with their debut album nearing completion it looks like they're showing no signs of slowing down. Returning with their new single Say No More, the Brighton-based quintet showcase once more a remarkable blend of scintillating guitar lines and dazzling melodies. Transporting you straight back to the 90's with a glitter storm of feel good rhythms the band sure know a thing or two about creating that perfectly poised pop song. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
Dingwalls, London - Thursday 29th October.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Matt Corby - Monday

Can you think of a time when a Monday was ever as smooth and soulful as this? Having disappeared shortly after his 2013 tour, Matt Corby finally returns with brand new music and it far from disappoints. With the start of the week fast looming, his aptly titled new single Monday serves to offer up Corby's finest gospel-like qualities as the stripped back track caresses with its mesmeric touch. Take a listen for yourselves below.