Friday, 18 April 2014

Tourist | Patterns (feat. Lianne La Havas)

The sheer development in Tourist's production over the last few months has been nothing short of mesmeric; from a hype artist doing the rounds on the blog circuit right up to remixing band's like Haim and collabing with none other than Lianne La Havas. With his new 'Patterns' EP due next week the producer steps up his game once more as choir-esque vocals blend with the tracks 2-step garage roots to form a fresh hybrid vibe. There's no question about it, this one's definitely going to be following in all of its predecessors footsteps. 

The 'Patterns' EP will be released April 20th through Method Records (UK) and on April 22nd on Monday Records (US/Canada).


Green Man festival | Talking Shop line-up 2014

In case you didn't know already there's a lot more to Green Man than meets the eye. Aside from their eclectic music line-up and beautiful surroundings they also play host to some wonderful talks and readings from some of the countries leading speakers and writers. 2014 will be no different as this years bash sees the return of its acclaimed Talking Shop with Punk legend Viv Albertine, filmmaker/essayist Patrick Keiler, Scritti Politti singer Green Gartside and former international drug smuggler turned author Howard Marks all taking to its area. There'll be a chance to step inside the tardis with Doctor Who composer Peter Howell (BBC Radiophonic Workshop), flex your artistic muscles with illustrator and avid ornithologist Matt Sewell, and a talk with architecture writer Owen Hatherle plus much much more.

You can see the full line up as it stands over on the official Green Man website here with many more still to come, including the Saturday night Mountain Stage headliner! Green Man will run between 14-17 August 2014. Tickets are available to purchase now from the site here.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Flyte | Where Nobody Knows Your Name (Live)

Becoming quite the DIY film makers, Flyte showcase another fine slice of homemade style as they return with a live video performance to their recent b-side single Where Nobody Knows Your Name. Getting fed up of all the shiny new clips plaguing our video channels the band decided to do things a little different using their own less than professional set up to create quite the VHS looking aesthetic. The results are pretty cool to say the least. "We wanted to make a live session video but we didn't want it to look like everything else you see on YouTube. They always seem to be shot a posh camera with someone under a tree or by a river or in some immaculate warehouse space. In the end we did it with our own cameras, the ones we used for 'We Are The Rain".

To celebrate the single's release the band will play a launch party at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club on Wednesday 23rd April. Tickets available from here. You can Pre-Order We Are The Rain / Where Nobody Knows Your Name on limited edition 7" vinyl right now from the paradYse store due for release on 28th April.

Live Dates
May 1st    Liverpool Sound City 
May 3rd     Live At Leeds 
May 9th     The Great Escape 
July 12th     British Summertime Festival 
July 19th-20th     Truck Fest 
Aug 1st-3rd      Y Not Festival 
Aug 10th     Wilderness 


Marika Hackman | Deep Green (Live at Toe Rag Studios)

Having been lucky enough to catch Marika during last year's Swn Festival (within the gorgeous acoustics of a church of all places) it's no bold claim to say the London based songwriter truly shines brightest in a live setting. The haunting and tangled nature of her often disconsolated lyrics hold a distinct aura that comes with her persona and something about seeing them recreated in front of your very own eyes is a wonderful sight to be seen. It's no surprise to find myself hitting replay after replay on this then. Recorded live at Toe Rag studios by Liam Watson and mixed at Rat Salad Studios by Rupert Lyddon Deep Green gets a vintage overhauled look whilst the tempo's upped through its rumbling reverberated percussion and dejected guitar strums.

Deep Green is taken from the 'Deaf Heat' EP which will be available now through Dirty Hit Records here. You can stream it in full below.


Glass Animals | Pools

As Glass Animals prepare the release of their debut album 'ZABA' the London based quartet return to our stereos (and more than likely, laptop speakers) with their latest single, Pools. Probably their most vibrant to date the band's latest effort sees a whole wave of hypnotising, amazonia-inducing melody cloak its tribal percussion in a glazed RnB vibe as vocals sway and enigmatic synth patterns build from its underbelly. Be sure to take a listen above with a full list of live dates below.

Glass Animals' debut 'ZABA' will be released 9th June through Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label.

Live Dates
17 April – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam  
29 April – Nouveau Casino, Paris  
03 May – Liverpool Sound City  
04 May – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow  
08 May – London Calling Festival, Amsterdam 
09 May – The Great Escape (Venue: Coalition), Brighton  
14 June – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff  
16 June – The Lantern (Colston 2), Bristol  
18 June – Meltdown Festival, London (Paul Epworth & Wolf Tone Presents…)  
20 June – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds  
21 June – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Glass Animals are: Dave Bayley, Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, Joe Seaward.


Nieves | Winter

It's quite hard to believe Glasgow via Nottingham Alt-Pop duo Nieves only met and began writing together in 2013. As they premiere their debut single Winter we learn of a refined maturity echoing through their music, something that usually only becomes apparent after years of partnership. I guess this just goes to show the true musicianship the pair behold as singer/songwriter Brendan Dafters and musician/producer Herre de Leur come together to create a heartfelt and pensive tale detailing the death of a relationship, the changing of seasons acting as their metaphor. Take a listen for yourselves above.


Wolf Alice | Storms

Fast becoming one of my most blogged about act's it's been incredible to watch Wolf Alice consistently grow over time. From my very first encounter hearing Leaving You to the striking advancement from folk-tinged Pop to all out Grungey Rock has been nothing short of a magical and wonderful journey. Following on from the stream of Moaning Lisa Smile a few weeks back the London four-piece return to share a second slice from their forthcoming EP in the form of Storms. Not for the faint hearted the band's latest venture sees them play pretty true to the track's title as a brash wall of sound comes hurtling towards you at lightening fast speed. Quickly picked up by its swirling, hurricane induced guitars your grinded down to a pulp through gritty basslines and break neck tempo shifts, Ellie's vocals coaxing in to a fall sense of security before the next wave crashes in to you. I don't know about you but I'm loving this new beefed up sound! Storms is taken from the 'Creature Songs' EP, out via Dirty Hit Records on 26 May.

Live Dates (* w/ support from Superfood)  
May 1st  King Tut's, Glasgow* 
May 2nd  Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool 
May 3rd  Live at Leeds, Leeds 
May 4th  Sunday Live, Stockton 
May 5th  Fruit, Hull* 
May 6th  Leadmill 2, Sheffield* 
May 7th  Think Tank, Newcastle* 
May 12th  Institute Temple, Birmingham* 
May 13th  O2 Academy 2, Oxford* 
May 14th  Portland Arms, Cambridge* 
May 15th  Esquires, Bedford* 
May 16th  Boileroom, Guildford* 
May 17th  Cookie Jar, Leicester* 
May 18th  Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth* 
May 20th  The Haunt, Brighton* 
May 21st  53 Degrees, Preston* 
May 27th  Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes* 
May 28th  Scala, London*


Chet Faker | 1998

I don't know what's more shameful really. This being my first proper listen to Chet Faker or the fact I just spilled Branston Pickle all over my white t-shirt. Thankfully being at home I can change so I guess we'll go with the former on this occasion. 1998 is the second single to be taken from the debut album 'Built On Glass' and serves to be the perfect accompaniment to this gorgeous weather we've been having in the UK as of late. Super chilled with a slow rumbling bassline the track's use of airy synth stabs comes underpinned by the emotive cries of Chet as he croons "We used to be friends. We used to be inner circle. I don't understand what I have become to you". I'm not sure whether dance around the room or get all emo at this point. I think I'll dance. Be sure to check out the Grace Lee animated video below directed by Domenico Bartolo.

'Built On Glass' is out now through Future Classic / Downtown Records.