Monday, 18 September 2017

Refs - Fool

Returning with their brand new single today, NYC duo Refs share the exceptional fool, the band's follow up to their recent track Spotlight. Renown for their forward thinking RnB-tinged pop, the electronic pair present another stellar effort with plenty more demonstration of their soulful vocals and rich production values. "Fool is the heir to 'Pain Goes Away' – it's that two way street of being in a relationship, both sides of the coin, the with and the without." explains Zachary Lipkins. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Maximillian - Strangers

What's pop without heartbreak. Maximillian knows this all too well as Denmark's answer to Troye Sivan returns with his killer new single, Strangers. About as indulgent as they come, his latest efforts sees an exhilarating swathe of chest thumping percussion meet sweeping synth pad textures in fine style, all the while his articulated, immeasurably perfected vocals set alight the backdrop."I  feel that sometimes, it’s better to leave the past behind and be a stranger to someone you once knew or to the things you’ve done" explains Max. "Being strangers can be a last resort". From debut to present day, Maximillian continues to push boundaries, and this looks set to be his best yet. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

BLOXX - Coke

Truly coming in to their own, Uxbridge four-piece Bloxx return with their propulsive new single, Coke. Following on from previous singles Curtains and You, the band once more showcase their grungy melodies in fine style, yet with each release comes an ever growing maturity in the band's sound. Their latest effort goes to show the potential they hold as they continue to build on an impressive million+ Spotify streams and their Radio 1 Playlisted single. "Coke is a big deal for us as it's a song we've been playing together since the start of Bloxx" explains singer Fee. "I wrote it at a time where I was naive, I hadn't grown up yet and didn't really understand what being a young adult entailed". Listen for yourselves below.


Final wave of acts announced for Sŵn Festival 2017

Following the recent announcement of the festival's very own 'Discovery Day', Swn can now happily reveal its final wave of acts set to play at this year's bash. Joining the already impressive line up will be LA-Producer wunderkind DAEDELUS, London indie outfit ISLAND and MATT MALTESE, not to mention much-loved Bangor group YR EIRA and Hengoed natives NITEROOMS. "Discovering music, venues, places, people, language and the city is a key part of what makes the festival magic. We’re proud that all of this is still happening as part of Sŵn." explains Sŵn Festival organiser John Rostron. "We’re delighted to announce the full line-up and are really excited to be able to bring such an eclectic mix of musical talent to Cardiff. Discovery Day is definitely going to finish Sŵn off with a bang!". 

Swn's 'Discovery Day' will take place Saturday 21 October, a night which goes hand in hand with the festival's month long line up of live music and events. A full run down can be found below.

2017 Discovery Day Full Line-Up
Bad Sounds
Boy Azooga
Campfire Social
Danielle Lewis
Dan Stock
False Advertising
Jack Ellis
Joel Avaient
John Smith
JW Ridley
La Forme
Local Enemy
Los Blancos
Luna Tides
Martha Gunn
Matt Maltese
Pink Kink
Sam Fender
Sea Girls
Swedish Death Candy
The Caspiens
The Pitchforks
The Tates
White Kite
XAM Duo/Virginia Wing
Yr Eira 
Trudy and the Romance

Full Sŵn line-up
The Skints, 21 September, Sin City Swansea
+ Captain Accident & The Disasters + Junior Bill

Sacred Paws, 22 September, The Transport Club Cardiff
+ Orchards + Arteftact

Songhoy Blues, 24 September, Tramshed Cardiff
+ Flamingods (Songhoy should be bigger!)

HUSH: SILENT DISCO  (SOLD OUT), 30 September, National Museum Cardiff

Jen Cloher, 1 October, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
+ Cable Ties

Touts + Vistas (joint headline), 4 October, The Transport Club Cardiff
+ Velor

This is the Kit, 5 October, The Globe, Cardiff
+ Barbarossa + Ivan Moult

OFF // KILTER, 7 October, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff

Dan Bettridge, 8 October, The Big Top Cardiff
+ Little Red + CWCW

The Amazons, 9 October, Tramshed Cardiff
+ The Pale White

She Drew The Gun, 10 October, Clwb Ifor Bach
+ Rozelle + Winter Coat

Tom McRae, 13 October, St. John’s Church Canton
+ Lowri Evans + Christopher Rees

Clean Cut Kid, 16 October, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
+ Callum Beattie + Marsicans

Peace + Idles + Chroma, 20 October, Tramshed Cardiff

Sŵn Discovery Day, 21 October, locations across Cardiff

Wristbands for Sŵn Discvery Day are on sale now priced at £30. Tickets for all other shows can be found here. For more information and to get your tickets, go to Follow @swnissound on Twitter.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Aquilo - I Could Fight On A Wall

Returning with their first new music since the release of their debut album in January this year, Silverdale duo Aquilo share their latest single I Could Fight On A Wall. Having sadly cancelled their recent upcoming UK tour, this partly makes up for any sense of loss as the pair channel more electronic elements in to their sparse and majestic compositions. "We’d both spent a lot of time in America after releasing the first record." explain Tom and Ben "There were a few life changes we’d had to go through and we suppose in turn a lot of inspiration came from the same place. ‘I Could Fight On A Wall’ marks both of us finding confidence again through people we’d grown close to over that year. We don’t find ourselves writing positive songs often but for some reason this just came around". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Sea Girls - Lost

Friday saw London-based four-piece Sea Girls return on triumphant form with their latest single Lost. Renown for their impetuous guitar melodies and vibrant energy, the band waste no time setting alight the track through a burst of high calibre percussion and an explosion of noise as they firmly stamp their name on the scene. There's a reason there's a buzz around these guys and their music. Take a listen below along with a run down of their upcoming tour dates.

Live Dates
18th September – The Lexington, London 
30th September – Live at Leeds 
07th October – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
21st October – SWN Festival, Cardiff


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Silk Cinema - Say You'll Love Me

With a name like theirs, and music as velvety smooth to showcase, London-based duo Silk Cinema make the most perfect Sunday night vibe. Digging through emails can be the most monotonous of tasks, yet striking gold like this makes it all worth while. Say You'll Love Me serves as a blissful re-awakening to the project having posted their single Hope back in '15, one that'll hopefully be around to stay. Take a listen to the pair's indulgent electronic sounds below.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Llovers - I Don't Mind

North East's Llovers today return with their wonderful new single, I Don't Mind. Officially released tomorrow, if there's anything the band don't know about crafting buoyant guitar laden melodies, it's probably not worth knowing. Here they demonstrate how a wholesome mix of aerated pop nuances can be delivered in an exciting and exhilarating 4 minute 12 jam. Take a listen for yourselves below along with a full list of their upcoming live dates.

Live Dates
09 Sept – Redcar Rocks, Cleveland
07 Oct – Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough
12 Oct – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle (supporting Caro)