Thursday, 5 May 2016

Dems - Gold

First appearing on the pages here almost 5 years ago, it's been a wonderful journey to hear Dems adapt and evolve with each release as we've ridden along beside them over the years. Returning today with their first official single released in a year we get a magical glimpse in to what they've been up to behind closed doors as they unleash Gold, a gritty convulsion of electronic and stratospheric pop stretched out over its 3:29 duration. Take a listen for yourselves below. I already can't wait to hear more.


CRUISR - Take That

Photo by: Melissa Anne Tilley

It makes only logical sense that a new raincoat I bought online should turn up on the hottest day of the year. It looks like summer might have finally arrived on UK shores but how long will it last is anyones guess. Thankfully whilst we make the most of it CRUISR return with not just one but two new singles to soundtrack us through. Having already demonstrated their vast skills in crafting sun-resplendent melodies, the Philly based trio ramp things up with their 2-track single Take That and The Fritz. Take a listen for yourselves. In support of the new track, CRUISR will head out on tour w/ PVRIS. A full list of dates can be found below.

Live Dates
5/11 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
5/12 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
5/13 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/15 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
5/16 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
5/17 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
5/19 Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
5/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
5/21 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
5/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/23 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/24 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
5/25 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/26 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
5/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
5/29 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
5/31 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
6/02 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
6/04 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
6/05 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/06 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
6/08 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
6/09 Boston MA @ Royale
6/10 Boston, MA @ Royale


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sundara Karma - Loveblood (2016)

Whilst the single was already released as part of an EP last year, Sundara Karma have unveiled a new recording of Loveblood today ahead of their upcoming UK tour and a jam-packed festival circuit. Whilst it doesn't differ too much from the original take a listen for yourselves below. Frontman Oscar Lulu had the following to say on its conception: "The song is about fate, love and tragedy. A kind of Romeo and Juliet inspired thing. It’s also inspired by Oscar Wilde’s short story ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’. Mysteries of the unexplained is something that has a huge appeal for me".

UK Headline Tour dates: 24/05 - CLWB Ifor Bach, Cardiff
25/05 - Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth
27/05 - Dot To Dot, Manchester
28/05 - Dot To Dot, Bristol
29/05 - Dot To Dot - Nottingham
31/05 - Oran Mor, Glasgow
01/06 - Cluny, Newcastle
02/06 - Arts Club, Liverpool
03/06 - The Rainbow, Birmingham
16/09 - Heaven, London

UK Festival Dates:30/04 Live at Leeds
27/05 Dot to Dot, Manchester
28/05 Dot to Dot, Bristol
29/05 Dot to Dot, Nottingham
18/06 110 Above Festival
26/06 Glastonbury Festival
01/07 Blissfields Festival
16/07 Truck Festival
22/07 Secret Garden Party
23/07 Tramlines Festival
24/07 Bluedot Festival
30/07 Y Not Festival
31/07 Kendal Calling Festival
05/08 Forgotten Fields Festival
13/08 Summer Well Festival
26/08 Electric Fields Festival
27/08 Reading Festival
28/08 Leeds Festival
03/09 LodeStar Festival


MAJIK - Closer

Continuing where they left off last year, London-based duo MAJIK return with another sensual offering with latest single Closer. Wrapped in a subdued haze of swirling vocal samples and softly struck percussion comes another sentimental effort built for those early hours of the morning after the night before. There's no shiny gimmicks here, just pure unadulterated delight. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Video: Pretty Vicious - Cave Song

In the short space of time since their recent emergence, Merthyr's very own, Pretty Vicious, have seen a huge advancement in sound, more grittier than ever before. Back with a brand new video to their track Cave Song, the band share an insight in to local life as we get a glimpse in to what the bored youth of today get up to. Take a watch for yourselves below. Cave Song is taken from the band's forthcoming new EP of the same name due out June 17th through EMI.


RÉN - Into the Unknown

Photo: Lauren Desberg

Grabbing attention with Time, her debut single back in 2014, RÉN returns with her sensual new offering, Into the Unknown. From early days her sound has always been so fully formed yet she's still managed to progress and evolve over the course of recent months to keep it fresh. With the weekend already in sights thanks to our dearly loved May bank holiday, the Brooklyn-based artist takes us down a notch as we get set on winding down to her uplifting blend of feel-good pop. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Friday, 29 April 2016

Local Natives - Past Lives

It's sure been a while since we've had any new music from Local Natives, and on their return they far from disappoint with the stunning new single Past Lives. Having teased us the over the preceding weeks with a stream of videos on facebook the band have finally unveiled the first taste of what forthcoming treats lay in store. You wouldn't think they've been away for 3 years. Take a listen below.


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Leif Erikson - Never Get You Out Of My Mind

Emerging from their shadows, Leif Erikson return with their soaring new single Never Get You Out Of My Mind. With two previously released singles the band drifted in to darkness last year, fans left wondering if they'd ever return. The long wait was finally over as they re-surfaced with their brand new video to debut single Looking For Signs. I even got to see them live last month, more than a worthwhile wait. Here on their second (official) single, the band ramp up their expansive harmonies and sky-ascending vocals to dizzying heights. Having a real talent for crafting gorgeously resplendent guitar layering's, this might be some of their finest work to date. 'Never Get You Out Of My Mind' is described by singer Sam as "an acceptance of the realisation that a first love that you thought would last is coming to an end". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
3rd May -  Sebright Arms
19th May - TGE
27th May - Dot To Dot, Manchester
28th May - Dot To Dot, Bristol
29th May - Dot To Dot, Nottingham