Saturday, 17 March 2018

Catalina - Ceremony

I don't know a whole lot about NYC/LA duo Catalina. But what I do know is that not many people can nail a groove quite like the pair can. A recent Soundcloud dig unearthed their blissed out sound through the laid back Alvarado. Here they return with their latest single Ceremony: an expansive display of synth pads and layered melodies that make wonderful use of their space. Take a listen to the elongated jam below.

Photo: Josh Sondock

Friday, 16 March 2018

ORKID - Wasted

It's hard not to get excited when I see an artist's nationality is Swedish. One of the Scandinavian greats. There's good pop music and then there's Scandi-pop and no one does it quite nearly half as good as them. ORKID is no different to the story. Her latest offering Wasted is a huge glass shattering anthem that's filled with bass rattling melodies and soaring, infectious choruses. "Wasted is about hiding behind the comfort of your excuses. Maybe you dare to say or do things with another you’re attracted to, when you know you really shouldn’t go there" Matilda Melin aka ORKID explains. "No matter how strong the chemistry,sometimes that’s just not enough... the rush much more fun than the reality". Take a listen below.


Emma McGrath - Butterfly

Inspired by dropping the dead-weight in your life and doing the right thing morally, Emma McGrath returns with another stellar effort demonstrating pure pop brilliance. Having been awarded the PRS For Music Foundation’s Women Make Music grant in 2017, Emma's been hard at work on her new EP 'Silent Minds', and 'Butterfly' is the latest track to be lifted. With infectious delivery and sharp witted lyricism, her latest effort once more showcases the sheer brilliance in her songwriting. Take a listen for yourselves below. The ‘Silent Minds’ EP will be available on 13 April 2018.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sigrid - Raw

It would be a vast understatement to say the past 12 months have been anything but mad for Norway's next pop-superstar, Sigrid. Having toured the world over, she claimed the rightful prize of BBC's Sound of 2018 title this year not least to mention racking up 85 million streams and 2 million sales of her 'Don’t Kill My Vibe' EP and ‘Strangers’. Here she returns with her brand new single Raw, a track that takes on a new direction to her sound showcasing her ever expanding, dynamic talents. Take a listen for yourselves below.

UK Dates
Sat 17 Mar                  Bristol                          Motion
Sun 18 Mar                 Birmingham                Institute 2
Tue 20 Mar                 Leeds                          Leeds University
Wed 21 Mar                Glasgow                      St Lukes
Fri 23 Mar                   Dublin                          The Academy
Sat 24 Mar                  Manchester                 Academy 2


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Deanna Petcoff - Terribly True

As far as debuts go, few come so fully formed as Deanna Petcoff's Terribly True. Full of swagger and grandeur pop brilliance, the Toronto based artist steps foot in to her solo space with maximum impact. Having worked on various projects throughout the years, 2018 seems like no better year than any to set off on her own path, her first offering depicting a tale of love and lust where the idea of romanticism is stronger than the love itself. Take a listen below.


Fenne Lily - On Hold

Written as a thank you note to the warmth of the world, Fenne Lily's latest single On Hold gets the DIY video treatment as we follow on around London as she partakes in small random acts of kindness. "‘On Hold’ was written as a  thank you for the warmth of the world when I was at my lowest and I wanted the video that accompanied it to be a raw representation of this gratitude" explains Lily. "Being nice is underrated. It makes me smile to watch, and dorky as it is, I feel this video communicates a joy that often goes untold." Take a watch below.

6th Apr - Cardiff - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
7th Apr - Southampton - Heartbreakers
9th Apr - Brighton - Hope & Ruin
10th Apr - London - Moth Club
11th Apr - Manchester - Soup Kitchen
12th Apr - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
13th Apr - Glasgow - Stereo
15th Apr - Dublin - The Sound House
16th Apr - Birmingham - The Cuban Embassy
17th Apr - Bristol - Thekla
19th Apr - Amsterdam - Paradiso
20th April - Rotterdam - Motel Mozaique
21st Apr - Nijmegen - Merleyn
22nd Apr - Utrecht - Tivoli (Club 9)
23rd Apr - Cologne - Studio 672
25th Apr - Hamburg - Nochtspeicher
26th Apr - Mainz - Capitol
27th Apr - Munich - Kranhalle
28th Apr - Magdeburg - Wohnzimmerkonzerte
29th Apr - Berlin - Privat Club
1st May - Gent - Nest
2nd May - Arlen - Les Aralunaires Festival
5th May - Leeds - The Wardrobe
15th Jun - Maifield Derby
19th Aug - Greenman Festival
7th Sept - Festival No. 6


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Loote - Your Side Of The Bed

NY duo Loote make some pretty damn catchy music. Their latest single Your Side Of The Bed was released last week and it's definitely their most infectious productions yet. With a scene saturated in melancholy break up songs, the pair bring a fresh take as they centre around the other side of a relationship break-down; the moving on. “We talk about things you’re not supposed to talk about or don’t necessarily know how to articulate,” says Jackson. “Music does that,” adds Emma. “It says what people can’t or don’t say.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Saltwater Sun - The Wire

Having spent the last 18 months holed up writing new music, Reading-based outfit Saltwater Sun return with their ascending new single, The Wire. Built around frontwoman Jen Stearnes’ merciless vocals, the track's pumping basslines and buyout guitar lines all neatly tie together to form a fresh effervescent sound that begs to be played again and again. The band are set to embark on their next chapter and if this is anything to go by, exciting times lay ahead. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
28 April - Are You Listening? Festival
18 May - The Great Escape

Saltwater Sun is Jen Stearnes (vocals), Joel Neale (guitar), Dan Kingham (guitar), Rob Carter (bass) and Ben Chandler (drums).
Photo credit: Rosie Mackay