Friday, 6 March 2015
It's safe to say this year's already been pretty huge for new and emerging electronic artists, and it looks like it's showing no signs of slowing down just yet. Latest to join the ranks is Toronto based trio For Esmé debuting quite possibly one of my favourite new tracks so far. Showcasing their emotively ornamented vision in grandiose style, Just Yet brings together an expansive backdrop of glimmering arpeggiated synths and gleaming vocals of galactic proportions. Take a listen to the infectious little number above for yourselves. Really can't wait to hear more!
You wouldn't be wrong to think love ballads are a pretty cliche thing in the music world. Done right though and they can be wondrous works of art. Case in point being Tobias Jesso Jr. and his soulful new single Without You. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Usher, Cass McCombs) and featuring Danielle Haim (of HAIM) on drums check out the gorgeously resplendent piano number above with some pretty heartfelt lyrics to match. Without You is the second single from Tobias' forthcoming debut album 'Goon' due for release March 16 through True Panther Sounds.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Following on from his debut single, In The Dark, London-via-Cornwall based artist Matt Woods returns with another blissful offering in his latest effort, Impression. With continuing themes of love and loss, Woods divulges even more beauty in his work as his striking vocal tonalities cling to the track's solemn backdrop of scattered percussion and sparse melodies. “This track reminisces about an ex-lover." explain Matt, continuing " It's probably the first time I admitted to myself how much of an impact she made". I'm sure we can all relate. Take a listen above for yourselves.
2015 almost certainly feels like the year for collaborative artists to break away from their behind the scene roles and make a name for themselves as solo musicians. Latest in line is Felix Snow who has already worked with the likes of TDE's SZA to Jess Glynne, and now looks set to create his own limelight with new single Waiting On Your Love. Released on his own imprint EFFESS Records, the weekend most definitely starts here as dance-floor ready production comes alight amongst Snow's gleaming RnB tinged vocals. Take a listen above.
Taking to the green screen for his latest visual instalment, Only Real returns with a rather trippy clip to his single Can't Get Happy. Watch on as his mind opens up to a whole new world filled with all sorts of animated characters that attempt to bring some joy to Niall Galvin's sullen state. Check it out above. Can't Get Happy is taken from Only Real's forthcoming debut album 'Jerk At The End Of The Line', set for release on March 30th through Virgin EMI. The single is available as an immediate download when pre-ordering the album here.
18.04 L'Ere de Rien Festival, Reze (nr Nantes), France
20.04 Le Grand Mix, Lille, France,
21.04 Badaboum, Paris, France
22.04 La Lune des Pirate, Amiens, France
25.04 Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
26.04 Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
28.04 Waterfront Studio, Norwich, UK
29.04 Jericho, Oxford, UK
30.04 100 Club, London, UK
02.05 Oakford Social Club, Reading, UK
03.05 Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
04.05 Wardrobe, Leeds, UK
06.05 The Hope, Brighton, UK
07.05 Louisiana, Bristol, UK
08.05 Joiners, Southampton, UK
09.05 The Rainbow, Birmingham, UK
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Premiering as Zane Lowe's Next Hype on this evening's show, Saint Raymond returns with his joyous new single Come Back To You. Marking quite possibly his best effort yet, it would seem Callum Burrows has really stepped up his songwriting and production levels raising the bar to incredible heights. With each release continually showcasing a shimmering blend of receptive summer-infused sounds, Come Back To You sees illuminating guitars once more alight the tracks heavy dance-pop vibe to gorgeous effect. Take a listen above for yourselves. Come Back To You will be released April 12th - You can pre-order the new single here: smarturl.it/comebacktoyou
Saint Raymond will be headlining Dot to Dot festival this May.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
CRUISR are the very reason why no matter how crowded my inbox gets, I never do a mass delete, always making sure I listen to every single thing I'm sent. Having last featured the Philly based four-piece back in September with their jangly sun-kissed single All Over, the band return with their latest effort, Go For It. With their innate skills for crafting some of the most irresistible melodies and infectious rhythms I've heard in recent times, CRUISR really seem to have found their niche and by all means they're going to capitalise on this shimmering scintillating sound. Check it out above - be warned though, it's seriously damn catchy!
It's most certainly a day for debut singles on the blog today. And latest up is the energetic Different from Mullingar, Co.Wesmeath residents The Academic. Bold and enthusiastically brilliant, the band's coherent songwriting and playing abilities is a testament to most certainly stand by as their anthemic stadium-ready sound delivers an infectious first taste of their forthcoming EP. Having already opened for acts such as The Pixies, Little Green Cars and Kodaline alongside a national tour with Delorentos, it's safe to say this is just the start of many great things to come for the Irish four-piece. A masterclass in soaring guitars and driving percussion, take a listen to Different above.
The Academic are: Craig Fitzgerald (lead vocals/guitar,) Dean Gavin (Drums) and brothers Stephen (Bass) and Matt Murtagh (Lead guitar).