Thursday, 21 September 2017

BANNERS - Firefly

If you ask me, pop gets a bad name. The genre instinctively refers to the bland and generic music that's heard on daytime radio, yet beneath this is a whole world of immensely powerful talent just waiting to be heard. Artist's like BANNERS who have been steadily rising the ranks with a continual stream of hits showcase this in infinite detail. Here the Liverpool-born artist returns with his latest single Firefly as we're treated once more to another adrenalin-fuelled pop hit smash. “Firefly is about meeting someone who makes you feel brand new, like you can be anything" he explains. "The feeling that any distance between you is too far and that nothing and nobody else in the world really matters". If all pop music was this good I'd listen to the radio a significant amount more. Take a listen for yourselves below. “Firefly”, along with current single “Someone To You”, are the preludes to BANNERS’ upcoming second EP released through Island later this Fall.


Ysgol Sul - Elsewhere

While being able to translate their name without the need for Google's assistance would be a triumph for most, having lived in Wales my whole life, it's rather quite shameful that Sunday School is the extent of my Welsh language knowledge, bar a few choice phrases. Nevertheless, West-Wales three-piece are set to release an EP of English-spoken songs for folk like me and have revealed the first taste of what's to come with their new single Elsewhere. With an already cult-like following in the Welsh language scene, Ysgol Sul's crossover looks set to be seamless as they transpose a mutual love of the 90s underground with grungy basslines and despondent vocalism. Take a listen for yourselves below. The new EP will be released Sept 30th.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

RYD - Work It Out

In the same way Vancouver Sleep Clinic's ethereally haunting vocals took a hold with their reassuring and arresting grip, newcomer RYD looks set to achieve all similar comparisons as his new single Work It Out is unveiled. Take a listen to the track's floating melodies and crystalline production as it comes to life in the most wondrous of ways, slowly crescendoing towards its chiming finale. Work It Out follows the release of debut single Alter and is the first track from his upcoming EP released through 37 Adventures.


RY X - Bad Love

Photo Credit: We Are The Rhoads

Returning with his first new music since the release of his debut album 'Dawn' back in 2016, Ry X unveils the minimalistic Bad Love. Subdued in synth pad textures and his symbolic haunting vocals, the Australian based artist shares the incredibly shot new video to coincide directed by Irrum. Check it out for yourselves above.


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.