Monday, 6 July 2015

Keyes - Poor Man's Paradise

The way a certain voice can leave you captivated through pure hedonism is something of true wonder. Taking me by surprise on her debut single Veins back in May, 18 year old Warwickshire based artist Keyes returns on fine form with her latest effort. Another disconsolate journey coruscated by a sparkling synth backdrop, what begins as a rather sparse piece quickly gathers pace as your thrown head first in to its emotive bliss, each layer drawing you further under its surface. Having already gathered 125,000 plays on Soundcloud from her debut alone, I think it's safe to say 2015 is already shaping up to be a stand out year for the young artist. I for one can't wait to hear more. Jump right in to 'Poor Man's Paradise' below.


The Japanese House Announces Debut UK Tour

If you've been anything like me over the last few months, attentively following the every move of The Japanese House, the brainchild of 19 year old Londoner Amber Bain, news of her debut UK tour will surely make you as excited as I am right now. Taking her enthralling dynamic minimalism and arresting melodies out on the road for the very first time the tour will kick off in Oxford on October 4th before accumulating at London's Barfly on October 15th. Full details are listed below along with a link to purchase tickets.

October 2015  
4 – Oxford – The Bullingdon
5 – Bristol – Louisiana
6 – Southampton – Joiners
7 – Brighton – Bleach
9 – Manchester – Fallow Cafe
10 – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy
11 – Leeds – Oporto
12 – Nottingham – Bodega
13 – Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
15 – London – Barfly

Tickets –

The Japanese House's debut EP, Pools To Bathe In is available now released through Dirty Hit.


Palace - Head Above The Water

It's heard to believe it's been almost a whole year since London based four-piece Palace emerged on to my radar. Having had a stellar few months they return to release their latest single Head Above The Water on September 7th, taken from their recently shared ‘Chase The Light’ EP, the single is set to coinciding with a full run of UK tour dates in the Autumn. Check it out below along with a list of their dates. You can pick up the EP from iTunes here:

19th July – Beatherder, Lancashire
24th July – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
1st August – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
23rd August – Greenman Festival, Beacon
10th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

8th October – Sounds and Visions Festival – Norwich
14th October – Oakford – Reading
15th October – Bullingdon – Oxford
16th October – The Rainbow – Birmingham
17th October – Bodega – Nottingham
20th October – Louisiana – Bristol
21st October – The Haunt – Brighton
22nd October – Scala – London
24th October – Beacons Metro – Headrow House – Leeds
26th October – Think Tank – Newcastle
27th October – Soup Kitchen – Manchester
28th October – Electric Circus – Edinburgh
29th October – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
7th November – Sŵn Festival – Cardiff


Thursday, 2 July 2015

New Motion - Guilty

Taking things back to their sprawling 80's roots, Hertfordshire's New Motion transport us back to a time to when bright neon lights and infinite amounts of hair lacquer was all the rage. Doused in nostalgic charm through their skittering percussion and sickly sweet synth line melodies, Guilty is another fine example of the quartet's pristine musicianship as they continue to blend era's together as if it was second nature. Take a listen below for yourselves - the forthcoming 'Kiss' EP will be released 17th July through Tidal Wave Recordings.

"Kiss" EP Track List   
1. Kiss  2. Come Alive  3. Guilty  4. Closer

Live Dates - September 2015 
23 Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds 2
24 Liverpool @ Studio 2
25 Manchester @ Sound Control
26 Leeds @ Brudenell Games Room
27 Glasgow @ King Tuts
29 London @ Barfly
30 Brighton @ Komedia Studio


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Kafka Tamura - Bones

I guess anyone would be well within their rights to question how such a chance encounter between Patrick Bongers and Gabriel Hauser with Southampton based songstress Emma Dawkins could become so perfect. Delivering a seamless correlation between their funk-tripping percussion and her elegant vocals, Bones is as welcoming of introductions as is needed to their hypnotic sounds. Taken from their forthcoming album 'Nothing To Everyone', it offers a wondrous insight in to what experimental journeys lay ahead, all channelled on their futuristic energising rhythms. "It’s almost like being human isn’t enough. We need more, life is fragile and we can’t come to terms with it" explains Emma. "The message in the chorus is that we’re sick of being bones, wrapped around bones, and I think that’s true. Bones can break, they are delicate. We want more than we need, and I think that’s the way it will always be".

'Nothing To Everyone' will be released on August 14th through 100% Records. Fans can Pre-Order the album here:


Paper Days - Kind Guidance

It looks like I've got myself some mighty fine catching up to do on Southern California's Paper Days, especially if their new single Kind Guidance is anything to go by. An insatiable blend of jangly guitars and infectious melody hooks, the band's unique tempo changes and never stationary sounds make for an excitable listen from the off. Beautifully uplifting and filled with an aspiring energy, Kind Guidance is about as perfect as they come for warm summer evenings like these. Be sure to lose yourself in its sprawling, explosive finale below.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Gallant - Weight In Gold

Continuing his soulful pop take-over, LA's Gallant is back with his sensationally smooth new single, Weight In Gold. With soaring choruses acting as his guiding light, the track readily picks up pace from its sensual backdrop of warming synth pads and slow percussive temperament. With an already stellar year, handpicked as Zane Lowe's ‘Future Exclusive’ on Apple's introductory Beats 1 radio show, it looks like there's no slowing down for the RnB wonderkid. Check it out below for yourselves.


Spector announce album 'Moth Boys' + UK 2015 tour

Following a string of brilliant return singles, teasing fans with news on their forthcoming second album, Spector have finally unveiled some more info regarding its release. Produced by the band with Dev Hynes, Duncan Mills and Adam Jaffrey, entitled 'Moth Boys' the record will mark a definitive advancement for the London four-piece as they've continued to show a hugely effective turning point for their sound. "We got very excited when we first saw André and Daniel's photo as it immediately evoked similar feelings to the music and words on the record - we're very honoured that they've let us use it" explained singer Fred Macpherson on the album artwork.

All physical copies of the album will include a new work by one of Fred's favourite poets Sam Riviere, inspired by the album's lyrics and themes. ‘Moth Boys’ will be available on CD, download, vinyl, and two deluxe formats:  + deluxe white vinyl with bonus 7" featuring two extra tracks  + deluxe digital version comes with a director's commentary.

Moth Boys’ will be released on August 21st with a run of live dates to coincide. Fans can sign up for the pre-sale here: (before Weds 9am) with tickets going on general sale Friday 9am.

October Live Dates
13 - Bristol, Thekla
14 - Birmingham, Library
15 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17 - Manchester, Gorilla
18 - Newcastle, Cluny
20 - Edinburgh, Electric Circus
21 - Glasgow, King Tut's
22 - Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
24 - Sheffield, Leadmill
25 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 - Brighton, Patterns
28 - Oxford, O2 Academy 2
29 - London, Heaven