Thursday, 24 July 2014

How To Dress Well | Let U Know

Following on from his thrilling three-piece film extravaganza, How To Dress Well returns with a chilling yet  heart-rending new single (not featured on his new album) entitled Let U Know. Stripped back to its bare minimalistic state the track floats on a kind of remorseful solitude but dig beneath the sadness and you'll find true beauty within, his delicate autotuned vocals gracing the solemn piano led crooner before blossoming amongst its string section. Take a listen above. 'What Is This Heart?', the new album from How To Dress Well is available to buy now. Check out a quote from Tom Krell below detailing his thoughts on the track.
"in singing 'Let U Know,' I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning -- I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn't find a place for it on the album proper. When I made this song, singing over a song originally by one of my best friends ("Let U Know" is a partial cover of a song by Krell's friend oFF Love), a lot of what I'd developed on "WITH?" just came clear to me -- these questions, these relationships with the past and the future, all this love..."


Polarsets | Madrid

First springing on to my radar back in '11 with their infectious Indie-Pop jam 'Just Don't Open Your Eyes Yet', Newcastle's Polarsets make a triumphant return with their latest single, Madrid. Having disappeared for a while it was easy to assume another fine tallent had been lost to the world, yet it would seem they were just hard at work refining their skills in order to present their debut album 'Parasols' set for release on September 21st. Madrid marks the first taste of what's to come and sees the Whitley Bay quartet step up the pace as their resplendent guitars skitter over the track's skippy percussion and high energy basslines. There's a definitive rise in maturity here as they build on their previous successes and look set to excel once more, this showing more than enough evidence. Take a listen above. 


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Years & Years | Breathe

With the release of their brand new 'Take Shelter' EP edging ever closer, Years & Years return with a delightful cover of Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul's early '00s club classic, Breathe. Fans of the original will be more than satisfied here as lead singer Olly Alexander's slinky vocal talents bounce around the modernisation of its bubbling basslines and percussion in gorgeous style. The stream follows on from the band recently announcing the supporting of Sam Smith on his Autumn UK tour, another giant stride of greatness for the London trio as they continue to build on their fervorous success. Take a listen to Breath above. Years & Years will release ‘Take Shelter’ on August 17th through Polydor Records which you can Pre-Order here.

Live Dates
27/07/14 – Secret Garden Party
09/08/14 – Beacons Festival
23/08/14 – Nowa Nuzyka, Katowice, Poland
30/10/14 - Albert Hall, Manchester *
03/11/14 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge *
04/11/14 - Colston Hall, Bristol *
06/11/14 - Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London *
16/11/14 - Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany *
17/11/14 - Docks, Hamburg, Germany *
18/11/14 - Astra, Berlin, Germany *
20/11/14 - Bataclan, Paris, France *
28/11/14 - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands *
29/11/14 - AB, Brussels, Belgium *

* w/ Sam Smith


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Osca | Blood

Having eagerly anticipated the stream of their new single since catching them live at their recent Hyde Park BST gig, Blood serves as perfect introduction to Osca's refined undying talents. Built on a resplendent echoing of sentiment, the New Cross four-piece have been hard at working crafting their sound with producer Mikko Gordon (Femme, Atoms For Peace, The Invisible) and this precisely goes to show just what can be achieved as each layer unravels in the most gorgeous of ways. Described by frontman Jack Kenworthy "about feeling in limbo and holding-on in hope of reassurance" his crystalline vocals slice through each lament expression with the deepest of feelings, his cries brought down to earth as the low rumbling percussion builds from beneath. As its slow burning timbre soaks through in to a more wholesome sound, affectionate and ever so raw, it's blossoming nature makes for a definitive mood changer. With this just the start of what's to come, I think it's safe to say, Osca are on to something truly special here. 


Banks | Begging For Thread


Monday, 21 July 2014

Video: Dry The River | Everlasting Light

Through the unmistakable chime of their guitars, surrounded by Peter Liddle's smoky Southern accent, Dry The River return stepping up their forthcoming album's campaign as they share a brand new video to their latest single, Everlasting Light. Following on from Gethsemane shared last month the London quartet get all fight club on us as they prepare to take on a bunch of female black belt holders (with little success). As for the track, it follows suit with the same Dry The River we've all grown to love, but with a grittier edge and swanky lyricism refined to the highest degree, it's safe to say their back bigger than ever before. Teasing with a never quite fully developed break, Everlasting Light slinks and sways through piercing guitars and hearty basslines in the most gorgeous of ways, all built upon the foundations of its percussive drives, forged with the kind of folky rasps that defined their roots. Take a listen above for yourselves. The forthcoming second album 'Alarms in the Heart' is set for release through Transgressive Records on August 25th.

1. Alarms in the Heart 2. Hidden Hand 3. Roman Candle 4. Med School 5. It Was Love That Laid Us Low 
6. Gethsemane 7. Everlasting Light 8. Rollerskate 9. Vessel 10. Hope Diamond [11. Husk – secret song]

The band will play a number of UK dates this Autumn. You can see the full list below:

Live Dates
October 02 - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms 
October 03 - Cambridge, Junction 
October 04 - Manchester, Academy 2 
October 05 - York, Fibbers 
October 07 - Hull, Welly 
October 08 - Glasgow, Oran Mor 
October 09 - Newcastle, Northumbria University 
October 10 - Birmingham, Institute 
October 11 - Oxford, Academy 
October 14 - Cardiff, Globe 
October 15 - Leeds, Cockpit 
October 16 - London, The Forum


Video: Nothing But Thieves | Last Orders

To coincide with the release of their debut EP today through RCA Victor, Nothing But Thieves return sharing a brand new video and single in celebration. More solemn and dignified than their previous effort Graveyard Whistling, with its swelling lofty harmonies, Last Orders serves to be an atramental step forward for the band as the Southend quintet blend their smokey tones with polished guitars and sophisticated melodies to devastating effect. Check out the track/video above. You can pick up the EP now from iTunes here.

Live Dates
22 July - Barfly, London
23 July - Cavern, Exeter
24 July - Unit, Southampton
25 July - Chinnerys, Southend
26 July - Frog Bar, Brighton
27 July - The Yard Bird, Birmingham
28 July - Scholar Bar, Leicester
29 July - Cockpit, Leeds
30 Jly - Duchess, York
31 July - Broadcast, Glasgow
1 August - Adelphi, Hull


Fractures | Won't Win (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)

With both artists making grandeur waves in their own own right, Fractures teams up with fellow Melbourne producer Japanese Wallpaper to produce something of ethereal quality. Transforming the already woozy and down-tempo recording in to something even more fragile and delicate the 17 year old producer makes wonderful use of Mark Zito's airy vocals as twinkling synth notes rain down over the track's melodic percussion and reverberated backing vox. Stripping away the originals rousing synths and thunderous backdrop Won't Win gets a dreamy overhaul adding even more fuel to the fire for both acts who're already making lasting impressions on the already impressive Australian scene. Take a listen above.