Sunday, 9 August 2020

Jolé - Alpine Green

Following the introduction of his self-titled debut album last year, London-based singer songwriter Jolé has recently returned sharing the first new work from his upcoming EP 'Silver Lake', due out August 21st. Written about the crushing feeling of homesickness, something that's ironically often been overlooked throughout lockdown where families have been unable to visit loved-ones or travel home, its softly played nuances and hushed tones bring a serenity line none other amidst the madness going on outside. "I wrote this song whilst being really home sick" explains Jolé, "The narrative is about experiencing something beautiful or uplifting that you wish you could share with someone that can’t be there. It’s about feeling grateful in the moment but wanting someone you love to experience it with you also. However, in not being with that person, holding them in your thoughts or in your memory can sometimes be good enough." Take a listen for yourselves below.


Matt Ryder - Not The Same (Official Video)

Birmingham-based producer, songwriter and vocalist Matt Ryder recently returned sharing his latest single, Not The Same. A track built from the observations of how the dating scene has become unrecognisable in recent years, Ryder delivers a poignant effort encased in echoing synths, glittered melodies and prominent lyrics. “I felt like I was constantly overthinking everything I was doing and saying, even the thoughts I had I would overthink,” Matt explains. Channelling this frustration into his writing he adds that “it was encouraged by the teenage society I was involved with. You can never really have a private life when you're young.” Take a watch of the official clip below.

Photo Credit - Milly Cope

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Declan McKenna - Be An Astronaut

Returning with his extravagant new single, Be An Astronaut, Declan McKenna gives us another indulgent taste of what's to come from his debut album 'Zeros', now released on September 4th 2020 through Columbia Records. Taking us on a journey through a piano-led ballad that soars to Bowie and Freddie Mercury heights, it adds another fruitful string to his bow as we see dazzling guitars and euphoric vocals come together in heated company. Be An Astronaut follows on from his recent single Daniel, You’re Still A Child. Take a listen for yourselves below along with a full run down of upcoming tour dates next year.

Declan will head out across the UK and Europe from March 2021 in support of the record, Tickets hit pre-sale on Wednesday 15th July @ 9:00am BST, and on general sale from Friday 17th July @ 9:00am BST from Declan’s website –

Declan McKenna Live:
19th March – O2 Academy, Sheffield NEW DATE
20th March – O2 Academy, Liverpool NEW DATE
22nd March – O2 Academy, Oxford NEW DATE
23rd March – O2 Academy, Bournemouth NEW DATE
24th March – O2 Academy, Leicester NEW DATE
26th March – The Nick Rayns LCR UEA, Norwich VENUE UPGRADE
27th March – The Junction, Cambridge SOLD OUT
28th March – O2 Academy, Bristol SOLD OUT
30th March – University Great Hall, Cardiff VENUE UPGRADE
1st April – O2 Academy Brixton, London
2nd April – O2 Academy Brixton, London NEW DATE
3rd April – O2 Academy, Birmingham
5th April – Rock City, Nottingham
6th April – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
8th April – O2 Academy, Leeds
9th April – Albert Hall, Manchester SOLD OUT
10th April – Albert Hall, Manchester SOLD OUT
12th April – SWG3 The Galvanizers, Glasgow SOLD OUT
13th April – SWG3 The Galvanizers, Glasgow SOLD OUT
15th April – Olympia Theatre, Dublin SOLD OUT
16th April – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
23rd April – Le Stereolux, Nantes
24th April – Le Trabendo, Paris
26th April – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
27th April – Trix, Antwerp
29th April – Melkweg – MAX, Amsterdam
30th April – Maassilo, Rotterdam
1st May – Heimathafen Neukolln, Berlin
3rd May – The Roxy, Prague
4th May – Proxima, Warsaw
6th May – Mojo, Hamburg
7th May – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne

Sea Girls - Forever

Ahead of the band's forthcoming debut album 'Open Up Your Head', out August 14th on Polydor, Sea Girls have this week returned with their brand new single Forever. Having long demonstrated their innate ability in crafting ingenious pop, the band take on new heights through euphoric choruses, pummelling percussion and piercingly sharp guitars. Produced by Larry Hibbert in London and written by guitarist Rory Young, ‘Forever’ showcases everything they're capable of and more. Speaking of the track lead singer Henry said, “Playing ‘Forever feels incredible. It kinda carries you and feels super important and I love singing that last line – ‘I'm never gonna live forever and I don't want to!'. He continues; “One of the first times we played it was in Manchester, and I remember singing the chorus standing on a speaker stack just thinking in that moment: we’re in the best band in the world. It’s pretty cool when a song makes you feel like that”. Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Photo credit: Danny North
Headline Dates

Mon 2nd      GLASGOW, Barrowlands                 SOLD OUT
Thu 5th      BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute             SOLD OUT
Fri 6th      LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton      SOLD OUT
Sat 7th      MANCHESTER, Academy 1           SOLD OUT
UK Album Launch Shows
November 2020

Thu 12th     Action Records, Preston Blitz Club
Fri 13th     Crash Records, Leeds Wardrobe      
Sat 14th     Bear Tree Records, Sheffield Foundary
Tues 17th    Assai Records, Dundee Fat Sounds
Wed 18th     Assai Records, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Fri 20th     Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
Sat 21st     Rough Trade, Nottingham Metronome
Sun 22nd     Rough Trade, Bristol Fleece
Tues 24th    Vinilo, Southampton Engine Rooms
Wed 25th     Resident, Brighton Chalk
Thu 26th     Banquet, Kinsgton (Banquet Pryzm)

January 2021

Thu 28th     BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
Fri 29th     NEWCASTLE, Riverside
Sat 30th     CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun 31st     MANCHESTER, Gorilla
Pre-Order the album HERE


Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Be No Rain - Media Luna

Last week saw London-based artist Be No Rain announce the release of his debut album, Strawberry Backstory, out September 18th via One Two Many Records. Coinciding with the news he unveiled the latest single to be taken from its release, Media Luna - a synth looping melodrama filled with nostalgic twists and turns. Speaking a little more on the track, Be No Rain said: As the song developed it became more of a generalised study of dread, that kind of non-contingent fear that lives in the realm of dreams. Or even the dread that arises at 6am, stumbling, cold onto an unfamiliar street, blinking in the dawn as a chemical shroud lifts and every passing thought feels altogether too tragic and terrible to comprehend. Nonetheless, what’s left resounding at the end of the song is a sense of hope. Dread is transient and so are we; with or without our misdeeds the world will keep spinning.” Take a listen below as the official video is pieced together from purchasing 50 home made videos online of people's fonder memories. Ingenious in times like today where we're experiencing so little. It's reflection at its best.


All We Are - Heart of Mine

Having long been purveyors of pop perfected greatness, Liverpool alt-trio All We Are return with their latest single Heart of Mine. Taken from the band's upcoming third studio album 'Providence', out next week via Domino imprint Double Six, the track provides a glittering insight to what lays ahead through infectious hooks and dazzling melodies. All We Are say of the track: “Heart of Mine is one of our most honest and candid love songs. It’s about loss and not being afraid of showing your fragile side - and the freedom that comes from expressing those feelings”. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Upcoming live dates
17th February 2021 – The Sound House, Dublin
18th February 2021 – Night & Day, Manchester
19th February 2021 – Bodega, Nottingham
20th February 2021 – Lending Room, Leeds – rescheduled date
21st February 2021 – Think Tank, Newcastle
23rd February 2021 – The Louisana, Bristol
24th February 2021 – Colours Hoxton, London – rescheduled date
25th February 2021 – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
26th February 2021 – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool – rescheduled date 

Photo credit: Rebecca Hawley

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Keep Dancing Inc - Silent & Satisfied

Unveiling their fourth single of the year, Parisian trio Keep Dancing Inc return with their buoyant new effort Silent & Satisfied. Switching guitars for synths, the three-piece deliver an arpeggiated onslaught of pulsating melodies and dazzling new wave sounds. "Louis wrote this song after spending a perfect afternoon on the lake with some friends and we were so in love with his first demo that we didn’t change much to it. In the end it’s really a song about enjoying the simple pleasures of life and seizing the moment. Hope you’ll vibe to it." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo: Ella Herme

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Norma Jean Martine - Basketball

Drawing inspiration from an illusive pop-perfected blueprint, Norma Jean Martine returns with her empowering new single Basketball. The self-validating effort tackles the personal topic of love and questions if it's okay to be alone. Speaking more on the track Norma shared: "Writing this song was sort of therapy for me to work out if the first boyfriend was a rebound boy, or if the new one was. I was trying to work out why I needed to be with someone constantly, and why I was so afraid to be alone.I was a person that thrived off of outside validation. I wasn’t comfortable with myself, and I didn’t love myself in a genuine, authentic way, so I needed continuous approval; as a singer, a songwriter, a woman, and a person. By never being alone, I never gave myself time to process the shifts in my life. I was numbing the pain with distraction and trying to fix other people so I didn’t have to fix myself. I didn’t have space to be me, I was afraid to sit with my shit and take responsibility for my life." Take a listen for yourselves below.