Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Magique - Unexpected Friends

Anyone who's been lucky enough to catch Fickle Friends or Geowulf on tour the past few months may have already become quite acquainted with the sounds of Oxford via Leicester-based artist Magique. For the rest of us, his latest single Unexpected Friends has just aired and showcases the refined talent he channels in to his production. In both equal parts atmospheric and mystifying in quality, the track elegantly builds in to a euphoric crescendo of electronic elements and swirling synth pad textures. "Unexpected Friends is about the whole cycle of friendships and how they end up overlapping and morphing into something quite beautiful” - explains Magique. "It’s easy to take your circles for granted and how these people came to be around you, so I just wanted to write a love letter to the people that stick by me.” Take a listen for yourselves below. With the promise of an EP on the way 2018 already looks to be an exciting prospect!

Live Dates
5th May - Live At Leeds Festival
6th May - Handmade Festival 
20th July - Truck Festival 


Chad Valley - See-Through

'See-Through' is the second single from Chad Valley's new album, Imaginary Music, out on Cascine (Worldwide) May 25th 2018, Paper Bag (Canada), and Rallye (Japan). Listen below.


Monday, 16 April 2018

SuperParka - skip

Having already been released in France to widely received praise, Paris-based duo SuperParka cross the channel to unveil their debut UK single, Skip. Take a listen below to the track for yourself and get lost in its trippy accompanying video. The pair are confirmed for The Great Escape (Friday 18th May) and are headlining London's Birthdays (Sunday 20th May).


Emma McGrath - Silent Minds

Following on from last month's single, Butterfly, pop wunderkind Emma McGrath returned on Friday with the title song from her brand new EP 'Silent Minds', released on the same day. With a sound we've come to expect, powerhouse pop in its finest form, it's no surprise to hear the same formula followed throughout. Take a listen below as once more we're treated to her euphoric choruses and hair raising production as the track wastes no time throwing you in to its rumbling percussive mix. There's a list of upcoming tour dates beneath. Stream the EP here.

Live Dates
Fri 4 May - Rough Trade West In-Store, London
Sat 5 May - Live At Leeds
Sun 6 May - Hit The North
Sun 3 June - Communion Records showcase, London


Friday, 13 April 2018

Jackson Penn - Babylon

Having wrote for co-written songs for Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne and Kanye West amongst others, LA newcomer Jackson Penn today unveils his second single, Babylon. Take a listen to the buoyant yet emotional number below for yourselves.


Mavi Phoenix - Yellow

Austrian pop is never something I've really ever thought about until Mavi Phoenix crossed my path. Whilst Sweden gets all the credit, travel a little more central in Europe and there's a whole world of unearthed talent just waiting to be heard. DIY wunderkind Mavi Phoenix serves that exact field, her unique left-field take on it breathes life in to a saturated scene of repetition; Her latest single Yellow sharing an optimistic outlook with its infectiously preened-pop melodies and synthesised vocal samples. "YELLOW has a mellow production, representing not happy times, but I want to give people warmth and brightness to feel good in bittersweet moments - kind like a sun. Things can go wrong but the light will come back. Pain is not forever". Listen below.


Ben Khan - 2000 Angels

Ben Khan returns to make waves once more as he unveils his stunning new single, 2000 Angels. Having disappeared rather prematurely before his UK tour a year or so back, cancelling all dates to work on his debut album, 2000 Angels is the first taste of what's to come from the highly anticipated record due this summer through Dirty Hit. With a continuing theme of numbers, his two previous EP’s ‘1992’ and ‘1000’ both containing numerics, it's not the only familiarity he picks up opening the doors to another kaleidoscopic synthesised dream-world. His euphoric blend of personified pop breathes life once more. Take a listen for yourselves below. The new single comes in line with his brand new website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.

Photo credit: Derrick Santini

Thursday, 12 April 2018

ViVii - Siv (You And I)

If there was dominant nation of artist's here on the site, Sweden wins hands down. Their insatiable pop desire is one that many try to match yet fall short at the mark. Latest exports ViVii last month shared their debut single to the world and now return with an official video. The clip below is pieced together with shots from the pair's youth set to their scintillating soundtrack. Siv (You And I) is the first track to be taken from their debut EP '‘Savant'’ which will be released in late May. Take a listen for yourselves below.