Monday, 12 November 2018

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Gratitude

Over the weekend Benjamin Francis Leftwich unveiled the video to his latest single Gratitude, which today ties in nicely with plans for a full UK and Ireland tour next Spring throughout March and April. The new single is the first material to surface from Leftwich's third album, which will be released early next year via Dirty Hit. Take a watch to the cinematic video below along with the poster for his upcoming dates.

21 - Button Factory - Dublin
22 - Cyprus Avenue - Cork
24 - Empire Music Hall - Belfast
25 - St Luke’s - Glasgow
26 - The Caves - Edinburgh
27 - Wylam Brewery - Newcastle
29 - York Minster - York
30 - Gorilla - Manchester
31 - Leaf - Liverpool

2 - Junction 2 - Cambridge
3 - Open - Norwich
4 - Assembly - Leamington
6 – Cavern - Exeter
7 - Thekla - Bristol
8 - The Globe - Cardiff
10 - Church of St John the Evangelist - Oxford
11 - Union Chapel – London
12 - St Paul’s Arts Centre - Worthing


Gaspar Narby - Words Of July (feat. LEES)

London-based Swiss producer Gaspar Narby returns with his kaleidoscopic new single Words Of July featuring the delightful vocal talents of British songwriter LEES. The track's accompanying video shot by Theo Le Sourd in New York, entirely on 16mm film beautifully compliments the track's warm hues and abstracted patterns. Take a watch/listen for yourselves below. Gaspar Narby's five-track debut EP, 'A Stare Makes Two', is set to be released on December 14th 2018 through independent label Nourish.


Jane's Party - Wait For You

When you go through any big life event, the comedown can often be a scary and daunting process to come to terms with. The readjusting and realisation that something great has come to an end often leaves many with a feeling of uneasiness. Using this time to your advantage is critical and something Jane's Party have mastered as they channelled their post-tour blues in to something of inspiration. "Wait For You" was written in the months following Jane’s Party’s return from opening Tom Odell’s European tour and comes at a pivotal point for the band. Take a listen for yourselves below with the streaming lyric video.


Thursday, 8 November 2018

aiwake - Palm City

Back with an ethereally charged soundscape, Toronto-based duo aiwake return with their latest single, Palm City. A track of two halves. From splintered disconsolate soul to an uplifting side through searing vocals, the pair unveil an RnB-tinge to their mix making this their most immersive experience yet. Explained in their press release "Palm City is an introspective look at the chaotic downtown modern dating scene. The rushing, burning and evolving synth work is driven by an off kilter bounce made as a moving backdrop for the metaphoric lyrics and ambient vocal. The song is an exploration into the peaks and valleys of having short intense relationships, while feeling lonely in a crowd". Jump in to its multi-layered catharsis below.


Emilie Kahn - Island (Official Video)

Returning with news of her second album entitled 'Outro', Emilie Kahn unveils the sparkling first cut, Island. Dropping the moniker she was formerly known as (Emilie & Ogden), the songwriter and instrumentalist stand free from hidden agendas as she reveals her innermost thoughts and feelings. "I think as women we are often made to feel like we should be in competition with each other, something I’ve always felt in the music industry; I wrote ‘Island’ about that feeling of isolation that comes with worrying that you may never be special enough", explains Kahn, "Marie-Soleil Denault - the video’s director - and I decided to subvert that narrative and portray a vision of women finding refuge in solidarity instead." Take a watch for yourselves below. 'Outro' will be available released Feb 22nd 2019 via Secret City Records.


Alfie Templeman- Like An Animal (Official Video)

Photo credit: Dan Kendall

Today sees the release of Alfie Templeman's brand new video to his latest single Like An Animal. Directed by The Marshall Darlings and filmed in Templeman’s picturesque hometown of Carlton, the film sees the 15 year old multi-instrumentalist roam around his surroundings dressed up in a lion's costume. Explaining the idea behind the video, Templeman said: “We wanted to capture the energy of ‘Like an Animal’ in a very upbeat, energetic video. I wanted to film in my hometown because it gives an insight to my surroundings and influences as well. It’s pretty funny having a lion running around a tiny little village singing indie music. Lions are cool and so is this song; two birds with one stone!”. Take a watch for yourselves below.

Alfie Templeman - Like An Animal EP is available now on Chess Club Records.


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Balcony - Parking Lots

South London's Balcony make effervescent pop music for the youthful heart. Returning with their latest single Parking Lots, the four-piece outfit explore an array of electronic influence as pulsating melodies duck and weave their way through its meandering landscape. The band have recently been uploading music to their own label, Entourage and this is the latest to surface. Take a listen for yourselves below. Previous cuts can be found on their Spotify page.

Balcony are: Jamie Ward, Jack Bennett, David Royce & Johno Donnachie


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Kidsmoke - Rising Sun

Welsh outfit Kidsmoke return with their most refined effort to date as they unveil the glorious Rising Sun. Marking a new chapter in their career, the four-piece enlist the talents of Bill Ryder-Jones and Russ Hayes at the production helm as they embark on the exciting journey towards the release of their debut album slated for next year. Rising Sun offers everything you'd expect to be influenced from its namesake from exhilarating guitars to smooth-textured harmonies, there's no stone left unturned. "The first two lines I wrote for Rising Sun were ‘I don’t want to follow’ and ‘I feel your love" explains singer Lance Williams, "I wanted the song to be centred around those lyrics, so I started thinking about how they could be linked somehow. The song ended up being about pushing against what other people expect of you, even if that pressure is coming from the people you are closest to". Listen for yourselves below.

Kidsmoke are: Lance Williams (vocals/guitar), James Stickels (bass/vocals), Sophie Ballamy (guitar/vocals) and Ash Turner (drums).