Sunday, 19 September 2021

Margot Polo - Can You Hear Me?

Renown for his insatiably catchy melodies and polished sound, California-based artist Margot Polo returns with another fine slice of indie-pop in latest effort Can You Hear Me?. Speaking about the new single, he goes on to say "I know I'm not unique in feeling this, but 2020 was easily one of the most difficult years of my life. Getting to work out all of the words and music to this song, Can You Hear Me?, was such a wonderfully therapeutic and enjoyable experience. I didn't start doing yoga or learn how to bake sourdough bread, but I got to write, record, produce and mix a song that I'm really proud of and am very excited to share with you!". Built upon its driving percussion and energised guitars certainly comes another stellar effort as its catchy choruses and sprinkled synth-notes take a-hold. Jump right in for yourselves below. 


Friday, 17 September 2021

LARRY PINK THE HUMAN share debut collection ‘M1XTAPE’

Today sees eclectic duo LARRY THE PINK HUMAN share their debut collection entitled 'M1XTAPE' with leading single DO DON’T WILL WON’T. Speaking about the track the pair go on to say "This song is an embrace of our lack of control, Life happens and we are powerless to stop it." The duo – consisting of Laurie Vincent and Jolyon Thomas, make music unlike anything you've ever heard before and is in stark contract to Laurie's previous work in Slaves as electronic synth notes and experimental melodies come together in unified fashion. Take a listen for yourselves below along with a full list of tour dates.

Live Dates
14th Oct…Ramsgate…Music Hall
18th Oct…Brighton…Hope & Ruin (w/Willie J Healey) (Sold Out)
19th Oct…Southampton…The Loft (w/Willie J Healey) (Sold Out)
20th Oct…London…Lafayette (w/Willie J Healey) (Sold Out)
22nd Oct…London…The Lexington (Sold Out)

MARCH 2022
5th March Joiners, Southampton
6th March Patterns, Brighton
9th March Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
11th March YES, Manchester
12th March King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
13th March The Key Club, Leeds
16th March Oslo, London
17th March Forum, Tunbridge Wells


Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Fuzzy Sun - Morning Light

Photo Credit: Matthew Eachus (The Manc Photographer)

Fast rising Stockport four-piece Fuzzy Sun have today returned with their dazzling new single Morning Light. Taken from their new EP, ‘Since The Dog Died’ which will arrive in November, the track sees the outfit once more deliver an energising sound that blends silk smooth vocal harmonies and effervescent melodies. Having been a big fan of the band since their early days it's been great to watch their palette steadily develop over the years and this is some of their finest work to date. Speaking about the track they go on to say “It was the first tune we wrote out of this new bank of material, I suppose it's about feeling lost and at the same time losing a part of yourself whilst trying to figure a way out of your own mental labyrinth. I felt like I'd been trapped in a David Lynch scene and that’s what inspired the tune in the first place.” Sharing further insight in to the EP they continue, “Overall we wanted the EP to work as a continuous piece of music as the overriding narrative arc of each song are tied together. The EP explores themes of depression, longing, disillusionment, hope, and even the philosophical. Lyrically it’s a snapshot of the inside of Kyle's mind at a very specific point in time.” Take a listen to the latest cut Morning Light below.

December 2021 Live Dates: 
1st - Jacaranda, Liverpool 
2nd - Sidney and Matilda, Sheffield 
3rd - The Victoria, Birmingham 
4th - Komedia Studio, Brighton 
5th - Heartbreakers, Southampton 
7th - The Grace, London 
8th - The Louisiana, Bristol 
10th - Academy 2, Manchester

Matilda Cole - Camden

Brighton-based newcomer Matilda Cole has returned today with her stunning new effort, Camden. Written about the demise of her parent's relationship, a traumatic time for anyone to be dealing with, least of all without the added anxiety of the family home being sold, it's soft percussion and slow burning opening pave the way to an endearing coming of age single. "Camden is really just a song about my parents splitting up. a lot changed for me in a year, and watching their relationship deteriorate followed by selling the family home was harder for me to handle than i thought it would be. Camden really sets the tone for the ep, which is a collection of songs about the reality of growing up." Take a listen below.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Frances Baker - Bringing Me Down

As far as debut single's go, Frances Baker hits the nail on the head with her powerhouse pop effort as the newcomer channels darkened infectious melodies and crisp RnB textures to formulate something entirely new and fresh in Bringing Me Down. Frances says: “‘Bringing Me Down’ is the first song I recorded. Self-produced, I started it on Finale Score sequencing software, moved to GarageBand, and finished it in Ableton. This is when Sean (my friend and collaborator) started teaching me about producing, sampling and recording. This song is about leaving a toxic situation, doing what’s best for you. Dancing in mistakes.” Take a listen and get acquainted for yourselves below.

UK Tour Dates (Supporting Arlo Parks)
12 Sept - Village Underground - London
13 Sept - Village Underground - London
14 Sept - Hare and Hounds - Birmingham
16 Sept - Gorilla - Manchester
17 Sept - CHALK - Brighton


Toni Sancho - Survive!

Photo by Melissa Gardner

London via Trinidad based artist Toni Sancho delivers a heartfelt introduction to her music debuting new single Survive!, a track that depicts exiting an unhealthy situation illuminating its exit pathways. Speaking about the track, Toni says: “‘Survive!’ is about recognising when a situation isn’t good for you and having the wisdom to walk away. I started to understand that I had to let that love die so that I could keep going & that there is joy and hope in choosing yourself even when it feels so painful at first.” Take a listen for yourselves below. Survive!’ is out now on Spanish Prayers, an independent label helmed by Cigarettes After Sex.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Holly Humberstone - Scarlett (Official Video)

Having triumphed at Reading & Leeds and London's All Points East festival, Holly Humberstone returned this week with her stunning new single Scarlett. Having already set the precedent to nailing the pop-perfected blueprint, once more we see further evidence to her infectious melodies and intricate songwriting abilities. "This track is my absolute favourite," says Holly. "It’s a fuck you to the guy that was going out with my closest friend Scarlett and it was written as they were breaking up. The relationship was totally one sided and lasted for years. Scarlett was all in and had pretty much planned their future and it was pretty clear to me that he was stringing her along, until he broke up with her in a really insensitive and heartless way. I was her closest confidant and so I knew everything she was feeling, and I’d see how passive he was with her at parties first hand. She vented to me for probably about a year and so I went through all the stages of a break up with her and watched as she slowly realised her worth and that he wasn’t worth her tears any more. I wanted to write this one from her point of view. It’s a pretty positive song as it’s about her finally letting go, realising his many faults and taking back her life."

Continuing, "Sonically and lyrically, Scarlett breaks away from the rest of the EP and in so many ways it feels like such a release, It was really important to me that the music video felt really empowering and a reminder that you can shake off anything rubbish going on in your life and be in control of your own destiny. Obviously the song is about Scarlett so she had to be in the video - especially after being named an ‘emotional grim reaper’ lol. The two of us break into an airport hanger, steal and spray paint an arctic truck, then I perform on the back of it as Scar drives it down the runway. It was honestly the most fun". Take a listen for yourselves below. Scarlett is taken from her forthcoming The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ EP.


Sam Fender Shares New Single, 'Get You Down'

Following on from his angsty call to arms single Aye shared last month, Sam Fender returns with his latest effort, Get You Down, the third single to be taken from his forthcoming second album, Seventeen Going Under, due out 8th October. Fans lucky enough to catch Sam live on recent dates will already recognise the track as it's quickly becoming a favourite amongst the crowd with its aspirant guitars and effervescent energy. "The whole record is about growing up and the self-esteem issues that you carry into your adult life, this song in particular is about how insecurity has affected my relationships. Definitely one of the more personal ones" explains Fender on its conception. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Sam Fender Live:
10 September – TRNSMT, Glasgow (festival show)
13 September – De Montford Hall, Leicester SOLD OUT
15 September – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
16 September – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
18 September – Isle of Wight Festival
19 September – This Is Tomorrow Festival, Newcastle
25 September – O2 Academy, Brixton SOLD OUT
18 November – Newcastle Arena SOLD OUT
20 November – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
21 November – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
24 November – Leeds Arena SOLD OUT
25 November – Cardiff Arena SOLD OUT