Sunday, 1 August 2021

emie nathan - roses

Newcomer emie nathan returned ahead of the weekend with her accompanying video to latest single roses. Pieced together with self-shot clips the video encapsulates the track's message of looking back on life's moments with rose-tinted glasses. Speaking about the single in more detail emie explains “The chorus describes how easy it is to look back on a moment in time with rose-tinted glasses, imagining everything better than it was in reality.  This song narrates how I see it for exactly what it was, the good with the bad and the sweetness that lies in both. The verses unpick my craving for a real and continued experience,  knowing that while it remains completely impossible - re-entering a more ‘normal’ way of life feels threatening without my people nearby to stick with and lean on.roses follows on from recent single's noman and upstream. Listen for yourselves below.


Thursday, 29 July 2021

James Blake - Say What You Will (Official Video)

Last week saw singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake announce his fifth studio album, Friends That Break Your Heart, due out 10th September 2021, via Polydor Records. Coinciding with the news he shares the record's first single Say What You Will, a stunning emotively hinged beauty that's doused in the finesse and mastery we've come to expect from Blake. Of the single, James says, “The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy.” Take a watch for yourselves below that's directed by Bear Damen and features a guest appearance from Finneas.

Art Credit: Miles Johnston

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Wunderhorse - Teal

Taking a sidestep from his last project, Dead Pretties, where he fronted the hyped London band before they all but silently dissipated, Jacob Slater returns with his new solo project Wunderhorse. Available now through Yala! Records, Teal makes it's very welcomed intro through nostalgic guitar chords and his visceral vocal delivery, all before anguish and romanticism out-pour through its infectious energy. Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Photo credit: Kiefer Nyron Taylor


Friday, 23 July 2021

Nothing But Thieves share new 5-track EP 'Moral Panic II'

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have returned in readily fashion sharing their new 5-track EP 'Moral Panic II' via RCA Records/Sony Music. Following-up their #3 acclaimed third album Moral Panic released last year, the extended player features recent singles Futureproof and new single Miracle, Baby, a snarling anthemic effort doused in their darkened percussion and infectious vocals. Speaking about the release th eband say: “Moral Panic II was something we decided to do only after Part I was all mixed, mastered and the records pressed.  It didn't feel like we were done with the Moral Panic theme - I think partly because we hadn't been able to tour the project yet, it didn't feel right to move on. But we also had the luxury of time to assess the album and explore some avenues we felt the album may have missed. In that way, it was important that Moral Panic II comprised of completely fresh, newly written songs rather than songs that just didn't wind up making the album, like how a traditional deluxe version would function. There's a familiarity, but we also really honed in on a new side of the band. Part II really rounds Part I out – the two parts should be enjoyed as one project.” The news also accompanies the band announcing three new dates to their upcoming tour as warm up shows. Full details are below. 

August 2021 ‘Live At Last’
Sat 21st – Oxford - O2 Academy
Sun 22nd – Norwich - UEA
Mon 23rd – Liverpool – O2 Academy

September 2021
Thurs 30th – Dublin - Olympia

October 2021
Sat 2nd – Belfast - Ulster Hall
Wed 6th – Plymouth - Pavillions
Thurs 7th – Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
Fri 8th – London - O2 Arena 
Sun 10th – Birmingham - O2 Academy – sold out
Mon 11th – Glasgow - Barrowland – sold out
Tues 12th – Glasgow - Barrowland – sold out
Thurs 14th – Manchester - O2 Victoria Warehouse – sold out
Fri 15th – Manchester - O2 Victoria Warehouse – sold out
Sat 16th – Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena
Mon 18th – Barcelona - Razzamataz 2
Wed 20th – Paris - Casino de Paris
Sun 24th – Wiesbaden - Schlachtohof
Tues 26th – Leizig - Täubchenthal
Thurs 28th – Berlin - Columbiahalle November 2021
Tues 2nd – Munich - Tonhalle
Wed 3rd – Milan - Fabrique 
Fri 5th – Zurich - Halle 622
Sat 6th – Luxembourg - Atelier
Mon 8th – Copenhagen - Amager Bio
Tues 9th – Stockholm - Fryhuset
Thurs 11th – Köln - Palladium
Fri 12th – Amsterdam - Ziggo Dome 

Nothing But Thieves are Conor Mason (vocals, guitars), Joe Langridge-Brown (guitars), Dominic Craik (guitars, keyboard), Philip Blake (bass guitar) and James Price (drums).


Tuesday, 20 July 2021

The Academic - Not Your Summer (Lyric Video)

Fast-rising Irish four-piece The Academic make their very welcomed return with news of their latest EP 'Community Spirit' via Capitol Records. Available now, the extended player sees the band share their new single Not Your Summer which ties in with their upbeat, infectious melodies and sing-along lyrics. Although ‘Not Your Summer’ wasn’t written directly about lockdown, the anxiety induced by the pandemic has undeniably left its mark on the single. Craig explains: “Enjoying your own company can be a great thing, but it can also take its toll and that’s how I was feeling at the time, needing time away from myself.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo credit: Rich Gilligan


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Foxlee - Heart Attack

Making exceptional use of the track's space, mysterious new artist Foxlee debut's a stunning new single with latest effort Heart Attack. Subdued in darkened pop aesthetics, its swooning basslines and infectious vocal lines tell the tale of a self confession through an honest inner dialogue with yourself. Take a listen to the swelling, emotive number below. Hopefully there's plenty more like this to come.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

CHVRCHES - Good Girls (Official Audio)

Today sees CHVRCHES return with their new single ‘Good Girls’, taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album Screen Violence, set for release on August 27 via EMI Records (UK) and Glassnote (US). The single was premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. Alongside the new single, the band have announced details of their 2022 UK tour, kicking off next March. Discussing the single, Lauren says: “The opening line (killing your idols is a chore) was something I wrote after listening to some friends arguing about the present day implications of loving certain problematic male artists - I was struck by the lengths that people would go to in order to excuse their heroes and how that was so juxtaposed to my own experiences in the world. Women have to constantly justify their right to exist and negotiate for their own space. We're told that Bad Things don't happen to Good Girls. That if you curate yourself to fit the ideal - keep yourself small and safe and acceptable - you will be alright, and it's just not fucking true.” 

CHVRCHES - 2022 UK Tour Dates 
Monday 14 March - Edinburgh - Corn Exchange 
Tuesday 15 March - Newcastle - O2 City Hall 
Wednesday 16 March - London - O2 Academy Brixton 
Friday 18 March - Birmingham - O2 Academy 
Saturday 19 March - Manchester - O2 Apollo

Photo Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson


Zachary Knowles - stranger to me

Rising Texan-based artist Zachary Knowles has returned with his latest single Stranger to Me. Taken from his recently announced his debut album, "tendency to be a loner", due out August 6, 2021 via FADER, the track picks up where he left off with plenty more infectious vocal lines and playful pop melodies. Describing the new track, Zachary Knowles says, "It’s weird how you can spend every day with someone, get super close, feel like the relationship will last forever, and then drift apart and become strangers to each other like nothing ever happened. I think sometimes relationships aren’t meant to be forever, which is totally fine in my opinion. It just seems like sometimes people are put in your life for a season and then they’re gone. We should enjoy them while they’re here." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo credit: Stefan Kohli