Friday, 19 July 2019

Morning Midnight - Ancoats Junction

Glasgow-based duo Morning Midnight have today shared their gorgeous debut single Ancoats Junction. An unlikely pairing given their backgrounds, Jordan Scott cites Frightened Rabbit and John Martyn as influences, while Jess Pascale’s production comes from a more electronic/Hip Hop background, yet it's one that works so well. "Ancoats Junction is about the hopelessness of trying to fix a failing relationship and knowing when to finally admit defeat" the band explain. "When I look back now it still makes me sad, but ultimately it was the beginning of everything we've done since and for that I'm thankful. For all intents and purposes this song is about something coming to an end, so naturally it felt like the best place for us to begin." Take a listen for yourselves below as its fluttered backdrop casts soothing pastel textures over Scott's mournful lyrics.


Monday, 15 July 2019


Enriched with their ethereally-charged sound, enigmatic duo TEME last week returned with their first new single since the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP 52°21'48.6"N 2°43'19.6"W. The pair's latest effort, H I D E I T, resonates across its duration with a rousing slow-burnt aura, all before its charismatic crescendo takes a-hold with its powerful brass arrangement. "There’s a sense of existential crisis throughout, that the person closest to you, has caused you to hit rock bottom" they explain on the tracks conception. "‘Who I am, is who I am, soon the ache stops growing’, echoes a personal mantra that sees one trying to hold onto their identity, whilst hoping the pain will soon ease. There is, ultimately, no resolution. Just the scene of someone pushed to their very limits, confessing an inability to fight this battle anymore." Be sure to take a listen for yourselves below. 


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Pizzagirl - Body Biology

Having first sprung up on my radar back in January 2018 with his debut single Favourite Song, it's great news to learn of a full length record from Liverpool's Pizzagirl. Accompanying the announcement last week is the glorious new single, Body Biology, a track that encapsulates his wholesome sound with jangly guitars, insanely fun melodies and lyrics to sink your teeth in to. "Fun is BACK! I have returned with a glimpse of the first of ten children I have given birth to over a record breaking few months - scientists are angry and doctors cannot believe it! A heartbreak ballad for the shopping aisles, a smash hit for the deli counter, a track just for you at the self checkout, I introduce to you, ‘body biology’." Take a listen to Body Biology below.

Pizzagirl's debut album 'first timer' will be released via Heist or Hit (Her's, Baywaves) on October 11th!


Friday, 12 July 2019

Kakkmaddafakka - Frequency (Official Video)

Taken from their fifth album 'Diplomacy', Norwegian-based outfit Kakkmaddafakka have this week unveiled an official video to their latest single, Frequency. Talking about the album they go on to say it "encapsulates themes of relationships, tales from Bergen and mental health. I guess this is the most intimate Kakkmaddafakka album and the most honest album we have ever done". Take a watch for yourselves below. The album is available now.


Saturday, 6 July 2019

Hunkpapa - Cappuccino

Hunkpapa - Cappuccino

Northern-Irish four-piece Hunkpapa have been slowly grinding out their music on the live circuit since 2017 across their homeland, and this year sees them make a vibrant entrance to UK shores with their latest single Cappuccino. Built around its trembling basslines and thundering percussion comes a stadium ready anthem that's packed with infectious hooks and soaring melodies. The band describes themselves as "four eccentrics from Armagh, with a loose grip on social norms and reality – specialising in anthemic bangers". We're not ones to argue with that. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
20 September - The Mash House, Edinburgh, UK
21 September - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
25 September - Cafe Totem, Sheffield, UK
26 September - Jimmy's, Manchester, UK
27 September - The Crofters Rights, Bristol, UK
1 October - The Bullingdon (The Bully), Oxford, UK
3 October - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
4 October - O2 Academy 2 Islington, London, UK
10 October – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
11 October - The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
12 October – Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
18 October – Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland
16 November – Limelight 1, Ireland


John Vincent III - Topanga Canyon (Official Video)

This week saw John Vincent III share the nostalgic video to his latest single, Topanga Canyon. Speaking about the video JV3 said; ‘It is an ode to romanticizing the past, creating these nostalgic worlds, and trying to live inside them over and over through a grainy and imperfect representation. A simple yet honest portrayal of love and spontaneity and how one day that is all we will have left to hold onto. Memories.” Take a watch for yourselves below.


Sam Fender - Will We Talk

Following on from his recent single, Hypersonic Missiles, Sam Fender returned this week with his brand new effort, Will We Talk. Underpinned with a euphoric and ambitious guitar line, the new single follows suit to his previous material with plenty more catchy vocals and an upbeat spirit only Sam can master. Having recently cancelled his performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival due to illness, he'll take on a huge run of dates later this year. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
22 November 2019 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
23 November 2019 – Guild of Students, Liverpool
26 November 2019 – Rock City Nottingham
27 November 2019 – O2 Academy Glasgow
28 November 2019 – O2 Academy Leeds
30 November 2019 – Dome, Brighton
01 December 2019 – O2 Academy Bournemouth
03 December 2019 – Pavilions, Plymouth
04 December 2019 – O2 Academy Bristol
05 December 2019 – O2 Academy Birmingham
07 December 2019 – O2 Academy Newcastle
08 December 2019 – O2 Academy Newcastle
10 December 2019 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
13 December 2019 – Great Hall, Cardiff
16 December 2019 – Olympia, Dublin
17 December 2019 – Ulster Hall, Belfast
19 December 2019 – O2 Academy Sheffield


Friday, 5 July 2019

Bat For Lashes - Kids In The Dark (Official Video)

What better news to kick off the weekend than with a brand new single and album announcement from Bat For Lashes. Having felt like a lifetime in waiting, Kids In The Dark is the first single to be taken from 'Lost Girls', due out September 6 via AWAL. It marks Khan’s first work as Bat for Lashes since her 2016 album The Bride. Take a listen for yourselves above. Lost Girls is currently available for preorder via Bat For Lashes’ website.

Lost Girls Tracklisting

1. Kids In The Dark
2. The Hunger
3. Feel For You
4. Desert Man
5. Jasmine
6. Vampires
7. So Good
8. Safe Tonight
9. Peach Sky
10. Mountains