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LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – ‘Mountain To Move’

July 26, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey is pleased to announce details of a new single. ‘Mountain To Move’ is lifted from Nick’s second album, Wake Up Now. The album is released on the 8th September 2017 through Fiction Records.

The track was produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Sampha), and received its first play as the Hottest Record In The World via Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.

‘Mountain To Move’ is arguably Nick Mulvey’s most accomplished song to date, and sits at the very heart of this extremely accomplished new record. The album’s title is repeated mantra like by Nick, as the song swells with a melody and a formidable groove. It acts as a call to arms, not only to the precociousness of this exquisite British artist’s songwriting, but to a public completely at odds with the world around them. It’s certainly timely too, in both the UK and America’s current political climate, but the song’s key messages translate universally to eras of the past and undoubtedly eras of the future.

Ultimately though, when you’ve part-analysed the lyrical content and gone headfirst with Nick on this kaleidoscopic journey of his, it’s one hell of a tune at its core.

Nick follows his standout performance on the Glastonbury Park Stage, with further festival performances at Womad and Bestival ahead of a full UK tour in September and October.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Mountain To Move’ below:

WATCH: MeMe Detroit – ‘How She Runs’

July 26, 2017 in News

Midlands artist MeMe Detroit releases new single; ‘How She Runs’ on July 28th via own label SoulRock Central Records.

The indie grunge girl draws inspiration from a reservoir of influences to produce a record of sparkling and energising quality. Having grown up with 90s grunge and Britpop high on the household playlist and a box full of hand me down 7” classics on repeat; The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Blondie to name but a few.

MeMe was approached by up and coming director Stephen Murphy to compose an ‘eighties feel’ track for his new feature film My Saviour. The single was recorded with engineer/ producer Alastair Jamieson (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Duran Duran) at Park Studios, Birmingham and mastered by Jon Astley at Close To The Edge (The Who, Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, The Rolling Stones, Stereophonics, Judas Priest).

The band consists of MeMe Detroit, vocals/guitar/synth, Lewis Smith bass and Barney Such on drums. MeMe and the lads have played over 200 gigs across the UK, including a live streamed show in a treehouse, O2 Academy and Jurassic Fields festival. This wealth of live experience shaped and moulded ‘How She Runs’ into a sonic force not to be missed.

‘How She Runs’ beautifully weaves a tale of lust, love and fear of rejection. Working as a DJ, MeMe took inspiration from witnessing the UK nightlife from outside/inside the DJ booth.

MeMe: “I see it all the time. That moment in the club when someone notices someone else, that instant attraction. Some just dive straight in, others (and I’ve been guilty of this in the past) take the whole night to pluck up the courage to speak to them and then sometimes never do, leaving them with just a dream of what could have been.”

MeMe Detroit Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

MeMe Detroit plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 28th July 2017, with support from Vamoosery, The Holy Men & Chloe Mogg. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘How She Runs’ below:

LISTEN: Spilt Milk Society – ‘She Tastes Like Summer’

July 12, 2017 in News

Following the release of ‘Voices’, the band follow up with their next single ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ released on HolyHowl.

Spilt Milk Society are a 5-piece band from the Midlands making indie/rock music. Starting out at house parties and building up an online presence of over 16,000 monthly listeners and half a million total streams; they have been described by the likes of Fred Perry Subculture as one of Birmingham’s brightest future bands. The Spilt Milk boys have done live sessions for Pirate StudiosBBC Introducing West Midlands and BBC Introducing Shropshire.

Past shows include sold out hometown headline performances at the O2 Institute, The Sunflower Lounge and The Rainbow Courtyard as well as appearing at The Great Escape Festival 2017, hand picked by Steve Lamaq to play on the BBC introducing Stage. Spilt Milk Society have supported the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club’s newest musical endeavour ToothlessTrudy and the RomanceThe Blinders and Ivory Wave.

Spilt Milk Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Spilt Milk Society play The Finsbury London Thurs 17th August, and support Tender at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ below:

LISTEN: Ed Geater – ‘Found A Place’ feat. Lady Sanity

June 19, 2017 in News

Ed Geater and Lady Sanity, two of Birmingham’s finest up-and-coming talents, join forces to produce this piece of cerebral and powerful hip-hop as the first release on new Birmingham record label, Brox Records.

The track has received radio support, from that of Brum Radio, and a highlight coming from the legend that is Tom Robinson selecting it for his BBC Introducing Mixtape show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

For Birmingham born singer-songwriter and beatboxer Ed Geater, rhythmical dexterity is complemented by lyrical prowess. Growing up on a staple musical diet of alternative rock, folk and electronica, equally matching his love of classical music, Ed switched his primary childhood instrument from violin to guitar and pursued his love of song-writing, whilst harnessing his metronomic skills as a beatboxer.

Influenced by his obsession with ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo, Boards of Canada and Four Tet – Ed set out to create the same vivid and textural musical landscapes, but only using his organic vocal beats, acoustic guitar and loop station. The resulting sound is an electronic infused, pop-laden and folk inspired tapestry, with clear nods to revered songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard.

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Found A Place’ below:

LISTEN: Sløtface – ‘Nancy Drew’

June 2, 2017 in News

Sløtface’s new song “Nancy Drew” is inspired by a badass, feminist superhero, and is taken from Try Not to Freak Out, which arrives September 15th through Propeller Recordings.

Sløtface are looking to take down the patriarchy one slimy piece at a time through their punk-infused rock songs. They challenged our complacent society on one of the best songs of 2016, ‘Sponge State’; meanwhile, last month’s ‘Magazine’, the lead single off upcoming LP Try Not to Freak Out, railed against unfair body image standards.

The Norwegian outfit is again standing tall for what it believes in with new song ‘Nancy Drew’. Like the Scandinavian version of Sleater-Kinney, Sløtface deal out pointed guitar work and jarring melodies with a feminist fire. They sound nearly invincible on more than one occasion, which, it turns out, is exactly the kind of superhero swagger they were gunning for.

“For this song I wanted to create a kind of super hero savior, so I drew inspiration from Nancy Drew and tried to imagine a bad-ass super hero who crushes the music industries boys club and the patriarchy with one punch,” vocalist Haley Shea tells Consequence of Sound. Being a teenaged detective never sounded this freaking cool — watch out, Hardy Boys.

Sløtface Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sløtface play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 29th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nancy Drew’ below:

LISTEN: Chloé Leone – ‘Comfortably Me’

May 15, 2017 in News

Chloé Leone debuts liberating new single ‘Comfortably Me’. Fresh on the scene – Midlands born, Dalston residing Chloé Leone is truly a breath of fresh air. With her unique blend of velvet melodies, pungent vocals and tongue-in-cheek wordplay; this newcomer debuts her first release of 2017, the feel-good and emancipating ‘Comfortably Me’.

Produced by Fred Cox (Janelle Monae, LionBabe), ‘Comfortably Me’ is Chloé’s personal ode to the world. Her take on the highs and lows of life as a young woman making her way in the world; dealing with relationships, purpose and hangovers; showing that it’s ok to be real, regardless of where you are from or what you have.

Standing as the first from a string of releases due out throughout 2017, Chloé is making a statement with her latest offering and is showcasing exactly why she is one of Britain’s most promising new artists.

“Laying the foundations of cementing her status as a world class act” – MTV

“A strong first musical impression with emotion and ease” - The 405

Chloé Leone Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Comfortably Me’ below:

LISTEN: C Duncan – ‘Nothing At All’

March 28, 2017 in News

Glasgow-based composer/producer C Duncan is sharing ‘Nothing At All’, the B-side to new single ‘Like You Do’.

‘Like You Do’ is the latest slice of recent record The Midnight Sun to get a single release. It’s flipside is a woozy, opiate-warm rush of fantastical synthery and thick vox – it’s a blinding counterpoint that offers mysterious pleasure in spades.

‘Nothing At All’ sees Duncan conjure majestic textures and layers, whirling them all together in a heady haze of psychedlic electronic pop. Much like the classic 4AD releases he’s shown his love for, this is an all-compassing piece of music that whisks you into sparkling, spangly worlds.

C Duncan plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 8th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nothing At All’ below:

LISTEN: The Good Water – ‘Mansaid’

February 10, 2017 in News

The Good Water release their new single ‘Mansaid’ on Friday 10th February.

The new single from Birmingham based garage psych-rockers showcases psych-pop harmonies alongside frantic riffs and comes hot on the heels of their previous single ‘See Your Light’. This received airplay from Steve Lamacq, Mary-Anne Hobbes and Shaun Keaveny at BBC 6Music, as well as tastemakers at Amazing Radio and influential LA stations KROQ and Indie 1031.

Since forming in early 2015, The Good Water have been busy. The boys quickly picked up loyal support from Brum Radio with their drone-rock debut single ‘Everything Is’, gained new fans at raucous shows around the Midlands and blew away audiences supporting Mercury Rev, Super Furry Animals and Bill Ryder-Jones at Lunar Festival. The duo’s brand of psychedelic rock grooves, obscure lyrics and nimble riffs is streamlined into tight garage-pop frameworks. The press have been quick to spot their talents, with rave reviews from Soundsphere Magazine, Ear To The Ground Music, Slap Magazine, Diamond Deposits, Born Music Online and Mytacism Music amongst many others.

The Good Water Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Good Water will be supporting King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge Thurs 23rd March 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Mansaid’ below:

Watch: The Staves – ‘Teeth White’

June 19, 2015 in News

The Staves are pleased to unveil the video for their new single ‘Teeth White’.

Shot at Le Bar à Bulles in Paris and directed by La Blogotheque, ‘Teeth White’ is the latest track to be lifted from The Staves’ acclaimed second album, If I Was. The track was produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. 

Teeth White is a song about feeling like no matter what you do, it’s never good enough. It’s really a song about the frustration of being held back and not being free. We were so excited to team up with the the wonderful folks of La Blogotheque once more to create this video. We would like to thank all the people in Paris who volunteered to be in it with us!

If I Was is out now through Atlantic Records. It marks The Staves’ first Top 20 UK album and has received high praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Songs of love, loss and heartache, the 12 tracks here see the Staves shake off their home-counties roots and go stellar.” – Sunday Times

“Every once in a while, an album comes along that just breaks you. For me so far this year, that has been the Staves’ sophomore album, If I Was, an unexpected master class in both vulnerability and resilience.” – Vulture

“The Staves and Justin Vernon are a match made in heaven.” – Daily Express

THE STAVES PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM GABRIEL RIOS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Teeth White’ below:

Watch: Gabrielle Aplin – ‘Light Up The Dark’

May 20, 2015 in News

Following the success of her debut album English Rain, Bath-born songstress Gabrielle Aplin announces details of the release of her eagerly anticipated second album Light Up The Dark. 

New single and title track ‘Light Up The Dark’ sees Gabrielle adopt a much heavier, darker sound than the gentle folk-pop of her debut release. Influenced by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder, Gabrielle says:

“I’ve become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Light Up The Dark is released on September 18th and is available to pre-order now from here.

Watch the video for ‘Light Up The Dark’ below: