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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:

Listen: Tuff Love – ‘Groucho’

March 31, 2015 in News

Glaswegian lo-fi popsters Tuff Love burst forth with sunny, scuzzy new single ‘Groucho’, recently premiered by The Line of Best Fit.

Speaking about the track, the band said: “We’re so pumped to be releasing ‘Groucho’ as a split with Lazy Day. We recorded ‘Groucho’ in January and didn’t feel it went with the other batch of songs we were recording for our next release, so thought it would be cool to do a single asap. 7″ singles are exciting. Also can’t wait to get on tour again in April & May and do some summer festivals, SEE YOU THERE!”

‘Groucho’ is released as a limited edition split 7” single (backed with Lazy Day’s ‘Portrait’) via Lost Map on 18th April for Record Store Day.

The Glasgow two-piece are creators of hyper-infectious, fuzzed-up, lo-fi pop music that the city is so famous for. Their musical partnership has produced a flurry of addictive, perfectly formed songs – tied together by heart-wrenching harmonies, swoon-inducing lyrics, and sun-soaked dreamy melodies.

Adored by radio and championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe & Vic Galloway, Tuff Love have also garnered acclaim from the press, incuding The Guardian (“a band to fall in love with”), a 2 page interview in DIVA(“our new favourite indie band”), profiles in NME Radar (“great college rock”), Metro and Daily Record.

Tuff Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TUFF LOVE PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON MON 6TH APRIL 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE JACARANDAS AND JUMP THE SHARK. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch: H. Hawkline – ‘Spooky Dog’

February 16, 2015 in News

Welsh artist H Hawkline, who defines his music as ‘strange pop’, has released the video for new single ‘Spooky Dog’ taken from his latest album In The Pink of Condition.

Shot through with the blues, the reds and the golds, the greens and the wispy white clouds that hang lazy over the rolling Pacific, In The Pink Of Condition truly marks H Hawkline’s arrival. His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it blossoms with all the charm, beauty, wit and wonder that’s been hinted at over the last few years across the artist’s limited run releases, singles and EPs and adds a brilliantly clear-eyed focus.

Huw Hawkline was born in Cardiff and raised in sunny Prestatyn, a seaside town famous for the Pontins holiday camp and the first ever branch of Kwik Save. Formerly co-presenter of S4C’s flagship music-show Bandit (alongside Radio 1’s Huw Stephens), twenty-nine year old Huw recorded three albums in his native country (2010’s A Cup Of Salt, 2011’s The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall and the 2014 collection Salt Gall Box Ghouls) before taking flight for a life in L.A. late in 2013. (Well, you would if you could, wouldn’t you?)

The effect of the relocation on Hawkline’s music is total. Recorded in Seahorse Sound Studios just off Skid Row and produced by long-time cohort, fellow Welsh émigré and musical maven/genius Cate le BonIn The Pink Of Condition is “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw): a controlled explosion of lazer-guided guitar melody (think a careering Television set or the Pavement outside the original site of Spillers) and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.

H. Hawkline Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

H. HAWKLINE PLAYS THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 21ST FEBRUARY 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM LUKE WYLDE AND THE JAPES & MIKE MOLONEY. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Spooky Dog’ below:

Watch: Fort Hope – ‘Plans’

February 15, 2015 in News

Fort Hope have released the video for their current single ‘Plans’ following the release of their self-titled EP on 8th February.

It’s not taken Fort Hope long to make their own mark as one of the most promising young bands in the country. Their stunning debut album Courage reached number 6 in the official UK rock chart, and the top 100 overall albums upon release via LAB Records in May 2014.

A live powerhouse, in a little over a year as a band, they’ve already supported the likes of Jimmy Eat WorldMallory KnoxFrank IeroAndrew McMahon (Something CorporateJacks Mannequin), We Are The In CrowdNever Shout NeverThe Maine and We Are The Ocean on full UK tours.

“These guys know how to put on a show: Jonathan Gaskin embodies the perfect frontman” - Raw Meat

Fort Hope Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

FORT HOPE PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON MON 23RD FEBRUARY 2015 WITH SUPPORT FROM DEAD! AND SALLY PEPPER. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Plans’ below:

Watch: Vessels – ‘Echo In’

February 13, 2015 in News

The release of Vessels‘ third album Dilate is a couple of weeks away and new single ‘Echo In’ has been unleashed. It is described as “a fine example of Vessels’ evolving sound—streaked with spiraling synth lines and buzzing chords, the track takes shape as a fast-moving electronic hybrid”, and you can watch the newly released video for the track below.

After four years of incremental musical evolution, Leeds quintet Vessels emerge into the light with a brave and brilliant new sound, masterfully fusing the widescreen builds and elegant breakdowns of their previous work with altogether more physical electronic rhythms. With their new album Dilate, Vessels are firmly focused on the euphoria of the dancefloor.

Dilate began as experiments with looped sounds and vintage synths, the tracks flourishing when played live together in a room. Producer Richard Formby (Spectrum, Wild Beasts, Darkstar) was brought in to finesse the recordings and mix the album in his Leeds studio. There was alchemy in this collaboration, with the band’s dexterous digital manipulations and live energy fed through the prism of Formby’s experience and outlook.

Always a consummate live act, recent performances have been an unholy communion, maintaining the crystalline melodies and crushing dynamics of Vessels’ previous life as a rock band: two drummers front and centre, band and audience feeding off each other’s energy.

Dilate will be released in 2nd March 2015 through Bias, a new imprint of The Leaf Label.

Vessels Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

VESSELS PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Echo In’ below:

Listen: Songhoy Blues – ‘Irganda’

January 23, 2015 in News

Highly-acclaimed Malian band Songhoy Blues have unveiled their latest single ‘Irganda’ taken from their much talked about debut album Music in Exile, out on 23 February via Transgressive Records. 

The band’s deep attachment to the home grown songs and dances of the Songhoy helped shape their music which seeks to blend the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign. All those old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four talented, hungry, sharp and outward-looking young men from a part of the world that has had more than it’s share and pain and conflict in recent years. But it has given far more than its share of music and joy to the world in return over the past four decades. Songhoy Blues are a familiar proposition: four young men, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a story to tell.

The single comes off the back of two fantastic years for the band, in which they have grabbed the attention of  labels and music press and also enjoyed a support slot with Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall. 

The track is released ahead of their first UK headline tour which kicks off this week and calls at Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge on Tuesday 3rd February. Tickets can be found here

Listen to ‘Irganda’ below: