‘Staying together’, awash with soaring vocals, uplifting guitar riffs and bitter sweet lyrics is the fabulous teaser track for what to expect from North Londoner ‘Stefan Antoinette’s DIY project ATTU in 2017. It is a feelgood yet at times melancholic melody shows a lot of promise and we hope that this talented 5 piece band comprising Stefan Antoinette himself, Chike Newman on bass, keys, samples and backing vocals, Joel Mayes on guitar/bass and backing vocals, Millie Wilson on keys, samples and backing vocals and Sean Poole on drums can continue to deliver on this early promise in the near future. We wish the band all the very best and here is the track:
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A very promising debut single Weave’ by London based quartet ‘Inca Maps’ is the perfect summer accompaniment. Synth poppish but with a touch of R&B, Matt Tilling’s complete-spectrum vocals magnificently surf along the wavy brilliance of synthesisers, guitars and intricate percussion created by Leo Morgan on guitars & synthesisers, Tim Horne on bass & synthesisers, and Toby Archer on drums.
‘Weave’ will make you want to break the rules a little and be foolish in a good way. Have fun:
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Rebecca Whitbread, who goes by the moniker ‘Lovelace’, has released her debut album Lands on July 29th. The album details a period in Lovelace’s life, which took her through many contrasting landscapes, both in literal and metaphorical terms. Electronic keyboard riffs, a gentle and almost lilting drum beat and a soothing yet crystal clear voice give the album an overall disconnected, dreamy and nostalgic vibe. This album is very autobiographical in the sense that it starts with a track called B. Man, which seems to be a reference to an incident some years ago when Lovelace bought a ticket for the Burning Man festival on a whim and boarded a plane without knowing anyone. Additionally, it references various significant friends, lovers and epiphanies that have shaped the musical journey that she has undertaken to follow her heart. These varied experiences give the album a very honest and relatable albeit experimental feeling which seems to work very well as a consequence of the juxtaposition with the almost disconnected vibe mentioned above. Lovelace now spends her time shuttling between my home city Berlin and London, with occasional trips to her hometown in Devon. She plays in a 5 member band piece band consisting of herself, Rebecca Whitbread, on Guitar and lead vocals, Hannah Murphy and Ruth Corey on backing vocals, Petter Grevelius on bass and Bernie Gardner on drums. A sample of their labor of love:
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‘Inhale Day’, the first part of a two part EP project called ‘Breathe Life’ by ‘Said the Ghost’ (the solo project of Brighton based Jamie Lees), just came out on Summer Solstice. The second part of this grand production will be out on Winter Solstice, and that should literally cover the long and short of it ;). As for Inhale Day, it is a celebration of new beginnings with its shoegazy meditative guitar riffs, soulful singing and a distinctive fusion-hymnlike vibe which submerges your mind and unleashes splashes positive energy in your limbic system. What is clearly impressive is Jamie’s musical and vocal prowess. For starters, his soothing yet versatile voice will be at home in musical styles as diverse as Indian and Irish. To top it off, the eclectic sound that draws some comparisons to Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, Grizzly Bear, Field Music, White Denim, War on Drugs, St.Vincent, even Stevie Wonder at times, is something that Jamie and Nick Lewis (Mastering) should be very very proud of. We can’t recommend this enough and please purchase this EP from the band camp links below and encourage Jamie for an even more stupendous return with the second part ‘Exhale Night’ later this year. Get ready to get immersed:
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The Norwegian indie-pop band Verdensrommet is back with another EP, and this time they’re joined by Emir Hindic, aka. Onge $ushimane (from the rap duo $ushi x Kobe). The EP features the track Aldri igjen (Never Again in English) and several remixes of the same. This is a track that essentially has no coherent structure or form and has random manifestations of multiple genres (electronica, ambient, hip hop, etc) coexisting and at times fighting for supremacy. It hits you hard and the remixes are as pleasingly diverse as chalk and cheese. Definitely not meant for a sunny afternoon stroll, but walk down some of the graffiti lined streets of a metropolis with this in your earphones after sunset and you’ll be one with your urbaniverse.
The whole EP can be streamed from: https://open.spotify.com/album/03dB87F294CPsspYKE0Ooa or the soundcloud link which you can figure out using the stuff we have embedded below.
Below are a few of our favourites from this EP:
During the glorious summer of 2012, when we started with this website, one of the first bands that we featured that made a profound impact on us was Sillyboy. Based out of Athens, Sillyboy’s dazzling incorporation of diverse musical styles under one umbrella in their first album ‘Nature of Things’ had us stoked for good reason. Every song was a masterpiece, which is rare for any album featuring more than 5 tracks and Nature of Things had double that number. They seem to have only gotten better while maintaining this knack of 100% song brilliance in their new album Stalker. The album deals with a controversial subject in a very interesting way, best described as easy going obsession and attempts to reveal an alternate point of view, subtly goading us to refrain from naively painting every action in black and white. In short, this album is a grey zone ‘Tour de force’, Bowie meets Depeche Mode, and I urge you to listen to it, spread the word, buy it (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sillyboy/id289180758) and make Sillyboy rich. Until that great purchasing decision that you absolutely will have to make, please enjoy the tracks here:
Sheffield based alternative synth pop sensations Rehearsed Living’s latest EP is perfect for a contemplative session of wrapping yourself in a cozy duvet, sipping that Cafe Mocha and getting lost in the immersive melodies that this beautiful piece of work has to offer. Forget the world, make it your time and your place anywhere:
Affairs deal with the complexities that affairs of the heart bring about when companionship devolves into one-upmanship. Solid synth, powerful rendition in a voice that screams melancholy and angst in equal parts, this is a thoroughly engaging single from the Manchester based band who, unlike the theme of the song, seem to be truly United. Play is produced by Suede, White Lies and Pulp producer Ed Buller and recorded at The Kinks’ legendary Konk Studios. Give it up for Dan ‘Scintillating Synths’ Parker, Michael ‘Humming Drums that certainly aren’t humdrum’ Bradnam and Jim ‘Vitalising vocal vibrations’Robinson :
A quartet of brothers (L.P. Moore, C. Moore, T. Moore, R. Mills), originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, call themselves ‘Catholic Radio’ and dish out a very unique anthemic indie rock sound which blends melodic poppish undertones with part aggressive part fuzzy guitars. They cover the spectrum from Simon & Garfunkel to phsychadelia in the same album and sometimes within the same track. They released their first album (Vol 1) around half a year ago and followed it up with (Vol 2) just recently. Both ‘The Last Summer’ albums have some hard hitting gems which are full of contrasting rhythms, the right balance of angst and calm and very well written and expressive lyrics, which clearly won’t leave you wondering about what they did last summer and will go down well with a crisp Carlsberg or few. We find ‘Rain is Done’ and ‘Gufts Glistening Boob (trim)’ to be absolute masterpieces as they transcend so many genres beautifully and go on to show the impressive range that this band has. But there are numerous tracks to cheer on both these albums and here is a selection of some of our absolute favourites:
With their Roxette meets Synth-pop vibe, the new album by Boise, Idaho based band ‘Shades’ features a couple of very groovy, sexy and exciting tracks. The album is titled ‘Common Desire’ and I love the catchy sound, hazy vocals and danceable melodies. Give it a listen and buy a few tracks: