Punching it with their crushing debut EP are Bad Reed, Costa Chatzis on percussion, Austin Sharpe on bass, Sydney Sollazzo on vocals and keyboards, and Graham Walker on guitars. Hailing from small towns and diverse backgrounds, Bad Reed consists of members with varying music taste. This is evident on the EP as something with as few as 3 tracks manages to cover a wide spectrum of musical styles ranging from jazz blues to progressive rock. We thank our friends at Independent Music Promotions for sharing this with us and you can enjoy it here:
You can follow them socially at https://www.facebook.com/badreedband
Anis Hachemi, aka Sin Tek, is back at Berlin based label Casual Lab. He has been busy working on his latest deep house/borderline techno offering which is all the fuel you’re ever gonna need for those groovy all-nighters on the dancefloor at a hip, nondescript club in the capital. Without further ado, here’s a sample of the tracks from the album ‘Days like this’
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 :
Gudjohr, the solo project of the very talented Kips Golden from Brighton, is out with a very promising musical experience to kick 2016 off. Zed Songs, Part 1 and 2 is a collection of songs written by him (and Tor Sanderson and Jack Harvey on a couple of tracks) over the last 5 years, which is amply clear once you listen to them, courtesy the wide range of musical styles and moods in there. You are taken on a beautiful musical journey with beautiful percussion work, moodishly good strumming and peaty vocals which complement the feeling perfectly like a good single malt does. What I especially like is the way the lyrics are written and how themes described in an earlier track are revisited with more evolved emotions, sometimes more obviously intense and sometimes peppered with wry humour. Some of these are works of pure genius like the sample below:
I can fall in and out of style.
In a way that makes you smile.
In a way that makes you mine.
For a while.
Who knew time could be so cruel?
So without further ado, please have a listen and support the artiste by purchasing 🙂
Park Planet, a 3 person band from Glasgow, are out with their slickly executed funktronic labor of love titled ‘Dropping It’. The track, which has a sort of ‘letting go’ mood to it, features impressive percussion work, well-executed beat-ups and wonderful switches in rhythm line, thus living up to its name in mood, melody and technicality. The video is impressively cut as well, featuring imagery, ranging from obvious to psychedelic, that beautifully complements the vibe of the song at that moment. Two thumbs up!
Every once in a while there comes a song that reminds me of that wonderful quote from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ while the protagonist listened to Beethoven’s Ninth: ‘Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now‘. I can’t phrase my praise for this layered beauty of a track from PLGRMS any better, so just listen to it and then listen to it again and again and again:
There is also a video for this track, which I unfortunately can’t access from Germany due to it being blocked by one of the most controversial authorities here ‘GEMA’. A link to the track, should you be located anywhere other than the fatherland:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbTHbErVWV4
A bit of info about the band: PLGRMS is a duo comprised of the talented Australian born, London-based singer-songwriter Toma Banjanin and accomplished Sydney songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bowden.The track (shared above) is co-written and produced by Jimmy Lyell – one half of internationally-renowned electronic duo Flight Facilities – and also features The Preatures’ Luke Davison on drums.
Piano driven easy-listening pop melodies from Vincent Lou are perfect comfort music for the melancholy associated with the lovely fall. A very talented musician, with a very soothing voice, Lou’s songs are influenced by artistes like Deathcab for Cutie and Owl City. Produced by Bob Hoag (The Format, The Ataris) and influenced by Taiwan, Arizona and breakups, give these well-crafted tunes a try and you won’t be disappointed:
The upcoming synth-pop single ‘Brothers’ by Manchester based band ‘AFFAIRS’ incorporates prominent vocal hooks and bittersweet lyrics about unconditional brotherly love inspired by the film ‘The Warrior’. This is a very well crafted track where the combination of powerhouse synths with clever guitar work creates an addictive beat that see-saws between optimistic and melancholic very smoothly perfectly complementing the beautifully rendered vocals which take you through a journey of emotions about the highs and lows of sibling relationships, which can prevail despite the numerous obstacles that over-familiarity is often saddled with. Recorded at The Kinks’ Konk Studios and with artwork from Matthew Cooper (Caribou, Wild Beasts, Arctic Monkeys), Brothers is an uplifting track that sees the band’s creative relationship with Suede, Pulp, Courteeners, The Raindrops producer Ed Buller mature to new heights. We would like to thank Futureproof Promotions for making us aware of this awesome track and this very promising band. So, without further ado, enjoy the song: