Saturday, 1 August 2015

Track Of The Day :: Small Black - Boys Life




Words: Ellie Ward

The first single 'Boys Life' from Small Black's third upcoming album (and first since 2013), is about “putting ourselves in the shoes of our parents and seeing our similarities across our different eras,” says frontman and writer Josh Kolenik.

The song, based around a rediscovered early Small Black demo track, is a lush five-minute work of shining synth-pop, where glistening keyboard notes play around Kolenik’s tenor vocal.

The album - “about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them” - was written and recorded at the Brooklyn home studio of the band over a 12 month period and was mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter).

'Best Blues' is out on October 16 via Jagjaguwar.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Watch :: Blossoms - Blown Rose





Blossoms - the band we first introduced here 18 months ago - have shared the video to the title track from their new ‘Blown Rose' EP, out today (July 31) via Virgin EMI.

Produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr St, with the lead track mixed by David Wrench (Caribou / Jungle /Jamie xx), the EP sees Blossoms expand on their first two releases, channelling their signature style, which melds scintillating psych pop with hypnotic hooks and a touch of rock 'n' roll on the side.

Blossoms are performing at Kendal Calling and Y Not Festival this weekend and will appear at Reading and Leeds Festival next month prior to a full UK autumn tour.

Grass House Announce London Residency // Share New Single




Grass House, the London four-piece, are set to hold a three-week residency at Stoke Newington venue The Waiting Room in north London in August. The band will play two free admission shows on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 19th, followed by a special closing gig on Friday 28th which will include DJs and a late-night after party.

Grass House are also releasing a new digital single 'Unknown In The Scene' on Friday 28th. The song is the second to be released from Grass House’s forthcoming album (the follow-up to their debut, 'A Sun Full and Drowning', of 2013) which will be released later this year.

Listen to the track below.



Watch :: Mark Ronson & Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Cover QOTSA





During a live studio session at Australian radio station Triple J yesterday, Mark Ronson gathered together a supergroup of musicians, including Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Kirin J. Callinan on guitar, to perform a cover of Queens Of The Stone Age’s 'I Sat By The Ocean' for the station’s Like A Version segment. The band also featured Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt on lead vocals.

At the same session they also covered 'Daffodils'.

Watch both performances here.



Track Of The Day :: Dogs On Acid - Make It Easy




Words: Ellie Ward

The Philly trio Dogs On Acid are about to release their self-titled debut album next month, and as an audio warm-up they have aired this second track from the record, 'Make It Easy'.

Originally appearing last year on a 7", the band - which features Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing - now turn out a slightly reworked version of the 90s indie sound. Opening on a psych refrain, the track then breaks into a rockin' garage vibe of fast-fire punchy hooks, tempo shifts, twanging guitars and catchy melody.

'Dogs On Acid' is out on August 28 via Jade Tree.

July 31 2015 - Hot Top Ten


DIOS MIO - TREEHOUSE
First single cut - released September 4 - from the Londoners' debut EP. Dark grunge pop, said to be inspired by Terrence Malick’s film, Badlands.
Melodic, slightly ethereal, and sensual vocals from Helena Coan make a dark pop winner.





SHIRT TAILS - HOME RECORDINGS
Infectious and likeable fuzzy lo-fi, literally one of five home recordings, by new London garage quartet, that builds to a whirling dervish of an ending. And don't worry about the fi...





SEXTILE - CAN'T TAKE IT
The first cut from the LA band's debut album ‘A Thousand Hands’, out August 21 via Felte. The quartet sound a force to be reckoned with, melding menacing surf punk, early industrial and post-punk.





TONGUES - RELIGION
Fast gaining a reputation, Glasgow electronic artist Tim Kwant -formerly with electro-pop band Kill The Waves - follows up 'Colours In The Dark' with this new work of synth pop, full of driving rhythm and modulated vocals, and is a taste of his debut EP, due September.





STICKY BLOOD - PROFESSIONAL (ft. Hekky)
First track from the Sheffield production duo's - Andy Nicholson (ex-Arctic Monkeys' bassist) and Jamie Shield - debut EP, 'ID', out August 14. Piano, synth 'n' bass combine for a masterly oeuvre.





NIGHT GAMES - NINE DAYS
Out this week, the second single release for the London electronica duo, is pure languid, late night synth-pop. Not much fire, but plenty of oozing bliss. Hear the pair - Constance and Paul - perform it live tonight (July 31) at The Lexington in London.





ASTRAL TRIP - KNOCKOUT
Title track from the Bradford drum n bass sludge-disco duo's (Haydn Wilcox - vocals/bass, Nick Millbank -
drums/backing vocals) second five-track EP, released last weekend. It delivers a punch, that's for sure.





STARLING - MISFIT
B-side to debut single 'Take It Down' is a combination of stripped back piano and crystal clear vocals, that are both delicate and forceful, from the London songstress.





IYES - SO CRAZY
Brighton duo Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanová return with an electro pop follow-up of haunting synths and dual vocals, to 'Glow', and their early Beyonce cover, ‘Crazy In Love'.





AFFAIRS - BROTHERS
Our featured Track Of The Day this week, the second single from the Manchester outfit, highlighted by a crisp production, chiming guitars, sweet synths, and James Robinson's even sweeter vocals.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Listen :: The Chemical Brothers - Wo Ha



From their recently released 'Born In The Echoes' album, The Chemical Brothers have now shared a bonus track from the album’s deluxe edition - 'Wo Ha'.

Another propulsive and futurist track from their eighth album which proves The Bro's to still be the granddaddies of electronica.

Check out the track here.