This Feeling

Friday, 26 August 2016

Listen :: Slumberjack - Ra

Words: Izzy B

'Ra' is a thundering track, part tribal beats, part Aboriginal with an electronic complexion - and one hell of a monster listen. There's so much involved in it, so many blurping and bleeping intertwined sounds, that it's like being caught up in some secret initiation ceremony, particularly on the closing seconds.

Those responsible for the just released 'Ra' are EDM production duo known as Slumberjack. The pair - Morgan Then and Fletcher Ehlers - hail from Perth, Australia and have been on the scene for a couple of years now, though perhaps not so widely known in the UK as they are in their home territory. So this could be your new musical find. Listen in below.

'Ra' is out today (August 26) via Mad Decent.

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Hot Top Ten - August 26 2016

New single - out September 9 via Depot Records - from Scottish alt-pop quartet from Edinburgh, who describe it as "an exploration of love -wanting what you can’t have and our in-built desire for self-destruction. An intense, autobiographical affair wrapped up in a three-minute pop song." It's also a very very good one. Opening on snappy drum beats and popping bass lines, and fuelled by the soaring, melodic vocals of Dominic Thomson. Catch it performed live at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh at a free entry show on September 23.

Oxford power-pop outfit's title track from upcoming EP. Filled with scuzzy guitars and catchy uptempo melodies, it’s pop-punk blaster - or as vocalist Amelia Space says: "it's punk in spirit and upbeat, has lots of rhythm, and can be romantic but with a dark side." Released on Odd Box Records on September 10.

LA-based noise pop project of Jeremy McLennan (with
guitarist Daniel Lavezzo and drummer Griffin Kisner), follow 'Dark/Wasting Time' with this new single out this week as a double A-side (w/'If I Ever'). Hazy fuzziness that melds keys and drums around a hypnotic melody.

We featured the Brighton calypso-pop quartet back in January with 'Are You Ready?' Now back with latest single of summery jangly pop, catchy beats and lustrous guitar sounds.

Like a good book, a decent song needs an intro, a middle and a compelling end to hold interest. Fortunately, this loose and moody South London outfit (here with guest rapper Paper Plates) lather up in solid style and fulfill all three components admirably.

This is the debut track from a new Danish band unveiled this week. The Copenhagen quartet are fronted by (the American sounding, but apparently a Dane) 'Jason Prince Jr.' (and his hair). However, we feel he may well be Morten S√łgaard (can't be two with the same hair like that) who materialised earlier this year with another new band, Masasolo. Both display Tame Impala-esque dreampop vibes anyway.

Released last week, double A-side single (w/'Seeing Stars'), both from the darkly atmospheric London electronic duo - Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf - we have been following since 2014. Coming from their forthcoming debut album, Howlett's absorbing vocals and synths play around a robotic beat. Catch on September 9 for a release show at Cafe 1001, London.

San Francisco-based project of Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden, this new single is filled with glacial guitars and bewitching dark vocals. From the band's forthcoming, debut album, 'On The Legs Of Love Purified', out on October 14 via felte.

If we said this track was a load of balls, we'd actually be right. Italian EDM and tennis nut Pietro Iannuzzi samples racquet sounds against hypnotic bass, droning synths and ambient electronics. Match point comes almost six minutes later. Released today via Bad Panda Records.

You don't hear many voices this stirring new offering from the London-based singer we profiled here last year. Cosby dives down into his vocal boots for this emotionally fraught track from his upcoming EP, 'A Savage Kiss', which is out on October 14. Before that you can catch him live at London's Moth Club on September 27.

[Video] LUH - Lost Under Heaven

After the release of their debut album 'Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing' earlier this year, LUH now share a new video for 'Lost Under Heaven' - the song from where they took their name.

Directed by LUH's Ebony Hoorn, the video comprises grainy black-and-white footage of the band - which was formed by WU LYF frontman Ellery Roberts - playing live.

Watch above - and catch LUH this weekend at Reading and Leeds Festival.

[Video] IAN SWEET - #23

IAN SWEET, the former solo project of singer-songwriter Jilian Medford known just as IAN and now a fully-fledged three-piece, are about to release their debut album 'Shapeshifter' on September 9 via Hardly Art .

Directed by Eleanor Petry and shot on Coney Island, the Brooklyn scuzz rockers share the dreamy video for "#23', which features frontwoman Medford, dressed all in white, with a basketball and passing children as they make

Track Of The Day :: Cape Cub - All I Need

Words: Ellie Ward

Chad Male comes up with the musical goods again on this latest track (produced by Cam Blackwood who has worked with Billie Marten, London Grammar and Florence and the Machine) - taken from his upcoming second EP, '6am', which is released on October 21.

Once again with emotional vocal expression that governs the sub-four minute track, Male delivers euphoric indie pop hooks with a raft of glittering synth riffs and a melodic chorus that bursts into life in a song that is both upbeat yet also lyrically intelligent.

Speaking of 'All I Need', Chad has said: "This is me saying 'things don't feel too good right now, I don't even know what's going on, but without you it'd be so much worse'."

UK Tour Dates

17 Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton
09 Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough
19 Jumpin Jacks, Newcastle
23 Camden Assembly, London

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Introducing :: Mad Winter

Words: Sam Geary

Mancunian quartet Mad Winter (you might have known them as Islands prior to this year when they were more of an electronic persuasion) have just released last week their debut EP 'Emergence', with an animal costumed video to lead single 'Get Away' to accompany it.

The four 18-year-olds (who met at music college) cite influences such as Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Noel Gallagher and Joy Division. 'Get Away' - one of the EP's three tracks with
‘Let Me Know’ and ‘Running Low’ - has all the right ingredients for an intro tune: catchy hooks, engaging vocals and flowing rhythm.

Mad Winter are: James Hartley - vocals, rhythm guitar; Scott Morris - bass, George Fitzgibbon - lead guitar, backing vocals; Callum Thomson, drums.

Mad Winter play The Castle Hotel, Manchester on September 6.

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