‘Anyway’ is lent an easy momentum by its assuredly understated rhythm track, and currency by the digitalist timbre of its vast bass drop. Otherwise, it is spacious and symphonic chillout, layered with charming reverbed harp, clipped piano and the faraway soulful lament of the lead vocal.Read More
Their fuzzed-up DIY garage-pop is the talk of every East London bar, and the NME is calling them Europe's most exciting new band. Madrid four-piece Deers are the spunky, hedonistic girl group every woman dreamed of being in back when they were a kid and 'girl power' was the mantra. Most bands who appear to explode on to the music blogosphere overnight actually turn out to have been touring and releasing tracks under the radar for years, but that isn't true for Deers.Read More
An accomplice of Massive Attack, producer/songwriter Neil Davidge also earns his corn soundtracking movies and video games, from Luc Besson’s Unleashed to Halo 4. Perhaps no surprise, then, that the debut single from his Slo Light album melds an earful of ominous ambient electronica with a cinematic, dreamlike video that will tickle the fancies of surrealists, neon fetishists and voyeurs everywhere. The nocturnal visuals are foil to the track’s synthetic motorik beat, minor-key counterpoints and muted trance, over which Cate Le Bon does nothing to eschew those Nico comparisons (even though the Welshwoman is a far superior singer) as she goes all Franglais on us: who’d have thought a lyrical reference to "cheval" (horses, Rodney, horses) would make for such an alluring refrain. ‘Gallant Foxes’ is a sum of mysterious parts for sure, but the whole is an enigmatic electro beauty.
Gallant Foxes is released on 31 March on 7Hz Productions
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Wheels climaxed their Finsbury set on 15 March with a storming version of 'We Can Never Go Back'. Lost in the Manor braved the flailing limbs and flying mic-stands to get right up close to the action. Watch it here Photo / Film: Chris Musicborn @musicborn
Watch Keymono's awesome rhythmic digitalism in full swing as the infectious 'Bubble in Trouble' is filmed live and exclusive by Lost in the Manor at The Finsbury on 13 March Photos, Video: Chris Musicborn @musicborn
We can announce Lost in the Manor will now be filming live acoustic sessions and to start us off we have the stunning Gitta de Ridder performing without you I'm Broken. The song is a very sad tale and we will let Gitta explain in her own words what it's all about. It's a long explanation but stick with it...
The song explained in Gitta de Ridders own words
"This last Christmas I spend some time down in Devon with the Man and the Family, my Step Dad-in-law got given this book called "Do birds still sing in hell" I found myself reading the back, starting to read the book, and unable to put it down until I finished it a day and a half later.
I don't often get so carried away but it had me sitting upright with tension, gave me goose-bumps, made me cry my eyes out and had a huge impact on me.
It's a true-story about a guy "Horace Greasley" renamed Jim by his fellow soldiers. An English lad that gets send out to the war in WW2 at 20 years old and ends up in France where he gets captured by the Germans. They go on a 10 week march, no food, no water, constant walking no rest to Holland (as you can imagine most Prisoners Of War -POW's- die on this journey) Then a 3 day train journey which is horrific, and the worst POW camp imaginable. I couldn't get my head around people treating people like this.
Anyway, his luck turns as he get moved to another Working-Camp where he falls in love with the owner's daughter and they start a crazy love affair. But, he gets moved and they loose each other. she spends months trying to find out which camp he is in and finally succeeds. He find a way to escape the camp at night and goes out to meet her 2-3 times a week over the space of a couple of years. Can you imagine going back to the camp after you were free?! mad.
They meet in this little church, they make love, and enjoy spending time, and at some point he manages to smuggle in a radio into the camp and spread around the BBC news.
When the war is over he goes back to the UK, she had to run because she is now the bad guy being hunted by the Russians (German) They finally write letters to each other with the letters suddenly stopping. A year later he gets the news she has passed away whilst giving birth to his child. They both don't make it.
He does marry and has kids later and at 98 he gets this book written (word for word true story) by a ghost writer. It all broke my heart.
'Chez Folie' is the addictive new track by Folie Ordinaire, taken from their second EP. Infused with a new-wave disco beat, the bassline, synth, guitar hook and falsetto vocals defy you not to dance. Treading the line between electro, rock and pop punk, there's a hint of The Cure about them (as well as an affinity with the likes of MGMT), and a similar sexy abandonment. The video follows suit, dripping with sequins, disco balls and glitter. But what shines the most is their energy, led by frontman Antoine, which spreads across the dance floor and out of the speakers. It's a great advert for their live shows, and a sign that these lot are more than just festival scenesters, where they've been making a name for themselves since 2010. And if you don't want the party to stop, the remix by Robin Twelftree takes the track into the realms of clubland, driven by the distinctive beat and manipulated vocals. This is an infectious tune that's difficult to shake; trust us, you'll be singing it to yourself later.
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Revolving around a tasty instrumental refrain in which a hypnotic bassline welds itself to a pounding soul beat, ‘Sorry’, the lead track of California trio The Moth & the Flame’s new EP (simply titled ‘&’), is a sparkling composition of melodramatic indie-rock. “Sorry, For Everything I’ve Done” laments Brandon Robbins’ falsetto vocal over a strident alt-ballad, delivered in triple time and artfully produced to shine a light on the players’ every flourish, drawing out each searing keyboard effect and cymbal crash to max the song’s dynamics. This sleek production, courtesy of Joey Waronker, is evident throughout the six-track release, but, rather like that moth becoming too familiar with the flame, the collection flares brightly before losing its lustre, fading into melancholy MOR by closing number ‘How We Woke Up’ (a recent support tour with Imagine Dragons is perhaps an indicator of the band’s less-progressive tendencies). But let’s embrace the positive, and ‘Sorry’ — as lean a stadia-oriented-indie single as you’ll have heard this year — doesn't deserve to be ignored. Check it, along with a curious desert-based last-man-on-Earth scenario, via the promo below.
Sorry is out on Hidden Records now
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Minnie Birch has been wooing audiences all over London over the past few years and finally here is the debut video called Glitter. It's a Mellon Collie but deeply beautiful...
The song will also be available soon as a free download.
Jack Cheshire comtinues his onward march to greatness with his new video 'Into the void'. The track is the 2nd single to be taken from his acclaimed album ‘Long Mind Hotel’
You can bag youself a free ticket for Jack Cheshire at the Finsbury on Feb 27th Support comes from the stunning Buzzard Lope and Geffin Brothers. Tickets are going very fast so be extra quick! Click for tickets
Its opening frames may suggest some sort of French numeracy test, but stick with the promo for Velour Modular’s ‘Forward’, because not only is it a wonderfully nonsensical visual showcase of brilliant colour and unlikely objects intruding on a bleak, washed-out landscape, but the accompanying four-minutes of ambient disco-pop confirms that Gallic groovemakers have a hand in much of today’s classiest electronic dance music. Working with London-based Spanish producer Hektagon (whose 2009 ‘Finsbury Park Interlude’ sparked obvious interest in these parts), Cannes-born chanteuse Guilhem has crafted a melodic mini-gem. An ominous choral refrain about nuclear chaos may not seem the most obvious lyric to take hold on the dancefloor, but its immediacy and the song’s crisp, minimal beats and modular synth runs are sure to generate plenty of heat. Find it on the duo’s ‘Capsule’ EP, out imminently.
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Check out Psapp's cool new video 'Wet Salt' which is taken from Psapp's Album 'What Makes Us Glow'
Speaking about the track, the duo said "Wet Salt is a song about the dirt, greyness and magic of city life. It’s full of bustle, colour and magic. It’s also about the internal battle where you yearn for the quiet green of the countryside but somehow can’t live without the mess and madness of a city. We alternated between Hackney and a German castle in the country to record this record.”
We’ve all been there, of course, at the back-end of a heavy night out, when your fast-food takeaway starts serenading you. No? Hmm, maybe I was overdoing it slightly. Anyway, this hallucinatory eventuality is the focal-point of Joe Goddard’s video for the title track of his recent ‘Taking Over’ EP. Featuring a crooning kebab (Doner Summer perhaps? Pitta Andre maybe. Chilli Gonzalez?), it’s a cool visual foil for the Hot Chip/2 Bears man’s generous serving of gentle after-hours electro, which threads a pleasing guitar peal through squelching synths and a softly insistent chorus. Take a look below. And go easy on the hot sauce.
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It’s hard to see how LazyTalk could become any more efficient at what they do. The band’s populist blend of ska-punk, drum’n’bass, British hip-hop and Jamie T-style street smarts is perfectly forged to whip up any crowd, including that at the Finsbury this Saturday night. Throw in a couple of anthemic, terrace-ready tracks, such as ‘Luzaville’ and ‘Memories’, and you’d imagine it’s only a matter of time before some sharp svengali picks up the band and runs with them. Frontman Piers Robinson has assembled a fluid quintet of skilled rebel-rousers, of whom the trump card could be keyboardist Josh, who took time out to blow gear-shifting sax solos when the tune demanded. Meanwhile, Piers wrapped his tongue around contemporary grievances ranging from the corporate dilution of pop to the perils of the pre-dawn bus-ride, all keenly observed and addressed in quickfire prose. Reappropriated covers of hits by Ini Kamoze and Dawn Penn (I’ll leave you to guess which ones) gave clues to the band’s roots - and there was certainly a punky reggae party at their rhythmic core - but LazyTalk picked and mixed from myriad sounds of modern urban Britain. Most of it was delivered strictly to crowdplease, and although the doubling up of tempo following a languid intro was a trick somewhat overdone, it never failed to lively up the dancefloor. An unashamedly bang-on-it good-time act with fire in their bellies and brains behind the beats, the five-piece put a smile on the face of a sweaty Finsbury, just as they did last time they played here some 18 months previous. This is a band who, by now, should surely be instigating knees-ups at bigger venues nationwide. LazyTalk just need an action plan.
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The Lunchtime Sardine Club recently grabbed the attention of Amazing Radio with the first single “Rumours” and also featured on a Big Scary Monsters best of... compilation earlier this year. With the sound branded as “a happier Elliott Smith circa 1998” by Brighton Noise, The Lunchtime Sardine Club’s Icecapades is the perfect concoction of Elliott Smith’s storytelling style and Grizzly Bear’s lo-fi folk.
Live Dates: Servants Jazz Quarters Oct 22nd - More info
In May 2013 London collective Jungle sprang out of the blocks with debut track 'Platoon', which saw a release, along with track 'Drops', through Chess Club Records on 15th July. Now they are preparing for their first ever live shows by revealing the video to new single, 'The Heat'
Jungle play the following dates...
10/10/2013 - Manchester - The Roadhouse 17/10/2013 - Brighton - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar 24/10/2013 - Leeds - Belgrave Music Hall 30/10/2013 - Sheffield - The Harley
Altre di B is a five-piece band based in Bologna, Italy.
"Sherpa" is the first single taken from their second album untitled "Sport", which is set for release in November 2013 by Italian labels Muki and La Fame dischi. The band stated the song is dedicated to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who were the first men to climb mount Everest in 1953. The video is directed by Claudio Stanghellini.
The band are aiming to be in the UK at the end of next spring so watch this space.. For now just enjoy their great video!
Canadian sextet Your Favorite Enemies is about to release their first UK single I Just Want You To Know. The band self produced their work through their own label Hopeful Tragedy Records. The band are Alex Foster (vocalist), Jeff Beaulieu (guitar), Sef (guitar), Ben Lemelin (bass), Miss Isabel (vocals and keyboard) and Charles “Moose” Allicy (drums); they have toured all around the world – Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada, Indonesia and China – and they will go on a short tour in Japan before coming to the UK in October.
The song is a complex mix of instruments, effects and poetic lyrics; the voice is not predominant and it has got an opaque and husky quality that gives almost a Gothic effect to it. The piece kicks in straight away with epic riffs; it grows even more in the refrains and towards the end.