EQUALS

‘Equals have a stunning melodic touch, an ability to craft furiously intelligent R&B melters that cut deeper than most’ CLASH

‘Music that resonates with feeling’ Line Of Best Fit

‘The track's musicality is intensified further by Omotayo's astonishingly soulful and raw lead vocals’ Indie Shuffle

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KYLYPSO

‘Somewhere between Caribou, Tame Impala and Sufjan Stevens.’ Highclouds
‘Layered vocals dripping in melancholy and some rather captivating nocturnal production’ Pressplayok
'KYLYPSO have solidified their place amongst all that is great and good about pop music.' Wonderland Magazine

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Hero Fisher

"Hero is brilliant…" Dave Rowntree, Blur
“I love her attitude...She's got it in spades” Tom Furse, The Horrors
"Over-riding ambition billows out of her music” Clash Music
“Hero Fisher is bound for great things”  The Guardian
“Moody, brooding stuff”  NME

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Akiva

Press: giedre@lostinthemanor.co.uk; chris@lostinthemanor.co.uk

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Premiere: GigSlutz

About Akiva
“As we stand on the brink of nuclear Trumpageddon with terror on the street and meltdown in the corridors of power, it doesn’t feel right to be listening to homogenous vocoder disposable pop featuring nobody special. That’s why we have something to say.” – Akiva
Alongside the perhaps anticipated touchstones of pop music excellence – the Stones, Krautrock, Madchester, the rhythmic lyricism of Kendrick Lamar and Courtney Barnett, psychedelia – Akiva are also happy to acknowledge the impact of cultural references less readily associated with rock’n’roll, namely UK current affairs programmes Newsnight and Question Time, and the trusty BBC Radio 4. For here is a band who believe that music is a medium for a message, never more so than in these troubled times. “Our songs tend to have a heavy theme of conflict and aggression running through them lyrically,” says frontman Dave MacKenzie. “Grab a beat, a bassline, add a view of the world, and you’re on the right track.”
 Three quarters of Akiva – Malcolm Carter (guitar, vox), Rob Mercel (bass) and Dave Mercel (drums) – have known each other since their schooldays at a Bedfordshire comprehensive, variously soaking up the delights of warehouse raves, classic guitar riffery and grunge. Singer, guitarist and synth programmer Dave MacKenzie then arrived from England’s northwest, bringing with him a passion for breakbeat, the Madchester scene and anything with a bit of groove and swagger. Honing their art in a dingy south London rehearsal room, Akiva found themselves sharing the studio space with Kasabian, whose processed beats and retro licks weren’t a million miles away from where Akiva themselves were heading. Throw in shuffling broken drum beats, rolling basslines, twinkling analogue synths and punchy, percussive lyrics and you have the Akiva sound, fully formed.
 Those punchy lyrics, of course, have political intent. George Orwell is a band hero, and his writings informed much of Akiva’s first album, ‘Can’t Buy Revolutions’. Themes of war, conflict and turmoil remain prevalent in the quartet’s output and, sadly, there’s no end of material to draw on in 2017. “We’re generally fascinated and a bit terrified at the current state of the world,” says Dave, “and how it resembles the periods running up to the two world wars in terms of huge inequality, segregation and racial tension, and politicians using people’s fears and financial insecurities to whip up a culture of division, mistrust and discrimination.” Akiva are aware that only a rejection of these divisive forces, a recognition that we are all one, will turn things around. They have an internationalist message to spread, one that reacts against the fear and division. And you know what they say about rebellion informing the best art…

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Glassmaps release debut single, 'Summer Rain'

We’re proud to announce that the latest act to sign to Lost In The Manor are Glassmaps, the new solo project of Joel Stein, guitarist with esteemed Aussie indie outfit Howling Bells. Joel is now based in the UK, but cut his debut album in Las Vegas with the assistance of Mark Stoermer, bassist in The Killers. We’ll be releasing that later this year, and to whet the appetite Glassmaps are pushing a series of singles, including ‘Summer Rain’, out on 26 May and already rated as “a thumping return” by Clash and "bold and brazen" by Line of Best Fit.

Joel has assembled his own killer band to perform his spine-tinglingly symphonic pop nuggets live, and following their performance at Lost In The Manor’s stage at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, Glassmaps have some pretty spectacular summer shows in the pipeline. We’ll soon reveal all, meanwhile, listen to ‘Summer Rain’ below.

Glassmaps

'A thumping return ' Clash
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"Summer Rain", is a bold and brazen track that presents a more psychedelic slant on the classic rock formula' The Line of Best Fit

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Brudini

‘Remarkable, and very beautiful’ Danny Fields
‘If you’re a fan of Radiohead and John Fante, you’ll love BrudiniThe George Tavern
‘Not many artists out there do things quite like Brudini Music Musings and Such
‘A real and considered piece of artistry’ Lost in the Manor Magazine

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CHILDCARE

'Explosive from the off, a jagged guitar riff nailed against an anthemic vocal' Clash
'Dynamic post-Britpop, slacker rock riot' Euphoria
‘A tribute to British awkwardness’ Wonderland Magazine
‘Really fucking good' Indie Shuffle

 

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Tiny Eyes

'New cut 'Falling' opens his forthcoming EP, and it's a nimble introduction to his feverish imagination.' Clash
'The simplicity of the lyrics is refreshing' Turtle Tempo
'Single Of The Week' The Vinyl District

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CHILDCARE’s ‘Made Simple’ EP is out now!

A band whose star is unequivocally in the ascendent, CHILDCARE released their ‘Made Simple’ EP via Lost In The Manor on 14 April. Featuring buzz-generating tracks ‘Film Club’ ‘Kiss?’ and ‘Dust’, the EP’s release was celebrated with a smash sellout show at the Sebright Arms in East London. Firm favourites of Radio One’s Huw Stephens, CHILDCARE have been racking up the plaudits across the globe’s best online music magazines, from Line of Best Fit to GoldFlakePaint. The accompanying video to ‘Kiss?’ has been causing quite a stir too – clock it below if you haven’t already, and get hold of ‘Made Simple’ for yourself HERE.

Watch ‘Kiss?’ 

Marlon Brando Island

“As debuts go this is bloody smashing... one that lifts the band onto a new platform”
Listen with Monger
“A curious alt-post-punk-pop hybrid… with an experimental edge”  Little Indie Blogs
"Heart-racing, anthemic number that will get you out of your seat" The Revue

 

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The Vex

‘Ferocious energy of punk against sharp-edged Jamaican rhythms’ CLASH
'Evident punk rock influences with a flair of reggae' Gigslutz
'
London based Jamaican infused punk sensations' Huffington Post

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FAERS

“Indie hopefuls with a hi-octane approach” CLASH 
Faers are creating something that is incredibly on trend at the moment.” It’s All Indie
“A band to watch out for in 2017" Gigslutz

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