Now Playing: CHAI – ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’ (Feat. Ric Wilson)

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Japanese four-piece CHAI has this week returned with another preview of their upcoming new album, this time linking up with Chicago’s Ric Wilson for ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’. 


The album, WINK, is due for release in the coming months and is set to feature previous tracks such as ‘ACTION’ and ’Donuts Mind If I Do’. 


'Maybe Chocolate Chips’ shows a more chill and lush side of the band that we haven’t seen from the tracks they’ve shared from WINK thus far. According to bassist/vocalist YUUKI, the single is about self-love. 


She said, “Things that we want to hold on to, things that we wished went away. A lot of things happen as we age and with that for me, is new moles! But I love them! My moles are like the chocolate chips on a cookie, the more you have, the happier you become! and before you know it, you’re an original ♡.”


Check out ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’ (Feat. Ric Wilson) by CHAI below


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Now Playing: LVRA – ‘Dead’


Scottish-Chinese alt-pop up-and-comer LVRA (pronounced loo-rah) makes her mark with her mesmerising new single ‘Dead’. The track follows in the footsteps of her debut EP LVCID, released last year. 


LVRA’s evocative lyrics, smooth vocals and experimental production is a deadly combination in the best way possible. She says on the track, “There’s a unique power you gain when you stop caring about what people think of you.”


Also adding, “It’s an ongoing battle, though, and ‘DEAD’ is about the conflict between the fantasy of not caring and how you feel in reality. The video captures that, with a version of myself who has her shit together and another that is fighting to survive.The use of red represents fear in the human condition, but in Chinese culture it also symbolises happiness. One rarely comes without the other.”


Listen to ‘Dead’ by LVRA below. 


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Now Playing: deep tan – ‘camelot’

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East London-based post-punk three-piece deep tan never fails to deliver and they’ve come through with yet another incredible track, this time with their brand new song ‘camelot’. The release of the single comes alongside news that they’re set to reveal their debut EP creeping speedwells on June 4th via Practise Music.


‘camelot’ might be short in duration, but it makes a big impact in under two minutes. The sharp and angular number is an ode to chaotic ragers. 


They said on the track, “‘camelot’ is an unashamed tribute to ‘the sesh’. a group of people have just been evicted with only 48hrs notice, leading them to have one last rager in order to forget about the stress of not finding a new home with such short notice. coming in at less than two minutes, the frenetic energy of the track sets the scene for total obliteration”


Dive into the world of deep tan with ‘camelot’ below. 


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Now Playing: Yuto. – ‘Say’


Melbourne indie-electro duo Yuto. has this week revealed their first song of the year with their track ’Say’. The new single was unveiled via triple j Unearthed’s TOPS. ’Say’ comes after a busy 2020 for the brothers, who spent Melbourne’s lockdown working on music in their home studio.  


Buoyant, dynamic and full of life, there’s so much to love about ’Say’. Daylan said on the single, “This song is what we feel Yuto. will be in the future and what the project will push to be. We have been consuming A LOT of Crooked Colours/Hayden James and have used that for inspiration for ‘Say’. This song is a chill, feel good song that will have you feel all different things, the subject matter is very reflective and uplifting.”


Brighten up your week with Yuto.’s new single ’Say’ below. 


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Now Playing: Adeline – ‘Mystic Lover’

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer Adeline this month released her sultry new track ‘Mystic Lover’. The steamy single was released just before Valentine’s Day. 


‘Mystic Lover’ sees Adeline tell the story of a woman who is madly in love with her partner. The track features intimate lyrics such as, “I don’t know what you did to me, but you turned me into such a freak,” and “light my fuse, keep my body humming.”


Partner these words with Adeline’s mesmerising croon, vibrant baselines and sprinkles of funk and you’re got the ingredients for an intoxicating romantic anthem. 


Adeline said on the single, “The music is inspired by early 70’s funk, but it’s a trip in the past taken on a futuristic neon lit flying bus. In a way, the track symbolizes the Nightshade sound. It embodies a lot of our inspirations and intentions. This is also to me the track that represents both my bass and vocal signatures. It’s a late night sexy jam that makes your head bounce and makes you wonder if you’re high.”


Check out ‘Mystic Lover’ by Adeline below.


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Feature: The Ingredients of Beta with Beige Banquet

Monday, February 22, 2021


London-based post-punk and art-punk artist Beige Banquet recently released his debut 12 track offering Beta. Tom Brierley, who is behind Beige Banquet, was living in Melbourne and amongst our music scene here before returning home to London. To celebrate the release of Beta, he took some time out to dive into some of the records that inspired him when working on his own, as well as taking us through the process of working on his debut release.


Lithics - Tower of Age

Without a doubt this has been one of my favourite records of 2020, I was a fan of their first record but Tower of Age has been on repeat consistently for the majority of last year. The tight and interweaving guitar lines feel stretched and elasticated, at times tripping over each other as they tell a beautiful native throughout the record. The sparse vocal delivery and the syncopated rhythm section leaves so much space for the guitars to really drag the record forward. There's something quite amazing that happens when two relatively simple guitar parts, that are quite similar tonally, are played at the same time and this dynamic was a huge influence on how I approached the guitars for Beta. From a production point of view, I'm a huge fan of how it's mixed, it feels like you're standing in a small practise room with the 4 members and it really hits you how effective the combination of 2 guitars, bass and drums can be. You can hear the subtle intricacies between the instruments perfectly and to me that's what guitar music is all about.


Crack Cloud - s/t
When I first heard this record it completely blew my mind. Although it's actually two EPs put together into a full length, there was something about the linear nature of the final collection of tracks that really drew me in. It musters a real sense of forward momentum that never really looks back, each song similar yet different, and their now somewhat, icon sound warps and morphs between tracks. Crack Cloud's rhythmic approach to songwriting was something that instantly connected with my brain, there's a subtle blend throughout of understated brilliance and uncompromised artistic vision, while still managing to keep it effortlessly cool. Tonally the guitars are very exciting to me, drawing influence from bands such as Minutemen and Preoccupations, I don't think I had even finished listening to the record before I was trawling the internet for a chorus pedal. I don't even know where to start on the rhythmic and off-kilter vocal delivery. This record has been a huge influence on me and is definitely one of my most played albums over the last couple of years.


Marbled Eye - EP II

Although this actually came out back in 2017, it's been a big influence on me musically and definitely felt like a bridge between the heavier music I was making with NOUGHTS in Melbourne to essentially what became Beige Banquet. It was that combination of a nonchalant vocal delivery with driving and at times quite abrasive music. These 4 raw tracks still have the ability to inspire me to make music even after listening to it heavily for 3 years. I sometimes find that I can never make it through my favourite records without having to run off and grab my guitar, there's something in certain music that I find unbearably inspiring, whatever that is, this EP has it in abundance.


Constant Mongrel - Living in Excellence

I chose CM here when I really could have picked a number of records by bands such as Vintage Crop, Gonzo, The Shifters, EYESØRES, Dr Sure's Unusual Practice or any of the bands I saw and/or played within during my time in Melbourne. My time in the city's now-famous music scene was a massive influence on how I've approached music since being back in London. A few people here in the UK have expressed a bit of surprise that I released an album so soon and didn't follow the mould by releasing a string of singles and building a following over a number of years before sharing a debut full length. There's really nothing wrong with that approach and I totally understand why people do it, but I personally feel that it's at a detriment to the reason why I'm involved in music at all, to write, record, release and share my musical ideas with the world. If you have music why hold it back? It often feels like bands are so focussed on the success that they base their decisions on business rather than art. If there's one thing that Melbourne taught me, it's that success as an artist is not based on how much money you've made, or how many people turn up at your gigs, but it's that unfiltered ability to express your musical ideas with the world.


Liiek - s/t

I recently came across this little scene based out of Berlin, centring around Mangal records and including bands such as Liiek, Pigeon and Flennen. Their DIY approach was really refreshing and exactly what I'd been searching for since moving back to London, it reminded me of the Melbourne scene in a lot of ways. I actually found Liiek through the artist Robin Roche, who did the artwork for Beta, who I sought out on Instagram after seeing the work he'd done on the lastest Vintage Crop record, I think it's amazing how a visual aesthetic can tie music together so beautifully. I've had an amazing response from the record in places like Germany and France and it's made me feel very connected with my European neighbours, almost to a point where I feel more aligned with the music scenes in Berlin and Paris than London. These ties feel quite fragile at the moment, with the current world situation, but I think it makes it all the more important to remain close with Europe at a time when our government is trying their very hardest to isolate our island and move it further into the depths of the north sea. 


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Now Watching: Native Son – ‘Riot!’



NYC genre-blending artist Native Son shared his debut project Metro Dread at the end of last year and featuring on the release is his vibrant track ‘Riot!’. 


This month he unveiled the accompanying visuals for ‘Riot!’, which was filmed amongst his hometown Brooklyn. The clip was shot and edited by Jack Henry, with Native Son (Ano Chrispin) also contributing to the editing process. 


On the track, Native Son explains that he was inspired by two friends who were involved in Black Lives Matter marches in New York.


He said, “'Riot!' is a song about the experiences of two of my close friends who are really involved in the marches for Black Lives around New York City. I wrote this song after a protest which ended badly, and it serves as a response to the portrayal of mostly peaceful protestors as members of the riotous mob that has tried to hijack many of the demonstrations. I chose to tell their stories- and my own, to remind people that we’re not just dots on a TV screen. 'Riot!' is a reminder that for some, the fight for justice has become more of a home for them than where they live.”


Check out ‘Riot!’ by Native Son below. 


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Now Playing: Balming Tiger – ‘JUST FUN!’ / ‘LOOP?’


Up-and-coming South Korean collective Balming Tiger last week unveiled their double A-side single ‘JUST FUN!’ / ‘LOOP?’. 


Comprising of members Omega Sapien, sogumm, wnjn, Mudd the Student, Unsinkable, and San Yawn the group have been getting global attention thanks to major singles like the commanding and addictive ‘Kolo Kolo’, released last year. 


Starring Omega Sapien, sogumm and wnjn, the very smooth ‘JUST FUN!’ sees them blend together enticing and bouncy grooves, hard-hitting raps and ethereal vocals and it's pure magic. It’s easy to lose track of time when listening to ‘JUST FUN!’ and don’t be surprised when you find yourself playing it on repeat for hours on end. 


The second track ‘LOOP?’, featuring Omega Sapien, sogumm and Mudd the Student, is shorter in duration but also makes a heavy impact from the moment you hit play.


Check out ‘JUST FUN!’ and ‘LOOP?’ by Balming Tiget below. 


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Now Playing: Genesis Owusu – ‘Gold Chains’

Friday, February 19, 2021

 

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Ghanian-born, Australian-based Genesis Owusu has returned with another taste of his highly-anticipated debut album with ‘Gold Chains’. The album, Smiling With No Teeth, is due for release next month on March 5th. 

He told The FADER that ‘Gold Chains’ came to him after he began reflecting on his job as an artist and how easily it can make one feel like a commodity. 

He said, “'Gold Chains' got me thinking about the flaws of being in a profession where, more and more, you have to be the product, rather than just the provider of the product, and public misconceptions about how luxurious that is.”

Genesis Owusu has also shared the accompanying music video for the track, which were directed by Riley Blakeway. The visual conveys the song’s message about how things don’t always appear as they seem and shiny things don’t always give you the level of happiness that you think they will.

Before it’s time to dive into his upcoming 15-track collection in its entirety, check out Genesis Owusu’s song ‘Gold Chains’ below. 

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Now Playing: The Lounge Society – ‘Cain’s Heresy’

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Hebden Bridge up-and-comers The Lounge Society continues their ascent, today coming through with their brand new single ‘Cain’s Hersey’. The track follows in the footsteps of the UK band’s previous offering ‘Burn The Heather’, which also made an appearance on our best tracks of 2020 list at the end of last year. 


Raw and honest, in true The Lounge Society style, ‘Cain’s Hersey’ sees them reflect on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, connecting it to the spirally and disastrous path our modern world is on.


The band said, “‘Cain’s Hersey’ is a portrait of the world we’re headed to — where consumers lie sedated while ‘This Week’s Hot Trend’ and ‘101 Style Tips For Summer’ are forced down their throats by gloved hands. It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch’. Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment.”


Along with sharing the single, The Lounge Society is currently getting ready to release their much-anticipated debut EP Silk For The Starving via legendary label Speedy Wunderground on June 18th.


Until then, you can check out ‘Cain’s Hersey’ by The Lounge Society below.


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Now Playing: The Lazy Eyes – ‘Where’s My Brain???’

Thursday, February 18, 2021


Sydney-based band The Lazy Eyes unleashed their enticing single ‘Where’s My Brain???’ at the start of this month. The single is set to make an appearance on their forthcoming sophomore EP, appropriately named EP2


‘Where’s My Brain???’ is an otherworldly, psychedelic concoction that you'll want to devour over-and-over again. According to the band, it’s one of their favourites to play at the end of their live shows. 


The band said on the single, “We wrote ‘Where’s My Brain???’ in the developing years of the band, at a time when the setlist was lacking fast paced, energetic tracks. We needed that one last song that the audience could mosh and get sweaty to! The song is loosely about losing your mind over something and wanting to have a tantrum, but really it’s just a jam.”


Let the band take you to another planet with ‘Where’s My Brain???’ below. 


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Now Playing: Emerson Snowe – ‘Frankenstein’

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Hailing from Brisbane, Emerson Snowe recently returned with a new single, coming through with his latest ‘Frankenstein’. 


The last time he graced our ears with something new was with his heartfelt and poignant EP That’s Rock ’n’ Roll back in 2019 (via Liberation Records). Since releasing the EP, he headed off overseas, impressing audiences over in Europe and the UK.


This year, he’s set to share another release via Liberation Records. ‘Frankenstein’, he said, was the last song to be written for his upcoming collection and took around 30 minutes to write.


“I had become lost with myself and who I thought I was meant to be. Once people in your life fall away and you’re left with yourself, you can be as self-aware as you want to be - but you’re gonna realise sooner or later you have no clue who you are. I had moved from one addiction onto another. This track, although it was written very fast, holds a lot of weight into who I was at that time. A time of self-isolation, not sleeping until midday the next day, and gripping onto any ego I thought I had at all.”


We can’t wait to hear what Emerson Snowe has in-store for the rest of 2021, we’re sure whatever he has coming up is going to be special.


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Now Playing: Charlotte Spiral – ‘New Light’


Dark-alt pop duo Charlotte Spiral have this month unleashed their first single of 2021 with their hypnotising new number ‘New Light’. The track, which was produced by Speedy Wunderground’s-own and the legendary Dan Carey, follows their memorable debut EP Ideal Life, released early last year.


’New Light’ is a preview of their forthcoming EP, due on April 9th, which is set to explore themes such as loss, introspection, self-criticism, and escapism.


The lead single reflects on wishing you were someplace else and falling into an endless loop of comparing your life to someone else’s. Lead singer Amy Spencer said on ’New Light’, “It’s simply a message to myself to live more in the present and stop imagining how things could be, especially nowadays when it's so easy to get distracted and compare yourself to other people.”


Stay tuned for more from Charlotte Spiral in the coming months. 


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Now Playing: Soft Streak – ‘Never Call'

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


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Dreamy Los Angeles-based duo Soft Streak, featuring Tori Schachne and Colton Toy, have unleashed their first single of the year, this time returning with 'Never Call'. The mesmerising track is set to appear on their much-anticipated forthcoming debut album, due for release in 2021.

'Never Call' is a reflective offering about the changing nature of friendships and when these relationships begin to deteriorate. Soft Streak said on the track, "This song is about a deteriorating friendship, realizing you don’t recognize your friend anymore, and reflecting on whether or not that relationship is really healthy to try keep preserving. I think our (platonic) relationships with friends can be some of our most romantic relationships, and it's often pretty devastating to me when they fizzle or come to an end."

If you love 'Never Call' as much as we do, get ready for more sounds from Soft Streak this year. Until then, check out the duo's new single below.

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Now Watching: Tkay Maidza – ‘Kim’ (with Yung Baby Tate)

Thursday, February 4, 2021


 

There’s no stopping Tkay Maidza and today she’s back with yet another huge single, this time joining forces with Yung Baby Tate for 'Kim’. The track follows in the footsteps of a major 2020 for the ARIA & BET nominated artist — which included the release of her highly acclaimed EP  Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2.


‘Kim’ sees Maidza draw influence from her childhood hero and a true icon, the one-and-only Kim Possible. In the video, she dresses up as Kim Possible, as well as other prominent Kims' such as Lil Kim and Kim Kardashian.


Maidza said on the track and video, “The idea for the song came from Kim Possible, an iconic figure in my childhood — she always came out on top. I thought why not make a song to remind those who question me that I will always figure it out like Kim. From there when we started planning a video we thought why not recreate iconic moments from other iconic Kim's, across generations.”


Check out ‘Kim’ by Tkay Maidza and Yung Baby Tate below. 


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Now Playing: RINSE – ‘Tamaryn (Wherever I Am)’

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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Brisbane-based artist RINSE (the project of Joe Agius) has today returned with another special track, this time coming through with his newest gem ‘Tamaryn (Wherever I Am)’. 


The single follows in the footsteps of ‘Back Into Your Arms’ last year and is RINSE’s first offering for 2021 and a preview of his upcoming debut EP, set for release on March 5th. The accompanying music video was also produced, directed and edited by Agius.


According to Agius on Instagram, the track was the first song he recorded as RINSE over three years ago. He also said on ‘Tamaryn (Wherever I Am)’, “I wanted to write a love song that captured that feeling of falling hard for someone; how high and low it can make you feel at the same time whether you’re running into them at parties or talking to them online, and not knowing if they feel the same way about you.”


Check out ‘Tamaryn (Wherever I Am)’ by RINSE below. 


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Now Watching: Rosehip Teahouse – ‘No Gloom’

Monday, February 1, 2021
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Bedroom-pop band Rosehip Teahouse recently unveiled the video for their track ‘No Gloom’. The track appears on their mesmerising EP Fine, which was released late last year via Big Indie Records (Childcare, Eliza Shaddad, Weird Milk). 


The dazzling and dreamlike clip features an appearance by Faye Rogers’ adorable dog Chucky. Drummer Will Dickens said on the making of the video: 


“We had loads of ideas going into filming this video, lots of places we wanted to shoot and things we wanted to try and experiment with. But as soon as we got into the hall and Joe showed some of the footage played back, we realised that's all we needed. The lighting was too good and Faye's dog Chucky was enjoying himself so much. It was one of those times where you realise you're better off not over complicating things and just running with the simplest idea till you can't squeeze anything else out of it. And we're really happy with the result"


Watch ‘No Gloom’ by Rosehip Teahouse below.


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Now Playing: MICHELLE – ‘FYO’


NYC collective MICHELLE has revealed their exquisite new track ‘FYO’, which is their first taste of new music for 2021. The release has also been accompanied by stunning visuals directed by MICHELLE’s own Emma Lee and Layla Ku. 


‘FYO’ sees the four lead singers’ reflect on their experiences growing up with mixed race identities. Jamee Lockard from the band said, “'FYO' is about belonging to different worlds but feeling rejected by both. Growing up as a mixed-race minority in the US, my self concept was warped by other people telling me what I am and am not, pushing and pulling me between identities.”


Also adding, “Although my feelings of cultural dissonance still ebb and flow, now I have the vocabulary, support system, and perspective to unpack that inner conflict on my own terms. We should never give others the authority to define who we are.”


Check out ‘FYO’ by MICHELLE below


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Now Playing: Anorak Patch – ‘Irate’

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Colchester-based four-piece Anorak Patch unleashed their latest single ‘Irate’ via Nice Swan Records late last month. ‘Irate’ is an exciting preview of what the up-and-comers have in store for the rest of the year. 


The track was written during the first lockdown and portrays how they were feeling as a collective during this initial period of uncertainty. The frantic-nature of ‘Irate’ perfectly captures the many ways that life as we knew it suddenly changed. 


Bassist Eleanor Helliwell said, “We wanted to write something more meaningful, something about the paralysing times we are in now. However we also wanted it to convey how we have hope for the future. “no vapour trails above” shows how we were trying to stay optimistic.”


Get aquatinted with Anorak Patch and ‘Irate’ below. 


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Now Watching: Girl Friday – ‘Earthquake’


Los Angeles-based band Girl Friday has shared the video for their riotous and charged-up track ‘Earthquake’. The song is off of the band’s much-acclaimed debut album Androgynous Mary, released via Hardly Art last year. 


The surreal and otherworldly visuals for ‘Earthquake’ were directed by the band’s own Vera Ellen. On the video, Vera Ellen said, “The greatest love story is between a song and a video. I wanted to deconstruct the creative process. How do ideas find each other? What happens when the artist lets outside forces get in the way of an idea? How is an idea affected by us, the audience and our expectations? What does an idea have to do to become it’s complete, purest, self.”


Also adding, “Beyond anything, it’s a story of fighting for true liberation. This will look different for everyone but I hope people can project their own struggle onto the story, and relish in the freedom experienced by the characters (if only for a moment).”


Step inside the world of ‘Earthquake’ with Girl Friday below. 


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Now Watching: CLAMM – ‘Keystone Pols’

Friday, January 29, 2021
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Melbourne-based punk band CLAMM has this week shared the video for their full-throttle single ‘Keystone Pols’. The trio also recently joined forces with Meat Machine, the label behind acts such as Crack Cloud and N0v3l — the label will be releasing the band’s debut album Beseech Me outside of Australia on April 9th. 


Oscar O’Shea, who directed the video, said “The concept for this video came through an idea that was originally tried for press photos, where that band ran as I shot photos of them at a continuous rate on a low shutter. We then extended that process into 13 minutes of continuous photographs of the band walking through the city, which when sped up created the effect you can see. This was then contrasted with the other scene with the mirrors and red lighting.”


Also adding, “This was shot in the complete opposite way to the photos where everything was done at double the speed then slowed down in post, together the two styles bounce off each other well and create a nice visual aid to a great song.”


Watch the video for ‘Keystone Pols’ by CLAMM below 


Written by Kristy Smolcic



Now Playing: Deb Never – ‘Someone Else’


Vocalist and guitarist Deb Never recently shared her first single of 2021, coming through with her beautiful new number ‘Someone Else’. 


After months of being stuck in Los Angeles in isolation, she decided to pack her bags and head to London, moving in with longtime collaborator and UK-based artist Michael Percy — ’Someone Else’ (and her forthcoming music) is a product of this life-changing decision made by Deb.


Tender and poignant, Deb Never bares it all on ‘Someone Else’. The song features moving and poetic lyrics such as, “The sparkles in your eyes, / Look like all the stars, / Do we see the same moon when you look up? / I can rob you of your time, / But still can't break in, your complicated mind,” which are the track’s opening words. 


The charming video for the single was filmed in the Hampstead Heath neighbourhood on film and was directed by Elif Gönen

Check out ‘Someone Else’ by Deb Never below. 


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Now Watching: Noga Erez – ‘End of The Road’

 

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Tel-Aviv singer-songwriter and producer Noga Erez this month unveiled a sneak preview of her much-anticipated forthcoming album KIDS with her new cut ‘End of The Road’. Her upcoming album follows in the footsteps of her impressive 2017 debut LP Off The Radar. KIDS is set for release on March 26. 


Along with sharing the vibrant track, Noga Erez has also shared the single’s accompanying music video, which is her fourth collaboration with Tel Aviv-based director Indy Hait. She said, “Walking towards the unknown with a smile. That's what I wanted this video to be all about.”


Also adding, “Nothing about this life is as predicted, so why am I so afraid of it? I wanted to inspire people to take a look at the magical potential of the unknown nature of life. I believe the relationship with what's beyond our control needs to be changed. The fear of it can become anticipation. The video doesn't show an all-optimistic journey. It shows a complex one. The beauty of being completely innocent at one moment, from militant to vulnerable and then in control. That's true to the journey we all go through, and what this video represents for me.”


Watch ‘End of The Road’ by Noga Erez below. 


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Now Playing: Do Nothing – ‘Uber Alles’

Thursday, January 28, 2021
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Nottingham band Do Nothing have this week revealed their new single ‘Uber Alles’, which is set to appear on their forthcoming EP Glueland. The EP will be released via their own imprint Exact Truth on March 12 and will also include their previously released title-track.

Vocalist Chris Bailey said ‘Uber Alles’ was the first track written for Glueland. “‘Uber Alles’ was the first song written for the new EP. Musically it takes a more decided, less rough around the edges approach than some of our previous material but lyrically it’s largely about being at ease with yourself, which is often tough to do.”

Just because Glueland was made during lockdown, don’t expect a cliché release about being stuck in lockdown. Bailey adds on the EP:

Glueland is about the inevitable feeling of being thrown onto a big pile of your own rubbish and paddling around in it like some kind of dusty walrus. We worked to make the songs and artwork all feel like they came from the same universe. It came from recording situations that we felt very comfortable in, and the tedious absence of live shows meant that we could stagger in some new directions without having to make sure that it all worked onstage. Don’t worry, we made sure not to actually write about being in lockdown… because who wants to hear about that?”

Before it’s time to enjoy Glueland in its entirety, listen to ‘Uber Alles’ below.

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Now Playing: Brodka & Scottibrains – ‘Wrong Party’

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Speedy Wunderground has unleashed their first single of the year, this time teaming up with Polish superstar Brodka. The intoxicating track, which is the iconic label’s 35th single release, also features their in-house band Scottibrains (including Dan Carey, Oli Bayston and Liam Hutton).


According to Brodka, ‘Wrong Party’ is inspired by something or someone who is bad for you but the temptation is undeniable. Brodka said, “Sometimes we are all drawn to a person or situation that is bad for us, so bad you want to set it on fire, but the desire is so strong, we can’t resist it. That’s what ‘Wrong Party’ is about.”


A physical copy of the single will be available from February 26th and is limited to 500 copies. 


Listen to ‘Wrong Party’ by Brodka & Scottibrains below. 


Written by Kristy Smolcic


Now Playing: CHAI – ‘ACTION’

Friday, January 22, 2021
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Get your best dancing shoes on because Japanese band CHAI has released a brand new single, this week sharing ‘ACTION’. The track will be appearing on their newly announced forthcoming record WINK, due for release on May 21 via Sub Pop. 


Not only is the song incredibly groovy, but it also has an important message — with the song built around ideas of togetherness and seeking change through collective action. Yuuki from CHAI said, “I wanted to dedicate that song to the year of action.”


The band also adding, “The world as we know it has changed, but even with that, it's still a world where nothing really changes. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were more action rooted in happiness? Be the change that you want to see! I'm going to be the pioneer in seeing the world I want to see, meeting the people I want to meet! We start off by expressing the fun in action with this music video. Why don't you join us?! It's that type of song.”


Check out ‘ACTION’ by CHAI below.


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Mush – ‘Seven Trumpets’

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 

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With the release of their second album Lines Redacted quickly approaching next month, Mush has shared another taste of what’s to come with ’Seven Trumpets’. The new track will be joining previous single ‘Blunt Instrumentals’ on the album, officially due for release on February 12th. 


Mush’s own Dan Hyndman said on ’Seven Trumpets’, “‘Seven Trumpets’ started as a climate change jaunt, but with the plethora of Armageddon scenarios currently on display, it became more about sleepwalking into disaster in a generalised sense. It has a Beefhearty breakdown in the middle.”


There’s a lot to love about what Mush have teased with ’Seven Trumpets’ and ‘Blunt Instrumentals’ and we’re eager to hear what they’ve got in store for Lines Redacted


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Blanketman – ‘Leave The South’


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After an impressive 2020, including the release of their impressive singles ‘Beach Body’ and ‘Harold’, UK band Blanketman are back at it again with new music, this time coming through another gem with ‘Leave The South’. The single will be appearing on their upcoming debut EP National Trust, due for release on March 19th via [PIAS] Recordings. 


Lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Hopper says on ‘Leave The South’, “The song harks back to five years ago when I was living in Reading while at uni. While not a bad place, I found my final year tough and was becoming disillusioned with what I was doing and where I was.”


Also adding, “I was in a rut mentally and my friends had stayed up north and I found myself feeling increasingly isolated and skint. I managed to convince myself that moving back up North would solve all my problems like it was some kind of utopia and started blaming where I was for said problems. I laugh at that now and that’s what the song is about. Although the water really does taste better up North..."


Check out ‘Leave The South’ by Blanketman below. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Now Playing: Valley Boy – ‘Sad Girl’

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Los Angeles duo Valley Boy recently unveiled their brand new single ’Sad Girl’. The release of the track was also accompanied by visuals directed by Zach Johnston. 


‘Sad Girl’ is a slow-burner that's instantly reminiscent of a daydream. The track might be tender and dreamy, but on a lyrical level, the song’s words are heavy and reflective. James from the duo elaborates on the story behind ‘Sad Girl’, “This song began after receiving my second 'we should never talk again' text from someone I had started seeing.”


Also adding, “Change can be scary, and I think she and I were both very aware that we would be taking a big step were we to begin dating. That would mean saying goodbye to the safety of the known, even if what we both knew was isolation, disappointment, and a pessimist’s view of life and love. The devil you know vs. the devil you don’t, right?”


Get aquatinted with Valley Boy and their new single ’Sad Girl’ below. 


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Now Playing: Robbie & Mona – ‘Queen Celine'

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Bristol-based couple-duet Robbie & Mona, featuring William Carkeet and Eleanor Gray, have shared another sneak peek of their much-anticipated debut album EW, which is set for release on 29th January via Spinny Nights. 


Pressing play on ‘Queen Celine' will make you feel like you've stepped into a vivid and surreal fever dream. Despite being short in duration, the track makes a huge impact. Mona said on the single, “Celine is a character that pops up in my short stories and imaginings a lot. She kind of represents all things surreal for me. The vocals for this song just spilled out after a day of losing my marbles and finding them again.”


On the writing process, Robbie added, “This song was written following an amalgamation of loads of electronic things breaking, including the synth that I usually write on. I was upset and frustrated, and the guitar riff just went from there.”


Before it’s time to enjoy EW in all its glory next week, dive into ‘Queen Celine’ below.


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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