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.

Written by Amy Smolcic 



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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. 


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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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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Now Playing: FRITZ – ‘Die Happily’

Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Newcastle-based FRITZ (Tilly Murphy) has kicked off the year in a huge way with her exquisite new single ‘Die Happily’, released yesterday. The track is set to appear on her upcoming album Pastel, which is due to be unleashed on February 12th via Inertia Music. 


FRITZ’s slice of shoegaze heaven features everything we’ve come to adore about her — including heartfelt and reflective words and equally as stirring instrumentals. She dedicates the track to platonic relationships that last a lifetime. On ‘Die Happily’ she said, “Die Happily is about wanting to be around a best friend forever and treasuring every moment spent with them. I think the phrase “die happily” isn’t used enough… I think its very powerful and perfectly sums up the way I felt when I was living these moments with my friends."


Until it’s time to soak up what FRITZ has to offer with her upcoming album, spin ‘Die Happily’ on repeat with us below. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Feature: Our Favourite Tracks of 2020... Part Three

Wednesday, December 30, 2020


With the new year coming to a close this week, we’re concluding our favourite tracks of 2020 series with part three of our list. Our site’s founder Kristy Smolcic dives into the final instalment of our end of year series. To check our the rest of our top picks for the year, including our best tracks, EPs and albums, click here


Willie J Healey – ‘Why You Gotta Do It’ 

Healey blends classic Americana and 70s psychedelic pop and makes it his own. If you love the song just as much as we do, be sure to check out the rest of his brilliant album, Twin Heavy



Madge – ‘Ethanol’

Madge continues to intrigue and ‘Ethanol’ was another captivating addition to the LA artist's impacting discography.


 


GUM – ‘Airwalkin’’ 

A musical wizard, GUM aka Jay Watson worked his magic to create a spellbinding track that transports you on a one-way ticket to his world. 



Ultraflex – ‘Full of Lust’

Dancefloors around the world were on hiatus this year but Ultraflex takes us back to better days with their sultry disco-anthem ‘Full of Lust’. 



Blanketman – ‘Beach Body’

Blanketman served up a series of exciting singles this year, but we found ourselves especially hooked to ‘Beach Body’. The energetic and high-powered tune reminds us of better days that included sweaty mosh-pits and live shows.   



Lime – ’Surf N Turf’ 

Up-and-comers Lime kicked things off in a huge way with their debut track 'Surf N Turf'. We can’t wait to hear what they have packed away ready to unleash in 2021. 



Thundercat – ‘Dragonball Durag’

Thundercat returned with another winner, once again proving why he’s so influential.



Yaeji – ‘WAKING UP DOWN’

Lively, energetic and nostalgic, we just can’t get enough of Yaeji’s catchy track ‘WAKING UP DOWN’. 



Jockstrap – ‘The City’

Jockstrap left us hypnotised with their bewitching and entrancing number 'The City'. Their EP Wicked City was equally as fascinating. 



Jonathan Bree – ‘In The Sunshine’

‘In The Sunshine’ is a melancholic masterpiece that showcases Bree’s ability to take emotions so stirring and turn them into something truly beautiful. 



Halloweens – ‘My Baby Looks Good With Another’

The soundtrack to our daydreams this year, and probably yours now. You’re welcome. 



Pottery – ’Texas Drums Pt I + II’

It’s the song that keeps on giving and never gets old — an A+ track by Montreal’s finest. 



Egyptian Blue – ‘Four Is The Last Four’

Egyptian Blue served up a tune that’s moving, thought-provoking and thrilling. 



Crack Cloud – ‘Ouster Stew’

With an album as impressive as Pain Olympics, it was difficult choosing one song from the album to feature on our list. Crack Cloud are on another level. 



Gustaf – ‘Mine’

Brooklyn’s Gustaf tackle entitlement with their fierce and energetic single 'Mine'. Bring on more music by them next year! 



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Feature: Our Favourite Albums of 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


With just over a week left until we say farewell to 2020, we’re continuing our recap of the year that was. Today, we’re exploring the albums that moved us, made us cry, gave us goosebumps and made us feel alive. Let us take you through our album highlights below. 


Willie J Healey – Twin Heavy 

Willie J Healey this year followed up his noteworthy debut record People and Their Dogs with his incredible sophomore LP Twin Heavy. His debut album was good, but his second is brilliant. On Twin Heavy, he hits his stride as a songwriter, reaffirming the fact that major labels can get it very wrong. The album is quirky and charming, yet reflective and poignant. Through the course of twelve unforgettable tracks, Healey invites listeners into another world. Twin Heavy is a timeless LP that will continue to be talked about for years to come. 



Sorry – 925

There’s no defining Sorry — their sound is whatever they want it to be. 925 is a bubbling cauldron swirling with intoxicating and peculiar ingredients that they’ve concocted themselves. The album could easily appear as the soundtrack to a shadowy and mysterious film noir. 925 is without a doubt one of the most eclectic, unique and innovative releases of 2020. 



Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Her first album in almost a decade, Fetch The Bolt Cutters is gut-wrenching, devastating, intriguing and an instant masterpiece. Apple is witty, candid and honest and no track on the record deserves to be skipped. 



Porridge Radio – Every Bad 

Porridge Radio’s Every Bad is an initiation into the mind of Dana Margolin. It’s an emotional and fearless album that’s best described in terms of the evocative nature of water — at times, there are moments of calm, reminiscent of tender waves gliding towards the shore, but then there are moments of chaos and destruction, where the waves feel like a tsunami. 


 


Sports Team – Deep Down Happy 

Sports Team’s highly anticipated debut album Deep Down Happy is an ode to growing up and combating mundanity. The release isn’t just a collection of spirited and energetic songs made to weave into their riotous live shows, it’s much more than that. They present an immersing collection of songs that are relatable to anyone attempting to navigate life in their 20s. 



Miiesha – Nyaaringu

On her impressive debut offering Nyaaringu, Miiesha blends soulful R&B with reflections of her home, family, life and identity. It’s a powerful and all-consuming body of work by an artist on the rise.



Katy J Pearson – Return

In a year that’s been as chaotic as 2020, it’s albums like Katy J Pearson’s mesmerising debut Return that makes it feel like things might end up okay. Pearson is a special kind of songwriter — her music possesses the power to make you forget about your surroundings and instead transport you to a daydream that you wish would never end. 



Crack Cloud – Pain Olympics

Vancouver collective Crack Cloud’s debut Pain Olympics is one of the most striking and thought-provoking releases of recent years. Throughout the album, they touch on some very grave topics, and it’s hard to look away — it’s startling, eye-opening and tragic in the most beautiful way possible. 



More noteworthy albums:

Pottery – Welcome to Bobby’s Motel 

Choir Boy – Gathering Swans

Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club

Tiña – Positive Mental Health Music 

Moses Sumney – græ

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Happyness – Floatr

Deeper – Auto-Pain

Megan Thee Stallion – Good News

Thundercat – It Is What It Is


Interview: Q on Pressure and Embracing Vulnerability

Monday, December 21, 2020
Photo by Khufu Najee

There’s an energy of self-confidence that you can hear in Q Marsden’s voice when he talks about his music. Don’t mistake this for over-confidence, instead, the 21-year-old up-and-comer has a clear direction of the place where he wants to take his music — and he wants to take listeners with him on the reflective and self-examining journey he’s currently on. 


Music is something that runs through his veins. His parents are both accomplished musicians — his father had his own studio where he worked with artists such as Wayne Wonder and Sean Paul, and his mother played keyboard for Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. Q notes that his mother’s love for Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson also has had a profound impact on his musical underpinnings. Along with being deeply immersed in music as a result of his parents’ vast industry experience, there’s also the self-taught exploration that he has also embarked on, including learning the craft of self-producing and playing instruments himself. 


Having parents who have been successful within the industry might make some people feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders, but this isn’t something that has affected Q. He acknowledges that though his parents have guided him in various ways — his father also assisted in the creation of his hit single ‘Take Me Where Your Heart Is’ — he’s paving his own way too. 



“Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes I don’t care,” Q says on pressure and times when people attempt to compare his direction with the success of his family. “I’m doing my thing. They had their careers, and I’m having mine right now. The pressure can sometimes come from guiding me where to go. But other than that, it’s all support.” If anything, Q admits that if he has ever felt moments of pressure, it’s because of the pressure he places upon himself. 


Before his recently released EP The Shave Experiment, it was his album Forest Green and before that, Thoughts. Though there’s a clear evolution of his craft between releases, they’re not entirely distinct to one another. Q has previously admitted that both Forest Green and The Shave Experiment features tracks built around similar chords and instruments. The Shave Experiment however showcases Q’s growth as a songwriter, lyricist and producer. 


2020 has been a difficult year for many artists. Some have decided to pause making music whilst some others have spent the year working on their craft. For Q, music is an organic process that can’t be forced. He lets his feelings guide whether he works on his music and not forcing anything if he doesn’t feel like he’s in the right headspace to create. 


“I just flowed with it. When I felt like making music, I did it, when I didn’t, I just didn’t do it. I never pressure myself to make music, I don’t force it because it’s something you can’t force. If you force it, it doesn’t sound good. Pressure makes you feel like you have to make something, especially when you’re home all day. You might start feeling like you’re not doing enough and feel like you have to make music. I think people put too much pressure on themselves.”


When it came to releasing The Shave Experiment, he didn’t feel any apprehension or nerves about it being released — he had worked hard on the EP and felt ready to share it with the world. “I knew it was different,” Q said, “But I also believed it was good. It was good music that I was releasing so I had a lot of confidence in that aspect.”


The Shave Experiment is much succinct than his previous offerings — though, Q notes that he probably would have liked to make the release much lengthier after having a pool of approximately thirty tracks to choose from. The EP ultimately is his reintroduction, or perhaps for a number of listeners first meeting Q thanks to his viral single ‘Take Me Where Your Heart Is’, it’s his introduction. 


He began working on The Shave Experiment shortly after releasing Forest Green last year. If there’s one thing he learnt from his previous experiences with Forest Green it was that it’s okay to be ambitious with where you want to take your music. On his previous release, he said, “It showed me that you can really just create what you want to create.”


Enter The Shave Experiment, though it’s his shortest release to date, it’s a monumental release. For Q, It wasn’t just about experimenting sonically, the experimenting he did was in regards to the EP’s raw and intimate subject matter and his lyrical reflections. 


On his thoughts on experimentation, he said, “Experimentation in music is like mixing audio chemicals. You’re mixing the red potion with the green one, or you’re mixing certain topics with certain sounds that might not usually be associated with each other.”


“I think the experimentation for the EP related more to the topics that I was talking about rather than the sounds. The experimenting part for me was the topics I touch on, such as vulnerability and the mindset I was in at the time. I was shaving off things, shaving off parts of my life and my mind.”


The EP contemplates an array of emotional and poignant topics. On the EP’s opener ‘Garage Rooftop’, Q sings about being in the middle of a state of chaos and disarray, yet having someone who he deeply cares about by his side. He sings, “I'ma cry, I'ma fall / I’ma feel anxiety / Inside of me / Until I found / You on the garage rooftop.” There’s also the stirring ‘Alone’, which reflects on solitude and collective feelings of aloneness. Appearing like intimate and private words out of a journal, the track features lyrics such as, “I shedded tears beside you / And I made sure that I put them in / A place where we can find it / To remember all the times we were / Alone in all our problems.”



The impassioned and romantic ‘Take Me Where Your Heart Is’, which Q says was recorded on his iPhone, is an outpouring of love and adoration. Though you can’t deny the catchiness of the track or its funk-driven groove, it’s Q’s words that take centre-stage. There’s no holding back and it’s what makes the song so special. ‘My Dear Electra’ is also home to tender lyrics such as “I'm standing here inside my heart / And life has been a proper storm / But now I'm here, a broken soul / I need to find my home with you.”


Vulnerability doesn’t scare Q, he isn’t afraid of singing about feeling alone, in love or overwhelmed by the world — which is inspiring for many young people who are often dismissed by society for expressing their vulnerability in a public space. Expressing himself wholeheartedly is a major part of who he is, and that’s something that will continue to drive the music he makes.


“Don’t try and hide it, don’t pretend. There’s no point of pretending in life, you’re wasting time pretending,” says Q. “Have fun and just be vulnerable, even when people might tell you that being vulnerable isn’t the coolest thing to be.”


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: Our Favourite EPs of 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

 


We’re continuing our walk-through some of 2020's most memorable releases. Today, we’re excited to explore nine EPs that have impressed us over the course of the last twelve months. Have a deep dive into some of our favourite EPs below. 


Sinead O'Brien –  Drowning in Blessings

Irish poet and performer Sinead O’Brien took her time with Drowning in Blessings and her hard work and patience paid off. O’Brien is in a league of her own — what she presents transcends the boundaries of genre and labels. Listening to Drowning in Blessings gives listeners a floating feeling reminiscent of an out-of-body experience of sorts. You can’t help but feel fully focussed on every word and observation that she makes about people and the world surrounding her. O'Brien's debut release is without a doubt one of the best EPs to be released in recent years. 



The Ninth Wave – Happy Days! 

Following in the footsteps of a debut album as impressive as Infancy isn’t an easy thing to do, but The Ninth Wave were able to create something equally as memorable and truly beautiful. Happy Days! still has the raw and moving lyrics we heard on Infancy but sonically the Glasgow band embraced an experimental approach — resulting in a collection of tracks that are distinct yet cohesive. They took a risk with their 2020 EP and it led to a stunning collection of six exceptional tracks. 



Oracle Sisters – Paris I 

With their debut EP Paris I, Paris-based Oracle Sisters breathe in the world around them and the various creative outlets that inspire them and turn them into six magical tracks. In testing times and a year that’s been tedious and repetitive for many people around the world, Oracle Sisters invite you into another world — one that’s both dreamy and whimsical. Their spellbinding offering is the reminder we need that it’s okay to hit the pause button from time-to-time and allow your imagination to run wild. 



Walt Disco – Young Hard and Handsome

Over the past eighteen months, the up-and-comers from Glasgow have been wowing music lovers from all over with their fearless anthems and their takes on self-expression and identity. Their EP Young Hard and Handsome encapsulates everything they’re about and so much more. There are thunderous and all-consuming numbers like ‘Hey Boy (You’re One of Us)’ and ‘Cut Your Hair’, but they also embrace their tender side with the romantic and melancholic ‘Heather’. Their momentous debut EP is only the beginning for Walt Disco, get ready to be talking a lot more about them in 2021. 



Lynks – Smash Hits, Vol 1 

An icon in the making, Lynks first caught our attention after ’Str8 Acting’, and since then, we’ve been obsessed. Featuring six addictive earworms (including ‘Pandemic!’ as a bonus track), Lynks gives listeners everything they could possibly want. And if you want to experience the magic of Smash Hits, Vol 1, head over to Lynks' Youtube channel (link) where you can catch performances of many of the tracks from the EP thanks to his lockdown live shows earlier in the year. 



Oscar Lang – Antidote to Being Bored

Somehow amongst the chaos of 2020, Oscar Lang was able to release three very impressive EPs. His final EP for the year, Antidote to Being Bored, shows a side of Lang that we didn’t expect to hear. Always open to experimentation and trying things outside his comfort zone, his recent EP is his boldest release to-date. The bedroom sound many might have associated with Lang in the past has been traded in for Britpop-swagger and sounds that are designed for sweaty mosh-pits. With every release, Lang continues to prove why he’s one of the most versatile and exciting artists on the rise. 



Shady Nasty – Bad Posture

Spanning four startling and thought-provoking tracks, their haunting EP touches on heavy topics, including mental health, addiction and battling the expectations enforced by family as well as society.  With Bad Posture, Shady Nasty showcased why they’re one of Australia’s most intriguing and compelling experimental bands on the rise. 



Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird Vol. 2 

When Tkay Maidza started her Last Year Was Weird EP series, there was no anticipating that 2020 was going to be one of the weirdest years yet. Adventurous and compelling, Tkay’s EP is innovative and stylistically diverse — each track is dissimilar from the next, yet they’ve been perfectly curated. 



PVA – Toner

PVA faced an array of challenges in the lead-up to their debut EP. But through the wave of cancellations and setbacks thrown their way, they were able to deliver Toner. Spanning three exhilarating tracks and two incredible remixes (by Lynks and Mura Masa), the up-and-comers give listeners a tantalising taste of what they’ve got to offer and it’s immensely exciting.


 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Feature: Our Favourite Tracks of 2020... Part Two

Monday, December 14, 2020

 


We’re thrilled to today bring you part two of our annual best tracks list, featuring another collection of the finest gems from around the world. The final part of our list will be coming to you next week, so stay tuned. Until then, let us take you through more of the tracks that we’ve loved during the year that was. If you missed part one last week, click here to catch up with more of our favourites. 


The Lounge Society – ‘Burn The Heather’ 

Just when we thought the year was almost over, up-and-comers The Lounge Society unleashed one of the most exciting singles of 2020 with ’Burn The Heather’. Look out for The Lounge Society next year, we’re predicting big moves from them in 2021 if their first two singles are anything to go off. 



RINSE – ‘Back Into Your Arms’ (ft. Hatchie)

Brisbane’s RINSE (the project of Joe Agius) has created pure magic with ‘Back Into Your Arms’ — everything about the track is perfect. Once you press play, don’t be surprised if you end up listening to this gem on-repeat for hours on end. 



Priestgate – ’Summ(Air)'

’Summ(Air)' is a song that randomly fell into our path after hours of searching online for new music and we haven’t forgotten it. The track is melancholic, yet vibrant and fast-paced — depending on your mood, it either makes you want to mosh up a storm or lay on the grass and stare at the sky. Priestgate are ones-to-watch. 



Tkay Maidza – ’24k’

The truth is, we had a hard time choosing which song to feature from Tkay’s release Last Year Was Weird, Vol 2. as each track is back-to-back fire. But there’s something about '24k' in particular that makes us forget about the type of year it was.  



Megan Thee Stallion – ‘What’s New’

Nothing was going to stop Megan from dominating this year and we can’t see her reign letting up anytime soon.


 


PVA – ’Sleek Form’ 

There are many reasons why we love PVA but one of them is how they refuse to be boxed into one category. Their all-consuming rave number ‘Sleek Form’ was one of their many highlights from 2020. 



Porcelain Boy – ‘dull girl’  

Sydney-based duo Porcelain Boy left us absolutely intoxicated with their enticing first single ‘dull girl’. We have a feeling they have some big tracks on the way in the new year and we can’t wait to hear what they’ve been working on. 



Katy J Pearson – ‘Hey You’

Katy J Pearson created the soundtrack to the majority of our daydreams this year. Everything she creates is exqusite and ‘Hey You’ is absolutely no exception. 



Pretty Sick – ‘Angel Landing’

NYC band Pretty Sick put their best foot forward with their EP Deep Divine. We’ve listened to ‘Angel Landing’ a lot over the last few months, and each time we hear it, it takes us to an indescribable place.



Little Simz – ‘might bang, might not’

Little Simz continues to prove why she’s a force to be reckoned with and ‘might bang, might not’ only reaffirms this. 



Oscar Lang – ‘Antidote to Being Bored’

Oscar oozes Brit-pop swagger on his electrifying track ‘Antidote to Being Bored’. He said that he wanted to create a stadium rock banger and he did this and so much more. 


 


Pynch – ‘Somebody Else’ 

Last year, Pynch appeared on our end of year list with ’Disco Lights’ and they’ve done it again in 2020 with their mesmerising single ’Somebody Else’. We're always excited by Pynch and they always come through with something incredibly stunning. 


 


Moses Sumney – ‘Me In 20 Years’

I remember pressing play on ‘Me In 20 Years’ right at the beginning of the year and feeling frozen in time. It might have been released in January but ‘Me in 20 Years’ is impossible to forget. It’s a masterpiece.


 


Alice Skye – ‘Grand Ideas’

Alice Skye's charming single provides words of comfort to anyone who has felt the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s a beautiful track by one of Australia’s best artists. 



pizzagirl – ‘cape canaveral’ 

Released before things got weird, pizzagirl’s ‘cape canaveral’ is the ultimate party anthem. We still love the song just as much as we did in February. 



Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Blanketman – ‘Harold’

Saturday, December 12, 2020
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It’s been a big year for Manchester up-and-comers Blanketman, who in April unleashed their catchy and punchy debut single ‘Taking You With Me’. Recently, they came through with their unforgettable beach-punk anthem ‘Beach Body’. And now they’re ending the year with another incredible single, this time with ‘Harold’.


‘Harold’ is an ode to insomniacs, lead guitarist Daniel Hand said on the track, “Harold is an ode to that crippling fright in the night. To things that don’t go bump, but go “aaaargh”. The song spasmed into existence after a series of unsavoury night terrors that prompted to me don my guitar, tune the strings to a level of arse-clenching tension, screw my eyes shut tight and, like a deranged jet-setter randomly spinning a tiny globe in search of the next destination, I slammed a capo onto the neck in a state of near frenzy. I tentatively opened an eye. Fourth fret. I picked up a pen as ideas began to fizz, but thought better of it, had a beer and wrote it later.”


The band are currently getting ready to release their much-anticipated debut EP National Trust on March 19th via [PIAS]. If the singles they’ve released this year are anything to go off, we’re in store for something special from Blanketman in 2021. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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EP Review: Oscar Lang – Antidote to Being Bored

Friday, December 11, 2020

 

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It’s been quite the year for London-based multi-instrumentalist and Dirty Hit signee Oscar Lang — over the last ten months, the world has spun out of control, remarkably, Lang has found himself creating consistently during these months of uncertainty. In our interview with him back in April, he hinted that he had a lot of music on the way this year and he wasn’t kidding. After he released his musing EP Overthunk back in March, he’s come through with two more EPs — his psychedelic-infused project Hand Over Your Head in September, and more recently, his full throttle five-track offering Antidote to Being Bored


The new EP, Antidote to Being Bored, showcases a different side to Lang that we haven’t yet encountered — whilst his previous offerings gave us contemplative lyrics and introspective alt-rock,  Antidote to Being Bored eludes 90s Britpop assertiveness and a certain type of swagger that bands from that time had. He’s ready to rage and he wants to take us all along with him. Lang’s music has always been innovative and enthralling, but the EP sees him take his experimental approach to creating music to a whole other level, proving he really can do it all. 


The title-track, which opens up the EP, is utterly electrifying. In a statement he said that his intention with the track was to create an “absolute blow the roof off stadium rock banger”, and he does this and so much more. The mega-opener sees him set the bedroom-rock sound people might have associated with him previously alight. Pure madness from start-to-finish, it’s the type of song that’s designed for sweaty mosh pits and unruly live shows — if you forgot what that felt like, ‘Antidote to Being Bored’ will take you back. 



‘Pretty Princess’ is another riotous number that fuses a type of Britpop-style confidence with sudden spurts of chaos in-between. There’s also ‘That Wasn’t What I Said’, which is a tad more subdued than the title-track and ‘Pretty Princess’, but equally as impressive. It’s important to note that the song sees him embrace his inner self-reflective songwriter that’s evident on previous projects, but he seems much more assertive — if any track shows off his growth as a songwriter between his EPs, it’s ‘That Wasn’t What I Said’. 


Instead of giving us a frenzied EP for five tracks, which would have probably been too much, he mixes it up with the concluding two tracks. Though these tracks are much more subtle, they still both fit into the mix — resulting in an all-rounded and carefully curated project. ‘Red Cherry Lipstick’ sees him reflect on feelings of inner-turmoil. The words “It’s getting harder to take it so we sit back and watch it burn,” might relate to a deteriorating relationship but also life in general. The EP’s closer ‘Something Has Changed’ gives listeners a taste of the bedroom-rock sound you might hear from Lang’s previous EPs, particularly Overthunk, but once again, he presents something different from what he’s done before. 


Oscar Lang has never been afraid of experimenting with styles and sounds outside of his comfort zone and Antidote to Being Bored is a testament to his continued growth. He consistently puts the work in, and on the current trajectory he’s on, don’t be surprised when everyone is talking about him within the next year. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Boy Bye' with Lauran Hibberd

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A few months ago, up-and-comer Lauran Hibberd unleashed her bold and explosive single ‘Boy Bye’. Featuring the satirical yet charming lyrics we’ve come to love from Lauran, as well as her trademark blend of slacker-pop and alt-rock, there’s a lot to love about ‘Boy Bye’. Her latest single is about co-dependency and the need we sometimes feel to do whatever it takes to keep someone around. This month, she has also unveiled a special acoustic version of the track. Lauran walks us through all things ‘Boy Bye’ below. 


I wrote ‘Boy Bye’… In the first lockdown (on the 22nd May to be precise). I was on a huge songwriting spree and had been writing a song a day for a month. My guitarist sent me the riff when I was on a walk at the time, and a thousand ideas came to me immediately. So I sprinted home whilst singing into my iPhone. It was finished that day.


The story behind ‘Boy Bye’… Is based on how I was adjusting to my new life in lockdown. I’ve always sucked at being on my own, but being forced into the situation made me realise I was actually okay. I started analysing everyone in my life and if they deserved a place there, and it hit me quite hard when a lot of the answers were no. It’s sort of a conversation I had myself, and how I got to where I am now.


My favourite lyric is… ‘Big guns, small funds, I could never win me back’. I loved this play on words instantly, the idea of having big ideas and no money to pull it off resonates with me a lot. As well as talking about myself being my own prize. It really sums up the track to me! I’m a lyric head so this was SO tough for me to choose.


My main inspiration was… Anger haha! I really wanted to put my energy into a slightly darker song, and I was feeling kind of pent up at the time so spitting this song out felt really good. I had too much time to focus on how I was feeling, which was a blessing and a curse but I managed to get some good songs out of everything feeling so enhanced in my head.


It sounds best when… It’s played live! I can’t wait to perform this one, it’s definitely my favourite in the setlist right now. It packs such a punch. As soon as we started rolling it in a rehearsal we were all so stoked on it and that feeling has never gone away.


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Feature: Our Favourite Tracks of 2020... Part One

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


It’s been a weird year, that goes without saying, but amidst the chaos, music became a place of refuge for musicians and music lovers around the world. This month, we’ll be celebrating our favourite releases of the year, starting off with part one of our annual round-up featuring singles that we have loved over the course of the last twelve months. Our editor and content manager, Amy Smolcic, dives into part one below. Stay tuned for part two in the coming weeks, starring even more awe-inspiring tracks. 


Porridge Radio – ‘Circling’

Porridge Radio released one of the most mesmerising albums of the year with Every Bad. It doesn’t matter how many times we've listened to ‘Circling’ (which has been a lot in 2020), it still gives us the same rush of emotions — ‘Circling’ is startling yet beautiful in every way possible. 



Choir Boy – ’Toxic Eye’

The combination of Adam Klopp’s angelic vocals, the track’s infectious melody and their tender lyrics are absolutely heavenly. ’Toxic Eye’ might be dreamy and charming, but there’s something about the track that’s also quite haunting as well. It’s not every day that you stumble across a song that makes you feel the way that ‘Toxic Eye’ does.


 


Mysie – ‘Patterns’

Mysie is an incredible lyricist and this is on full display on her stunning single ‘Patterns’. Her mesmeric and self-reflecting number sees her embrace vulnerability and each second of the track is pure magic.


 


The Ninth Wave – ‘I’m Only Going to Hurt You’

Though Infancy was an astonishing debut album last year, The Ninth Wave decided to mix things up in 2020 with their bold and experimental EP Happy Days! Appearing on the release is their hypnotic and addictive single ‘I’m Only Going to Hurt You’. The track is powerful and anthemic and one that will leave you with goosebumps from head-to-toe. 



Sorry – ‘Snakes’

In all honesty, any one of Sorry’s tracks from 925 could have featured on this list, but there is something very special about ’Snakes’. It’s enticing, yet eerie and unnerving — it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s the type of song that will make you stop and contemplate every word.


 


Miiesha – ’Self Care’

It was a big breakthrough year for Australia’s next big thing Miiesha. Her flawless track ’Self Care’ is home to a sea of grooves and vocals that are out of this world — 'Self Care' and her EP Nyaaringu are both a must-listen.



Walt Disco – ‘Cut Your Hair’

There’s a lot to love about Walt Disco — not only are they amazing musicians, but they’re also unique, electrifying and thrilling performers. Their empowering offering ‘Cut Your Hair’ was one of many great tracks released by the up-and-comers this year. We guarantee that you’ll have ‘Cut Your Hair’ on repeat for hours, the song is brilliant.


 


Rina Sawayama – ‘Comme des Garçons (Like The Boys)'

Rina’s disco-inspired masterpiece is without a doubt one of the best tracks of the year — even if The Grammys don’t think so………



Kwaye – ‘RUN’ 

Kwaye puts his best foot forward with ‘RUN’. The atmospheric track was worth the wait and if you somehow forgot how wonderful Kwaye is, ‘RUN’ is the reminder you desperately need.


 


deep tan –  ‘deepfake’

Hackney-based post-punk trio deep tan is set to have a big year in 2021 and their entrancing single ‘deepfake’ has us eagerly anticipating their next move. Get ready to hear a lot more from them over the next twelve months.


 


Sinead O'Brien – ‘Most Modern Painting’

Poet and performer Sinead O’Brien always impresses and her single ‘Most Modern Painting’ (featuring on her extraordinary debut EP Drowning In Blessings) is certainly no exception — the way she’s able to take listeners through different states of consciousness is absolutely exceptional.


 


Sports Team – ‘Here’s The Thing’

Without their usual heavy touring schedule, it was a different type of year for Sports Team. However, that didn’t stop the dynamic and exciting band from unleashing exhilarating singles like ‘Here’s The Thing’ (as well as their highly sought-after debut album Deep Down Happy). Total madness from beginning-to-end, ‘Here’s The Thing’ is home to everything we love about the untamed six-piece.


 


Highschool – ‘New York, Paris, and London’

Fellow Melburnians Highschool proved why they’re ones to watch with ‘New York, Paris, and London’. They bring something very unique and different to Australia’s post-punk scene and we can’t wait to hear more from them next year.


 


Black Country, New Road –  ‘Science Fair’

South London experimental rock band Black Country, New Road will have you on the edge of your seat with their startling single ’Science Fair’, leaving you eagerly anticipating the next turn they’re about to make.


 


Happyness – ‘Vegetable’

Happyness made their re-introduction in 2020 and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Their nostalgic number ‘Vegetable’ has the energy of an Elliott Smith song with an upbeat twist.


 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: The Ninth Wave – ‘Everything Will Be Fine’

Monday, December 7, 2020
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The year isn’t over for Glasgow-based The Ninth Wave just yet, with the band coming through with another gem, this time with ‘Everything Will Be Fine’. The new single comes after their dynamic and spellbinding EP Happy Days! earlier this year. 


Their anthemic single provides reassuring words of hope for anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the year and its many turns. According to Haydn Park-Patterson from The Ninth Wave, the song’s first version was originally written last year. “I wrote the first version of it in the summer of last year and it was originally intended to be a song for someone else’s comfort and reassurance. It was shelved until earlier this year, when I stripped it down and kept only the name of the song. It then became the twisted optimistic song that it is now after it was brought in, stripped down and rebuilt by us in the studio.”


Park-Patterson also notes that it’s the most optimistic song they’ve recorded. “It’s a song about twisted optimism, self-reassurance and hope.” Also adding, “The overall message of the song seems fitting for the world that we’ve found ourselves in now. Like many of our songs, it has existed in various different incarnations.”


When the future feels uncertain, it’s songs like ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ that reminds us that things will be okay. 


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Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Now Playing: The Lounge Society – ‘Burn The Heather’

Friday, December 4, 2020


 

Up-and-comers The Lounge Society first turned heads back in March with their memorable debut single ‘Generation Game’, which was released via Speedy Wunderground. They’ve teamed up with the label once again for another enticing single, this time with 'Burn The Heather'. 


'Burn The Heather' sees The Lounge Society place startling and poetic lyrics against a funk-influenced and danceable backdrop and it’s immensely intriguing. On the track’s darker lyrical content, they said, "'Burn the Heather' is a song deeply rooted in where we come from. The lyrics are our interpretation of some of the darker aspects of where we live, and our personal reaction to them."


Expanding on their intention with the new single, they also said, "'Burn the Heather' is intended to be an adrenaline shot to the brain. We wanted this to be the second single all along. We don’t want to be just another post-punk band, and we knew Heather would keep people on their toes."


The Lounge Society might still be in their teens, but they don’t have to worry about being just another post-punk band — once again, they’ve proved why they’re ones to watch.


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Now Playing: Nuha Ruby Ra – ‘Sparky’

Thursday, December 3, 2020
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East London avant-punk artist Nuha Ruby Ra continues her run of impressive singles in 2020 with her latest offering ’Sparky’, which was unveiled late last month. 


The release of her new single comes after her enthralling track ‘Erase Me’ back in April and the compelling ‘Cruel’ a few months ago. All the singles that have been shared so far will be making an appearance on her forthcoming EP How To Move, due on March 5th via Brace Yourself Records. 


On the story behind ’Sparky’ and what inspired her to write it, she said, “I’m Sparky, it’s a name I was given once by an old flame. That Sparky was all about the joys of sex and dominance. The sleeping demon that needed to come out for a dance and push the demons of ‘Erase Me’ and ‘Cruel’ off to the side for a minute. Still restless, irritated and a bit reflective, even while having great sex. No rest.”


Until it’s time to enjoy Nuha Ruby Ra’s new EP in full next year, be sure to check out ’Sparky' below. 


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Feature: The Anatomy of 'habits' with bb sway

Friday, November 27, 2020


Hong Kong-born and London-based bedroom-pop artist bb sway has this week returned with a brand new single, this time with ‘habits’ (via Practice Music). 'habits' follows the release of previous singles ‘I Found Out When the Day Had Come’ and ‘Up in the Air’. The new track is a tender and heartfelt exploration of mental health and staying positive amidst life's many turns. bb sway recently took some time to dive into all things 'habits' for us below. 


I wrote ‘habits'.... when I was going through a rough time mentally in the winter... that SAD got me good....


The story behind ‘habits'.... I wanted to write something that could help me (and, potentially, other people...) remember to be pro-active and kind to myself — a catchy tune that reminds me to keep up good habits that help me stay mentally healthy.


My favourite lyric is… 'keepin' clean and keepin' tidy / cookin' up a storm in the kitchen, it's bitchin', it's bitchin'... 


My main inspiration was… The little voice inside that wants what's best for me!!


It sounds best when… you're doing something good for yourself while singing it! 


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