Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #16

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #16 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #12. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

La Bête Blooms – ‘Lost and Found’

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Hull alt-rockers La Bête Blooms introducing themselves to loudly last year, blazing a trail of unabashed rock ‘n roll wizardry.

Little has changed for 2017, in fact, The Hull-based quartet of Daniel Mawer, Jack Gallagher, John Copley, and Louisa Robinson, continue on their quest of deliver fierce, firery and spikey indie-punk. Latest single ‘Lost and Found’ is is explosive from start to finish. A two-and-a-half minute blast of razor-sharp guitars, menacing basslines and gritty vocals that remains surprisingly upbeat and catchy despite its portrayal of an apocalyptic world. All ends up, La Bête Blooms’ dynamic and visceral concoction of alt-rock, grunge and post-punk makes for one hell of an exhilarating experience – one can only imagine it is ever better witnessed live.

‘Lost and Found’ is out now via Adult Teeth. Tune in below.

JW Ridley – ‘Blitz’

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Following swiftly from his recent single, ‘1990’, JW Ridley returns with a new release in the form of single ‘Blitz’.

It follows on nicely from ‘Everything (Deathless)’ and ‘1990’ in what has been a staggeringly assured run of early releases. This latest effort from the London artist is a short, punchy and urgent three minute sliver of new-wavey-y/post-punk. ‘Blitz’ is all at once, brooding, gorgeous and frenetic. It harnesses its power from riff-tapping, propulsive synth, as urgent verses – in a haunting, reflective vocal – make way for a chorus that envelopes expansively into an immense scenescape as motoring, post-punk guitars, driving beats pushes ‘Blitz’ on, ever forward. Yet another captivating and compelling cut from JW Ridley, hopefully it is but a prelude to even great rewards with an EP coming later in the year.

For now, listen to ‘Blitz’ below now.

Maggy France – ‘Woman’

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Maggy France is moniker of Montreal resident Emma Austin who crafts dreamy, melancholic lo-fi indie, with utterly beguiling results.

The spellbinding nature of her music is immediately apparent, even with a cursory listen to France’s debut, self-titled EP was released in 2016. Latest single ‘Woman’ gently bobs along a steady waltzing beat with lo-fi and garage tones joining a beautifully hazy guitar-jangle. It manages to be both dreamy and melancholic at the same time, as Austin’s tender vocal exudes a sense of fragility, heartache and loss. It is a sweetly hypnotic song, tiptoeing the listener delicately into a transfixing haze. A beguiling introduction to the delectable talents of Maggy France.

Listen to ‘Woman’ below & if you’re taken by that, you can listen to Maggy France’s self-titled debut EP, here.

Johnny Kills – ‘Let’s Talk About Me’

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‘Let’s Talk About Me’ is the debut single from Brighton/London/York based garage-surf trio, Johnny Kills.

Now, by debut, just to be clear; this is their first ‘official’ release; the trio of noisemakers have already stolen hearts and minds with a series of tasty demos. With ‘Let’s Talk About Me’ they build on said promise, delivering a completely and utterly infectious hybrid of racey garage rock meets the early britpop stylings of Blur. Fuzzed-up and powerful riffs dance with unforgettable sing-along choruses, infused with a joyous melodies, pop sensibility and hooks you can hang your hat on. Undeniably brilliant and irresistible guitar pop with just the right amount of scuzz and fuzz to zap the sweetness of the pop. Just listen to the “la la la la la” of the chorus and you will be powerless to resist the persuasive prowess of this new single.

‘Let’s Talk About Me’ is out now, ignore it below at your miserable peril.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #15

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #15 Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #12. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Introducing: Joy Downer

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Joy Downer is husband/wife duo Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, originally from San Diego but now based in Los Angeles who are cooking up all manner of gorgeous indie-pop.

Inspired by themes of duality; light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter which collide to set the backdrop of the sound. And on another matter of duality, the creative chemistry between the pair is such that, from the outside at least, ideas and songs seem to flow with an effortless ease. ‘Stranger Places’ has a decidedly easy and breezy feel, the gentle buoyancy of its bass grooves floating away to joyful hand claps and whirring synths are only anchored steady drums and groovy rhythms. Meanwhile, Bishop’s saccharine vocal would bring cheer to the most despondent among us, on the bluest day of all. It is a delicately balanced dynamic done with a hooky, shimmery, smile-inducing sounds. Latest single ‘Goddamnit’ is more impassioned and intimate with immaculate storytelling as a tale of broken hearts is recanted in a world that is slowly falling apart. The soft and aching vocals are imbued with a powerful sense of emotion while the instrumentation is superb; this pop song for the brokenhearted is buoyed by the flourishes of the horns. This pairs talent’s has served us with an irresistible and irrefutably infectious indie-pop – and long may that continue.

You can listen to ‘Goddamnit’ & ‘Stranger Places’ below, both of which are taken from Joy Downer’s latest EP Radio Dreamer – listen to it here.

The Orange Kyte Announce Debut Album; Share ‘Blue Ghosts’

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Vancouver’s The Orange Kyte spent the 12 months of 2016 delighting us with their superb single-a-month project throughout the year.

Centred around Vancouver-based, Dublin-raised Stevie Moonboots and a revolving cast of friends and collaborators, The Orange Kyte treated us to one sumptuous slice of psych-rock after another. Signalling their intentions for 2017, Moonboots and his merry band of cohorts have announced they will release their debut LP The Orange Kyte Says Yes!, this coming autumn. Ahead of the record’s release, The Orange Kyte have provided a taste of things to come with new single ‘Blue Ghosts’ – and its a doozy. A droning organ is front and centre alongside Moonboots’ recognisably sublime vocals. Backed a heady sonic brew of mildly fuzzed-up guitars, bass and fevered percussive assault. It danders nicely along until the just after the midway point, where by it slows, bobbing for a moment or two before exploding to another stratospheric level entirely. The addition of the sax to their arsenal of trippy psychedelic sounds is nothing short of mesmerising. Great to see one of finer musical discoveries of recent times kick on, and no doubt deliver the goods with an LP.

You can listen to ‘Blue Ghosts’ below. Keep an eye out for a definitive date for the album’s release.

In other news, the aforementioned 2016 single compilation Grow it Right is now available for pre-order from Little Cloud Records.

Glassmaps – ‘Summer Rain’

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Glassmaps, the solo project of Howling Bells’ guitarist Joel Stein, have released their debut single, ‘Summer Rain’.

Summer Rain not only marks Stein’s first solo foray, it is the first track lifted from Glassmaps’ upcoming Strangely Addicted LP, to be released via Lost In The Manor Records later this year – and on this evidence at least, we should be eagerly awaiting its release. ‘Summer Rain’ is quite the introduction (or reintroduction, if you prefer). It shifts along a steady blues-stomp, pitted with psychedelic slant on this classic sound, cinematic strokes and flair for an intoxicating Supergrass-esque. It grunts, it swaggers and it swoons with an all round aura of smoothness. Totally irresistible and cool – take a bow son.

‘Summer Rain’ is out now and available to enjoy below. It will be followed later in the year by debut LP; Strangely Addicted.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #14

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #14 Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #12. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.