Mr Huw – ‘Du Llun’ EP

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My affection for Welsh music is pretty well noted and that sung in their native tongue. Welsh is a language that lends itself to music rather well, regardless of whether you can understand it or not. Few, if any artists come close to Mr Huw in those regards, and he’s one of the most prolific and finest Welsh language artists there are.

Now residing in Caernarfon, North Wales, Mr Huw makes his return with a brand new EP, entitled Du Llun (which roughly translates as ‘Black Monday’). Huw’s rough and unpolished, DIY style indie/post-punk has a glorious Half Man Half Biscuit aesthetic to it and Du Llun is packed with powerful rhythms, pointed riffs and broached with some infectious melodies and peppered with hooks you could hang your hat on. From the chugging guitar, menacing bassline and thunderous rhythm of ‘Calonau Ni I Gyd’ to the scintillating riffs of ‘Hoel Dannedd’, we’re treated to irresistible, attention grabbing and intriguing tapestry of dark and light. As is Mr Huw’s forte, this tapestry is completed by subversive, witty lyrics, clever wordplay (so I have been reliably informed) and ear-catching choruses, to form mesmerising and rockin’ indie tunes. Mr Huw’s a unique soul; an artist to be treasured, cherished and of course, enjoyed!

Du Llun is released on August 31st through Recordiau Cae Gwyn as a free download and limited edition CD (25), numbered and signed artwork including unique photo of Mr Huw going about his day in Caernarfon – you can’t say fairer than that, now can you? There are some choice cuts below & you can also listen to Mr Huw’s GruffWuff inclusion – ‘Bai Neb Ond Fy Hun’ – of which you can download the full 19-track compilation here for FREE.

Imploded View – ‘We Choose Love’

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The summer may be drawing to a close but there’s no harm is trying to squeeze the last drop out of it, is there? With that in mind, Imploded View has bounced back into our lives with one of the most undeniably infectious and danceable tunes of the season so far.

The Longford-based producer’s latest effort, ‘We Choose Love’, is a buoyant electro anthem of love and tolerance, permeated with an overwhelmingly gleeful, summery vibe. Through a slick supply of squelchy synths, bouncy beats, glitching electro-pop hooks and soulful vocals, this giddy, funky manifestation espouses an irresistible groove and bounce of sheer joy. Of course, we shouldn’t overlook the message too; it is one of love, inclusion and tolerance, and a not-so-subtle two fingers to the right-wing spreaders of hate. A fine sentiment, and an equally choice tune.

Imploded View is reportedly working on a new record which is certainly good news but for now? Yeah, you guessed it, you can stream ‘We Choose Love’ below. It is also available as a FREE download here.

Introducing: The Foetals

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Manchester lo-fi pop outfit The Foetals is the new project from The Pink Teens‘ (formerly known as Temple Songs) frontman, Jolan Lewis.

Lewis’ preference for fuzz-drenched, nostalgic garage pop is well noted and The Foetals follow suit. Combining fuzzed-up, bleary garage and ’60s pop, together, this band certainly know how to work a good pop tune, as is evident by the finesse of their first two singles, ‘Malted’ and ‘Fine’. The latter hits us with a retro fest of jangly guitars, earworm melodies and muffled drums, but amidst the spritely chimes of nostalgia there is a resounding melancholic and bittersweet sentiment, avouched by Lewis’ heart-tugging croon. Emblazoned with a similar retro vibe, ‘Malted’ is somewhat more subdued. Ambling guitars, meandering rhythms and Lewis’ echoing vocals are coated in layers of fuzz and undulate through a haze of effects with an equally melancholic vehement. Scuzzy but irresistible is the name of the game here, and it’s a glorious alliance crafted in a way to allure your ears.

‘Malted’ and ‘Fine’ are taken from The Foetals’ wonderfully titled forthcoming debut LP Meet The Foetals, which has a quite a ring to it doesn’t it? The album is released via PNKSLM in October. Listen to both tracks below.

Ghostpoet – ‘Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me’ (Ghost Culture Remix)

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As much as Ghostpoet’s – London-based Obaro Ejimiwe – talent and skills are without question, his style tends to lend itself to a darker, more morose tone.

Stepping in on remix duties, London producer Ghost Culture, demonstrates his wizardry, serving us with an exquisite re-framing of Ghostpoet’s enormously bittersweet current single, ‘Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me’, from his most recent LP, Shedding Skin. It is a refreshing, upbeat synth-lead rework, with Ghost Culture injecting plenty of bounce, rhythmic energy and some serious pep-to-its-step. A sprawling six-minute plus thing of wonder, that builds and builds, through world of cool grooves with all the clinical precision, delicious crispness and burbling synthesizers that make Ghost Cuture’s self-titled debut record the treasure that it is. A marvelously smooth rework, no doubt about it.

You can listen to Ghost Culture’s remix and Ghostpoet’s original below – and/or check out Ghostpoet’s recently released third studio album Shedding Skin here and Ghost Culture’s superb self-titled debut here.

Foreign/National – ‘Pacific Cruise’

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Having released their self-titled EP and a number of sublime singles in under 12 months, Foreign/National never keep us waiting any great length of time for new jams.

Each release too, has offered a differing dimension to their casually cool sound and in keeping with this trend, the Melbourne five piece are back with a third single for the year, ‘Pacific Cruise’. Slinking and grooving with a stuttering, funky drumbeat, ‘Pacific Cruise’ takes their usual spread of wonderfully colourful, breezy, brightly imaginative and saturated fuzz-pop, fusing it with a splendid nod to Motown classics of old. The slinking bassline, those whispered vocals, the chorus and harmonies – which recall finer moments of freakbeat and British psych – make it neigh on impossible to resist its allure. Simultaneously laid-back and full of raw energy, ‘Pacific Cruise’ finds a balance that works perfectly, to form a blissful, harmonic and irresistible slice of psych-tinged nostalgia-pop. Foreign/National continue a fine run of form and deliver on their early promise, hopefully as in the past, we aren’t waiting around too long for the next installment.

Listen to ‘Pacific Cruise’ below and if it is to your liking, why not pop over here and try out some of their sublime previous releases?

Sales – ‘Big Sis’

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Florida duo Sales (Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih) have shared a new song with us, entitled ‘Big Sis’, it’s their first new material since last year’s sublime self-titled debut EP.

‘Big Sis’ is a wonderful little indie pop number. Subtly-emotive it is all languid guitars, minimal electronics and Morgan’s sweet vocals, whisked together with a mesmerizing ease and breeze that is embodiment of lazy summer mornings. Thus far, the duo have proven to possess quite a knack for eking out a space where songs can be simultaneously languid, nonchalant and passionate, that co-exist in perfect harmony – ‘Big Sis’ encapsulates everything that is so magnificently endearing about the pair’s delicate, laid-back and rather beautiful, indie-pop.

Sales have a stack of live dates on both sides of the pond over the coming months – including Dublin, in Whelan’s on October 18th – and having caught their show when they played Vancouver earlier this year, they come highly, highly recommended. Full list of live dates here.

You can listen to ‘Big Sis’ below / purchase here.

Silverbacks – ‘The Pink Tide’

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Dublin based indie/garage outfit Silverbacks have returned with a new single ‘The Pink Tide’.

This latest offering adds to what’s been a pretty productive year so far; releasing their second album, Hot Bath, back in January and Record Store Day single, ‘Through A Curtain’, in April. New track ‘The Pink Tide’ continues to plough a similar furrow; however their the slanted Pavement inspired sound does a dance with the post-punk tones of Television and a touch of Talking Heads. Cliched as it sounds, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It retains their lo-fi garage roots, honing and refining their sound with buzzing exuberance, some scintillating riffs and guitar work and when the solo kicks in at the 2:30 mark, it is sheer magic. All a rather perfect backdrop for Dan O’Kelly’s low-toned and world weary vocals, which remain an undoubted highlight. Great stuff as per usual.

You can listen to ‘The Pink Tide’ Below, and also, Silverbacks’ latest album is available here, you just gotta ‘pay what you like’.