Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #3

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and 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 #3. Enjoy!

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Yungblud – ‘King Charles’

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19-year-old Yorkshire-born artist Dominic Harrison aka Yungblud, is pissed off, he’s riled up and he’s going to tell you about it!

That is the premise of his debut single ‘King Charles'; a passionate outcry against the misrepresentation of his generation, who as he sees it, are almost entirely forgotten about. Snarling, abrasive and infectiously in-your-face, ‘King Charles’ superbly blends catchy lyrical quips – spat with ferocity – with break-beats, guitar-hooks and bopping pop rock. It’s all well and good being pissed off but you’ve to have the tunes to go with it; something Harrison doesn’t need to worry about. It’s a massively passionate, confident and finely executed first offering.

‘King Charles’ is out now. Tune in below.

Introducing: Bad Pop

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Bad Pop are the Vancouver-based trio of Chris Connelly (vocals/guitar), Catherine Hiltz (bass/vocals/trumpet) & Aaron Klassen.

Self-deprecating titles aside, this Canadian trio are anything but bad – and just a little bit pop. The proof, well, that would be wonderful recent double a-side ‘Same House/Masculism’. It displays two rather different sides of a band with an inherent capacity for the tongue-in-cheek and ace tunes. ‘Same House’ is a sort of hyperactive warped psych-disco-pop that’s as weird as it is wonderful, and catchy as hell. Jerky, art-rock guitar riffs dance with crashing cymbals and to-die-for harmonies. ‘Masculism’ on the other hand, is a hard-rocking stomper; delivering a ferocious brew of pounding riffs, sledge-hammer percussion and raspy vocals. An engaging, addicting and brilliant introduction to a band with exceptional promise.

‘Same House/Masculism’ is out now via Metropolis Recordings. Tune in below.

If the double a-side is to your liking, Bad Pop are playing a few shows in the UK in May: Sebright Arms, London (18/05), Bleach, The Great Escape (TGE), Brighton (19/05) & Canada House, TGE, Brighton (20/05).

 

Kan Wakan – ‘Still Feather’

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Ahead of his ambitious triple LP release Phantasmagoria, Los Angeles-based, Bulgarian-born artist Kan Wakan continues his relentless quest to keep us enthralled.

With ‘Still Feather’ – the fourth single lifted from the forthcoming LP – Kan Wakan further showcases his versatility as a producer, and more than keeps it interesting. Introducing itself with minimalist keys, it builds slowly but precisely, adding layers and flourishes to SAIGO‘s stunning vocals, to blossom majestically into a huge, all enveloping cinematic score. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, ‘Still Feather’ surprises you once again. Yet all the pieces to the puzzle fit perfectly. A truly captivating track and reminder of Wakan’s powers of composition and electronic production.

Phantasmagoria will be out sometime in May but for right now, ‘Still Feather’ has been released. Tune in below.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #2

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and 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 #2. Enjoy!

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Flora Cash – ‘California’

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Swedish/American duo Flora Cash are a pair worth letting into your life.

Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall are preparing to release their debut album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) on April 21st, ahead of which, comes their new single ‘California‘. The acoustic strumming of the guitar sets the tone for this brooding folk-inspired atmospheric cut. Utterly captivating, it brilliantly illustrates the power Flora Cash’s sobering, distinctive harmonies and ambient edge. A stellar tune charged with raw emotion, that effortlessly blends euphoric highlights with distinctively dark undertones. It will demand your full and undivided intention.

‘California’ is but one part of a 10 track patchwork that is their forthcoming LP, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), out April 21st. Tune in now.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #1

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A brand new feature on the Gruff channel, a weekly 15-track Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in at under and hour, it’s an easily digested slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share more great tunes for your ears, so hopefully it can be a regular feature. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

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Safetalk – ‘Universal’

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From Paris & Berlin, the trio of two Parisian producers and Berlin-based British vocalist, David Harks, are Safetalk.

The continental trio have released their debut single, ‘Universal’ and this first transmission sounds like it was beamed directly from the cosmos. Safetalk’s first introduction is a wonderful piece of lush electronic-pop with soft-psych flourishes and transfixing vocals, that will leave an indelible mark on ones soul. It is a blissed-out love letter of uplifting positivity, it gently builds until a warm rapture envelopes you and everything else around you. At the risk of sounding rather corny, it exudes a cosmic vibe of birth, death, and rebirth.

Lots more promised from Safetalk this year and they’ve been holed up in Paris for the past 6 months writing, recording and getting their full live show in shape.

Tune in to Safetalk’s interstellar-pop now.

Bad Sea – ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’

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Dublin-based duo Bad Sea return with their glorious new single ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’.

The stellar nature of the new track will come as no surprise to anyone who had the good fortune to get acquainted with previous, equally stunning tracks, ‘Solid Air’ & ‘I’d Want You’. The swooning new one from Bad Sea – aka Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell – is a mix of retro Americana-tinged jangle and exquisite pop finesse. Beautifully infectious, it shuffles along a groovy drum beat stabs of guitar and impressive  pop melodies, while the soaring, scale-shifting vocal from Thompson elevate the song to new euphoric heights. ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’ is utterly compelling craft and resembles a cross between Tennis and one Anna Calvi at the peak of their prowess.

‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’ is out now & you can listen to it & emotive double a-side companion ‘Over My Head’ below.

Bad Sea play Mistake #3 at The Hut, Phibsboro alongside Beauty Sleep & Shrug Life on Friday, March 24. Kick off @ 8pm & €6 door tax.

Mountain Bike – ‘This Lonely Place’

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More closely associated with electronica, Belgium has produced more than its fair share of tidy bands too, and joining that list is garage outfit, Mountain Bike.

The four-piece, hailing from Brussels, have just released new single ‘This Lonely Place’. Taken from their forthcoming album About Too Sorry For Any Sorrow – due out on the 3rd of March – ‘This Lonely Place’ is a fuzzy, jangling four minutes of laid-back, hook-drenched, melodic-vibes. From a melancholic opening, it nonchalantly skips along head-nodding bundle of joy. Comparisons to the likes of Ty Segall, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest & King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard have been made, and while they are all valid, there is a certain late ’90s Blur and early noughties Graham Coxon (solo work) vibe too. Regardless, this is super catchy, infectious and addicting, Mountain Bike have found that sweet spot between pop and indie.

Listen to ‘This Lonely Place’ below, and keep an eye out for this four-piece in 2017.