Monday, 25 January 2016

HUNCK - EP REVIEW

Hunck - Never Had A Dream EP 
Hunck - Never Had A Dream

Release Date: 29th January 2016

London nutballs Hunck are back with sexy little EP which is, seemingly, named after an S Club 7 ballad. The 'Never Had A Dream' EP gets underway with 'I'll Wait' and straight away we're in to a shadowy world of wonky guitars, Dandy Warhols-esque vocals and a flat thumping garage drums that makes you want to sip White Russians and nod approval from behind a pair of dark glasses. 'Up In The Sky', by contrast, starts like the theme tune to an 80s Mexican soap opera before settling in to a pysche rock ballad inspired by Young Knives (just take that in - 80s Mexican soap opera to Young Knives via psyche rock, that's a special talent).

The title track, 'Never Had  A Dream', teases us with a floaty keyboard line and some gentle acoustics that put you in mind of Japanese cherry blossoms and bands like Teenage Fanclub, the Watanabes and the Lemonheads which is no bad thing at all. Closing up the EP is 'So Far So Deep' and, for me, this is the pick of the bunch with an itchy, awkward guitar riff nudging some laid back vocals along through a haze of smoke and daydreams to stumble out in to the front garden to blink in the surprisingly bright daylight. A very British take on west coast slacker indie from Hunck, then. Who are we to argue with that?

More information: https://www.facebook.com/HUNCKband

Live Dates:

28th January - The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
29th January - Arden Road Social Club, Halifax
30th January - Fred's Ale House, Manchester

3rd February - The Waiting Room, London

Sunday, 24 January 2016

QUEEN OF JEANS - EP REVIEW

Queen Of Jeans - Queen Of Jeans EP 
Queen Of Jeans - EP

Release Date: Out Now

Having only recently come across this laid back Philly bunch on their latest single, 'Dance (Get Off Your Ass'), it's delightful to receive a six track EP from Queen Of Jeans. The aforementioned single kicks things off in its own lazily beautiful style full of jangly guitars and dreamy vocals that you can't help but fall in love with. 'Pup' is up next and this is a real end of the evening slow dance as the guitars struggle to muster the energy to change chords and you hang on to your partner partly because you don't want the night to end and partly because you've drunk too much. The wonderfully titled 'Rollerdyke' kicks things up a notch with the kind of shimmy and shake that the  B52s had in their heyday before 'Won't You' gets all dreamy and ethereal on our asses again.

What Queen Of Jeans do wonderfully is blend the 'rules' of psyche rock with the melodies of pop and the work ethic of slacker indie to create the kind of music that you want to make breakfast in bed to with the hope of some warm morning sex to follow. 'Moody' has a darker tinge, however, and you could easily expect to hear this soundtrack the opening moments of a dialogue heavy bar scene between two central characters the night before the big plan plays out. The EP finishes up with 'Waffles & Mad Men' (a Philly version of Netflix and Chill, I can only assume) and they channel Best Coast, Tennis and a far mellower version of Sleigh Bells like pros. These guys are one big hook or song placement away from a breakthrough but they might just be too busy playing ping-pong and eating Doritos to notice if and when it happens.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/queenofjeansmusic/?fref=ts

Live Dates:

30th January - Kung Fu Necktie, Phildelphia
4th February - Pianos, New York
19th February - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia

20th February - Cake Shop, New York

Saturday, 16 January 2016

COLOUR OF SPRING - SINGLE REVIEW

Colour Of Spring - Pillow (Swirly Records) 
Colour Of Spring - Pillow

Release Date: 5th February 2016

Leeds lads Colour Of Spring are a jangly bunch, and no mistake. New single 'Pillow' is delightful blend of shoegaze and lo-fi jangly pop with dreamy vocals washing around somewhere between the foreground and the background. Think Swim mixed with the Magic Numbers drifting out of a stereo that is soundtracking the early afternoon trudge through the debris of last night's party. The intensity gets ramped up towards the end with some deliciously 90s indie guitar wailing against that wall of vocals before it all comes tumbling down and everyone agrees to leave the tidying up in favour of an all day breakfast down at Wetherspoons.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/colourofspring

Live Dates:

26th January - The Sesh, Hull
30th January - Parish, Huddersfield
11th February - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
12th February - The Head Of Steam, Newcastle
13th February - The Bunker @ The Falcon Tap, York
15th February - The Green Door Store, Brighton
16th February - The Old Blue Last, London
17th February - Club Burrito, Canterbury
18th February - TS One, Middlesborough
19th February - Wharf Chambers, Leeds

20th February - Castle Hotel, Manchester

BULLET HEIGHT - SINGLE REVIEW

Bullet Height - Bastion (Superball Music) 
Bullet Height - Bastion

Release Date: Out Now

If you're after something heavy and ever so slightly industrial from a Berlin based duo who ooze style and don't give a fuck what you think of them then I might be able to sort you out, meet me in the alley out back in five. Bullet Height (or Jon and Sammi to their parents) are releasing their debut single on Superball Music, 'Bastion', and it hits you in the guts from the word go. Thunderous drums, wailing guitars and the kind of vocals that you would have heard all over FM radio during the nu-metal 90s. Straddling the worlds of industrial-goth and dance-pop like a care free dominatrix, Bullet Height are here to create a storm and many won't like the volume or intensity but if you are so inclined then this will have you whirling like a dervish at rock clubs all over before too long.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Bulletheight/?fref=ts


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmlmn3YHpNs&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop 

URSA MAJOR - SINGLE REVIEW

Ursa Major - Dusk 
Ursa Major - Dusk

Release Date: Out Now

A Toronto teenager who goes the name of Ursa Major and describes himself as "Psychedelic R&B, a middle ground between the sounds of the past and the production of the future", you say? Bit claims and a high pedestal to fall from....potentially. Musically this starts with a dark, foreboding bass drone soon followed by some sexy but cold beats and some surprisingly soulful vocals. As 'Dusk' unfolds it just racks up point upon point on the 'surprisingly impressed-o-meter' (patent pending) partly for the quality of the production and partly because of the maturity behind this tune. I can see a lot of people jumping on this band wagon that mixes the panache of Justin Timberlake, the edge of Boards of Canada and the mass appeal of Ed Sheeran. What shines through though is the soul at the heart of this tune, however, with the vocals, staccato flute and faded strings all adding to the overall charm. Stick around on that pedestal Ursa Major, you've earned your place.


Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/ursaspeaks/dusk-1  

THOM BYLES - SINGLE REVIEW

Thom Byles - In Your Blood 
Thom Byles - In Your Blood

Release Date: Out Now

I'll freely admit that I had to look up Nazeing, the hometown of singer-songwriter Thom Byles, but on looking it up it turns out Mr Byles is an Essex boy so I immediately made the assumption that new single, 'In Your Blood', was about family ties and loyalty. What this song is actually about is creating the most blissful, early morning vibe with a rolling, trickling acoustic melody and the kind of fragile vocals we've come to expect from the likes of Jose Gonzalez. Some bare but entirely essential kick in around 80 seconds in and suddenly the layered guitars blend with Byles' emergent voice to create something so softly beautiful it genuinely brought a tear to my eye. This is music for new beginnings, whether it be the start of a new day after you've just gone through the break up from hell or the birth of your first child. Get this track now and prepare to weep good, honest tears of emotion before it gets snapped up and used on some commercial hell bent on pulling at your heart strings until they snap and fray.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/thombyles

LEMAITRE - SINGLE REVIEW

Lemaitre - 1749 EP (Virgin EMI) 
Lemaitre - Stepping Stone

Release Date: Out Now

Ulrik and Ketil make their music and, presumably, do their loving in Oslo - one of the only places on earth that is the anagram of a Star wars surname. The band have a new tune by the name of 'Stepping Stone' featuring the talents of Mark Johns and, if you're feeling like being good to yourself, then listen up and listen good. I mean seriously, this is an absolute beast.  A Goose-esque dirty synth bass throb gets things going like the thrum of a distant band of Hell's Angels getting closer and closer and closer. Throw in some sultry vocals and the kind of beats vs melody combo that makes you want to drive through a neon lit city in an open top car with this tune pumping out just so you can soak up the adoration from passersby. This is sexy, classy, dirty, slick and edgy - pretty much everything I want in a dance tune with an extra sprinkling of cool that you rarely outside of the likes of Daft Punk or Transformer. Superb stuff and a band I will be paying far more attention to in 2016, don't make me fly solo.

More information: http://www.lemaitremusic.com/

Live Dates:

12th February - Debaser Strand, Stockholm
13th February - Centrum Space, Oslo
14th February - Lille Vega, Kobenhaven
16th February - Musik & Frieden, Berlin
17th February - Sugar Factory, Amsterdam
19th February - Les Etoiles, Paris
20th February - The Laundry, London

April - Coachella Festival

VANBOT - SINGLE REVIEW

Vanbot - The Way You Say It 
Vanbot - The Way You Say It

Release Date: Out Now

Swedish songstress Vanbot has a new single for your listening pleasure ahead of a new album out in May. 'The Way You Say It' is an 80s inspired dance tune with a very 'now' vibe and the pop sensibilities of Robyn, Sia or Bat For Lashes. Rippling synths, some serious beats and uplifting vocal melodies are all held together by some sparse piano chords. The closest reference point I can think of is LadyHawke with that mix of cutting edge pop nous and classic dance structures but Vanbot's voice is so wonderfully diverse - ranging from fragile and thin to fist-poundingly defiant -that this tune definitely has a life of it's own so we should all start expecting big things from the album. No pressure.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/vanbotmusic/?fref=ts


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-quNBGbXs0 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

LOST DAWN - MINI ALBUM REVIEW

Lost Dawn - Fever 
Lost Dawn - Fever

Release Date: 5th February 2016

For the first time since David Bowie ascended from this earthly realm, I am sitting to review a band producing new music for our ears in 2016. This feels slightly odd, like going to someone's house for a wake after you've just watched them being lowered in to the ground, so I've had to choose my prey carefully. As luck would have it, Falmouth's rising stars and LWM favourites LWM have produced a mini-album, 'Fever', to get me back in to the world of the active listener so with cautious optimism I'm pressing play...

Affairs get under way with 'Electrify', a ramshackle garage-pop romp that comes in at just over two and a half minutes with the sole purpose of getting feet tapping, hips shaking and heads bobbing. 'Naked Lunch' is up next with a throbbing, Stages Of Dan bass line and distorted vocals that could have been sung any time from the early 70s to today as long as you know the band have been absorbing Iggy, Dylan, Redd Kross and the Strokes. Whichever way you slice these guys they bleed effortless cool which is nothing to be sniffed at and when they hit full stride they are as slick as Bowie's hair during the 80s.

Lost Dawn - no mugs
The centre point of this album (technically a long EP but I've decided to let that one pass) is the near six minute title track, 'Fever'. A hip snakingly tropical melody smokes in under the door and weaves it's way in through the party without anyone noticing before grabbing you by the waist and dry humping you from behind with some chunky guitars and a cheeky little jazz break that is reminiscent of the Doors. 'Construction Rock' was born on the highways of America with road trip riffs and an air of wanderlust that craves wind in the hair and a smile full of dead fly remains. The Lynyrd Skynyrd ending gives way to 'Rasputin' which mixes the bands staple psyche rock sound with some more accessible mainstream pop-rock chorus work which hints at the kind of music we can expect in the future from these guys. 'Aguila' closes things up and you might want to roll a fat one and sit down for this as it's nearly ten (yes, 10) minute long and is a real slow jam of pure indulgence that would be the perfect soundtrack to a sunrise as seen after staying up all night with your best friends and comrades.  To me, this is very much a bridging record between their successful 2015 and what's to come in 2016 and beyond. Bowie would approve of the creativity and freedom on this record so I'm making it my soundtrack to the mourning process, feel free to do the same.


Watch The Video for 'Construction Rock': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZTMyPR0rTA

Live Dates:

5th February - Album Launch @ Woodlane Social Club, Falmouth w/The Holiday + Ghosts + Antithesis Of Man
9th February - Birthdays, London

12th February - Roll For The Soul, Bristol 

Monday, 11 January 2016

BOWIE HAS LEFT A VOID, WHO CAN TRY TO FILL IT?

When I got out of the shower this morning, my girlfriend told me that David Bowie had died. At first
I was convinced she was lying but as I looked in to her eyes, lit up by the warming glow of social media, I realised that what she was saying was true. Ziggy, the thin white duke, David Jones was no longer with us. I spent the next few hours going through the motions of a normal Monday morning in a daze, tears never far from my eyes and sense of despondency shrouding my every thought. I must be clear, at this point, that although I have always had the greatest respect for David Bowie and enjoyed every one of his songs that I heard, I would not by any stretch class myself as a Bowie super-fan. So why did the passing of this modern day hero hit me so hard?

After some thinking and a little light soul searching, I realised that it is because of what Bowie doesn't leave behind that I am so utterly gutted by his death. Put simply, there is no worthy successor to the throne. What Bowie was so utterly perfect at was reinventing himself, we all get that, but what reinventing himself meant was reinventing music and, by extension, reinventing society. The creation of Ziggy Stardust, the androgyny, the hunger for change, the insatiable appetite for the new and original - all of this impacted upon subsets of society that soon grew to became more mainstream and accepted long after he had moved on in a new direction. Every accolade that could be thrown at Bowie's feet was deserved and earned but this greatness has left us with a void and I'm not sure who can even come close to fill it.

We're looking for an innovator, a creator, someone who's not only afraid to push boundaries but is actively seeking to do so and a person so utterly unaffected by the lure of fame that the creative process is pure and unmarred. Now, I spend a lot of time listening to and reading about music, musicians and creators but I am struggling to come up with a single name who fits that bill. People like Bjork or PJ Harvey are knocking around the fringes, Kanye  West is a popular choice with many but for me he's just going through the motions and borrowing from his predecessors more than creating from new. Maybe there's someone waiting in the wings, a voice as yet unheard.

So who will lead us in to a new era of musical endeavour? It has never been easier to create and release music to a worldwide audience - from suburban English bedrooms to the clubs of Rio in the click of a button - but all this seems to have achieved is the flooding of the soundwaves with the mediocre, the half finished or the not fully explored. The quest for 'success' or the fringe benefits of fame and fortune have taken over from the more worthwhile pursuit of creating something truly worthy of being called art. All of this over exposure and fame focused society doesn't leave any room for patience or the slow blooming creative process which is so often vital to creating something worthwhile.


I'm not saying I have all the answers, or any answers for that matter, but that's kind of the point; who does have the answers? More importantly, who knows what the questions are that we need answered? The music world is hurting tonight and we're in mourning but at some point in the coming weeks and months people will start to focus on the void left behind and there's an opportunity for all you musicians out there. Sure, they are huge boots to fill and I'm not asking any of you to fill them on your own but whenever next you're sitting down at the piano, with the guitar, or with an blank piece of paper just think this: what would Bowie have done? When the song is perfect, play it backwards and see if that's better. When the lyrics make total sense, change the order and see if that hits harder. And when everyone loves you just as you are then that's the time to change. 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

FLAMINGO BAY - SINGLE REVIEW

Flamingo Bay - Blues Flute
Flamingo Bay - Blues Flute

Release Date: Out Now

Toronto has come up trumps again with the excellent Flamingo Bay and their unique brand of filthy swamp rock. Latest release 'Blues Flute' was begat by Lynyrd Skynyrd and has been slowly evolving in some swamp somewhere until it had enough about it to crawl out and start bothering the local townsfolk. If you like your guitars low slung and dirty, your drums chaotic and full of personality and your vocals with a darkness that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club would embrace without hesitation. Throw in a road trip video, a whole lot of beard action, some chewing tobacco and a snarling crescendo that builds irresistibly and you've got yourself a bona fide rock stomper.



Live Dates:

27th January - The Mansion, Kingston w/Ted Evans Band + Sweet Talk Jackie
28th January - L'escogriffe Bar Spectacle, Montreal w/Cuntagious + Ultrapterodactyle
29th January - The Avant Garde Bar, Ottawa w/The Dead Bees + Better Living Through Chemistry
5th February - Baltimore House, Hamilton w/Franke & Jimmy + Torque Hound

20th February - Bovine Sex Club, Toronto w/Yeomans + Wine Lips

TRUDY - SINGLE REVIEW

Trudy - Baby I'm Blue 
Trudy - Baby I'm Blue

Release Date: Out Now

Hailing from the twin musical fleshpots of Liverpool and Leeds, Trudy are a trio of lads with a bluesy approach to the world of indie. 'Baby I'm Blue' has an almost jazzy vibe behind the heartbrokenly desperate vocals of Oliver Taylor who seems to wring just as much emotion from his rattling guitar. I'm struggling for comparisons but at a push I'd go for something between Grandaddy and the Zutons with James Morrison's vocals but Van Morrison's delivery. There is a satisfying authenticity to this from the lyrics to the production quality via the excellent musicianship so if you've got the blues or you want to know what they sound like then give Trudy a call.


Live Dates:

12th January - The Old Blue Last, London
30th January - Headrow House, Leeds w/ The Magic Gang
5th March - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham w/Bill Ryder-Jones
8th March - Stereo, Glasgow w/Bill Ryder-Jones
10th March - Arts Club, Liverpool w/Bill Ryder-Jones

19th May - The Great Escape, Brighton

TALL POPPIES - SINGLE REVIEW

Tall Poppies - Cat Got Your Tongue? 
Tall Poppies - Cat Got Your Tongue? 

Release Date: 27th January 2016

Siblings in bands is a rare enough treat, often providing the kind of friction that results in great music. So to find a band with twins, such as Tall Poppies, is even more unusual and that makes 'Cat Got Your Tongue?' an extremely intriguing prospect. To describe this successfully I will have to ask you to imagine Franz Ferdinand fronted by a couple of Karen O lookalikes with the indie nous of the Raincoats and a smattering of violin. Primary colours and cat masks feature heavily in the video but it's the slinky, Long Blondes-esque bass line that has me purring (sorry, couldn't resist). There is chemistry here and a sense of purpose borne from a shared vision - whether these ladies are biological twins or just have a common goal, it certainly adds something to the music.



Live Dates:


27th January - Single Launch @ Servant Jazz Quarters, London

Thursday, 7 January 2016

THE SEIGE - SINGLE REVIEW

The Seige - Natalie Portman feat. Cheat Codes 
The Seige - Natalie Portman feat. Cheat Codes

Release Date: Out Now

What would drive you to write an ode to a woman known for advertising perfume and being Darth Vader's shag piece? You might well ask but that answer is this beast of an ode from The Seige featuring Cheat Codes. 'Natalie Portman' is the latest single from LA alt-rapper The Seige and it starts of like most movie related US pop tunes but then, well, then there's some weird folk lute playing and rapping so primal and rhythmic that you can't help but be swept away on the energy. The build of energy is perfect for getting hyped for a fight or preparing to go over the top of a trench, something achieved largely on the back of some huge drum sounds that are so sorely lacking in most modern rap and hip-hop. This is also the only song I've heard to rhyme 'mosh pit' with 'dog shit' as well as using the word 'blasphemy' as the key chorus word - nothing short of refreshing creative genius.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/seigelife


Watch The Video: http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/the-seige-cheat-codes-natalie-portman-new-video/

SINNERMAN - SINGLE REVIEW

Sinnerman - Do It Like They Showed You 
Sinnerman - Do It Like They Showed You

Release Date: Out Now

Enigmatic and mysterious fella Sinnerman has a new single for your ears if you care to open up for it. 'Do It Like They Showed You' is a moody indie shuffle punctuated by punchy guitars and scattered drums which will appeal to those who like to dance with complete abandon at indie discos. Essentially this is an Arctic Monkeys tune as performed by Richard Hawley with Bombay Bicycle Club and Vampire Weekend fighting it out to be the backing band and Badly Drawn Boy in the production booth. If that last sentence doesn't excite you then there's not much point in listening to this but then there's probably no reason for you to bother with any music really, is there?

More information: https://www.facebook.com/liveonsinnerman/?fref=ts


Listen/Download Here: https://liveonsinnerman.bandcamp.com/releases 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

ZUU MUSIC - SINGLE REVIEW

ZUU Music - Ain't No Sunshine feat. Johnny Voltik 
ZUU Music - Ain't No Sunshine

Release Date: 29th January 2016

Yes, this is the 'Ain't No Sunshine' you're thinking of but, no, this is not the version you'll be familiar with. This is very far from that version. ZUU Music (Robb Dixon to his mum) has taken a well known classic and, sure, it starts off recognisably enough but soon the beats and thick synth blasts take over and this tune is transported to a club smasher as played out with the sound effects of a mid-90s arcade game. They beats are big but skittish, the synths are sweet AND sour while the rapping of guest Johnny Voltik is smooth across the top - essentially this is a giant ice cream sundae with free refills on chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Purists may take offence but, for me, the soul of the song is still in there, it just has a new set of threads and sharp new haircut.



QUEEN OF JEANS - SINGLE REVIEW

Queen Of Jeans - Dance (Get Off Your Ass) (Super Fan 99) 
Queen Of Jeans - Dance (Get Off Your Ass)

Release Date: 8th January 2016

Philly girls, Queen Of Jeans, are unleashing their debut single on the world this week and you better listen up to their straight forward instruction - 'Dance (Get Off Your Ass)'. Laid back guitars and a lazy, Best Coast beat kick things off before those vocals drift in like a cross between Tennis and September Girls. Lo-fi is probably being a bit generous but the quality of the song shines through as the drums rattle away and those guitars get increasingly punchy while the vocals float and delight as much as they coax and seduce. For what it's worth, this single is being released as a limited run on a square 7" disc which gets my geek juices flowing, maybe this will make you moist too....(oh, and the B-side is 'Walk Like An Egyptian' - that do anything for you?).

More information: https://www.facebook.com/queenofjeansmusic/?fref=ts

Live Dates:

30th January - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia
4th February - Pianos, New York
19th February - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia

20th February - Cake Shop, New York 

Monday, 4 January 2016

THE ASSIST - SINGLE REVIEW

The Assist - Love (M.A.S. Records) 
The Assist - Love

Release Date: Out Now

Walsall lads (and just look at them, they're proper lads aren't they?) The Assist are making a bit of a name for themselves through a bit of good old fashioned grit and determination. New single 'Love' has been turning a few heads (or ears) and quite a few of them have been forcibly turned on this evidence. You see, 'Love' is an epic slice of indie as performed by a gang of lads who were weaned on the embers of Britpop and told bedtime stories of characters called Bez, John Squire, Damon Albarn and Richard Ashcroft. There's a Madchester looseness that is hard to resist, beats that would get even the most miserable indie DJ dancing and a sense of euphoria that should have tents at this summer's festivals jumping with sheer delight. Essentially, this is how love should feel - exciting, exhilerating, heart swellingly joyful and, eventually, it should give you a bit of a hard on at the very least (or the female equivalent).


More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

INHOODIES - SINGLE REVIEW

Inhoodies - Gospel 
Inhoodies - Gospel

Release Date: Out Now

When a tune that is over five minutes long starts with as lazy a strum as 'Gospel' does you would be forgiven for thinking you're in for a long five minutes. This latest release from enigmatic Turkish songwriter Inhoodies, however, has a strength about it that would put this tune alongside the likes of the Verve or Embrace at their peak in terms of its ability to take a simple melody and build it up over and over again until it becomes an anthem. Soft drums, subdued strings and smooth vocals all combine to make a warm, summer's afternoon of a song that drifts through the trees on the banks of the river wonderfully. If I was being super critical then I would suggest 90 seconds at the end of this song could be cut to make it more radio friendly but if you're not enjoying it then just switch stations, right?

More information: http://www.inhoodies.com/


Listen/Download Here: https://inhoodies.bandcamp.com/releases 

SEAKER - SINGLE REVIEW

Seaker - Romeo 
Seaker - Romeo

Release Date: Out Now

So, ahem, this came through at the tail end of 2015 and I listened to it, loved it and reviewed it. Then Christmas happened and I completely forgot to post the review, which is a bit shit. Anyway, better late than never, as they say, so without further ado.....

Otherworldly songstress Seaker (currently residing in London) has a new tune for you to sip and swill around your aural cheeks to let all the flavours evaporate in to your soul. 'Romeo' is the slowest of slow dances with funereal organs and flittering Tabla laying a sparse backdrop for Seaker's vocal to float in like Sinead O'Connor with a touch more warmth. There is hope and despair in the shuddering beats that creep in from the corners while the fluttering keys that join in lift the spirits although you can't help but feel that the spirits are being lifted to an afterlife of some sort. Seaker will fit in along with likes of the XX, Soak, PJ Harvey and Florence Welch but there is something more immersive here that I suspect only a full length album or proper live show would allow you to fully appreciate.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/seakermusic/?fref=nf 

LISSIE - SINGLE REVIEW

Lissie - Don't You Give Up On Me (Cooking Vinyl) 
Lissie - Don't You Give Up  On Me

Release Date: 12th February 2016

The start of a new year sees the return of one of the most talented ladies on the music landscape at the moment...scratch that, one of the most talented people, gender is irrelevant by now, surely? The sumptuous Lissie has a new album on its way and 'Don't You Give Up On Me' is the forewarning shot full of optimistic chord progressions, twilight slide guitars and the kind of vocals that nestle perfectly in a country tune. The thing is, this is way more than a country song with flashes of St Etienne and Dubstar in the production quality and a real darkness to the lyrics that is rarely seen in the ever perky modern world of country music. There is a quiet, gritted-teeth determination about this song that is hard to avoid getting swept up in so why resist?

More information: https://www.facebook.com/lissiemusic/?fref=ts

Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPumYwckY18&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:


15th February - Shepherds Bush Empire, London