Friday, 21 July 2017

LISTEN: Catgod release 'Someone Love' EP

Exciting day for new music! Dan Croll's new record Emerging Adulthood is finally out, and my Oxford pals Catgod have just released their Someone Love EP today, the title track of which has been making waves on Radio 6 with Lauren Laverne choosing it as her 'Headphones Moment' a few weeks ago. The EP is atmospheric, funky, experimental and all kinds of beautiful, and I'm particularly digging I'm Innocent which as quickly become a live favourite at the shows I've caught the band playing over the last few months!

Following their EP launch show in Oxford last night and a slot at Truck Festival today alongside Low Island, Slate Hearts, Coldredlight and more, they're carrying on full steam ahead, playing an intimate EP launch show at The Harrison in London's King's Cross next Thursday (27th July) with Laish and Anna McRae in support - tickets for that show here! 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

LISTEN: Elias - 'Hope'

Introducing Elias, a musician from Sweden who has been getting a lot of attention with his previous releases from the likes of Annie Mac and the Swedish Grammy's. His new track, Hope, gives a taste of what is to come from his debut album, due later in the year through Warner Music. The track, following up Thinking of You, is giving me hints of Alex Vargas with its soulful and emotional vocals. Check out the new track below and keep an eye out on news of Elias' debut album later in the year!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

LISTEN: Benjamin Clementine - 'God Save The Jungle'

Winner of the Mercury Prize in 2015 for his debut album At Least For Now, Benjamin Clementine is back with news of its follow up, I Tell A Fly. Following its first track, Phantom of Aleppoville, he has released God Save The Jungle, a track alluding to the notorious camp in Calais. Speaking about his role as an artist, Benjamin says that "I am neither a politican nor prophet, but an artist who creates to only entertain is no better than a con" and hopes that the album "fulfils its purpose as the continuation from 'At Least For Now'". Pre-order the new record here.

Benjamin Clementine tours the UK in November/December as part of an extensive run of European shows, including a headline show at Brixton's O2 Academy as well as shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Gateshead and Bristol. Full dates and ticket info are on his site here!

Monday, 17 July 2017

TOUR NEWS: The Hoosiers 10th anniversary tour (Nov 2017)

What a way to kick off the week - my favourite band The Hoosiers are celebrating the tenth (!!) anniversary of their hit debut album The Trick To Life with their biggest tour for several years, taking in 27 shows around the UK in October and November. They'll be releasing the album on vinyl for the first time for a limited run as well as a 2CD edition with extra tracks. All the dates are here, with tickets going on pre-sale at 10am this Wednesday.

Full dates:

Fri 29th Sep: The Bodega, Nottingham
Sun 1st Oct: MK11, Milton Keynes
Tues 3rd: The Lounge, Canterbury
Weds 4th: Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
Thurs 5th: The Boileroom, Guildford
Fri 6th: The Sugarmill, Stoke
Sat 7th: Kasbah, Coventry
Tues 10th: Waterfront, Norwich
Weds 11th: O2 Academy 2, Leicester
Thurs 12th: O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Fri 13th: Scala, London
Sat 14th: The Venue, Derby
Weds 18th: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Thurs 19th: Subscription Rooms, Stroud
Fri 20th: Komedia, Bath
Sat 21st: Phoenix, Exeter
Sun 22nd: Fleece, Bristol
Weds 25th: Academy 3, Manchester
Thurs 26th: O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
Fri 27th: The Live Rooms, Chester
Tues 31st: Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
Weds 1st Nov: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
Thurs 2nd: Potterrow, Edinburgh
Fri 3rd: King Tuts, Glasgow
Sat 4th: Diamond Lounge, Doncaster
Sun 5th: Engine Shed, Lincoln
Mon 6th: The Horn, St Albans

Friday, 14 July 2017

WATCH: Public Service Broadcasting release 'Making of Every Valley' documentary

I'm partial to a good music documentary and really enjoyed getting an insight into the process of making what is a pretty unique album, the new record from Public Service Broadcasting. As I write this I've just found out that the record, Every Valley, a concept album of sorts about the mining industry in Wales, reached number four in the album charts after its release last week - incredible work for a fairly niche band. Check out the 'making of' documentary below and grab the new record through the band's site here!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

WATCH: Hider - 'Yosemite'

Following a six year break from making music as a solo artist, in which he sold guitars on Denmark Street and produced for other artists as well as composing for adverts and film trailers, a previously acclaimed singer-songwriter (who... your guess is as good as mine!) has returned under the apt moniker Hider. The anonymous songster has just released a summery new tune, Yosemite, which has hints of Foster The People about it in the chorus and is the follow up to first single You Look So Amazing. The track is a time capsule of youthful summer love, about which Hider explains that “I’ve always found it easier to write sad songs and often reflect on the past in my songs. With ‘Yosemite’ I wanted to write a song to express how I am feeling right now in my current relationship without being too soppy or emotional, a positive celebratory love song.”

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

TOUR NEWS: Lucy Rose and Charlie Cunningham (November 2017)

Following the release of her new record Something's Changing last week Lucy Rose has announced a mammoth November UK tour including a show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the beautiful SJE Arts in Oxford. Support comes from folk heartthrob Charlie Cunningham who I caught at SJE supporting Stornoway back in 2015 - check out his tune Telling It Wrong for the Mahogany Sessions here! All the dates are here and tickets for the tour will be available from 9am tomorrow in the pre-sale, and on general sale on Friday (14th).