We've fallen in love with Bestival this year, and in September It's All Indie will be off to the Isle of Wight to see the festival in full swing. With lots of great bands lined up, it's got us pretty excited. In-fact here are TEN bands that you HAVE to check out if you're heading down to Robin Hill in September.
For the video of Rat Boy's "Get Over It"’, Jordan Cardy has gone
completely hands on. By directing, producing, animating, designing the
clothing and the props (the car was imagined by Jordan and built by his
dad), RAT BOY has created a whole immersive world that links his music
and creative projects into one.
Step into the adventures of RAT BOY,
Neptune and Scum.
There was a lot of upset people when it was announced when Foals told the world they were going on a hiatus post-Reading Festival, however latest developments now sound like we might have a new album sooner than we thought.
Speaking to Q Magazine Yannis said "I want us to break the chains of familiarity and to have that question
mark in the room again I think that it'll be beneficial for the band just
to be nervous about being in the room together again. I think we need to
rock our own boat."
With every Wild Beasts album comes a new boundary that's been pushed. "Tough Guy" is yet another track lifted from their new album "Boy King", and it's their darkest and synthy one yet. Other new tracks from "Boy King" that are out there already are "Celestial Creatures", "Big Cat" and "Get My Bang" as well as this new cut. The new album is out August 5th via Domino Records.
This track is just yet another reason as to why we love them so much!
So Bestival is fast approaching and It’s All Indie will be there. An act I’m particularly excited to see is London duo Honne. We've been following the duo of Honne for a while now, and with some quality tracks teasing us for months the album has finally dropped. They're debut album entitled "Warm On A Cold Night" is already gathering hype with many Twitter users declaring their love for it and it’s easy to see why when you listen to it. It’s full of warm, soulful tunes that will get you up on your feet and dancing.
The opening song is a synthy affair with some early 90's influence, definitely one that'll make you warm up to the band in an instant. Another quality track on the release is "Someone That Loves You" which was picked up by BBC Radio 1 and pushed them out to so many new fans, it's one of those tracks that you have to have on your 'feel good' playlists.
There's also a completely different pace within the album with "All In The Value". I found myself relaxing, whereas in other tunes of theirs I find there's this whole funk/dance/chill conflict going on that for some unknown reason made me a little on edge. There's no doubting that all Honne's songs are carefully and cleverly constructed and "All In The Value" is certainly no exception to that.
"Good Together" is s a funky track with some moody beats and a groove that shouts 'make out music'.
You can listen to their single "Someone That Loves You" which was picked up by BBC Radio 1 and pushed them out to so many new fans, it's one of those tracks that you have to have on your 'feel good' playlists.
The latter half of the album is once again fulled with pure bliss, and the final two tracks make us proclaim the album as amazing. "Gone Are The Days" and the sultry yet silky "3am"will stand as a reminder to those familiar with HONNE of what makes their music so special, soulful and smooth. A perfect way to end a great LP.
Huntar has recently revealed his latest cut in the form of "BlindSpot". The South Londonerhas already got over 5 million Spotify streams and established him as a regular on the Spotify Viral Charts and playlists worldwide. It was released last Friday on the 22nd of July and has already wowed me over.
His vocals are commanding and dominating, the textures of the track are inter-weaved and feature some great RnB vibes, steel-drums and some insutrial soundscapes, basically, it's safe to say that HUNTAR isn't afraid of mixing it up! Stay tuned for more to come from Huntar.
ULTRAS is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Gav Prentice, however now it's more of a group of Glasgow based musicians. Now the three piece return with a furious new cut "Napoleon". Much like the person who the track is named after - who rose to prominence during the French Revolution - it is paving the way for ULTRAS to rise to prominence at a quicker rate.
With a fierce, industrial and edgy sound they sound like the perfect blend of Young Legionnaire, Biffy Clyro and Royal Blood. ULTRAS new track is officially out today - 25th July via Killing Moon - and if you're into your out-'n-out rock then you're in for a treat!
Kytes are the up and rising (very fast rising) band from germany who are aiming for the big.
To think big makes you a quicker growing band because you have goals. I personally believe these guys will blow up somewhere really hard. They are about to have an impact. Supported through the talented Lichtdicht Records label based in berlin. Here is a monotone remix pumping right into your veines by the well known UK talent "The Revenge" Itunes: http://bit.ly/KYTES_TheRevenge_iTunes
Following the critically acclaimed Avelino collaboration ‘Five More Days’, which was playlisted at BBC Radio 1Xtra, JP Cooper has unveiled new track ‘Party’, another showcase for his accomplished songwriting and one-of-a-kind vocal.
Sonically sitting in the realms of How To Dress Well and Jessie Ware, the sound of the early hours is captured to perfection as the chorus of ‘Party’ rises from a mirage of hazy club beats. Now JP has unveiled a captivating visual to accompany the track; which sees a couple running through all the emotions of a relationship in a mere moment, and glance.
'I'm so happy to be releasing the video for "Party". The process of making the video has been amazing, the director, crew, actors and extras were all so wonderfully spirited and made a long, cold, rainy day in Manchester an absolute joy! Kojey has brought so much to this track and his performance in this video is electric!! Enjoy’.
JP Cooper is an artist that transcends genres and the uniting factor that drives this is a voice that simply needs no introduction. Both effortless and distinctive, it is JP's vocal that has won the Manchester born singer loyal fans across the UK, as well as some of the biggest names in the music scene including Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes.
Phantom Runners is the moniker of future-pop producer ADAL. Forged through a love of R&B, pop and 80s music, Phantom Runners are embarking on a journey of collaboration. Working on an album featuring several vocalists, the initial track is the aptly named ‘First Time’, featuring Brooke Bailey.
“First Time” is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush,” explains Adam Al-Hilali (ADAL).
Having picked up previous support from key tastemakers such as The Line of Best Fit, Nylon, Wonderland and Q Magazine, Phantom Runners’ latest offering reveals a more refreshing alternative-pop direction. Co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), ‘First Time’ is three minutes of scintillating 80’s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting 80’s synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.
Phantom Runners first came onto the scene in the form of an art rock band but is now exploring a new sound, taking notable influence from the likes of Years & Years, Caribou and Michael Jackson.
It’s fragments of early Janet Jackson meets Blood Orange & Sky Ferreira. It’s music to drive to at night. It’s Phantom Runners.
Mark ‘Wilkinson’ returns to Summer 2016 with his new club banger - “What”.
‘What’ premiered by Friction – one of the most revered and recognised names in bass music today – as his Friction Fire on Radio 1. The track is being released by RAM Records, and is now making waves across the digital and club worlds, getting multiple rewinds from the D&B scene’s leading names.
Now in 2016, Wilkinson is set to headline festival stages with his LIVE show at Wireless, Nass, Boardmasters, V Festival and Parklife, as well as numerous festival DJ dates and his own Ibiza residency at Together at Amnesia. Not set with this globe-trotting domination, Wilkinson also sold-out his own LIVE UK headline tour this Spring including his homecoming London show at The Forum, Kentish Town.
We absolutely love this track.. its a perfect to get you in the mood ready for the weekend.
Wer die vergangenen Monate in München verbracht hat, war sicher schon von Zweifeln erfüllt: Kommt der Sommer noch? Dürfen wir auch 2016 wunderbare Sommernächte erleben?
Seit Freitag wissen wir: Ja, das dürfen wir! Wenn diese besonderen Abende dann auch noch um Live-Musik in den noch besondereren Kammerspielen ergänzt werden, hat man ein gutes Rezept für einen tollen Konzertabend. Der Münchner Radiosender M94.5 lud zum 20. Geburtstag des Aus- und Fortbildungsradios afk zum "LAUT INDIE STADT" Festival ein.
Auf der Bühne standen an diesem Abend vier Bands: Die Sterne, Drangsal, Monday Tramps und der Headliner Kytes.
M94.5 hat an diesem Abend offensichtlich auf Bands gesetzt, die auch live überzeugen können - die Fans feierten durchgehend. Neben der Musik überzeugte auch die Location: die edlen, an diesem Abend unbestuhlten, Kammerspiele gaben dem "LAUT INDIE STADT" Festival eine ganz besondere Atmosphäre.
Unser Highlight war das Set der Münchner Kytes, mit denen wir uns vor ihrem Konzert trafen. In Gesprächen über die Musikwelt, Weltreise und ihren Traumjob, stellten wir fest, dass die Band sich nicht groß von ihren Fans unterscheidet: beide Seiten sind absolut musikbegeistert und freuen sich auf Auftritte ihrer Lieblingsbands. Besonders freut sich die Münchner Band auf Yannis Philippakis und seine Band Foals, die diesen Sommer auf dem MS Dockville Festival spielen werden - dort stehen Kytes auch auf der Bühne.
Nach dem Festivalsommer veröffentlichen die Münchner endlich ihr erstes Album: Seit wir Kytes vor einem Jahr bei ihrem Debüt im Strøm in München reviewed haben (http://www.itsallindie.com/2015/06/kytes-strm-munich-12th-june-2015.html) warten wir sehnsüchtig auf diese Platte. Dass darauf mehr folgen wird, scheint jetzt schon festzustehen: "Eigentlich denken wir schon an das zweite Album. Wir beschäftigen uns ja jetzt schon so lange mit dem ersten, da haben wir gleich Bock aufs zweite!", ist eine Aussage, die die Grundstimmung in der Band perfekt zusammenfasst.
Als die Band dann um 00:30 auf die Bühne kommen, ist das Kammertheater voll. Das M94.5 Team hat es geschafft eine tolle Veranstaltung zu organisieren - mit der letzten Band sehen wir dann auch plötzlich viele Helferinnen und Helfer des Orga-Teams vor der Bühne tanzen. Es ist Kytes offensichtlich anzumerken, dass sie sich freuen auf einer Bühne ihrer Heimatstadt zu stehen: Vor ihrem Set hatten sie uns erzählt, dass ein Umzug - beispielsweise wie viele andere Bands in die Hauptstadt - für sie nicht in Frage kommt. "Dafür lieben wir München einfach zu sehr!"
Kytes spielten beim "LAUT INDIE STADT" ihre "alten", bekannten Songs, präsentierten aber auch Songs, die auf ihrem Debütalbum veröffentlicht werden.
Der Feel-Good Indie sound der Band sorgte dafür, dass keiner die Füße still halten konnte - der perfekte Abschluss eines tollen Festivals!
Wir freuen uns jetzt schon darauf die Band auf dem Hamburger Rockville Festival zu sehen - ihr könnt euch also schon auf Fotos, Reviews und die Veröffentlichung unseres Interviews mit der Band freuen!
Indie electronica artist Leena Ojala(pronounced "Leeyna Oyala") earlier this year unveiled the beautiful video for ‘Little Place'.
Leena Ojala has drawn comparisons to Låpsley and Adele, and received international praise.
Fellow Londoner, and Swede, Ludvig Parment - also known as Saturday, Monday - has invited the original of ‘Little Place’ into a more dance-orientated world.
Saturday, Monday is a talented young producer in the early days of an already flourishing career, having remixed acts like Naomi Pilgrim, Elliphant, Little Dragon - and now Leena Ojala - and collaborated with Steve Angello, Pell and HayleyKiyoko to name a few.
His songs have been getting support from global tastemakers such as Pitchfork, The New York Times and The Guardian, as well as given radio air time by Zane Lowe, Diplo and others.
'The Saturday, Monday' remix is out on 22 July 2016.
This is the epic debut single from the future rock band The Collier. This uplifting first attempt from the four piece outfit hailing from Leigh-On-Sea, demonstrates true raw talent. A great song is about melody and lyric dovetailing together to evoke emotions and ideas, something The Collier have mastered with 'One Big Dream'. "One big dream was the track that brought the band together. The moment where i knew that something was happening. It's our first and longest played collier track and I think it captures what the sound of the band is. layered guitars, passionate vocals and aggressive hints layered throughout, one big dream is a track that has that familiarity yet leads somewhere complete new and original"
Their songs inspired Ali Staton - longtime producer who worked with everyone from PJ Harvey, Pulp and Madonna to work with them on this single.
The Collier are destined to play stadiums with their big arena sound, be sure to catch them at their London show next week.
FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicassim) is one of those summer festivals that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. Rather than solely being a multi-genre music festival, it can also be viewed as a Mediterranean holiday, continuously bringing the sunshine and the heat to the festival. With the festival arena doors opening at around 6.45pm every evening for 4 days (Thursday-Sunday), you get plenty of time to explore the beautiful beaches in the surrounding area during the day and are able to incorporate enough relaxation time to give you the energy for the festival in the evening (which continues until the early hours of the morning). This year, FIB 2016 did not disappoint, with an incredible line-up, numerous stages and a dynamic atmosphere, it can definitely be seen as one of Europe’s best festivals.
FIB always begins on the Thursday evening, which gets the crowds warmed up for the weekend ahead. Even though the VISA stage wasn’t open on the first day, there were still sufficient acts on the other stages to keep everyone entertained. Madrid-based electro-soul musician John Grvy, opened up the main ‘Las Palmas’ stage in style, showing off his newer material and catchy tune ‘Faded Away’. He even threw in an exciting cover of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘Everybody’, getting the crowd to participate as much as possible. By the end of the set, John himself threw himself into the crowd and danced along with everyone - it was certainly a great way to kick off FIB 2016. Later on in the evening, London indie pop band ‘Teleman’ performed a lively set on the new Radio 3 FIB Club Stage. The tent became pretty packed, and the bassist especially was encouraging everyone to have a good time.
Following on, producer and singer-songwriter/drummer Georgia performed an eclectic set on the J+B Dance Stage. Georgia is certainly one of those acts that needs to be witnessed live, flawlessly drumming and singing and performing catchy experimental tunes, the crowd could definitely appreciate her musicianship. Her new song ‘Never Let You Go’, was a highlight, and despite a few technical issues, Georgia powered on through and performed an energetic and exciting set. London grime act Skepta took over the main stage, and drew an exceptionally large crowd to his set. There were mosh pits galore and ‘Shutdown’ was certainly a crowd-pleaser. A rumour had been circulating twitter that festival favourites (and FIB-lovers) Hinds, would be making a special secret set appearance on the club stage at around midnight under the name ‘Las Weers’ - this proved to be true and the Madrid four-piece performed a phenomenal set jam-packed with hits from their album ‘Leave Me Alone’. The performance concluded with a stage invasion during ‘Davey Crockett’ which left everyone leaving the tent with smiles on their faces. Ultimately, Thursday night headliners Major Lazer graced the main stage at around 1am, continuing to hype up the crowd and performing hits such as ‘Lean On’ and ‘Light It Up’. Considering that the Thursday didn’t have as much music on as the following days at FIB, the variety of genres and acts was enough to keep everyone occupied and entertained. Also, the quality of the smaller acts on the Club Stage was remarkable, and Hinds’ secret set was the cherry on the cake.
Day 2 of FIB 2016 was an exciting day - full of class indie acts that were guaranteed to perform incredible sets throughout the evening. The day commenced with an entertaining set from the one and only Rat Boy on the VISA Stage. Frontman Jordan Cardy continuously displayed his riotous ways by encouraging the crowds to dance and eventually build up to a festival version of ‘bull-dog charge’ and mosh-pits galore. The audience were loving it and Rat Boy performed new material as well as favourites such as ‘Fake ID’ and ‘Move’.
Following on from their secret set the night before, Hinds graced the Main Stage on Friday evening with yet another incredible set, expressing their gratitude to FIB for letting them play the Las Palmas stage and telling the audience about how they’d been to the festival every year since 2009. Hinds smashed it yet again and conquered the main stage with favourites such as ‘Castigadas en el Granero’ and ‘San Diego’. Watching Hinds in the bright sunshine is definitely something that needs to be done, their tunes are perfect for the summer. Shortly afterwards, rock outfit Band Of Skulls took over the VISA Stage with a flawless set packed with tunes new and old. Their most recent album ‘By Default’ went down a storm with the crowd. Festival favourites The Vaccines, performed a spectacular set on the Main Stage later on in the evening. Frontman Justin Young conveyed each and every lyric with his force of personality, gripping the audience’s attention instantly. The set was brimming with energetic non-stop tunes from all three Vaccines albums, ending with ‘Norgaard’ which of course got the crowd going even more. Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, brought the Main Stage alight, with new album ‘Ellipsis’ having gone straight to Number 1 in the UK, Simon Neil brought even more vibrancy to his vocals than ever before, a perfect way to celebrate success of the new LP. Jamie XX took over the VISA Stage later that night, blasting tunes from ‘In Colour’, perfect for the late night atmosphere. Lastly, Friday headliners, The Chemical Brothers brought the Main Stage to a close impeccably, exhibiting the power of electronic music over the late-night festival ambience - it was truly dynamic.
Saturday was an almost sold-out day at FIB due to the fact that headliners Muse were performing later on that evening. Fans had been queuing eagerly since 7.30am, therefore it is without a doubt that wherever Muse play they always draw the biggest crowds. The day started out with a set from French band ‘La Femme’ on the VISA Stage, who seemed to go down a storm with the predominantly Spanish crowd, with the audience singing along continuously to the songs. Irish indie band ‘Walking On Cars’ performed an exceptional set on the Main Stage as the sun was high in the sky. Numerous Irish flags could be spotted throughout the audience, as well as large numbers of people singing along to hits such as ‘Speeding Cars’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’. The band seemed to thoroughly enjoy the set and the warm welcome from the audience could be felt throughout the vicinity.
Spanish singer-songwriter Lois took over the FIB Club Stage with poise and sophistication, filling the tent with his rich vocal, and catchy tunes. English rock band The Coral drew an extensive audience to their set on the Main Stage, with ‘In The Morning’ being a particular highlight, encouraging the crowd to dance along accordingly. Liverpudlian 70’s rock band ‘Echo and the Bunnymen’ triumphed the VISA Stage, concluding with crowd-favourite ‘Lips Like Sugar’, Ian McCulloch certainly gave a flawless performance. Slightly overlapping with festival headliners Muse, indie rockers The Kills performed one of the best sets of the weekend on the smaller VISA Stage. Alison Mosshart’s front woman presence was extraordinary, portraying the lyrics with emotion and passion, whilst Jamie Hince’s guitar playing was out of this world. The Kills certainly captivated the crowd with their faultless performance. Headliners Muse, took to the Main Stage, receiving a warm welcome from the packed-out crowd. Muse will never disappoint and performed all the favourites as well as newer material from last year’s album ‘Drones’. During ‘Mercy’, streamers galore were fired out into the audience as well as lots of confetti which made the set a full-on show. Shortly afterwards, English electronic music duo Disclosure closed the Main Stage late at night with an unforgettable set. Particular highlights were ‘White Noise’, ‘Omen’ and ‘Latch’. Again, the electronic music was perfect for the late night atmosphere at FIB 2016 and kept the party going into the early hours of Sunday morning.
The last day of FIB 2016 came around too quickly, even though the festival is longer than others, it went by in a flash. However, Sunday again was another day to look forward to, jam-packed with indie bands and with insane headliners Kendrick Lamar and Massive Attack closing the Las Palmas stage for 2016, it was certainly going to conclude with a bang. American skate punk band Fidlar, played an energetic, loud and dynamic set on the Main Stage. Bringing about the large mosh pits to the Las Palmas stage and the crowd surfers too, Fidlar created a unique festival ambience brimming with liveliness and drive that ensured that the audience were moving the entire time. Fidlar explained that it was their first time in Spain, and judging from the reception of the crowd it certainly won’t be their last.
Swiftly following on from Fidlar, indie favourites Catfish and the Bottlemen conquered the Main Stage at FIB with pure quality and class. The audience were screaming every lyric back to charismatic frontman Van McCann, including the ones from newer songs ‘Twice’, ‘Anything’, ‘7’ and ‘Soundcheck’. There were crowd surfers, people on shoulders, mosh pits and general enjoyment throughout the crowd as the indie-rock outfit played tune after tune. It just seems Catfish and the Bottlemen are on the rise to even bigger things and this flawless festival performance (with Van ending it on top of the amplifiers with his guitar balancing in the middle) - emphasises the true musicianship of the band. Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco played to a packed out crowd on the VISA Stage, including the infamous stage dives into the audience as well as receiving a great welcome from the Spanish audience too. London-based indie rock band The Maccabees ended their ‘Marks To Prove It’ era with their impeccable performance at FIB on the Main Stage, playing tunes ranging from the old such as ‘X-Ray’ to the newer ‘Something Like Happiness’. Lead guitarist Felix White encouraged lots of hand clapping, singing and dancing, and the set itself was just full of pure energy and gratitude from the band to the audience. Towards the later part of the evening, The 1975 played an hour-long set on the VISA Stage, playing a variety of songs from their sophomore album as well as older favourites. Matty Healy again proved to be frontman material, introducing the songs, expressing the lyrics through his facial expressions and interaction with the audience. The light show at 1am was also spectacular. The Sunday night came to a close with an amazing headline performance from the one and only Kendrick Lamar on the Main Stage and another uniquely brilliant performance from the trip hop Bristolians Massive Attack.
FIB 2016 was certainly an edition full of incredible music, an amazing atmosphere and pure good times. The late festival start times allow you to enjoy your holiday as well as experience a late night festival atmosphere like no other. The genre diversity this year was excellent, and was perfectly placed at the variety of stages present at FIB. The new Club Stage proved to be a success, showcasing the cream of the crop in upcoming Spanish music as well as other indie bands. The small area of the festival arena also allows you to get from stage to stage without any hassle, ensuring that you don’t miss any acts and experience the full festival to the maximum. FIB is one of those festivals that has to be on your bucket list, so you can have a good time, in the best weather, watching phenomenal music for four whole days. It’s excellent!
Regarding new single 'Your Kisses Work' the band explain:
"It’s been a long process but we’re ecstatic to finally announce the launch of ‘Your Kisses Work’ as part of our campaign to raise awareness for Lupus UK, The Lupus Foundation of America & St Thomas Lupus Trust".
Having experienced within the Tibican family what life is like living with Lupus, they have decided to release their first charity single. All profits will be donated to the three charities mentioned above and we hope more people will become aware of the condition.
'Your Kisses Work' will be available to buy on 22nd July via Itunes and Spotify.
After Scuicide's Alan Vega sadly passed away late last week, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT have shared a version of Alan's "Goodbye Darling", which originally featured on the musician’s 1983 album "Saturn Strip".
Peterborough's Airways have recently shared a cross-genre that really raises their game, it's got some RnB beats, a rock chorus that Muse would be proud of and a vibe that shouts Jamie T on a summer holiday. This track has came out at the right point in the summer, head on down to check out a band that'll be lighting up the future!
We welcome you to a new band, Born Stranger, their début single "Fire and the Flame" is out on 19 August. It was premièred by The Independent the other day and it's a great way to kick off a new project! Vocal melodies, a smattering of Depeche Mode and a brooding chorus makes you want to listen to this all over again.