17 August, 2017

[LISTEN] Bastille - Basket Case (Greenday Cover)

So we all know that Bastille love doing a cover, but this one is right out of the blue! ''Basket Case'' was covered for Ben Edlund's project called The Tick, which is an Amazon original series. The cover/single is released at 00:00 BST on the 18th of August.

You can listen to a snippet below and the full stream once it's up!

ASHFIELDS reveal video for "Is It Alright Now?"

ASHFIELDS are a quintet Indie-Rock/Pop band hailing from Nottingham. The band formed in late 2015 and quickly went on to make a stamp on Nottingham's music scene, of which you can easily hear why they've rose so quickly with their electrifying new track "Is It Aright Now?".

The band have broke the record for most number of shows at the Bodega and have also reached the finals of Firestone Battle of the Bands which saw them play at Birmingham Arena before Biffy Clyro of all people. To make their year that bit better they've been announced as main support for The Sherlocks at Rock City.

So jump on this bandwagon now before everyone does and check out their video now!

[LISTEN] The Kondoors - Forgiveness [IAI PREMIERE]

Even before they met, The Kondoors already established themselves as must-see live performers, having supported and worked with a roll call of big names, notably Bryan Adams, Sam Smith, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental and Take That.

Their new single ‘Forgiveness’ is the product of their first attempt at harmonising their vocals together in song. This was a special moment and their songwriting and companionship has never felt quite so bonded, to how it is now.

Building with a lush arrangement of piano, guitar and string sections, the pair divulge a tangible and surreal force of folk with an incredible soul edge. This builds on the couple’s powerfully romantic lyricism that facilely sways throughout dramatically.

Part of this huge sound was captured by their teamwork with flawless producer Steve Brown (Corinne Bailey Rae, Laura Mvula) who helped forge their raw, organic sound to the next level and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born.

Stream 'Forgiveness' here:


Words by Cole Samson

[LISTEN] Farebrother - Rewind [IAI PREMIÈRE]

"Rewind" is the second single brought to you by British rock four piece Farebrother, which follows on from the release of their sensational début EP "Rapture" back in 2016. Since then the band have headed back into the studio and have refined their sound, and "Rewind" marks a significant stage of progression for the Bath based band. "Rewind" comes with a more mature sound track which sees the band head to new heights and it's full of with emotion lyrically as well as the passionate vocals from their frontman Tom Hunt.

Frontman Tom explains, "Rewind was written about, and influenced by, very cruel realities of certain relationships and how your mind can create new anxieties to poison feelings of a very opposite nature. It really highlights how dangerous people can be to themselves, for the cause and reason of entirely contrary emotions."

"Rewind" by Farebrother is out on Friday 18th August via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all other distribution channels.

Recorded at the prestigious Rockfield Studios (Oasis, The Pixies, Royal Blood) and mixed by Josh Tyrrell (JP Cooper, Lower Than Atlantis), Rewind clearly establishes Farebrother as a band with an exciting future ahead. 

15 August, 2017

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Sunfall Festival 2017

On paper, and on previous performance, Sunfall 2017 was assured to be one the most necessary dates in the festival calendar. Showcasing the very best of dance and hip-hop underground, with a real community feel, including the likes of The Black Madonna, Jay Electronica, Move D, and Madlib.

Being at Eastern Electrics festival last weekend, my tolerance for queuing was pushed to its absolute limit with a two-and-a-half-hour wait – this time around, despite myself being granted backstage access, many attendees had the start of their day unacceptably truncated. Alongside receiving texts from the outside stating that queues were approximately three hours long, and getting to quite dangerous safety levels, I found myself facing further serious queues just to buy booze for my friends to soften their pain (and that’s even at the VIP bar).

Photo from Twitter: @ieattothebeat
Theo Parrish

Luckily for them, not much really happened in the opening couple of hours. Romare flirted with his live set, bringing some early smoothed out funk in the sunshine - the set seemingly too neat, and didn’t really get the crowd going too much. Similarly, Roy Ayers seemed rather passionless and going through the motions. On the other hand, an undeniable success was Theo Parrish. Outwardly drunk, either on excitement or booze (who can blame him, his set was 4 hours long), his selection of funk and wacky disco edits oozed confidence and were even heard over on the main stage at many points (e.g. with Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious). Tirelessly and typically, he worked on the EQs like a flair bartender.

It was now (circa 4.30pm) for the first time that Sunfall 2017 was seeming like a proper festival; where the echoes of overcrowding and queueing were beginning to subside. People were enjoying themselves, as the sun came out, as if it all had never happened - despite the constant onslaught to organisers on social media for refunds. Maybe that was down to the dreamy pairing of Palms Trax b2b Antal. Sound systems aside (I was actually disappointed by this stage’s system, considering the praise the festival gets), the effortless nature of the duo brought one of the best reactions to the day – with punters relentlessly dancing throughout. After taking in the sunshine, and checking out the record fair, Motor City Drum Ensemble kicked off in the background. Despite being described as a DJ who never really leaves his comfort zone, his main stage set worked its way through classic disco anthems to acid house back to euphoric cuts, including the likes of Moodymann’s ‘Don’t You Want My Love’. 

Floating Points
Larry Heard

Highlights elsewhere saw Madlib bring air to some J Dilla cuts alongside his own dusty, ill-defined style, and Princess Nokia break up some monotony with her Foxy Brown-esque flow. Despite only seeing her for a brief time, her set was packed with powerful bars, assured twerks, and farfetched freestyles.

Passing up Ben UFO and The Black Madonna seemed irresponsible at the time. But with the preferred sound at the main stage, it was really a no brainer – the night ended with a live set from Floating Points which boasted nerdy-like confidence, and some new material (shock). And as the sun went down, bodies were warmed by the unforgettable, much-anticipated set from Larry Heard (a.k.a. Mr Fingers). The Chicago producer was joined on stage by Mr White, who was on vocal duties, and the two whizzed through all the classic including Robert Owens’ ‘I’m Strong’ and Heard’s 1999 track ‘Missing You’.  It was ‘vibes’ personified. A spiritual trip through the house ages. Theo Parrish was even spotted with his head in his hands at shear disbelief by the monumental quality of the selection of tunes, and at the sound of personal favourite ‘Amnesia’. The human touch can sometimes be lost in dance music in and amongst the machines, however the duo had a unique knack of bringing the two together -  thanking the crowd on multiple occasions. And it was now that people really acknowledged the brilliance of Sunfall.

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In the hope that the organisers sort out the queuing problems (frankly it's because the size of the site was too small for 10,000 people), then I'm sure Sunfall is a must-go-to event next year - the quality of music just speaks for itself.

Written by // Richard Maver