23 August, 2016

Who we're excited to see at Reading & Leeds 2016

Reading & Leeds is officially the close to my summer and unfortunately it is just around the corner! That said... I LOVE IT! And this year i'm more excited than ever to be spending 5 days in sunny-ish Yorkshire trying to avoid the toilet situation, here are some of the reasons why listed below:

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers.

No one can deny their back catalogue and whilst yes I admit they're probably past their prime in terms of a live show, I have never managed to catch them so it's one off the bucket list. Naturally you have to be dubious about how many more tours they'll complete so I intend to make the most of seeing them headline R&L. 

2. Bang Bang Romeo.

If you're asking yourself who then you soon won't be. My tip for a meteoric rise in the (very) near future. They're playing the new Jack Rocks and This Feeling stage which has lined up tasty fresh talent for your listening pleasure. BBR are a mix bag of style, personalities and influences that come together to pose of a formidable musical treat. If there is one live performance I am most looking forward to it is 'Chemical' by these guys... Just YES!

3. Biffy Clyro.

These guys always smash it and their previous headline R&L slot blew me away. Since then seen them a couple of times and their energy levels/enthusiasm do not drop a single level. A cracking new album should see them smash it again this year. I'm sure people don't need me to ramble on about their hits but personally new tune 'Animal Style' is a beast live. 


4. The Jackobins.

Yep, The Jackobins may also not be on many a radar at the moment but like submarine beacons they'll be pinging up all over the place soon. Good solid hits that remind me of early 90's cockiness but without the feeling of thinking they've over played their card. Professional music makers at their heart. 'One More Chance' and 'Hasty' are tunes to look out for.


5. Vant.

The band were disappointed with the crowd in 2015 specifically at Leeds (although my friends and I were there enjoying the lads effort) I think their promotion to a bigger stage has reflected a big year of 'getting known' and hopefully the crowds effort will increase too! There's always room for more people at a Vant gig but they'll expect you to rock.


6. Clean Cut Kid.

A lovely band to talk to, very humble and a class act live for sure. BBC Introducing stage headliners now movin' on up! 'We used to be in love' will be a great tune to see in this setting. I think they'd be able to win over plenty of new fans in a festival setting this time so go and join their 'Babe Magnet' crew!


7. Maximo Park.

Energy, energy, ENERGY! Non stop frantic show when i saw them last so very excited to see them top of the bill on a great stage that will vibe off them for sure! A blast from the past for some people but still current occupying playlist space for me.


8. Jack Garratt.

Supremely annoyed with myself i haven't witnessed his live set yet to see what a modern one man band can wow me with. All the hype, all the awards and all of the praise means he's coming into this festival with wool on his back to give him an edge over other decent acts on at similar times for me. Let's keep my fingers crossed but like he says, "don't worry 'bout it"

Other notes - Sundara Karma and Nothing but thieves making the jump to main stage is huge for them, be interesting to see how they fair and I haven't even mentioned Foals as we all know they'll probably trash the main stage and be wonderfully self implosive! You're probably thinking i've missed loads that i'm excited for and you'd be right! But who would read a blog that lists pretty much everyone on the poster? Top picks for a reason though. 

Hope you all have a good one and see you on the other side minus half your belongings, some of your dignity and problem a good percentage of your senses! Happy Bank Holiday weekend!!!


10 Acts You Can't Miss At Bestival 2016

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.

Tickets are still on sale from £200 (in booking fees), which is a bargain - and can be found here.

Honne & Izzy Bizu


The Cure

Fickle Friends

Spring King



Oh Wonder 

Wolf Alice

The festival will be taking place on the Isle of Wight at Robin Hill Park, it runs this year from the 8th to the 11th of September.

[LISTEN] Sundara Karma - She Said

Earlier on Sundara Karma announced their debut album "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect" , which is released on the 6th of January via RCA / Chess Club Records... and their teaser track is "She Said".

I can comfortably say that this track could just easily sum up their album, as it really reflects their music they've released so far. It's a bouncy Indie-Pop track written with festival stages in mind and has a certain whiff of Peace about it. You can listen to it in full below.

[LISTEN] Delphina Kings - Midnight

Delphina Kings are a trio from the North-West of England and their new track "Midnight" has already got them some attention from Radio X. With sounds and tones reminiscing of early-The 1975 to and even hints of Dog Is Dead as well as fellow Northerners Little Comets.

Their previous single "Holding Me Up" was another great Alt-Pop anthem, however "Midnight" is more of an anthem and has some great textures on it as well as an infectious chorus.

[LISTEN] Jagwar Ma - Give Me A Reason

Jagwar Ma have teased fans even more, after revealing "OB1" a few weeks ago the Australian trip have dropped "Give Me a Reason". It's the second single from the upcoming new album "Every Now & Then" which is out 14th of October.

The latest cut is just as groovy as before, but with a lot more funk - listen to it below.

[LISTEN] L.A. Spring - Passerby

If you love your bouncy Indie-Pop, similar to Little Comets and Theme Park then you're in for a real treat, L.A. Spring have revealed their latest offering "Passerby", and it is certainly up there with some of the best.  Even though we're now in the latter end of Summer in the UK, this track can easily bring out the sun, and if you stick this on it'll make you think it's 40'c outside.

"Passerby" is the début single from L.A. Spring, and is released 11th November. You can check out "Passerby" below.

LANY shares tour video for "youarefire"

The Californian band have revealed a new video for "youarefire" that features footage from their recent tour which included dates in Europe as well as London. You can watch the video, maxout and relax to this chilled out dream-pop track with just a scroll of your mouse.

[LISTEN] Blossoms - Getaway (Roosevelt Remix)

If you love Blossoms - like we do - then you've been elated recently since the band's début LP topped the UK charts, now for two weeks! If you also like to chillout, then this slick remix of "Getaway" by Roosevelt is right up your street. Very smooth, very chill and you can totally see the band performing this at some point in this format.

Head on down to check it out, one of the best remixes we've heard in a while!

Sundara Karma announce début album "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect"

Ever since I saw them perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading Festival way back in 2013 (I think) I always wanted to hear more, we've been fairly spoilt recently with a string of cracking EP's but now sees the Reading based band gear-up for a full on LP.

Their debut album is released on the 6th of January via RCA / Chess Club Records. - They're also on tour next month, those dates are below if you fancy checking them out.

Sundara Karma UK Tour
16 London, Heaven
18 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
19 Bristol, Trinity
20 Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
21 Liverpool, Arts Club
22 Manchester, O2 Ritz
23 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
24 Newcastle, Riverside
26 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28 Norwich, Waterfront
29 Brighton, The Haunt

22 August, 2016

[WATCH] Bankewitz 'Push it. Shake it. Feel it'

Introducing BANKEWITZ  with his electro house hymn “Push It. Shake it. Feel it.” this native of Cologne aims to make it in the international club scene. With his electronic summer house single being an enthusiastic ode to a free and self-determined life; its vocals are at the forefront of a bed of beats and a catchy hook.

The song’s message is a great one, emphasised by the story of Berlin’s techno club guru Komet. Who plays the main part, enchanting everything around him with his infamous bubbles.  The coupling of BANKEWITZ’s music and Komet’s spirit bring the cities of Cologne and Berlin spectacularly together and send their special spirit into the world.

20 August, 2016

Bastille unveils video for "Fake It"

Bastille have revealed their video for "Fake It", which is the second track to be lifted from their second album "WILD WORLD".

You can watch it below.

19 August, 2016

[LISTEN] Strange Talk - Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S.

Strange Talk have been a favourite of mine ever since I heard "Climbing Walls", but since then the band has changed, grown up a tad and had a line-up change. Their latest offering is "Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S." and the Australian duo have now moved further away from the guitars and favour the electronics of keyboards and sample pads.

There's no denying that they're a great band now, they always have been, but this band has evolved into something great, listen to "Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S." below.

[LISTEN] Say Lou Lou - Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees Cover)

Say Lou Lou have delivered a great cover of Bee Gees' classic "Stayin' Alive" and have kept a load of funk in the track whilst adding their own electro-pop twist on it. The band say - "Here's an end of Summer offering and a tiny preview of what's to come..."

You can listen to it below.

[LISTEN] The Rive Project - Open Road

This is the first single from The RIVE Project's début EP, which is due to be released on 30th of September 2016. "Open Road" features a lot of big guitars, washed out vocals and shimmering synths.

Now based in London (originally from New Zealand) they've got a headline show at Sebright Arms set for 3 October - you can get in the mood by listening to "Open Road" below.

[LISTEN] BANKS - Mind Games

BANKS has revealed another new cut lifted from her new album, "The Altar". "Mind Games" is that track and is another smoldering track giving us yet another reason to get excited for her second album.

You can listen to it just below.

[LISTEN] Jordan Mackampa - Open Arms

Meet Jordan Mackampa, the wonderfully grounded, singer-songwriter whose gospel harmonies and soothing soulful voice will leave a mark on all those who listen.

An effortless delivery entrenched in soul and jazz influences, combined with Jordan's beautiful crafted lyrics, the single explores a journey of love, longing and loss. Taken from his forthcoming 'Physics' EP, the track further cements Jordan as a firm one-to-watch in the indie, soul and folk music scene.

As a man made up of misspelt lyrics, milky tea and Etta James records playing on a vintage wooden steeple tone, he is a hand-stitched soulster in every sense of the word.

Jordan shows true diversity and emotion across his forthcoming four track EP. Combining folk, blues and soul, his beautifully crafted sound and heart wrenching lyrics releases true emotion. With a timeless sound, perfect for those long hazy days, Jordan's latest offering "Open Arms" contains beautifully laid out organic layers to it, just like the singer himself.

Formation share interactive video for "Drugs"

Formation are bringing drugs to the table with their new video, not literally but "Drugs" is the title of their new track.

Frontman Will said about the track - " ... "Drugs" is about trying to adhere to the drugged-up, cocaine infused, London lifestyle, where it isn’t just about getting in but fitting in too, hence the first line: 'I’m on the list! Where do I sign up?' ... Musically it’s meant to reflect the euphoria and pounding, unrelenting rhythm of club culture."

[LISTEN] KYIKI - Make Love, Live Free

Eleanor Fletcher is an established member of Crystal Fighters and she's also dabbling on a solo career as an electronic producer and songwriter. KYIKI is releasing brand new Alt-Pop single "Make Love Live Free" on September 19th via Believe.

You can listen to the new track below and features some great textures as well as multiple of layers of vocals lapping over one another, the track has a subtle 90's groove to it too, but overall it's a solid cut from KYIKI.

[LISTEN] Jack Garratt - BYSKB v2m2

It seems that Jack Garratt is already preparing for his second album, after the huge success around his debut LP - "Phase" - he has headed back into the studio, and the first track we've wrapped our ears around is "BYSKB v2m2" (or as I'm calling it, "Boy You Should Know Better").

Obviously it's a demo, unless he has been taking lessons from Apex Twin and Bon Iver and has given it a really random name. You can listen to the glitchy track below, and try not to read too much into it, as (remember) it's a demo.

18 August, 2016

Oasis reveal new video for "D'You Know What I Mean?"

Big Brother Recordings have unveiled a brand new version of Oasis' "D'You Know What I Mean?" which has the new mix by Noel Gallagher and the new version features previously unseen footage in addition to the original video, it has also been re-graded in high definition.

Speaking of the video, directors Dom & Nic, who worked with members of the original production team, said the following...
"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the quality of the original video up to today’s high definition standards, and also to look at the film again with fresh eyes and see what we could improve"