If you live for those nostalgic days where you stick on a Massive Attack album to help the ‘relaxation’ process after a particularly big night out or a particularly rough time, then London-based HÆLOS (or Hælos, I honestly have no idea why bands capitalise their names nowadays) will be the new band for you. Hailing from Bow in East London, the trio dish out genre-hopping tunes that exude breathy vocals and ringing percussion.
‘Dust’, their 2014 debut single, incorporates the very best of London Grammar-esque tenderness with a hint of shivering pulsation akin to The XX. After a quiet release, the track buzz has snowballed online, where it was soon being talked about by the likes of Zane Lowe and gaining airplay from Annie Mac on Radio 1.
Signing with Matador Records (other artists include Savages and Darkside), the trio have released a new track – ‘Earth Not Above’. With a drum beat strangely similar to the 1990 hit ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, this latest offering is a piece of trip-hop perfection.
Make sure you check them out. They will be playing Field Day (London; 6th-7th June) and The Great Escape (Brighton; 14th-16th May).
For fans of // Massive Attack, The XX and Alt-J
Written by Richard Maver (@richmaver)
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