The New Coast – East London duo Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater – have released their new song Slow Down. The band’s sound is all-encompassing and atmospheric, with a rich multi-layered effect that becomes that comes into clearer focus after a couple of listens.
The track is taken from their forthcoming EP Paraga Beach which is due for release on 4 November.
The New Coast – Slow Down
Pop-rock quintet Lightscape have released the video for their new single Running, taken from their forthcoming EP For Present, For Past.
The Norfolk-based band filmed the video at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth with director Ryan Lovejoy. Guitarist Sam Nichol said: “We’re incredibly proud of our first video. It took two days to film while we experimented with different lights/ filming positions.
“The room was circular, so there’s so much to play with. Most of all we just had fun jumping about and doing what we do best, whilst trying to make something visually appealing enough to do justice to the audio.”
The forthcoming self-released mini-EP from which the track is taken is released on 2 September, ahead of a live date for the band on 17 September at London’s 229 Venue.
Lightscape – Running
Hard to imagine a more sublime and chilled out way to start our weekend than this track by the superb Alpines.
The electronic duo of Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews release new album Another River on 28 October and Heaven is the second track to be released, following Completely which we similarly adored.
In the meantime though, we’re just enjoying this absolute gem of a tune, and hope you will too.
Alpines – Heaven
Debut track from Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu is Get Off, a lively mix of punk, grungy guitar, and neat harmonies.
Following a string of UK festival performances this summer, we can expect to see and hear a lot more from her soon. Catch her live on 25 November in Manchester.
Zuzu – Get Off
Super-psychedelic Outer Spaced by Swedish group Hashish is as spaced out as the title suggests.
The track is from their debut album A Product Of which is out tomorrow (26 August) on Whoa Dad! records. Hashish are led by Stefan Kéry, an avid record collector and a bit of a retro-psych guru who has been releasing records by Dungen as well as a whole treasure of forgotten Scandinavian prog-psych gold via his own label Subliminal Sounds.
Inspired by the kaleidoscopic sounds of the 60s and 70s, Hashish have combined retro bass lines and kraut drums with an overall electronic lounge vibe, to create a record that is genre crossing, experimental and yet modern. It kind of picks up what Goat have started and takes it in an even more far out direction. The video really has made me hungry though…
Hashish – Outer Spaced
New York band Corbu released their psychedelic-infused dreamy pop LP Crayon Soul earlier this month and its well worth discovering, starting with this track Better Better Off.
The band will be supporting Bloc Party for a string of dates across the US during September. Catch ’em if you can.
Corbu – Better Better Off
Dark pop at its best from Canada-based Alex Bent + The Emptiness. The track is taken from the 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Dead, In The Water.
Alex Bent + The Emptiness – Hold On To Me Forever
Kicking off our week with a bit of premium drum’n’bass is this belter from Kove, the alias of Sussex-born tech-house and d’n’b producer James Rockhill.
From the EP Nightfires Vol.II (due for release 19 September), Into the Fire features sublime vocals from Folly Rae – who has herself only just appeared on Sync with her new song U.
Given how Mondays can typically be, we felt this just had to be THE tune to get our week off to the best possible start. Enjoy!
Kove – Into The Fire
Ok, so it may be the second time inside a month that we’ve featured New York indie-electronica duo Phantogram on Sync, but we can’t help it when they keep releasing tracks like this.
Cruel World is the third tune to be released from their forthcoming album Three, which is due for release on 7 October. For a sense of why this eagerly-anticipated album is likely to be such a stormer, take a listen to You Don’t Get Me High Anymore and Run Run Blood.
Phantogram – Cruel World
New from South London three-piece SYKES is Glimmer, taken from their EP Younger Mind. As with lead-single Younger Mind, this one has a strong chorus that gets firmly stuck in your head.
Back from a recent tour of the US as part of the Vans Warped Tour, the band will hit the road in the UK next month, with dates in London (25 September), Cardiff (26), Manchester (27), Glasgow (28) and Birmingham (29). We reckon they would be well worth catching live if you happen to live anywhere near these fine cities.
SYKES – Glimmer
First single from Bauer‘s forthcoming new album Impossible Is Nothing (out on 7 October) is Made The Change, an uplifting track with a hook that’ll get stuck in your head on the first listen.
The band – whose profile has been built through support slots with the likes of Snow Patrol, I Am Kloot, and Turin Brakes – funded their album with the help of fans through PledgeMusic.
Bauer – Made The Change
We’ve bleated about this one over on Twitter a few times, but seeing as it’s actually released today we thought it should be here on the blog too. Go Ahead is the first track from Pillow Person – aka Hot Chip / NZCA Lines / New Young Pony Club / Technology + Teamwork drummer extraordinaire Sarah Jones.
Not gonna lie, the video properly freaks us out, but we’re still loving the work. Have a listen also to the similarly spot-on B-side track In My Game.
Pillow Person – Go Ahead
When either Porter Robinson or Madeon put out new material it’s never something that can easily be ignored, so when the two team up on a track it has to be cause for real excitement.
Shelter doesn’t disappoint. This meeting of US and French electronic masterminds is an absolute beauty, and a tune that comes ahead of the pair’s forthcoming US and Canada tour together that kicks off in Atlanta on 29 September and runs through various dates in October and November.
Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter
With a fresh and original style, Folly Rae is one we’ve been watching for a little while now, and it seems to us that this talented singer might just be finding her perfect sound.
She’s had a busy 2016 so far. The BBC chose her as one of eleven artists to perform out in Texas for their 2016 SXSW showcases alongside the likes of Stormzy, Låpsley, Jake Bugg and Shakka.
Her previous song Hard To Love was well-received, with a playlist spot for BBC Radio 1Xtra but we think new song U should go even further. It is the second track taken from the Money & Power EP and looks set to elevate her profile in the ranks of the darker side of pop. We think her versatile and rich vocal tone works brilliantly over the top of this moody beat.
Folly Rae – U
Here’s a thing of beauty to get you through a Wednesday. Restless Spheres is the new track from Blue States, the electronic music project led by producer Andrew Dragazis.
Featuring vocals from Stockholm singer Mayasa, it is the title track from what will be his first album in nine years, due for release on 16 September and backed up with a show at The Waiting Room, London on 3 October.
Blue States were responsible for one of our all-time favourite chillout tracks Diamente, so it’s great to hear this new material sounding so good.
Blue States – Restless Spheres