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LIVE: Flyte, Sidmouth Fringe Sessions, Devon (9/8/17)

DSC_0140Heading up the final of four days of music at Sidmouth’s Fringe Sessions, Flyte had plenty of live up to. The standard across the whole programme had been extremely strong, with the likes of Bryde, Tors and Stone Roots among others setting the bar high. The band rose to the challenge superbly though, wrapping up this wonderfully initmate event in triumphant style.

The four-piece from Hampshire – comprising Will Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Sam Berridge (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jon Supran (drums, backing vocals) and Nick Hill (bass, backing vocals) – have been honing their considerably talents for a couple of years now, supporting the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and being booked for festival slots at Reading & Leeds, and Wilderness Festival. Continue reading

Liv Dawson – Painkiller

Released today, Painkiller is the latest tune from Liv Dawson and it has a smooth, slick vibe.

The singer from Shepperton, Surrey, has been steadily building up traction over the past year with a string of super-strong songs, including the excellent Searching. The new song comes following a busy schedule of summer dates including appearances at Dot To Dot, Bushstock, Wild Life, and Barn on the Farm festivals.

Liv Dawson – Painkiller

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Here’s one that has been bubbling under for a while and since we can’t get it out of our heads, decided it was deserving of a share. BC Unidos is the brainchild of two of Sweden’s biggest producers, Markus Krunegård and Patrik Berger, who have worked with big names such as Santigold, Charlie XCX, Icona Pop, and Robyn. Bicycle is a real feel-good summer cut which has unsurprisingly been picking up a fair bit of airplay. BC Unidos have also released the Carli remix of the track which takes the original into club territory by fusing grime and dancehall and is well worth a listen.

And hey, if cycling-relating music is your thing, then see also this and this…. but be warned that the ladies in the latter one are not wearing cycle helmets!

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Elena Ramona – The Neon Lights

We’re very much liking the groove of this tune from singer-songwriter Elena Ramona. Born in Greece but now based in Guildford, Surrey, Ramona’s smooth vocals are accompanied by some big, bold production on The Neon Lights and the whole thing comes together so well. One to watch.

Elena Ramona – The Neon Lights

LIVE REVIEW: Hope & Glory Festival, Liverpool (5/8/17)

Pigeon Detectives 1It all sounded so promising. A pretty impressive line-up of bands old and new in a city centre location, the inaugural Hope & Glory Festival had all the makings of a special weekend. Sadly for many, it turned into something of a nightmare.  Continue reading

SPINN – Notice Me

Liverpool dream pop four-piece SPINN have unveiled the video to their latest song Notice Me. The video is a fairly simple performance piece up until the end when the band become almost parodies of themselves, looking like Pale Waves in their There Is A Honey video, and really just having the same kind of fun that their music evokes.

Notice Me was first made to actually gain some radio play from SPINN’s local BBC Introducing host, Dave Monks. The idea was to write a song about wanting the attention of Monks. Of the track, singer Jonathon Quinn said: “Notice Me started out as a way to get some radio play. We used to say it was a homage to BBC Radio Merseyside because when we wrote it we couldn’t get any radio play, and wanted to be noticed by them. The lyrics are a bit more meaningful, it’s essentially us trying to portray the concept of hero worship in a pop song.”

SPINN – Notice Me

Nakita – In The Water

No stranger to the pixels of Sync – largely thanks to last year’s track Second Chances – New Zealand singer Nakita is back with new tune In The Water.

The lead single from her forthcoming Vision EP, it has a tropical vibe and presents an evolved version of Nakita; an 18-year-old channelling the growing pains of leaving home, now-distant friendships, moving to the big city and maturing as an artist. She recently performed as support for LANY at their Auckland show at the end of last month.

Nakita – In The Water

Jaded – In The Morning

London trio Jaded have been earning rave reviews for this track which is fast becoming something of a summer anthem.

The producers – Nari Man, Jordan Park, and Teo Cretella – met in London from Iran, Italy and London respectively and have been picking up plenty of airplay since last year’s track 4000Hz hit the nation’s ears. In The Morning is their latest brash and highly infections effort and, for us, is infinitely better. And you can catch the guys live on 25 August at London’s KOKO.

As for the video, well, we’ve all found ourselves out late when an attack of the munchies strikes so there’s a lesson to be learned here: if you’re out tonight or over the weekend, be prepared – take snacks. Lots of snacks.

Jaded – In The Morning

Twin Kidd – Retrograde

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Twin Kidd release their new alt-pop single Retrograde today.

The Nottingham trio (Stef Williamson, Sam Davies and Rich Lyon) gained national interest with radio play on BBC 6 Music and Radio X from their self-produced debut EP Fold last year. The new single sees them expand their horizons by working with producer Kris Harris, known for his work with acts such as Bears Den, Ghostpoet and Get Inuit.

Twin Kidd – Retrograde

Bella McKendree – Grieve

Singer-songwriter Bella McKendree will be releasing her debut EP, Waiting, later this month. Out on 18 August, the four-track EP features the forthcoming lead single, Grieve, seeing Bella and her band combine a darting piano melody with the singer’s tender, emotional lyrics.

Says McKendree: “In this song, I’ve laid out my heart, truly transparent about my own experience of loss. The reality is that sometimes you have to confront that dark place so I didn’t sugar coat the truth. It is the most vulnerable record I’ve written.”

Having grown up in the countryside, McKendree moved to London last year to start a band, perfecting her own material at various Sofar Sounds gigs across the country, as well as support slots for the likes of Ryan Keen, Martin Luke Brown and Keaton Henson. She also started working with Grammy Award-winning producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, Daughter) on the upcoming EP and is currently touring the UK. Among other dates, catch her at The Half Moon, Putney (7 August), and the Sunrise Celebration Festival, Hereford (19/20 August).

Bella McKendree – Grieve

TAKE 5: South West Four, 26-27/8/17

SW4 sunday line-upWith less than a month to go until some of the biggest names in EDM assemble on Clapham Common for South West Four, we’ve been casting our eye over the stellar line-up to pick a few not-to-be-missed acts. With headline sets from the likes of Knife Party, Deadmau5, Pendulum, and Tinie Tempah, the event maintains its reputation for booking huge acts. But to be fair, there is solid stuff to be found right throughout the schedule so here are a few that you should seriously consider seeking out if you’re heading along to the big Bank Holiday weekend party.  Continue reading

Everything Everything – Desire

The second single from the forthcoming fourth album from Manchester band Everything Everything (released 18 August) is Desire, a bold, brash and unashamedly loud statement about society’s ‘want it now’ culture.

The song represents a big contrast to Can’t Do, the first release from the new album A Fever Dream and a former Sync Track of the Week, employing a musical backdrop akin to glam-rock, mixed with the bands ever-developing harmonies and bringing the distinctive falsetto of frontman Jonathan Higgs very much to the forefront.

Everything Everything – Desire

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

Simply beyond dreamy, this work of art comes from Reading-based producer Roche and features the flawless vocals of Sync favourite Liyv. Four Walls is a track taken from the new EP Pink Sounds which has been entirely written, produced and recorded by Nick Roche in his own bedroom.

The full EP – which also features collaborations with Siad Cole and Justin Richard – can be found on Spotify. Also, check out Liyv’s wonderful Hot Lights which features on the latest Sync List.

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

Tom Forest – Believer

British singer/songwriter Tom Forest returns with the second release from his upcoming debut album Hope. Believer has all the soulful, uplifting brilliance of previous song Summer.

It has a simple melody, with a sincere vocal delicately delivered and totally compelling. Of the song, Forest says: “Last year I was in a dark place with music. It felt like life was telling me it was time to stop, even though it was something that had always been second nature. To make an album took a huge amount of support from friends and family – many people contributed to that process and I’m so grateful.

“Sometimes the value of dreams is not in whether you achieve or fail, but in the belief in that it brings out in those around you. If you find yourself fighting a battle, even if you lose, you see who comes to join you.”

Tom Forest – Believer