Caswell has released new tune Dance Sober today. The track is taken from her forthcoming EP The Shadow Aspect, which is available for pre-order ahead of its release on 26 October.
Dance Sober follows Caswell’s previous single Animal. Showing a sonically lighter side to Caswell’s music, the track is a fresh slice of brooding pop though remains juxtaposed with her characteristically darker lyrics. The track is built on a slow burning groove that really gets under the skin.
Caswell grew up in Tulse Hill, South London, surrounded by music. Armed with her first microphone at just two years old, she subsequently taught herself the piano and began to formally study music. Drawing from influences as wide as Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone, to Bjork and Erykah Badu, the singer-songwriter has honed a signature sound that is a cool blend of downtempo electronic soul and pop mixed with a hint of jazz.
Caswell – Dance Sober
So sad to report the death of Colin Vearncombe, AKA Black, known to many for two big hits in 1987 with Sweetest Smile and Wonderful Life.
Liverpool-born Vearncombe, 53, had a devoted following of fans built up over a 35-year music career. He was seriously injured in a car crash two weeks ago near Cork airport, Ireland, and had since been kept in an induced coma but his passing was announced this evening.
We’ve picked a stripped back performance of Wonderful Life which shows off a unique voice and musical talent who will be much missed:
Black – Wonderful Life
It’s rare that a band can be around for 16 years and six albums and still do no wrong, but that’s how we feel about Hot Chip.
The London band’s output is diverse so categorising them is tough, although for those that feel the need, synthpop or alt-dance seem fair descriptions. But for anyone not familiar with this innovative band, there is a great catalogue of tracks to get acquainted with. They also put on a great live show too so keep an eye out for their appearances at various festivals this summer – only shows in Portugal, Germany and Spain have been announced so far but more will follow.
Both of our vid selections are from last year and are tracks taken from the latest album Why Make Sense? which was out in May 2015. First is the superb Started Right, followed by Need You Now – accompanied by a mind-melting trip to Dungeness for what is a clever and intriguing little film.
Hot Chip – Started Right
Hot Chip – Need You Now
The second album from Australian indie dance group RÜFÜS is out today and it has all the summer feel-good of their first.
Called Bloom, the album includes new single Say A Prayer For Me, which we felt was just the right musical note to start the weekend with, so turn it up loud and enjoy!
The band tours Europe in March, including a date at London’s Heaven on the 23rd.
RÜFÜS – Say A Prayer For Me
Three years on from their debut album, AlunaGeorge are building up to the launch of their follow-up in Spring 2016. Called I Remember, it will feature the single I’m In Control which is out today and features Popcaan.
Warning: this WILL get stuck in your head!
AlunaGeorge – I’m In Control
Filed alongside Tame Impala as a synthpop outfit that has to be seen live, Los Angeles band Mini Mansions released this little piece of inventive perfection a year ago and we’re still loving it.
Mini Mansions – Death Is A Girl
Our latest obsession is this brand new slice of synthpop from NZCA Lines, made up of London-based musician Michael Lovett and recent recruits Sarah Jones and Charlotte Hatherley.
Having switched to the Memphis Industries label – making them label-mates with the likes of Dutch Uncles, Outfit and POLICA – album number two arrives on 22 January 2016. Infinite Summer promises to be a must-have given this newly enriched sound that Jones and Hatherley bring to an already very enjoyable party!
In the meantime, check out Two Hearts, the lead single from the album.
NZCA Lines – Two Hearts
Perfect for the weekend, here’s the latest release from Foals.
Birch Tree is the fourth track to be taken from their fourth album What Went Down and is a great example of the dreamy stuff that the Oxford band can do so well.
Still surprised that the beautifully brooding Albatross hasn’t been released as a single yet though…
Foals – Birch Tree
New from Rudimental collaborator Anne-Marie is Do It Right, an altogether different proposition to previous single Boy.
The Essex-born singer wrapped up her couple of years stint touring with dance collective Rudimental when they played dates in Australia last month, and she took time out from that trip to film this new video in Melbourne.
Anne-Marie is being heavily touted as one to watch in 2016 and, more so than Boy, the new single is perhaps more likely to get the airplay needed to make this something of a breakthrough track.
It’s taken from her as yet untitled debut album, due out later this year.
Anne-Marie – Do It Right
Well the craftsmanship and originality award for 2016 already has an early candidate. This new track from Laura Mvula features the unmistakable guitar input of funk legend Nile Rodgers.
Overcome has a freshness that demands a listen… followed by several more in quick succession. We’re already looking forward to hearing lots more from the Birmingham-born singer-songwriter in the months ahead.
Laura Mvula – Overcome
There’s nothing else to post here today but a Bowie track of course. His back catalogue is so full of truly unique music that picking just one track is almost impossible, but I’m going to try. Although Let’s Dance was one of the first records I ever bought, this is the one that I love the most and shows off the man’s musical genius. It’s a faultless masterpiece. Turn it up and enjoy. RIP.
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Ah sod it, it’s no use trying to resist- I’ve got to have this one on here too…
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
This should really have been a summer tune but what the hell, well happily take it even in chilly January… the beautiful White Tiger by the equally beautiful Izzy Bizu is a great uplifting song to start our weekend with.
The 21-year-old Londoner has a seemingly effortless soulful voice, and has been busy raising her profile through support slots with Rudimental and Foxes. The track is taken from her album Moment of Madness which is due for release in late May 2016.
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
We’ve been long-term fans of Turin Brakes, so it’s always good to hear new stuff from these talented songwriters. Keep Me Around is the new single from the album Lost Property which is out on 29 January.
The band will be touring the album around the UK throughout February and March 2016 followed by several European dates in April.
Turin Brakes – Keep Me Around
We’ve been following Foals since first hearing the amazing Balloons back in 2007, and now, four albums on, they just seem to be developing a strong and stronger sound. Mountain At My Gates, the second track to be taken from forthcoming album What Went Down (due out 28 August), is an instant hit. Whilst not quite as obviously radio-friendly as My Number, it has a slightly more accessible sound than some of their material and builds to a fantastic crescendo.
Foals – Mountain At My Gates
We’ve had something of an obsession with Outfit since their first album Performance worked its way into our brains in a real slow-burning kind of way. Follow up LP Slowness has done exactly the same since its release last month.
We first saw the band supporting Everything Everything on board Bristol’s Thekla venue a couple of years ago, and again supporting EE alongside the fantastic Dutch Uncles in the same city. In fact, we had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew and Tom from the band in an interview for the 365Bristol website and they were charming and engaging company. The nature of that chat also revealed something about the intelligent and thoughtful way in which the band constructs its abstract, innovative brand of electronic pop.
A lengthy hiatus followed but they have returned. Our concern when we first heard material from the new LP was that it might be a little too close to the album title – the track Genderless sounded a little lacking in pace and hooks on first listen, but grew steadily, and many of the others on the Slowness album have a similar slow-burn quality.
Our favourite from the album is Framed, is a beautifully atmospheric piece of work with soft vocals and a rich musical arrangement. This band has progressed hugely with this second album and it’s fair to say that right now, they are probably on a creative par with Dutch Uncles. They certainly deserve much wider recognition.
Outfit – Framed