Tagged: London

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

LIVE: Declan McKenna, Rough Trade East, London, 27/7/17

DSC_0112Less than a week since releasing his debut album What Do You Think Of The Car?, it came as little surprise to find that Declan McKenna‘s fans knew all of the words to each of the songs he performed during this sold out in-store set at London’s Rough Trade.

Kicking off with Isombard, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter rattled through a host of songs from the new album, including singles Brazil, Bethlehem, ParacetamolThe Kids Don’t Wanna Go Home, and Humongous. In a generously long set for an in-store show, he included album tracks Make Me Your Queen and Listen To Your Friends, as well as earlier song Brew from the Stains EP.

He then showed no less enthusiasm during the course of an hour-long signing and photo session with fans. His on-stage persona is somehow both confident and slightly awkward at the same time but make no mistake, McKenna’s highly impressive debut album is backed up with his equally strong live showing, suggesting that this prodigious talent will be making waves for the long term.

Lots Holloway – Stay A Little Longer

Lots Holloway 2Follow-up to her debut single World’s On Fire, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lots Holloway has unveiled new tune Stay A Little Longer.

It’s a track that combines pop appeal with real substance and thought-provoking lyrics, this time on the topic of ‘manipulative people’ as she explains: “Be it in relationships, friendships, or even in politics. Those that are controlling, possessive and power thirsty – with charm and an ability to hypnotise you.”

Born in Cornwall but now London-based, Holloway not only writes her own songs but is also responsible for most of the instrumentation, production, and programming of her music, as well as the accompanying visuals and video.

She plans to continue recording throughout 2017 for her debut EP and, with a string of UK dates are set to be announced in the near future, we’re looking forward to catching her live soon.

Lots Holloway – Stay A Little Longer

Fassine – Palio

Fassine 03London trio Fassine have unveiled a new video for their latest track Palio, taken from their soon-to-be-released second album Gourami which is out on 28 July.

Lyrically dark and musically complex, Fassine’s sound has a hint of Trent Reznor’s influence and sits alongside the cinematic, lyrical qualities of UNKLE and the minimalistic tone of Berlin-era Bowie. Their aesthetic encompasses the oppressive, cold and austere atmosphere of 1970’s and 80’s British TV drama, inviting the listener to enter the group’s stark, cold world.

Theirs is very much a cinematic sound, so it’s not surprising their songs have featured on a number of high-profile American TV drama’s including Sky Atlantic’s The Following, Fox’s Lucifer, and Sony’s The Art Of More. And if you like this kind of complex, beautifully-crafted stuff, check out previous track Gold too.

Catch Fassine today and tomorrow when they perform live at Manchester’s Night & Day (21 July) and at the Sebright Arms in London (22).

Fassine – Palio

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind

More wonderfully dreamy stuff from London band Swimming Tapes. Released today, What’s On Your Mind is characteristically breezy, and crafted with a real lightness of touch that gives their sound such a distinctive edge. The track is taken from the forthcoming EP The Soft Sea Blue, out on 15 September.

Don’t miss the chance to catch these guys live at London’s lovely Lexington on 20 September. Tickets here.

Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind

Olly Chamberlain – Fear

The debut EP from promising young pop singer-songwriter Olly Chamberlain is out now, with lead and title track Fear a particular stand-out. With a blend of smooth electronica and R&B, his falsetto voice sounds pure and effortless, suggesting a talent whose profile will be growing strongly over the coming months. The singer from Harrow, North London, is one to watch for sure.

Olly Chamberlain – Fear

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Banfi – She Comes Home

DSC_0552.jpgWe were lucky enough to catch Banfi during the frenetic schedule of the Dot To Dot festival in May and they were one of the real highlights. The three-piece band from lovely Leytonstone, East London, have that knack of pulling out the kind of killer hooks that give their brand of indie-pop enough of an extra edge to really stand out from the crowd.

She Comes Home is their latest effort and is probably their most accomplished yet. It cements our view they they’re destined for a far, far higher profile.

Banfi hit the road this September so don’t miss them if you live within an acceptable distance of these fine towns and cities, especially as the support is the most excellent Bryde: Oxford (8 September), Glasgow (10), Manchester (11), London (12), Southampton (14), Bristol (15), Birmingham (16), Nottingham (18), and Leeds (19).

Banfi – She Comes Home

Raphaella – Turn Around

Raphaella2North London-based producer and artist Raphaella has released her first solo release of the year with the sublime Turn Around. It’s slick and stripped back right from the off, providing just the right backing for a rich, soulful vocal.

Speaking about the track, Raphaella said: “Turn Around is about the moment you walk away from someone because you know they’re no good for you. Your head has made the decision, but you know your heart could betray you any moment. Love is hard and the right decision is almost never the easiest – it’s the last bit of your heart that hasn’t let go, saying if you wanted me to, I could turn around and come right back. Turn Around is the last song before letting go.”

Expect a lot more to come from Raphaella. She has been busy in the studio working on projects with luminaries such as Rudimental, MNEK, Steel Banglez, MIST, Gorgon City, Watermat and Wilkinson.

Raphaella – Turn Around

Purple Ferdinand – Intertwined

With a beautiful, soulful and laid-back vibe, Intertwined is the latest track from Purple Ferdinand‘s 7-track EP Rain Or Shine which was released back in February.

With a suitably sleek new video directed by Didyer Zarate to accompany it, the track underlines the promise already being shown by this talented London singer songwriter.

Purple Ferdinand – Intertwined

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry)

We’re always on the lookout for what we consider to be a ‘Friday tune’, so you can’t even begin to imagine how happy we were to have this beauty appear before our very ears. Hold On is the brand new track from London-based producer Fabich and features the vocal talents of Josh Barry. An absolute gem, and with a suitable cracking video to go with it.

And while you’re about it, don’t miss the absolutely sublime acoustic version of this song – both versions are below.

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry)

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry) Acoustic

LIVE: Tove Styrke, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London (12/6/17)

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Tove Styrke, London, 12/6/17 (Photo: © Sync Music Blog)

Despite being a pretty big deal in her homeland, Swedish singer Tove Styrke has remained mysteriously under the radar in the UK. With this, her comeback gig after a period of time in the studio, she did much to further the mystery of why she isn’t more up front and centre, with a powerful, high tempo performance that suggests she should be on a far bigger stage – metaphorically as well as literally.

Her long-standing domestic profile is due in part to a third-place finish in Sweden’s version of Pop Idol back in 2009, but the music that immediately followed that TV experience in her youth is a far cry from where this sassy lady is at nowadays. New song Say My Name offers a good handle on the strong and creative approach to pop that Styrke is taking, but her hour-long London show was nicely varied, stringing together a mix of material old and new.

Kicking of with Samurai Boy and Borderline from her second album Kiddo, she followed that with another from the same LP, Ego, which is arguably the most accomplished song of her career up to this point.

She excitedly announced that she had a couple of new songs to play for the first time, and they went down a storm; Mistakes and On The Low giving some indication that her third album will represent another major step forward for her material, full of hooks and energy.

She returned to tracks from Kiddo, mining the album for Who’s Got News, Number One, and Snaren before launching into new tune Say My Name, which was delivered with panache as the crowd sung the lyrics back to her. But it was encore tune Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You which really sums up what she is all about. Bold, confident and fun – it’s pure pop… and she’s brilliant at it.

LIVE: The Big Moon, SWX, Bristol (27/5/17)

Performing as part of the Bristol leg of the Dot To Dot Festival, The Big Moon brought their spiky, vibrant indie-rock to a full capacity SWX. It was unsurprising that they drew such a crowd – the group has been earning high praise while extensively touring debut album Love In The 4th Dimension. But the considerable hype surrounding Juliette Jackson’s band is not unjustified; their live proposition is particularly impressive.

As is always the case with festival sets, their show was all too short and sweet, but they crammed the favourites into their half hour timeslot, including Formidable, Cupid and ending with the superb Sucker. There was also a brilliant cover of Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger – a great song, given a cracking twist by the London four-piece.

LIVE: The Magic Gang, Heaven, London (12/5/17)

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Upcoming indie four-piece, The Magic Gang proved that they are very much ones to watch at a lively show at London venue Heaven.

After the release of their third EP – the imaginatively titled EP Three – the group ended their UK tour by playing to an enthusiastic crowd in the capital. Opening with song Lady, Please, fans were already alive with energy in the pit. This continued through old song She Won’t Ghost and single All This Way as the crowd swayed back and forth in time to the melodic guitar riffs.

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The Magic Gang, London, 12/5/17 (Photo: Tabetha Parrick)

Who said guitar music was dead? Certainly not these four, as they play indie anthem after indie anthem with the full heart and soul of the crowd accompanying them. Feeling Better and new single How Can I Compete provoked an enthusiastic response from the fans, as some took to crowd surfing in a desperate attempt to get closer to the front. Lead vocals were shared by members Kristian Smith and Jack Kaye as they sang bittersweet lyrics like ‘And I really wanna know if it’s alright because it’s getting really hard to tell’ from single Alright – words that speak to any heartbroken teenager.

The Magic Gang – How Can I Compete

It shows that these four are destined for greatness as the energy from both the fans and the band could barely be contained in the small London venue. Hopefully looking to release an album sometime in 2017, The Magic Gang have big things ahead of them.

Words and photos: Tabetha Parrick

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The Magic Gang, London, 12/5/17 (Photo: Tabetha Parrick)

LIVE: Will Joseph Cook, Heaven, London (11/5/17)

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Will Joseph Cook, London, 11/5/17 (Photos: Tabetha Parrick)

Almost a month after the release of his debut album Sweet Dreamer, Will Joseph Cook played his biggest show to date at London’s Heaven.

He opened with the title track from the album, a song that radiates energy which was reflected back from the crowd. Going on to play tune Plastic followed with single Take Me Dancing – no one was standing still in the venue. He went on to ask if anyone knew what day it was just before playing the song For Thursday, adding that he had been waiting all tour for that opportunity.

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Will Joseph Cook, London, 11/5/17 (Photos: Tabetha Parrick)

Cook’s melodic voice filled the venue as much as he filled the stage with his presence, taking breaks from dancing only to play guitar. All eyes were fixed on him as he got fans to crouch down during the verses of song Alive only to jump up during the chorus ready to shout the words “it’s good to be alive” at the top of their lungs.

However it wasn’t all upbeat party tunes, with the singer playing heartfelt ballads Water’s Gone Cold and Habit towards the end of the set. It was a captivating moment as he stood alone on the stage singing with hundreds of voices in the crowd.

He looked like he was enjoying himself as much as his fans, saying “I’m trying not to make long speeches between every track but it’s very hard. It’s such an exciting time to be releasing music. I just want to say thank you.” And an exciting time it was, finishing with songs Biggest Fan and Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine) – both instant classics from the album – and everyone was singing along.

It’s Will Joseph Cook’s own words that capture perfectly what everyone in that venue was thinking by then: “Look around us, this is fucking mental.”

Words and photos: Tabetha Parrick

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Will Joseph Cook, London, 11/5/17 (Photos: Tabetha Parrick)

LIVE: Rumours, Birthdays, London (12/5/17)

DSC_0733 (2)A warm, sultry Friday evening in London got even hotter in the basement environment of Birthdays in Dalston, East London. The biggest show so far by emerging soul-pop trio Rumours saw this compact venue packed out and enthralled by an hour-long set that included sublimely chilled out tunes alongside more uptempo material.

Comprising Mark Borgazzi (vocals/keyboards), Federico Bigonzetti (drums) and Marion Solheim (vocals), the band are earning a reputation for finely-crafted songs characterised by a real depth of feeling achieved through wonderful harmonies between the vocals of Borgazzi and Solheim. We’re always keen to discover whether the recorded version of this magical vocal skill can be replicated on the live stage, so it was great to hear them nail it wonderfully on the night.

The set built nicely, from a low-key but solid first half through to a much more upbeat second. So Bad, Invitations and I Do It All were particular highlights – along with new single Hunter – but there were no weak links here. It was an impressive performance for a band still in its relative early stages.

They promised an eager crowd that more new material was on the way soon. If they can create more along the lines of what’s gone before then a very bright future lies ahead… and that’s more than just a rumour.

See also: DISCOVER… Rumours