We like to pay fair attention to new bands here at Sync, and they don’t get much newer than Fire On The Roof. The Cardiff four-piece formed earlier this year and have just released their self-titled debut EP.
Luke Prior fronts the show, He is flanked by ‘crazed Lithuanian axe wielder’ (their words not ours!) Artūras (Guitarthur) Eidukas, and Conor Kelly from the darkest depths of North Wales. Welsh Cypriot Tony Haralambos keeps the beats on drums.
Hearing how polished they sound after just a few months as a band, we simply had to find out more about these chaps – thankfully they were happy to oblige with a chat… Continue reading
Steadily gaining profile, Avante Black have been on our radar for a good long while now. Former tracks Drug Money and Make A Mess have both featured on past Sync Lists and it’ll come as no surprise to know that latest single Acid Love will be appearing on the next one when our latest playlist is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world next week.
This four-piece London-based collective – fronted by Swede Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten – clearly have that knack when it comes to catchy yet slightly leftfield pop, and they’ve struck gold again with this one. It’s delicately and neatly produced, with smooth, confident vocals, and strong earworm-quality hooks.
Don’t miss the chance to catch them for an intimate show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters on 11 December – tickets here.
Avante Black – Acid Love
Brand new from Montréal-based duo Haute is Shut Me Down, a suitably slick vibe for the onset of a weekend we feel.
Haute – Shut Me Down
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
Debut track from MMODE – sibling duo Lucy and Thomas Gaffney – is the superb Waiting in the Desert. The pair are from Belfast and their sound brings to mind a whole host of potential influences – not least Lucy’s vocals which remind us of The Cardigans‘ Nina Persson – and yet at the same time manages to capture a fresh and unique edge too. We’ve got it on repeat… and respectfully recommend you do too!
MMODE – Waiting In The Desert
Here’s an duo that are on our modest list of acts that can seemingly do no wrong. The Modern Strangers are brothers Max and Archie Davenport from Kent, and the pair have the Midas touch when it comes to creating ridiculously catchy tunes. Hot Rain is their latest effort and follows where our previous obsessions Margarita and Coco Hello left off.
The Modern Strangers – Hot Rain
New from North London electronic duo Deeds is this beauty of a track. The work of Rollo Smallcombe and Kiri Inglis, Faze is a trippy, atmospheric piece accompanied by a similarly enveloping video.
The pair make their own visuals and have been seen playing live alongside the likes of Pantha Du Prince, The Orb and recently at Visions Festival in East London. Their debut EP, Disorder, was released in March.
Deeds – Faze
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
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
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
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
LA-based DJ and songwriter Halo (aka. Danielle Tambellini) has dropped new tune Top of the World and it’s a catchy one. Her profile is steadily growing in the States following a series of support shows for a number of acts including Alessia Cara as well as DJ slots at The City nightclub in Cancun.
If you like what you hear, also check out Halo’s Love You So.
Halo – Top of the World
Canadian indie-pop outfit Alvvays marked the announcement of their second album with this beauty of a first track. In Undertow is taken from the forthcoming LP Antisocialites which is out on 9 August.
The Toronto-based five-piece create a wonderful wall of sound, topped off with the sublime vocals of singer Molly Rankin and we can’t wait to hear more from the follow up to their self-titled debut album.
Alvvays – In Undertow
Summer tune alert! Out today, Never Gonna Be is the debut single from KVR – 17-year-old producer Koen Van Ravensberg (we see what he did there).
It’s a dance track that neatly fuses some of the core tried-and-trusted dance components with feel-good tropical pop. The vocals of Noréll singer Kaíva offers the finishing polish for a track that should, by rights, be getting a fair bit of radio airplay over the coming weeks.
KVR – Never Gonna Be (ft. Kaíva)
Your Boyfriend is a great piece of laid-back indie from London four-piece BLOXX. The group have been honing their sound and working on their debut EP since forming just over a year ago and the hard work is paying off, not least with an upcoming support slot for The Wombats‘ sold out Brixton Academy show on 30 June.
You can also catch them supporting The Night Cafe on various dates in May, including Birmingham (1 May), Oxford (2), London (3), Norwich (4), and Glasgow (25). Ticket links here.
BLOXX – Your Boyfriend