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
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
Unsigned Irish band VINCI popped up in our inbox a little while ago and are clearly ones to watch. The five piece outfit – Kurtis (vocals and guitar), Noely (bass), Doyler (cello and keys), Andy (guitar), and Leo (drums) – bring a rich and accomplished sound.
Rumours abound that following a sell-out show at Dublin’s famous Whelan’s last month, the band could be set for a London appearance soon. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates if you’re in that neck of the woods and want to catch them live.
VINCI – Lions
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
New from Folkestone-based band Native People is this cool summer indie tune that we hope gets the wide audience it deserves.
The band – consisting of Reuben Todd, Connor Tagg, Hudd Smith, and Luke Cowie – release new single Call Me on Friday 1 July following a string of UK dates during this month. They remain on the road during July however, starting with a gig at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (1/7) followed by appearances at UK festivals El Dorado, Coleford and Tramlines.
Native People – Call Me