Brand new from the mighty Django Django is the wonderfully trippy In Your Beat, taken from their forthcoming album Marble Skies, due out on 26 January 2018. The album – which will also include previous single Tic Tac Toe – will feature guest appearances from Metronomy’s Anna Prior, and Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club.
Django Django – In Your Beat
We’re fortunate to have a lot of new music come our way at Sync, plenty of it superb. But it’s rare that you get ‘that feeling’ when you hear a voice; the feeling that it simply has to hit the big time. That’s certainly what sprung to mind on first listen of Tom Walker‘s masterpiece Blessings.
The song is also the title track of a debut EP (released in May) that shows the versatility of his vocals, lending them with equal aplomb to stripped back ‘pure’ songs as well as more uptempo and highly produced tunes.
With a London headline show at Omeara and a slot at Glastonbury under his belt in recent weeks, the Scotland-born 25-year-old’s star is most certainly in the ascendancy, so we decided we simply had to find out more about Tom… Continue reading
This piece of atmospheric dream pop caught out attention this week. Cyborg Girl is by Scottish group L-space and is a beautifully-crafted track that combines immersive electronic sounds with ethereal vocals.
The band comprises Lily Higham, Gordon Johnstone, Dickson Telfer and Maggie Tam. The quartet record most of the music themselves and do all of their own art, videos and graphic design. To further explore the mesmerising sonic world that they create, check out their new EP Sol 0.
L-Space – Cyborg Girl
Just days after the launch of their self-titled debut album, Scottish rock outfit Vukovi brought their high octane live show to Tufnell Park’s Boston Music Room for a hot and sweaty evening of energy and plenty of noise.
Kicking off with latest single La Di Da, they pretty much showcased the entire album during a set of around 50 minutes or so. Weirdo, And He Lost His Mind, Bouncy Castle, I’m Wired and Prey were all strong highlights, with singer Janine Shilstone proving herself to be a highly accomplished frontwoman for the hotly-tipped four-piece.
The album has been receiving rave reviews – not least by us – but the key measure is always how the material stacks up live, and it was a test they passed with flying colours. They clearly won’t be playing venues this small for much longer, especially after more music-loving punters clock on to them this summer during their many festival slots.
Vukovi saved the best until last though, with an encore of Animal and Boy George to send the punters home on a high and with their ears no doubt ringing.
Photos: Jessica Piochon
Now it may be seem like an attempt at vying for the ‘stating the bleedin’ obvious award’ but Sync is very much not Kerrang! in terms of the music we tend to cover, which means that out of all the more heavily-inclined stuff out there, it has to take something pretty special from that genre to get us really excited. This is certainly special.
We’ve been tracking Scottish four-piece outfit Vukovi for a while now. Their energetic yet tuneful sound hooks you in, with vocalist Janine Shilstone providing the real point of differentiation from a lot of bands out there with her great range and powerful vocals.
Vukovi’s self-titled debut album (out today, 10/3) has been in the making for a while, and it’s clear that it has been a real labour of love. Its twelve songs are mostly spiky, upbeat affairs but this sometimes belies the multitude of themes at their heart, including topics such as individuality, drug abuse, depression and suicide. “The record might sound quirky,” says Shilstone. “But there are many darker notes in there…”
Tracks like Prey see Shilstone digging deep into personal experience (“It’s about a time in my life where I thought I’d met my knight in shining armor – but he fucked me up even more”) and the sublime I’m Wired, the singer’s favourite song on the record: “I wrote it trying to describe being in a relationship with severe depression and trying to express that you need that person even though you don’t show it most of the time.”
But the undoubted meaning and depth to the songs does not render this an overpowering or difficult listen – this is much more a collection of great songs which paint a picture of a creative, inventive band. There is a fun streak that runs throughout, with Bouncy Castle and especially Animal being our own favourites from the album, both cracking examples of pop-rock at its best. Their real quality shines though on the more subtle tracks such as Wander, in which the noise is tamed to reveal some accomplished, brilliantly written tunes. It’s the variation on this album that enables it to bust traditional genres… which is exactly how it should be.
The band starts a UK tour today in Glasgow (10 March), before rolling on to Leeds (11), Manchester (13), Bristol (14), London (16), Nottingham (18), and Aberdeen (19) – snaffle tickets here. If any of those fine cities are near you, head along and catch tracks from what is one of our albums of the year so far.
Hailing from the Scottish Borders, ISLE are electro-pop duo Liam Rutherford and Ben Singer. Their latest track Faults has been included in the latest Sync List for no other reason than because it is superb. It’s a well-produced, uplifting tune of the type we’re always partial to.
The band are currently on tour supporting Ladyhawke with a string of dates kicking off in Bristol tonight.
ISLE – Faults