Tagged: UK

Ardyn – Life Happens

The law of averages suggests that Ardyn eventually have to put out something we don’t absolutely love. Well, the Gloucestershire brother-sister duo are clearly not aware of any such rule, having today unveiled yet another beauty.

Finely-crafted pop tune Life Happens is just the latest addition to a wonderfully evolving, maturing sound that is seeing their material seemingly explore new directions on each new song. We initially heard it during their set at the Dot To Dot Festival back in May but the finished version is next level. Life affirming stuff.

Ardyn – Life Happens

LIVE: Blaenavon, Bestival 2017, Dorset (10/9/17)

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Blaenavon, Bestival 2017 (Photos: Phoebe Reeks)

Blaenavon put on an exciting and action-packed performance for their set on the Invaders of the Future stage at Bestival 2017. With the band hailing from various parts of Hampshire, lead singer Ben Gregory recognised familiar faces in the crowd as they performed so close to home.

The band owned the stage, performing several songs from their recently released debut album, That’s Your Lot, including My Bark is Your Bite, Let’s Pray and Orthodox Man as well as older song, Into the Night. The tent was packed out with fans singing along.

They closed their set with Prague 99, which the crowd really responded to, singing back the lyrics loud and proud. The song ended with a frenzy of guitar and drums as Gregory jumped off stage and got a little closer to the front row fans.

There’s no shortage of talk about Blaenavon right now. Believe the hype.

Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks

 

DISCOVER… Luna Blue

Luna BlueIf there’s one thing guaranteed to grab our attention, it’s a band whose sound crashes across a whole range of musical genres. It’s why we love the likes of Everything Everything and Bristol pair Fossette and Cousin Kula…  in fact, in a similar vein to the latter, one of our latest discoveries serves up a very healthy portion of funk to everything they do, seamlessly combined with their more indie/pop-based leanings.

Brighton’s Luna Blue have been busy putting together a rich set of tunes during the course of developing and honing their sound, culminating in the release of the Nightjar EP last month. We caught up with Seb from the band to find out more about them… Continue reading

Petrie – Late Night

Petrie‘s new tune Late Night is another cracker from alt-pop duo George and Better Laurence. The Hertfordshire pair released debut EP Slurs back in March, and this new track demonstrates their ability to combine genres to intriguing effect.

It mixes the raw sounds of hip-hop and grunge with startling components the Top 40, while brash guitars and lurching beats combine with synth melodies and sugary vocal hooks.

Petrie – Late Night

Bella McKendree – Grieve

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

Lauren Faith – Let Them Talk

UK R&B singer/songwriter Lauren Faith has had an introduction to the industry that is anything but low-key. With debut track Got It Good featuring on both Kaytranada’s album 99.9% and Craig David’s latest album Following My Intuition, the 21-year-old has already cut her teeth in the most credible of ways.

Faith has been busy cooking up further material in the studio. Her first solo track, Let Them Talk starts by giving the initial impression that it is going to be a fairly straightforward R&B affair, but then breaks down into a far more jazzy, off-kilter and experimental tone, with an instrumental courtesy of emerging UK beatmaker Lostboy working to emphasise Faith’s silky delivery.

Catch Lauren Faith at her own headline show at London’s Waiting Room on 2 May – tickets here.

Lauren Faith – Let Them Talk