Computer Magic has released a few EPs since 2010 and most recently last year’s debut LP Davos. She is back at it again with a forthcoming EP titled Obscure But Visible. “Dimensions” is the one of the tracks off the upcoming EP.
“The song ‘Dimensions’ was inspired by my recent time spent in upstate New York—the intense skies at night, the infinite green fields,” she explains. “When you’re lying on the grass in the middle of nowhere looking up at the stars, you realize how small your place is in the universe, and in turn your current problems tend to fade away if only for a moment. I suppose the lyrics are about this, the feeling I experience looking up at the stars.”]]>
Banks continues her music push as she releases the latest single from the forthcoming new project The Altar. Stream the sultry “Mind Games” in its entirety below. The Altar will see release on September 30th via Harvest Recordings.]]>
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Empathy Test are back with double A-Side ‘Demons / Seeing Stars’, the first taste of the forthcoming debut album. Since releasing their stunning debut EP, ‘Losing Touch’, the enigmatic duo have impressed with their brooding cinematic electro pop sound; winning both critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. Their music has seen radio support with KCRW, BBC Introducing and XFM and features with MTV, Clash Music, Earmilk and PopMatters amongst others. Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf formed Empathy Test after discovering a mutual love of eighties sci-fi soundtracks, nineties guitar bands and underground dance music. With echoes of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, their sound has been described as Future Pop, Dark Wave and numerous other variations along similar themes.
Rising UK dance music duo Tough Love release their new single “Like I Can” [feat. Karen Harding] today via Casablanca Records.
The track begins with a bright piano melody before exploding into a big room hook driven by Harding’s powerful pipes. It’s another massive anthem from the group, and it follows up their explosive banger “Touch” [feat. Arlissa]. One of Summer 2016’s most sizzling club tracks, “Touch” has racked up over 4 million Spotify streams.
Portland singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman has released a her ballad, “Too Late,” off her upcoming album, Didn’t Go to the Party. A very emotive and personal track which is about the end of a relationship.
Order becomes disorder and harmony springs from chaos in James Edge and the Mindstep’s latest song ‘Four Two Four’. It sees Edge perverting the country shuffle into something darker and more abstract than anything you’ll find in the soporific musings of most MOR folk pop artists today. Snippets of melody are distributed like splashes of colour in a Pollock painting. The nightmarish lyrics demand the listener’s subjective interpretation, yet concern themselves with the macabre imagery of things like drowning and exploding.
The fiendish song spawned itself one day – initially growing out of a fingerpicked improvisation, the guitar part arrived fully formed. The melody and lyrics swiftly followed and an arrangement was whittled out by the band during rehearsals for their last tour. Musically it’s sadistic, running with the idea of a barely contained chaos, the whole edifice threatens to crumble at any second. Like a tumbledown shack it’s lovingly crafted, relying on the discipline of the whole ensemble – if one player drops a note the song is done for.
Once more James Edge and the Mindstep have crafted something of unquestionable beauty, something which challenges our stale notions of what folk music actually is. In the hands of Edge, it’s modern jazz. It’s punk rock.]]>
In addition to the title track “Yours”—also boasts the new single “Meant To Be.” In order to create the track, the critically acclaimed 20-year-old London visionary teamed up with a childhood hero: Chad Hugo of The Neptunes. It took someone closer to home (UK label-mate Howard from Disclosure) to convince SG that now was the time to take the leap from behind the decks. “Howard was adamant that I should try and vocal it – something I hadn’t done fully on my own songs before, but had wanted to try for a while.” For the first time the “Meant To Be” features SG’s own vocals.
The EP also includes breakout recent single ‘Holding Back’ (with Gallant): ‘Holding Back’ was playlisted at Radio 1, 1Xtra, saw Lewis surpass 20 million Spotify plays and be named iTunes and Apple Music’s New Artist Of the Week.
With ‘Meant To Be’ remixes to come from Ta-Ku, Fono and Salute, SG Lewis has also confirmed details today of his biggest headline show to date. He will headline London’s Koko on November 17th, and will be heading to the U.S. to perform at Made in America Festival as well as select dates throughout the east Coast.
Yours EP Tracklisting:
SG Lewis US Tour Dates
September 2ND Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
September 3RD Middle East Downstairs Boston, MA
September 4TH Made In America Philadelphia, PA
Don’t Miss Yours EP
SG Lewis Links
BANKS has released her video for “Gemini Feed.” It follows her previously released single, “Fuck With Myself,” which was released with an creepy video where Banks was singing to mannequins that kinda looked like her. Both songs will appear on her upcoming second album, The Altar, which follows her 2014 debut, Goddess. Looks like the California singer is keeping the eerie theme going with “Gemini Feed.” The video begins with her face covered in jewels as a snake’s tongue hangs from her lips. In true Gemini fashion she shows the two sides to the horoscope sign and is dressed in black and white throughout the clip.
Her sophomore album The Altar will be released September 30, 2016.]]>
South London’s very own Raye gets a directorial debut from Charli XCX. Singer-Songwriter’s very very good single “I, U, Us” (also co-written by Charli) can be watched in full below. You can also stream the brand new project Second Ep here.]]>
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Contradictions, the debut release from Checo, seamlessly blends indie pop with hip hop to make for a unique energetic sound that is complimented by a smooth melodic vocal delivery that feels more like easy listening. The minimal production paints a picture of feeling like you’re consumed in the city night life while simultaneously relaxing on a remote island beach somewhere far away.
21-year-old artist, Saya from Toronto (now living in LA) has followed up her debut single Wet Dreams with the seductive ‘Cherry Bomb.’ This sounds screams power pop, but yet is a little rough around the edges. Which is how we like our pop and now if you excuse us, it’s time to sip on Saya’s music like Cola.
London-born R&B artist SAMSON releases his second single, ‘Disguise.’ The exotic and superbly produced track (shout out to producer Sakima) will have people looking out for the talented singer. SAMSON credits Gallant, NAO and Mura Masa amongst his influences. If he can keep this momentum going we can’t wait to listen to his upcoming project.
Like the changing of the days in Belfast, Beauty Sleep’s new single is very much in a different season to the bands debut back in winter, suitably named ‘The Dark’. As the days are significantly longer right now, new single and sophomore effort ‘Living Right’ drives away from the melancholy tones and melodies of the bands debut effort whilst keeping the dreamy, chorus infused guitars and hazy vocals that are becoming a trademark for this Northern Irish export.]]>
London artist MTMBO returns with the newly released “The Hill.” He sings “No one knows about the hill/just our little secret” on the infidelity laced single. Its been close to a year since we have heard any new music from the soul/pop singer. Judging by multiple listens, this is MTMBO’s best (and longest) single to date, which makes the wait justified.
“The Hill” is part of ten-piece project titled Odd Numbers 11 that features the likes of Geowulf, JONES, BURHOU, and more. Check it out HERE.
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Today Frances releases a brand new video for single ‘Say It Again’ which impacts on Capitol Records on Friday, August 19th.
Co-written and produced with Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck), ‘Say It Again’ is an expressively penned track with a melodic simplicity and infectious chorus that encapsulates Frances’ innate skill of setting a visual story to music. With an equally emotive video directed by Marc Klasfeld (Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z) to match, the 22-year old soulstress breathes fresh life into the innocently sweet ballad. Speaking on the track, Frances says ‘It’s a wonderful feeling to be in love. But sometimes we all have moments where we want someone to say ‘I love you’ again, just so we can check we heard them right.’
Forthcoming Festival Live Dates:
18.08.16 Frequency Festival, St. Pölten Austria
21.08.16 Dockville, Hamburg, Germany
27.08.16 Popaganda Festival Stockholm, Sweden
04.09.16 Festival No.6, Portmeirion UK
11.09.16 Bestival, Isle of Wight UK
‘Say It Again’ will impact this Friday, August 19th through Capitol Records.
‘Say It Again’ is available to stream on Spotify HERE.
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Thanks to this past Sunday’s episode of “The Night Of” when I see a Laundromat I now think of LA Dro. This has absolutely nothing to do with Fleurie’s new video ‘Sparks.’ Her video starts with her in an LA Dro and then we follow Fleurie and her boyfriend enjoying numerous adventures. These include skateboarding, the arcade, eating Tacos on a Tuesday, road tripping and finally rollerblading at a skate rink. Plain and short, this is a couple who are deeply in love. Or so we thought. We flash forward back to the beginning of the video and see Fleurie grabbing at her roller blade necklace and realize that they are (probably) broken up and she is still in madly in love.
Fleurie describes the concept behind “Sparks” as that “…moment in time when you realize for the first time that you’re in love with someone… whether it’s someone you’ve known a long time or someone you’re meeting for the first time.”
Check the video for out ‘Sparks’ below and get some ideas on want do on a date night with your loved one.]]>