It’s been a while, huh. Life moves on a pace, but we’re back with an absolute gem form our friends at Stereofox, who’ve taken the leap of launching their own label.
‘Wash Away’ saw Koresma and Shuhandz team up with Ellie Hartye on vocals for a downtempo cut of luxurious R&B. For me, however, it is London-based Mazoulew‘s house remix that takes the track to another level, transforming the low key vibes of the original into a blissed-out dancefloor jam.
Koresma & Shuhandz - Wash Away ft Ellie Hartye (Mazoulew Remix) - SoundCloud (339 secs long, 994 plays)Play in SoundCloud
We live in uncertain times, and Newcastle-born three-piece KYOTI have produced the dystopian party tune to match our collective anxiety. Melding elements of synth-pop, dance, and jazz, and with an unmistakable hook, ‘Restart The World’ looks to a future where humanity is given a second chance without the shackles of our post-industrial and technology-obsessed world.
Speaking about the track, the band said:
“Restart The World is about feeling powerless in a quickly changing world. We are slowly losing our humanity and giving it over to machines. Our collective memory is being eroded, falling in to the endless sea. We need to start again.”
Discussing the concept behind the dance moves in the video Nuri Moseinco directed video, choreographer Katy Higgins added:
“I took influence from the lyrics and created movement that represented the overall concept of ‘Restart the World’. During the verses the movement is strict and rigid to emphasise the idea that humanity is being given over to machines. The chorus introduces more expansive and erratic movements, a representation of humans overthrowing the power that machines hold over us. The pattern of the jackets the dancers are wearing continually change, but at the end of the track they are wearing matching pale pink blazers to signify a fresh restarting of the world.”
Following up on a couple of my favourite tracks of 2018, Carousel and Rumours, Max Rad is back with a new release to get you over hump day with his new single ‘Flesh & Blood’.
Written and produced in just a single day, the track is a soulful exploration of grief and loneliness, with Rad’s soft words harmonised over scattered R&B rhythms and his trademark rich synth sounds.
Commenting on the track, rad says “Flesh & Blood was written in Devon last Winter. I was walking and had a split second hallucination, thinking I saw someone that I couldn’t have walking along the shoreline. I got home and the song poured out.”
Max Rad Live
25th April – Camden Assembly, London
4th May – Live at Leeds
Kid Koala ft. Trixie Whitley - Hera's Song (Official Audio) - YouTube
A little late I know after early two weeks into the new year, but I’m back in the swing of things and have some new music for you all to enjoy.
Kid Koala has long been a favourite of mine, with his Your Mom’s Favorite DJ EP one of my most loved records back in 2006, but his latest cut with Trixie Whitley is a long way away from that upbeat storytelling and jazz-infused hip hop scratches. Now, the Montréal-based turntablist and producer has made something much dark and more ominous with ‘Hera’s Song’.
Taking its title from the “malevolent and all-powerful” Queen of the Gods in Greek mythology the track is menacing and talks of seething rage and revenge, with the Whitley singing she “won’t sleep until you’re ruined too”. A soundtrack to the mistrust and animus of our times.
There’s plenty on the album that stands out and we’re lucky enough to have the video premiere of my favourite cut from the record – ‘Life Through Closed Eyes’. It’s a slow and atmospheric track that gives Fisher’s rich and soulful voice the room to glisten with intimate forgiveness over ephemeral synths and rolling drums.
Max Rad‘s debut single Carousel made quite the impression at Walrus towers. And after backing that up with a phenomenal debut live show at Thousand Island a couple of weeks ago, the London-based artist is back with a new video for his next single ‘Rumours’.
The track is hypnotic and uplifting, and inspired choreographer Megan Westpfel to tell her story as a raw portrayal of herself and fellow dancers’ (Kikz Katika & Ellie Harulow) early life adversities. It’s a beautiful video of dancers battling against the world, and an interpretation Rad described as a “perfect” capture of the sentiment of his song.
On Wednesday this week (10/10) we’ve got the latest Walrus-curated live show at London’s The Finsbury where we are thrilled to be putting on two of our favourite acts of the last year – Lokki and Strange Boy.
Back in January this year we featured ‘I Catch You’, the contemplative and timeless debut single from Lokki, the solo project from Glass Animal’s Drew MacFarlane. Since then, he has wowed us with the delicate and beautiful ‘Breathe a Breath of Me’ and a similarly impressive debut EP ‘Cirrhi’.
Following up the the much-praised ‘Sink in the Water’ and ‘Circus’, Cocoa Futures are back with more emotive vocal-led synth-pop and were kind enough to give us first listen.
Recorded at Manchester’s Low Four Complex in the old Granada TV studios and produced by Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin), ‘Big Time’ sees the Scotland-born songwriter and frontman Greg Sanderson sing of self-belief triumphantly pushing aside feelings of doubt, before the song transcends into a Prince-esque guitar solo.