Electronic duo All Tvvins have released their new single ‘Infinite Swim’ from their second album ‘Just To Exist’ which is due for release early 2019 and produced by James Vincent McMorrow. All Tvvins enjoyed a phenomenal start to their career. Their debut album ‘IIVV’ shot into the Irish charts at #2, earned a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year and smashed the 15 million streams landmark. Meanwhile, gigs in the UK and Ireland included a life-affirming sold-out show at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre as well as a tour as guests to Metric. All Tvvins, who consist of Conor Adams (The Cast Of Cheers) and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) spent January and February of this year recording the new album and the album’s title ‘Just To Exist’ comes from a line in their new single ‘Infinite Swim’.
‘Infinite Swim’ is a funky flex of rich textures weaved through luscious melodies and pristine production. It’s swagger soaked panache strides and glides upon slinky guitars, groove infested bass and dazzling electronic whirls while it’s chic exterior smoothly drifts along with an effortless chilled tone and laid back vibe. The sweet creamy vocals caress and float upon the infectious velvety melody as it magnificently swoons it way comfortably into your mind.The track is rooted with a meaty funk foundation that adds a strut ready danceable shuffle while the electronics slide and glissade with an ethereal soul tinged elegance. A vapourous guitar solo brings this 80’s disco tinged track to slick glorious heights, All Tvvins present us with a first rate glossy number to sink our teeth into.
To celebrate the album’s release, the duo have announced their biggest Dublin headline show to date at The National Stadium on April 13th 2019.
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The Ting Tings are back with their fourth studio album ‘The Black Light’. Best known for their massively successful 2009 debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ which boasted the hit singles ‘That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Shut Up & Let Me Go’ the duo have been on a rollercoaster 10-year journey gaining their desired independence. Releasing a further 2 studio albums after their successful debut and adapting their sound to reflect their experiences, the pair were led to their latest work The Black Light, which holds a noticeably darker edge with a mix of Manchester inspired guitar patterns and captivating vocal phrases melded with harsh beats, synths and bass.
‘The Black Light’ is a dark concoction that wriggles and wraps around swirling electronics and alternative pop experimentation. The shadowy riff of ‘Estranged’ twinkles the album into motion. The Ting Tings present their delicate emotional side. Layering their brooding electronics over a melancholic melody this duo build an atmosphere of tension and unease. The haunting dark quality continues with the chilling ‘Earthquake’ and smokey toned ‘Fine & Dandy’.The band shake the album up a bit with ‘Basement’ and ‘Word For This’ which are reminiscent of The Ting Tings debut album- driving through with buoyant rhythms and exuberant energy to have your feet tapping and head bopping. Filled with attitude and swagger with catchy lyrics and jagged guitars these tracks give a danceable quality to the album and lighten the cloudy atmosphere of the previous tracks.. ‘A & E’ and ‘Blacklight’ push through with an almost trip hop beat slapping against frenzied electronics giving a dazzling club night vibe making for a smooth transition into the upbeat ‘Good Grief’ which features a vibrant guitar riff and shuffle ready beat taking the album to a danceable fun finale.
The Ting Tings ‘The Black Light’ has a decent mix of everything from electronic to attitude soaked alternative rock and punk to bouncy infectious pop. The tracks smoothly flow from one to another making for a satisfying listen.
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Contemporary R&B three piece Little Grace have recently released their third single ‘My Bed’. Taking inspiration from Tracey Emin’s art installation, the single proves how connected all art forms are whilst also exploring themes of mental health. With a percentage of all earnings from the single going towards men’s mental health charity CALM, the boys become transparent through their music and hope to encourage the removal of the stigma. Based in North West England, Little Grace have worked with some notable names, including Bristol based drum & bass producer TC, German producer and DJ Robin Schulz (James Blunt, Nick Jonas) and Liverpool based XamVolo. My Bed was written in a day after a surge of inspiration after visiting The Tate Museum, written about the peril of getting lost in your own worries and struggles the track explores daily battles. The accompanying video, created by Spanish animators Eira Ramos and Guillem Guarro, reverses half way through, representing the vicious cycle sufferers of mental health can get caught up in.
‘My Bed’ is a rich full bodied number that sweetly blends electronic and R&B through gripping soundscapes and moving lyrics. Smooth vocals caress the catchy riveting melody with a delicate tenderness while swirling electronics whirl and sweep in the background churning with hair raising emotion and subtle little burst of adrenaline throughout. A sticky gloopy beat slaps and crawls its way around delicate twinkling synths for the verses building the track to its infectious magnetic chorus. This richly produced track glides and simmers around dark tones and eerie soundscapes while the synth pop flavours and velvety vocals sweeten the track and make for a captivating listen.
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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Lycio
Birmingham Alternative Electronic band Lycio have released their new single ‘Up Down’.Lycio are a contemporary 3-piece bringing a uniquely authentic take on electronic/hybrid music. Having started in 2016, the band have supported notable acts such as Rae Morris, Yonaka, Gurr, Low Island and Stevie Parker on their headline tours. Live highlights have also included a Richer Unsigned session, Chris Evans’ Carfest for BBC Children in Need 2017 & 2018, BBC Introducing acoustic session, Project Soundlounge at Birmingham Town Hall, and an exclusive in store Selfridges ‘Live + Loud’ session.Mastered at Metropolis Studios by Stuart Hawkes (Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Fickle Friends, Rudimental, Amy Winehouse), Lycio’s fourth offering ‘Up Down’ continues the up-beat momentum gathered by their previous release ‘Evil People’.
‘Up Down’ is a richly textured electronic composition of elation. Infectious rhythms whack and weave their groovy way throughout this gripping gem as a smooth vibrant melody ensures the band have a firm grip on your ears. Staccato synths surge the track with little kinetic bursts of vitality which pulse and divulge darkly hued energy into every flicker and hop while Genie Mendez’s vocals float and glide with lush soulful tones over the sublime melody. Elegant piano twinkles throughout creating glorious magical qualities through the enchanting swirls of electronics. This dynamic buoyant gem surges with energy, sultriness and danceable bliss. It’s intense and animated with a slapping beat driving through the smoggy mystery filled, dark soundscapes and lyrical theme as Lycio present a wholly satisfying intoxicating number.
On the subject of the track, front woman Genie Mendez explains “Up Down is loosely based around my fluctuation in mood and emotions; hence the title and lyrics ’Up Down’. The chorus is a cry for help, and an expression of the loneliness that comes with mental illness”.
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Washington, DC. indie electronic band Color Palette have released their new single ‘Chelsea’, another gripping ethereal number filled with rich instrumentation creating the perfect aerial backdrop to the pop sprinkled sombre melody. Icy electronics swirl and consume the smooth chilled melody with flashing scintillation and enthralling cinematic soundscapes as lush harmonies, riveting darkly hued key progressions and weaving guitars create the most bewitching, majestic foundation for this captivating lush tune. The chorus develops and grows steadily becoming more intense and magnified until it finally blossoms into an epic almost anthemic outburst. This striking track is a refined piece of work that showcases Color Palette’s fine crafted musicianship with grace. elegance and captivating splendor.
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Meath Electronic Artist Jamie Adam has released his new single ‘Last Ones Down’ taken off his debut album ‘Melodic Electronic’, scheduled for release in early 2019.This release follows Adam’s two previous single releases, ‘The Power’ in February 2018 and ‘Cool Blood’ in July 2018, the latter of which was picked up by 8radio, 98fm, 2fm and Wandsworth Radio London on it’s release. The new single chronicles the nights out Adam experienced while still in College. Written in 2016,the song is a recount of his ability to stay up all night, the magic of the afterparty and those moments where he found himself alone when the fun had surpassed him in the early hours of the morning.
‘Last Ones Down’ is an exhilarating electronic number that twists and turns, merging ethereal synths with sticky beats and rooted bass lines. The swirling synths playfully wisp about the track creating a breath-taking flourishing soundscape between the sweetly delicate melody as smooth vocals coo over a glistening guitar feature and slapping beats. The protruding bass sets a groove laced foundation for the invigorating atmosphere to rebound and excel off. The track builds becoming more dynamic and gripping as it swirls into its crescendo, perfectly creating the heightened emotions a night out produces. The twinkling keys sprinkle special little moments of magic throughout the track as its blossoms into a danceable refreshing slice of electronic indie bliss.
Jamie Adam will be supporting the release of his latest single with a headline show upstairs at Whelans on tonight, Thursday 18th of October. The show is entitled ‘NOCTURNAL NIGHTS VOL II: ‘Last Ones Down Single Launch’ with support from Sonif.
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Little Red songwriter Ian Mitchell has released his debut solo album under the nom de guerre Master of None. The eponymous 10 track album takes influence from artists such as Ween, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Although some of these artists also inspire Ian’s Little Red work, these influences are displayed more fiercely on Master of None. However this album doesn’t adhere to one genre, the common thread is the songs’ lyrical darkness, dealing explicitly with alcoholism, substance abuse, sex, debt, death and mental illness.
From the electronic slapping opening track ‘S.R.I.’ Mitchell takes us on a unique journey into his world which is quite the step away from Little Red’s style. ‘Let’s get fucked up’ and ‘Hunter’s Quarry’ twinkle through with delicate acoustic guitar, or piano for ‘Hunter’s Quarry’ and eerie vocals. His stripped back approach is chilling and quite ominous with some tender tones swirled throughout. It’s an experimental album with a lot of vocal personalities weaving between each track as Mitchell ventures down the Lo-fi avenue with his production. ‘Fluffy Bunnies and Unicorns’ makes good use of sticky electronics and pulsing beats concocting dark atmospheres between the obscure lyrics and spoken vocals. This electronic flow builds and progresses with each track on the album sometimes appearing tribal like in ‘Big Boots’ which also feature a traditional string element giving a Celtic jingle of warmth to the track .’Francis Bacon’s Bae’ and ‘Master of Nones’ are perhaps the most melodic tracks on the album with a waltz like string in the former and an elegant piano feature between trip hop beats and sorrowful vocals featuring in both tracks. The album takes a menacing turn with ‘Prick’. This heavy track is head-bang ready and a bit of a rush. With distorted guitars crashing and slicing through flashing electronics as repetitive lyrics attempt to hypnotize you through spoken vocals. There is a Marilyn Manson feel about ‘Husk’ while ‘The Gallows’ closes the album on a contrasting melancholic, bittersweet tone of delicacy.
It’s an obscure album which blends the eclectic, erratic and often sinister side of Mitchell’s musicianship. From elegant to mind crushing, each track takes you on a unique journey into the dark. With most of the tracks coming in at around the 2 minute mark they are brief haunting encounters filled with mystery, sinister themes and boozy ballads. Fantastic.
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Electronic Rock quartet Lupa have released their new single ‘Until The Day’ today. Drawing on the influences of Knife Party and Paramore, Lupa deliver a composite and dynamic listening experience with their newest single.With a multitude of live performances under their belts, collaborations with some of the best producers and filmmakers within the industry and continued growth across a number of their social media accounts, Lupa are continuing to gain momentum and make an impact with the right demographic.
‘Until The Day’ rushes through on an intoxicating buzz of electronic weaved rock. Flickering synths dazzle with seizure inducing flashes through rapid tightly knit drum beats and exhilarating guitar strides. This track travels at an intense adrenaline rushing speed as the compact rich backdrop thunders forward relentlessly building its sound becoming more heavy for the chorus. The meaty whack of the drum and bass lifts this track into a mosh pit ready banger while frontwoman Livvy M’s powerful vocals command and drive the catchy sweet melody. There is a lot going on in this song with intricate guitar melodies entwining a blazing rhythmic and electronic foundation yet Lupa blend these component parts seamlessly creating a dramatic, elated listening experience.
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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From LOVE SICK
Julie and Shaun first met working for the same life insurance call center at an office Christmas party where Julie divulged her passion for singing. A few weeks later, the pair bumped into each other at a Glasgow train station and the rest, as they say, is history. LOVE SICK first introduced themselves in 2017 with their debut single ‘Bullet’, which quickly captivated a global audience of almost 1 million listeners and support from the likes of BBC, KCRW, and even Sir Elton John himself.LOVE SICK announces their forthcoming “No Sleep” EP by sharing the first single ‘Fever’.
This dark pop delight swirls and ferments beneath a hypnotic groove, driven by trip hop beats. Dizzying electronics lure you into the delusions of bliss prowling in the deep enticing abyss of ‘Fever’. The infectious melody seeps into your ears whispering a sweet bewitching curse to your soul as Julie’s sweet vocals entice and seduce over this mesmerising hypnotic track. Warping their blend of pop into a trance inducing menacing number LOVE SICK are a duo to keep an eye on. Their cool, chilled, musically rich musicianship and slick crisp production will have you dancing in a darkly hued, mind dazed trance of bliss.
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Nashville-based Sam Hale, just released ‘Supernatural’,the personal first single from his upcoming EP Somewhere Between Love & War, which is set for release October 12. Sam Hale is an Iranian-American singer-songwriter and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hale’s musical influences have blended over time to produce a rich musical landscape consisting of ethereal synths and beats, electric guitars, and live drums.’Supernatural’ is an elastic track dipped in sweet melodies and compelling electronics. The track floats along on buoyant snappy beats glooping and slapping through a dreamy melody and delicate haunting soundscapes. The track touches upon Hale’s experience immigrating from Iran to the U.S. as a child and the strength his mother exhibited during their family’s journey. With swirling haunting electronics around stinging guitar injections ‘Supernatural’ is a mystical whirl of gripping musicianship wrapped in compact production to create a catchy number with a meaty sincere backing.
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