Edinburgh Electronic/Alt. R&B artist Rachel Johnson has released her debut single ‘S/he’ under the moniker Kohla . A fine arts graduate Kohla was writing rock music until last year where she suffered a vocal injury and in turn listened to a lot of hip hop, alt R&B and rap while she was recovering. ‘Kohla’ is a debut of alternative R&B, influenced by Banks, FKA Twigs and James Blake among others, with ‘S/he’ being thematically about jealously, disdain and pride. The artwork was also drawn by Kohla.
‘S/he’ is a molten R&B hued number laced with tension as Kohla unfolds her carefully crafted fierce yet vulnerable sound over a gripping backdrop. Her gentle voice coos through the soft melody with her warm lower range or sweet frail and breathy falsetto creating a delicate easy on the ears seduction . The steady sticky beat is constant through the fluid haunting backing vocals and all round eerie dreamy atmosphere. It’s elegant, sassy and filled with refined class as Kohla announces herself with this steamy darkly coated track.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nashville-based Sam Hale, just released ‘Supernatural’,the personal first single from his upcoming EPSomewhere 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.
Wolverhampton/ Salford based METHODS are set to release their new single ‘Mankind’ on Friday the 5th October.METHODS are a five piece dark electro indie band formed after a mutual need to create something special, meaningful and different. The band is comprised of members Ash Bradley – Vocals, Jon Nash – Synths, Ryan Deakin – Guitar, Adam Hall – Bass and Pete Bates – Drums. June 2018 saw the release of latest single ‘Fires’. BBC Introducing WM are big supporters and have been playing METHODS regularly and Johnny Doom, Kerrang Radio, is also a fan and has been playing the single on his show.
‘Mankind’ is a gripping whack of fermenting gloomy electronica rushing with euphoric adrenaline. Flickering synths surge through this infectious number with a dazzling blindness while a gritty rhythmic foundation drives the track with an ominous sense of urgency. The ethereal guitars twinkle and tower above the dark smothered danceable foundation while the dynamic vocals exude effortless swagger. The sublime guitars lament and soar over the track with a tender sweetness and bitter sting all at once as the foreboding electronics swirl and wisp about them.It’s a gripping catchy track that pulses and seeps dark electro indie from its very core.
German trio Mushroom People have released their new single ‘La La La La Lie’. With their last song ‘LOWWS’, Mushroom People, which is made up of two producers and a vocalist attracted a lot of international attention and made it to #1 on the Hype Machine charts. ‘La La La La Lie’ is a heavy trudging electronic number that slithers in on chilled darkly coated verses of thick bulky drum beats and sticky claustrophobic electronics. The track slaps and crawls through the brooding viscous stuffy soundscapes before it explodes for a dynamic release for the catchy chorus. Steamy guitar solos break up the clammy atmosphere with its zesty sting and sultry licks while a mixture of reggae-ton beats and pan flute injections freshen up this captivating tightly weaved gem. The soulful and passionate vocals are the icing on the cake they exude swagger, charm and emotion all in one swoon inducing effortless swipe. Mushroom People are ones to watch out for ‘La La La La Lie’ is one slick glossy number that will seep its way comfortably into your brain.
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From BØRNS
BØRNS is the stage name of American singer songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Garrett Borns. Borns released his second album ‘Blue Madonna’ earlier this year and I have been obsessed with the track ‘We Don’t Care’ ever since. Joined once again by producer Tommy English, Borns takes the delicious indie synth pop from his ‘Dopamine’ debut and fleshes it out blending in some dreamy, psychedelic, electric pop flavours along with a dash of glam sprinkled rock and roll which we see in ‘We Don’t Care’. Its walloping Bo Diddley rhythm drives the infectious groove creating a Will Young ‘Switch It On’ – esque danceable foundation while jangly guitars slide and glide upon this sublime jittery backdrop. Borns’ nectarous vocals slither between a whisper for the enticing verses and lush falsetto for the infectious chorus. The melody is juicy and sweet honey to the ears. The sugary electronics swirl and seep between the clap along beat and fuzz filled guitar spreading a candied lusciousness throughout this electrifying gem. The layering is sublime and the track slowly builds in intensity to a dynamic feverous crescendo. It’s a slick swagger soaked display that struts with smooth precision in every note making for a consuming, enthralling and enjoyable experience. ‘We Don’t Care’ is an ear-worm you won’t be able to prise out of your mind as you dance and flop around the room.
Niki Kand is a musician and visual artist based in Liverpool. She is a DIY musician whose love of Kate Bush and The Beatles mixed with her drive that comes from an imaginary world, has given life to her music. Her tunes are self-produced and entirely her own creation. She has recently released her new single ‘Bleeding Hearts’ which is the first single off her debut extended play ‘Pinkish’ which is set for release August 29.
‘Bleeding Hearts’ is a sultry concoction of swirling electronics playfully weaving between twinkling keys and a snappy beat. Niki’s clean, crisp vocals lure and entice over the sticky muggy beat while the catchy melody hooks you into the tracks magnetising depths. The flickering, breezy soundscapes have a hypnotic effect with an eerie quality that is darkly luring yet cheery enough to coax you to dance and sway joyously. It’s light and dreamy with grooves that make you want to move and clap along. This track is superbly produced and crafted. Its sound is pristine and clean with simple little effects that make this an ear worm you wont be able to prise from your mind.A superb track from an outstanding DIY musician.
Stream ‘Bleeding Hearts’ below
Indie: (n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.