Music industry enigma and Rick Rubin-produced songwriter Mikey Mike has released his first EP ‘Life on Earth’. With singles twice premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record, this three-song project is the precursor to ‘Mikey Mike’s Life on Earth,’ a singular album release that will be his sole body of work for his entire lifetime, released in volumes and complete only upon his death. To ensure the listeners had the full experience with the Life on Earth EP, Mikey teamed up with cannabis brand Califari to create custom pre-rolls that are one-of-a-kind, being one of the only CBD pre-rolls available.
‘Life on Earth’ is a tasty swirl of alternative indie pop with some trippy blissed out moments making this flavourful EP oh so satisfying. The feel good ‘Cooler’ struts in as the first, laid back track on the EP. Doused in chilled fun vibes with zesty guitar jangles through a danceable groove and breezy soundscape this delicious fruity track glides in, suave and ready to make your day that bit brighter. Mikey swaggers through the track with smooth vocals steeped in attitude as the vibrant backdrop slithers its way into your ears until you are hooked. It’s a charming EP that fleshes out the variety in Mikey’s musicianship. ‘Strange Times’ brings a darker side to the EP as Mikey raps over haunting backing vocals and warm guitar whines. It’s a striking number well crafted for an enjoyable listen. With a hint of soul blended throughout there is something for everyone here. Final track ‘Cut My Hair’ returns to the laid back energetic atmosphere as a clap along rhythm slaps between a delicious infectious melody. The swirling soundscapes add a dreamy quality to the track as it wisps and dances around the sun kissed guitar twinkles and vibrant vocals.
Mikey Mike has created the perfect breezy EP that is short, sweet and trippy with the perfect blends of indie, rock, rap and pop. It’s endearing, easy on the ears and lusciously crafted. Stream ‘Life on Earth’ below
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.
Pop Rock trio Last One Home have released their new single ‘Give You The World’. The band consists of singer-songwriter Tom Westlake, bassist Harry Lowndes and drummer Phil Horler. ‘Give You The World’ was written by frontman Tom Westlake. Last One Home released their self-titled EP, from which the single ‘Bring Down The Storm’ won the band the ‘Music Expo’ prize at the ‘Glastonbury FM Songwriting Competition 2018. Their most recent single ‘Land of Immortality’ made it to the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting contest. They have supported internationally famous bands such as ‘Crazy Town’, ‘Courage My Love’ and ‘Halflives’ at shows on their UK tours.
Last One Home blast out their melodic pop rock with oodles of energy against a rugged backdrop with ‘Give You The World’. Blistering guitars weave between punchy drums and elastic bass grooves creating a satisfying layered foundation. The smooth melody glides over the blustery wall of sound with effortless grandeur as Westlake slips seamless up to his falsetto range. Its catchy vibrant with just enough grit and edginess to have you jumping and moshing along. The guitars venture between a crashing vigorous assault and sweet jangles fluently, filling the track with rich textures and enough gusto to ignite a live audience. It’s a cracking pop rock number.
You can catch Last One Home live when they play The King Arthur – Glastonbury, Somerset on 22nd December 2018.
Alternative artist Mog Stanley has released his long awaited album titled, ‘Twisted Pop Music’. Mog Stanley has been writing music for many years, with his earliest release dating back to 2011. Throughout his career he has given captivating live performances in music festivals across the globe, such as Riba Rocks in Catalunya and Zine Blues Festival in France. Not only this, he has also played support slots for the likes of Danny & the Champion of the World, Guy Davis and Evan Dando.
‘Twisted Pop Music’ is a juicy collection of tracks that ooze Mog Stanley’s pure organic and rich musicianship. He drizzles a healthy dose of everything on this delicious album from steamy bluesy tones, rock n’ roll swagger swirling between psychedelic spirals and some luscious pop sprinkles for good measure. ‘Double Drop’ kicks the album off with a vaporous guitar melody whining with its blues infested tones through a meaty beat while Stanley’s lo fi vocals coo in the background. The chilling atmosphere thrillingly rebounds off the refined instrumentation to make for a satisfying rich sound. It’s one heck of an introduction into the album. Each track is a fresh new slice of what Stanley can do ‘Kevin’ fleshes out the panache driven shivering-ly suave rock n’ roll flavour as Stanley wails and murmurs through shredding guitars and punchy drums while ‘Birthday Card’,‘Your House Doesn’t Have any Windows’ creep through with chilling vocals, eerie guitar and spooky soundscapes and ‘Scribblings of a MadMan’ struts through with a haunting funky vibe. ‘Japanese Toilet’ sounds like a rough demo as his vocals seem further away than the glistening warm guitar, however it adds character to the album. A lot of the tracks are short and sweet ‘56 BluesStyle Blues’ comes in at a short fifty eight seconds while .’I Want Something that You’ve Got’, ‘MadMan’ and ‘3:1 Alienation Blues’ spread their tasty ear drooling concoction to a little over one minute and a half. There are glorious powerful melodies throughout the album ‘Find a Happy Place then Leave’ and ‘Wait’ pack delicious melty melodies into your ears effortlessly as jangly guitars and a sprightly beat create the perfect sun kissed dreamy atmosphere to lose yourself in. ‘Hoosegow’ throws some western -esque vibes into the mix before building into a syrupy pop number. The tender ballad comes in the form of ‘Straight Down the Middle’ with soft acoustic guitars and lush vocals over a melancholic melody. Each track takes on a different character and dimension without sounding scattered or detached. They blend perfectly to make the album wholly enthralling and unique. There is an 80’s pop vibe surrounding ‘Parasite Idea Zone Corp’ – it has a Pet Shop Boys feel while still maintaining its own dark disco flecked identity. Stanley brings the album to a close with the warm foot tapping ‘Don’t Believe a Word they Say’ and the acid soaked frazzlement that is ‘Dentist Waiting Room Blues’. This track shimmies out the album dripping in swagger as shredding guitars weave their sultry way between a vibrant beat that is sure to have you up and dancing. It’s 60’s esque with psychedelic tones swirled into obscure vocal whispers- leaving you in a mesmerised daze of Mog Stanley’s creation.
‘Twisted Pop Music’ is exactly what it implies – a trippy, twisted delicious concoction of sweet moments, dizzying delusions and dance-able gems.
London based multi-instrumentalist ‘The Misty’ has released his new single ‘The Lovely Dead Girl at Table Six’. The track was recorded in his own home, as well as enlisting the help of La Frette Studios in Paris, the same studio chosen by rock band Arctic Monkeys for their latest LP release. Alongside the single release The Misty produced a music video, with the help of China Town Studios, featuring a French model to help put together the visual.
‘The Lovely Dead Girl at Table Six’ is a fluctuating flutter of delight as The Misty croons over a dreamy melody while vaporous guitars whine and sting between ethereal soundscapes. Filled with a rich and intense depth this track grooves and sensually sways with psychedelic hues through a delicate melodic flow. The swirling bubble of electronics set the romantic tone as the brooding vocals and sultry guitar injections add a stirring quality and meaty grit. Perfectly crafted this luscious tantalizing track transports you to a soothing dreamy state that captivates with a 70’s psychedelic rock vibe softened by whirls of jazz flickering through a pop lush melody. It’s soft and aerial with a vibrant mouth watering backdrop to tease all the senses.
Watch the video for ‘The Lovely Dead Girl at Table Six’ below
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Jade Bird
London-based songwriter Jade Bird has made a blinding return with her new single ‘Love Has All Been Done Before’. Fast-becoming a household name with her beautifully distinctive voice and fiercely raw pop songs that tell unforgettable life-stories, Jade Bird is firmly in ascent. Her recent single ‘Uh Huh’ took up residency on the Radio 1 B-list as Bird toured America, playing sold out shows to doting crowds everywhere she went.The 20-year-old has toured profusely across the world with her band, performed her breakthrough single ‘Lottery’ on Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and the UK’s ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ too and most recently gone into session at Maida Vale with Annie Mac for Radio 1. This month, Bird will embark her biggest ever UK & Irish headline tour – an 11-stop run taking in all the major cities including a stop-off in Dublin, where she plays Whelan’s on November 30th .
‘Love Has All Been Done Before’ is a powerful splurge of alternative pop. Brimming with fiery attitude Bird’s raspy vocals coo and belt out with demanding charm and charisma as she calls for more respect and romance in a relationship that is becoming depressingly monotonous. Swept up in a whirl of crashing drums, vibrant guitars and exhilarating soundscapes this track rushes with high voltage adrenaline while a sweet cheery melody hops along with a peppy infectiousness to remain in your head for days. The verses skip around her commanding bright vocals with an innocent cheeky bop before the chorus explodes into a mighty intense outburst. It’s an electrifying track that oozes passion and vigor with a dynamic rich instrumental backing to have you instantly hooked on Jade Birds irresistible sound.
Following the release of their previous singles ‘Naked Heart’ and ‘Jungle’, Manchester indie rock band Delights have now released their new single, ‘Sun Visor’, and its B-side, ‘Sun Lounger’. These heavenly tracks glow with the glorious sprinkling of yumminess that this four piece do so well. ‘Sun Visor’ kick starts the sun-kissed dreamy tones with a delicious melody spread delicately upon jangly guitars and soft spongy beats. Velvety vocals coo over the upbeat, psychedelic soundscapes as this ethereal number bounces and floats along creating the perfect zesty chill-time atmosphere. It’s the satisfying bite of angel cake to get your mouth watering for ‘Sun Lounger’- a surf tinged gem that calls the summer back with sweet jingles and beachy breezy tones. Catchy and tranquilizing these tracks will give you a subtle sun tan while caressing your ears with the most luscious soothing melodies. I just love the laid back radiant tunes these guys produce.
Delights are also starting their second mini UK tour in 2 days, which has been organised by the band themselves without any manager, funding or record label check out the dates below
November 11th Mayfare at The Cluny Newcastle
November 15th Somedays at 93 Feet East London
November 23rd Delights at Sound Basement Liverpool
November 29th Delights at Castle & Falcon Birmingham
December 1st Delights at Breadshed Manchester
Stream ‘Sun Visor’, and its B-side, ‘Sun Lounger’ below
Norwich four piece alternative rock band KAVES have released their new single ‘Serotonin’. KAVES were formed in Norwich in June 2017 after attending a Black Peaks and YONAKA show. Their debut single ’27’ was released on 24th November 2017. The band’s debut live show at The Waterfront in Norwich on 7th December 2017 was a sell out. The tongue in cheek video for the single received 2500 views via Facebook in 2 days, and the song itself got played 2 weeks running on BBC Introducing in Norfolk.
‘Serotonin’ is a catchy shuffle and bounce of indie rock filled with intricate guitar twinkles and punchy funk flavoured rhythms. Caitlin Mapes’ charming vocals ooze charisma and warm tones which melt upon the vibrant melody. It’s a buoyant gem that flickers light springy vibes between slinky guitar lines and a sublime bass groove. Lush backing vocals and perfectly placed instrumentation provides glorious little bursts that keep this song refreshing. This track is a compact tasty number from this four piece.
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From White Room
Brighton indie risers White Room have released ‘Shoot’, their first release of 2018 and follow-up to 2017’s double EP ‘Eight’, co-produced by frontman Jake Smallwood and Theo Verney (Fake Laugh, TRAAMS, FUR).Having spent 2017 conquering the festival circuit and receiving widespread acclaim throughout the tastemaker community and radio airwaves (BBC 6 Music, Radio X), the quintet played their biggest headline shows to date in London (Moth Club) and Brighton (Patterns) this spring, cementing their reputation for visceral, energetic and captivating live performances. After a summer immersed in writing and developing new material, the five-piece are ready to hit the road again supporting The Blinders on an extensive UK tour alongside the release of ‘Shoot’.
‘Shoot’ is a lavish and exhilarating whir of indie pop bound in a mouthwatering concoction that is too hot to handle. It’s eclectic and edgy with a thick rhythmic bounce adding that chic cool foundation for this track to ricochet off. These guys showcase their ability to tie captivating and seemingly disjointed elements together to create a head spinning wholly satisfying and rich sound. Quirky vocals whisper, wail and entice through a luring bass rumble, steamy guitar interplay and dense textures. Each part is ingeniously cultivated for maximum explosive impact as the verses build the intensity for the blistering chorus. Filled with stomping adrenaline as chaotic soundscapes hurry around the dynamic vocals, haunting backing vocals and glorious melody ‘Shoot’ has everything you could need. Holding a refined stance this track floats on an air of elegance while only just about holding back the manic instrumental frenzy in the backdrop. White Room are fast becoming one of my favourite new finds.
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’ whichare 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.
Stream ‘The Black Light’ below
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