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Indie Quick Picks


Genre: indie electro pop

Bio: Anglo-French newcomer Marrius is an indie electro pop artist who mixes modern electronics with a bluesy classic songwriting edge, Marrius has released his new single ‘Small Talk’ which is the lead single off his debut EP which is out now on Station 5 records. The self titled EP was recorded in Brixton with producer Livingstone Brown and in part with Andy Hall in East London, then mixed in Malaga, Spain and London. He has recently headlined London’s Servant Jazz Quarters and supported wonky indie pop legends Alt-J at the Scala in London.

Track: Small Talk

When asked about the track Marrius Said: “If you’re bored of the same small talk then this is your song. Not being afraid to address these taboo topics to strangers.’ He describes the EP as the result of him, ‘Mixing genres and influences for the last two years. Each song brings you a different side of my influences, whether its Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic or Pop.”

Why We Like It: It’s a sleek swagger-soaked track saturated in sensual bluesy  steaminess with a healthy dose of electronics splashed on top. So cool and laid back with an infectious groove and hip swaying sultry melody cruising between a sticky beat and vibrant swirling soundscapes this track is one for those swanky strutters for sure. I would recommend checking out the EP too.

You Can Follow Marrius on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/marriusmusic/

Stream ‘Small Talk’ below

 Bengal Lancers

Genre: Alternative Indie Rock

Bio: Formed at University of Leicester in 2012, the group built a cult following culminating in a support slot at the Leicester O2, alongside Rudimental and Wretch 32.They soon re-located to London, playing a string of shows and festivals, sharing the stage with the likes of The Fratellis, Reef and Reverend and the Makers. Backed by a slew of singles and two EPs, the releases of which were all met with acclaim, this four piece comprised of members Harry Sullivan, Max Hutchins, Charlie Hawkins and Aidan Wickham have returned with their latest single ‘Eclipse’

Track: Eclipse

Why We Like It: This little indie gem sparkles with dazzling guitar lines which add flashes of bright scintillation through the punchy beat and dynamic vocals. Tightly wrapped in a melancholic intense melody this track is carefully crafted and polished to perfection with a luscious rhythm section and glorious breezy soundscapes. It’s refreshing, sun kissed and a sublime juicy burst of pop flavoured indie. A strong mature track from the four piece that is so infectious and luscious it’s one to put on repeat.

You Can Follow Bengal Lancers on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/bengallancers/

Stream ‘Eclipse’ below

Black Lizard

Genre: garage/psych-pop

Bio: Since forming back in 2008, Finnish garage-rockers Black Lizard have been busy leading the charge in the ever-fruitful Scandinavian underground with their relentless gig schedule and a constant stream of releases. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Anton Newcombe and Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3/Spectrum) and toured Europe several times, appearing at a number of festivals including Great Escape as well as sharing the stage with everyone from Brian Jonestown Massacre, DIIV, The Men, The Horrors, Allah-Las and Veronica Falls. On February 23rd Black Lizard will be releasing their third album, Celebration Of A New Dawn, on London imprint Fuzz Club Records. Recorded in the basement of a rundown 50s movie theatre turned recording studio, the new album is a sublime excursion into Sixties-indebted, washed-out garage-pop. To announce the release, Black Lizard are sharing the video for ‘Window In Time’, the first single to be taken from the new LP.

Track: Window In Time

Talking of the single, the band explain: “Window In Time is psychedelic pop song about enjoying your life the way it is. Most of their lives people seem to look for things they don’t have and spend their time trying to be like someone else, then there might be a point where you realize that you have everything you need right here and right now.”

Why We Like It: It’s a vibrant dreamy haze of blissful psychedelic pop that leaves you tranquilised in a cloud of ecstasy. With bright guitars swirling into a steady rhythm and swoony melody this track is glorious narcotic bliss. Lo-fi velvety vocals echo adding a dreamlike vibe to this calming mind melting track while the woozy sting on guitars add that 60’s garage psych feel that is just simply magnificent.

You Can Follow Black Lizard of Facebook Here https://www.facebook.com/blacklizardmusic/

Watch the video for ‘Window In Time’ below

Donal Quinn 

Genre: indie dance

Bio: Following a string of big dance bangers during summer 2017 and the BBC 6 Music plays of “Massif Anthem” late last year, Dublin-based indie dance artist Donal Quinn has announced that his new single ‘Precious’ will be released on Feb 8th.’Precious’ which is a  live favourite at gigs, was recorded in Hackney, London with top producer Tom McFall (Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party) and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and all other digital distribution outlets.

Track: ‘Precious’

Why We Like It: ‘Precious’ is that wiggle and shimmy track that could coax the most stubborn person onto the dance floor. Get your sunglasses out, cocktails at the ready Mr. Quinn has brought the summer early. Tropical beats and zesty guitar strides introduce this dazzling track with feet shuffling zealousness before the verses and vibrant soundscapes trap you into this luscious infectious tune. Snappy electronics are tightly packed into this jubilant number with a samba feel which creates the most satisfying exuberant track. This fruity song will blast away those cloudy days and abolish all glum thoughts. It’s the definition of a feel-good track. Try not to sing along it’s damn near impossible.

You Can Follow Donal Quinn on Facebook Here https://www.facebook.com/DonalQuinnArtist/

Stream ‘Precious’ below

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Donal Quinn ‘Twat’

Following a string of big dance bangers during summer 2017 and the BBC 6 Music plays of “Massif Anthem”, Drogheda-based indie dance artist Donal Quinn has released his new single ‘Twat’ which was recorded in Hackney, London with top producer Tom McFall (Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party). With its shuffle slow jam verses and sway ready radio friendly chorus ‘Twat’ is a sing along anthem (well until you pay particular attention to the words). Smothered in soft velvety tones, it’s a sweet melancholic drown your sorrows tune with a few cheeky lyric jabs. Featuring a sombre strong piano chord progression, soft beat and lush melody it has everything you need to create a wistful ear worm. This ditty even comes packed with a steamy sorrowful guitar solo. Its damn catchy and smooth on the ears. Keep an eye out for Donal Quinn.

Stream ‘Twat’ below