Birmingham’s Ivory Wave, have released their new track, ‘Frankie’ via ModernSky UK. Fresh from sets at festivals such as, Tramlines and Truck Festival, as well as Birmingham SHIIINE ON Weekender. The band have just supported The DMA’s by personal invitation.Formed of George, Connor, Luke, Rob and Seb, the band have become known for their hooks and good vibes to boot. The band have been touring the UK heavily for quite some time, and have started making some remarkable waves in their hometown. ‘Frankie’, picks up where Ivory Waves’s last single, ‘Cool Kids’, left off. The production of this track was aided by Gavin Monaghan in Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden Studio.
Much like their live performance, ‘Frankie’, exudes a level of fun-loving exuberance. This infectious party indie pop banger rides in on a slick wave of hyper synths swirling around buoyant beats and shuffle inducing danceable grooves. Glistening guitars meander through the exhilarating soundscapes lacing the track in a sleek fluid whack of indie while attitude drenched vocals strut in with panache and punch. Frankie is designed to fill the dance floor – it’s an instant adrenaline shot to the veins. With a clap along feature ready to infect the live audiences and glossy production providing a dazzling sheen- it’s one heck of a body mover.
You can catch Ivory Wave Live at:
20th October – Manchester – Night People 25th October – Leeds – Lending Room 2nd November – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2 5th November – Brighton – Komedia studio
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.
Mini Mansions have released their highly anticipated EP ‘Works Every Time’. Singer/guitarist Michael Shuman, singer/keyboardist Tyler Parkford, and bassist Zach Dawes are the glorious trinity of Mini Mansions, a band who push boundaries and overwhelm our minds with psychedelic encryption and delicious tunes. The band have played in some of the world’s biggest rock bands, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets these guys have been flourishing right at the roots of the rock genre readying themselves and fermenting their sound.This new release arrives three years after their second record, ‘The Great Pretenders’, which received critical praise and featured guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and ‘Flashbacks’ a collection of B-side tracks which was released in 2016. Mini Mansions sound is unique and stirring all at once and places them firmly on par if not above their comrades in intricate obscurity and just plain genius. ‘Works Every Time’ is only a glimpse of what these guys are capable of.
‘Works Every Time’ is a concise, flavoursome collection of juicy tracks to re-introduce us to the mouth watering home cooking of Mini Mansions. Title track ‘Works Every Time’ reels us in with a soft beat bouncing off a swoon worthy melody and glistening keys.Filled with wistful tones Parkford takes the vocals on this track, his sweet falsetto cooing over the breathtaking soundscapes as this song floats around a dreamy ethereal atmosphere while the zesty sting on guitars give a lamenting bite and sharpness to the track. ‘Midnight in Tokyo’ rumbles through with Dawes’ elastic bass line teamed with the sticky slapping beats setting the groove infested foundation as the track spirals into a sleazy swagger smacked number. With Prince like Bowie -esque hued verses and a triumphant catchy chorus this track struts in, slicked back, funk fueled and glossy. Shuman’s vocals take the lime light here drenched in panache and gritty rough flamboyance as flashing disco hued electronics dazzle the background while Parkford provides lush tight harmonies. The rich meaty sound is filled gloriously with zingy guitars weaving their way, flickering little bursts of spice throughout. Parkford takes vocals once again on ’This Bullet’ a psychedelic whirl of utter mind melting mania. He ventures to his ominous lower range while Dawes’ throbbing bass and meandering soundscapes rush you with a sinister sense of danger. This track has a residue of Mister Goodnite’s ‘One Against Five’ with a little more darkness and obscurity smeared on top as alien- esque electronics wail about eerie tones and snappy driving beats. There is something magnetic and hypnotic about this track as Mini Mansions distort and dissolve your entire grip of reality with one catchy dizzying tune. It’s dark and creepy especially when Parkford orders “take off your vest“ however it’s difficult to prise yourself away from its chilling charm. Of course the band offer up another stirring cover for us to devour. Having previously embellished our ears with Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and Sparks ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Mini Mansions dissect and dismember a thrillingly dark rendition of Edwyn Collins‘ ‘A Girl Like You’, dousing it in the gritty sleazy and intoxicating tones we love from this trio. It’s dark as Shuman howls, screams and deeply haunts over whining guitars and flashing electronics. Filled with infectious shimmy grooves this track will make your skin crawl and tantalize all your senses while creeping into your mind where it will firmly reside for days. They did a cover the only way Mini Mansions can … better than the original.
The talent of this band is immense. Each track was meticulously cultivated – simmering and ripening slowly in Mini Mansions pressure cooker until the band were ready to delight and shatter our ears all at once. It’s exciting to see what each release will bring. They never compromise their sound yet push boundaries and provide an enthralling full bodied sound with every release. There is no one else like Mini Mansions out there at the moment. We need this trio to keep music fresh.
Hungarian chillwave duo Belau have released their new single ‘Breath’ featuring Sophie Lindinger (from Leyya). Belau is one of the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene. The debut Belau full-length album, ‘The Odyssey’ was released in 2016, and won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category. After their US tour they are ready to release their brand new video. Their first song, ‘Island of Promise’ was chosen to the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary, and the biggest Hungarian new portals. Now it counts nearly 500.000 views, appears in HBO’s series, Aranyélet, and also featuring in international commercials for Pepsi (33 countries). In two years they had more than 120 live performances in 19 countries across Europe, they played the biggest festivals of the region, like Eurosonic, Sziget, Reeperbahn, Untold. and SXSW.
‘Breath’ is a chilled luscious number laced in rich rhythms, captivating electronics and feel good summer vibes. Jittery rhythms weave tight fluctuant beats between the ethereal electronics with gloopy sticky slaps and lavish textures doused in glorious Caribbean flavours. Sophie Lindinger’s captivating vocals caress the tasty infectious melody with sweet tones and warm depths.This sublime melody glides upon delicious electronics that wisp and swirl about the track adding a feathery light breezy quality and luxurious texture as the exuberant beat flaps about maintaining the infectious groove. The production on this track is masterful as each heavenly component is perfectly layered and placed meticulously for an enthralling listening experience. ‘Breath’ is an easy going yet buoyant delight filled with rich mouth watering sounds to sink your teeth into.
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.
Cheshire 24 year old solo artist Jack Woodward has released his new single ‘Rain’. The track was recorded in St Helens, North West England, with a production team called ‘Sugar House’ and is the 10th song that they have worked on together. Woodward has played a lot of new venues and festivals both solo and with his backing band, including performing on the X Factor Live Tour in Brighton to 4500 people, playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Blackburn’s festival of making, playing a sold out gig at Sound in Liverpool and The Cavern Club. His last EP ‘Higher’ was met with incredible support, with tracks broadcast multiple times by BBC Introducing Lancashire, Amazing Radio, features from BBC 6 Music’s ‘Fresh Faves’ and interviews with BBC Introducing Lancashire and The ‘Warrington Guardian’
’Rain’ is a sparkling swirling concoction filled with dark stormy tones over sublime musicianship. Flashing electronics dazzle and coil above jangly guitar and spaghetti western hues. The vibrant electronics and buoyant beat keep the track bouncing along at a steady peppy pace as the mysterious haunting guitars whine and creep in filling the track with tones of uncertainty and danger. The catchy chorus and velvety vocals add an infectious gripping texture to the track while the sweet melody soothes and laments over the instrumental turmoil. It’s a compact polished number that soars to ethereal heights with sublime instrumentation and cinematic vibes that will have you on the edge of your seat.
When asked about the track Woodward said: “‘Rain’ is about a man who has made a terrible mistake and committed a crime. He’s on the run from the world and searching for escape and solace anywhere he can find it; in his lover.”
Electro pop singer Marc Baker has released his new single ‘Common People’ via Tragic Fashion. Taken from his forthcoming EP ‘Marc Baker’, the single is the follow up to Marc’s 2017 hit single ‘No Place I’d Rather Be’. Originally from Melbourne, Baker currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he has spent the past three years recording and touring across North America. During the past nine years, the Aussie born has collaborated and performed alongside some of the industry’s biggest names, including the likes of The Big Pink, Miami Horror and Big Black Delta. Having performed to thousand’s of people across the US, Baker has built a loyal fan base that is now yearning for more new music. Named by the critic’s as one of the most exciting emerging artists, he has finally announced the release of his debut self-titled EP, which was produced by Miami Horror frontman Ben Plant. The four song EP includes the debut single ‘No Place I’d Rather Be’, which became an instant hit for Baker and received critical acclaim from media and fans alike upon release.
‘Common People’ embraces bedazzling flashing electronics while conjuring the kind of synth washes and sweet melodies reminiscent of the luscious heart racing pulses of the mid 80’s. Baker’s velvety vocals coo over dazzling soundscapes and sticky beat slaps to create a nostalgic dream soaked gem. It’s subtly anthemic as the chorus bursts with emotion and vibrancy while the “do do” intro makes this catchy number easy on the ears. It’s soothing as jangly, vivid guitar injections add a breezy vibrancy to the wistfully melancholic pop tune. ‘Common People’ is a slick, slightly chilly and majestic slice of electro pop that will revolve around in your mind for days.
Canadian chart-topping indie-pop trio Fake Shark have released a synergistic new video for their single ‘Wake Up’ feat. Fionn via Live In Limbo. Previously operating under Fake Shark – Real Zombie!, the band has cultivated a dedicated fanbase with their art-punk inspired sound. The release of their widely accessible full-length ‘Faux Real’ (Light Organ Records) in May 2017 saw the band charting on Canadian commercial formats and garnered acclaim from critics and fans alike. Since the release of their album, the band has been honing their signature sound and have emerged with “Wake Up” – their most collaborative and harmonious recording to date. The members of Fake Shark have long been known for their singular style and feverish, wide-eyed abandon. Their songs emphasize unforgettable hooks, drawing on frontman Kevvy Mental’s experience as a pop producer working with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kat Von D and many others.
‘Wake Up’ is a flashy, glamorously infectious disco flavoured number that lasso’s you onto the dance floor. Shimmering synths glissade down vibrant guitar hooks and buoyant peppy rhythm creating a lush energetic and dance-able soundscape. Smooth velvety vocals coo over the melty, dreamy melody while dazzling soundscapes inject a hefty dose of sparkle and glitter into this swagger filled gem. It’s instantly peppy and pop smothered with a driving rooted bass line to keep a strut ready bounce and lift in the song. The vocals sail between male and female vocals keeping the track refreshing and enticing at all times. These guys have created an instant pick me up shot of vitality with this groovy dynamic number.
About the track the band said: “Wake Up is about dreaming of someone or something you had no special feelings for, but when you wake up, you’re in love with them. The single is definitely a new direction for us, and it’s the result of our musical chemistry coming together the best it’s ever been.”
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.
Indie Rock 4-Piece Punketronic have released their debut single ‘Hello Mr Moonlight’, a tribute to the late David Bowie as a thank you for giving us inspiring and uplifting music. Based in Bristol, Punketronic was formed by songwriter and multi instrumentalist Paul Tronic. Made up of band mates of 20 years from covers bands, the four piece present a fusion of new wave, synth pop and power pop with a hint of modern indie rock, giving them an edge whilst still remaining current.
Their debut single ‘Hello Mr Moonlight’ is a punchy 3 minute track, written by Paul himself. Taking influence from the likes of Blondie, Talking Heads and David Bowie, with a brit pop energy. It’s a sweetly nostalgic synth pop number driven by edgy jangly guitars and a snappy beat. The melody flows upon a groovy danceable backdrop while the synth laced soundscapes wisp and swirl about creating a spacey vibrant breath of fresh air. This radio friendly ditty floods with a catchy chorus and luscious melodies wrapped in a swoosh of shimmering electronics. The dazzling soundscapes encase the track in a delightful nostalgic euphoria while the zesty guitar injects a healthy dose of indie rock. Recorded in Paul’s home studio, ‘Hello Mr Moonlight’ was written in around an hour and self-recorded. The track is accompanied by an interesting video, recorded by George Elliott, a hotly tipped film student from Bristol.
Watch the video for ‘Hello Mr Moonlight’ below
Indie: (n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.