New Release Roundup: 14th September 2018

The 1975 – Sincerity is Scary: Another new single from upcoming album ‘A Brief Relationship into Online Relationships’, another completely different sound. The chillest cut from this album so far, this is a jazzy, smooth track making great use of a choir for backing vocals. A slow burner, but it really shows that the 75 are pushing the boat out and really trying new things. Good. 90%

Django Django – Swimming at Night: Taken from a new upcoming EP, this new track from the Djangos is nothing unexpected or new, but it’s never a bad thing to have another good quality, groovy, catchy Django song out there. 70%

Estrons – Body: A really great, punchy riff and another great vocal performance from Tali makes this new Estrons track really stick in your head, and makes me look forward to their upcoming album. 80%

Dizzee Rascal & Skepta – Money Right: This is good. ‘Money Right’ is a  classic grime track with two of the genre’s biggest voices on top form, and bouncing off each other effortlessly. What feud? 83%

Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex: This sounds to me a bit like Lana doing a version of a sad Arctic Monkeys cut but also at the same time like a sad ABBA song when the harmonies come in. Surprisingly good. 92%

Sarah Close – Crazy Kind:  This new track from Sarah is a great, well produced pop track with echoes of Rae Morris, which is definitely a good thing. Her latest singles are looking very promising for a full length release. 80%

Khalid – Better: A fairly standard track from Khalid in my opinion, with his vocals sounding dull and uninspired over a normie beat, which is a shame as usually his great voice helps him to stands out from the crowd. 50%

Joji – Slow Dancing In The Dark: A dreamy, slow-jam synthy track from Joji here, with his vocals slightly eerily placed over the chill, almost lo-fi instrumental. It all comes together really well. 75%

Kiran Leonard – Unreflective Life: Taken from his upcoming album ‘Western Culture’, this new Kiran track is full of energy and it sounds massive, ringing similar to tracks by Doves and Elbow, which is no bad thing. 85%

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Teleman – Family of Aliens Review

The third album from Teleman has  somehow managed to improve on their previous two releases; it being a more electronic, robotic and dance-able collection of songs while showing off more of their personalty than ever before.

When an album has a couple of very strong singles i’m always worried that the rest of the album will disappoint, and with ‘Cactus’ being an absolute banger and probably the best Teleman song to date I certainly had those fears.

They were quickly dismissed as soon as the opener, and title track ‘Family of Aliens’ began. The same brilliant Teleman as usual, but sounding even more energetic. ‘Between The Rain’ is a Paul McCartney-esque upbeat piano track, and ‘Always Dreaming’ is a slower, calm moment on the record. These two tracks show just how diverse Teleman can be while still maintaining a consistent sound.

Another album highlight for me is the very groovy ‘Twisted Heart’,with the opening synth riff sounding like a Pokemon battle theme gone wrong and it just generally being one of the catchiest tracks they’ve put out to date.

‘Somebody’s Island’ has another great melody throughout, with the song again being one of the best the band has ever put out, it being so well produced and full of emotion and personality. The album closer, ‘Starlight’, aptly sounds like a really dramatic end credits song for a movie, a fitting end to a great album.

This is Teleman’s best album to date, and one of the best albums of the year so far.

96%

Best Three: Cactus, Twisted Heart, Starlight

Venue Talk: Doe on Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

I spoke to the indie trio Doe about their favourite live venue, which is Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club. The band are building up to the release of their second album ‘Grow Into It’ on the 28th September. Check out their latest single ‘Labour Like I Do’ below, and read what they had to say about the social club.

“After careful consideration, Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.”

“Leeds is generally a lovely place to play with a great music scene (special s/o to also excellent Wharf Chambers), so the audience is always really mixed and responsive. The sound at Brudenell is always good, the toilets are clean (extremely important) and there’s loads of space to chill / chat / hang out so you’re not cooped up in one intense gig space.”

Have you ever played there?

“Yes we’ve played there a few times on tour and are playing there again in October with Speedy Ortiz.”

Who else have you seen there?

“Only really the other bands we’ve played with because we’re not from Leeds, but they were all GREAT.”

Brudenell Facts:

  • Upcoming shows at the Brudenell include Albert Hammond Jr, Mitski and Teleman.
  • The Social club was established December 8th, 1913
  • Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, Four Tet and The Fall have all played at the Social Club.
  • It is a community ‘non profitmaking’ venue, that holds charitable status.
  • Photography, Film and even Origami groups meet up at the Brudenell.

You  can pre-order Doe’s album here, and check out upcoming events at the Brudenell here.

My Big Mental Head Interview

I had a chat to Connie from My Big Mental head about the mental health based project, billed as a ‘safe space for musicians and fans to openly talk about their mental health’ and how important it is to her.

“I started MBMH for a number of different reasons but the main two were the fact that I was starting to feel as though my original blog, where I just wrote reviews, wasn’t doing what I wanted it to and it wasn’t helping people or inspiring people.”
I wanted to feel like I was impacting at least one person and so I started to feel like it was a waste of time. This then ties in with the second reason which was IDLES.”

“I had recently become a fan of them and their music inspired me to get back into all of my creative hobbies, when, at the time, I was feeling depressed and unmotivated. It made me want to give something back to them, along with all the other bands and musicians that have helped me in the past, all of which have suffered themselves.”

When I asked her why she specifically decided to focus on the Music industry, this is what she had to say:
“The music industry is something that I grew up learning about, due to my aunty being in a band in the 90s. I learnt about the pressures and the hardships and I heard all the horror stories. “

“My love for music and my passion for supporting bands and artists blossomed from this and I always made it my mission to ensure that these musicians are being supported and treated fairly. “

“I think that bands, artists, fans, managers, sound engineers – everyone that contributes to the music industry – need to take the leap and talk about mental health. It’s a domino effect – when one band speaks out about something that they have been through or experienced, someone that has had a similar experience will feel comfortable enough to talk, too. Everyone just needs to be supportive and non-judgmental.”
You can find out more about  My Big Mental Head here, and follow them on Twitter at @mybigmentalhead.

New Release Roundup: 10th August 2018

Twenty One Pilots – Levitate: The third track taken from Top’s upcoming ‘Trench’ album signifies the biggest shift in sound from the duo, with a fairly chill, vibey beat underneath Tyler’s rapped verses. It’s a short one too, coming in at just over 2 minutes. 70%

Ray Blk – Run Run: A catchy, thoughtful track from Ray Blk here giving an autobiographical perception of violence and crime in London. A very nicely produced beat and a good, heartfelt vocal performance. 80%

She Drew The Gun – Resister: This is the lead single from She Drew The Gun’s upcoming album ‘Revolution of Mind’ out in October, and it’s a brilliant galloping, groovy rock track. Sick. 90%

Leadley – Like I Did: Pleasantly surprised by this new Leadley track; great vocals from Bethan over a really groovy synth-pop production makes this her best track so far. 80%

Anteros – Call Your Mother: Reaally like this new one from Anteros. With an instantly infectious chorus and the best performance by the band i’ve heard so far, this is by far their best song to date and I’m very excited for what’s next. 94%

Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me: This has been in my head since Nina played it at Tramlines a few weeks ago and I’m glad to report it’s still a bop. Hopefully going to be a massive hit for her. 90%

Tkay Maidza ft. Duckwrth – Flexxin: An aaaabsolute banger. Amazing beat, amazing bars from both Tkay and Duckwrth. 93%

Jetta – Fool: A great funky, synth-pop track from Jetta here, with the great production on the track giving off a really rich layered sound without it being too cluttered or messy. Niiice. 80%

L.S.D. – Thunderclouds: L.S.D. is Labrinth, Sia and Diplo. Despite all this great musical power behind the track this one falls a bit flat to me, feeling uninspired and just forgettable. 40%

Maland2016 – M-Sides: A really solid debut release from upcoming Canadian electronic producer Maland2016. A groovy, varied collection of videogame-esque tracks. 80%