Track Of The Day: Ouri – ‘Escape’

Offering listeners an opportunity to immerse themselves in her atmospheric, carefully curated beats: Multi-instrumentalist, DJ & electronic producer Ouri has shared her latest single ‘Escape’.

Taken from her upcoming EP We Share Our Blood – set for release on September 28th via Ghostly International – ‘Escape’ is a cleanly cut, impressive example of Ouri’s production skills. Speaking about her new EP, she says: “As I continue to create music, I want the whole experience to be even more raw. No one else is included for this one; from writing to mastering, the process is direct from me to the listener”.

It’s this assertiveness that’s allowed Ouri to hone her vision. In 2017, she released her debut album Superficial, on which she mixed her truth with chaos. Her obsession with strong sensations, femininity and this same truth makes up the heart of this record. In late 2017, she joined forces with Montreal-based singer-songwriter Mind Bath, and dropped a surprise self-titled EP. The Ouri / Mind Bath EP features both tenderness and aggressiveness, and balances the femininity and masculinity of the two artists.

We’re keen to hear more from her upcoming album, and ‘Escape’ is a great starting point. Watch the video below and follow Ouri on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of We Share Our Blood here.

Photo credit: Maiko Rodrig

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: She Drew The Gun – ‘Resister’

A measured but rallying cry to persevere in the face of adversity: ‘Resister’ is the new single from She Drew The Gun. The track is taken from their upcoming album Revolution Of Mind, due to be released on October 5th via Skeleton Key Records.

‘Resister’ hosts buzzing guitar riffs, persistent percussion and lyrics fused with empowering messages. “Empowerment; resisting; arming yourself with knowledge; questioning the status quo, questioning your own state of mind and how its affected by the systems we live in” are themes that permeate the new record, as guitarist & songwriter Louisa Roach explains.

Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, Revolution Of Mind is set to be another powerful collection of songs from this affluent and informed songwriter. She Drew The Gun will return to the live scene following the release of their album, supporting The Coral on all dates of their UK tour. Listen to ‘Resister’ below and follow She Drew The Gun on Facebook for more updates.

She Drew The Gun 2018 Tour Dates (w/ The Coral)
WEDS 3 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
FRI 5 BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute
SAT 6 LEEDS, Beckett Students’ Union
SUN 7 SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
TUE 9 BRISTOL, SWX
THURS 11 LONDON, KOKO
FRI 12 LIVERPOOL, University The Mountford Hall
SAT 13 MANCHESTER, Albert Hall

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PLAYLIST: August 2018

The British heatwave rages on with its blue skies and scorching sun, and us Get In Her Ears girls are here to help you through the head-melting heat with a mixture of cool new tunes. Take some time to scroll through our track selections, and hit play on the Spotify link at the bottom of the page…

Dream Nails – ‘Merkury’
Fast becoming known for their sparkling combination of activism and catchy tunes, GIHE faves Dream Nails are back with a new disco-punk banger. Perhaps less political than previous hits, ‘Merkury’ is a tongue-in-cheek take on the adverse effects of the planets misaligning and causing havoc in our everyday lives when Mercury Retrograde strikes. Flowing with sweeping honey-sweet vocals and shimmering melodies alongside groovy basslines, it’s a truly infectious intergalactic delight. Watch the wonderfully spacey, psychedelic video for ‘Merkury’ here. (Mari Lane)

WHITE RING – ‘Nothing’
Warped, watery vocals and thumping percussion combine in densely hypnotic style on WHITE RING‘s latest single, ‘Nothing’. Taken from their recent album Gate Of Grief, the track is accompanied by a video which shows the pair immersed in their own sound. Watch it here(Kate Crudgington)

AyOwA – ‘Sommer’
I couldn’t not include ‘Sommer’ by AyOwA in August’s playlist. Having seen these guys for the first time last week at our Notting Hill Arts Club event, they totally stole the show for me!  Seeing AyOwa peform Sommer was a highlight for me – more heady and more haunting then I could have wished for. (Tash Walker)

hear – ‘OYSTERS’
I’ve found a new addiction and it comes in the form of new musical project hear with their dark, hypnotic, lyrically enchanting music. ‘OYSTERS’ in particular stood out for me with it’s poetically pertinent messages of sexual perversion, discovery, frustration, desire… ‘did it please you well? to see her hanging there’. It’s hard for me not to draw parallels to early Savages, however hear are of course distinct in their own version of post-ponk. hear is a musical project from Jorinde Croese and Natalie Connlly who aptly say “We’re not quite sure how to classify – labels perhaps feel a little old, and the music doesn’t quite come from obvious reference points, at least not for us.” Without a doubt hear are now firmly on my ‘Ones to Watch’ list, fingers crossed for some live dates soon. (TW)

Something Leather – ‘Disappear On Me’
I saw Brighton’s Something Leather live for the second time at The Lock Tavern last weekend at We Can Do It’s all-day gig, and they didn’t disappoint! The trio’s sound ricochets between loud and quiet, up and down, mad and melancholy – and I can’t get enough of their marvelous noise. (KC)

Æ Mak – ‘Love Flush’
‘Love Flush’ is the latest single Æ Mak (pronounced “Eh Mack”). Having just played Latitude with what sounded like an incredibly energetic show, I think it makes sense that so much of the media are drawing comparisons to early Bjork. Of the track she says “‘Love Flush’ is a twisted love song. It’s about choosing your own ambitions over a true love, pushing that someone away to embrace this higher vision you have of yourself, even though that’s what made you happy. Ego’s a bitch.” I could not be more into how this track starts and then breaks into an alt-pop tune! Enjoy. (TW)

Temples Of Youth – ‘Darker Places’
This duo have been firm favourites of the GIHEs team for a while now, and new single ‘Darker Places’ is another electronic treat. Paul’s trademark atmospheric guitar sounds combine with Jo’s jaded beats and beautiful vocals to create this sultry pop-noir gem. (KC)

Princess Chelsea – ‘I Love My Boyfriend’
What a sweet sentiment from New Zealand’s retro-futuristic pop artist Princess Chelsea. She might be mocking romance, or she might be promoting it – either way – I love her strung-out bass lines and sugary vocals. The single is taken from her upcoming album The Loneliest Girl, released on the 7th September via Lil’ Chief Records (KC)

Value Void – ‘Babeland’
‘Babeland’ by London trio Value Void is taken from their upcoming debut album, set for release on 26th October via Tough Love. They’ve described the record as “a luxuriantly deep, shag pile-warm, analogue proto punk collection”, and ‘Babeland’ is a track about one night in a pub when everything looked grim except for two very attractive men kissing. I love the hazy dreamlike sound to that track which seems the perfect accompaniment to the hazy warmth of this endless London Summer. (TW)

H.Grimace – ‘In The Body’ 
Following last year’s debut album Self-Architect, GIHE faves H.Grimace have returned with a gritty new single. Inspired by poet Vivienne Griffin and reflecting on society’s pressure on the individual, ‘In The Body’ is filled with the band’s raw post-punk sound and scuzzy, seething power, alongside the deep, sweeping vocals of Hannah Gledhill; creating a dreamy, Sonic Youth-reminiscent haze. (ML)

Happy Accidents – ‘Free Time’
Taken from their latest album Everything But The Here And Now, ‘Free Time’ is the perfect example of Happy Accidents’ instantly uplifting pop-punk. Oozing luscious harmonies and an infectious buoyant energy, I fell in love with their shimmering creations when coming across them at Indietracks Festival last weekend, and now I’m truly addicted. (ML)

Le Tigre – ‘TKO’ 
With it being LGBTQ+ activist and artist J.D.Samson’s birthday on Saturday, I couldn’t not include a Le Tigre track in this month’s playlist. She holds a very special place in my heart, and the memory of dancing the night away in total euphoria to tunes that she hand-picked at M.I.A’s Meltdown Festival last year is still one of my life highlights. Really, Le Tigre’s ‘TKO’ should be on every playlist ever – it’s an instant blast of empowering energy on each listen. (ML)

Track Of The Day: LIERS – ‘Host’

A shimmering slice of garage rock glory: North Dublin’s LIERS have shared their latest single ‘Host’. The release coincides with the news that the band have been announced as one of the winners of Ireland’s RTE 2FM’s ‘Play The Picnic’ Competition, which will seem them take to the stage at Electric Picnic on the weekend of August 31st.

LIERS released their debut single ‘Universal Feamle’ just a few months ago, and with now with second track ‘Host’ under their belts; summer 2018 looks promising for the band. Vocalist and guitarist Liz explains further:

“We were delighted with the response and reaction to our first single ‘Universal Female’. It gave us a great chance to get out and chase the gigs and play to buzzed-up crowds. It’s an exciting time to be on the Irish scene with our sound, and we’re very grateful to the DJs who gave us the spins needed so far and of course to our growing base of fans, many of who voted for us to get to play the Picnic and we really want to thank everyone for their support.

We are very grateful to 2FM for the opportunity to play the Picnic as it’s been one of our biggest goals so far. The proceeds of the voting went to the Jack and Jill Foundation so it’s a very worthy cause to support also. We can’t wait to land in Stradbally. We just want to keep being loud, have fun and show people what we’re here to do”

Sounds good to us! Listen to ‘Host’ below and follow LIERS on Facebook for more updates.

‘Host’ is available to stream on Spotify & download from Bandcamp now.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: White Ring – ‘Nothing’

Warped, watery vocals and thumping percussion combine in densely hypnotic style on WHITE RING‘s latest single, ‘Nothing’. Taken from their recent album Gate Of Grief, the track is accompanied by a video which shows the pair immersed in their own sound.

Despite being their debut album, Gate of Grief (released via Rocket Girl Records) arrived eight years after WHITE RING’s benchmark EP, Black Earth That Made Me, which earned them a cult underground following. With an opening drum beat reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails’ infamous single ‘Closer’, ‘Nothing’ is a dark gem set to please fans of “gothic beats and sinister synth bass-lines” as well as loyal followers of the “witch house” movement .

The single is the first collaboration with newcomer Adina Viarengo, who added her vocals in 2016 to the existing instrumental track that Bryan Kurkimilis created for the first set of WHITE RING demos in 2009. The band was originally formed by Bryan and Kendra Malia after meeting on Myspace in 2006, with Bryan and Adina currently touring as a duo.

Watch the video for ‘Nothing’ below and follow WHITE RING on Facebook for more updates.

WHITE RING’s debut album Gate Of Grief is available here.

Photo credit: Jason PD

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut