Track Of The Day: HOST – ‘Taste of Your Love’

An electro-pop gem that contemplates the short-comings of an unhealthy romance; Irish artist Host has shared her new single ‘Taste of Your Love’. Taken from her upcoming debut EP Adolescent Content (set for release later this year) the synth-pop star channels her love of bands like Diiv, Wolf Alice, The Japanese House, and The Cure on her new tune.

Speaking about her new track, Host explains: “Have you ever had someone you really care about do something so idiotic that it makes you look at them in a completely different light? ‘Taste of Your Love’ is that lingering bad impression that I just couldn’t shake, and everything built with this person, this solid foundation, just turned to quicksand. It’s sad really… this idiot, that you still adore nonetheless, has now forced you to cut them out and change your entire life.”

Despite its sad premise, we guarantee Host’s new single will have you up and dancing around your bedroom in no time. Listen to ‘Taste of Your Love’ below and follow Host on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

ALBUM: Boy Harsher – ‘Careful’

A record to cry, kiss, or dance to; Boy Harsher’s latest album Careful is a heated, heartfelt affair. Full of beats designed to ricochet around dark dance-floors or lonely bedroom walls, the Massachusetts duo blend nostalgic 80s percussion with sharp modern production to create an immersive, magnetic listening experience.

Formed in 2014, Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller released their first EP Lesser Man in the same year, and their sophomore record Yr Body is Nothing in 2016. Country Girl followed in 2017, and now the pair explore their “morose pop sound” further on their latest release. Named after the seemingly prophetic tattoo that Matthews has across her back, Careful smolders with a brooding, lusting aggression.

Inspired by traumatic personal experiences – the breakdown of a romantic relationship, losing a parent to debilitating illness, and a chronic fear of losing control – Boy Harsher offer a momentary glimpse in to their seething world via minimal electronics. The cinematic ‘Keep Driving’ opens the record, with whispered vocals and moody stretched out synths that could score a jaded night-ride, or an escape from a crime scene.

Hazy electronics, sultry vocals and 80s inspired beats combine in hypnotic style on ‘Face The Fire’, before the elusive ‘Fate’ bleeds in. It’s four minutes of off-kilter synths, breathy vocals and dance inducing beats. Grand synthesizers announce the arrival of next track ‘LA’, whist the throbbing synths and pounding beats on ‘Come Closer’ are intoxicating. It’s easily one of the strongest tracks on the record. ‘The Look You Gave (Jerry)’ flows in the same vein, before the punchy percussion on ‘Tears’ changes the pace. The track’s buoyant rhythms contrast well with the ominous, dramatic three minute interlude ‘Crush’.

Penultimate track ‘Lost’ meanders for just shy of five minutes, before the eponymous ‘Careful’ closes the record. It’s a brief affair with a mysterious voice sample, artistically book-ending this collection of alluring, seductive sounds. Whilst at points Boy Harsher’s Careful may may feel repetitive, it’s hard to deny the record’s flirtatious, infectious nature. Make sure you catch the band at HEAVEN on 27th February.

Order your copy of Boy Harsher’s Careful here.
Follow the pair on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: The Ninth Wave – ‘New Kind Of Ego’

If you’re a noughties girl who wishes she living in an 80s world: The Ninth Wave‘s new single ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is going to melt your nostalgia-hungry ears off.

It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming EP Never Crave Attention, released April 20th on Distiller Records. The band will also be embarking on their first UK headline tour this year to support the record, including a gig at London’s Shacklewell Arms on May 16th.

Produced by Dan Austin (Massive Attack, Sløtface) at The Distillery, ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is an electric 80s “post-punk explosion” which seethes with impatience and uncertainty. Speaking about the new single, front man Haydn Park says: “‘New Kind Of Ego’ is a dialogue between two people and their insecurities in each other, focusing on the reasons for this lack of trust.”

With support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens, and Radio X’s John Kennedy – there’s no need for The Ninth Wave to feel insecure about their sound. Listen to ‘New Kind Of Ego’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

The Ninth Wave live dates 2018
05/05 Live At Leeds
06/05 Liverpool Sound City
10/05 Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
11/05 Church, Dundee
12/05 The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
13/05 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
14/05 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
15/05 Louisiana, Bristol
16/05 Shacklewell Arms, London
18/05 The Great Escape
29/06 TRNSMT Festival
20/07 Deer Shed Festival
02/08 Neverworld Festival

Never Crave Attention will be released on April 20th on Distiller Records. Pre-order it here.

Photography: Martin Barker

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut