Track Of The Day: Something Leather – ‘Sip The Thrill’

A cynical psych-tinged commentary about how we try to simultaneously stall and speed up time; Brighton trio Something Leather have shared their latest single ‘Sip The Thrill’. Their sharp percussion, dark guitar noises and striking use of their vintage Philips organ gives their skepticism an intensely appealing sound.

Released on purple 7” vinyl via We Can Do It Records, this is the third single the band have shared following ‘Shotgun Persona’ and ‘Disappear On Me’. They’ve managed to secure impressive support slots with Black Midi, Phobophobes, Madonnatron, Saint Agnes and JOHN, and they’re slowly building up a reputation as one of the most vibrant and distinctive live bands on the scene. Their beloved 70’s Philips organ is fixed up with old parts of frontwoman Phillie’s grandmother’s first colour TV, giving them an authentic sound with real character.

Speaking about ‘Sip The Thrill’ the band explain: “[It’s] a song about the contradictory way in which we try to live forever without enjoying the process, dedicating so much of our time denying the inevitable. From the stop-start attack of the drums and guitar, to the driving energy of the organ and frenetic ending, juxtaposed with the dark nature of the lyrics, it’s a cynical song about chasing time.”

Watch the video for ‘Sip The Thrill’ below and follow Something Leather on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Madeline Spencer

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Get In Her Ears w/ Bengi Unsal 14.03.19

Tash and Kate were back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week with all the new music, including tracks from Stainwasher, Dwen, Mammoth Penguins and Annavr.

They were joined in the studio by the Southbank Centre’s Senior Contemporary Music Programmer Bengi Unsal, who talked about their upcoming Meltdown festival, her re-branding of Friday Tonic and their success with Concrete Lates.

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Get In Her Ears w/ Grapefruit 07.03.18

Kate was back in the studio this week playing loads of tunes to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March). There were tracks from Karen O, Pixel Grip, Blonde Maze, Stella Donnelly & Silk Cinema.

Grapefruit also came in to the studio to talk about their new single ‘Black and Blue’ (released March 15th) and their upcoming support slot at our next GIHEs gig at Notting Hill Arts Club on March 16th! (RSVP here).

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WATCH: Gurr – ‘She Says’

A hazy ode to being on the road and ricocheting between emotions; Gurr have shared visuals to accompany their new track ‘She Says’. Taken from their new EP of the same name which is set for release on 5th April, the Berlin duo blend dream-pop and psych sensibilities on their new tune.

They’ll be releasing four videos from the EP, and ‘She Says’ is the first from the collection. Speaking about the footage, Laura Lee explains: “We collected all this footage during our our summer of festivals last year. It was a bit of a schizophrenic time as we were always going back and forth between these positive festival vibes to the quietness and reality of home. That is what we were going for in the video”

She Says was recorded with New York producer Mathew Molner (Sunflower Bean, Friends) and Berlin based producer Tobi Kuhn at the UFO studios in Berlin. The band will play at SXSW in March this year and will be touring in Germany in April too. Watch the video for ‘She Says’ below and follow Gurr on Facebook for more updates.

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LISTEN: Nadia Tehran – ‘Down’

Iranian-Swedish artist and producer Nadia Tehran has shared her new single ‘Down’, and it’s an atmospheric, sharply produced piece of songwriting. Taken from her upcoming debut album which is set for release later this year, Nadia’s vocals rise and fall over glitchy beats and enthralling melodies.

‘Down’ features production from Nadia herself, as well as Fabian “DJ Haydn” Berglund & Patrick Alvarsson, and was mixed by Lexxx (Björk, Fatima Al Qadiri, Jamie Woon). The artist is set to perform at the YEAR0001 Official SXSW showcase on March 14th 2019 alongside Merely, Bladee, Nadia Tehran, Thaiboy Digital, V**gra Boys and Yung Lean too.

Growing up in a Muslim Iranian family in a small Christian town in the middle of Sweden, Nadia Tehran is no stranger to the exploration of cultures and boundaries, and her music is reflective of her ability to mesh these existing worlds together to create something entirely new. Listen to ‘Down’ below and follow Nadia on Facebook for more updates.

Credit: Joakim Eklof

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FIVE FAVOURITES: Mint Field

A soothing tonic for minds that are scarred from the stresses of modern life; Tijuana-based psych trio Mint Field have shared their new EP Mientras Esperas via Innovative Leisure. Translated roughly as “While Waiting”, their new release focuses on themes of connection with the modern world, and how our own well-being is affected by it.

Following the success of their 2018 debut Pasar de la Luces, and now with bass player Sebastian Neyra on board; Amor Amezcua and Estrella del Sol Sánchez continue to make thought provoking music with a shoegazey, dream-pop feel. We asked the band to share their “Five Favourites” – five artists or albums that have influenced their songwriting techniques. Check out their choices below, and make sure you listen to Mientras Esperas at the end of this post.

1. Beak – <<
We have no memory of coming across this album or how we discovered it, it’s as if it magically appeared in our files. We heard this album together so much last year while we were touring and we got to see Beak for the first time in Desert Daze, such an epic show. They’re definitely one of our biggest influences.

2. Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
We first heard Kikagaku Moyo when we were recording our debut album, Pasar de las Luces, in Detroit. Chris Koltay, our producer, has a big wall and drawers foiled with vinyl collections and one of the LP’s he put one day was this one. Ever since then, we became big fans of them. We got to see them in Desert Daze last year too and it was such a great show – they’re such a good live band.

3. Ulrika Spacek – Modern English Decoration
Ulrika’s new EP is so nice, we loved their last album as well but this one is more significant because of the fact that we got to tour with them across America last year after they released their EP. We became good friends with them and it was a gift to see them play every night, they’re a really great live band.

4. Helvetia – Helvetia’s Junk Shop
We discovered this band and album when we were touring with Ulrika Spacek, it was in one of their road trip playlists and we’ve been listening to them ever since. It has such good drums and melodies.

5. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – De Facto
We have been fans of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete for quite some time now and this is their new album. We really loved it, specially the two last songs – they’re so good, as is the whole album really. We definitely recommend this band that also happens to be from Mexico.

Thanks to Mint Field for sharing their favourites with us! Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Adriana Tangassi

Kate Crudgington
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