Track Of The Day: all cats are beautiful – ‘thought i saw u in the shop last nite’

thought i saw u in the shop last nite’, the new single from all cats are beautiful, arrived earlier this month on London label 0800-MOSHI-MOSHI. It’s a blissed out track, perfectly suited to the summer months, which drifts along in its own groove – acoustic guitar melded with occasionally glitchy beats, synths and a vocal delivery equally intimate and detached.

The duo (comprised of Elena and Kyle) describe themselves as “two queer best friends making dance music but for sad people”, and the happy/sad dynamic comes across not only in the lyrics – which describe the sense of loss when someone close isn’t there anymore – but in the music and production. The self-produced band use minimal arrangements – the texture of the song is made up of just a few key elements – but still create a rich, warm sound which complements the vocal perfectly.

There’s a touch of early Hot Chip (whose first album was released on the same label) here in the band’s comfort with experimenting with pop, indie and electronica, bending the forms of multiple genres to their will, seemingly at ease. Similarly, the reference within the lyrics to Frank Ocean handily signposts another influence and another musical world that the band draw from. But perhaps attempting to classify this ‘post-pop’ group through comparisons and genres is besides the point. Their upcoming EP, from which this track is the second single, is titled the things we made, and there’s a pleasing simplicity to that which reflects something in the music – it sounds like exactly what you suspect it is: the sound of two talented people who care about each other a lot having a good time making music.

Watch the charming new video for ‘thought i saw u in the shop last nite’ here:

the things we made, the upcoming debut EP from all cats are beautiful, will be released via 0800-Moshi-Moshi very soon…

Gregory Metcalfe
@gregorysparty

Track Of The Day: Girl Ray – ‘Give Me Your Love’

Following the success 2019’s album Girl, London trio (and GIHE faves), Poppy, Iris and Sophie – aka Girl Ray – have now shared a buoyant brand new offering.

Propelled by a jangly, playful energy, ‘Give Me Your Love’ is filled with funk-fuelled beats and swirling synths, alongside the distinctive soothing allure of Poppy’s vocals. Produced and mixed by Joe Goddard and Al Doyle from Hot Chip, the track offers a more electro-driven sound than previous releases, whilst maintaining the band’s knack for creating lilting sonic delights, fizzing with plenty of vibrant, uplifting vibes and even some twinkling steel pans. A perfectly colourful summer anthem oozing some much needed optimism, ‘Give Me Your Love’ will leave you longing for summer nights dancing in fields to the endearing, shimmering charm of Girl Ray live. Of the track, the band explain:

With all the awfulness of 2020 in our heads – it was important to us that it sounded optimistic and hopeful; a song for future summers where people can dance and enjoy music together once again.

Directed by Alex Cantouris, described by the band as “a queer Midsummar Night’s Dream”, and filled with a dreamy romanticism, watch the simply beautiful new video for ‘Give Me Your Love’ here:

‘Give Me Your Love’ is out now via Moshi Moshi. Catch Girl Ray live at End Of The Road Festival on 3rd September.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Alex Cantouris

LISTEN: Gazel – ‘Book Of Souls’

A classically trained string player and composer, Gazel has performed in venues such as Hammersmith Apollo, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Academy Islington, and Borderline. These are impressive feats for the newcomer who independently released her debut EP Bone Key in 2016, after studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

Gazel’s music encompasses the genres of pop, electronic & modern folk and her new single ‘Book Of Souls’ is a mystic blend of all three. It’s the title track from her debut album, which she’s working on with a team that includes sound engineer Shuta Shinoda (Ghostpoet, Hot Chip) and Haydn Bendall (Kate Bush, Massive Attack, David Gilmour). The single also forms part of a musical Gazel is writing, inspired by the fictional cast of characters that inhabit our collective unconscious.

To celebrate the release of her new track, Gazel will be playing an intimate gig at Birthdays in Dalston on June 15th, hosted by Piu Entertainment UK (RSVP here). Listen to ‘Book of Souls’ below, and follow Gazel on Facebook for more updates.

Gazel’s debut album Book Of Souls will be released in Autumn 2018. Visit her website for more details.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut