PLAYLIST: August 2019

Summer’s nearly over, but we’ve selected some of the finest new music tracks to see you through August’s final weeks of sunshine and unexpected showers.Take some time to scroll through our track choices and make sure you hit play on the Spotify playlist link at the bottom of the page…

Bones UK – ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’ 
I have Anthony & Elis of Noise Noir to thank for this B.A.N.G.E.R. I heard it during their DJ set for Siren Calling Festival and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. One of my favourite Bowie tracks covered in super cool style. I’m now an avid follower of Bones UK too. (Kate Crudgington)

Sui Zhen – ‘Matsudo City Life’
Inspired by the Japanese city of Matsudo – known by locals as a ‘sleeper town’ -, Sui Zhen’s latest single flows with infectious, ’80s inspired whirring hooks, alongside her luscious vocals. An utterly dreamy, synth-driven soundscape, it’s another slice of sparkling alt-pop from the Melbourne artist, and I cannot wait for the release of her upcoming new album, Losing, Linda, out 27th September. (Mari Lane)

Le Butcherettes – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have)’ 
My absolute faves Le Butcherettes have shared their brilliant cover of The Buzzcocks’ classic and I’m hooked on it. The Guadalajara-born and El Paso/L.A. based group shot a live video of the song as part of their collaboration with Fender for their Vintera Series of guitars before recording a studio version for the single release. (KC)

Cat Apostrophe – ‘January’ 
‘January’ by Yorkshire-based radically soft pop band Cat Apostrophe is taken from their debut LP Lifelong Amateurism, which is out now via Everything Sucks Music. You can catch them on their tour across the whole of the UK hitting London on 26th August at DIY Space for London. (Tash Walker)

Babeheaven – ‘Seabird’ 
Babeheaven’s cover of 70s classic ‘Seabird’ originally by the Alessi Brothers, is incredibly beautiful and has left me gazing dreamily out of many a window with it playing into my ears… so what better reason for wanting to share that with you all. It is quite simply, heart wrenchingly, sublime. (TW)

Suggested Friends – ‘Cygnet’
I’ve been completely addicted to Suggested Friends‘ eponymous debut release over the last couple of years, and so I couldn’t be more excited to hear that they have just announced the release of their second album. To coincide with the announcement, Suggested Friends have shared new single ‘Cygnets’. With totally dreamy harmonies and the distinctive heartfelt crystalline vocals of Faith Taylor, it’s filled with an infectious jangly scuzz and stirring raw emotion, complete with some impressive rollicking riffage. Turtle Taxi, the upcoming album from Suggested Friends, is out 4th October. (ML)

Wyldest – ‘Mind Over Body/Slowdance’ 
I caught two thirds of Wyldest live at Siren Calling Festival over the weekend, and their shoegazey guitars and smooth vocals melted my ears. (KC)

Hurtling – ‘Summer’
I just can’t get enough of London band Hurtling’s new single ‘Summer’. Starting off with gentle, finger-picked melodies and the luscious, delicate vocals of Jen Macro, it soon builds with sun-drenched whirring hooks and immense beats to a fuzz-filled noisepop anthem. A scuzzy dream of a track, it’s impossible not to get caught up in its sparkling, psychedelic haze.‘Summer’ is out now, whilst Hurtling’s debut album – Future From Here – is out 18th October, both via Onomatopoeia Records. (ML)

Hannah Stewart – ‘Glaze’
The new single from California based artist Hannah Glaze is propelled by throbbing beats and gritty bass-lines. Filled with the smooth allure of Hannah’s honey-sweet vocals and a driving energy, it oozes an infectious danceability and fuzzed-out groove that we can’t get enough of. (ML)

Hana Vu – ‘At The Party’ 
I am hooked on LA artist & producer Hana Vu’s down-beat disco banger ‘At The Party’. It’s a song about ““spite and how truly meaningless it is” and I can’t help but feel any sense of spite evaporate when I hear her sultry vocals. She’s set to release a new EP titled Nicole Kidman/Anne Hathaway on 25th October via Luminelle, and I can’t wait to hear more from this talented nineteen year old. (KC)

TONI&MASH – ‘LTGFU’ 
The debut electro-house banger ‘LTGFU’ by Berlin-based TONI&MASH out via Black Diamond Records. Absolute tune. (TW)

Nasty Cherry – ‘Live Forever’ 
Nasty Cherry co-wrote ‘Live Forever’ with Charli XCX & producer Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon), so it was destined to sound cool. In their own words “‘Live Forever’ is a song about being unconfined, unrefined and self-assured” – here’s to that! (KC)

Cozy Slippers – ‘A Million Pieces’
Formed at ‘Ladies Rock Camp’ – a weekend event that introduces women to rock instruments and playing in a band – Seattle band Cozy Slippers are back with a brand new single. Contrasting popular culture depictions of romance with lived reality, ‘A Million Pieces’ oozes shades of the jangly surf-pop of the likes of Real Estate or Best Coast, whilst adding its own dreamy air of romanticism. Flowing with luscious melodies, it’s filled with all the sparkling, uplifting summer vibes. We can’t wait for Cozy Slippers to come over to the UK and play for us at The Finsbury on 8th November! (ML)

Delacey – ‘Emily’  
The from LA singer-songwriter Delacey is an ode to her best friend. Shout out to her for representing the importance of female friendship, especially when it comes in the form of reverb heavy electro. (TW)

Intaya – ‘Guaguancó’ 
‘Guaguancó’ by Venezuelan born, London based Intaya is a potent amalgamation of cross-cultural music, described as a commute to an electric Latin Caribbean Island in a London Tube train. Their debut EP is due out later in the year. (TW)

Like A Villain – ‘My Hands’
The new single from New York artist Holland Andrews, aka Like A Villain, ‘My Hands’ is filled with glistening electronics and a hypnotic, haunting grace. Propelled by the emotion-strewn power of Andrews’ soulful vocals, it creates a poignant, ethereal soundscape.
Like A Villain’s upcoming album What Makes Vulnerability Good is out 20th September via Accidental Records. (ML)

BAD – ‘Sweat’ 
‘Sweat’ is a track so catchy it’s had me popping my shoulders all over London these last couple of weeks – the jury’s still out on those moves, but not on this track. Coming from NYC based duo BAD, described as Lizzo meets George Michael, this track is full of funk, soul and just enough of that throwback to Saved by the Bell that you need. (TW)

Roniit – ‘Foreign Tongues’
Self-proclaimed “Dark Queen” Roniit’s reimagination of Crywolf’s ‘Foreign Tongues’ is an ethereal, melancholy exploration of sound that gives me goosebumps. Roniit is a friend and frequent collaborator of Crywolf’s, working behind-the-scenes for the production of many of his photographs and videos. A true talent. (KC)

 

LISTEN: Chastity Belt – ‘Elena’

Dreamy, overlapping vocals and lush guitar sounds permeate ‘Elena’, the new single from GIHEs faves Chastity Belt. The track is taken from their fourth self-titled album which is set for release on 20th September via Hardly Art records, and Milk! records in Australia and New Zealand.

It’s a subtle, personal song inspired by the band’s love of author Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, which they all read over the course of last year. Bassist Annie Truscott explains further: “We individually related to the ways in which the main character’s sense of self is inextricably linked to her desire for love and validation, both from lovers and friends. The overlapping voices on top of the whimsical wave-like instrumentals captures the universal feeling of having a conversation with yourself about yourself.”

After taking a break from band life and pursuing their own solo endeavours, it seems that Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums), Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar) & Annie Truscott (bass) have been refreshed by their time apart, which ironically seems to have brought them closer together. The band co-produced their new album with Melina Duterte (aka Jay Som), which sees them sharing lead vocals on different tracks, and working with different instruments such as violin (played by Annie), cello, trumpet and keyboards.

“I feel like this record is a really good representation of who we all are, and I feel like we’re at a point where we’ve really come into our own” explains Julia. New single ‘Elena’ sounds like the sweetest taste of what’s to come from a band who value time, authenticity, and celebrating long-term friendship both on and off stage.

Listen to ‘Elena’ below and follow Chastity Belt on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of Chastity Belt’s new self-titled album here.

Chastity Belt’s 2019 UK Tour Dates (with GANG)
Oct 13 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Oct 15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 16 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Oct 17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Oct 19 – Oxford, UK @ Ritual Union
Oct 20 – Cardiff, UK @ SWN Festival
Oct 21 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Oct 23 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners
Oct 24 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

Photo by Beto Brakmo

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Friedberg – ‘Go Wild’

Start your weekend right with the laid-back sounds of indie-pop band Friedberg and their latest single ‘Go Wild’. Accompanied by a cool set of visuals, the track is a lo-fi slice of alternative summer sound that’ll have you dancing your way around the BBQ (even if it’s raining).

The track is inspired by front-woman Anna’s recent trip to London from Berlin. She explains: “I was out in the capital and was just watching the night descend into chaos, as everyone got drunker and drunker around me. At that moment, the line for the chorus: ‘you gotta go wild’ popped into my head. I ended up rushing home, and writing the song that night”.

Anna’s speedy reflections on that night have now blossomed in to a cool, catchy tune that tastefully celebrates letting loose. Friedberg are set to release their debut album at some point during 2020, but we’re content to listen to ‘Go Wild’ on repeat until then. Watch the video for the track below and follow Friedberg on Facebook for more updates.

Friedberg play The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 3rd October. Event details & tickets here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Gif – ‘Lumière’

A gnarly take-down of the double standards and inappropriate behaviour women and girls often face in public, Dublin trio gif have shared their debut single ‘Lumière’. The track is inspired by the need to make their own shows a safe space for women and non-binary people, and the trio use their catchy, indie-punk tunes to get this important message across.

Formed in October 2018, the Irish teenagers – aged between 17 and 19 – have adopted a strong DIY ethic, self-funding everything they’ve achieved so far. This includes headline shows in Dublins biggest venues such as Workman’s and Whelan’s, and recently being added to Spotify’s “An Alternative Éire” playlist, which showcases new Irish alternative sounds.

Debut single ‘Lumière’ is accompanied by a humourous music video Directed by Eleanor Rogers which features shots of the band playing their instruments, as an intense situation unfolds between a young woman and her (unwanted) admirer on webcam. Check out the music video below and follow gif on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Get In Her Ears x Teenage Dreams 01.08.19

Tash & Kate were back in the studio this week with loads of new music from the likes of Palm Haze, Empara Mi, Junaco, Ora The Molecule & Arthur Moon.

They reminisced about some of their fave tracks from their teenage years too, which included songs by Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Sugababes, Avril Lavigne & The Joy Formidable.

Listen back:

@getinherears
@maudeandtrevor
@KCBobCut

Tracklist
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Intaya – Guaguancó
Karen Ilnm – This morning, yesterday’
Cat Apostrophe – January
Palm Haze – Almost Soon
Empara Mi – Ditch
Ora The Molecule – Salé
Giovanna – Young Heart Player
Charlie Strange – I follow
Laélia – Flatline
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
No Doubt – Just A Girl
Sugababes – Overload
Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip
Linkin Park – Leave Out All The Rest
Sweat – BAD
RUNHA – Beings
Taobh – eile
Junaco – In Between (GIHE)
Arthur Moon – Reverse Conversion Therapy
BEA1991 – Loser Wins
JR – PAL
Lady Gaga – Applause
Sufjan Steves – Mystery Of Love

Get In Her Ears w/ Kate & Katie 25.07.19

Kate was back in the studio this week with journalist and music magpie Katie playing all the latest new music from the likes of Noga Erez, King Princess, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, BEA1991, Velvet Volume & TWEN.

Listen back:

@KCBobCut
@katiemux
@getinherears

Tracklist
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Noga Erez x Echo – Chin Chin
Ilgen Nur – Easy Way Out
Slaves – The Velvet Ditch
Fever Ray – Wanna Sip
Banks – Gimme
Taffy – Inner Nerd
Tokyo Tea Room – Always Tomorrow
Sam Fender – Will We Talk?
Velvet Volume – Pretty In Black
Free Love – Playing as Punks
Orville Peck – Dead of Night
Salvation Jayne – Jayne Doe
BEA1991 – Loser Wins
King Princess – Prophet
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something – Find A Place
Shura – The Stage
Brittany Howard – Stay High
TWEN – Damsel
Luke Burr – what You Won’t Do For Love
Charlotte Carpenter – Follow You Down
Emily Breeze – Work
Mystic Braves – I can’t grow peaches on a cherry tree
Charli XCX & Christine & The Queens – Gone
Queen Zee – Boy
Lizzo – Boys
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo

Track Of The Day: LOW – ‘Fly’ (King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm Remix)

Following last year’s critically acclaimed Double Negative, LOW have now shared a remix of a standout album track. Famed Philadelphia producer/DJ King Britt has reworked ‘Fly’, and it’s a pretty special addition to the ears.

Flowing with an ethereal majesty, this new re-working shines a spotlight on the spellbinding, celestial power of Mimi Parker’s vocals. Adding an eerily poignant glitchy whirr to an already bewitching soundscape, this remix of ‘Fly’ encapsulates the swirling, captivating sounds that LOW are so skilled at creating perfectly. Of the track, King Britt explains:

“As a longtime Low fan, a huge amount of respect went into the mix. I loved their new sonic direction, which spoke to my Fhloston Paradigm project. My mix was a response and continuation in a way of a magical space they already created.”

‘Fly’ is out now. Catch LOW live at End Of The Road festival on 31st August.

Mari Lane
@marimindles