Track Of The Day: Riotmiloo – ‘Vile Butterflies’

Abrasive beats, pulverizing electronics and seething vocals mesh together on ‘Vile Butterflies’, the latest single from London-based industrial riot grrrl Riotmiloo. Released as part of Chaos Theory’s fundraising compilation album 11 Years Of Chaos, the track bristles with intense unease, mimicking the nervous twitches of the wings of the titular insect.

“The idea behind this song is to not to let negative thoughts suppress your potential. Don’t listen to your vile butterflies,” Riotmiloo explains. Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, Riotmiloo and London-based music promoters Chaos Theory have been unable to perform live shows at one of their favourite venues, The Black Heart in Camden, for over a year. ‘Vile Butterflies’ is one of twenty-six tracks on 11 Years Of Chaos, a compilation album that aims to raise much-needed funds for the venue, as well as promoting many of the artists Chaos Theory have worked with too.

Currently available on bandcamp, 10% of the profits made before 22nd March will be donated to the #SaveTheBlackHeart campaign, with other profits being shared fairly between artists and Chaos Theory so they can invest in more livestreaming equipment. The alternative, genre-defying collection features tracks from heavy rockers Vodun, a beguiling Cocteau Twins cover by Maud The Moth, as well as contributions from Brigitte Handley, Kate Arnold, Prisa Mata, Årabrot, Black Orchids and more.

The album is a fierce, cathartic soundtrack for escapism, but it’s also a heartening reminder that the DIY music community provides a crucial support network for artists, venues and promoters during this unpredictable and difficult time.

Listen to Riotmiloo’s ‘Vile Butterflies’ below.

Download your copy of 11 Years Of Chaos from bandcamp.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: GHLOW – ‘Hold On’

A seething slice of electro-punk, Russian-Swedish heavy duo GHLOW have shared their latest single ‘Hold On’. Released via PNKSLM Recordings, the track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album Slash and Burn, which is set for release on 2nd April.

Formed of multidisciplinary artists Emille de Blanche and Nikolay Evdokimov, GHLOW fuse their lived experiences and passion for genre-blending sounds into their visceral, intense soundscapes. They divide their labour equally; de Blanche handles vocals, bass and the band’s art direction, while Evdokimov takes on on guitar, synths, drum machines and production duties. Through experimentation and a desire to test themselves, the pair trusted their instincts and created an album that burns with raw, ambiguous fury and ‘Hold On’ is the first taste of what’s to come from the record.

Smouldering with angst, the track is an industrial-tinged mix of buzzing synths, caustic beats and de Blanche’s distinctive vocals. “It’s always been about emotion and passion, for me,” says Evdokimov about his process when it comes to making music. “That’s more important to me than genre. I have to understand the outlook of the artist; I need to be burned by it a little bit, almost.” With ‘Hold On’, GHLOW have shared a startling snapshot of their debut album, and we can’t wait to hear it in full.

Listen to ‘Hold On’ below.

Follow GHLOW on bandcamp, Spotify & Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ Gold Baby 17.01.19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic & new lockdown in London, we’re unable to make it into the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous GIHE radio show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our January 2019 show with the wonderful Gold Baby. Sian and former bandmate Ian joined Kate and Mari in the studio to play singles ‘Maggots’ and ‘500/1’ live, to talk about how the band first got together, and how the feeling of “starting things too late” has influenced Sian’s song-writing.

Listen back to the show here:

Tracklist
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
The Coathangers – Bimbo
Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave
Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses
Princess Nokia – Kitana
Feels – Awful Need
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Orenda
Maria Kelly – July
Nadia Sheikh – Toxic
Foxgluvv – Fries
BOUTS – Loves Lost Landings (Part 1)
Young Romance – Dark Of My Shadow
Novelties – Pillow Talk
Gazel – Mina’s Hymn
Panic Pocket – Mr Big
Tender – Bottled Up
**Gold Baby – Live Session & Interview**
Swallow Cave – Oceanside
Junodef – Heights
FKA Twigs – Good To Love
Bikini Kill – Feels Blind

Photo credit: Jon Mo

Track Of The Day: MJ Guider – ‘FM Secure’

Murky, industrial sounds permeate ‘FM Secure’, the latest single from MJ Guider. Lifted from her upcoming album Sour Cherry Bell, which is set for release on 18th September via Kranky, Guider’s shadowy electronics smoulder alongside her atmospheric, beguiling vocals.

Based in New Orleans, MJ Guider (aka Melissa Guion) blends elements of shoegaze, gothic pop and industrial sounds to create her hypnotic music. On her upcoming album, Guider explores power dynamics, musing about the notion of “lost and found, corporeal and cerebral, harnessed and exploited, of one and many, in this reality and the next.” This musing extends to ‘FM Secure’, its ominous glow intensifying with each listen.

Speaking about her upcoming record and the tools she used to create it, Guider explains: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted. But I never exhausted them and they never exhausted me.” Listen to ‘FM Secure’ below and follow MJ Guider on bandcamp and Instagram for more updates.

Photo Credit: Craig Mulcahy

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut