Track Of The Day: Hurtling – ‘Summer’

Set to release their debut album in October, London band Hurtling have now shared a brand new single.

Starting off with gentle, finger-picked lilting melodies and the luscious, delicate vocals of Jen Macro, ‘Summer’ soon builds with sun-drenched whirring hooks and immense beats to a fuzz-filled noisepop anthem, as Macro’s vocals reveal their true raw grit. A scuzzy dream of a track, it’s impossible not to get caught up in its sparkling, psychedelic haze, which will leave you longing for more of Hurtling’s epic sonic delights.

‘Summer’ was self-produced and recorded at One Cat Studio in Brixton. Watch the kaleidoscopic new video (directed by Jen Macro) here:

‘Summer’ is out 16th August, whilst Hurtling’s debut album – Future From Here – is out 18th October, both via Onomatopoeia Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Ashley Jones

Track Of The Day: Miss Eaves – ‘Swipe Left’

Having previously fallen in love with Miss Eaves‘ fun-filled, empowering offerings, like ‘Bush For The Push’ and ‘Thunder Thighs’, we’re super happy to see her return with a brand new video.

Relenting the frustration of online dating, whilst celebrating the joy of meeting people in person, ‘Swipe Left’ oozes all of Miss Eaves’ trademark humour and empowering vibes. Filled with uptempo, glitchy beats, vibrant sunny hooks (to match her colourful fries-themed outfit in the video!) and liberating whilst tongue-in-cheek vocals (“I rub one out, I please myself I don’t need anyone else…”), ‘Swipe Left’ is another ultimately uplifting anthem from Miss Eaves, showcasing her unique, disco-punk energy and refreshing honesty.

With the video seeing her venturing around NYC, meeting an eclectic mix of interesting people, Miss Eaves has shown the importance of getting in touch with each other face-to-face, encouraging them to engage with her work in a non-digital way.

We LOVE everything Miss Eaves does and all she stands for; her relentless creativity, impassioned motivation and positive spirit. And we can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us next!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: @likeamacheen

Video Premiere: Playing House – ‘Not Good’

Openly identifying as queer, feminist and body positive, London band Playing House recently released their bold single ‘Not Good’, and have now shared a brand new accompanying video.

Filled with vibrant, synth-driven hooks and unique, soaring vocals, ‘Not Good’ is a surrealist look at the absurdity of the ambivalence to all things not good. Propelled by an empowering groove, it’s a colourful slice of art-pop with shades of the likes of La Roux or Hercules & Love Affair. Building to a swirling, rainbow-coloured pop anthem, it’ll get you up and dancing, ready for summer. Of the track, the band explain:

“It’s a song that could only be written in the surreal reality that we’re living in right now, in the middle of the destruction of the planet, consumerism, inequalities, sexism, increased anxiety and depression. The song takes a pop at ambivalence, watching everything go wrong and doing nothing. It’s also about how those abuses take place in relationships.”

The accompanying video for ‘Not Good’ casts the band in a scuzzy, wonderfully vivacious light. Directed by Brazilian visual artist Carolina Mizrahi (Vogue Italia, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Bambini) with DOP Gene Limbrick (Vogue Italia, Elle, Gucci), it was shot on analogue film by Kiefer Passey. Shot in real time across eight hours, with the band playing live on repeat with hand painted instruments that were slowly deconstructed throughout the day, it’s a colourfully chaotic visualisation of the song’s message; highlighting the ambivalence and disenfranchisement that surrounds us.

Watch the brand new video, for the first time, here:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Marieke Macklon

WATCH: Birch – ‘femme.one’

The title track from Birch’s debut album, ‘femme.one’ is a good introduction to the complex electronic layers of Birch’s sonic world.

The sound is layered and complex, but deceptively soft and minimalist seeming. Because her lyrics are delivered almost conversationally, her message can be missed sometimes. Here, for example, she is thinking of those “who have gone before me”, and an energy that she “can’t contain”.

The accompanying video shows a young woman completing a range of physical training activities in the early morning. She begins in the grey light not long after sunrise, on a wet roof on top of a tower block in an urban setting, with simple stretch exercises and shadow boxing. Then she is running along empty streets past shutters on closed shops.

“The words of our mothers are the ones that we live by” concludes this poignant, delicately powerful song.

Watch the new video for ‘femme.one’ here:

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase

Photo Credit: Off Season Creative

WATCH: Drea – ‘Monster’

(CW: Rape, sexual assault)

Even in the era of #MeToo, in a time where more womxn are speaking out about sexual assault and their abusers, it’s still rare to hear a song that directly confronts it. However, Los Angeles artist Drea is diving in headfirst with latest track, ‘Monster’.

The video and song are both recounting the night in which Drea was raped. Written almost immediately after that terrible night, the words that flooded out onto the page are near mirror images of the feelings she and many victims are left with in the wake of such an experience: terror, sadness, isolation, and entrapment.

It’s also a reflection on the inner strength she found in herself to get through an experience that far too many share. Of her experience on the night in question, Drea says: “it was like knowing I was going to get in a life-threatening car crash, and having to watch it unfold in slow motion.” All the more, she also knows that no two experiences are the same, still hoping the finished product will speak to other survivors in saying “You’re not alone.”

Drea originally wrote ‘Monster’ as a dance track for another artist, only later realising this was something she wanted for herself. It was her; her survival story and in releasing it, she was boldly standing up for herself against the demons that haunt us.

The track is a collaboration between Drea and Los Angeles-based DJ Kayja. Kayja also provides the unidentified male hands in the video, coming out through the smoke to reveal each terrifying emotion she came away with that night. These safe hands were also the third to take on the production of ‘Monster’, a track years in the making.

In honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (which was in April), and her own outpouring into the #MeToo movement, the track and video for ‘Monster’ are bold, honest, and soul-baring. The thumping, slow-rolling music creates the tension of a depersonalised fraction of time; the kind that leaves you asking “why?” forever.

So much of me didn’t want to film this video,” explains Drea. “I didn’t want to go to that place again.” But she did, for an earlier version of herself who felt alone and every other womxn of whom ‘Monster’ stands up for and says, “This is for her.”

Watch the poignant new video for ‘Monster’ here:

‘Monster’ is available across all digital platforms now.

Em Burfitt
@fenderqueer

Track Of The Day: Trash Kit – ‘Horizon’

Having wowed us at one of our first nights at The Finbsury, Rachel Aggs (Sacred Paws, Shopping), Rachel Horwood (Bamboo) and Gill Partlington (Bas Jan), aka Trash Kit, have been firm favourites for some time. And now, following 2014’s Confidence, they’ve announced their upcoming new album, and shared a video for its uplifting title track, ‘Horizon’.

Inspired by how people interpret the planet and Aggs’ love of guitar music from Zimbabwe, ‘Horizon’ oozes a shimmering effervescent joy and swirling sparkling energy. Interweaving twinkling hooks, jangly beats and funk-fused bass lines, its cascading sun-filled vibes build to a wonderfully life-affirming climax and rejuvenating euphoric haze.

Of the track, Rachel Aggs explains:

The song is quite literal, thinking about the edge of the earth – how people interpret the planet, how you can sometimes forget the enormity of the world and the universe and how small that can make you feel.”

Filmed by Upset The Rhythm at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire, the joyous new video for ‘Horizon’ is the perfect accompaniment to the track’s radiant energy. Watch it here:

Horizon, the upcoming new album from Trash Kit, is out on 5th July via Upset The Rhythm. Pre-order here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Amaal – ‘Coming and Going’

Amaal is Somali-Canadian artist Amaal Nuux who has returned to music following much time spent on her activist work as the Goodwill Ambassador for Somalia Women and Children. In her music, she draws influence from both her personal life experiences and her travels.

We’re loving the video of her latest single ‘Coming and Going’. It is quite the silky lustrous number, taken from her upcoming debut EP set for release this summer. Speaking on the track’s inspiration, Amaal shared: “’Coming And Going’ was inspired by a relationship that had no defining status. I think a lot of us have been in situations where we should leave but it feels so good to stay.”

We cannot urge you enough to go check her out.

‘Coming and Going’ is out now. You can find more from Amaal on InstagramTwitterFacebook

Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor