Just Because…It’s Wednesday: Fractions – Breathe

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Hailing from across the North East of England, Fractions are a female fronted synth pop band featuring current and ex members of Lavotchkin & End Reign, as well as local producers Joey Murphy, Worry Party & RoadToCairo. Initially forming in 2012 as a studio project between friends with a love for electronic music, Fractions came together as a physical band in late 2013 and, as of May 2014, are ready to come out of hiding.

Breathe is a glorious synth pop jewel of a track, which blends vocals of Jonas Bjerre and The Cure‘s heatachey and dark vibes topped off with CHVRCHES‘ brand of anthemic electronic pop.

Just Because…It’s Monday: HOLY HOLY – House of Cards

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Stick this in your ears to wash away all those Monday morning (well, afternoon) blues. Award-winning singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll and experienced guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson have teamed up, and the results are sheer bliss. The Australian duo released their debut EP The Pacific on 28 March and it is a soothing wash of clean and crisp guitar riffs, tight harmonies and smooth powerful vocals.

Their current single/video taken from the EP is ‘House of Cards’ – the vocals are fresh and compelling, with a nod towards James Mercer at times. The lyrics are also pretty thought-provoking, with Carroll asking “Will we be on the right side of history?” Combine this with driving percussion, poignant harmonies and neat guitar riffs on an expansive soundscape and holy moly (see what I did there?) it’s good.

From the sounds of things influences range from Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac to Midlake and The National. Holy Holy should sit nicely in your ‘timeless, impeccable songwriting’ collection.

They’re on tour in Australia at the moment but I sincerely hope they’ll head over UK way soon.

The Pacific EP is available via iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/ThePacificEP

M x

Just Because…It’s Friday: O Electric – Ain’t Got That Right

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Happy friday. Got DAT slot.

This O Electric track landed on my lap(top) last week and it’s infecting my soul (pun intended).

It’s thick and creamy and got DAT sleaze. It’s the kind of music Jungle would listen to if they were on a date with Tatyana Ali (circa Boy You Knock Me Out). I’m gonna stick it at the bottom too, cuz that is a GOOD Friday song.

O Electric – Ain’t Got That Right

Just Because…It’s Thursday: Ivy & Gold – Not Had Enough

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Can we just talk about how glorious the weather is at the moment? The sun is shining, we haven’t had a whiff of snow in months and as such – people seem much more happier. Amazing what a few beers in a pub garden can do for the soul!

To accompany you wasting away your days as a slave to the sunshine – might I suggest the latest offering from Ivy & Gold – Not Had Enough.

This electro-pop duo have an effortless cool about them. After some time hidden in the depths of the studio they are set to release their new EP ‘Eye of the Storm’ shortly. ‘Not Had Enough’ is a powerful & intense masterpiece – toe-tapping beats are coupled with simplistic synths to create the perfect background to Rachel’s deep, intense and serene vocals.

http://www.ivyandgoldofficial.com/

Enjoy!

C x

Just Because…It’s Wednesday: Temple Songs – Point Of Origin

big_thumb_da7896d6abe683cec8eae4da1cec5fa8Happy Wednesday to all! To celebrate it officially being mid week with the sun shining, I present to you Point of Origin, the latest offering from Manchester four piece Temple Songs.

Point of Origin follows on from previous singles Passed Caring and I Can’t Look After You and is a psychedelic, lo-fi affair that flows like sweet honey, drizzled with infectious west coast melodies.

Point of Origin is available as in extremely limited run of 100 copies on Translucent Red Flexi-disc vinyl via RIP Record, complete with the banned artwork deemed too offensive for the big babies at iTunes.

Enjoy!

R x

Just Because…It’s Tuesday: Tenterhook – Stereo

tenterhookHappy Tuesday folks, Archie Faulks (aka Tenterhook) has released a magnificent debut track titled ‘Stereo’ that I can’t wait for you all to hear. What struck me about Archie is his already distinct, signature sound and what excited me even more is that this is just the beginning.

Think Justin Vernon meets early Sivu with a feel of Mumford & Sons now and again. Archie’s classically-trained falsetto is sweet and crisp, the lulling piano is beautifully placed and the lift off in the final chorus is just sublime. It’s a bloody catchy tune too.

Tenterhook’s first live show w/ full band is on 23rd April at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston and with Radio 1 support from Jen and Ally at BBC Introducing as well as being hotly tipped elsewhere in the blogosphere it’s already sold out. For anyone Oxford based, he’s playing The Jericho Tavern on 17th May and tickets are still available for this one.

With his debut EP just around the corner, hopefully we’ll be hearing more of Tenterhook on our stereos very very soon (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

M x

Just Because…Top 10′s: Morning Songs

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I’ve been on a sleep rant all weekend on here and it’s NOT GONNA STOP NOW.

So I’ve made a list of my top 10 morning songs. Available as a Spotify playlist. Starting at #10 and moving all the way to #1. I was gonna do a YouTube thing like normal, but it basically takes up 100 metres of blog length.

Because I can’t annotate the playlist anymore, I’m just gonna justify my choices.

Basically, to me there are several criteria for a good morning song:

1) It has to be SMOOTH. Slow-jams, gentle indie-rock, even (dare I say it) folk will work.

2) The only disclaimer to using folk is that it rarely “builds”. Another important aspect is that the song wakes you up. Some of these are better fulfillers of criteria 2 than others, but they all have their build aspects.

3) There has to be a GREAT beginning. You need to wake up and instant go “Mmmm, life is good.” No fucking around with a boring start.

4) (this is more hangover related) It ALWAYS helps if the song has a sing-along aspect, as I LOVE to sing REALLY loud in the mornings while still laying in bed. Try it. You won’t regret it.

Anyway, enjoy the playlist, I’m pretty happy with it. #smugtwat

S. xxxxxx

Notes:

Number 1 by John Legend was MADE for the morning. That shit is WILD to wake up to.

Blood by The Middle East is one of the most beautiful songs recorded in the last 10 years. It’s a good morning song because of the build, but I have a few reservations about its slow start. #DatEndingThough

One Day We Will Lose Everything by Racing Glaciers sounds like morning to me. It’s got that warmth of your bed, but also the nice feeling you have on realising it’s Sunday, not Monday.

Runnin’ by The Pharcyde is one of the warmest hip-hop tracks ever production-wise. It’s like a thick blanket of samples draped all over you.

 

Just Because…It’s Saturday: Cold Ocean Lies – Fade

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Good Saturday to one and all!

I’ve had a torrent of abuse for waking up at 7am this morning… The lie-in culture has always confused me, why would the time you wake up be decided by what time it is? (That sounds like nonsense but bear with me.) The “normal” way to deal with weekends seems to be if one wakes up at 8am, they think “it’s too early, I’m returning to sleep.” which is obtuse, as you’ve most likely woken up naturally and your brain has decided you’ve received adequately sufficient sleep. Today, that moment was at 7am, and therefore I was shaved and showered by 7.30am. #FuckinShootMe

Today’s band, Cold Ocean Lies, certainly have been woken up early if their name describes their sleeping situation (get it?!) (lies = lies!)

Their wonderful track, Fadeis not my usual bag, but shows such a wonderful level of maturity for a band so young. You know what I thought of when I heard it? It sounds like Chris Isaak playing in a rock band. You can hear that dreamy Wicked Game guitar that even lends itself to a marginally country sound. That was my attempt at high-brow musical analysis, hope you enjoyed it. Most importantly, it’s a powerful track with a great riff, and the band are sounding better and better with every track they upload. UPNUPNUP!!

S. xxxx

Cold Ocean Lies – Fade