New Track: I got You – Soho Kings (ft. Khaya)

Following the release of track, ‘Life of the Party’ – which was named Song of the Month twice by NEW LEASE MUSIC – SOHO KINGS have dropped a brand new number entitled, ‘I Got You.’

Featuring the vocals of X-Factor finalist and their newest collaborator, Khaya, this upbeat hip-hop/electropop combo is about having that unconditional love with a significant other – well the name of the track speaks for itself! Check it out.

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New Track: Caroline – Shaefri

‘Caroline’ definitely hits a raw nerve with London-based singer/songwriter SHAEFRI. With atmospheric soundcapes coupled with the stunningly soft/heartfelt vocals, the latest single tells the story of witnessing someone close hitting the self-destruct button – and feeling powerless to save them.

On her most personal release to date, SHAEFRI explains: “I wrote Caroline the day after I received a phone call saying someone close to me was in hospital after overdosing. I cried the whole day but I was also so angry with her for letting it happen. I was so afraid for her life. I felt guilty for not being there when it had happened, that I couldn’t stop her from doing it, and no longer being able to help. Every time it happens, there’s less of a person left to put back together.”

Following the success of previous releases, ‘Pixelate’, ‘Monster, ‘Rabbit Hole’, and ‘Give It All’, SHAEFRI has seen an influx of support from Clash, DIY, and Hattie Pearson at Radio X, whilst her unique brand of haunting vocals and minimalistic beats have seen sold-out performances at venues, such as The Old Blue Last and Notting Hill Arts Club.

‘Caroline’ is the last installment of her EP ‘Cracks’…have a listen to this powerful piece…

EP Review: Missing Pieces – Sleeplust

Four-piece band SLEEPLUST put their new-found sound to the test through their latest EP, ‘Missing Pieces’, released last month.

Unlike their previous self-titled EP, which possess a carefree combo of electro pop/rock, ‘Missing Pieces’ boasts a rich downtempo (ish)/electronica drive, making it more of a hypnotic affair.

That deep electro-bass unapologetically takes the stage and goes all in with the introductory effort, ‘Flood Gates,’ before easing up in the following tracks, ‘Organized Mess’, ‘Lights’ and ‘Tiny Raindrops.’

The pot of gold is, by far, the concluding offering ‘Forever and Always’, where their infamous drive is stripped away, making way for an intimate acoustic setting that will helplessly draw in any listener; a great way to end an EP.

Gotta say their decision to shift towards an emotive sound is a massive plus and I reckon this little package will resonate with people who really appreciate good music. Have a listen for yourself.

Must Listens: Flood Gates, Tiny Raindrops, Forever and Always.

Upcoming Release: I Need You – Slowes

Slowes I Need You

Merging their profound love for alternative psychedelic pop with the dreamy sounds of chillwave, Danish duo SLOWES is set to release  their silky smooth single I Need You.

Featuring textured lo-fi vocals, bold retro keys and an infectious yet simplistic chorus which sonically mirrors the outburst of the lyrics, the track has all the ingredients for a piece of alt-pop perfection. An intimate, personal track with a nostalgic feel, set to be accompanied by fitting DIY visuals.

Jack Kilburn (vocals) and Anders Hamann (drums) formed Slowes in 2015 under the initial name More, pooling their significant talents to craft a well-defined soundscape that sees them combine effective piano chords, head-nodding beats, phased-out synths and reflective vocal melodies. The release of their first single in February of this year – the dreamy ballad Sweet – gained the approval of Indie Shuffle and racked up over 10,000 plays during the track’s first week. Now, I Need You – recorded and co-produced by Christian Alex Petersen, the man behind Danish success stories such as Mew, Virgin Suicide and the much-hyped LISS – looks set to propel them to ever greater heights.

With the wheels already in motion for their live set, the band will perform at Copenhagen’s Trailerpark Festival at the end of July, as well as playing a summer gig at the city’s Pumpehuset in August, hosted by Bitchslap Magazine and Silvertip Agency. Following this, they will make their London debut at The Social on November 1st ahead of the release of their debut EP in early 2017.

Straddling the line between organic pop and chillwave, I Need You is a commendable testament to Slowes’ burgeoning signature sound, and will mark the duo as one of their country’s freshest exports.

I Need You will be released this Friday…for now, have a listen to the single.

EP Review: Supersize Everything – Futuro

supersize Everything Futuro

 

Daniel Ahlgren, Marcus Dennerstedt and Andreas Säfström -aka- FUTURO – have perfectly signed off the year with their latest release, Supersize Everything.

The EP features the Swedish trio’s contemporary spin on the good old 80’s style synth pop, drawing inspiration from Empathy Test, Royksopp, Chvrches… and maybe a hint of A-Ha. A great addition to any new waver’s music collection.

#TheMustListens: Panorama (check out the video here), Forever Delayed

Supersize Everything is now available on iTunes.