Upcoming Release: Look Back In Laugher – Hugh

hughLondon-based quartet, HUGH continue their beguiling journey  with the release of their latest single, Look Back In Laughter. The three-minute smoothie is laced with a positive message, veiled by the contrasting melancholy production. Sewn together by slow-burning synths, crackling percussion and a glimmering, transient guitar to cut through the mix, the alluring song sits in the amorphous zone between trip-hop, R&B and synth-pop.

Consisting of Joshua Idehen (vocals), Izzy Brooks(vocals), Andy Highmore (production/keys) and Tino Kolarides(Guitars) Look Back In Laughter sees Joshua take more of a leading role with the vocals, where we see his background in spoken word come to the forefront of the track. His warm baritone vocal is full of subtle wordplay and charming London colloquialisms which, when paired with the contrasting piercing pop tone from Izzy, adds another dimension to their genre fusing sound, Look Back In Laughter is a soothing reminder to not dwell on the negatives of life as one day we’re just “gonna look back and laugh” – a positive message which has the power to resonate with us all.

Musically melding sounds from a myriad of influences and cultures, HUGH continue to transcend genre and create captivating music which has earned them praises from the likes of Huw Stephens, Stereogum, Pigeons And Planes and The Guardian.

HUGH are fast becoming one of the stand-out artists in a musical landscape where the blurred lines between genres are becoming increasingly prevalent.This is evident in the live environment as well as on record, and in order to support the latest release they will be playing a special one-off showcase at Elektrowerkz in London on 12th October.

 

 

New Music Video: We are Young – Bella Loka

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Exactly a week after appearing with the mystical visual to single, Honey B, indie-pop duo BELLA LOKA are back with another fun-pack video to new single, We Are Young.

The four-minute production is “a short sharp slap in the face and a kiss on both cheeks to the music industry”, says singer/songwriter and video director Tea Boothby, before adding, “just like me!” The song is a mildly venomous, deeply sarcastic f*&k you to the “so-called tastemakers” who sit and tell you that you have “everything but time.” A defiant call that “we’ll sing until our time has come”, We Are Young is a challenge to keep going, never give up, and refuse to allow anyone to tell you that you are too young or too old to achieve something.

Produced and directed by Tea Boothby, the black and white visual was filmed on location around BELLA LOKA’s hometown of Camden Town, London, including scenes filmed on and under the bridges at Regent’s Canal and in the famous Stables market.

For other scenes, the pair asked friends and family to film their young children dancing to the song and to send their footage for use in the video, and the result include scenes filmed in places as far-flung as Australia. The video contrasts the creative and free-spirited nature of children when left to their own devices with the soul-destroying and barren constraints of what’s left for young struggling artists trying to be heard.

So you know what to do – hit the play button and unleash your inner child.

Upcoming Release: Get Your Sexy On – Lovestarrs

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Newly re-launched as LOVERSTARRS, Sarah McIntosh (vocals) and her brother Hamish (bass and synths), tease us with a taste of their debut album in the form of lead single Get Your Sexy On, due for release on 3rd June.

The slick electronic outfit, formerly known as The Good Natured whilst signed to Parlophone/EMI, return with their unique brand of unashamed electro-pop thanks to a little help from their fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign, which has funded forthcoming LP Planet Lovestarr  set to drop this August.

Now signed to new independent label DEFDISCO, who can already boast the likes of Public Enemy amongst their roster, the sibling are stepping up their game with Get Your Sexy On, an encouraging ode to lovers intertwined in a rapturous and motivating melody. B-side Drop Dead Gorgeous supports the track in an equally light-hearted manner, slowly revealing a straight woman’s interest in another girl.

No strangers to the unexpected, in a former incarnation the band had a string of European hits and were praised by the likes of The Guardian, NME, Clash and The 405, but received a crushing blow when their album was shelved prior to its already confirmed release with Parlophone/EMI. Now, with the backing of artist-empowering label DEFDISCO, Sarah and Hamish are back with a vengeance – and nothing will stop them this time.

Star Song: Rockstar Life (Acoustic Version) – The Chancery Lane

Today’s song is Rockstar by British act THE CHANCERY LANE. The track is coming from their latest EP, The Next Station Is. 

When South Londoner Yemi McEwen met Jamaican-born Kevin Wynter through a now not-so-mutual friend (well, that’s what it says in the bio!) they never looked back!

There’s a reason why they bumped into each other as RockStar Life displays the unbelievable talent that these two guys possess. Go on, and have a listen for yourself! If you’re liking this track, head over to their website, where you can listen to their tracks and download their latest EP!