Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Darlia: Dear Diary

Thankfully I decided to go out of the office for lunch today, as I heard the back end of this new track from Darlia. Annoyingly the radio presenter didn't say who it was by so I spent my time at Morrison's salad bar and then the drive back to work, repeating the chorus over and over.

That is the power of 'Dear Diary' by Darlia. Instantly I turned up the radio and needed to know what the song was and who it was by. Its a kin to Jimmy Eat Worlds, 'Sweetness' in the way it grabs you. No doubt that this one will survive the decades too and continue to be played over and over.

The track is released July 7th. It would be great to see this one in the charts.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Brand New: new music on its way?

Brand New have teased us this week with the following update on their website:

Hopefully this means a new album is imminent and they wont keep us waiting too long.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Courteeners: New Album

Today The Courteeners have announced thier new album 'Concrete Love' will be released on the 18th August. Written and recorded in Paris, the band worked with producer Joe Cross on what will be thier 4th Studio album. Delux editions will also be avaliable featuring a DVD which shows thier sold out Manchester gigs last summer.

The track listing for Concrete Love is as follows:

White Horses
How Good It Was
Small Bones
Has He Told You That He Loves You Yet
Black & Blue
Next Time You Call
Beautiful Head

Ahead of the album, The Courteeners have given us 'Summer'. The obvious release choice for this time of year, it's catchy and you can almost feel youself sat in a traffic jam on the M6 on your way to somewhere nice (thats british summer right?) You can hear that the band has continued to mature their sound and it works brilliantly.  

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Gerard Way: Action Cat (Debut Solo work)

It feels like a lifetime ago that I first heard My Chemical Romance, yet it is their songs that capture that time and stage of  my youth. The band went on to do some 'different' concept work that most wouldn't have expected, and I like a lot of my generation, lost touch with the band. 

Now, following the demise of My Chemical Romance and after quite probably a much deserved rest from music, Gerard Way is back. This time he has signed to Warner Bros Records as a solo artist and judging by his first release, this could be quite a good move.

The songs is instantly like able with its lo-fi guitars and Way's recognisable vocals. Though it is in keeping with the genres of today, 'Action Cat' holds its own with the teen anthems of the early My Chemical Romance, carrying with it that same impact that makes you want to play it several times over. No doubt this song will be sang along to with the same passion of 'Im not okay' by the Yoof of today.
Great comeback and I look forward to hearing more and updating you with any release details.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Freak You: Goodroom Embrace Remix

Sometimes you only need darkness and a stupid amount of Bass; top that off with me some good vocals and nice synth hook and you're getting close to heaven.

Freak You's remix of Embrace by Goldroom is a great example. Be sure to also check out their track 'There You Are' a bit further down which features Bright Light Bright Light. It bounces through with a rhythm that's impossible to stay still to.

Sit back. Listen. Enjoy.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Y.O.U: Volvic EP

Its 10.08 Sunday morning and I have already been awake for 3 hours or so. Couldn't sleep any longer.

Thankfully I spent my morning listening to music; In particular the music of Y.O.U. This is the sound of Manchester based Elliot Williams (Also of Editors). His tracks are amazing, oozing synth and cool from every orifice to fill your ears and mind with 'that feeling' that only a great track can. 

The depth of his music is immense and you can really tell his attention to detail; the little touches, those tiny bleeps far in the background that are each as important as the vocals in the forefront of the track. Speaking of the vocals, they're great, quite remind me of Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip.

Below is his debut EP 'Volvic' which was released May 30th on 'Play It Again Sam'. Personal favourite is 'You Are Everything' , but the rest of the EP is amazing too. Thankfully we share the same city of Manchester so I look forward to catching this guy live in the near future!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Circa Waves

Hailing from Liverpool, 'Circa Waves' are a 4 piece indie guitar band. Having only formed in the summer of last year, things are certainly moving quick. They have already landed themselves as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record of the week and the bloggersphere / general Internet is buzzing with the tracks they leave in their wake. One to listen out for.