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.

Wolf Alice: Moaning Lisa Smile Video

'Moaning Lisa Smile' is a great track from Wolf Alice, and its video was released this week. Its a small but neat parable of rejection and triumph, flourishing with some of the more interesting characters of society. 

No matter how much you listen it never seems to grow old; Wolf Alice have a grunge sound you feel as though you know already and it fits at home perfectly. If you ever get chance I highly recommend you see this band live, or at the very least have a listen to the rest of their catalogue, you wont be disappointed.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

We're Back!

It has been a while since any posts were added to the site, but in the last few months I bought a house and got married! Its been a great year so far but now its time to settle back to some normality, which means new music, new bands and new acts. Perfect Mixtape will be back to its usual format of bringing you the music we love and hoping that it resonates with you in the same way.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.