The new single from English duo is produced by Tourist and has a lovely soft-rock Fleetwood Mac vibe in the chorus. One for the re-spin.
Jafaris – ‘If You Love Me’
One of four tracks released today on Dubliner Jafaris’ new EP Velvet Cake. ‘If You Love Me’ is the instant standout for me, from a talented young man who is on the up.
Mix & Fairbanks – ‘Girls’
Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes.
‘Girls’ the Mix & Fairbanks song from the EP is an absolute dancefloor stomper, a synth-rush tune that melds the bouncing pinging synth of ‘Inspector Norse’ with a Daft Punk style vocoder robot vocal. I can’t stop playing it and I’m going to be playing it all summer long.
The Great Escape, the new music industry-focused event in Brighton that takes place in May 19-21st has announced 100 bands of its 450 to play the festival.
Michael Kiwanuka, Inheaven, St Lucia, Songhoy Blues, Fatoumata Diawara, Blossoms, The Big Moon, Bleached (pictured), Iglooghost, Lady Leshurr, Band Of Skulls, Mabel (daughter of Neneh Cherry), Little Hours, Postaal, Mumdance, Yorkston Thorne Khan, Chastity Belt, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic Vhs?, Diet Cig, Postiljonen and more.
A J Tracey / Actor / Alec Benjamin / Alice Phoebe Lou / Anna Meredith / Anna Of The North / Anteros / Anthonie Tonnon / Ariana & The Rose / Astrid S / Avelino / Babe / Band Of Skulls / Banners / Beaty Heart / Black Peaches / Bleached / Blossoms / Bo Rocha / Callum Beattie / Cameron Ag / Catholic Action / Causes / Chastity / Chastity Belt / Cigarettes After Sex / Coves / D Double E / Dead! / Depresno / Diet Cig / Dolores Haze / Dreller / Egyptian Blue / Elf Kid / Elifantree / Fatoumata Diawara / Frisco / George Taylor / Georgie / Grumble Bee / Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic Vhs? / Her / Iglooghost / Inheaven / Jacob Collier / Jain / James Canty / Jammz / Joseph J. Jones / Jr Green / Kate Jackson And The Wrong Moves / Khruangbin / Kiko Bun / K-X-P / Lady Leshurr / Lewis Del Mar / Little Hours / Logan Sama / Lusts / Mabel / Mai Kino / Makeness / Man & The Echo / Matthew Logan Vasquez / Michael Kiwanuka / Mossy / Mumdance / Muncie Girls / Nadia Reid / Nadia Rose / Ouzo Bazooka / Pink Oculus / Postaal / Postiljonen / Rømans / Royce Wood Junior / Ruth Koleva / Ry X / Samm Henshaw / Shannon & The Clams / Songhoy Blues / Søren Juul / Spring King / St Lucia / Stephanie Rainey / Sudakistan / Teleman / Ten Fé / The Big Moon / The Prettiots / Tim Vantol / Transviolet / Type Two Error / Uniiqu3 / Viola Beach / Vitamin / Wesley Gonzalez / William Singe / Willie J Healey / Yorkston Thorne Khan / Youth Club /
It must have been the oncoming rush of festival season and this weekend’s Body&Soul Festival that resulted in a fresh sense of urgency about snapping up tickets as on Saturday, Electric Picnic sold out.
Opium Rooms’ 1st birthday will be celebrated with two shows from Hollywood’s Sound Nightclub resident Lauren Lane and house and disco Dublin producer Krystal Klear on Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th. Each gig is €10 +fees from Resident Advisor and Ticketmaster.
After a triumphant main stage set at Body&Soul, Mali band Songhoy Blues have been announced for a headline gig in Whelan’s on Wednesday October 21st. Tickets €22 + fees on sale this Thursday @ 9am.
Bethany Cosetino and her band Best Coast will return to Ireland to play a show in The Academy on Saturday October 31st. Tickets €23 + fees go on sale this Wednesday at 9am from Ticketmaster.
20,000 people absconded to the pleasing seaside town of Brighton, less than an hour from London this past weekend for the 10th year of The Great Escape Festival, the new music weekender where industry and the public alike are drawn to sets from 400 bands over three days,
Brighton is a perfect-sized town for a new music festival and its clientele who lap up the artisan coffee shops, pubs, markets and restaurants of the area in between the sounds. With so many bands playing, there were naturally lots of music missed, whether it was due to schedule clashes or queues (lots of queues, the only downer of small venues hosting budding acts). Not listed below but highlights for many I talked to from the weekend were the Death Grips-style metallic aggression of Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror), the big voice of Seinabo Sey, the little voice of Lapsley, the young developing voice of Aurora, the lyrically set George The Poet, the line-down-the-stairs and around the-block forming All Tvvins and an afternoon rave with old favourites Le Galaxie.
Here were my top 10 sets witnessed at the festival.
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At the XL Recordings showcase, following sets from Liverpool youngster Lapsley and the French Cuban twins Ibeyi, Shamir Bailey, the 20 year old Las Vegas singer keeps the youthful energy going with a voice that is as androgynous as it is star-filled. With a small but thumping full-band providing the live versions of his house and disco percussive debut album Ratchet, Shamir shines. With a speaking and singing voice as high as helium, the move to pitch down his backing vocalist’s lines to a deep growl is a shrewd one, providing contrast to his airy voice. It’s not all new disco/house bangers as there’s room for the slow moving ‘Darker’ with Shamir loosening his dreads and mingling in the crowd.
The formidable live reputation of Dubliners Girl Band meant they arrived to play The Great Escape in two contrasting venues – one, the Corn Exchange a 1000+ capacity venue and the other, Bleach a basement club. Both venues had lines down the block. I saw the former where the band’s industrial spoken screech rock music had no problem filling the venue and impressing first-timers. A set without ‘De Bom Bom’ and ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ was brave but it was short. For Girl Band to really slay their debut, they need two or three more marquee tracks to rival the almighty juggernaut of ‘Lawman’.
If escapist poptimist punk music can capture the UK zeitgeist, Slaves might be the band to do in in a second-time Tory government landscape. Slaves are a band who apply the same economy of scale to their music as Royal Blood. There’s two of them and they look like they wandered on stage from the set of This Is England close-shaved and making a pounding almighty racket.
There’s not room for politics though, Slaves have their hearts set on festivals and are occupied by silly things – sasquatches, a mantaray (at one point, there’s a guy on stage dressed as one) and asking the crowd what their favourite biscuit is. It’s ‘Cheer Up London’ that marks them out – a cheeky shouty song about dreary city commuters. It might be entertaining enough to get them on the upper echelons of the festivals for a summer. The rest remains to be seen.
No Now, the debut album from Clarence Clarity is a schizophrenic all-cards-in genre shuffle with a warped electronic music at its core. Live, it’s thankfully not one guy on a laptop as the recorded versions are surpassed with multi-channel sensory overload. In the low-hanging basement of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, the band playing these songs sound more like the psychedelic Tame Impala carving up Clarence’s (or whatever his name is) own compositions.
Jack Garratt is so talented you’d nearly be worried for his future career. The guy has a soulful voice that he can control with ease. He plays a mean bluesy guitar riff. He plays drum machines with the poise of Whiplash’s J.K Simmons snapping his band into shape and he does it all at once. At times during his engaging pin-drop performance at the VEVO party at Wagner Hall, Garratt was doing too much of the above at once, to the point to where it was a bit more showboat than showcase.
Still, when he doesn’t overcrowd his productions like on ‘The Love You’re Given’ and ‘Chemical’, he wields a powerful sound that moves the crowd in more ways than one.