Weekend vibes

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Here’s some stuff we listened through the weekend, some pop, some rock braving the rainy weather.

White-One Night Stand Forever

If you need some tipsy 80’s era Bowie, you’ll need this album from White, an upcoming act from Glasgow. Every first notes are bringing us to the dancefloor. If you were in love with Franz Ferdinand back in the days, you’ll deffo should keep an eye of this band called simply White. This album will deffo hit the club nights around.

The Sundowners-Cut The Master

The second album from these Liverpudlians signed on The Coral’s record label Skeleton Key is a pure bliss. All we need is an old 60’s western-spaghetti movie on mute with this album as the soundtrack.

 

Joe Goddard-Electric Lines

Going through a rollercoaster of emotions, the other half of Hot Chip delivers a Drive-alike soundtrack mixed with pumping beats and Giorgio Moroder disco influenced tracks.

 

Zayn Malik-Still Got Time (The Remixes)

He maybe once a part of One Direction, but he found his own way with this collaboration with Toronto’s own Party Next Door. While the original version is spinning on the radio, there is an absolute gem EP just released with remixes from London’s Ray BLK and Team Salut, LA’s own Vindata and part-Russian Devi. It’s so addictive!

Focus Wales is coming…..in two weeks

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We’re prepping our roundtrip to Wales and here’s some live acts you should definitely see at the festival

Eyre Llew are hailing from the Sherwood forest of Nottingham…but they’re not the Robin Hood’s of music. They are not stealing anything, putting some melodies together in an amazing soundscape. We are escaping ourselves into the guitar tremoloes and the smooth vocals.

 

 

After being finalist on Tom Jones’ team on The Voice UK, this Welsh duet is delivering powerful and soulful vocals.  With lots of grooves mixed with folkish acoustic riffs, you’re gonna fell in love.

 

 

Pink Glitter is a local Wrexham outfit who described themselve as pop-noir. Dark melodies and atmospheric tension are coming over in the progression of the tunes. We also love that grunge vibe in the raw kind of voice and in the drumlines. A must-see.

From Liverpool with love

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Liverpool gave us so many talented bands and Sugarmen is just emerging from this beautiful Merseyside county. Their first single Sold is a two minutes-less track but it’s all we need. We love the Buzzcock-esque vibes in the vocals and in the driven guitars. Punk’s not dead and this new upcoming act is proving it again. This single is an endless delight.

 

Welsh psychedelic sounds

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From the northern welsh land, Lastigband, is releasing their brand new EP, Torpido, through Cae Gwyn Records. Throughout the EP, exclusively in Welsh language, we are melting in a strange universe. Going from buzzing guitars to melodic and poetic acoustics, Lastigband is one new band to watch. Some pieces are reminiscent of Blur’s eponymous effort in 1997 but still with some late sixties, early seventies psychedelic and magical vibes.

Hear the track Jelo below:

Time for grunge rock

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Freshly released on Alcopop recordings, The People are Revolting is the third album from Hampshire quintet Freeze The Atlantic. Hailing from the depths of Hundred Reasons and Reuben back in the days, we have raw songs, rebellious in the sound.  Starting with El Nitro, a little short instrumental prelude, it brings us in some math rock vibes that we can feel all over the album. Then, we go from old nineties grunge riffs mixed with heavyweight drums with some emo-era nostalgia. Browsing the album could definitely cut us off like a razor. The bass, drum and guitar lines are entertwined perfectly to make us sing along into the powerful driven melodies. We feel through listening the chemistry between the instruments and the vocals with a desire of delivering a political message. It’s a must have in your collection if you like Lost Prophets, Future Of the Left or the legendary Silverchair or Nirvana.

Enjoy the title track here:

New music roundup 2017/04/07

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What an insane week in the world of  British pop music. Marking the return of Maximo Park, some brand new albums from indie-rockers Blaenavon and The Big Moon, electronic vibes from Fujiya & Miyagi, Clark and Arca. Adding to this are the huge-hyped solo track from Harry Styles and  the smoothy guitars from Splashhh and Happyness with their sophomore efforts.

Maximo Park, this long-timer Newcastle band leaded by the catchy vocals of Paul Smith, just revealed a new song today called What Equals Love?. It’s a good taster of the album coming out on April 21st on Cooking Vinyl. We can dance to rock and they prove it again with these guitar hooks.

 

Blaenavon is definitely an act to follow. Hailing from Hampshire, these three young boys are really inspired by old Blur-esque Modern Life is Rubbish era with a mix of grungy rock and shoegaze with a little bit of synth electronics to make us dance. We also find some great melancholic pieces as the likes of Alt-J and Wild Beasts on Ode To Joe or Prague just to name a few.  That’s Your Lot album out now on  is a must-have in your music collection.

We can’t get over the infectious beats of Brighton’s finest Fujiya & Miyagi. After 3 eps, they merged together a self-titled sixth album out on their own label Impossible Objects of Desire. Philosophical themes mixed with electronic bass and smoothy vocal fits perfectly together.

 

 

Then, you may not be a fan of One Direction, but there is this well-hyped song from Harry Styles first solo effort which sounds really different from three minutes pre-formatted pop songs he used to sing. Sign of the times is a five minutes-long power ballad which is reminiscent of old glam era which brought us some T-Rex, Elton John and obviously Bowie-Esque Life on Mars’ influences. Guess, he’ll gain more than teenage fans with that track. The falsettos, and melancholiness of the track is maybe not pop radio friendly but it’s going to be a success on its own with the end high notes! OK! I Love it personnally!

More on these tracks and albums to follow!

Welsh acts strikes again!

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Music and the indie culture is not dead. Again this year, Focus Wales will be along to prove it from May 11th to May 13th. Wrexham’s town in the heart of North Wales will get vibes through different cultures with music and conferences from locals but also from across the globe in various venues like Rewind, UnDegUn and other glittering indie clubs.

There will be time for discoveries and partying occasions. Of course, there will be comedy, music and keynotes speakers who’ll get us the deepest secrets of the industry.

One of them will be Don Letts, who gravitated in the past around The Clash, The Sex Pistols and the reggae legend Bob Marley. As a dj, writer and documentary producer, he has a lot to teach us about the era and just been announced as one of the keynotes speakers. Also in the conference sheets, some guests from Rough Trade, Killing Moon Records, Line of The Bestfit music news blog and so many other to give us their best tips and comments about how to survive in this industry that is constantly evolving.

Musically, we will get three days of pure delights. Following Sunshine Underground, Joy Formidable, Magic Numbers and Los Campesinos last year, we now have the chance to see the indie legends British Sea Power, John Bramwell from Manchester’s I Am Kloot just to name a few of the big names.

Focus Wales also bringing the regulars, some locals as folk outfit Heal The Last Stand, heavy-rocking Doppelgänger or surf indie poppers Mowbird and Seazoo apart from so many others from rock, hip hop and electronic vibed-influenced music.

Also, it’s the time for Welsh people to discover the world. Again, Focus Wales is making partnerships with music organizations in such countries as Korea, France, United States in Canada to present the best new acts. Some of our fellow London Cafe’s hometown acts Mozart Sisters’ and Pierre Kwenders will perform on the big scene alongside Slow Leaves from Winnipeg, Cleo T from France and Say Sue Me from Korea with very exciting music on the way.

England and Scotland’s new sensational acts Cabbage, hailing from Manchester, Meursault with their gentle Edinburgh sound and shoegazed-inspired Coquin Migale will invade this year’s festival as well with their infectious and catchy songs.

Focus Wales is a proof that the industry even the smallest organisations can be successful if they follow the right paths and work hard.

 More announcements will be on the way but you can book your tickets on focuswales.com.

The festival is ongoing from May 11th-May 13th in various Wrexham’s town venues.

You can have a preview of some acts of the festival just below with our special show: