it’s time to party! Weekend tunes of the week

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Spilt Milk Society-Voices

For all your nostalgic britpop cravings, this Wolverhampton 5 piece outfit is there with their falsettos and slow guitar jams. Glamorous like Placebo, with a little bit of Alt-J esque melodic progression. A new band to hear definitely!

Public Service Broadcasting-Progress

With a brand new sparkling album out on Test Card Recordings, Public Service Broadcasting went on the collab wave. We still recognize their post-punkish electronic talking genre, but they’ve just added James Dean Bradfield on vocals on one of their track. On Progress, they are going a little bit more poppish and catchy with the lovely voice of Camera Obscura’s Tracy Ann Campbell. Synths and folk-pop intertwined perfectly on that song which song really  we are ready to roadtripping.

Toddla T feat Andrea Martin-Magnet

Forget the Clean Bandit or Calvin Harris beats, this is one of the most dancefloor hit of the summer. Taken from Toddla T’s forthcoming album,  this song have the right title. It stucks in our head like a Magnet with his jungle-like drum’n’bass beats mixed with the lovely pop voice over of Andrea Martin. Definitely a success!

Zedd feat Liam Payne-Get Low

The German dj is back at it! Just after getting to number one with the Canadian songstress Alessia Cara with Stay, he wrote this summer tropical banger with Liam Payne. It’s like a virus, it’s totally growing on us with this catchy chorus. With Liam’s haunting falsettos and Zedd’s melodic electronic sensuality and bops, it’s going to be a classic!

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Tropical vibes, retro eighties and rock’n’roll!

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It’s a little bit quiet while scrolling through the song or album releases but there is some summer bangers that worths the listen. Obviously there will be more to come soon, but here it is:

La Forme-Birds in an Aviary

Back to the eighties with the baryton voices of the Smiths or The Cure, we explored the darkness of the young population. But this classic tone is back with the retro synthpop-esque outfit La Forme with a brand new single out on July 17th through Libertino records. Describing love as being in a cage with a soulful sad melody. Just perfect!

 

Liam Payne-Strip That Down (Nevada Remix)

I can’t get enough of this. Still in love with the original but the tropical sound of it makes us want go to the beach dancing around the sea. It sets the party vibes of the original one even more. We wanna have fun and be rowdy, definitely.

 

Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles-Hamburg

Llanduno outfit is tracing his path through the radio stations with their brand new single Hamburg. Perfect for a fast-drive roadtrip, it’s plenty of great guitar hooks, rock’n’rolling the indie world. It’s raw, quick and so effective!

Omaloma-Aros O Gwmpas

Welsh music is alive and healthy with that brand new track from Cae Gwyn Records roster. Sexy retro  soft-disco synth vibes in the poetic welsh language. Summerish anthem for beach parties of course.

HMS Morris unveils Morbid Mind

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Freshly released on April 28th on  Waco Gwenci label, Morbid Mind is the new track from HMS Morris

Enter in a world of pop psychedelia intertwined perfectly with chaotic guitar fuzz vibes. HMS Morris delivered again a pure bliss of a song. Love the catchy, post-punk-esque quick rythmics. Filmed around Cardiff train station and Fitzhamon Lane Studio in collaboration with Rhodri Brooks, it brings loads to the concept with the black and white atmosphere and the lighting effects.

You can watch the video over here:

 

New releases on fire!

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Loads of music came to our attention in the last weeks! From diverse spheres of music, here’s what retained our attention during the last days.

Stevie Parker-The Cure

We knew her from her electronic soft beats title track released at the end of 2016. Throughout the listen, we can definitely think of the sound of The XX, London Grammar or early Florence and the Machine on the full album. Sometimes darker, sometimes joyful, she’s playing with our emotions. The Cure is out now on Universal/EMI

Paul Weller-A Kind Of Revolution

The modfather is back with his brand new album. Well-done orchestration, strong and soulful vocals, what can we ask more? Incorporating strings, jazz sounds, but still with his 70’s-like influenced beats, he’s going to impress a few ones again. Paul Weller is a legend and proves it again.

 

Pumarosa-Pumarosa

We first discovered them with the 7 minutes long anthem Priestess. The wait is over after their latest EP, the album named Witch is out now on Fiction Records. Think PJ Harvey with fuzzy psych guitars intertwined with old baggy Britpop on the likes of My Gruesome Loving Friends. Pumarosa really deserving the hype they have at the moment, such talent and creativity is part of this band.

 

Liam Payne-Strip That Down (single)

When you talk about summer bops, this title is one of them. Hopefully it gets on the charts worldwide. You have all in one tune: beats, charismatic voice and rythmic hooks that just wants make us to dance till the end of the night. Like it or not, this track deserves to be recognized for the production skills. Just enjoy it under the sun and keep vibing.

Focus Wales: from locals to international acts

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Final day of Focus Wales was plenty of great stuff. Starting with conferences on how to live from creativity in a digital world, we discovered the world of music on video games and the way that music is developing through different mobile apps and platforms.

Someperson was providing some sick beats in between the conferences.

We then headed to Oriel Wrecsam for Pulco for some folk-rock-fuzzy experimental, impossible to describe. The place was full for a theatrical and poetic performance.

After a quick waffle-burger lunch, we got back to the venue to see Heal The Last Stand catchy folk harmonies. We travelled all through their melodies and poetry during the full set.

To finish the night, we stayed at Central Station to catch The Glendale Family a six piece outfit who are mixing traditional and folk pop music at its best. Sweet vocals, great lines, you can just fall in love.

It was followed by Darren Eedens on the other stage. It was the first time we saw the Canadian-born, now based in Cardiff with a full band, getting joyful banjo songs on stage with all the people dancing around.

We continued our journey with the indie melodic guitars of Denuo. Their music is hypnotising and beautifully produced with a National, White Lies, Editors, Doves, kind of sound.

Then, Dusky Grey duet took the second stage at Central for popping catchy beats, a mix of real standard pop with folkish harmonies. Loved it!

Peaness went up a little bit joyful and made us dance to clever indie pop music. Fresh from the release of a brand new EP on Alcopop! the girls went on an energetic performance.

At the end of the set, we saw HMS Morris with their psychedelic experimentation. Poetic voices and occasional Welsh rhymes brought us in a different universe. Synth pop-blues, indie, this band proved they can be versatile and being great in every style.

Focus Wales, as every year, tried to making us discovering brand new music from every part of the world. Colt Silvers from France was one of them with their early Foals influences. It was dancey rock at its best. Their presence on the tiny stage was perfect.

Kidsmoke arrived a couple of songs later for their fresh indie guitar rock 


The crowd was bouncing to the guitar riffs and catchy choruses and they unveiled their brand new single.

We then enjoyed the soulful and powerful voice of Betsy. She is definitely a superstar, with a huge presence, she owned the stage so comfortably with her pop songs.


We finished our night at Central station with Seazoo, Wrexham’s own indie pop 5-piece. Recently performing at Canadian music week in Toronto, they came back home for a memorable set. People were bouncing to the jangle-pop beats, spreading happiness all around.


We walked to Un Deg Un to watch some BBC Wales exclusives sessions from Adwaith. Hailing from Camarthen, the all-female band, played a couple of indie-folk as the likes of Belle and Sebastian and even made a cover of the Pixies, Where Is My mind, which was a beautiful rendition.


Tender Prey came a little bit later with their garage-punk banging hits. The crowd grew and danced along with the staccatos and the post-punk vibes.
We finished our late night to Pop Montreal showcase with two artists that we knew from our hometown.

Bringing African beats Pierre Kwenders put the fire in a jam-packed Rewind club. He choreographed perfectly with the rhythms and played also new songs from his album released in September. This set was as groovy as Mozart Sister, his compatriot from Montreal, Canada, with her electronic 80s vibe. Alone with her boombox, she danced, she sang to get the party started. Girls just wanna have fun and she proved it as the last act of the festival.


We thank everyone who made that festival amazing again and hopefully see you next year.

 

Focus Wales: from folk sounds to post-punk

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Focus Wales brought us an amazing sixth edition. From folk to indie post rock, we made various discoveries through the weekend.

Friday, we started our journey with Lizzy Farrall a young singer songwriter from Chester who blew us up with her vocal ranges sometimes soft and sometimes raw. You can check out her single Broken Toy


We headed to the conferences afterwards, first was the one about how selling, kind of, your music, to international festivals, TV shows, videogames, platforms of various genres, followed by another one on how to pen a good tune. Even if we’re only radio djs that’s good to see the other sides of the industry.

As the day before, we went to Royal Oak for a pint. We started with Kyle Lee from The Mexican Walking Fish  with his well-joyful sometimes melancholics pieces which was followed by our Canadian fella from Regina, Nick Faye, with a set of originals and covers, interacting so perfectly with the public.

We continued quickly after a short dinner to the St-Giles church to see The Voice finalists, Into The Ark, with all the soul in the harmonies, fitting perfectly with the church ambience.


We stayed at the same venue for Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles fresh from Llanduno in the heart of Wales, listening to the Americana countryside vibes.


After this set, we ran to Central Station to catch pop punk outfit Chupacabra, hailing from North Wales with their driving guitar riffs, dancing along to their first EP hits and singles as the likes of My Girl or Mouths To Feed.

Then, we saw one-man project Meursault from Edinburgh at The Rock suite. We could say it was a piece to see absolutely, rendering his folkish sounding lullabies with lots of emotions and even walking out the stage on his title I will kill again taking us by surprise. Lovely set indeed. 

Heavy rain just poured down outside while we were ready to catch Campfire Social at Oriel Wrecsam, a pretty small artsy venue perfect for the music mood. Glockenspiel, melodies and catchy songs were just bringing the shiny dangling joy in our minds.

A few minutes after the set we ran to Rock Suite again to watch Lush Purr, a new Glasgow band, who were playing tracks from their brand new album Cuckoo’s Waltz, out on Song By Toad label. The young band delivered guitar staccatos, hooked vocals and plenty of mixed influenced from pop to indie and punkish styles.

We ran back to Rewind to see Newcastle-Upon-Tyne well-deserved hyped band Coquin Migale which released their first album Munro last year. With a blend of sonic fuzz guitars and shoegaze, the guys delivered a performance of a lifetime in front of a jam-packed crowd.


We finally headed to Central station for our last gig of the night, from Manchester’s post-punk rebels, Cabbage. Stocked in the front, we were into the moshpit that started just after a few songs. Political, satirical in their lyrics, they transmitted a joy-divisionesque musical painting on stage. We gave up all our energy into this.

Focus Wales: a journey inside the Welsh music industry part 1

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For our 4th year in a row, we lived another hectic weekend in the sunny roads of Wrexham’s town. We made loads of discoveries from many genres during that edition who went more and more under international exposure, but also still concentrated on the local bands and their proeminent creativity.

Again, this year was pretty hectic, full of clashes. We wanted to see as many bands as possible. Running through the different venues, we caught up with so many gems.

This was a pure weekend from Thursday May 11th to May 13th exposing bands like established act British Sea Power or doing the underground promotion of the new refreshing ones.

We started our journey on Thursday afternoon with some interesting conferences about how to sell your own bands to people of the industry likewise and how to grow your chances of making it abroad in that post-Brexit era. Then, we went to some acoustic folk acts performance at the Royal Oak, a small pub in the heart of town. Singer-songwriters Andy Hickie, Garry Rowley and many more took the small stage with their joyful or sometimes melancholic original music and covers. In between, we watched special performances by Kidsmoke’s Lance Williams and folk acoustic experimental Meilir 


We then saw Gorweilion/Horizons sponsored act Danielle Lewis with her poetic voice. She wrote her songs with a touch of magic and makes us travel around the world with her beautiful melodies.


Then we headed to Old no 7 bar to cheer up for our Canadian team, which was amazingly present at Focus Wales. Poor Nameless Boy from Saskatchewan took the open mic to sing lovely folkish songs. After the set, we ran to Rewind just around the corner to rock on to the vibes of Pink Killer, a local Wrexham band who just started a few years ago. With loads of reverb, loads of psych references, they blasted the microphone to start an amazing first festival night. Things got heavier some minutes later with regulars of the festival Doppelgänger. They smashed the Central Station stage with their energetic guitar riffs. It was followed by the beats and rhymes of Spitbucket, a local hip hop collective with the help of Someperson on the background beats. Despite no actual releases, the band got a well deserved jam-packed dancing and sing-along crowd.

But, Focus Wales was also a festival full of hard choices to make. Had to pick between a special and rare performance from Georgia Ruth before she was quitting the gigs for a while and post-experimental outfit False Hope For The Savage. As the venues were close from each other we splitted our time between both, enjoying the synth-folk ballads of Georgia and then headed to hear the melodic instrumentation of Cardiff’s FHFTS. With Mogwai’s alike influences and deep guitar riffs, the band formed by the members of Cut Ribbons, The Echo and The Always and Samoans, delivered the merchandise with such energy.

Just a couple of minutes later, we walked at Un Deg Un to get a little taster from The Immediate new EP due for release in the summer. The Mod-britpop inspired outfit hailing from the small neighbourhood of Mold rocked The Void with their guitar riffs and their jiving sounds.

At the end, we went downstairs to see a couple of tunes from Bryde , a mix of raw rock’n’roll with deep vocals for the likes of St Vincent or PJ Harvey. This girl’s got talent and was so confident on stage. She put the Un Deg Un on fire!


With the rock’n’roll vibes going on, we got back to Rewind to see Delta Radio Band performing their own bluesy tunes intertwined with huge classics like Canned Heat’s On The Road Again. It was definitely a short set like many other we experienced at the festivals, but it felt so intense and raw. The party started on that first Focus Wales night.


We finished our first night with hip hop vibes with Cardiff’s Astroid Boys. While waiting in the jam-packed Central Station, we danced to the beats in a very festive ambience. The rap outfit came onstage a little bit later, spitting their rhymes to the crowd, with the full moshpit going on. What a night ending for us!

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