Welsh music prize

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For the 7th year in a row, a panel of people from the heart of Wales nominated their favourites twelve albums from their native lands. From this list, only one would be voted as the best of the year. 2017 is not an exception for the emerging and established talents coming from this area.

Who will be following last year’s Meylir Jones’ steps?

Again, the panel curated by Huw Stephens amongst many others made an eclectic selection for the shortlist. From rock to pop passing by some electronic and even hard-metallic vibes, the Welsh music is healthy at the moment.

Here’s the full lists of nominees:

Baby Queens – ‘Baby Queens’

Bendith – ‘Bendith’

Cotton Wolf – ‘Life in Analogue’

The Gentle Good – ‘Ruins/Adfeilion’

Georgia Ruth – ‘Fossil Scale’

Gruff Rhys – ‘Set Fire To The Stars’

H Hawkline – ‘I Romanticize’

HMS Morris – ‘Interior Design’

Kelly Lee Owens – ‘Kelly Lee Owens’

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’

Sweet Baboo – ‘Wild Imagination’

Toby Hay – ‘The Gathering’

Who’ll win? What are your best bets?

The award ceremony will take place on October 20th in Cardiff.

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Rock in style

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We took the road in Boston this weekend to get to the one and only Harry Styles show. He may have been in One Direction since 2010, still he’s an accomplished solo artist.

He was used to big stadiums back in the days and now decided to tour up small venues like the Wang Theatre in Boston for an intimate sold out 3500 people capacity.

We entered the venue at around 7pm (with a huge line up early in the freezing temperature). Muna went on with their electro rock à la New Order, eighties music with their own tracks and a beautiful endearing cover of Stevie Nick’s Edge Of Seventeen.

Then…. the curtain went on.

People were screaming, singing along to the classic rock songs played during intermission until we saw only a shadow.

Starting with the first notes of Ever Since New York, we felt the crowd good vibrations.

Strumming his guitar, dancing with the stage presence which is already known coming from him, Harry’s is a real rock star who knows how to entertain. The soft melodies of Two Ghosts and Sweet creatures were so emotional and delivered with tenderness. Harry was there to spread the love no matter what.

More upbeat songs were part of the lists too like the popular hooks of Kiwi and Only Angel.

In between the screams, he talked sweetly about how he was lucky to be there on stage for his first solo tour. Though, he didn’t forget

where he was coming from with this beautiful cover of Story of My Life. He let the crowd singing together in harmony and it was brilliantly magical.

He also pleased the crowd with What Makes you beautiful and his own version of Just A Little Bit Of your heart, a song he once co-wrote for Ariana Grande.

Harry Styles is also a great classic rock lover. During the encore, he covered a Fleetwood Mac masterpiece The Chain which he did firstly at the Live Lounge on Radio One. We could live the pureness of this song live and he finished the show with his first solo hit Sign of the times which closed beautifully the concert.

Just one word for this show: love!

Jamming and rocking

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We’re no heroes-Youth

Funky new track from the Cardiff trio out now on Spiral Icon Records. Youth is an ode to the future with groovy bass  and drums rhythms. If you like early Foals mixed with soul, you’re gonna be hooked to it!

Seazoo-Shoreline

Also hailing from the Welsh lands, Seazoo, which is greatly influenced by indie pop fusioned their style with fuzzy psych guitars which gave an interesting blend of sounds. Seazoo proved again that Welsh bands rock the world!

Jessie Ware-Selfish love

After a few collaborations and a praised first album, Jessie Ware is back with this new track Selfish Love, an ode to ambient bossa nova music. We can feel the Sade in her soulful deep sensual voice.

 

Inheaven-Inheaven

We’re rock’n’rolling with the London outfit with their raw and rebellious staccato beat invading our ears. Sometimes exploring the old sixties vibes, sometimes more violent noise, this album is a grower from the beginning throughout all the glowing tunes!

 

 

 

New weekly jams!

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Pet Crow-How Are You Wired?

Newly out on vinyl through Too Pure, the Derby outfit, Pet Crow, sliding into a pop punk raw short song for the follow up of their first album A Simple Guide To Small and Medium Pond. Still awesomely energetic with the fast drums, staccatos, we cannot get over the late 70s punk vibes of the Slits back in the days. A must listen!

Mogwai-Party In the Dark 

A brand new track taken from their forthcoming album Every Country’s sun on Rock Action. We still hear the usual experimental vibes but with a small post-punkish electronic approach which goes kind of New-orderesque in the melody. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album next week!

St Jude The Obscure-Wreckage

Formerly musicians from Feral Love and Bird, this duet of Liverpudlians  went on their own way with these synth poppish soft melodies with vaporish vocal harmonies which hits us like a refreshing breeze.

Shock Machine-Shock Machine

We can’t get enough of dancing melodic tracks mixed with some sadness at some point. The king of nu-rave, formerly with Klaxons, Jamie Righton, proposed a brand new project on his own, Shock Machine. A psychedelic travel around love, loneliness and getting up in our dreams. Totally dig it!

On our decks!

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Wyldest – -45

Minus 45 one of the most recent track from that London outfit. The three piece is giving us an epic daydreamy song as a taster of their forthcoming self-produced Hitchhiker EP. This is an ode to loneliness with shoegazed-influenced guitar falsetto loops .

The Blinders-Brave New World

Hailing from the hometown of Doncaster and now based in Manchester, The Blinders are up to their second single Brave New World. We feel deep in a roadtrip while listening to the sexy blues guitar notes with a mix of Kasabian/Muse-esques vibe. A must-watched band!

Superfood-Unstoppable

We can’t asked for more. This tune got it all. The reggae background with the banging staccato drum perfectly mixed with the vocal harmonies. It’s a summer banger and third track from Bambino, the Birmingham band sophomore album expected for release on September 8th. Unstoppable is definitely catchy and reminds a little bit of Alt-J at their beginning. It wears the right title as it’s playing on shuffle and on repeat on our Ipods.

Tangerines-Into The Flop House

Glamourous indie garage rock is coming back. Tangerines from London just released a couple of weeks ago Into The Flophouse. While listening we just want to lay down on the beach, enjoying the sun. It’s a perfect remedy when people got the blues and the rhythm cheered us up. We can think a little bit about the Beach Boys or even Teenage Fanclub. Let’s enjoy the summer with that gem!

Our weekly indie vibe!

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Here some tracks we enjoyed in the last weeks. Electro, indie, new releases, even pop songs, it’s summer and we love it!

Sol Flare-Easy Line

Let’s get back to the eighties with that fulfilled synth-pop track. This three-piece from London with Jenny Jones’  magical voicetones as the likes of La Roux and Churches’ Lauren Mayberry perfectly entertwined with the staccato beats.

Unmagma-Lama
Half Canadian half Russian Unmagma unveiled Lama, an escaping breathtaking shoegazy track. Helped by Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins, Lama is a travel through the wild with some psychedelic mellow vibes. This track is due to appear on

 

The Cribs-24-7 Rock Star Shit

The Wakefield brothers are back with a seventh studio album 24-7 Rock Star Shit. Still close to their usual grunge-like rebellious sound. It’s maybe not their best album as we are still hooked to the freshness of The New Fellas back in the days, but it’s perfect to let out our anger and sing along the raw tunes. Here’s Rainbow Ridge taken from the album out now.

 

Adwaith-Femme

It’s summertime and this tune is a perfect one to cheer us up on a rainy day. Retro pop at its best, it’s like the Welsh version of Camera Obscura or Belle and Sebastian. Catchy old 60’s like influenced drums beats with cute harmonies, we love it!

 

 

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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