Marcus Lambkin’s Shit Robot is back with a brand new single ‘Feels Good’, which features the vocals of Jenr, aka Luke Jenner of The Rapture.
It’s seven-minutes plus of swaggering disco synths topped off perfectly by Luke Jenner of The Rapture’s fantastic falsetto vocals. ‘Feel Good’ is out now on a 12″ through DFA with remixes by Luke Solomon and Larse. It’s always good news to hear new tunes from Shit Robot, consequently if you haven’t checked out his 2010 album From The Cradle To The Rave, I wholeheartedly recommend that you do at the nearest opportunity. You can stream the radio edit of ‘Feels Real’ below or check the video too and get the full seven odd minute version.
Also this week will see Shit Robot playing a number of shows across Ireland; Cypress Ave, Cork on May 3rd, Roisin Dubh, Galway on May 4th and Button Factory, Dublin on May 5th.
London MC, Akala has been without doubt one of the finest voices to emerge in UK hip hop over the past number of years.
Always honest, challenging and thought provoking, Akala makes a welcome return with the release of a brand new video for his single ‘Lose Myself’ featuring Josh Osho. Akala is in indomitable form once again, dropping rhymes with help of Josh Osho against a rocking backdrop. The single is out on May 20, a week before the release of his forthcoming fourth album, The Thieves Banquet, which is out on 27th of May. Akala has consistently proven his talent over the years, consequently it is worth checking out his previous three albums - It’s Not A Rumour (2006) and Freedom Lasso (2007) & DoubleThink (2010) - if you haven’t done so already that is.
You can check out ’Lose Myself’ feat. Josh Osho below & maybe, just maybe, this time we might see Akala grace our shores with his presence. Finger crossed.
‘A Better Fit’ is one of the three No Monster Club tracks on Popical Island’s The Community Games compilation, which features four EPs from four bands; No Monster Club obviously, Ginnels, Grand Pocket Orchestra & Cave Ghosts.
There is something delightful about No Monster Club, their rough around the edges blend of surf rock/bubblegum pop/lo-fi indie is just so bloody lovable. Live or on record, NMC never disappoint, there is just a infectious sense of fun to everything they turn their hands too. ’A Better Fit’ and it’s monkey-suited new video companion (by Narayan Van Maele & David Lester Mooney) is a case in point. The compilation as it goes, is rather excellent, with the Ginnels and NMC inclusions being the pick of the bunch. You can stream The Community Games in full here.
In case you didn’t know, No Monster Club will play ‘BarryGruff Presents’ #14 down here in Newbridge next Saturday, April 20th, but before all that, get to Whelan’s on Saturday for the gig featuring live sets from all four bands.
Melody’s Echo Chamber‘s self-titled debut (of Melody Prochet & produced by Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker) released last year, proved rather special and is still on rotation around these parts.
Hardy a surprise then, that any excuse to share this infatuation is grabbed with both hands. Say hello to ’Crystallized’, the latest single and arguably, the standout track from the Parisian’s debut album. ’Crystallized’ is beguiling example of Prochet’s flair for dreamy pop being pushed into more experimental, spaced-out zones of bleary psych. Prochet’s light, inviting vocals float above a blanket of reverb and fuzz as the track meanders for a full two and a half minutes, until the breakdown that is. Enter the frazzled electronics and full on fuzz rock.
Yet another superb single from an equally stunning debut. I really hope Melody’s Echo Chamber make an appearance on our shores this year.
Sweet Baboo is preparing to release his fourth album Ships in April, preceded by the utterly delightful ’Let’s Go Swimming Wild’.
Sweet Baboo, real name Stephen Black, is a native of the north Wales countryside. Embracing that rich Welsh tradition for psychedelic folk/pop, he delivers it with style, on a par with fellow countrymen Gruff Rhys and H. Hawkline. The sweetly ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ captures this asthetic with perfection, opening in a shroud of melancholy before bursting into life with a delightful melody and irresistible swirls of brass. Aside from this idiosyncratic streak, Sweet Baboo’s star quality lies in his evocative and unique voice.
‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ is out now & you can check it below. The single will be followed by Ships this April on Moshi Moshi and Sweet Baboo will be hitting the gig trail across the UK too, there’s a pile of live dates over on his website.
Primal Scream are set to return with new album More Light, their 10th album and first in almost five years, which will be released on May 6.
Bobby Gillespie & co. spent most of the past decade serving up pretty mediocre records, although spattered with some quality individual songs, they just seemed to lose their way. All that aside, ’2013′, the first cut from Primal Scream’s forthcoming record is excellent. Driving along a warped saxophone, beats and stunning guitar work from Kevin Shields, it serves as a sort of ‘state of the nation’ address. Gillespie hisses and barks, denouncing everyone from “Thatcher’s children” to the “chairman of BP” while berating the fact that “every generation buys the lie just like the one before!”. There is obviously more, just give it the 9 minutes attention it deserves.
Hopefully ’2013′ isn’t a false dawn, but judging by this 9 minutes of untamed political anger, Primal Scream may have rediscovered their way and not before time.
Rather late to the game on this one, better late than never though. Released last year, Tender New Signs, is the second album from Tamaryn, the San Francisco based duo of New Zealand singer Tamaryn and guitarist Rex John Shelverton.
Tender New Signs seeps out slowly over nine tracks, effortlessly combining the hazy vocals of Tamaryn and soothing tranquil atmospherics into wave after wave of irresistible shoegaze. The album makes the listener work a little harder than usual to begin with, but it is worth it. It never looses focus or breaks its smoldering pace and you will eventually find yourself heading for the replay button.
Give ‘The Garden’, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ and ‘I’m Gone’ a listen below but I thoroughly recommend checking out the album in its entirety.
We dropped in on London based Sisters a few times last year as they drip fed us a fine selection of grungy musical treats.
The band’s latest jam ‘Sun Walk’ is no less impressive, in fact, this is the best they’ve sounded yet. Starting calmly ‘Sun Walk’ descends into a squall of noise that just hisses with angst and anger, with shrill rasps from vocalist Aoife adding to the frenzy and delivering a climatic high point. This trio are continuing to improve and impress at each turn and I’m looking forward to seeing where this can go, onward and upwards hopefully.
You can catch Sisters live in Dublin when they support The Mighty Stef in Whelan’s on Friday, April 5th.
Say hello to Youan, a 22 year old producer from England’s West Midlands, who is about to release his debut EP, Girl this month.
The title track, ‘Girls’, is a seductive introduction to his silky production skills. It is a fast paced club tune with a hefty kick to it, centered around looped vocals and layered beats. There is no subtly to this game, this is one to get you moving on the dancefloor. It does feel like we’ve been here before somehow or like being reacquainted with an old friend, perhaps a little bit late ’90s house, with a touch of r&b or garage vibes? Maybe not but whatever the case be prepared to be seduced by what is a truly magnificent tune.
Youan’s Girl EP is out on 17th February via Minds On Fire. Check it & the girl filled video below.
Coves announced themselves with the rather splendid Cast A Shadow EP last year, an imaginative foray through a whole host sounds and styles.
The duo spent 2012 on tour with Echo & The Bunnymen and Eugene McGuinness and it would seem from ‘Last Desire’ at least, to be time well spent. It has added some muscle to their sound, especially the undulating bass line which propels the track through wispy guitar, flickers of electronics and mellifluous cooing from Rebekah Wood. Every single ounce of ‘Last Desire’ has been meticulously honed and expertly crafted. You don’t have to scratch far beneath the surface to be utterly charmed by the innate, melodic lustre of this one.
‘Last Desire’ will be released through 1965 Records on 18th March. Coves support Dutch Uncles on tour in February.
Steve Mason will release his new single, ‘Oh My Lord’ on March 18th through Double Six, it’s the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time, released on the same day.
Comprised of 20, yes 20 songs, the follow up to 2010′s Boys Outside has been shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music as well as popular culture in general. This righteous, undaunted anger is reigned in somewhat on ’Oh My Lord’ than say, previous taster ‘Fight Them Back‘, but Mason sounds in full voice and fine form.
Personally speaking, Mason’s forthcoming record is one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year, and so far he’s done nothing to dampen the expectation. Roll on March 18th.
We Are Animal played their debut Irish gig on Saturday night with The Joy Formidable, whom they are currently on tour with. The show in The Academy was top class, as the 5 men from Wales pounded through a set of dark distorted experimental indie-rock (loosely speaking of course).
To celebrate the tour, We Are Animal have released new single ‘Royal Wolf’, which is available as a free download from their website. ’Royal Wolf’ is dark yet alluring, as a combo of buzzing guitars, distinctive vocals and rhythmic groove suck you in. You can check the video above.