Tango In The Attic are a four piece band from Glenrothes, Scotland, who’s niche is songs of cheeky charm and bounciness, topped off with a warm and inviting Scottish brogue.
Their songs are incredibly likable and eek out a perfect space between energetic pop and reverb laden garage rock. ‘Paw Prints’ embodies this mantra, as does ‘Mona Lisa Overdrive’, a superb, warm and wonderful ditty of lo-fi jangle. Nothing more to say really, just check the tunes out below.
Tango In The Attic’s second album Sellotape was released via Domicile Crocodiles this week.
London synth lovers Portasound released their debut EP, The Second Renaissance back in mid May.
The EP sees them blend a mixture of styles and genres into something of their own dance hybrid to accompany their own fictional narrative; the ensuing battle between light and dark forces. ‘Messerschmitt’ captures this essence, albeit at breakneck speed, fusing driving rhythms, hectic guitars, hefty beats and some noisy blasts of synth together into a highly charged beast.
The Second Renaissance is out now via the Pink Mist collective label Blood and Biscuit.
Rapper, poet, call him what you like but Akala is undoubtedly one of the most talented MC’s on the planet.
Anyway Akala is back with a brand new record of articulate, intelligent and insightful hip-hop, Knowledge Is Power Mixtape Vol. 1. The first single ‘A Message (feat. Selah)’ offers an honest and insightful snapshot into problems and effects that one parent families can have specifically if theirs no father around.
Based in east London Lizzie and the Yes Men conjure up a lovable blend of ’60s surf and mod sounds with wonderfully catchy indie jingles.
The result? Sharp, snappy and infectious three minute (ish) pop songs. ‘The Boardwalk’ is not only a perfect example of what Lizzie & Co. are all about, it is also one of the best indie pop songs you’ll hear all year. ‘The Boardwalk’ oozes a summery vibe, combined with catchy surf guitars and whistling with Lizzie’s upbeat and cheerful vocals. ‘The Boardwalk’, ‘The Lonliness’ and ‘You & I Both Know’ are utterly infectious and will undoubtedly become ingrained inside your head.
Double a-side single ”The Broadwalk/The Loneliness’ is released on the 4th June 2012.
Lizzie and the Yes Men – The Boardwalk
Lizzie and the Yes Men – The Loneliness
South African born, Irish songstress Candice Gordon is back with a brand new single ‘Smoking Like The Barrel of a Gun’.
‘Smoking Like The Barrel of a Gun’ is mouth wateringly rocking and filled with guts and grit. Her incredible vocals (and screeches) are imbued with soul and emotion, backed by sways of feedbacking guitars and pounding drums. Following on from ‘I See A Demon’ late last year, this is yet another impressive statement of intent.
‘Smoking like the Barrel of a Gun’ and b-side ‘I Haven’t Eaten In Days’, will be released on July 9th via Fauna Records, both of which you can listen to below.
Candice Gordon – Smoking like the Barrel of a Gun
Candice Gordon – I Haven’t Eaten In Days
Common‘s ninth studio album The Dreamer/The Believer was released in December of last year but has been on constant rotation over the past few months.
As the title suggests, The Dreamer/The Believer, is a record of nostalgia that hankers back into the dreams and aspirations of his past, told with slick wordplay and tactile storytelling. ‘Ghetto Dreams’, featuring Nas, is one of the album’s standout and hardest hitting tracks, which like the album as a whole, is rendered with honesty and authenticity.
Dublin ragged rock/punk duo Kid Karate have returned to the fray with a couple of tasty new tracks.
The tracks, ‘Louder’ and ‘Wet’, are taken from Hot Press’ free downloadable album Genre Free. The good news is the lads haven’t lost any of the gutsy panache that made their debut EP, HEART, so good. The intervening time hasn’t seen the lads soften their approach, ‘Louder’ and ‘Wet’, are two slices of energetic, gritty riff-laden rock n roll at its best – fast becoming KK’s signature sound. In other KK news, there are rumours that a debut album may be with us soon. Let’s hope so!
You can grab the entire Genre Free album for free from here. It was produced by Hot Press in conjunction with Dublin’s Sound Training Centre and NDT Productions.