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Yonaka

Fronted by the charismatic Theresa Jarvis, Brighton quartet Yonaka have been crafting dark, distorted, beats-heavy guitar rock for the past couple of years. 2018 saw them tour with Bring Me The Horizon, with their latest EP Creature being released this last November. Creature is out everywhere now! 4 tracks and we hope you love them. Let us know your favourite track and how it makes you feel, it’s about anxiety and the darkness that comes with love, it’s a story, it’s deep and it’s special it also has our take on The Zombies’ She’s Not There. 

Band Members
Theresa Jarvis – Vocals
George Edwards – Guitar
Alex Crosby – Bass/Keys
Robert Mason – Drums
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Brighton-based Fur are not a new band. They’ve been around for a good three years, and their first three singles were viral hits. We, however, have only started paying attention to Murray, Harry, Tav, and Flynn this year, and just in time. On Valentine’s Day 2019, they will release their self-titled, debut EP via Nice Swan Records . If their initial singles were clues as to what to expect, we’ll be in for a jukebox treat.

The quartet are reviving classic rock, specifically the music of the ’50s and ’60s. Their songs would be perfect for Happy Days or maybe a future Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack numbers that get the hips wiggling and the toes tapping like “Angel Eyes” and “What Would I Do?“. If you dive a little deeper into their music catalogue, they also craft the perfect slow dance tunes (check out “If You Know That I’m Lonely”). Hmmm… maybe we’ll have to sign these guys for a house party one day.

Since first emerging in 2013 with her critically acclaimed ‘All We Can’ EP, Yumi And The Weather have spent the past few years perfecting their unique blend of electrifying technicolour psych-pop, finally emerging with their long-awaited full length offering (released via their own MIOHMI RECORDS imprint). Armed with this new arsenal of unrelentingly catchy and stirring pieces of music, Yumi are ready to continue their path of destruction (which has included a stint supporting British Sea Power, a slot at Secret Garden Party, Bad Pond Festival and heavy radio support from BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny, Nemone and Radio X’s John Kennedy (including live sessions for BBC Introducing and Radio X)

A beautifully crafted album full of dynamics, their debut offering takes flight over a sprawling soundscape, paying little regard to genre confines. From the sparkling electronic spires of opening track ‘Celebrate’ and subterranean driving energy of hit single ‘Look At The Night’, accented by the arpeggiated neon synth lines of ‘Hustle’ and polyrhythmic guitar patterns of ‘Without You’ – there is some truly incredible musicianship on display here, all the time complimented by frontwoman Ruby Taylors impeccable ear for melody and powerful, yet delicate delivery.
Created in a small studio room above a sandwich shop in her coastal home town of Worthing, UK the album demonstrates Ruby’s song writing prowess, with sounds drawing from her electronic roots, spanning from dark synth heavy production to crunchy garage rock guitars, and soaring power pop anthems.

Having previously been confined to the isolation her bedroom studio, this new space gave birth to a collaboration friend Rob Flynn (of local duo Oslo Parks) who produced the album alongside Ruby, allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of her potential. This new working arrangement provided sanctuary, an escape from her lonely and uninspiring writing environment, one made worse from suffering yearly outburst of mania/bipolar disorder.
On the writing of the album Ruby explains, “It reflects what was going on in my life due to unsteady and uncertain relationships with people, and battling negativity because of overthinking, meanwhile dealing with low self-esteem”. 

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“Down to the boil, it is very influenced by Love, and the feeling that there is a lack of it for ourselves, and each other at times and the plea for empathy and kindness” Ruby states.
Having become a figurehead of the South-East music scene over the past few years, Yumi And The Weather are set to put themselves on the map much further afield with this incredible debut offering.

released September 14th, 2018

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“Things you thought you’d never see but glad you did Black Honey shaking their disco pants at Studio 54. Well, sort of! That’s what Brighton’s Black Honey look like they’re doing on their latest video ‘Midnight.’ After a string of acclaimed releases, the band are set to release their self-titled album and if the musical landscape wasn’t quite so fractured ‘Midnight’ could do for them what ‘Heart Of Glass’ did for Blondie. A word of warning the video does contain content which may disturb some people. Yes, the sight of Chris, Tom and Tommy’s synchronised dancing is something that may harrow some viewers to the very core of their being. The video is the sequel to ‘Dig’ . ‘Midnight’ is classic Black Honey, full of film noir B-movie references and stylised Tarantino-esque violence.  You half except Al Pachino playing Steve Burns to make a cameo.

Black Honey are now in a position where they can cleverly traverse and meld genres without alienating their existing fanbase or appear to be jumping aboard the trend bandwagon. The reality is, it’s Black Honey who are the trendsetters and their refusal to be pigeonholed, From the previous clip, it appears that a suave, blond, mustachioed man is the next on the kill list and a disco nightclub makes for the perfect, seemingly unsuspecting murder scene. Black Honey frontwoman Izzy Bee Phillips has enlisted the help of a few male accomplices (her three bandmates) to carry out the dirty deed—after all, you’d think she wouldn’t want to get any blood on her impeccable, sequined clothing. Though by the end of the disco ball-filled, Shaun James Grant-directed video, it’s clear that Phillips isn’t fazed by the sinister and isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty.

And‘Midnight’ delivers a disco-rock motherload like a laser-guided missile which in any right-thinking world should be this year’s summer anthem. It also demonstrates yet again what a fine songwriter Izzy B. Phillips is.  When the album drops we predict world domination for this Brighton four-piece who have never let us down from day one.

THYLA – ” Blue “

Posted: November 26, 2018 in MUSIC
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Last January the band were earmarked as one of NME’s 100 Essential Acts for 2018 alongside Dream Wife, Pale Waves, and Nilüfer Yanya, they’ve consistently received widespread support on the BBC Radio 1 airwaves, notably, they were picked by Huw Stephens as one of his Alternative tips for 2018. Their debut EP lead single ‘Candy’ and have subsequently received praise from all corners of the press (Pitchfork, Fred Perry Subculture, Stereogum, Line of Best Fit). After a three date run of UK shows with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at the end of October, 2018 will close with their first ticketed headline show in the capital at London’s Shacklewell Arms.

The Brighton, quartet Thyla have been catching fire with their unique dream-pop and post-punk fusion, and a string of standout singles, “Pristine Dream,” “I Was Biting,” “Blame” and “Tell Each Other Lies.” This week, they’ve just shared another new one in the form of “Blue.” Produced by Macks Faulkron and mixed by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta), “Blue” is marked by Millie Duthie’s sparkling vocals and transfixing presence, which linger over searing guitars that fluctuate from gentle dreamy bliss to fiery, head-banging lawlessness. “Blue” is another track that cements Thyla’s potential and showcases their sweet spot—engrossing post-punk finesse and ethereal dream-pop divinity try and catch them live soon.

Band Members
Millie, Mitch, Dan & Danny

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Brighton, England’s Toy have released their first new music since their third LP, 2016’s Clear Shot.

The krautrock five-piece unveiled two new tracks, “The Willo” and “Energy,” for a limited edition 12-inch single, out Friday, Sept. 14, via Tough Love Records. The 12-inch is the band’s debut release for the label and it will also serve as the first taste of their unnamed forthcoming fourth studio album, which will be released in January 2019.

Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Now here comes a two-track twelve-inch on Tough Love, a foretaste of a forthcoming album in January 2019, which marks a new dawn for this most singular of bands. The Willo is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim’s fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen”, says Tom.

“The Willo” opens with electronic percussion and acoustic guitar as the band’s ghostly ringleader and frontman Tom Dougall warns of a sinister ray of light, which has become woven into English folklore. The song hovers with Max Oscarnold’s (also of Proper Ornaments) whispering, psychedelic synths, twinkling guitars and Dougall’s eerie yet calming vocals, which culminate into a slowly unfolding, hauntingly beautiful track that highlights what the band does best: scrupulous writing and musicianship with equal parts brooding and dazzling.

Then there is Energy, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music. The twelve-inch, recorded and mixed by the band between Oscarnold’s Stoke Newington flat and a south London studio, is the first release for Toy on their new label Tough Love, representing the latest stage in the evolution of the band. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China, while holding onto that youthful, magical moment of discovering strange new worlds of innocence and experience.

“People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries,” says Dougall of the inspiration behind “The Willo,” the single’s A-side. “It generally means something ominous is about to happen.”

Taken from The Willo/Energy 12″.

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Brighton, U.K. trio Our Girl’s debut album Stranger Today is the perfect gift for the listener that loves a good musical dichotomy. Fronted by The Big Moon’s Soph Nathan, the band exudes the sweet and tender meets heavy and formidable sound of groups like the Pixies and My Bloody Valentine with their cathartic, thoughtful pop/rock and distorted shoegaze and grunge. As much as the term “grunge” has been thrown around to describe the band, it doesn’t fully account for the beauty and richness of Nathan’s songs and guitar playing.

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HEIRLOOM – ” Femme “

Posted: August 3, 2018 in MUSIC
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One of the few bands that were a nust see at the Great Escape in Brighton they’re still quite new, but you know when you see a band and you can just tell they’re going to do well? Well, this is one of them. They’ve got a great vibe live which is half baritone Bad Seeds crooning and half slinky Cramps, it’s a little aloof like you’re in the presence of actual vampires.

Heirloom’s sound opens with shared vocals – baritone and bittersweet alto. They interweave into the eternal, reminiscent of Nancy and Lee through the cult movie romance of a Tarantino lens. Layers of graceful reverb, delay and fuzz, amidst colourfully dark organ, surround Heirloom’s jangly guitars.

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A friend of mine said she enjoyed them because it felt like they really committed to “their thing” and that pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Band Members
Sam Rivers
Jade Taaffe
Christopher Hallen
Ben Dawson
Nick McGregor

Heirloom “Femme” Written and performed by Heirloom ©2018.

In 2006, Michael Gondry released the surrealist science fantasy comedy The Silence of Sleep, apparently based on a bed-time story written by a 10-year-old. Centered around the story of a man who’s dreams and imagination begin to infiltrate his reality, it’s also inspired the latest video from melodic rock band Our Girl.

Made up of Soph Nathan, Josh Tyler and Lauren Wilson, the three-piece have been tipped for greatness left, right and centre. Now with their eagerly awaited debut album Stranger Today set to wow us on 17th August, they’re giving us a little taste of the magic to come with new track “In My Head”. Born during a time of big personal change in Nathan’s life, the accompanying video – released today! – channels the lyrics which “toe the line between the reality of the situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could’ve gone.”

Directed by Tayo Kopfer, the video uses stop animation and surreal imagery to explore the difference between reality and dreams in a visually stunning and hypnotic way. As Nathan states, “We took inspiration from a film we love called Science of Sleep, which has a lot of weird and wonderful surreal imagery in it. It uses stop motion and other beautiful and psychedelic techniques to explore the cross over between dreams and reality. We wanted to create a similar world for ‘In My Head’. The song explores the claustrophobia of love and regret, and the lyrics toe the line between the reality of a situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could have gone. It felt natural to us to use stop motion to create that feeling, and Lauren had the idea that our heads could be opening up with all sorts of imagery and thoughts coming out. Tayo took that idea and made something really cool!”

 

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White Room have a knack for crafting songs which carefully tips their hat to their influences whilst illustrating their own future is making them a force to be reckoned with each and every release. With Paul Weller amongst their fans, the quintet have built up a steady fan base from trawling up and down the country playing numerous gigs and festivals. And after nailing support slots with The Rifles and the aforementioned Modfather.

Filmed at The Loft in their native Brighton, the striking visuals experiment with a plethora of camera angles in a presumed attempt to make the viewer feel like they are immersed in the cable built dreamland setting alluded to in the track’s title. Signed to the fabulous Deltasonic Records who keep on going from strength to strength are just days away from another appearance at The Great Escape Festival, again in their coastal hometown, where last year they obliterated The Hope and Ruin with their fuzzy and frenetic sonic delivery – and the threat of the floor falling through the ceiling.

Psychedelic would be the obvious genre to immediately try and pigeonhole the five-piece to, cut the band in half like a stick of rock and it’s arguable the standout component that runs through their veins, but scratch a little deeper below the surface and strands of rock, indie and even inflects of pop start to echo their way to the forefront as they compete to become your new favourite band.

Live Version of ‘Cable Built Dreamland’ filmed and recorded at Loft Studios, Brighton ‘Cable Built Dreamland’ is Out Now via Deltasonic Records.

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