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When Amber Bain (better known by her moniker The Japanese House) started working on her debut album, 2019’s ‘Good At Falling’, she was in need of a co-producer. George Daniel – a long-time collaborator and drummer of The 1975 – with whom she’d worked with on most of her previous releases was tied up working on his band’s 2018 blockbuster ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, so she needed somebody to fill his shoes.

Bain started looking into the production credits of her favourite albums to see who worked behind the scenes on them. One of these was Bon Iver‘s third album ’22, A Million’, which lead to her reaching out to BJ Burton, the production wonder who’s worked extensively with Justin Vernon, and resulted in Bain heading to Wisconsin to work on music at April Base, Vernon’s secluded recording studios.

This experience is brought full circle on Bain’s latest EP, ‘Chewing Cotton Wool’, which includes the Justin Vernon-featuring ‘Dionne’. Once again produced by Burton, it’s an amalgamation of gorgeous shimmering electronics and hazy layered vocals, fusing The Japanese House’s dreamy melodies with the glitchy production that permeated ’22, A Million’.

There’s a new sense of sureness in ‘Dionne’, too, something that’s echoed throughout the rest of ‘Chewing Cotton Wool’. Previous single, ‘Something Has To Change’, with its sing-a-long chorus and hand-clapped beats, is a pop smash cloaked in swirling synths. The minimalist title track sees Bain examine the memory of a lost loved one (“She’s the sound of your own voice / She’s someone else’s drink”) as electronic sounds trickle in the background. ‘Sharing Beds’, built around subtle piano lines and vocoded vocals, evokes The 1975’s glitchier moments.

‘Good At Falling’ was filled with gut-punch moments (on ‘We Talk all the Time’ Bain honestly states: “We don’t fuck anymore / But we talk all the time so it’s fine”), and her lyricism shines again here. Take ‘Dionne’’s incisive assessment of a relationship: “I’ve been thinking about / My storyline / And how your past becomes your present if it’s always on your mind”.

‘Chewing Cotton Wool’ is an elevation of Bain’s sound. It’s a short collection, but one brings the last few years of music of The Japanese House full circle, while pushing to the future with its lush sounds and huge, radio-ready hooks. Short but sweet, it’s another indication of the avant-pop maven Bain’s poised to become.

The Japanese HouseSomething Has To Change  2019 Dirty Hit

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The beautiful new song ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’ is The 1975 at their most fragile and vulnerable,
The haunting acoustic track is taken from the band’s upcoming new album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form”.

Each of the singles released so far from Matty Healy and co.’s upcoming album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ bears a sense of Devil-may-care abandon. ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’, the band’s latest release, featuring the vocals of heart-breaker Phoebe Bridgers, is yet another change of pace from a gang who cherish the unexpected. Stripped down to mostly vocals and acoustic guitar, this track is the simplest song The 1975 have put their name to since Nana’ (from  2016 album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’) but that just allows its haunting beauty to shine.

Leaning into Matty’s desire to create something like Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’, it’s stark and personal, made for the comforting embrace of headphones. They’ve played it at live sessions previously and, for a band who embrace being fluid, it’s a testament to the power of ‘Jesus Christ 2005…’ that it hasn’t been tinkered with too much. Its sparseness allows the weighty lyrics room to fully flex.

Balancing at the point of heartbreak, the track sees Matty pondering faith, love and belief. “I’m in love with Jesus Christ,” he sings. “I’m in love with a boy I know but that’s a feeling I can never show.” It’s a world away from the buoyant skip of ‘Me And You Together Song lines, “It’s OK – lots of people think I’m gay but we’re friends, so it’s cool / Why would it not be?”, and packs a gut-wrenching punch. The always-excellent Phoebe Bridgers really elevates the track, though, adding a new point of view. The 1975 have always wanted to soundtracks moments in peoples’ lives and typically that comes in the form of a sense of celebration, but ‘Jesus Christ 2005’ sees them flirt with defeat. It’s fragile and vulnerable. “I’m just a footprint in the snow,” Matty acknowledges. But Bridgers’ lines “I’m in love with the girl next door/her name is Claire /  Nice when she comes round to call / And masturbate the second she’s not there” remind us he’s not the only one with a story to tell.

Seven years since their debut, the 1975 are still reaching new heights – and ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’ is their most heartfelt, emotional turn yet.

The Greta Thunberg assisted  ‘The 1975’ implores rebellious action, Everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience, the teenage activist implores – while the hardcore-inspired ‘People’ sees the band at their most furious. ‘Me And You Together Song’ is a heartfelt throwback to simpler times, mirroring their formative years as Drive Like I Do, while the melancholy ‘The Birthday Party’ released in February – provides a twinkling, dreamlike escape from the everyday.

Dirty Hit, under exclusive licence to Polydor Records and Interscope Records Released on: 2020-04-03


Bea Kristi is all of 19, and her music as Beabadoobee has already evolved in profound ways. She got her start as a bedroom-bound pop singer whose hushed, Elliott Smith-inspired whispers radiated soft intimacy. But as her star has risen — after going viral on YouTube in 2017, she’s released a handful of EPs and racked up tens of millions of streams — her newest singles have located her sharper, more forcefully anthemic edges.

Following the release of a handful of EPs on Dirty Hit, home to The 1975, beabadoobee celebrated mainstream success as the guest vocalist on Powfu’s UK top five single Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head). The track sampled beabadoobee’s 2017 debut Coffee, and paved the way for her first solo charting single, Care. Listed on the BBC’s Sound Of 2020 and nominated for the BRIT Award’s Rising Star accolade, beabadoobee (real name: Beatrice Laus) revealed details of her Fake It Flowersf ull-length in July 2020, to be released in October of this year.

Based on your previous use of Gigs and Tours, we think you might be interested to know about Beabadoobee’s latest announcement!
Beabadoobee, one of the UK’s most exciting recent breakthrough artists has confirmed a run of headline shows for 2021 in celebration of the release of her debut album next month!

The artist has also recently shared her new single ‘Worth It’ from her highly anticipated upcoming debut album ‘Fake It Flowers’, out October 16th via Dirty Hit.
The ‘Fake It Flowers’ tour will take place in September and October next year and includes a hometown show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Ethereal dreampop from this BBC Sound of 2018 longlist nominated Manchester quartet, who released their debut single ‘There’s A Honey’ was produced by Matty Healy and George Daniel of The 1975 – with whom they toured the US. 80s new wave fused with rock-fused pop. Their debut EP, ‘New Year’s Eve’, will be released in January 2018.

Anyone who’s been paying attention to the Dirty Hit label in the last year would know that virtually everything they touch is turning into gold. Their roster includes The 1975, whose epic second album ‘I love it when you sleep…’ they released last year; The Japanese House, now one of the hottest new prospects in the game; and Superfood, who recently made a stonking comeback. Any sign of new music coming from Dirty Hit gets anyone in the know just a little bit giddy.

Their latest signings are Manchester indie-pop newbies Pale Waves, and they dropped their massive first single in late 2017  ‘There’s A Honey’ – which features production by George and Matty of The 1975. As expected, the song’s subject matter is strikingly intimate and relatable (“I would give you my body, but am I sure that you want me?“), but is packaged into a chorus that’s so catchy, you wonder how it hasn’t been written before.


Wolf Alice perform grunge-influenced ‘You’re A Germ’ as part of the Lightship95 Series in London. The band’s debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ will be released on 22nd June through Dirty Hit Recordings.

Wolf Alice will release their upcoming debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ . The band recently spoke about the mix of genres on their debut album, saying “it’s 100 per cent not a grunge record” and that it “will surprise people”.

Singer Ellie Rowsell detailed the band’s experimentation on the record, which will be their first release since 2014’s ‘Creature Songs’ EP. “It’s 100 percent not a grunge record. It’s a much braver record than that,” Rowsell said. “There’s a mix of genres on it. We’re using our instruments in different ways, like Joff [Oddie] using his guitar as a synth.”

The ‘My Love Is Cool’ tracklisting is:

‘Turn To Dust’
‘Your Loves Whore’
‘You’re A Germ’
‘Giant Peach’
‘Soapy Water’
‘The Wonderwhy’