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A remixed and pumped-up version of ‘Heat Rises’ from Yanya’s superb debut LP Miss Universe results in ‘H34T Rises’. Not that we needed convincing on the original cut but this new edit gives the track a beefier, more electro driven feel. Peep the video shot in Istanbul too.

She emerged in May 2016 with an elegant take on the Pixies “Hey” and followed it up with two stunning songs of her own, “Small Crimes” and “Keep On Calling”. In the space of three songs she outlined her aesthetic – sparseness, deftly intricate guitar and vocal melodies and brilliantly observational lyrics.

Yanya cites Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley and Connan Mockasin amongst her influences She grew up in West London and her parents are both artists, coming from a multi-cultural heritage of Turkish, Irish and Bayan. Yanya started learning the piano at the age of six but at twelve realised a long held ambition to learn the guitar. Her Mother encouraged her to take up the cello at the same time, which Yanya persevered with for a few years, but the practical issues of carrying it, coupled with her emotional attachment to the guitar led her away from classical music.

Inspired by her sister’s CD collection, in her early and mid-teens Yanya developed a taste for skater-rock and indie bands but discovering a passion for Jazz was the eureka moment, the trigger for the type of expression she was looking for as a songwriter. After taking her A Levels Yanya got a scholarship, started performing her songs and now, is one of the most exciting new talents around.


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What If”, Rhys Lewis addresses this often-detrimental rumination in a way that’s earnestly emotional and touchingly impassioned. Although his lyricism is stunning, with just his vocal performance Lewis manages to convey both the emotions behind his painful reflections on lost love and the intense adoration he once felt. It’s perhaps in the track’s second verse that Lewis reaches his most earnest detailing in previous inability to see in himself what his ex-girlfriend saw in him.

Love can be a boundless feeling. It can lock us into an armored bubble, keeping us from harm. Although it has its magic, love can break hearts and it can silence the clash of two pairs of lips. Dreaming of love will never be as intense as the real coming together of two honest chasers of passion. We all need affection to live a purposeful life. We also need to pick ourselves up when love begins to lose its flame.

Singer/songwriter Rhys Lewis embarks on creating fables within his songs. The young musician tantalises with new track “What If”. It’s a multi-layered, triumphant, cathartic ballad of sorts. Throughout the track, he conveys a sense of loss, describing that he must patch up love’s stricken body, and that he must bring the girl back into his world.

The descriptions are poignant. Lewis’s ability to stir up emotion makes him such a unique songwriter. He dazzles but also seeks redemption, and he implements into everything he produces, a light. This light may not always be brighter than the sun, but it’s always there.

“What If” is yet another forward thinking track. It doesn’t raise hell, but the subject matter is eventful and the arrangements are intricate. Lewis knows how to construct chords and compelling lyrics which intertwine to create a showpiece.

The Londoner plugs in the synths for a journey into the supernatural. Natasha Khan’s latest is a synth-pop love letter to the ’80s sci-fi and fantasy films of her youth. “Lost Girls” is the fifth studio album by Natasha Khan, known professionally as Bat for Lashes. It was released on 6th September 2019 through AWAL  Recordings. It is Khan’s first album since 2016’s The Bride. The lead single “Kids in the Dark” was released on 10th June 2019.

Lost Girls is no less fantastical. Loosely centered around a new character (Nikki Pink) and a gang of biker women who roam the sunset streets of an eerie, make-believe vision of LA, it’s essentially a love letter to the ’80s sci-fi and fantasy films of her youth. She wrote the songs while working on a script of her own, and the starry-eyed, big-screen synth-pop of “Kids in the Dark” sounds like the soundtrack to the big romantic clinch in her own coming-of-age flick.

Khan has cited 1980s music and cinema as an inspiration for the record, citing artists such as Bananarama, Cyndi Lauper and The Blue Nile as well as film composer John Williams.

released September 6th, 2019

Bat For Lashes rarely makes anything less than a big statement with each of her releases—even the one-off side projects—and Lost Girls is not an exception. In some respects it feels like a paring down; the songs are shorter, the concept a bit less cosmic or emotionally overwhelming, but the final product remains grand, a rich headphone experience as much as it is a backdrop for some particularly elaborate daydreams.

White Lies have shared their new single ‘Hurt My Heart’. The three-piece are currently in retrospective mode, re-visiting debut album ‘To Lose My Life’ on its 10th anniversary.

Recorded in Los Angeles whilst on hiatus and what has been a busy year traversing various continents in support of album ‘Five’ released earlier this year, their first for new label [PIAS] Recordings.
The brooding, synthpop sound  of ‘Hurt My Heart’ is one of a couple of tracks the band recently recorded with US producer Andrew Wells (5 Seconds Of Summer. Fall Out Boy).

Band Members
Harry McVeigh,
Charles Cave,
Jack Brown

White Lies are to play shows in the UK:

SUN BLOOM – ” Take It Away “

Posted: September 26, 2019 in MUSIC
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London based trio Sun Bloom make dance-able indie rock with a twist. Side servings of pop and surf music mean there’s something for everyone to throw a beer around to.

A last slice of summer from London’s indie-surf-popsters Sun Bloom“Take It Away”. Grab your board Singer Viv Youel says of the video:
“it’s a homemade video that captures the hazy joy of days at the seaside, trips abroad and summers spent in back gardens, larking around with not much on. A nostalgic insight into Summer times from different eras. I wanted the vintage footage to reflect the story of the lyrics, which are about looking back, and missing someone from your past who’s now far away- the memory persisting despite the distance.”

Sun Bloom’s sizzling surf-rock sound feels instantly reminiscent of the likes of Alvvays or Best Coast—but British. Their surf-inspired dream-pop sound is undeniably addictive and clearly a strong start for this budding band.


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UK electronic duo Jadu Heart, who don’t seem to take their homemade masks off for anyone, will release their debut album, “Melt Away”, on August 16th. The new single is this moody, athemic cut that the duo say is “about seeing a bird fall from the sky and trying to bring it back to life. Life is full of these moments and I guess the song is a metaphor for trying to make the best out of a bad situation- which is obviously easier said than done. It’s a super emotional song to us and we always wanted it to be on the album, especially the ending where we sing together and the song ends with a really beautiful counterpoint of arpeggiators.”

Melt Away is the debut album from masked London duo Jadu Heart. Co-produced by Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Imogen Heap) the record is a dark and dreamy collection of alternative electronic and guitar-led songs for fans of Jai Paul, Radiohead and Tame Impala alike. Despite the spectrum of sounds, throughout the 14 tracks you know you’re in Jadu’s world. It’s a world they have thought a lot about. Having met whilst studying music, Diva and Alex formed the band in conjunction with an extensive universe surrounding two supernatural cursed characters (Dina & Faro), who have become as much a part of them as their own identities.

It’s this supernatural jump-off that gives Jadu Heart the scope to explore raw topics (loneliness, love, sex, drugs, mental health) without clichés or confessions. With a depth to its narrative, Melt Away harks back to an era of concept albums like Ziggy Stardust and Sgt Pepper but the stories within it very much speak to the world as it is today. Despite having no established record label or significant promotion, the launch singles ‘U Never Call Me’, ‘The Cure’ and ‘I’m A Kid’ have already been streamed over 15 million times and their first 5 headline shows have sold out in days.

There seems to be a hunger for Jadu Heart’s brand of storytelling and this is only the beginning of their tale.

Jadu Heart’s new album “Melt Away” is out August 16th, 2019. We’re well excited to play for you, we will even scribble our stupid names over your nice new vinyl of MELT AWAY.

Jadu Heart will live be in-store at Rough Trade NOTTINGHAM to perform tracks from their debut album ‘Melt Away’, released 16th August on VLF Records.

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Chances are you’ve forgotten about the band Palace, the London rock trio whose 2016 debut LP So Long Forever landed not with a thud, but floated quietly across the Atlantic in a cloud of potential streams. Thanks to singles like “Live Well” and “Bitter,” the band have more than 400,000 monthly Spotify listeners—yet, they’d never be the first “British rock band” you’d name if prompted at a party. Unlike so many of the biggest English exports, they’re not punk. They’re something quieter and broodier, and their latest singles even seem to recall their poppier, acoustic beginnings, not too far off from Hozier’s roots-rock debut. It’s been a mysteriously silent few years for the band, but it sounds like our patience may have paid off.

With their sublime second album, Palace have pulled off a rare pop trick. Songs steeped in darkness emerge in to light, from bleak situations spring fresh starts. Bathed in the band’s atmospheric alt-rock, the future feels brighter and more optimistic Life After is both an album about loss and a manual to moving on. “I’m writing this song, to help you breathe again,” sings Leo Wyndham on the opening title track, a shimmering ode to survival. By the epic, seven minute-plus closer Heaven Up There, the theme of Life After is obvious. “Hope,” says Leo. “Hope and positivity – seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel. It’s about going through tough times and coming out the other side.” Palace didn’t start their second album with any plans in place. Buoyed by the reception of their debut, 2016’s So Long Forever, and near two years of sold-out shows and festival slots that won them fans worldwide, the London-based trio of former Dorset school friends had a new-found confidence that they were keen to capture on record.

New album Life After

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Moses are a London-based four piece band that wreak of attitude, brit-pop cool and reverb-laden guitar licks.” This thrilling London four-piece are recalling the fizzing energy of very early Blur, Following last year’s ‘River Thames’, The four-piece Moses are flowing upstream with new single ‘I Think You Worry Too Much’, which is out now via These Bloody Thieves Records.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Magic Garden Studios), and premiered on BBC 6 Music by Chris Hawkins, it’s a hooky, uplifting affair that harnesses the band’s pop-rock propensity for Britpop-inspired anthems.

In Autumn 2018, their third release, ‘Cause You Got Me’ Armed with an arsenal of arena-worthy ambitious songs, industry interest, the seeds of a following and new releases through 2019, This must-see-live band are ready for their first headline tour.

Previous singe ‘River Thames’ We believe so much in this song and its power to bring people together. ‘River Thames’ is not just about London it’s about everyone’s beautiful place, about a dream, a wish, a goal. About all of us trying to make it together.

Things are about to get bigger and better for the London based bands Moses. Their recent single ‘Cause You Got Me’ took their monthly Spotify plays from 1.8k to 193k. They supported one of the UK’s hottest band The Blinders and now, they’ve returned with their another superb track ‘River Thames’.

Produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies & Foo Fighters), ‘River Thames’ kicks politicians’ banalities about “communities being left behind” into, well, the river! At its core, is a belief in people, a romanticism in their lives, a song writing trait that has drifted away in recent times.

Moses are a London based quartet; Matthew McCrilly (drums), Rory White (guitar), James Creighton (bass) and Victor M. Moses (vocalist)

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Wovoka Gentle are an experimental three-piece from London, comprised of William J Stokes and twins Imogen and Ellie Mason. Taking its root in folk and Americana songwriting, the Wovoka sound draws upon the psychedelic soundscapes of the late 60s as well as contemporary experimental, pop and collage music; marrying classic instrumentation with sampling, analogue synthesis and sound manipulation.

They have announced the release of their debut album ‘Start Clanging Cymbals’ on 7th June through Nude Records.

After releasing ‘1,000 Opera Singers Working in Starbucks’, ‘Peculiar Form of Sleep’, ‘Sin is Crouching At Your Door’ and ‘Tell’em Makoto’, Wovoka Gentle have now shared a new track from their upcoming debut LP. ‘Xerxes’ features glitchy electronics, soaring beats and the exuberant voices of Kids Club Kampala Choir. They add: “You could say there’s an atmosphere of celebration in Xerxes ‘19, even though it’s more or less about death. There’s an imagined ecstatic moment of submission before departing a world running election campaigns for tried and tested tyrants, where legends are equal parts seductive and dangerous. The Kids Club Kampala Choir was recorded in Uganda by a friend of ours, originally for the Kids Club Kampala charity. We wanted to create a call and response dynamic between our vocals and their vocals; the conversation flung across continents.”

Wovoka Gentle will live be in-store at Rough Trade NOTTINGHAM to perform tracks from new album ‘Start Clanging Cymbals’, released 7th June on Nude Records.

This event is Free Entry, with the option to pre-order an album / ticket, and we will have your guaranteed album ready and waiting to collect on the day of this in-store.