Posts Tagged ‘Moshi Moshi Records’

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and text

Teenage sensations Girl Ray draw heavy influence from the classic indie era of C86 and bring all that lofi goodness bang up to date. The North London indie trio specialising in wan, winsome heartache have ambitions to rival the song writing greats. Having just released their first LP , they now headline their shows giving you the chance to hear the new material live. Catch them live .


This last summer saw the release of their debut album Earl Grey. Released through cult indie label Moshi Moshi, it is receiving widespread critical acclaim and is becoming the underground album of the year.

The idea that actual teenagers made an album this sharp and sophisticated and interesting is the kind of thing that should make the rest of us feel bad. – Stereogum

Girl Ray tickets


Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, on stage, playing a musical instrument, guitar and indoor

It starts slowly as if nothing is actually happening but be patient because it eventually breaks out into a lovely slab of lilting Gorky-style orchestral pop that floats along as if on the softest of breezes. Lovely.

This trio of teens from Wales deliver bouncy, breathless pop that sounds like part bucolic beauty and part wild overgrown garden. Elements of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Kevin Ayres lend excitement to Earl Grey and make them a band I’m excited to see what comes next for them.


Image result

London-trio Girl Ray’s rise has been pretty much metoric. The band only formed two years ago, but now signed to Moshi Moshi Records, they’ve recently put out their debut album “Earl Grey”, to massed critical acclaim. Following that release, the band have taken a brief break from playing basically every music festival going, and shared the video to new single, Don’t Go Back At Ten.

New cut ‘Don’t Go Back At Ten’ is a bittersweet offering, matching those chirpy, upbeat guitar lines with a downbeat vocal.

Poppy Hankin: “After a break-up I was super low, and as clichéd and teen-movie as it sounds, it was truly my friends who got me through it, making sure that I didn’t just mope about the whole time eating pots of cottage cheese and crying. I guess I wrote this one to cheer myself up in a way. Not many of the songs on the album are happy but this one is, kinda!”

The video is a nostalgic blast of early 00’s inspiration, that will either be a throwback to your formative years, or make you feel very old that anyone can feel nostalgic for such recent days. Musically, Don’t Go Back At Ten is one of the album’s highlights, scratchy electric guitars, steady drums and pulsing bass making for a winning backing to Poppy’s creative vocal melodies. Already one of the year’s break-out indie-pop acts, Girl Ray are showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

The official video for Girl Ray’s ‘Don’t Go Back at Ten’ which features on their debut album ‘Earl Grey’, out now on Moshi Moshi Records:

Garage rock super group The Surfing Magazines share “New Day” , Comprised of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines are already garage rock royalty.

Drawing influences from ‘60s surf music and taking inspiration from greats like Dylan and Reed, the band are on a war path to destroy today’s bongo pop demigods and pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires.

Speaking more on the track the band say: “New Day’ is a super quick tune. I’m not totally sure what its about. There’s some Russian dolls in there, a birthday clown, and apparently I want to throw all my clothes away”.

The Surfing Magazines are a new supergroup featuring Charles Watson from Slow Club, David Tattersall & Franic Rozycki from The Wave Pictures and Dominic Brider.  the band have also announced their debut festival appearance at End of the Road Festival this summer,

“New Day” out now via Moshi Moshi Records.

Lines and Shadows by The Surfing Magazines is taken from their debut self-titled album out on 1st September:

Image may contain: 3 people

With some of the best harmonies in town are surely owned by North London trio Girl Ray, luckily with their latest announcement we can all be practising these harmonies all summer along, as they announce the new album  “Earl Grey” will be released on August 4th with Moshi Moshi Records.

The album is set to feature the brilliant track ‘Stupid Things’ as well as long-time favourite ‘Ghosty’. Recorded at Margate’s Big Jelly Studios over two “insane and intense” weeks the album also features new cut ‘Preacher’ which the band have shared below.

Poppy Hankin said of the track “I wrote the melody for the first part a few years ago on a little toy Elvis guitar that I bought in a charity shop. Its tuning was really weird, and this song was the only thing I could really get out of it. The melody suited a love song, so I went with it.”

Band Members


Beloved by Marc Riley and seemingly the entire blogosphere, Girl Ray are a hotly tipped quartet of North London teenagers. They recently released a BBC6Music playlist single, Trouble, is on the superb Moshi Moshi label, and while no album has been announced, we’d be amazed if 2017 isn’t a huge year for Girl Ray.

Led by singer Poppy Hankin, Girl Ray’s sound is a blend of indie pop and along with slick harmonies, only filtered through the sort of bedsit melancholy you’d associate with the 1980’s indie-pop heyday. Already seemingly well established despite only releasing a handful of singles, Girl Ray’s momentum seems as unstoppable as it is thoroughly deserved.


On the surface, Happyness’ frivolous, slackened indie-rock is as carefree as it comes. The band’s new ‘Tunnel Vision On Your Part’ EP, though, reveals a darker tint.

Draped in sadness and an aching romanticism, their airy sound becomes less playful on the new release. From ‘Surfer Girl’’s yearning for connection through to the title-track’s pensive closing moments, via recent singles ‘SB’s Truck’ and ‘Anna, Lisa Calls’, there’s a sense of the London based band stretching their aching muscles as they ready themselves for LP2.

Get the first stream of ‘Tunnel Vision On Your Part’ below released Friday 23rd September via Moshi Moshi, with Happyness playing a handfull of dates in the run up to the christmas period .


Happyness will  release the successor to 2014’s excellent long player Weird Little Birthday next Spring and they have shared the first taste of what the album will sound like in the form of new single Falling Down. The band commented “Hey Guys – we’re very excited to tell you that we’ll be releasing our second album on Moshi Moshi Records and Bar None Records soon ! Here’s the first single, “Falling Down”.


Ash Cooper
Benji Compston
Jon EE Allan


Slow Club return with their woozy new single ‘Ancient Rolling Sea.’ Available now from Moshi Moshi Records, ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’ is taken from Slow Club’s forthcoming full-length album, which is set for release later this year.

How do you keep a band interesting after ten years? It’s a question Slow Club’s Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor must have asked themselves as they started work on their fourth album. From the cute indie-folk of their 2009 debut Yeah So, to the wonky-pop of its follow up Paradise, two years later, to the sophisticated, polished soul of 2014’s Complete Surrender, this is a band that have never stood still, going out of their way to present a new version of themselves on every release, while maintaining the spirit, the warmth and the chemistry that has marked their music since they formed in 2006.

“This song felt as though it just did not want to arrive for a long long time,” Charles says of ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’. “I worked on the music for the whole time we were writing, and the words just landed at the last minute. With the approach I took on lyrics I wanted it to be more conversational. I wanted it to be direct, as if it were being whispered in your ear.”


Produced by the master of Southern-gothic folk, Matthew E. White, and performed with his in-house band at Richmond, Virgina’s Spacebomb Studios, ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’ is a slow-burning hymn packed with wistful guitars layered over Charles lamenting chant, “By your side, by your side, I’ll always be by your side…”

“2015 was a year I don’t think any of our friends will look back on with fondness,” Charles explains. “When something really awful happens it can galvanise people and bring them together in a way that’s really hard to image. I learned what a lot of my dearest friends are made of, and its pure magic”.

Tickets for the following shows:
24/05 – Coventry, UK – Warwick Arts Centre
25/05 – St Albans, UK – The Horn
26/05 – Poole, UK – Mr Kyps
27/05 – Southampton, UK – Hampshire Joiners Arms
28/05 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern, Colston Hall
30/05 – Hereford, UK – HowTheLightGetsIn2016: Philosophy & Music Festival
31/05 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
01/06 – Ashford, UK – Revelation St Mary’s
02/06 – Brighton, UK -Komedia (Brighton)
03/06 – Margate, UK – Tom Thumb Theatre
16/07 – Salisbury, UK – Wiltshire Larmer Tree Festival
21/08 – Powys, Wales – Green Man Festival


Kiran Leonard has signed to Moshi Moshi and shares here the lead single, ‘Pink Fruit’, to be taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Grapefruit’. ‘Pink Fruit’ is the album’s 16 minute long centrepiece and is released as a one-sided etched 12” vinyl single. Sixteen minutes of twisting turning experiment rock music with ditch dirty guitars and all manner of diversions taking in nods to Shellac, Jeff Buckley, Slint and La Monte Young along the way. Bodes very well for upcoming Grapefruit long player.

The first single from Kiran Leonard’s new album ‘Grapefruit’ out on 25th March 2016. Get this track immediately when you pre-order the album, Also available on one-sided limited edition 12″ etched vinyl:

© The Vinyl Factory, best 7" vinyl recors of 2015, artist name,