The Only Ocean are a four -piece atmospheric rock band from Lompoc, CA — a town most notable for its high security prison and its annual Flower Festival. Friends since junior high, the band taps into a level of unity that is typically only achieved by sibling groups, like the Beach Boys or the Jonases, their tight modern grooves locking together to support a soft bed of crackling guitars and soaring vocals. In 2015, they released their self-titled debut album, a polished collection of dreamy psych-rock bangers, produced by Jonathan DeBaun (The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López). After a year of supporting the record with energetic shows spanning the California coast, they returned to studio to record a 5-track follow up EP, titled ‘TOO’; a denser and more aggressive effort, with lead single ‘Cul-De-Sac’ approaching hardcore and punk rock in its ferocity. Tracks like ‘So Shy So High’ hinted at a more ornate and melodic direction to come. With the recent addition of guitarist Mic Singh, The Only Ocean’s sound has expanded to even grander proportions. Their recent release, ‘Good Morning’, is a confident and deliberate side-step into the festival rock arena, with producer DeBaun again returning to put his signature flair on things, dutifully guiding the band into new territory. The Only Ocean have now released their new single ‘Fake Sunflowers’ which follows the new solid sound of ‘Good Morning’ .
‘Fake Sunflowers’ flickers and bleeps with flashing sonic soundscapes against strident sharp guitars and an infectious beat. The soaring chorus adds an ethereal quality to the track while the lush sweet melody glides along smooth and creamy like honey to the ears. Tight harmonies add a multi dimension and rich texture to the track while the electronic soundscape adds a psychedelic dreamy vibe. It’s displayed simply but backed by richly layered intricate instrumentation. Another sublime track from The Only Ocean.
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Nightshifts is a young, upcoming producer from Toronto. He spends most of his nights experimenting and creating music using vintage synths, groovy guitars, and drum machines to create new sonic universes. Having caught an early break with a remix of Bon Iver’s ‘Michicant’ which reached the ears of Justin Vernon himself, he has now released his debut single ‘All Along’. It’s a dreamy hazy marshmallow with a blissful lo fi production and a laid back whimsical misty atmosphere, it’s beautifully euphoric. Sweet luscious melody melts like butter on toast while synths swirl and elegantly dance around a slapping beat and groovy guitar jingles. It’s a smooth crooning swagger infused delight. Heavenly sweet and richly layered it’s refined and sleek with breezy sonic flecks that create a wispy sedative effect. A sublime debut from this young producer.
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Indie rock four-piece Beachwood Coyotes have released their new single ‘I’m Tired Of Rolling My Eyes’. The new single features socially conscious lyrics, critiquing race relations in America. The Los Angeles based band have received acclaim from KROQ, Huffington Post, Wonderland Magazine and XS Noize among other tastemakers.
‘I’m Tired Of Rolling My Eyes’ is an energetic explosion of luscious indie pop soaked in electronic retro 80’s sounds. Rich rhythm and flickering soundscapes create a lavish texture and blinding bedazzlement. With a vocal melody that rushes through like a surging flood, pumping adrenaline through your veins and an anthemic powerful chorus, these guys have written a track that is so intense and mighty yet glides with effortless breezy cool tones. With funky elements and hip hop hues it’s a multi faceted spurt of infectious songwriting and craftsmanship.
Beachwood Coyotes EP ‘Scrubby’ is set for release this Wednesday September 6th with a special release party at the Satellite in Los Angeles, California so make sure to check that out.
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Heez has released his new album ‘This time will be different’. The sensual groovy ‘Aphysical’ kicks off the album featuring sweet vocals from Culture Child. Previously featured on Indie Buddie this track has R&B soul entwined with dark clammy sultry flexwave. ‘Whoa there’ is brimming with Heez’s swagger filled attitude and sauve. Sticky beats ricochet off ethnic tinged swirling soundscapes while aggressive rapped vocals flow with venom-filled vigour. Its cruising slick and steamy while holding a nice bit of punch. ‘Sins’ featuring Trip Carter displays a brighter bubbly side to Heez’s sound. Still oozing swagger and panache from its core this sleek ditty radiates sunshine and good times. Sweet melody caresses the soft beat and gliding electronics. This is the perfect summer tune – cool breezy, sun kissed and catchy as hell. ‘Curfew’ bleeds emotion and passion to a body grooving beat and flashes of electronics. Dramatic and heavy its hard hitting and deeply emotive. With an exotic guitar feature its delicate and balmy and richly textured. ‘Slow me down’ featuring the beautiful voice of Kiki Halliday closes the album with pulsing beats dreamy tones and a delicious arrangement. Its melty melody is delicate and tender flowing with such grace and beauty while still maintaining Heez’s sticky drippy electronics. Halliday’s vocals blend perfectly with Heez’s it’s quite touching and sweet.
Heez has proven with ‘This time will be different’ album that he has a knack with melodies and a refined ear for complex sublime arrangements. At times, its tough and aggressive punchy and dark other times its sweet delicate and touching. He blends these seamlessly creating a unique exquisite album that’s absorbing.
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Mura Masa the Guernsey-born producer, whose debut album assimilates an impressively diverse array of genres and guests including the likes of Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, A.K Paul, and affiliates of Alex’s own Anchor Point family like Nao, Bonzai and Tom Tripp). He has unveiled ‘Blu’ (featuring Damon Albarn) and ‘Second 2 None’ (featuring Christine & The Queens), taken from his much-anticipated, self-titled debut album. With the former premiering as Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 World Record and the latter Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, ‘Mura Masa’ will be released on July 14th on Anchor Point/Polydor Records.
‘Blu’ is a dense heavy emotional track. Layered vocals delicately painted upon intricate lush arrangements create a passionate sonically profound track that boasts Mura Masa’s refined craft. This slow burner cruises and glides with soul and passion while filling out the sound with rich nature-like sounds. The track takes you into an earthy natural state of paradise that is instantly relaxing and time stopping.
‘Second 2 None’ brings us zesty ethereal twists with interweaving beats tooting synths and breezy flute sounds. This sweet little ditty stutters and bleeps with thrilling euphoria. The infectious slap beats groove with a body moving sway while Christine and The Queens’ vocals add passion and heartfelt pure emotion. Its luscious celestial soundscape transports you to another beautiful world that’s fresh and crisp with sublime production that is simply masterful.
Mura Masa is bending and warping genre lines and completely altering the way music is enjoyed. With Mura Masa it feels like an experience- an entrancing, beautiful, compelling experience.
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UK band Everywhere have announced their first 2017 offering in the form of new single ‘Man Up’. The single is currently available for streaming on Soundcloud and the official release to all digital stores including Spotify will happen on June 9th. At the end of last year, Everywhere released their critically praised sophomore EP ‘Fiction Act’. The EP single ‘Some Other Dude’ was featured on BBC Introducing in London and has received over a million streams on Spotify.
They made their first International appearance at the 2013 NME Awards in the UK, playing alongside Django Django and Palma Violets and later went on to support the Kaiser Chiefs and headline Notting Hill Arts Club in London. New single ‘Man Up’ continues the bands strike for world domination.
‘Man Up’ is a blissful explosion of sweet electro- pop. Swirling electronics kick the track off to a suspenseful start. Followed by a catchy chorus and infectious beat, this track seeps sugary pop from its core while holding enough raw cool tones to contain the sugar rush. The addition of vocals from Swedish singer-songwriter Rebecca Nohr blends smoothly and perfectly with the track and with Max Berga’s velvety vocals. With a funky dynamic bassline and shimmering synths this track is packed with oomph and honey coated melodies that will compel you to put ‘Man Up’ on repeat.
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The Leeds-based band Modern Pleasure (formerly Goodbye Chanel) have released their new single ‘Bliss Up’ with Grammy-nominee Bryan Wilson (Wolf Alice, Arctic Monkeys) at the production helm. The track,which the band call their ‘Anthem for the anxious generation’ finds them relocating their euphoric songwriting into more electronic surrounds.The new release follows the successful singles ‘Messina’ and ‘White Heels’ which drew Radio 1 (Annie Mac) and Radio X airplay, alongside a slot at Barclay’s British Summertime and over 1.5 million Spotify streams.
‘Bliss Up’ is a fruity fizzy can of sun-soaked indie pop. Bubbling with shimmering synths and sparkling guitar riffs this track is dreamy sweet- toothed ecstasy. With a delicious candy coated melody smothered in syrupy electronic beats, is a luscious recipe for success. Its the perfect track for sunny days, good times and cocktails. Hazy sunny vibes and day dreamy vibes, its total bliss. Richly textured and lavishly layered this track is delicate and smooth yet opulent in all the right places. Its one for those lazy day summer time playlists.
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Electric art-pop duo, St. Jude the Obscure have released their new track ‘Wonders of Youth’. Adele Emmas and Christian Sandford who were previously from the bands Bird and Feral Love have created a chilling icy track that shivers in blissful electric soundscapes. Enchanting melodies wrapped in sultry beats create a luring hazy wisp of magic. With enticing raspy vocals that are hair- raising and thrilling it is instantly likeable. The track is breathtaking yet almost eerie with frost-bound electronics cooling the intensity. Ghostly backing vocals give a goose bump inducing chill as St. Jude the Obscure show their skill for refined musicianship. Keep an eye out for these guys.
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Bedford-based, 22-year-old singer songwriter Sophie Debattista aka S.O.S. has released her eagerly awaited second single ‘Silent Witness’ off her debut EP ‘Edges Of The Mind’. S.O.S is a first-class graduate from The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance. She headed the production team on the trend-setting track alongside the renowned mastering engineer Shane the Cutter who has worked with the likes of Nathan Fake, Luke Abbott, Blu Mar Ten and DJ Shadow amongst others. The young singer has supported US superstars Ciara and Ariana Grande, British legends Take That and One Direction whilst playing top venues such as the NEC Birmingham, The Roundhouse Camden, IndigO2, O2 Islington Academy, Barfly Camden, Proud Camden (headliner), Troubadour (headliner) and The Water Rats to name a few. S.O.S’s tantalising lead single ‘Bittersweet’ received top press coverage and radio play including support from the likes of BBC Introducing, BBC6’s Tom Robinson and Clash Music amongst many others.
‘Silent Witness’ is a glossy pop track laced in sticky tar- like darkened electronics. This catchy track holds an air of mystery and shadowy tones with almost whispered seductive vocals for the verse luring you into the entrapment of the infectious chorus. The track displays crisp production and well blended crafted sounds, featuring pulsing sticky electronically influenced beats and intricate detailed lyrics. Smothered in intensity this track is a catchy vibrant pop tune cloaked with dark gluey electronics. The electro-pop tune will be accompanied by an edgy and intense music video created by up-and-coming director AJ Ullah and will be released on the 14th April via her independent label Sossy Music.
When asked about the track Sophie said:
“Silent Witness is about a young girl who finds herself in a difficult situation. She’s at an age where her friends are beginning to experiment with new ventures however she doesn’t feel like she’s ready to join them just yet and doesn’t want to rush into maturing too quickly. When she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, she has to make an important decision whether to live up to her friends’ expectations or whether to listen to her heart and not go through with it. The song explores the different emotions that the young girl goes through at this tough time. She wants to remain credible but wants to be sensible, so does she go through with it? You’ll have to listen to the song to find out…”.
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Luke August will release his latest single ‘Need Nobody’ on Tuesday. ‘Need Nobody’ was worked with Grammy Award winning mastering engineer William Bowden (Gotye, Bluejuice, Paul Dempsey).
‘Need Nobody’ is a melodic track filled with intense emotion and set to subtle music. August displays a state of Zen restraint as the track flows with gentle elegance and posture while maintaining an edge by adding indie guitar pop and R&B influences. Its stripped back yet instrumentally rich. Sharp bright guitar ripples throughout with a sticky beat that adds thick tension and raw intimacy. Darker tones add an eerie quality which is lifted by the twinkling on guitar. Smooth vocals add a sleek soothing quality and passion to the track. ‘Need Nobody’ is a brooding emotionally raw track that throbs and oozes with sonic flecks and refined guitar while leaving you with a stillness to reflect on.
In contrast to his previous tracks, ‘Refugee’ and ‘One Heart’, ‘Need Nobody’ is a story of independence and acknowledging your inner strength to empower yourself. August says the opening line, “First you get drunk, then you get love”, a concept born in a moment of solitude and stillness, is a notion that most can relate to. August extracted his own emotions that gravitate around the opening line and infused the raw sentiment into the vibe of ‘Need Nobody’.
‘Need Nobody” will be available globally on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all major digital platforms on Tuesday March 21st, 2017
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