Friday, 7 August 2020

snny creating waves in the music industry with his latest release

Take a splash of political essays, a dash of “in your face” basslines and a sprinkle of positivity. What do you get? The latest single from snny, ‘Postmodern Black’ which was released yesterday via Radio Silence. Premiered via FLAUNT, ‘Postmodern Black’ has already seen support from a wide range of publications including Colors, American Songwriter, Under The Radar Magazine, Ones To Watch, This 

Song Is Sick, The Girl At The Rock Show and Muze FM. 

According to Muze FM: “‘Postmodern Black’ sees snny play around with upbeat synth notes along with a bold bass progression, which complements his positive and daring lyrics”. You can read the full feature here

Eager to see more of snny's work? So are we. Luckily there’s not too long to wait as the single is taken from snny's debut album. We’re not too sure when that will be released just yet but in the meantime, if the craving gets too much, you can always find his recently released EP, Otito on all major streaming platforms.

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Indie pop duo 0171 share new song ‘Photograph’

Hackney, London based duo 0171 release their new single "Photograph", the third track to be shared from upcoming EP 'Change Nothing'. Widely praised for their futuristic, experimental approach to electronic pop, the new single follows the previously released singles “Automatic” and "Follow".

Consisting of producers/singers Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare, 0171 are breaking down societal conundrums and complexities; all played out to a backdrop of innovative, technology-warped pop.

"Photograph" pushes those musical boundaries further once more. Aligning with contemporaries including Rina Sawayama, Kero Kero Bonito and 100 gecs, Joe and Georgie knit together soaring string sections with jittering percussion and ghostly electronics, with the duo singing about empty nostalgia: "make me unsure and small / ghost of my memory".

“Photograph is inspired by looking at a photo of an ex," the band said. "A photo that records a moment when everything seemed perfect, but now it’s a lie, and it makes you feel strange, like you can’t really remember who you were in that photo, when you loved that person. Like a life that never happened. We’ve all picked up old photos like that we find in our bedroom, that make you sit down and feel sad for a time that is lost, even if you don’t regret the relationship ending. I’m (Joe) definitely someone who spends a lot of time thinking about my past, and the feelings that I’ll never get back. Georgie’s there in this song to tell me to get over it ffs.” 

Once again channelling the pop music the pair grew up with, "Photograph" brings together the wide-screen nostalgia of artists like MGMT and M83, with joyous 90's plastic-pop-inspired melodies and songwriting flair.

New single “Photograph” is lifted from 0171’s forthcoming second EP ‘Change Nothing’, the follow-up to their acclaimed (Dazed, Noisey/VICE, The Fader, Loud & Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, i-D, Gorilla vs Bear, Clash, Highsnobiety etc) debut EP ‘Red Light’.

Borne out of frustration, the new EP explores feelings of stasis, the struggle between clinging on to what brings you down, and ultimately just letting go.

0171’s new single “Photograph” is out now. New EP ‘Change Nothing’ is out August 14th.

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Monday, 3 August 2020

Celebrated music producer obylx releases edgy song

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Oliver Johnson widely known as music genius obylx has taken us on his journey in isolation in the past few months of quarantine, expressing how this period has impacted his mental well being for the worst.

 As promised on the first day of each new month, obylx has delivered with his edgy and fearless single ‘Through The Night’ via Guise Records. Usually inspired by the likes of Bowie and Phillip Glass, obylx swaps the old with the more modern work of Glass Animals, Jungle and 20syl.

Previously featured on BSMNT Club with his single ‘Invincible’, they commented on the artist’s music overall, “Oliver Johnson (obylx)  is known for his cynical or slightly melancholic subject matter in his music.”

This time around, obylx leads with quirky charm and an upbeat attitude reminiscent of a Glass Animals hit. ‘Through The Night’ leaves us guessing what obylx has in store for us with his new diary entry.

The producer reveals the empowering message behind the single, “ ‘Through The Night’, “Escaping from a situation you find yourself in after realizing it isn’t actually good for you. Then to embrace the unknown and simply surrender yourself to the night”

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Singer Eivør shares surreal new music video for song, ‘Sleep On It’

Faroese electronica artist Eivør has released the video to accompany her new single, 'Sleep On It'. Directed by Einar Egils and shot on location in Iceland, the video also features actor Tómas Lemarquis (Blade Runner 2049, X-Men: Apocalypse). 'Sleep On It' is lifted from Copenhagen-based Eivør's forthcoming new album, “Segl” (due September 18, 2020) the follow-up to her widely-praised 2017 release “Slør”. Featuring a guest appearance from Ásgeir and co-production from Lana Del Rey collaborator Daniel Heath, “Segl” will be accompanied by an extensive 34 date international tour from Eivør, including 4 UK dates kicking off at London's Union Chapel on October 22, 2020.

Einar Egils' striking new video tracks the propulsive, elemental electronica of 'Sleep On It' to an apocalyptic scenario in a remote corner of the earth. Speaking about the ideas which played into the creation of the video, he explains; "The world has been ending for years, and here we find those who are left on our planet. They have been stuck in this loop of a party for as long as they can remember and are desperate for a solution. They will sacrifice Eivør, and by doing so they fall into their inevitable sleep, forever."

Speaking about the interplay between the video & the new track - which she wrote following a bad bout of insomnia - Eivør observes; "The video portrays a desperate and isolated situation. Sleep On It' is a song about making choices - it's like a late night flow of consciousness. Sometimes making a wrong choice might be the only way to eventually make the right one. This is the first song I wrote for my new album, and it was written during a sleepless night 3 years ago in my apartment in Copenhagen. Most of all this song portrays hope to me. Regardless of one's past, or "old habits", it's never too late to change".

Eivør hails from the remote Scandinavian archipelago of The Faroe Islands, where she grew up in a tiny village with a population of just 453. The release of “Slør” saw Eivør make her debut in the UK with the anglophile version of an album previously recorded entirely in Faroese, following a painstaking period of translation & re-recording. Whilst 'Slør' - which also triggered Eivør's debut on Later.....With Jools Holland - was her commercial British debut, in Nordic territories Eivør Pálsdóttir is a veteran artist of over 16 years standing.

Immersing herself in music from 13, Eivør fronted a trip-hop band after discovering seminal albums by Massive Attack and Portishead. Gigs soon followed, held afloat in rowing boats, in the pitch-black darkness of a huge cave on the island of Hestur. At 16 Eivør quit school, moving alone to Reykjavik to release her debut album and pursue classical singing training. She has since won the Icelandic Music Prize, twice - the first non-Icelandic artist to do so. The approval of contemporaries including John Grant and Ásgeir, a move from Iceland to Copenhagen, and numerous sync spots across TV and film are all testament to the crossover appeal of her music. Eivør also collaborated on the soundtrack for Metal Gear Solid and performed to a global audience of 50 million at the launch of God Of War.

2020 UK Tour Dates

22 October LONDON Union Chapel
23 October MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
25 October GLASGOW St Luke's


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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Funk musician Sola Rosa shares forward-thinking music video

New Zealand artist Andrew Spraggon, crafting under the moniker Sola Rosa, teases more new music with for ‘For The Mighty Dollar’, featuring regular collaborator and former The Streets singer Kevin Mark Trail. The track is the second single from the forthcoming album, ‘Chasing The Sun’, due for release on 25th September.

The socially-conscious track is the follow up to the recently released single, ‘Searching For Love’ feat. Kiko Bun, which saw support at radio from the UK home of soulful music Mi Soul, with Indie London featuring the single in their ‘Singles of The Week’. Topically timeless, ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ challenges the endless struggle between commerce and the common good.

Long-time Sola Rosa collaborator Kevin Mark Trail gives a poignant message about the track; “money has been placed as the most important thing in the world and the divide between the rich and poor is still very wide. Many governments and corporations are still corrupt. Inequality, sexism, racism and injustice continue to reign. The aim of the song is to get people to think about the life we are living. The Covid-19 pandemic has given us time to question our values and direction, personally and globally, but what do we want? Who are we? What do we need? Where is the love? Could we be living better with each other and the planet as a whole?”

Reminiscent of the iconic funk and soul classics, ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ features solid beats, lush strings, bold horns and powerhouse backing vocals wrapped around a soulful lead. Long term Basement Jaxx collaborator and one of the UK’s top soul singers, Sharlene Hector delivers the BV’s, while Sola Rosa’s live band featuring Peter Leupolu, Michal Martyniuk, Dixon Nacey, Matt Short, Julien Dyne and Spraggon himself build the foundations of the track. The final addition of Mike Booth, Andrew Hall and Hadyn Godfrey on horns and strings from the Black Quartet complete the track.

The compelling short film accompanying the track - directed and edited by Elliot O’Connell/Askew One and shot by Gareth Moon - documents the environmental and societal impact of the COVID 19 lockdown on Sola Rosa hometown of Auckland City in New Zealand. Inviting the viewer to question whether the opportunity to reconnect to a slower pace of life is something that should be preserved, or whether their comfort lies in a return to the normality of a commerce-driven life. Talking about the visuals, the director explains; “the scope of what could be created for this video evolved as we progressed through the various levels of lockdown. It’s a really significant time in the world right now, and so much has happened in the last 10 weeks. The theme of the song is particularly poignant, particularly in this moment. Ultimately all our systems are so interdependent and tightly bound to capitalism and I wanted to bring that sense of increasing anxiety into play - leaving the viewer to ask themselves, is this really what we want?”

Sola Rosa’s history is littered with Number 1 releases, awards and critical acclaim in his home country of New Zealand, with accolades spanning over a decade. Highlights include a #1 album on iTunes and the IMZN Music Charts, multiple bNet and VNZMA nominations and awards for Best Electronica Album, Best Independent Release, Best Producer and Best Dance/Electronic Album.

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