Monthly Archives: August 2014

Introducing…Tangina Stone

Rising singer-songwriter Tangina Stone premiered the first single Cops from her forthcoming debut EP The Fall on The Boombox.

While musicians may find themselves having to choose between appealing to a mainstream audience and staying true to themselves; enter Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tangina Stone. Channelling vibrations of legendary Soul and R&B while staying entirely rooted in the sounds of today, her voice boldly explores themes of pain and love simultaneously. Her songwriting complex but easily understood; abstract but focused and familiar but refreshingly new. Featuring four original tracks and two remixes, her debut EP The Fall, scheduled for release September 1, is a musical memoir about hitting rock bottom, getting back up again and finding her greatest love through it all.

Moving to New York City from her hometown of Canton, OH at the age of 18, Tangina knew no one. She spent five years pursing her career relentlessly, forging relationships with other local musicians and has built a loyal and growing fan base along the way, especially among the underground live music scene having played Arlene’s Grocery, SOBs, Rockwood Music Hall, Silvana and other venues in and around New York City.

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Simian Ghost Premiere Video For Album Title Track, Youth

Youth (Reissue) is a new version of Swedish indie pop band Simian Ghost’s 2012 widely acclaimed album, now with five additional bonus tracks.

Formed in 2011 by musician and visual artist Sebastian Arnstrom, the band’s debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere topped the Critics Chart in Sweden. Now expanded to a five piece including brother Erik Klinga on drums, Mathias Zachrisson on guitar, Maja Agnevik on additional vocals as well as Wilhelm Magnusson on bass, the band has shared stages with Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT, Tony Buck and Niki & the Dove among many others.

The five new tracks onYouth, reissued by Austin’s Red Eye Transit, offer up more of the band’s signature sweet pop sound; from the honeyed harmonies of 2012 which recently premiered at CLASH to the joyful breeziness of Echoes in Your Heart, the new Youth tracks exhibit the musical qualities that have earned them the title of “one of Sweden’s most interesting pop acts to come out this year.” (Noisey).

Simain Ghost are celebrating the charming video for the title track Youth on The 405; the video was filmed during the band’s inaugural US trip to South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. To achieve the timelapse imagery, the band rented out a trampoline park for the day while the festival was going on and produced a bittersweet video that conjures up the feelings of the breezy summer ending.

Youth (Reissue) is out September 9 2014 on Red Eye Transit.

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Love Inks Reveal New Track, Regular Lovers, Prior To Release Of New Album, Exi

With just a couple of weeks until Love Inks release their third album Exi, the Austin trio reveal sleek album standout track Regular Lovers. The band has also just announced a string of EU dates later this year including a show at The Shacklewell Arms in London on December 2.

Regular Lovers sees Love Inks at one of their most stripped back to date; it’s a powerfully sincere work that holds a whole load of emotion as Sherry LeBlanc’s silky vocals echo, ‘We’re regular lovers and it feels good’. In the words of Sherry herself: “It’s a dark, predatory love song hidden under seemingly blasé lyrics.”

Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas.

The trio use a combination of delicate guitar sounds, played quietly as if from a 12-foot deep well, alongside a bass, creating both tension and melodic release, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc’s voice which leads the listener through every song whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements come together in synchronised dignity to make Love Inks.

The band’s use of silence and approach to instrumentation makes their music direct and sincere harking a real testament to that little old saying, that sometimes less really is more.

Love Inks new album, Exi, is set for release on September 8 2014.

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Introducing…Jane Allison

Welsh singer songwriter and actress Jane Allison Stanness (Nighty Night/Hunderby) is releasing her debut solo Americana album Just Another Girl under the name Jane Allison.

Jane Allison Just Another Girl

Jane Allison Just Another Girl album artwork

Written in Berlin in 2011 while Jane was living there amidst the soft lit, subterranean, demiurgic world of artists, misfits and poets, the record was recorded and produced in 2013 by Alonza Bevan at Kula Shakers studio’s deep in the heart of the Ardennes in Belgium. It was finished off with some sweet country, bar room licks in hub of Bristol’s Country roots scene by Mark Legassick (Howlin Lord) and Country Dave Caven with the help of Stew Jackson (producer Massive Attack).

Just Another Girl has a down home Country vibe, coloured with a flavour of Jane’s childhood influences such as Young, Cohen and Baez. Telling tales of secrets, passion, longing, loss and redemption her songs and voice alike betray substance, thoughtfulness and vulnerability delivered with an authenticity that is captivating and memorable.

A couple of tracks off the album have already had some radio airplay in the USA as well as in the UK and Berlin.

Just Another Girl is due for release Sept 6 as a CD and a digital download.

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Apherium To Release New EP, Neoteric

Formed during their college days in 2011 and coming at you from Yeovil, Apherium soon forged a sturdy bond and quickly put out their debut album The Cycle the following year. The album was a steep learning curve for the quartet yet they soon discovered how to better cultivate their sound and reflect on their song writing. The melodic metallers reshaped their set during 2013 and began to spread their wings racking up a series of successful shows in London, Midlands, South Wales and throughout the South West. The band then bunkered down in preparation for their new EP, entitled Neoteric, which is slated for a reboot this September and is rammed with sonic sledgehammer fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms that promise to melt your ears.

The EP propels to life with the driving opener New Light which boasts duelling guitar lines, magnificently layered vocals and progressive phrasing. The pounding groove and dynamic Silver Tongues then comes over you with soaring riffs and a colossal refrain that will hang in the air for eons. The record soon presses on with Angels Of Our Nature which twists and effortlessly gleams with true potency before the brilliance of their past single Shadows attacks your senses. Lastly, Rise Again closes the EP, balancing melodic hooks with razor sharp riffery, as the cut draws proceedings to a fitting conclusion. With the national launch of the EP lined up for September and the foursome ready to hit the UK with widespread touring, look out for extensive shows soon to be announced for the remainder of the year.

Neoteric is set for release on September 22 2014.

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Sinkane Releases New Track, New Name, Prior To Release Of His New Album, Mean Love

With the release of his inspired and eclectic new album Mean Love being tomorrow, Sinkane reveals another new cut and confirms new London shows, including a Rough Trade East instore on Sept 1 and a second London headline show.

In addition to the free album launch show at The Shacklewell Arms on Sept 12, Sinkane will play at London’s Oslo on Dec 1 with a full UK tour soon to be added.

You can listen to the latest cut, New Name here.

Sinkane

Sinkane

Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.

From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal and especially the monumental task he underwent as musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.

Gallab excavated and arranged a treasure trove of lost classics from the West African synth-pioneer to put together a now legendary series of performances. Alongside his band-mates in Sinkane (jaytram on drums, Ish Montgomery on bass, Jonny Lam on guitar), he also brought on guests Damon Albarn, David Byrne, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and Blood Orange.

The experiences from this on-going endeavour contribute to the collective feel of the record and attest to his uncanny ability to embrace and assemble a huge history as pure and generous modern-musical expressions. Employing the architecture of pop and a forward-thinking approach to its classic instrumentation, the vibes of Sinkane’s deep-groove past remain intact, in full force.

There are doses of West African funk slow-burners, a noir blaxploitation cool and a more afro-centric Curtis Mayfield is present, specifically in album standout Hold Tight. A surprising country soul rising is detectable in the title track Mean Love and also in the hauntingly beautiful slide guitar work of Galley Boys a la such soul heavyweights as James Carr and Solomun Burke.

Mean Love will be released September 1 internationally on City Slang (and on DFA Records in North America).

Look for Sinkane on tour this fall as the band embarks on a run of dates in the EU in September and a nationwide tour of the US in October.

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Ruu Campbell Releases Debut Solo Album, Heartsong

From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to two years work with Leftfield, a spell with trance outfit Younger Brother, collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra and now his debut solo album, Ruu Campbell has crossed the genre-boundary repeatedly in his fledgling career.

Infused with his natural warmth and spirit, his debut solo record is one that will be loved by any devotee of the bucolic charms of Nick Drake and John Martyn. Already  three tracks from it — The Call, Crossroads and Mathereal — have been featured in NBC’s smash hit series Parenthood while others have been employed for shows on MTV and ABC. The recently completed movie Barking At Trees starring leading British actors Jessica Hynes, Tom Payne and Tommy Flanagan also features The Call.

Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell

One day, back when Ruu Campbell was still a reluctant city dweller, his house got robbed. For many, it would have been a moment of physical and emotional trauma. But for Ruu, in the wider scheme of things, all was well. They didn’t steal his guitars.

Such is the unswerving spirit of this captivating English singer-songwriter that as long as he can keep his music and the people he loves close to him, that’s all he needs. Especially since that break-in was one of the catalysts for Campbell and his family to leave the city for the pastoral inspiration of the West country. The result is the album Heartsong and it’s guaranteed to be one of this year’s most delightful acoustic pleasures.

Respected for a varied background that includes his vocal collaborations with Leftfield, a major label adventure and writing and performing with the electronic band Younger Brother, Campbell has reinhabited his acoustic roots to make the album that has always been inside him.

Infused with his natural warmth and spirit and with its gorgeously deft use of guitars, flute, cellos and violins, Heartsong is a record that will be loved by any devotee of the bucolic charms of Nick Drake and John Martyn but with Campbell’s stamp gently embossed on every elegantly-crafted track.

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