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Introducing…King Colour

Cleft from the streets of Sydney, four-piece King Colour is set to propel some more sexy rock-pop into the world through their new single, Show It To Me!

King Colour

King Colour

To be released this July, Show It To Me! is a roller coasting city anthem exploding with flavour, carelessly swinging hook to hook through a candy shop to turn that frown upside down, spinning vibes from all sides with a taste for your head space.

Since the boys joined forces in 2012, King Colour has been gracing the stages of Sydney, ripping up the Australian music scene with every show they play.

King Colour’s energy on stage is indisputably contagious and their live presence is nothing short of captivating. The band has been very busy this 2014 and it is only getting busier with the release of Show It To Me! this July.

With the success of their first single Break the Ice in 2013, King Colour is ready to please with the catchy, fun, exuberant track which is Show It To Me!

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Smoove & Turrell Release New Album, Broken Toys

Newcastle’s finest Smoove & Turrell are back in June with their third studio album Broken Toys. Their rise through the ranks of British soul has been nothing but unstoppable, here’s a little recap why…

First album Antique Soul scored some heavy points with singles I Can’t Give You Up, You Don’t Know and Beggarman. Gaining the lads two records of the week on Radio 2 (Radcliffe & Maconie) and their first ever-national playlist on 6music.  The original 7” of the northern soul banger I Can’t Give You Up still changes hands for up to £160 on the net. This propelled Smoove & Turrell to headlining stages at festivals such as Glastonbury and Big Chill to name a few, not bad for an unknown Geordie band.

Any worries about a difficult second album were brushed aside when in 2011 Smoove &Turrel released Eccentric Audio. With Smoove’s timeless production skills and a confident John Turrell at the top of his game both lyrically and vocally, Eccentric Audio saw the boys break through onto national TV and radio playlists throughout the UK and Europe. Getting two Radio 2 playlists with singles Hard Work and Gabriel and MTV Europe and Virgin Media playlists with single Slow Down.

Smoove & Turrell Broken Toys

Smoove & Turrell album artwork for Broken Toys

With the word starting to spread across the pond to America Smoove &Turrell tracks could be heard on as many things as network giant ABC’s prime-time campaign, feature film For A Good Time Call, video game The Crew and international smash hit series like The Finder and World of Jenks.

Back on home turf, track Hard Work was used on a national advertising campaign as well as others being used on a host of prime-time TV shows such as Match of the Day, Strictly Come Dancing, Splash and Coronation Street opening up Smoove &Turrell to yet a wider audience again.

Live performance highlights saw the boys perform in venues as varied as the legendary terrace in Space Ibiza, it took them as far a field as Moscow and Dubai, it let them play to the whole of Marseille from the ramparts of a castle and led them to support the one and only Nile Rodgers & Chic.

Now it’s 2014 and the album is Broken Toys. Scheduled for release in June, this is another jump forward both in terms of production and appeal. Sparkling pop songs flirt with disco influenced floor stompers in between the blues, jazz, funk and soul the boys are so well known for.

First out of the blocks was double A side single – Lay It On Me/I Just Want More and already gaining radio momentum with airplay on the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music) and Lisa Tarbuck (Radio 2) and which was swiftly followed by the barnstorming Will You Be Mine in late April.

Hitting the road again with their motley crew of Geordie reprobates Smoove & Turrell’s seven piece band will once again be gaining yet more of a loyal fan base both here in the UK and in Europe and the wider world.

Smoove & Turrell’s debut single, Lay It On Me/I Just Want More, was released on Jalapeno Records on 14 April taken from their forthcoming studio Broken Toys which will be released on 9 June.

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Ark Life Announce News Of Debut Album, The Dream Of You & Me

From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock & roll band These United States through five studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the US, Canada and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP and others.

In early 2013, Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York but as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer. The three-part harmonies of pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (also of TUS) and guitarist Natalie Tate blended too perfectly with veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto (Nathaniel Rateliff, The Czars) and Ark Life was on the road to creating their debut album The Dream of You & Me. The album will be out August 19 2014 on Denver label Greater Than Collective and was produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats. The band has just shared the first track, Let Your Heart Break with Paste Magazine which you can listen to here and onSoundcloud.

The Dream of You & Me is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins, and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty and the classic campfire singalong. Fifteen months and 150 shows in, the garage-soul upstarts have toured coast to coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Ha Ha Tonka and more.

Ark Life has just announced summer tour dates, including festival sets at Green Box Arts Festival & Joshua Tree Music Festival as well as a run of dates with Portland’s Quiet Life. All dates are below:

June 3 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 5 — Los Angeles, CA — Highland Park Film Fest (Jesse Elliott solo)
June 6 — Yorkville, IL — Music Under the Stars
June 7 — Chicago, IL — Val’s List Summer Kick-off
June 8 — Dixon, IL — House Concert (email for details)
June 27 — Avon, CO — Beaver Creek Music Experience
June 28 — Crestone, CO — The Cloud Station
July 1 — Denver, CO — Levitt Pavilion (Ruby Hill Park)
July 2 — Everywhere, EV — LIVE FROM LEON Webcast
July 4 — Green Mountain Falls, CO — Green Box Arts Festival
July 24-27 — Denver, CO — The UMS
Aug 7 — Boise, ID — The Crux
Aug 8 — Hood River, OR — Cebu
Aug 12 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern**
Aug 13 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge**
Aug 15 — Oakland, CA — We Are Scandinavia**
Aug 17 — Ventura, CA — Iron & Resin**
Aug 19 — Everywhere, EV – The Dream of You & Me release
Aug 19 — Las Vegas, NV — Downtown Container Park
Aug 20 — Flagstaff, AZ — Firecreek
Aug 21 — El Prado, NM — Taos Mesa Brewing
Aug 22 — Colorado Springs, CO — Ivywild**
Sept 13 — San Diego, CA — San Diego Music Thing
Oct 10-12 — Joshua Tree, CA — Joshua Tree Music Festival

** w/ Quiet Life

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Ava Luna Release New Track, Sears Roebuck M&Ms

Brooklyn funk-rockers Ava Luna have revealed their new track, Sears Roebuck M&Ms, from their new album, Electric Balloon, which is out March 10 via Western Vinyl. The group are also set to embark on a European tour this Spring with a show in London at Birthdays on April 28.

Sears Roebuck M&Ms starts and continues with an addictive riff that draws you in and doesn’t allow you to leave. As the band repeat “The new sweet thing” the track builds and builds to a dramatic crescendo showing just how much to offer this Brooklyn-bunch have.

Electric Balloon was recorded by Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader, both of whom, apart from being in Ava Luna, have gained further recognition as go-to recording engineers within the Brooklyn music community. The album was later mixed by Jimmy Douglass whose lengthy credits include the likes of Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Timbaland, Television and Gang of Four. The mix of grit and shine perfectly captures and accentuates their unique blend of doo-wop soul, no wave and art-pop.

After years of writing and performing, Ava Luna has refined their doo-wop soul meets punk-as-fuck aesthetic into something bold and glaringly defiant in today’s indie music landscape. Following the release of their critically lauded first proper full-length, Ice Level, the band spent an intense two-week period writing and recording in up-state New York. Unlike previous efforts that were meticulously mapped out, the songs that would become Electric Balloon were “a family effort” according to front-man Carlos Hernandez. For the new album, former Columbia composition student Hernandez relinquished the reins a bit, opting for a more organic approach to writing the material for what would become Electric Balloon. As Hernandez explains, it was a “…birth of confidence. I grew closer to my bandmates, began to see the roles of a family playing out. Ethan cooks dinner for all of us, we make lewd jokes, and then ‘after-dinner storytelling’ takes the form of playing music.”

In the wake of Ice Level, Ava Luna’s sharp edges have melted away just enough, making it easier to connect with their no-wave grooves and soaring harmonies. Distilling everything from James Chance and ESG to contemporaries like Dirty Projectors and Of Montreal, Ava Luna have landed on an aggressively unique sound that still manages to be accessible.

You can catch Ava Luna live on the following dates:
April
22 Ubu, Rennes FR
24 I Boat, Bordeaux FR
25 Aéronef Belle sortie, Wicres FR
28 Birthdays, London UK
29 Espace B, Paris FR

May
1 Muziek o-droom, Hasselt BE
2 Grüner Salon, Berlin DE
3 Beatpol, Dresden DE

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