Welcome to the hazy world of London’s Nima and Charlie AKA Whilk & Misky.
Nima likes cold industrial techno whilst Charlie likes angst infused soul which places them in a mystical highway somewhere between Chet Faker and Flume.
From a chance meeting at a restaurant where Charlie was working to posting demos online to finally causing a budding war between a gaggle of labels – the duo have just glazed the finishing touches over the debut EP, The First Sip.
Following their Next Hype kudos from Zane Lowe for their debut single Clap Your Hands and the release of its sublime Miami-backlit video last week, Whilk & Miksy have now revealed the next track from the EP – the stripped back deep-electronica slab that is Darklands. The track first surfaced online last year as a demo and now the final edit can be heard for the first time.
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the details of his eagerly anticipated second album.
I Forget Where We Were is set for release on October 20 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order now.
Fans can pre-order the physical album and the vinyl (which includes one extra song) via Ben’s website.
To coincide with its announcement, the first single from the album, I Forget Where We Were, is now streaming. You can listen to the official audio below.
The single follows the epic eight minute taster, End Of The Affair, posted online earlier this summer (official audio also below).
I Forget Where We Were follows the release of Ben’s hugely successful debut album, Every Kingdom. Every Kingdom, released in October 2011 sold in excess of one million copies globally, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and was the catalyst for Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.
Chicago born Jack Kovacs is a force to be reckoned with on his debut EP The State Line which is due out on October 14 2014. A Los Angeles transplant, Jack left the City of Broad Shoulders for the City of Angeles to study guitar performance at the University of Southern California. It was in the midst of musical learning and discovery that his world was opened up to the art of songwriting, forever changing the course of his dreams. His breathtaking, cinematic stories come to life with an experimental edge that makes beautiful use of arrangement and dynamics, effortlessly pulling inspiration from the singer/songwriters of the 1970’s and today. With Jack counting his influences among iconic artists like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as well as Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver; it’s easy to understand where the emotional sensibilities originate from. Self produced alongside Tim Kobza, his 2014 release, The State Line is full of layered harmonies and present storytelling, designed to connect to the heart and soul of each and every listener.
Song of the Summer is Jack Kovacs newest single release featuring Huxlee’s. Song Of The Summer allows you to feel those quiet summer days of the past echoing through the guitar riffs and building, expansive chorus. It boarders on the new, woodsier trend in indie rock, though still captures the 1970’s feel of carefree abandon that is fluent in so much of Jack’s music. The track stands as an ode to all of those summer time anthems from your youth and the memories that immediately attach themselves to the melody when you hear it.
Creating a stunning blend of sun-drenched guitar pop and indie rock that boasts catchy hooks and soaring melodies, Chase City have all the winning ingredients of a band who will soundtrack your summer.
Taking cues from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Last Dinosaurs and San Cisco, the band’s latest single Go Back is instant yet enthralling; showcasing all the best qualities of a pure pop song. Think upbeat, bouncy melodies and a chorus earworm…this is a sonic slice from a band who are consistently bringing the good times.
Channeling their inner Americana in the heartfelt video for Stuck, South Africa’s electric husband and wife duo of Martin and Cheryl Engel, known as Connecting Stars, bring line dancing, cowboy hats and African gumboot dancing to the beach. The song, filled with swinging acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and catchy hooks is a genre – bending musical combination for fans of pop, folk, country and indie rock. Stuck recently debuted at number 30 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and is also charting on AC and college radio stations throughout the country. Their self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on August 26 2014 and the single is currently on-sale via www.connectingstars.com for a limited time.
Filmed in their native coastal town of Durban, South Africa, the new video is the perfect visual accompaniment to their unforgettable song, Stuck. The light-hearted video features the band performing on a pier on a warm summer day and is bound to warm hearts around the globe.
Martin Engle offers: “We had a great time filming the Stuck music video. Showcasing our beautiful hometown of Durban while combining line dancing and gumboot dancing with a crowd of our friends and fans on the beach – made for an unforgettable day.”
Connecting Stars will also embark on their first U.S. mini-tour starting August 16 2014 at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and will also appear in Nashville, San Diego and Los Angeles. Their unique amalgamation of passion and multi-instrumentation makes for unforgettable live performances that are not to be missed.
The twelve bittersweet tracks on Connecting Stars take listeners on a musical and lyrical journey spanning the lofty highs and crushing lows of love found, lost or betrayed as well as the confusion and helplessness when loved ones pass away or suffer needlessly. Intertwined with strains of ukulele, harmonica and mandolin, the album’s most remarkable and lyrically motivating songs draw on both painful and joyful life moments while the Engels’ musical skill and intuitive interaction make for an unforgettable presentation.
If you were looking for a talented singer-songwriter waiting to break out, the Goldman Sachs trading floor might be the last place you would look. But that’s just where Danny Ferraro spent his last five years, plying out his daily trade. In 2014, after years of ambivalence and second-guessing, he finally summoned the courage to make the leap and pursue music full-time.
Danny’s first band experience occurred in 2005 during his first semester at Columbia University where he met future Just Walden musician, Taylor Eichenseer. They built a following around campus; playing shows at parties and various venues around the city before releasing a self-titled EP in 2008. After graduation, the group added childhood friend Alex Margolin and Taylor’s brother, Aaron. They built a studio in their apartment and started experimenting more with their sound. This new group was short lived though: Danny’s job took him to London where he nonetheless continued to write songs. The rest of the group founded the band Wildcat Apollo in Brooklyn eventually relocating to their hometown, Austin, TX.
Before Just Walden finally materialised as a band, principal songwriter Danny Ferraro had a significant reoccurring dream. “It was all the members jamming to a song that had this unique, rocking, contiguous sound with the piano as the central rhythm.” It was the increasing recurrence of this vision that gave him that extra bit of courage to leave his job. This final step resulted in his move to Austin where he rejoined the rest of the gang and helped form the new group, Just Walden – named after the pond made famous by author Henry David Thoreau.
Just Walden’s debut, High Street Barton Blues, barrels out in a glorious haze of psychedelic piano rock, a spiritual and soul-searching experience. Some of the material, which is based on Danny’s experiences in Central London, was informed by the harsher elements of coming-of-age while other songs on the record are beaming with encouragement and sanctuary found upon return to his band.
Just Walden have recently placed their latest track, Romie Knows, on Soundcloud for fans to download.
Australian phenomenon Sheppard make their long-awaited North American debut with the Geronimo EP, available through iTunes and all digital retailers next Tuesday August 12 2014. Last week, the group premiered the cinematic music video for the title track which was made available for the first time in the U.S. on Idolator.
Currently quadruple-platinum in Australia, Geronimo merges artful instrumentation with indie rock panache and undeniable pop prowess. With its anthemic chorus and refreshing blend of male and female harmonies, it is evident why the song has become the number one most played track on the Australian Airplay Chart and holds the record for the longest running number one single by an independent Australian artist. What’s more, Geronimo is the highest selling Australian song of the year.
This month, the Brisbane six-piece’s independent Australian album debut, Bombs Away, took number one on Australia’s top album charts, cementing Sheppard as one of the country’s foremost breaking acts. Across the pond, UK fans have responded with similar enthusiasm. Global streams on Geronimo exceed one million and counting while UK streams alone are impressively nearing 150,000 with 20,000 on Spotify during release week. Currently, the song also stands strong at number three on the UK’s Spotify viral chart. Now, Sheppard is gearing up to conquer the United States.
Most recently, the band gave a much buzzed about performance on the grand finale of The Voice in Australia and VIBE Magazine named them one of five acts “ready to pop.” Moreover, other artists and tastemakers have been quite vocal about their admiration of Sheppard. The Vamps, Scooter Braun and more recently tweeted their support.
Sheppard is comprised of siblings, George, Amy and Emma Sheppard along with friends Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon. They officially touch down with Geronimo next week.