Tuesday, 2 September 2014

RUFUS - SINGLE REVIEW

Rufus - Sundream (Columbia Records) 
Rufus - Sundream

Release Date: 8th September 2014

If you're in the mood for a little blissed out, trippy dance with a 90s feel and some classy production then you've come to the right place. Aussie trio Rufus have a new single out in the form of 'Sundream' which is just gorgeous and could easily be the backing for a new Kylie release with the subtle, twinkling melodies and rolling synths played out atop the trance-like beat and gently throbbing bass line. This is sunrise music for the morning after the night before when you wake in the naked embrace of a complete stranger wearing nothing but a smile and a few teeth marks. Not a beach in the UK though obviously, you'd freeze to death.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/rufussounds

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-75cTvn8gXQ

Live Dates:

26th September - King Tuts, Glasgow
27th September - Night & Day, Manchester
30th September - Start The Bus, Bristol
1st October - Scala, London

2nd October - Temple, Birmingham 

RUN RIVER NORTH - SINGLE REVIEW

Run River North - Excuses (Nettwork Music Group) 
Run River North - Excuses

Release Date: 29th September 2014

The San Fernando Valley has always sounded like a cool place to go and hang out with people so I might go and hang out with Run River North as they seem like pretty fun people. This new single, 'Excuses', is a light and bouncy indie number that's somewhere between Vampire Weekend and the Kooks with jangly, summery guitars and the kind of chorus that is just begging to be sung back at the stage during a summer festival. There's something infectiously perky about this tune that is like the last days of summer sun and the last crate of cider being enjoyed as the sun goes down and the beach fires get lit.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/runrivernorth?fref=ts

Watch the Video: http://youtu.be/trL-s9vJ2OI

Live Dates:

6th October - The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles w/Boy & Bear
7th October - Marquee Theatre, Tempe w/Boy & Bear
9th October - Granada Theatre, Dallas w/Boy & Bear
10th October - House Of Blues, New Orleans w/Boy & Bear
11th October - The Loft at Centre Stage, Atlanta w/Boy & Bear
12th October - Southern Ground Festival, Charleston w/Zac Brown Band
13th October - The 8 x 10, Baltimore w/Boy & Bear
15th October - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn w/Boy & Bear
16th October - Royale Boston, Boston w/Boy & Bear

24th October - Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis w/Lily & Madeleine

KATE HAVNEVIK - SINGLE REVIEW

Kate Havnevik - Micronation (Continentica Records) 
Kate Havnevik - Micronation

Well, if this isn't nearly three minutes of utterly delightful, airy pop with an indie edge then I don't know what is! Kate Havnevik is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and her latest single, 'Micronation', is a gorgeous, sugary sweet blend of Kimbra, Feist, Katy Perry, Bat For Lashes and a whole load of late 80s/early 90s pop influences. The sliding, swooping string sounds are luscious while the bass line bounces along like a bumble bee with pockets full of nectar and only making honey on his mind. Havnevik's voice is smooth and classically in the pop style which makes this whole experience thoroughly pleasant and utterly uplifting.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Havnevik

CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN - SINGLE REVIEW

Catfish & The Bottlemen - Cocoon (Communion/Island Records) 
Catfish & The Bottlemen - Cocoon

Release Date: 15th September 2014

I'm getting a little bit worried about Catfish & The Bottlemen. They seem to have been touted in every corner as the 'next big thing' for a few months now and have been touring the land near and far every night that they can. We're now on the verge on them releasing yet another single and then the album drops but if they don't get that big hit soon they could become also-rans. 'Cocoon' could very possibly be that single with its big, chiming riffs, rib shaking drums and swaggering sense of cool. These guys are fast becoming rock stars but they need to be accepted as such otherwise they could end up drinking in Wetherspoon's on a Tuesday morning waiting for Cash Converters to open so they can go and talk about guitars with the kid behind the counter. Let's not waste another set of rock stars people, lord knows we've wasted enough in the past.

More information: http://www.catfishandandthebottlemen.com/

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va75GaPv5jY

Live Dates:

5th November - The Globe, Cardiff
6th November - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
7th November - Koko, London SOLD OUT
8th November - O2 Academy, Leicester
9th November - Cockpit, Leeds
12th November - Caves, Edinburght
13th November - Tunnels, Aberdeen
14th November - Classic Grand, Glasgow
15th November - O2 Academy, Newcastle
3rd December - Ritz, Manchester
5th December - Stoke, Sugarmill
7th December - Institute, Birmingham
8th December - O2 Academy, Oxford
12th December - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

13th December - O2 Academy, Liverpool 

HOLLIE APRIL - SINGLE REVIEW

Hollie April - Together Alone 
Hollie April - Together Alone

Release Date: 22nd September 2014

Gibraltar is not traditionally a hot bed of new music and I don't know whether that says more about Gibraltar as a creative country or the music world's approach to the smaller nations. Either way, Hollie April is a Gibraltan resident and is also exceedingly talented so we should all listen up. This latest single, 'Together Alone', begins with a haunting vocal like the mists of early morning with the same atmospheric feel as Laura Marling at her best. The acoustic guitar then kicks in with a firm strum and April's voice takes on a more robust and guttural feel. By the end of this six minute opus, there are elements of Ellie Goulding and Zoe Johnston about the song and that is fine company to keep indeed. So that's Hollie April people - a big talent from a small country.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/hollieaprilmusic?fref=ts

Sunday, 31 August 2014

DAMN VANDALS - SINGLE REVIEW

Damn Vandals - Cities Of A Plastic World / Too Lazy To Die Too Stoned To Live (Sexy Beast) 
Damn Vandals - Cities Of A Plastic World /
Too Lazy To Die Too Stoned To Live

Release Date: 22nd September 2014

I do love rock'n'roll so. Londoners Damn Vandals have got a swagger and bluster that you rarely see in a band with melodies to match so it's exciting to have this double-A side crop up in my inbox. 'Cities Of A Plastic World' is an unforgiving piece of sinister, shadow-lurking rock that is part Grinderman, part Cooper Temple Clause and part Boss Hogg all wrapped up in a Clash shaped bundle. The other half of this single, 'Too Lazy To Die Too Stoned To Live', was possibly my motto during my uni years but in real terms is now a sweat and vomit stained leather jacket that reeks of strong liquor and desperation. I have no idea what Damn Vandals look like but from the way they sound I'm assuming that Brylcreem, tattoos and the colour black are involved (I just checked, I was wrong).

More information: http://www.damnvandals.co.uk/

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/damn-vandals/sets/too-lazy-too-die-too-stoned-to

Live Dates:


20th September - Single Launch @ The Sebright Arms, London  

MARY JOANNA & THE SOUTHERN ELECTRIKK - SINGLE REVIEW

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk - Wasted (Mexican Bedroom) 
Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk - Wasted

Release Date: 22nd September 2014

If your surname was Coogan and your dad had been in an influential 90s band while your uncle was a Marmite comedian of the modern ages you would probably drop it to see if you could be taken seriously on your own. Such is the case with frontwoman Mary Joanna who is here with a Mancunian supergroup behind her to present her debut single 'Wasted'. The soft shuffle of the drums and gentle guitars are seductive enough but Mary Joanna's vocals are the real winner here as she sings a siren song that essentially says "you will fall in love with me and I will show absolutely no interest in you unless it benefits me to do so". I'm not saying she's a bitch, oh no, it's just that our heroine has already mastered that art of rock'n'roll cool that so many aspire to and never achieve. A muted but intriguing debut, then, but there's more to come here, of that I am sure.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/maryjoannaandthesouthernelectrikk?fref=ts

Live Dates:

20th September - Tiger Lounge, Manchester

7th November - 12 Bar Club, London w/Band Of Holy Joy