New London alternative pop band Jockstrap released their debut mini-album 'Love Is the Key to the City' on 2 November via Kaya Kaya Records. The mini-album announcement came following their acclaimed debut single ‘Hayley’ in September which received support from The FADER, Dazed, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
Led by Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye - the 20-year-old driving forces behind the band - Jockstrap met and formed at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama last year.
The sound is all elegant composition - full of luscious Hollywood strings, soft vocals and jazz-tinged melodies - cut jarringly and precisely with sharp bright synths, metallic beats and electronic noise. Yet, the instrumentation of their music ranges from those spiky synths and dreamy vocals recorded in their bedroom to the other end of the spectrum - a 21-piece classical string orchestra which came together through Guildhall. Think PC Music meets Paul Simon and Johnny Mandel.
They are joined live by friends and fellow students Melchior Giedroyc, Michael Dunlop and Lewis Evans. And after playing Pitchfork Paris and Iceland Airwaves, featured alongside A$AP Rocky and Mica Levi on Hackney auteur Dean Blunt’s latest EP release Soul On Fire, and being tipped for big things by Q Magazine, The Guardian and Huw Stephens to name a few, Jockstrap have established themselves as one of the hottest new bands in the U.K.
Two men. One vision. Man Duo is the second coming of Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Long-Sam: cherished producers and good friends from Helsinki whose 2012 debut Amateurs de Vérité refracted outsider electronics through the prism of psychedelic folk. Now the pair are back with a new name and an enchanting new album, Orbit, that takes the exotic pop we’ve come to associate with both artists far beyond the dancefloor and out into the cosmos. “Man Duo sounds more like a band instead of just two individuals,” says Sami Toroi, aka Long-Sam. “We used to go by the name Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Long-Sam – now it’s easier to see this as a unit of its own without confusing it with our solo careers.”
‘Luck of the Draw’, is the debut single and accompanying video from Common Body, the latest project to come from Cherish Kaya and Georgia Lee. Having played together in various guises over the years, the pair found themselves increasingly inspired by 70’s avant-funk and new wave – and how it could be updated for the present day. The result is ‘Luck of the Draw’ a forward thinking pop production that crafts a sound that is equally confrontational, playful and seductive.
TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it's way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo - Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen - obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form. Following the release of their second album "The Shape Of The Dance" September 2016, TOMAGA will release a new four track EP 'Greetings from The Bitter End' which features two new songs and reworkings from good pals Shit and Shine and Cavern Of Anti-Matter. The impetus for the new EP came when the pair returned from recording the last album in Tuscany and acquired a marimba on arrival back in London, this unleashed a "tuned percussion journey" resulting in the mantra like 'Liberating Mania'. The title track is a more ambient and atmospheric affair - a textured build up of percussive parts and features Rick Tomlinson on hornet.
Widely respected for his interesting and experimental side projects, The Horrors synthesist Tom Furse has today released an album of instrumentals, recorded entirely on the Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesiser - only the second album of its kind in existence. Created in just one week, Tom Furse's 'Interludes' is a fun snapshot of his exploration of this technology, capturing the results how and when they happened, and presented in the order they were made. 'Interludes' began as an experiment in producing short pieces of music for use on his NTS radio show, but Tom soon realised he'd inadvertently crafted an album's worth of work. Created between 9th-16th July 2016, the 16 track album was recorded in the order of the final tracklisting, with each piece informing the next. It is intended to be enjoyed as a whole, a reaction against the idea of the 'dying album'.
GEoRGiA is the moniker of London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Barnes. Her debut EP 'Come In' - written and recorded entirely by herself in her home studio - is set for release physically on 12" vinyl and digitally through Kaya Kaya. GEoRGiA cut her teeth drumming with Kwes and can also be found playing with Kate Tempest and Micachu and the Shapes.
Muscle was the first new recorded material from Gwilym Gold since the release of the ground-breaking TENDER METAL project in 2012. A pioneering musical piece available exclusively in BRONZE - the generative-music format created by Gwilym Gold with producer Lexxx - which reinterprets songs in real time, manipulating all aspects of the sound to open up a world of unprecedented musical possibilities. As an idea, it remains truly ahead of its time. Muscle is available digitally through Kaya Kaya, and on 12" vinyl and limited edition formats as the first release on HYMN, a new record label founded by artist Eddie Peake in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory. All versions come backed with a remix of Muscle by Beam.
Beat Culture is the moniker of producer and instrumentalist Sunik Kim, whose exposure to a variety of cities has informed his eclectic sound, which often seems to be on the verge of unraveling, chaotic, and abrasive as much as it is streamlined and pop-minded.
Rejjie Snow is anything but your ordinary hip hop artist. This talented young rapper is being touted as the next star to shoot out of the Emerald Isle. He's already gaining a following in the UK and spreading his rhymes across the European continent.
It had been over a year since their mysterious and now highly sought after debut white label 12" appeared in only a handful of the UK's independent record stores. The information-less, hand-stamped record gave nothing away but the music itself, which in turn created a wave of interest from all over the world. Stubborn Heart make compelling electronic soul music from the heart. They are Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald.