29 new tunes for you this week. Click on the links to discover more about these fab artists!
Bare Jams return after a hectic summer schedule that has seen them play a string of UK festivals including Boomtown, I.O.W and Bimble Bandada as well as a support slot for The Wailers in The Netherlands. Back in the studio, their latest single ‘Fishbowl’ shows the other side of the band and perfectly reflects the energy of their summer stint, with big horns over even bigger bass lines, tastes of dub, ska and just a pure skankin’ party riddim. Fishbowl is an early flavour of the band’s debut album landing 2019.
Beach of Diamonds released Honest on Mayen records on 23rd November. Beach of Diamonds is a relatively new Norwegian band that got together because they were rehearsing in the same building, heard each other through the walls and decided to join forces. Since then a couple of songs have been released. The band has been getting great reviews in the press and some airtime on the Norwegian radio waves. Honest is a story of just that – honesty, and the challenges that comes with it. The band draws inspiration from American rock icons such as Blink 182 and Weezer as well as New Politics. Although the band keeps the soundscape of their previous single Someone´s Gonna Let You Down, Honest also draws inspiration from their high school heroes All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional.
We’ve got 4 tracks from Southern California’s Darwin McD, namely Aurora, Click ft Eric C Powell, November High and Run ft Huguenot. Darwin’s music is described as “Optimistic electronic music for your ears & soul.” Can’t disagree with that.
Death Hags is the multifaceted project of composer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Jean. Taking inspiration from artists and producers like Brian Eno or Björk who forge their own musical path, the music of DEATH HAGS travels between worlds, mixing French and English lyrics, catchy melodies and guitar riffs with minimal electronic sounds. Born in the French Alps, Lola lives mostly as a recluse in the hills of East Los Angeles and records a lot of her material in her home studio. On stage DEATH HAGS can take many forms, from solo electronic sets to full band performances. Following a first single “Metal Teeth” released on Burger Records, a European tour and performances at SXSW 2018 as an official artist, DEATH HAGS has released her new single “Earthbound” and a 12” EP will follow later this year. Lola’s music has appeared in films by Steven Soderbergh and Christophe Honore, VICE’s TV series State of Undress and commercials for J. Crew and Honda. She is currently working on a multimedia project and collaborating on tracks with Hunter Burgan of AFI.
The self-titled debut solo album by Euringer, which is Mindless Self Indulgence front man Jimmy Urine, was released on 19th October. Having already teased collaborations with Gerard Way, Serj Tankian, Grimes and his wife Chantal Claret to various media outlets, two further songs have now been made available to us. We’ve got the playful, futuristic glam stomp of Detroit And Only Halfway Thru The Tour and an extraordinary falsetto cover of the Kate Bush classic Wuthering Heights!
Front Line Assembly will release their first new album in almost six years in early 2019. Having rejoined the group in 2016 in a touring capacity, ‘Wake Up The Coma’ also marks the studio return to FLA of Rhys Fulber, thus reuniting him with founder member Bill Leeb in the duo line-up that has already made so many classic electronic records together. The opening salvo from the record is the teaser single ‘Eye On You’, which features Robert Görl of DAF. Crushingly heavy but with a highly atmospheric mid-section, it is accompanied by a pair of industrial strength techno remixes from the renowned French producer Terence Fixmer and Canadian duo Orphx that sound simultaneously old-school and bang up to date.
Grand Sphinx is a musical project driven by two french dudes: Norman (singer-composer) and Sylvio (multi-instrumentalist producer). Inspired by Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and Evelyn “Champagne” King, the duo brings a dancing universe between Soul-Funk, House and 80’s Pop. Time Has Come to Heal Me is the featured track on this week’s update.
Hakwaii are Russell and Charlie and is a new and recently formed synth and electronic band. The guys have submitted Balance for your delectation.
Jaime Hinckson is a Jamaican jazz pianist based in Los Angeles, California hoping to share his musical vision with the world. Jaime’s unique improvisational style draws from traditions of jazz and other genres, with a strong Caribbean influence. His musical influences include Monty Alexander, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett and his childhood jazz piano instructor Leslie Butler. Osmosis is his new hip-hop jazz single.
For Joe Carnwath‘s first solo album “Big Heads Small Minds”, due to be released about now, Joe has teamed up with producer Johan Carlberg, with live drums coming courtesy of the internationally renowned Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Indigo Girls). Regardless of the Swedish and American collaborators, it is clearly British pop of the early ´80s that has left its mark on this collection of songs. “What are you laughing at?” radiates an edginess and driving beat akin to Echo and the Bunnymen, while “Tokyo”, “Queen of the Winter” and “For your pleasure” revel in a romantic melancholy sometimes found in Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. “Big Heads Small Minds” (which we’ve uploaded to our playlist this week) on the other hand, brings to mind the legendary Smiths.
We’ve also got all four tracks from new EP from Gothenburg’s KÅRP, who first surfaced with the single Therapist^2 in October 2017. It soon reached a number of influential playlists and was spread around the globe. In early 2018 the song won a music competition on Swedish public radio channel P3 and got plenty of air time over the next few months. KÅRP have been compared to fellow Gothenburgians The Knife, Swedish queen of dark pop Lykke Li and Grimes among others.
Nexeri X Conki ft Emiah released new single Adios Amigo on the 15th November. Emiah is an R&B/Pop vocalist and songwriter from Scotland. With years of experience gigging, songwriting and working as a session vocalist behind her, Emiah is now pursuing her career as a solo artist. Emiah has recently been working in partnership with songwriter and producer Stuart McInnes (known professionally as Esdaile State) working towards the release of her first single, ‘More Love’, due out in Spring 2019. This year has seen the rise of her online presence after she released a 10 part “Music Mondays” series on YouTube at the beginning of 2018, played festivals over the summer attended by over 20,000 people, shared the bill with music legends such as Gabrielle, James and Texas, co-wrote and featured on a charity album released to help raise funds for the SSPCA, and supported X-factor/The Voice finalist Saara Aalto (Warner Music) in October. As well as establishing her name on the live circuit she has also been working on her debut EP, which is due to be released next summer. Not an artist to stay in one lane musically, Emiah has worked on a wide range of genres this year including House, EDM, Reggae and Hip Hop. Being a huge fan of 90’s R&B music, Emiah takes influence from her favourite artists such as Destiny’s Child and Usher and infuses a fresh modern day spin to the sound which mirrors the likes of Kehlani, Dua Lipa, Khalid and Zara Larsson. Definitely an artist to look out for in 2019… Emiah is just getting started.
Simon James’ musical obsession has paid dividends, as he releases his strongest song yet, after its genesis took him from the dizzy and rarefied heights of Mexico City to the unlikely subterranean depths of Leeds. Whilst on a somewhat inexplicable goose-chase to “sell coffee to the Mexicans” in Mexico City, some downtime with friends led to an impromptu jam, from which, after some typically intricate and masterful shaping and honing, came My Everything, the pinnacle of Simon’s output so far. Recorded on 2” tape at Greenmount Studios, one of Leeds’ best kept secrets located in the catacombs of a church, My Everything is a spectral, hymn-like track which remains overwhelmingly powerful, even after repeated listens. Born from musical stock (his dad, Brendon, recorded 70s hit, Gimme Some), Simon James has sought inspiration for his music whilst travelling the world, whether it be spending time with the Babas of India or the shamen of Latin America. These have led him to working on a number environmental and social projects, from street children to refugees, and now sees him working with young offenders to turn around their lives. This spiritual nature has certainly found its way into his music, with his tracks packed with emotion and yearning, hopeful yet reflecting all aspects of the human condition. Likened to The National and Broken Social Scene, Simon James’ individual interpretation of what the term “indie singer-songwriter” can mean, re-invents it as a powerful force which transcends scenes and trends and reinforces his claims as one of the most alluring musicians around.
The North by South are based in Manchester and London and have just released their debut EP on pretty much every streaming platform. We’ve put all 5 tracks up for you!