Taking their influences from all manner of post punk / neue deutsche welle and electronic music in general Gross Net have managed to put together a visceral and caustic debut EP that perfectly captures the essence of their urgent live performances. Founded in January 2014, Gross Net aka Philip Quinn (Girls Names) and Christian Donaghey (Autumns) have been taking their brand of experimental noise punk to audiences across Northern Ireland and Dublin.
Recorded by the band themselves in the course of a day, the themes of the EP touch on bewilderment, surviving the recession and elitism within the arts. Listen to the EP below.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac’s Hottest Record,British DJ and producer, George FitzGerald has shared ‘Call It Love (If You Want To) (Feat. Lawrence Hart)’. Call It Love (If You Want To) is the second track featuring vocals by Lawrence Hart to be shared from FitzGerald's debut album, Fading Love, out 27th April 2015.
Mikal Cronin returns on 4th May 2015 with the album MCIII. Marked by the lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.”
As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of “just one string player,” Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.
'Feeling Good Is Good Enough' is the new single from Matthew E. White's Fresh Blood album which was released 9th March 2015. Formed of intricate piano and soaring strings, the song is a spring staple with a sing-along chorus. Accompanying the song is a new video, which features behind-the-scenes footage of White's extraordinary show with a 30-piece orchestra at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn, New York.
This may be Sam Cohen's first solo album, but the Brooklyn-based musician already has quite a catalog. From his work as a founding member of Apollo Sunshine to his more recent acclaim with his band Yellowbirds, Cohen’s solo debut Cool It holds the weight of a musician with a career that’s been over a decade in the making. While the album features contributions from several of his Yellowbirds cohorts, Cohen recorded most of the instrumentation himself. The 10-track release is released via Easy Sound Recordings.
Led by singer/songwriter Trevor Beld-Jimenez, whose old-school values of straightforward songwriting mean he isn’t afraid to put his heart on his sleeve, Tall Tales & The Silver Linings are everything that’s right about looking back to the ‘70s without stifling modern touches. “Something to Believe In” and “Unknown Forces” are so darn pleasant and infectious that you can’t help being charmed. Comparisons to Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty are credible but nowhere near the full story. Elements of Badfinger, Bread, Peter Frampton, and The Eagles also lurk—a natural outburst from a songwriter who grew up internalizing these influences.
Wild Beasts have been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for their album, ‘Present Tense’. The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. The Album Award acknowledges the album as a body of work and recognises exceptional songwriting and consistency. The awards will take place on May 21st in London.
Following his critically acclaimed second album 'Wysing Forest', Luke Abbott's next long-form release is the award-winning soundtrack to the British film 'The Goob'. Composed and produced by Luke Abbott in full, the LP picks up where his previous record left off. 'Music For A Flat Landscape' is a set of beautiful, meditative electronic music that shows Luke Abbott is a composer and musician at his zenith.
The music was awarded 'Best Soundtrack' at the Stockholm Film Festival in late 2014. Watch the official trailer above.
NYC-based producer Hot Sugar (a.k.a. Nick Koenig) will released his debut album, God’s Hand, on Break World Records. God’s Hand is his long-awaited first full-length release after a series of EPs and mixtapes, which have been described as “eerie and devastating” (SPIN). Comprised of 16 original songs, the new LP expands upon Koenig’s production style of “associative music” where he records his surroundings and other non-traditional sources and processes the recordings into samples, which serve as building blocks for the songs he creates. Today, Complex premiered the first new track “Trauma,” (listen below) calling it “a serene, warm textured track that will transport you to near-fantasy worlds..” For his new album, Koenig – who has established a name for himself in the hip-hop underground through his productions for The Roots, Das Racist, Fat Tony, Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde), Big Baby Gandhi, Antwon, and more – recorded everything from ’snow melting’ to ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson thinking’ using state-of-the-art recording technology.
Koenig has recently contributed music to Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’ and a handful of other shows and was nominated for a GRAMMY for his production on The Roots’ ‘Undun.’ Hot Sugar’s penchant for creative and boundary-pushing visuals has further cemented his place as one of the web’s most innovative beat-makers. Whether through his unique music videos or interactive web experiences, Koenig’s music exists beyond the traditional realm of audio and becomes a fully immersive adventure.
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