Perhaps his most commercial release to date, Thomas Azier releases ‘Gold’ and announces his sophomore album, ‘Rouge’.
Striking in it’s nature, ‘Gold’ showcases Thomas’s new direction of no compromise piano-led pop. Addressing the joy of love, while acknowledging its pitfalls, ‘Gold’ leads us with celebratory choruses and falsetto vocals.
06.04 FR Rennes, Festival Mythos
19.04 FR Bourges, Théâtre Jacques Coeur
18.05 BE Brussels, Orangerie
22.05 UK London, Electrowerkz
24.05 NL Nijmegen, Doornroosje
25.05 NL Eindhoven, Effenaar
26.05 NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
30.05 FR Nantes, Stereolux
31.05 FR Paris, Le Trianon
01.06 FR Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
06.06 FR Lyon, Epicerie Moderne
07.06 FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
09.06 FR Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Thomas’ album will be out on 12 May via Virgin/Universal Music and is available for pre-order here.
Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.
Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.
‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.
Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan
Following on from such an incredible debut must be difficult, but BillieEilish is as tough as they come.
Her latest single is called ‘Bellyache’ and takes a more stripped back/acoustic approach. Billie wrote ‘Bellyache’ in her bedroom with frequent collaborator and older brother Finneas O’Connell who produced the track at the home they grew up in, in Los Angeles.
“When I write, I try to become different characters,” exclaims Billie. “You can write a song about being in love with someone, but you don’t have to be in love with anyone. You can write a song about killing someone, but you don’t have to have killed people. ‘Bellyache’ is about doing one of those things but it’s mostly about regret and guilt.” She continues. “Becoming a character can be really fun; to put yourself in a place you would never really be.”
Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Astronomyy, Ella Vos, Tempers
Meet Caswell, London’s latest soul sensation, who attended the BRIT School during her teen years, no less.
Now, at just 22, Caswell has already developed her own distinct sound; rich, down-tempo, electronic soul and pop, with a tangible jazz influence; and a knack for sophisticated songwriting.
“I draw from my own personal experiences,” says Caswell. “I find that’s when I really need to write. It’s very much a form of catharsis for me and I like having created something positive like a song out of something negative that has happened in my life. Sometimes it helps me find closure and listening back to songs is like seeing the little milestones of my life.”
As the title of her new track suggests, ‘Animal’ is a song of empowerment, immediately leading us to compare her to the likes of Jorja Smith and JONES.
Sounds like: Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Sasha Keable, Ray BLK
Marika Hackman is stepping out of her folk shoes into a pair that now have a better fit.
First on the agenda is ‘Boyfriend’. It’s a brazen track, full of witty innuendoes and squeaky guitar riffs, but the message behind the lyrics of the track is clear – never underestimate a woman’s abilities.
Hackman’s second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ will be released 2 June through AMF Records and Sub Pop.
Fans that pre-order the album can get access to tickets for an intimate show at a secret London venue on 6 March. Enter here.
Sounds like: Nirvana, Wolf Alice, Laura Marling, Lucy Rose, Courtney Barnett
Talented songwriter, PATHS, returns with an A/B release of ‘Right Beside You’ and ‘Last One Standing’.
The two tracks follow on from ‘Neoprene‘. They were written and produced in close succession, and although different in sound – varying from serene to engaging synth pop with multi-cultural samples – all three are a lyrical reflection of relationship challenges.
Speaking of ‘Right Beside You’, PATHS explains,
“‘Right Beside You’ is about how you can be with someone 24/7 but it’s as if they don’t truly see you anymore and inside you’re screaming ‘I’m right beside you’.”
Sounds like: Σtella, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, HOLYCHILD
Violet Days is the project of Swedish singer/songwriter, Lina Hansson.
Asking whether you ‘Suck At Love’ is always going to be tricky to answer, but it’s also highly relatable to the majority of listeners. Luckily for us, Kris Eriksson (The Chainsmokers) is on production duties, helping Violet Days create an anthemic electronic song that almost makes us forget the initial question.
Violet Days will be playing the Ja Ja Ja club night at The Lexington in London on 23 February.
Combining musical influence from her Nigerian roots and British upbringing, Aadae’s music could be described as Afrobeat pop.
Her debut ‘River Of Tears’ is not just a song, but a “declaration of strength”. It started as a simple scribble on a notepad, but now encourages all to “stand defiantly in your own truth – and dance away your fears”.