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High Hazels – Joined At the Lip

High Hazels

High Hazels

Sheffield dream pop four-piece High Hazels recently released new track, ‘Joined At The Lip’.

While the swirling guitars and reverb-heavy vocals are sure to remind listeners of bands such as Beach House, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine, High Hazels structure ‘Joined At The Lip’ in a way that should capture quite a great deal of attention.

As the song opens, frontman James Leesley croons, “In the backwaters of my bloodstreams nightmares play their violins every night for me.” It is an unsettling statement that is revealed in a chillingly relatable way, given how relaxed his vocal stylings are. According to Leesley, Scott Walker was a big influence on his vocals for the song. “I remember Scott Walker being played a lot around the time of writing ‘Joined At The Lip’ before practices, in the car and stuff – and the way he delivers his voice really got to us,” Leesley said. “That’s how the opening melody came about, really.”

The rest of the band isn’t slacking either. The bass of Paul Barlow is bouncy but has an air of tension to it as well. Drummer Anthony Barlow paces his percussion nicely, particularly with snare hits in the outro. Meanwhile, the guitar contributions of Leesley and Scott Howes are both melodic and intense all the same. This is the kind of song that once first glance seems ideal for drifting off to sleep. However, once it kicks into gear, it doesn’t let up.

High Hazels aren’t completely new to the music landscape, but they aren’t completely known yet. Their self-titled debut was released in 2014 and received very positive attention. The BBC was a fan of theirs early on, playing their music on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music when the only things they had recorded were demos and they hadn’t played a single show.

They also released the ‘Valencia’ EP last year to positive notices. A new EP will be following their single release of ‘Joined At The Lip’ early next year.

On December 17, they will be playing a hometown show at the Leadmill in Sheffield. Tickets available here.

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Words by Brad Johnson

Shura – Indecision

Shura - Indecision

Shura – Indecision

The video for ‘Indecision’ by Shura is here!

She’s has a great few months, having recently been listed for the BBC Sound Poll, confirmed for SXSW 2015 and signed to Polydor.

A striking take on gender, sexuality and identity assumptions, directors Emily McDonald and Nev Brook describe the ‘Indecision’ video as:

“a film about freedom and change…it’s a journey from one existence to another. We wanted to play with people’s first impressions and how they are often not the whole story.” 

‘Indecision’ again features a wider cast of Shura’s friends in the club scene (many of whom snogged in the clip for ‘Touch‘), as well as a cameo from Shura herself.

Fri Jan 16 – Eurosonic Noorderslag at Simplon Main
Sat Feb 14 – Sonar Stockholm 2015
Wed Mar 25 – London Village Underground: TICKETS
Tue Jul 21 – Croatia Rocks Festival 2015

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Madonna, Ronika, Solange

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Ronika – Search Siren



It seems that Nottingham is offering up a lot of female talent at the moment.

Hello Ronika.

Ronika has been singing and performing since the tender age of 4. Flash forward just 10 years, and you would have witnessed Ronika attending her first techno all-nighter in Brixton.

Initially studying sound engineering, Ronika got into DJing and producing music. She set up her own music label called RecordShop, which is a collective of creative artists in Nottingham.

Ronika’s musical wheels were set in motion when, in 2008, she won a BBC urban music bursary to make an album. The process involved taking part in lectures and listening to industry expects.

She has also been a guest vocalist with Nottingham band Swimming; collaborated with producer Lillica Libertine to form Hotline; and supported Little Boots at London’s XOYO last May.

The name Ronika means strong counsel or true image (or sausage, depending on which country you are residing in!), although this Ronika likes to mix up British mundaility with disco electro.

Her latest self-produced creation for the Soundcloud nation is ‘Search Siren’; a dreamy and operatic journey over some funky synth sounds. It’s reassuringly haunting and fiercely cements Ronika’s place as one of the UK’s rising stars.

Ronika is in the middle of recording her debut album, but in the mean time, why not stream the ‘Rough n Smooth’ EP:

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, The Human League, Little Boots, Kate Bush, Madonna, Lady Gaga

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