Having used a lot of Far Eastern-inspired synths and percussion in their previous single, ‘Pray For You’, ‘Saint’ takes a slightly different tack with more country-edged riffs. The song is another great example of PEAKES’ ability to write confessional lyrics whilst maintaining an overall soft approach in their production, which all in all creates a highly atmospheric setting.
‘Saint’ is out now.
Sounds like: Massive Attack, Portishead, London Grammar
Effortlessly combining elements of jazz with brooding electronica, and offering controlled vocals in an endearing British accent, IzzyFlynn, shares her song, ‘Faith’.
The UK-based artist has spent her time touring with hip hop band, Abstract Orchestra, which has likely influenced her current direction of sound. Another influence for ‘Faith’ may have been from the production side of things – the track is produced by one half of Majik and Dom from Submotion Orchestra.
Izzy’s EP is out on 18 November.
Sound like: Banks, SOHN, James Blake, Lana Del Rey, NUSSY, Jorja Smith, Erykah Badu
Following on from the catchy, ‘Nobody’, shapeshifter and musician, Fwar, shares the video for opposing track, ‘Everybody’.
Industrial twangs and minimalistic layers of Eastern tendencies, the video was choreographed by Barnaby Booth and edited by Isaac Eastgate (LAPriest, Kindness, DjangoDjango).
Fwar says that, “Everybody is about allowing yourself the freedom to form a new identity by flirting with alternative outlooks, seeking new experiences & becoming alien to all that you took for granted. Nothing compares to being able to look at life with the curiosity of a child.”
Sounds like: Gold Panda, Hot Chip, Caribou, Jungle
Leeds outfit Alt-J have dropped the first song “Hunger of the Pine” from their second album, This Is All Yours, the follow-up LP to Mercury Prize-winning debut, An Awesome Wave.
The track is stark, hollow and echoes their trademark sound of building, progressive layers of minimal electronic embellishments across sophisticated, well thought out indie-pop. This new release however, also includes not only a touch of sax, but, more surprisingly, a vocal sample from Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz track “4×4” as a “I’m the female devil” hook.
This is All Yours is set for release 22nd Sept 2014, on the Infectious label. It is the band’s first release since the departure of band member Gwil Sainsbury.