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RUNAH – This Silence

RUNAH

Mental health is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so.

Speaking out about said issue is rising Manchester-based artist, RUNAH, who describes her new single ‘This Silence’ as one that “explores feelings of isolation, pain and bodily disconnection, which can be felt not only by the sufferer, but also by those who seek to support them. It’s of great importance to me to acknowledge both parties.

Her folktronica-based music has a delicate approach and ‘This Silence’ showcases her ability to write sensitive and forward-thinking music with captivating visuals.

Sounds like: MIEARS, Gabrielle Aplin, Aurora, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Laura Marling

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Shy Luv – Shock Horror (Feat. JONES)

Shy Luv

Shy Luv

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria. They’ve teamed up with JONES for ‘Shock Horror’.

It’s a beautiful neon number with funky falsettos and a trippy video to match.

The CGI-chopped video, directed by London-based French duo Bif, sees the band skydiving amongst mini-clones and giant women. Glorious!

The track is released on Black Butter Records.

Sounds like: Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis

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GIRL FRIEND – Call Me If You’re Lonely

GIRL FRIEND

GIRL FRIEND

Hurray GIRL FRIEND are back with another killer floor filler!

‘Call Me If You’re Lonely’ is taken from their box of tales of nights out, chance romantic adventures and walking the hazy line between wasted-chic glamour and spectacular chaos.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Fickle Friends, Pistol Shrimp, Swiss Lips, Passion Pit, Bastille, Phoenix

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Premiere: Mad Winter – Running Low

Mad Winter

Mad Winter

The city of Manchester exports some pretty decent bands, and Mad Winter are one of those.

An exciting and infectious four piece who merge indie rock with subtle electronic tones, these guys are primarily united by their love of music and hometown idols Oasis, Stereophonics, and Foals.

Catchy hooks and gentle guitars leave you swaying for more on new track ‘Running Low’.

Their debut EP, ‘Emergence’, is out on 19 August via Keep Me Young Records, and available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Mad Winter will also be having their EP launch party at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester on 20 August.

Sounds like: Foals, Fairchild, We Have Band, High Tyde

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D/R/U/G/S – New Born Love

D/R/U/G/S

D/R/U/G/S

Time for some D/R/U/G/S. The Manchester producer returns with ‘New Born Love’, the first release on D/R/U/G/S’ own imprint, Code Silence Records.

‘New Born Love’ is a fresh new style from D/R/U/G/S; atmospheric indietronica with mellow vocals.

The all new D/R/U/G/S live show with permanent new fixture, the stunning vocalist Candi Godbold, is on the road in the UK at the end of Summer; they play live in Bristol (28 Aug, Start The Bus) and London (1 Sept, The Waiting Room) as well as DJing the 1234 festival, Shoreditch on 3 September.

It features the vocals of Akiine.

Sounds like: Shura, July Child, Goldroom

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Francis Lung – Dance 4 Sorrow

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung is the solo pop project of Tom McClung, former bass player of WU LYF.

Watch the impressive stop-motion video for the highly melodic ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’, directed by Jamie Allan, Aliyah Hussain, John Powell Jones, and Francis Lung, and which also features illustrations and characters created by fellow Manchester local, John Powell Jones.

Francis Lung will release his new EP, ‘Mother’s Son’ on 16 September and will mark the release with a headline show at The Lexington on 21 September. Tickets for the London show are on sale now and available here.

Sounds like: Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tuska, Two Door Cinema Club

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Rivet City – Circles

Rivet City

Rivet City

Rivet City are a light-hearted band hailing from the Manchester area, who like to distance themselves from being pigeon-holed into any solid definitions.

Frontman Jake Breeze explained “Circles started as a joke. I bet a good friend that I’d be able to fit the line ‘linear motion’ into a song and get a room of people to sing it. Fast forward six years and we’ve actually been able to achieve that! However that doesn’t mean the song as a whole is a joke.

The lyrics work as both an insight into how I believe the world can be experienced through a surrealist lens; as well as documenting a particular idea I had regarding what the apocalypse may look like. The song’s really about potential, and the potential for a creative mind to sculpt the world into any image that it sees fit; and as a result your physical location doesn’t have to define your reality”.

Live Dates

1st July- Maida Vale (Sheffield)
9th July- Private Party, Mount Snowdon
23rd July- Tramlines
6th August- Party In The Pines
14th August – Kendall

Sounds like: The Island Club

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Premiere: Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques - Heinous Love

Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques is the project of Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist, James Mulholland.

Like with all good electronic producers, James started creating and recording music in his bedroom, laying down drums, bass lines, guitars, synths and vocals all using one microphone and ‘whatever else was lying around’.

He has since released music on Kitsuné Music and electronic rumors.

Techniques is now set to share a fine slice of electro-pop, just in time for the summer.

‘Heinous Love’ is a juxtaposing slur of bittersweet vocals against floor-filling and driving synths. It has been produced by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Digitalism, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Hot Natured, Foxes).

Techniques is also crowdfunding a vinyl release. Click here for more info and to support.

The track is out tomorrow.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Digitalism, Hot Natured, Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Lake Komo – Resurrect

Lake Komo by Niall Lea

Lake Komo by Niall Lea

Lake Komo are a four-piece from Lancaster who now reside in Manchester.

The video for their release earlier this year called ‘Resurrect’, showcases expansive and bold arrangements, where lush electronic soundscapes act as an impressive backdrop for their emotionally driven lyrics and soulful vocals.

Speaking about the video, lead singer Jay explains;

“‘Resurrect’ is a song about loss and the process we all go through in order to deal with inner turmoil. Each section of the song (both lyrically and musically) is meant to represent a specific feeling, whether it be contemplation, anger, fear or acceptance. When thinking about a video for this song we wanted to avoid a love narrative as whilst it could have matched the track thematically it felt too specific as the song has a much wider range of meaning. With this in mind the narrative is more allegorical in nature and therefore more open to interpretation for the viewer.”

Sounds like: Foreign Air, Temper Trap, Cape Cub

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Girl Friend – Waste My Time

Girl Friend - Waste My Time

Girl Friend – Waste My Time

The Manchester four piece, Girl Friend, are back with a new release, ‘Waste My Time’.

The track has been produced with dance producer LVTHER (of the Monstercat label), which may explain the dominant disco tones, however despite the appearance of an upbeat track, ‘Waste My Time’ has selfish connotations, “written from the perspective of a frustrated lover, constantly kept at arms length by the person they desire the most. Despite the emotional neglect, they still find themselves ‘dreaming up schemes’ to inspire change.”

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Pistol Shrimp, Swiss Lips, Passion Pit, Bastille, Kygo

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