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Hayes & Y – All Pressure/No Pleasure

Hayes & Y

Introducing indie-pop quartet, Hayes & Y.

Led by a timeless driving beat, their new single ‘All Pressure/No Pleasure’ spirals into a beautiful case of expansive indie with explosive synths and pulsating melodies.

It’s written about the social expectations of society and the pressures that can be faced when trying to meet those norms. Listen below.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Larkins, Jungle

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Larkins – Are We Having Any Fun Yet?

Larkins - Are We Having Any Fun Yet?

Manchester band Larkins share the first teaser from their upcoming new body of work, “Are We…?”.

Kicking off with a huge bold, exciting statement of intent, the visuals for ‘Are We Having Any Fun Yet?’ – shot by award-winning Manchester duo GRANDMAS – are both dark and cinematic, and will be sure to continue the intrigue and attention around the band.

Sounds like: The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats, Hoofa

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Lissy Taylor – Wildflowers

Lissy Taylor - Wildflowers

The young Manchester-based Lissy Taylor woos us with her sultry tones in new single ‘Wildflowers’.

Having lived in the US for some time, it’s clear that the Americana approach to storytelling has had a great deal of influence on her cross-cultural style.

Speaking about the song, Lissy explains,

“It is freedom that you can only give to yourself. It is a celebration of life coming into bloom and forgetting what weighs you down. It is growing to become something far more than what is expected of you. It is allowing yourself to flourish. Are you ready?”

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey

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Playlist: Larkins

Larkins

Rising Manchester four-piece Larkins recently dropped their highly-anticipated EP, ‘Hit and Run’ on Good Soldier Records.

It’s a finely-crafted mix of melodic futurism and vulnerability. We decided to have a chat with the guys ahead of their US tour to find out what’s going to be on their travelling playlist.

This is the outcome…

Khalid – Intro

Production-wise this is a pretty perfect track. Always feeling like it could kick in at any moment and it never does but still manages to bang. Incredible opening track to have on an album.

Gengahr – Icarus

Gengahr have completely taken up a level on this album. Produced by Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club, this track just makes your head move.

King Princess – Talia

Proper digging King Princess at the minute, love how this track goes from the laid back folky verse then hits you with the massive chorus. She’s proper pushing boundaries with her visuals as well, need to catch her live.

Whitney – Valleys (My Love)

Literally first heard Whitney for the first time a couple of weeks ago and fucking love them. Love how this track is kinda like a mellow Beach Boys without the harmonies on top of 70s acoustic folk with Bon Iver horns.

Friendly Fires – Pull Me Back To Earth

Whenever we’re trying to get a clean electric guitar sound in the studio we seem to reference this track. I remember when PALA came out and it blew my mind.

Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now

Just absolute vibes. Again, that clean guitar sound is mad.

Foals – Spanish Sahara

Such an anthem. Seeing this track live and how the crowd reacts to it made me want to be in a band. The drop never fails to hype me up.

Bon Iver – Naeem

The vocal on this song is madness. The piano and the whole feel is just badass. Bon Iver can do no wrong. This album has been a massive reference point when we’re in the studio, especially when it comes to synth and drum sounds.

Bon Iver – 33 “GOD”

Another Bon Iver, 22 a million is top 5 best albums ever. The production on this track just blows the roof off. Cant even quite comprehend how good this track is. No idea what the lyrics mean but this track is just insanity.

Biffy Clyro – Different People

This song really marks two defining moments in Larkins career.

1. They opened with it when they headlined T in the park in Scotland and it seemed to be such an emotional moment for everyone there, it really made us realise that we wanted to do this.

2. Dom decided he wanted to be Simon and grew his hair really long.

Radiohead – Weird Fishes

In rainbows is such a monumental album and it was hard to choose one track but Weird Fishes really sums up Radiohead’s visionary blend of pop, rock and dance music.

Haim – Summer Girl

Such a great nod to the 60s with the Lou Reed sample but with such a modern LA vibe. We’d just got back from our first trip to LA when this came out and it proper seemed to sum up the city for us. The scene out there is so vibrant at the minute.

Khalid, Disclosure – Talk

Love this track. Another one we try to reference a little bit with the style of the synths and the drum sounds. The riff is so good.

US/UK Tour Dates

12 Mar – Toronto, The Monarch
13 Mar – New York, Pianos
14 Mar – Brooklyn, Elsewhere (Zone One)
18 Mar – Austin, Maggie Mae’s
19 Mar – Austin, Rainey Street
21 Mar – Austin, Broad Studios
21 Mar – Austin, Cedar Street Courtyard
24 Mar – Los Angeles, Moroccan Lounge

15 Apr – Bristol, Thekla
16 Apr – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
17 Apr – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
19 Apr – Glasgow, Stereo
22 Apr – London, Heaven
23 Apr – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
24 Apr – Liverpool, Academy 2
25 Apr – Manchester, O2 Academy 1

Tickets are available here.

Sounds like: Flawes, Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats, Biffy Clyro, Friendly Fires

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Hot Minute – Hell Is Empty

Hot Minute

Manchester-based synth-pop outfit Hot Minute returns with ‘Hell Is Empty’.

An effortless “fuck you” to the bullshit frequently found in the music industry, this song arrives perfectly in time for Halloween.

Speaking of ‘Hell Is Empty’, frontwoman Keely Hutchinson explains,

“Hell is Empty is a modern-day anthem about taking back the power that you believe you are owed – and by any means necessary. When we formed, this is the first song we wrote after we realised we’d all experienced the all too familiar music industry bullshit.”

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Larkins – Not Enough Love

Larkins

Manchester-based band Larkins release their brand new single ‘Not Enough Love’ via Good Soldier Records.

The rich synth-infused, guitar-led track has just the right amount of The 1975 in there, whilst retaining their vibrant originality.

Regarding the single frontman Josh Noble says,

“‘Not Enough Love’ was born from thinking about our hometown. I just remember feeling like we just had to get out of there and moving to Manchester was such a big deal for us. The production is my favourite yet. We slowed stuff down to record and then sped it up to create really cool guitar tones. I think lyrically I just wanted to talk about everything that went on when I was a kid and being so frustrated with the politics that comes with a small suburban town.”

Tour Dates
[Tickets here]
October
12th – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

November
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
7th – Bishop’s Stortford, The Half Moon
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
11th – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
12th – London, The Garage
13th – Stoke-On-Trent, Sugarmill
14th – Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club
16th – Huddersfield, The Parish
18th – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
20th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
21st – Hull, The Polar Bear
22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill
25th – Dublin, Academy 2
27th – St Albans, The Horn
29th – York, Fulford Arms
30th – Sunderland, Independent

December
5th – Wigan, The Old Courts
6th – Banbury, Also Known As
8th – Plymouth, Junction

Sounds like: Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats

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Hot Minute – Magic

Hot Minute

All-female synthpop newcomers Hot Minute might well be making music in a DIY manner, but they are here for the long run.

Working their own label called Hotter Than Hell Records, these girls are running the show without being at the mercy of a male-dominated industry.

“Can you imagine an all-male band who can actually play their instruments being told, ‘we can get you a deal based on how you look’, in f-cking 2019? I can’t – and I’ve had label interest from some pretty big hitters in the past”, fires off Hot Minute frontwoman Keely Hutchinson.

“We’ve all experienced these types of comments from male industry members over the years and in many respects, Hot Minute is the culmination of our individual frustrations from receiving such comments whilst apart of other projects we’ve been involved in” agrees Bella (guitar/BVs).

“Even male videographers we’ve met have casually insinuated that without their input into Hot Minute, we’ll end up with nothing professional on a visual level”, states Courtney (keytar/synths).

Word.

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Shy Luv – Lungs

Shy Luv - Lungs

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria.

The video for their new single, ‘Lungs’ is directed by HUMANS and produced by CANADA. Shot in a Mars-like red clay quarry, it illustrates the songs overriding theme of wanting to re-tract an open offer of love to your object of desire who’s feelings aren’t openly reciprocated, and works perfectly with the track’s spacey production depicting such nostalgic moments.

The ‘Lungs’ EP is out now and the guys play The Courtyard Theatre in London on 14 December. Get tickets here.

Sounds like: Patawawa, Roosevelt, Cut Copy, Ten Fé, Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis

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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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