Phoenix-native Upsahl shares progressive pop number, ‘Can You Hear Me Now’.
The track is hella catchy, thanks to Upsahl’s lush harmonies and the addition of continual wooden percussions.
It’s hard to believe this teenager already has three albums under her belt, but it’s practice well spent as she clearly knows what direction she needs to be heading in,
“I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of situations. I like to write about relationships, politics, cultural issues. This song is a message to someone on the other end of a failed relationship. It’s the kind of relationship that has been dysfunctional for some time. I’ve watched so many women in my life stay in a relationship that they aren’t happy in, they settle.”
Sounds like: Dagny, Dominique, Feist, Regina Spektor
It’s been a while since we’ve written about some Los Angeles-based nu-disco.
Born from Echo Park, isle&fever are a duo who have a pretty simple way of recording music – “pass around vintage instruments and the mic until a vibe catches. Rinse, Repeat.” – and it appears this method is working as their last single reached number 1 on Hype Machine.
Their latest endeavour is called ‘Keep Working’ and it takes you on a jazz infused, sonic journey. Listen below.
Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Flight Facilities, Chromeo, Roosevelt, Phoenix, Goldroom
Meet Strong Asian Mothers, your new favourite band of 2017.
Formed by London-based best friends, Amer, Kalim and Josh, these guys have been playing in bands for years, but it’s in Strong Asian Mothers where they have really come into their own.
Speaking on their new track, ‘Animal’, the guys say, “Animal began as a jam between Josh and Amer in a rehearsal. We added some elephant shrieks, a pack of cards being riffle-shuffled, the sound of us opening a can of fizzy pop and saying “Aaaah” then sprinkled some words on top and it became the juicy, bouncy fella it is today.”
It’s a blend of witty lyrics with agitated electronics and trip-hop-influenced pop sensibilities, and just enough rowdiness to encourage you to get up off your feet, but not to start throwing glass bottles.
‘Animal’ is the lead track from their new four track EP, out now.
After a brief hiatus, US band Smallpools return with their first independent release; a frenetic video for ‘Run With The Bulls’.
Working with the track’s producer, Frederik Thaae (AtlasGenius, SaintMotel), for the bulk of their summer, it’s safe to say that Smallpools have definitely ramped things up a bit. Possibly a “so long!” to RCA Records, possibly not. Either way, it’s decent stuff!
Sounds like: The Bravery, Panic! At The Disco, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Matt & Kim
The talent that is Youngr follows up ‘Out Of My System‘ with another great track called ‘Too Keen’.
The video for ‘Too Keen’ showcases what fans can expect from Youngr live. It’s his first release on Island Records, and is about “a past relationship. Everyone can come off too keen sometimes. We have all been there!”
European Tour Dates
22.02: Berlin/ Prince Charles
24.02: Paris/Les Etoiles Theatre
25.02: Amsterdam/ Melkweg Theatre
27.02: Glasgow 02 ABC2 Glasgow
28.02: Manchester/ Deaf Institute