After watching Roosevelt play Iceland Airwaves some time ago, we’ve been slightly obsessed with the Greco-Roman / City Slang artist (ok, we were obsessed before, but the live show ramped the levels up quite a bit).
His latest retro-styled video (synonymous with Roosevelt’s visuals) has been directed by Elliott Arndt and combines two tracks from Roosevelt’s latest self-titled album. Despite the bursts of colour and dancing, the first section has an underlying sadness running throughout, as Roosevelt contemplates a partner leaving, taking all their colours with them on the way. ‘Moving On’ is the next chapter in the story, but it finishes early, leaving us to question has he really moved on?
Sounds like: Cut Copy, Goldroom, Day Wave, The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Du Tonc, Joe Goddard
We wrote about Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) earlier this year and we’re excited to share his latest release, ‘Fear’.
The track has more of an demanding tone than Sold, reminding us of an early The 1975 with its muted guitar riffs and echoey, falsetto vocals.
Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, The 1975, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires
His ‘When You Go’ EP offers an array of cleverly packed beats with smooth grooves, retro riffs, and soul-enhancing vocals.
Charlie has put together a pretty special playlist for us, listen below.
Sampha – Blood On Me
I have been a huge fan of Sampha ever since his work with SBTRKT. I’ve been awaiting his first solo record for sometime now and after hearing this track from it I am sure it will be one of the best records of 2017. The sound he is creating by combining his voice and piano parts with his own unique production style is for me the most exciting and innovative thing happening in pop music today.
Soft Hair – Jealous Lies
Great funky, psychedelic record, awesome vocals and electronic instrumentation.
Childish Gambino – Redbone
So much sole in this tune. Love the delivery of the vocal and laid back rhythm section.
Grace Jones – She’s Lost Control (Long Version)
Only recently discovered this gem. Everything I hear by Grace Jones is always gold and this one certainly follows suit. So much energy especially towards the end of the track, great cover.
D’Angelo – Sugah Daddy
Piano and vocals are on point in this track, so much groove.
Tourist – Trust In You
I think it’s great when artists don’t conform to typical pop or electronic structures. This tracks a great example of how you can make a beautiful piece of music by thinking outside of the box.
Tycho – Receiver
Tycho’s ‘Past Is Prologue’ record was a huge part of my life when it was released. This track from his new album proves in my opinion that he is still one of the most forward thinking producers around today.
Ata Kak – Obaa Sima
I discovered ‘Awesome Tapas From Africa’ a while back and have been delving through all of the fantastic artists he has re-discovered ever since. This ones one of my favourite tracks he has been apart of. The vocals are so strong and the story of the origin of the track makes every listen all the more enjoyable.
They play Oslo in Hackney on 27th October, so get yourself down there.
What else is to say? The Duffy brothers are back!
Sounds like: Bag Raiders, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Friendly Fires,The Whitest Boy Alive, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, The Jezabels, The Knocks, NONONO, Duologue, Tourist, Bastille
NKOSI is a duo comprised of Los Angeles-based, vocalist Echoboyy, and Dave Sherman (formerly the guitarist for Audible Mainframe).
They create textured and emotive music, drawing influences from the likes of DepecheMode, TheOrb, ThePolice, Siouxsie, and TheBanshees, highlighting their affinity for the 80’s whilst keeping the current electronic music scene firmly insight.
The Warren Morris-directed video for ‘Constant Euphoria’ includes a rapturous array of bokeh and mirrored images.
‘Constant Euphoria’ is out now via Super Earth Records.
Sounds like: Sting, Tourist, Chet Faker, Friendly Fires
Electronic leader and GRAMMY-winning writer, Tourist (aka William Phillips), shares his video for ‘Too Late’.
Harmonious vocals laid over a glitchy bass line, the James Lewis-directed and Jake Robinson-art directed music video fits perfectly.
The only problem is, that it ends too soon.
If you are about for any of the below dates, we strong recommend checking Tourist out if you haven’t already. He puts on a fantastic show.
June 30 – Sibiu, Romania @ Airfield Festival
July 02 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Pitch Festival
July 14 – Scranton, PA @ Camp Bisco
July 15 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
July 22 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Festival
July 23 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
July 24 – New York, NY @ Panorama
Aug 04 – Charlbury, UK @ Cornbury Park
Aug 06 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
Aug 10-17 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug 18-20 – St Pölten, Austria @ FM4 Frequency Festival
Aug 25 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory – SOLD OUT
Aug 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler – SOLD OUT
Sep 10 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Sep 14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – NEW
Sep 17 – Montreal, CAN @ Belmont – NEW
Sep 21 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall – NEW
Sep 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – NEW
Sep 23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – NEW
Sep 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry – NEW
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 – NEW
Sep 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – NEW
Sep 30 – Austin, TX @ The Parish – NEW
Oct 01 – Dallas, TX @ RBC Speakeasy – NEW
Oct 06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar – NEW
Oct 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey – NEW
Oct 08 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent – NEW
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns – NEW
Nov 30 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe – NEW
Dec 01 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory – NEW
Dec 02 – London, UK @ Oval Space – NEW
Sounds like: Cut Copy, Fenech Soler, ROOSEVELT, Maribou State, NZCA/Lines, Vallis Alps, Chet Porter