Izzy’s New Music Emporium – Week 61: 24/08/2022 – Play List

SBTRKT, with Leilah, have released ‘Ghost’.

Following the release of returning statement ‘Bodmin Moor’ and the ‘Ruff + Ready’ junglist excursion ‘Miss The Days’, SBTRKT reveals a new layer to this compelling chapter with the release of ‘GHOST’.

Ethereal and spacious, the latest single is a layered concoction of rasping synths and isolated vocals. Leilah’s voice feels like a seraphic presence throughout, enhanced by scattered injections of distortion and glossy reverb. ‘GHOST’ is prismatic and bursting with ambience.

Speaking about the track, SBTRKT says, “‘GHOST’ is about how noisy the world feels, the fatigue it creates and as a result, shutting down and wanting to dissociate whilst withholding your state of mind.

I started this song when I met artist and now friend Saya Gray around three years ago. This was one of the ideas that came from us linking up. Shortly after, I met Leilah who’s also a very good friend now. We had been writing a lot together over the pandemic and co-wrote the remaining lyrics.

SBTRKT are on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

1+1, with Michael Armstrong have released ‘How Much More of My Heart’.

We heard from Michael Armstrong back in December (Week 24), when he released ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’. He’s now teamed up with  ace production double act, 1+1, for a surprise new direction with this pop single, ‘How Much More of My Heart’.

Michael has a website, at michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk and is on AppleMusic, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

1+1 are creating a new website, at 1plus1music.com.

 

Morning Midnight released their new single, ‘Easy’ on August 10th

Glasgow duo, Jess Pascal and Jordan Scott who, together, form Morning Midnight have released their stunning new song ‘Easy’. It’s the third in a run of singles that have seen the melodic duo gain support all over the place.

About their new single ‘Easy’, Jordan Scott says, “This one’s really personal for me. It’s about being stuck in a dark place in my head and wrestling with that feeling of wanting to push everyone who cares about me away, but knowing deep down that it’s those people who can really help. I wish I could be less hard on myself. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that everyone is going through similar experiences and talking it through together can lift a huge weight off your shoulders. You don’t have to go through it alone.

Morning Midnight have a website, at morningmidnight.co.uk, and are on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

 

Zara Sykes has recently released ‘Excuse Me’. It features XTOF.

With a sound that looks to pay homage to the smooth and romantic sound of 80s era R&B, emerging, UK artist Zara Sykes has shared her latest heartfelt swoon ‘Excuse Me’, featuring producer XTOF.

Lifted from XTOF’s latest compilation album ‘Damian’, ‘Excuse Me’ perfectly encapsulates the warm and breezy textures, elevated by Zara’s stellar vocal performance.

Speaking about the release, Zara said, “This track is an ode to and paying homage to Zapp and Roger’s ‘Computer Love’. Both of us are children of the 80s who grew up listening to songs such as this along with the 90s R&B and hip-hop. We wanted to take a track like ‘Computer Love’ with all its technological prowess for its time, and to put a contemporary feel to it.

Zara is on Instagram and Spotify. XTOF is also on Instagram and Spotify.

 

On 11th August Cheap Teeth released ‘What a Feeling What a Day’.

Leeds based 4 piece, Cheap Teeth, have released their brand new single ‘What A Feeling, What A Day’ and announced a UK tour!

‘What a Feeling, What a Day’ is Cheap Teeth’s take on summer. Warm, slanted guitars and synths trudge along with the measured rhythm of the drums, conjuring the image of the band resentfully stumbling through the thick air of a hot morning in a city ill-equipped for August. Frontman

About the song, Jack Sharp from the band says, “The bones of the song had been with us for a while, and different iterations have been in our set since before the pandemic. Over that time the lyrics and melodies were put to the sword. We had recorded a version of the song to tape, and when David Kosten got in touch with us saying he was a fan of the band, we sent him this song and he instantly seemed to be drawn to it and suggested getting a meatier version of it recorded with him in London.

Obviously, David’s stature in the music industry would suggest this to be a no brainer, but the catalyst for us working with him was the fact that his motivations were evidently in the right place from the get-go. He understood the song and understood how it needed to be captured in order to be representative of us and where we are at. We are very happy with the outcome.

Tour Dates

8th Sept – Tenement Trail, Glasgow
11th Oct – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich
12th Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton
13th Oct – Bodega, Nottingham
14th Oct – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
15th Oct – Live At Leeds, Leeds
19th Oct – Gullivers, Manchester
21st Oct – The 100 Club, London
22nd Oct – The Louisiana, Bristol
23rd Oct – Swn Festival, Cardiff

Cheap Teeth have a website, at cheapteeth.uk, and are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Rhian! released ‘I Need Your Love’ on 12th August.

Born on the sunny Caribbean island of Trinidad, Rhian! first started singing in church at the age of four where his father was a preacher. Since then, he has gone on to represent his country at the World Championships Of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He then embarked on a new journey to Shanghai, China where he was a regular performer at The Pearl Theatre until 2019. During the pandemic, Rhian! returned to the UK where he has written and recorded material for his forthcoming EP.

A huge advocate of the LGBTQ community, Rhian! now releases his first single, ’I Need Your Love’. It is taken from his forthcoming EP.

You can find more information on this and on Rhian! by following him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

On 12th August, Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids released ‘Pleasure Victim’.

In advance of the band’s début LP, ‘Charm Offensive’, which is out 19th August, the swaggering British rock band, Slyder Smith & the Oblivion Kids, have released a brand new single ‘Pleasure Victim’. The track will be followed by a music video as the group prepare for an extensive UK Tour. The tour starts on 23rd August when the group will be special guests to groove rock legends Electric Boys.

‘Pleasure Victim’ is a sleaze-powered runaway train; an homage to the decadence and debauchery of the late 80s/early 90s Soho rock scene. Lyrically it tells the story of the transformation from being shackled to the doldrums of the 9-5 life to when the weekend finally comes, and the seduction of the night lures you in to live the dream of rock stardom.

Slyder Smith & the Oblivion Kids are on tour with the Electric Boys this August:

23rd Aug – Stoke – Eleven
24th Aug – London – The Underworld
25th Aug – Swansea – Hangar 18
26th Aug – Machynlleth – Y Llew Coch (The Red Lion)
27th Aug – Bradford – Nightrain
28th Aug – Sheffield – HRH Sleaze
30th Aug – Newcastle – Trillians
31st Aug – Edinburgh – Bannermans
1st Sept – Glasgow, Hard Rock Cafe
2nd Sept – Wolverhampton, The Robin
3rd Sept – Blackpool, The Waterloo

Slyder Smith & the Oblivion Kids have a website, at slydersmith.com and are on Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

 

Amie Lou Shaw has recently released ‘Simple Things’.

Singer-songwriter Amie Lou Shaw is based in Eastbourne, England. In a short space of time, she has already achieved more in the music world than some artists can fulfil in a lifetime. Having co-written with a number one Billboard American songwriter, featured on a well-known British soap opera, and performing at a number of prestigious venues in and around London, Aime Lou Shaw now releases her new single, ‘Simple Things’.

The track is a result of a Deuce organised competition win where Aime Lou Shaw had the opportunity to have the song produced by multi-platinum music producer Tat Tong.

Further information about Aime Lou Shaw can be found on her website, at amieloushaw.com or you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter

 

Fatal Vision have released ‘Do You Remember Me?

‘Do You Remember Me?’ is the latest single to be released from Fatal Vision’s album ‘Once’. We previously heard ‘Heartbreaker (Week 57, July 2022) from the same album.

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Simon Marwood got together with exceptional band members Andrew Burns (bass), Juan Miguel Gomez Montant (guitars), Scottie Irving (keyboards) and Alex Wickham (drums) in 2019. They’ve recorded a number of tracks, written by Simon decades earlier. Fatal Vision is a band that has both the skills and the knowledge to create a powerful musical vision.

Fatal Vision has a website, at fatalvisionmusic.com, and are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.

 

Soccer Mommy has released her new single ‘Don’t Ask Me’.

‘Don’t Ask Me’ is from Soccer Mommy’s album ‘Sometimes, Forever’. We’ve previously heard ‘Bones’ (Week 48, May 2022) and ‘Shotgun’ (Week 41, April 2022) from the same album.

‘Sometimes, Forever’ is Soccer Mommy’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet. It cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded mood-board of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated song-writing to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, ‘Sometimes, Forever’ is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever

Soccer Mommy is touring in the UK and Europe. Tickets are available on-line.

Dates include:

31st August – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
1st September – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
1st – 4th September – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
3rd September – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
20th September – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
21st September – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed
22nd September – London, UK @ O2 Forum
23rd September – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
24th September – Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union

Soccer Mommy has a website, soccermommyband.com, and is on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Helen Counts released ‘Firefly’ on 16th August.

Helen Counts has created powerful Indie rock vibes in her latest single ‘Firefly’ which was released on 8th August. The natural born singer-songwriter began her musical career singing in coffee houses in her 20s on the East coast. She then self-published her own CD ‘Into Your Arms’ in 2002. She first broke into Spotify with her single ‘That Look’ 2021. That was quickly followed by ‘Some Healing’ and then ‘Shaky Ground’ which we heard a few weeks ago (Week 56, July 2022).. All her songs have both lyrical and visual intensity that captivate her listeners, and she has a very loyal following. She writes songs with varying musical styles, and she has strong harmonies and storylines in all of her songs. She is based in Madison, Wisconsin, US.

Helen has a website, at helencounts.com, and is on Twitter, Facebook, AppleMusic, Spotify and Instagram.

 

A recording of the show is available on MixCloud.


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