Sunstroke Rain released their album, ‘Spark’, on 11th June. ‘Mad Men’ is from that album.
New and distinctive, with deft craftsmanship and right on the nose lyrics, and all wrapped up in a refined and cool sound-scape. Art-pop songs flowing from rhythm and dance, to laid-back ambiances with beautiful vocals and squishy noises of electro. The singer and composer Sunstroke Rain (anagram of Karin Turesson) who has played earlier with a number of artists now performs her own compositions. Olivia Lyne and Lisa Frisk supply the backing.
Three keyboards and three mics are used to perform the music, which also includes backing tracks, 3 part harmonies and a bottom end filled with swampish heavy and groovy Moog bass. The sharp lyrics describe and comment on our ever changing contemporary society with humour and pathos.
On June 21st, Oliver Malcolm released ‘Baby Don’t Go’.
With his breakthrough track ‘Switched Up’ and his début tape ‘Are You Living In The Real World?’, Oliver Malcolm made the leap from go-to producer to an artist with infinite potential. Quickly establishing a wave of early taste-maker attention and 30 million+ streams, Oliver is now poised for a bigger breakthrough as he shares his brand-new single ‘Baby Don’t Go’. The track is the first to preview his upcoming tape ‘Act One’, which follows on July 21st.
Oliver says, “‘Baby Don’t Go’ can be interpreted as simply or as intricately as you please. It can just mean, ‘Baby don’t go.’ How deep you go is up to you.”
Oliver Malcolm plays the following festivals this summer:
1st July – Lollapalooza, Stockholm (SE)
3rd July – Barn On The Farm, Gloucester
24th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
7th August – Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
18th August – FM4 Frequency Festival, St. Pölten (AT)
Also on June 21st, Fafa Galoure released ‘Is It So?’.
Fafa Galoure is a contemporary Israeli / British ‘Deep Dive Rock’ band. It is fronted by vocalist, composer and songwriter, Efrat Cohen. The band released their début album ‘As You Are’ at the tail end of 2017. It was backed up with numerous shows in their home country as well as participating in a multi -disciplinary festival, in Poland, in 2018. ‘As You Are’ is an expression of the importance of self-acceptance and growth. The dark side, as well as the light, in our day to day life struggle within ourselves. The album is an optimistic and fatalistic journey at the same time full of magic and mystery.
On the Summer Solstice (21.6.22) Fafa Galoure released the new single, ‘Is It So?’ It is taken from their upcoming second album release due in 2023 and is upbeat and full of sun energy, love and truth.
In June, Jeffrey Morris released ‘See the Summer’
Atlantic Canada’s pop songsmith Jeffrey Morris is back with a new single ‘See the Summer’. It’s hitting international radio airwaves this June. A gifted vocalist and guitarist, Jeffrey brings an old school 70’s vibe to life on this latest track. Infectious melodic hooks that draw you in, driven home by a deep dance groove to keep you moving. ‘See The Summer’ displays Morris’s unique ability to craft intelligent, radio ready, pop music.
On June 24th Bastette released ‘Good Time Girl’.
UK rock band Bastette share their brand new single ‘Good Time Girl’, out on 24th June. A song celebrating diversity, ‘Good Time Girl’ is an anthem for womxn, the yee-haw gays, the QPOC community, and everyone in between.
Speaking of the track, singer-songwriter Caroline says, “‘Good Time Girl’ is about taking control of your own desires. It has always been the case that womxn have been objectified in society and those who are different are made to feel like they don’t belong and belittled. Don’t let others dictate who you can or can’t be. Sometimes, you have to fight your way through hard times to come out in a better place and to truly understand who you are.”
2022 is set to be an exciting year with festivals booked up and down the country ahead of the release of new EP ‘Awakening’, out September 30th.
Catch Bastette live across the UK this summer:
2nd July – SOS Festival, Oldham
16th July – Dementia Aware Fest, Birmingham
4th August – Trillians, Newcastle
6th August – SavFest, Coalville
13th August – Firestorm Festival, Manchester
Also on June 24th, MUNA released ‘Home by Now’.
Los Angeles-based trio MUNA are back in the US after a buzz filled trip to the UK which included sold out and packed performances. They lived up to the hype with their energetic and mesmerizing live show. Now with less than a month before their highly anticipated and career defining self-titled album is out into the world, MUNA are giving us another reason to be excited.
MUNA’s Katie Gavin spoke of the new song ‘Home By Now’, saying, “’Home By Now’ is the song on the record that we feel might be closest to our first album in that it’s a dance song with brutal lyrics and an emo bridge. It’s a breakup song that’s a bit more full of longing and doubt than ‘Anything But Me’. While a lot of this album does seem to be about trusting my instincts, this song acknowledges the pain of not knowing if I left a relationship that I was meant to be in.”
The band, comprised of Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin are set to return to the UK this November.
10th November – London, UK – Roundhouse
11th November – Brighton, UK – Chalk
13th November – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
15th November – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 TV Studio
16th November – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Room
17th November – Newcastle, UK – University Union
18th November – Leeds, UK – Stylus
20th November – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 2
21st November – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
On June 24th, Leithia’s Natorium released ‘Lullaby’.
Singer, songwriter and musician Pena Hughes-John has adopted many guises in her music. Whilst her solo work has attracted a following at local folk and steampunk events (mostly accompanied with her ukulele), Pena always has an inner punk/rock side. It was just the case of choosing her timing carefully as to when to bring it to the public arena.
Prior to setting up Leithia’s Natorium (Pena’s touring band), Pena already had an eclectic mix of genres and different music projects. Fed up with the context of imagery and pigeon-holing in the music scene and eager to release her Indie rock/punk side, Pena became the ‘anonymous’ persona of The Angry Ukelele Lady. The introduction of Lethia’s Natrorium in no way marks the end of her solo performances but is an additional outlet for her work with a full band set up. Allowing her to create music containing elements of progressive Goth, punk and rock with a slice of reggae fusion for good measure
Giorgia Fumanti has released a new album, ‘Mystic’, which features the single, ‘Now We Are Free’.
‘Mystic’ is Giorgia Fumanti’s 12th album. It includes some of the greatest classical hits and pop melodies ever written. They include Ravel’s Bolero, Verdi’s Va Pensiero and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. The album also includes Giorgia’s take of Leonard Cohen’s legendary ‘Hallelujah’ and a haunting version of ‘Now We Are Free’ the theme song from the movie ‘The Gladiator’.
Giorgia has a website, at giorgiafumanti.com, which is in French!
Weimar released their new LP, ‘Dancing on a Volcano’ on 24th June. ‘Soho Rain’ is the single from that album.
Manchester indie rockers Weimar (pronounced Vy-marr) present ‘Soho Rain’, the first single from their début album ‘Dancing on a Volcano’. A wistful torch ballad paying homage to a district of London, and it’s long eroded culture. The song features a guest appearance on sax by rising Leeds-based artist Finola.
Inspired by the real-life stories of former Soho sex workers, it carries a strong message of inner resilience and the ability to overcome hardship, addiction and personal struggle. This is also an affectionate homage to the dying culture of old Soho and the many artistic and cultural movements that emerged from London’s seediest square mile.
Aidan Cross, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, says, “Soho Rain explores themes of nostalgia for the bygone past amidst gentrification and cultural erosion, and heartache, loss and love within the seedy backstreets of the urban metropolis – themes recurrent throughout Weimar’s album. The lyrics tell of a former Soho sex worker’s visit to her old haunting ground as the neighbourhood is slowly gentrified, reflecting on the hardship she faced during her years in the sex trade, the strength she subsequently gained and how the experience shaped the person she is today.”
Flume – featuring Emma Louise – released ‘Hollow’ earlier this year.
We’ve heard a couple of tracks from Flume before; ‘Say Nothing’ which featured May-A (week 33, February 2022); ‘Palaces’ which was a collaboration with Damon Albarn (week 47, May 2022). All three tracks come from Flume’s new LP ‘Palaces’ which came out on May 20th.
Flume is currently touring in the USA but has announced a UK and Europe run this summer. It will include stops in London, Berlin and Paris. Purchase tickets and register for pre-sale via flu.me.
A fresh line of merchandise is available for purchase at shop.flumemusic.com, alongside special physical editions of ‘Palaces’ which are available for pre-order now. They include vinyl, limited-edition deluxe CD (with initial orders signed by the artist), standard CD and cassette.
Lemonade Sin will release their new album, ‘Anagrams’ on 11th July. The track ‘Lemonade Sin’ is from that album.
Lemonade Sin is the creation of Lee Friese-Greene and Simon Aldous. While they cite their primary influences as Abba and the Velvet Underground, their dreamy alt-pop sound also has echoes of every great duet you’ve ever heard.
‘Anagram’s underlying concept is that each song is an anagram of Lemonade Sin. That, in turn, is an anagram of Simon and Lee.
Simon recalls, “We were stuck for a band name. Every suggestion we came up with seemed to have already been taken, so Lee had the idea of putting ‘simon and lee’ into an anagram generator. Not only did it provide our name, but we also had a list of a dozen other titles that looked like pretty good song titles.”
Lee adds, “Writing songs together as a partnership, it seems to really help us to have a strong starting concept of where we want to go. With these titles, we talked about each one and what the title might mean and where we might want to take that idea. Even though there is a random element to how they came about, through those discussions, the songs started to become personal, reflecting our own feelings about people and situations.”
Lemonade Sin will be playing at the Lexington, London, on Sunday 17 July. Their live act includes Charlotte Beale on bass, Jennifer Denitto on drums, Robin Morgan on keyboards and Kathy Welch adding, variously, guitar, glockenspiel and melodica, as required. The six of them creating an expansive, lush sound.
The show is now available on MixCloud.
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