Hailing from Manchester, Hurts are a synthesizer-based duo featuring vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Anderson. Known for their arty and striking self-produced videos, Hurts make epic, dramatic pop music that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including ’70s Krautrock, ’80s new wave, and ’90s R&B.
The Manchester synth-pop duo ) shared their first new material since 2017’s “personal pop album” ‘Desire’. Following the brighter sounds of their last record, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have sought to return to their pop-noir roots.
After taking to Twitter to ask what covers they should perform, The Magic Gang have shared their first in this new self-isolation series, unveiling an actually very fab cover of Wham!’s ‘Club Tropicana’!
Belako are Josu Ximun Billelabeitia, Lore Nekane Billelabeitia, Lander Zalakain and Cristina Lizarraga. This band from Mungia has kicked ass over the last two years, playing non-stop around Spain and Europe. A band full of power, electricity, punk attitude – and a great future. High intensity, hypnotic vocal melodies, great guitar riffs, amazing bass lines, powerful and epic drums – every show goes from darkness to light, from the 1980s to the 21st century, from sweet singing to rough screams, from relaxation to sweat. Post-punk, electronic, grunge, indie rock, everything is possible when Belako is on the stage.
Now the post-punk quartet Belako are giving us the latest taste of their upcoming new album ‘Plastic Drama’, sharing brand new single ‘Truth’.
Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M. released Out of Time, which eventually sold over four million copies in the United States and transformed longtime college radio darlings into a mainstream concern. It was the album’s first single “Losing My Religion” that definitively turned the group to artistic and commercial leaders of the burgeoning alternative rock movement.
The musician and model has long drawn inspiration and aesthetics from the internet. Technology was the focal point of her first mini-album RINA, released in 2017. Hits like “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” and “Tunnel Vision” helped catapult her to the center of the indie pop spotlight with their relatable lyrics and nostalgic, early 2000s production.
Her music is also concerned with concepts around identity. That same year, Sawayama dropped “Cherry,” a pansexual anthem that put queer love at the forefront. Now on SAWAYAMA, the 29-year-old artist’s major label debut, she delves deeper into questions of personal truth, and painful loss. With this record, Sawayama moves from sweet, lo-fi pop into a whole new realm: she’s creating music that’s energetic and loud, that could fill stadiums with her story.
The French duo Papooz was formed in 2012 in Paris. The band’s name was is based on their tropical association. Papooz consists of Ulysse Cottin and Armand Penicaut. They released last year their latest album, Night Sketches,
Papooz have a talent for sway pop and irrefutable groove like very few of their compatriots, aside from Phoenix we cannot think of anyone else. Tropical pop here, wild bossa nova there, all of it deeply anchored in the American style of the Seventies,
‘The Garden’- their brand new single- follows a successful debut U.S. tour from Papooz earlier this year, playing sold-out venues just ahead of the C-19 lockdown.
The uber-talented Alfie Templeman has shared another excellent single. ‘Obvious Guy’ is another step up for the younger singer-songwriter – it’s a third taste of his forthcoming EP Happiness In Liquid Form.
Noodling funk guitars and a disco groove make this indie tune a real party starter – but an undercurrent of dark melancholy keeps things contemporary. No matter what he experiments with, Templeman never seems to miss.