Finnish powerhouse Alma’s extraordinarily soulful voice and sharply observed lyrics hit somewhere between Siaand Amy Winehouse, but Alma needn’t worry about clichés: with her long, electric-neon hair, baggy punk attire and magnetic attitude she is everything but the stereotypical pop princess. Her attitude places her among a generation of young pop geniuses who are swiftly taking over the industry—she’s currently working on her debut album with the likes of MNEK, Rudimental, Gorgon City, Sub Focus, 2 Inch Punch and Charli XCX in studios around the world.
Kids from Mars are, clearly, one of the young promises of the Catalan music scene. With only 15 years old, the duo lead by Roger and Óscar managed to attract the attention of both the specialized media and the audience with a two releases, “August” and “The Words I Already Said”, characterized for an elegant electronics based on pop tunes. Both songs show the way their EP debut will be. Tonight at Heliogàbal and this summer at Vida Festival.
UK group Bear’s Den are about to release their new album ‘So That You Might Hear Me’, the follow up to their silver-selling debut Islands, which earned them an Ivor Novello nomination in the UK and a devoted following worldwide, and 2016’s more expansive ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, which went Top 10 across Europe. 2017 saw the band cap four, non-stop years on the road with their largest headline shows to date, from sold-out tours of the States to a 7000-capacity arena in Belgium, and sold-out hometown shows at London’s iconic Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo. The speed and scale of Bear’s Den‘s rise is remarkable and 2019 is set to be another year filled with wild successes.
Hot Chip have announced a new album, called A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, that will be out in June. It’s their first album since 2015’s Why Make Sense?, and it’s their first album that they recruited outside producers to work with them, namely Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix) and Rodaidh McDonald (the XX, David Byrne, Sampha).
They’ve dropped a music video for lead single “Hungry Child,” which was directed by Saman Kesh and stars Freaks And Geeks’ Martin Starr and This Is Us’ Milana Vayntrub as a couple having a spat before getting entranced by the new Hot Chip single. It turns out that “Hungry Child” has taken over the whole world, and no one can stop hearing it.
Seems like every song Greta Kline writes is a low-key wallflower anthem, each one full of jangly guitars and lemon-drop lyrics about looking for courage. Even backed by a full band—as she is on the latest Frankie Cosmos record, Vessel, which dropped in March—Kline exudes intimacy and loneliness. “Apathy” is a gawky, dreamy favorite. Tonight at Razzmatazz.
Since their debut album hit in 2012, Danish band Lukas Graham have been rolling along picking up rave reviews and masses of fans. Somewhere between pop and soul, their songs are the sort that bring a huge grin to your face, and even more so when you see them live, when they’re so full of energy and clearly having the time of their lives. They present ‘3 (The Purple Album)’, which was released last October. Tonight at Razzmatazz.
Biffy Clyro have ‘done’ a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’. Recorded for The Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie, which was hosted by long-time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, the song originally featured on 1983’s ‘Let’s Dance’, reaching a high of Number Two on the UK singles charts.