Divus Julius presents…Channel Tres

It’s a common trope these days that some of the best “new” artists have been working behind the scenes years prior to their own debut, or writing for others before experimenting with personal output.

Compton’s Channel Tres, the latest signing from Godmode, is following in those footsteps, albeit with a completely different style of music. Having worked as a songwriter and producer for artists such as Kehlani and Duckwrth, Channel Tres honed his talents through the voice of others.

Recently signed to Godmode, Tres worked extensively with the pair that runs the label: songwriter Nick Sylvester and former major A&R Talya Elitzer. These two know how to help push an artist to the next level, having previously done so with both Shamir and New York City via Seoul producer and singer Yaeji. With Tres’ debut song, “Controller,” the polish the pair applied to their previous work is abundantly clear, and so is Tres’ experience.

 

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Hit of the week: Sundara Karma ‘ Illusions’

Reading four piece Sundara Karma drop their new single Illusions and tease their second album. Listen to Illusions below.

Co-produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, Les Rhythm Digitales) and Kaines (Alex Robertshaw from Everything Everything), Illusions takes the band in a new direction. The song is a slow burner that is reminiscent of the latest Arctic Monkeys record or a latter day Franz Ferdinand ballad.

Illusions follows on from the critically acclaimed debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, which was released in 2017.

Music by Bergman: Desire

Desire’s self-titled debut is a smouldering ache — saturnine synthesized pop about heartbreak & infinite longing, late nights by the telephone & break-up letters smeared by tears.

Johnny Jewel discovered singer Megan Louise performing at a club in Montreal. So transfixed was he by her voice that he elected to mirror his Portland Suite 304 studio and create a second recording room in Quebec. With the addition of Jewel’s longtime collaborator Nat Walker (Chromatics, Symmetry) on drums & synthesizer, the part-American, part-French Canadian band was born. 
Desire is melancholic pop grandeur — the soundtrack to new love that feels like the end of the world. Desire, just one of the many italo-leaning dream pop acts featured on Johnny Jewel’s Italians Do It Better label, have shared ‘Tears From Heaven’, their first new single in nine years.

Ville à Dômat #231: ‘Sempre Inquiets’

Sempre inquiets. Divus Julius Bonasera estrenarà el més nou de Sundara Karma, Rat Boy, Julia Jacklin, Phosphorescent o The Ting Tings entre d’altres. Us descobrirem a nous artistes com Ider,  Duckwrth, Pizzagirl, Bad Sounds o Gently Tender. Acomiadarem a la banda indie finesa Satellite Stories i entrevistarem al músic i promotor britànic Michael O’Connor. A més tota la info sobre el 18è aniversari de la sala Razzmatazz i les primeres confirmacions del festival Warm Up Estrella de Levante
Dilluns 19h 100.5FM Ràdio Ciutat Vella
Ville à Dômat: Sempre Inquiets

Best Covers: Jade Bird “Walk Like an Egyptian”

British singer-songwriter Jade Bird puts her spin on The Bangles’ 1986 hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” for a new Spotify Singles session, along with her own tune “Uh Huh.”

In its original incarnation, “Walk Like an Egyptian” was already a speedy number, with a drum beat that leaves the other instruments hustling to keep up. Bird somehow makes it even faster, modulating it up to a different key and setting the tempo somewhere near punk, while the drums pound out a Bo Diddley-style rhythm. Rather than a note-for-note replication, it’s a streamlined version, full of spiky electric guitar work and Bird’s dynamic singing.

Favourite Gig: Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi is the potence turned into music, a river of passion that cut through the music industry and won the heats of her fans with powerful guitars.

‘She’s the biggest one since Patti Smith’. This statement was made by Brian Eno when Calvi had only released one single. It seemed quite forward, but time has proven him right.

The comparisons carried on for a couple more years (‘She’s the new PJ Harvey’, for instance). Tonight in Sala Razzmatazz 2 at Cruïlla Tardor.

Divus Julius presents…Dilly Dally

Dilly Dally are a Toronto four-piece band who have returned from the brink of self-destruction. Their debut album Sore was a visceral offering of grunge-punk where lead singer and guitarist Katie Monks’ shrilling vocals are the focal point. Critical acclaim and world tours soon followed, but by the end of touring Sore, the quartet were close to dissolving as a band, their future in severe doubt after their members struggled with sustaining their mental health and coping with substance abuse and recovery. It’s the sort of exhaustion that so accompanies musicians on tour.

Now, though, they have rebuilt themselves from the ashes of their near-dissolution with their excellent follow-up Heaven. Combining the raging soundscapes of their signature gutter-punk and searing ferocity, Heaven is a record about survival, mental hardship and self-care.

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