“Erotic Market” was born at the beginning of the decade as an electronic pop duo from Lyon, close to the urban rhythms of artists such as MIA, with songs to shake the body coupled with a sense of humour, such as “I want to be some booty”, included in their debut, Blahblahrians (2014). Now a solo project by Rosemary Martins (the nickname of Marine Pellegrini) and after a couple of years time out to come together again, Erotic Market is back with Queendoms (2018), a futuristic R & B album for which she has got together with DJ Flore, priestess of Lyon-based bass music, Bonetrips, a beatmaker, and Nicolas Taite, on live drums. This friday night free concert at Rambla del Raval.
Pizzagirl is the solo project of Liverpool based musician Liam Brown. Not a girl, nor having any affiliations with Pizza, Pizzagirl’s music ranges from quirky, ironic, etc. Making music on revered Manchester label Heist Or Hit (Her’s), the Liverpool-based singer-songwriter makes songs in the vein of Ariel Pink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra – woozy numbers that sit perfectly on extended summer evenings and cast aside consequences in favour of wonderfully breezy escapism.
The band was conceived in 1995 by schoolmates Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson, who named the group after a gas-station-turned-radio-repair-shop called “Radioavdelningen” (Swedish for The Radio Department). The Radio Dept. have shared a new single, one of their first since their 2016 record Running Out Of Love. As with that album, the song is imbued with political discontent. It arrives just ahead of the forthcoming Swedish national election. In a press release, the dream pop band explained the song’s anti-fascist context.
They have self-proclaimed their genre as being ‘dark pop’. Indeed, their sound is fuelled by guttural beats, dark atmospheric guitar and the sheer vocal presence of lead singer Theresa Jarvis. The pop sensibilities come into it with some memorable riffs and melodies, as well as a certain fashion of joie de vivre. They’ve supported The Libertines, featured on the front cover of NME, released their first EP Heavy.
Ian Ruhala, better known as HALA, has been writing and recording music for several years now and at the young age of 18, he is already a singer/songwriter veteran. With several releases already under his belt, even before graduating high school, Ruhala has created some buzz with his solo, at-home/DIY recording style that relates well with music from artists like M. Ward, Mac DeMarco and Travis Bretzer.
After 3 short years since releasing his first track, Hayden James has created his own imprint on the global music community with a sound like no other. Straight off the mark Hayden’s music circulated through Australia’s electronic dance music populace accumulating tens of millions of plays across SoundCloud and YouTube. His individualistic approach to producing delicate yet uplifting summer anthems featuring euphonious and evocative vocals quickly allowed him to find his niche. Today, Hayden leads the way for Australian musicians with a sound incomparable and inimitable to any artists before him.
The Snuts are building an undeniably rapid and devoted following in their native Scotland (notably selling out Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in a matter of hours).
Most appealingly, their fan base has grown around the two most fundamentally important ingredients of any upcoming band – big tunes and an overwhelming, all encompassing live show. Fans of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys etc should not miss.