Over the past year Londoner Matt Maltese has been crafting epic-sounding ballads inspired by his love of Leonard Cohen from his bedroom. Now, having signed a deal with Atlantic Records, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has released his first single of 2017 : “As The World Caves In” taps into the sense of despair felt by many following the outcome of the U.S. election and Britain’s E.U. referendum in 2016 and adds a sense of melodrama and beauty.
Calling in Amsterdam to huge acclaim, showcasing their talents as multi-instrumentalists and expert harmonisers. Cat on synths and electronic drum samples, Jane on guitars and lead vocals and Ruth switching between different instruments to create a dramatic, bold and electric live set which varies from stripped back 80s synth electronica (think New Order), guitar-led punk pop (Blondie) to R&B/funk moments (as in future single ‘Twice’ and the audacious ‘Last Dance’) and even euphoric Grimes-inspired dance builds and drops.
Canada continues to be the ideal cultivating ground for bands like BADBADNOTGOOD, a true rara avis that navigates between jazz, electronic music and hip hop and explodes all stylistic barriers with their numerical series of records. Known for their collaborations with Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown and Ghostface Killah, the Ontario quartet formed by Matthew A. Tavares, Alexander Sowinski, Chester Hansen and Leland Whitty have just expanded their creative universe with “IV”, an album on which there are features including Sam Herring (Future Islands), Colin Stetson and Mick Jenkins, among others.
El duo de Nova Jersey amb residència a Los Angeles HO99O9 s’han convertit en una de les icones de l’underground nord-americà. Amb una posada en escena que farà vibrar de la mateixa manera a fans de Death Grips i d’Atari Teenage Riot, arriben a Barcelona amb la seva barreja de punk i hip hop i els seu directe incendiari per presentar el seu últim disc, ‘United States Of Ho99o9’ (2017). Aquesta nit a La2 de l’Apolo.
Halfway between London and Mediterranean coasts, the young Alien Tango and his exotic band emerged as one of the most refreshing and unclassifiable groups of the new psychedelia; as bizarre and suitable for the most sophisticated pop. This futuristic kid orchestra made their debut with the EP Supernatural Mango (Red Kashmir Records, 2016), a magma of acid synth melodies, accordion guitars and personal sounds. Going through discosoul and space psych or Indian music, their glam pop places them in the same dimension as Foxygen, Ariel Pink and The Lemon Twigs. Tomorrow in concert at Vida Festival.
Hackney-based four piece Zola Blood have been putting out music since 2014, but it’s more recently that their brand of melodic, ethereal electro-pop has been coming into its own. With latest track they’ve put out a piece of well-refined ambient electronica. The Hackney Wick four piece have released their debut album “Infinite Game”.
American psychedelic rock trio Moon Duo, featuring Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada, along with drummer John Jeffrey, present their fifth studio album, ‘The Occult Architecture’ (2017), released in two volumes – Vol. 1 in February, and Vol. 2 in May. They will be playing tonight at Upload. The Australian Band Dead Parties based in Barcelona will open the night.