The National has released a cover of the INXS hit “Never Tear Us Apart,” recorded for an upcoming charity album benefiting the ongoing Australia bushfire relief efforts.
Titled Songs for Australia, the compilation was curated by Julia Stone, one half of the Australia indie folk duo Angus & Julia Stone.
Born Idiot is an indie pop band from Rennes (France) dealing with exoticism and cynicism. They have released the clip for Blue Is My Color, a title extracted from the next album of the band expected for September and which will be released on the French label Géographie (Marble Arch).
With Blue Is My Color, the group seeks to denounce the society that harms the living with increased use of machines. To illustrate this new, fairly sweet title, Born Idiot delivers a clip signed by Lucas Martin, which reveals a mechanical, decomposed and almost inhuman atmosphere, echoing the words of the song but slightly out of step with its sweetness.
Night Boat to Cairo is a track by UK ska / pop group Madness from their 1979 debut album One Step Beyond. Mike Barson and Suggs wrote the song and it was also included on Work, Rest and Play’s EP peaking at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. It was later reissued as a single in 1993, after the success of the reissued version of It Must Be Love,
Låpsley, real name Holly Fletcher, is a British musician from Liverpool, who has amazed audiences across the world with her spacious, synth pop sound. At only 23, her young age is not an indication of her successful career, with her second album Through Water which was released past March 20th. However, with so much success coming to her at a young age, Låpsley has struggled with balancing the complexities of growing up with the pressures of fame.
Formed in 2012, on the dawn of the UK Jazz explosion, Pete Wareham and his band – including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings – have been the purveyors of sweaty, fast-paced ‘Jazz’ gigs. The London based band were one of the very first acts of the scene to make people excitedly question “What do you call this music?”
With two studio albums behind them, the self-titled debut and the 2016 release ‘Last Evenings On Earth’, they have a strong foundation on which to return. Melt Yourself Down have announced their third album, 100% YES. The London jazz six-piece have so far shared three tracks from the album, the latest one ‘Crocodile’
The London trio PVA brings together musicians Ella Harris, Josh Baxter, and Louis Satchell in service of danceable art-school pop music combining bits of disco, house, synthpop, new wave, dance-punk, et al. Their latest jam, “Divine Intervention,” is arriving via super-producer Dan Carey’s ever-reliable Speedy Wunderground label (which previously brought us Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road among others) with production by Carey himself. According to label co-runner Pierre Hall, “It reminds me of Patti Smith fronting Factory Floor,” which is pretty spot-on. The wheel is not being reinvented here, but man is it spinning. Listen below.
Baxter Dury was the five-year-old urchin standing alongside dad on the cover of Ian Dury’s groundbreaking 1977 debut album, New Boots and Panties!! He has forged an intriguing career in the slipstream of his father, who died in 2000, two years before Baxter’s own debut album.
.As with many musical offspring, similarities are superficially striking in both voice and style. Baxter is no wannabe Blockhead, however, with 2017’s acclaimed Prince of Tears showcasing a mature artist less reliant on dazzling wordplay and more focused on mood and character. He continues the good work with sixth album The Night Chancers, a set of seductive, atmospheric late-night grooves on which Dury conjures sinister vignettes of insomniac dwellers of the wee small hours.