Category Archives: Hit of The Week

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.

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Hit of the week: Sharon Van Etten “Comeback Kid”

Sharon Van Etten  has shared her new song “Comeback Kid,” the first single off her forthcoming album Remind Me Tomorrow, out Jan. 18, 2019, on Jagjaguwar. The album is her first in nearly five years, following 2014’s Are We There.

“Comeback Kid” is the sound of glimmering street lights flitting by on a nighttime power-drive, a thoroughly darker and more driving sound than her work on Are We There.

Hit of the week: Imbibe ‘Mirage’

Berlin-based Australian brothers Tennyson and Holden Nobel have banded together to form Imbibe. The duo’s accomplished off-centre electro-pop debut single suggests that big things are on the horizon for the pair.

Infectious melodies and shimmering synths characterise the single, titled ‘Mirage’. The synths in particular, dominate the track, juxtaposed against a sobering baseline.

Hit of the week: Villagers ‘Again’

Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, released by Domino .

Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date.

Again, the opening track from the album, which finds a sweet spot for acoustic-lead folk music and textured production and is a song about renewal and readying yourself to create. It’s a hopeful song.

Hit of the week: Parcels ‘Lightenup’

Berlin-based Parcels today announce their self-titled debut album will be released on October 12th via Kitsuné/Because Music. The quintet have also shared their new single and video for Lightenup. Like their previous releases, Lightenup lives and breathes the funky sound of disco music.

Parcels was written in Berlin, the band’s home of choice. Originally from Australia, Louie Swain (synths), Patrick Hetherington (synths), Noah Hill (bass), Anataole Serret (percussion) and Jules Crommelin (guitar) moved to the German capital 3 years ago and have since gained an international fan base. After Daft Punk discovered them in 2016, they took the boys to the studio to collaborate on their single Overnight.

Hit of the week: Soft Cell ‘Northern Lights’

Soft Cell are back with a brand new song, ‘Northern Lights’, their first in 15 years. The synthpop icons, comprised of Marc Almond and Dave Ball, have released the new track ahead of their farewell show at London’s O2 Arena next month. Almond described the track as “a celebration of our roots in northern soul.” The track’s lyrics also refer the Northern Soul movement – including references to Stoke’s iconic Golden Torch club and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel.