Over a short and prolific span of a few years, Part Time‘s David Speck (aka David Loca) crafted a lo-fi bedroom-recorded sound that was equal parts psychedelic pop, soft rock, and primitive synth pop. Initially working alone, he cranked out many records for labels like Loglady, Mexican Summer — 2013’s PDA is a highlight — and Burger while maintaining a high hit-to-miss ratio. Joined on-stage by a full band, Speck eventually used them on his first album recorded in a studio, 2018’s Spell #6.
The third full-length from Mannequin Pussy, Patience is an album fascinated with the physical experience of the body, its songs tracking the movements of mouths and hands and racing hearts, skin and spit and teeth and blood. Deeply attuned to the power of their own physicality, the Philadelphia-based band channels complex emotion in blistering riffs, thrashing rhythms, vocals that feel as immediate and untamed as a gut reaction. But throughout Patience, the Philadelphia-based band contrasts that raw vitality with intricate melodies and finely detailed arrangements, building a strange and potent tension that makes the album all the more cathartic.
The follow-up to Romantic—a 2016 release praised by Pitchfork for “combin[ing] punk, shoegaze, death metal, and more, with the ferocious push-pull energy of a mosh pit”—Patience came to life at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
From performing for inmates in a Norwegian gaol chapel to hitting up the best musical festivals around Europe, Sløtface don’t do things by halves. Informed, intellectual, badass and upfront, the young band from Norway’s Stavanger have not only made waves thanks to their pop punk hooks and sharp, relatable lyrics, but also their steadfast belief that a band can do more than just make music.
Having released two years ago a debut that’s playful, gritty and socially-conscious, Sløtface return with ‘Telepathetic’ their first new single since their debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’,
Though they have only been around a short time and they’ve already dropped their debut album, the Austin duo Black Pumas have been earning a name for their dynamic live shows. Singer Eric Burton and producer Adrian Quesada’s blend of vintage soul, hip-hop, and electric energy comes through on their new single, the hook-filled “Colors.”
The Mauskovic Dance Band is the brainchild of the Amsterdam-based producer and musician, Nicola Mauskovic. Throughout a hectic schedule drumming for various groups, Nic still found time to begin studio experiments that would eventually lead to several 7” singles, released on Swiss label Bongo Joe Records in 2017 under the name “The Mauskovic Dance Band”.
Following this, he tapped long-time collaborators Donnie Mauskovic (vocals, keys, effects), Em Nix Mauskovic (guitar, synth, percussion), and Mano Mauskovic (bass) to make the jump from record to stage. Soon they caught the ear of fabled underground Cumbia producer Juan Hundred, who left his home on a Caribbean island to join the band on drums.
With each band member of varying heritage, the group draws inspiration from diverse genres: primarily Afro-Colombian styles such as champeta, palenque, cumbia and the picó soundsystem culture, as well as the Afro-Disco and No-Wave scenes in their current base of Amsterdam. The city’s hotbed of underground producers has also brought an electronic edge to the band, with vintage drum machines and synthesisers effortlessly melding with Afro-Latin rhythms and slick guitar riffs to create a contemporary sound rich with cultural influence.
Having toured extensively through Europe in 2017 as a staple of festival stages and clubs, The Mauskovic Dance Band continues to build exciting momentum with the launch of their debut album.
Temples were and continue being one of pop psychedelia great promises. As if blessed by the halo and grace of Tame Impala, the formation lead by James Edward Bagshaw debuted with a brilliant Sun Structures (Heavenly Records / Pias, 2014). An album that showed British band’s sound: luminous melodies, rhythms inspired by the sixties and clear references of neo-psychedelia. Despite having set the bar very high, his return four years later with Volcano (Heavenly Records / Pias, 2017) exceeded all expectations. A second album that strengthened his sound by adding a good dose of synthesizers and showed that their excellent debut was not a stroke of luck.
Temples have announced details of a new album. The now-trio will release ‘Hot Motion’, their third full-length and follow-up to 2017’s ‘Volcano’ on 27th September. They’ve also shared the title track from the album, about “the tensions of desire, dreams and nightmares,” alongside a video. Very soon at Vida Festival.
Eat more fruit. Answer that message from the boy from the other night; honestly it might be worth it. Call your mum more often. And listen to The Beths. This is what the future “you” would say to today’s “you”, or at least to the next May’s “you” when you get to the Parc del Fòrum. The Beths are a band with a jazz formation who don’t mind getting dirty to make pop-punk with glow-worms. Because they are from New Zealand and although that seems far from everywhere, you will see how close it feels. And because that day in the future will come, when you realise that you wasted too much time not being happy because you didn’t listen to the right music. Believe us, you will thank yourself for having let the contagious light and vibe of The Beths into your life… and call your mum, for god’s sake.