The Glasgow five-piece are the most exciting new act to come out of Scotland in a long time and 2016 is going to be the year that they explode.
Anyone who has caught one of their surprisingly few gigs in the last 18 months or so will attest to how good this lot are, seemingly arriving fully formed with their incredible fusion of arty 80s pop and pummelling punk-funk dance grooves. Frontman Leo Condie and guitarist Hamish Fingland – alongside Chris Potter, Lewis Andrew and Kirstin Lynn – have each been round the block before in various bands, most notably Fingland, Potter and Andrew in the 60s West Coast-inspired rockers Kassidy, but Fingland, Potteris where it’s all coming together.
Bosco Rogers are flower punk ruffians hailing from the South of England consisting of Barth and Del, joined on stage by a bunch of wastrels, cranks, waifs and strays. Taking inspiration from bands like The Monks, The B-52’s and Guided By Voices, careering forward between 60’s psychedelic rock, new wave and proto-punk. This year they’ve just released their debut album “Post Exotic”.
Ablebody is an LA-based duo comprised of identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim (members of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart / Depreciation Guild). They’ve been quietly releasing music under this moniker since 2013, self-releasing an EP and 7″ single, crafting remixes and demoing original material as well as a myriad of covers.
Drawing from the raw grandeur of the 60’s, the melodicism of soft 70s pop and the sophisticated side of romantic 80s synth pop, Ablebody stand suspended between decades; students of the past but far from retro fetishists. Their musical prowess is evident but the songwriting remains tastefully direct at all times, with arrangements that bend and move in surprising ways but tastefully blanket the overarching sentiment of the songs in a way that we rarely hear in this decade.The duo have recently taken their sound from the bedroom to the studio, working with Cole M. Grief-Neill. Their debut full length record Adult Contemporaries will be released by Lolipop Records on October 14, 2016.
Souls is a brand new project brought to us by producer David Gledhill (formerly of Skint & Demoralised with Matt Abbott).
After Gledhill unearthed virtually hidden vocals in the vast Alan Lomax 1920/30s collection of American Voices, he set to work painstakingly cleaning up each one and setting the newly restored voices to music.
The debut single is ‘I Wait For You. The song shows an undeniable respect for the source that shines through the production. An online hunt to discover the vocalist has produced no success to date but it’s a mystery that David wants to solve in 2016.
A DIY project with worldwide scope, Slow Magic is universal and inclusive. It’s cosmic electronic music culled from the ether, yet crafted with human hands. It’s joyous, escapist, multi-disciplinary art that mixes transcendent performance with the nostalgic intimacy of two teenagers staying up too late on the phone.
After the release of 2012’s beloved and critically-acclaimed Triangle, Slow Magic became an international movement after touring with artists like Gold Panda and XXYYXX. Crowds found a masked man in their midst, bathed in fantastic light, with electronic triggers and a drum. The future-primitive combination infused the project’s electronic compositions with new life.
How To Run Away, Slow Magic’s debut with Downtown Records, reflects this growth, oozing both otherworldly beauty and a mastery of production. Lead single “Girls” is deconstructionist house with an organic pulse and collaged, handcrafted samples. “Hold Still” sculpts elastic organs and jazz piano into an emotionally-pummeling finale, while the melancholy “Let U Go” merges watery dub with spectral piano and “Closer” plays like a ‘90s R&B fever dream.
Slow Magic is music by your imaginary friend. Today they will play at Razzmatazz by Cooncert.
Southgate boys Lou Hill, Gareth Jones and James Parish grew up together and formed an early incarnation of the band, Lou then met Darrell Hawkins whilst studying at Brighton University and completed the line-up. Academic duties fulfilled they all moved back to north London en masse and set about recording their acclaimed, post-punk leaning debut Until Spring.
After its release the band experimented with additional members, contributors and different set ups. After spending a good year developing a sound in this manner, the songs and music that were produced over this period of time were deemed not up to scratch and scrapped. What they had created just wasn’t right. The four men decided that they would record the record themselves to have as little outside influence as possible in order to create as true a reflection of their ideas as possible. They locked themselves away again and fused inspiration from the psych sounds of Silver Apples, the industrial shimmer of Portishead, the leftfield soul-infused hip hop of Madlib and Doom’s Madvillain project, DJ Shadow.
Five years later, Wild Palms return with the first taste of what’s to come with two new singles – Temper Gold and Ennio – both produced by Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs). Temper Gold will be released through One Little Indian Records on March 4th 2016.
Wild Palms are: Lou Hill (vocals), Darrell Hawkins (guitar), Gareth Jones (bass) and James Parish (drums).
Kllo is the Melbourne duo of cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul. They make a glitchy, dreamy brand of electro pop with an aesthetic that masks penetrating lyrics. They are set to drop their Well Worn EP later this year, and “Bolide” is the lead single. The song is layers of synths, a catchy bass groove, and quick-hitting intricate drums that anchor Kaul’s light, airy delivery. The duo has clearly grown since their Cusp EP a couple years ago, sounding more confident and comfortable in their sound ramping the energy up and down at precise moments for an evocative trip.