Hot Collars

Hot Collars

Hot Collars are a new band in town from the UK and they are looking to use some 50s and 60s sounds to get your summer pumping this year.

They’ve recently teamed up with The Go! Team to bring you a catchy new remix of their first single “Tongue Tied” and it’s a reimagining that interweaves elements of dance, pop and electro indie that elevates the original.

Get involved!

Hot Collars – Tongue Tied

Hot Collars – Tongue Tied (The Go! Team remix)

Hot Collars – Tong


Chillwave Wednesday CXXXVI

Chillwave Wednesday 2017

The German producer behind Roosevelt, Marius Lauber, is no stranger to Chillwave Wednesday with the myriad of remixes he’s contributed in the past. This week he has earned his place at the top of the mix with his new original track “Moving On.” It’s the epitome of “chillwave” in my mind. Smooth, a bit soulful, and a heavy dose of blissed-out electronic synth.

There’s plenty of that in this weeks hour-long mix, including a Richnuss edit of Toro y Moi’s track “Rose Quartz” and a fantastic Goldroom remix of RAC’s track “I Still Wanna Know.”

See Playlist and read more about the artists


Boy Days

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Boy Days are a London-based trio who are in pursuit of composing some very soulful indie pop. Following the release of their debut single, “Will You Still?” the band has unveiled the next cut off of their upcoming EP, In My Ways.

The second single was the inspiration for the title of the EP and has a lovely juxtaposition of gospel organs and 70s era vocals. The lead singer of the band describes the track as portraying “a menacing relationship of ‘cackling bedsprings’ and ‘sweat and ale’ as the brutal lover continues to get what he wants.” (blimey!) The eerily dissonant harmonies give the track a foreboding undertone, but when the three-piece launch into a chorus of pure unadulterated soul, it’s clear there’s a core of incredibly strong songwriting at the heart of the band.

Boy Days – In My Ways

Boy Days – Will You Still?

Boy Days – A Kind Of You


Fresh Friday Mix: XOA

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Now that summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, I thought it was time to include a mix that includes warm tropical sounds full of deep grooves and analogue synths. The man for the job? British DJ and producer, Nick Tyson (aka XOA). Previously, Nick was part of Gentleman’s Dub Club and a successful jazz musician, but now he’s decided to explore electronic music with an afrobeat twist.

For XOA, the project was born from a desire to bring together the rhythms of African music and funk together, blending them with a modern production aesthetic. The project includes a mixture of both live instrumentation and programming.

For today we’re featuring the mix he produced for Flux, but if you like what you hear, you should definitely check out the XOA Soundcloud page.

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Throwback Thursday: Pollyn

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We published a single from an LA-based three-piece band back in 2011 that called themselves Pollyn. The single was called “How Small We Are” and featured a dark-haired, dark-skinned front woman with a sense of humour. I just came across the latest album by Pollyn called “Distress Signals” and Genevieve Artadi, the lead singer of the band, has seemingly morphed into a short blond haired firecracker (who is missing her left eye in some cases).

I get it. People change their hair colour, their hair-style, their clothes… people change. And there has been six years between each album. So it would be silly to expect the band to look the same.

Through all of this, one thing has stayed consistent however. The sound. The band is tight as ever, and the songs are catchy as fuck. That’s why I’d like to dedicate this #ThrowbackThursday to Pollyn and their latest album, DISTRESS SIGNALS.

Pollyn – Don’t You Want My Love

Pollyn – Automatic Response

Pollyn – Distress Signals (Larry Gus remix)

Pollyn – Don’t You Want My Love – (The Twelves J’MIG remix)


TNLF Meets Loyle Carner

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For someone who never set out to be a MC, Ben Coyle-Larner, better known as Croyden’s very own Loyle Carner, seems very comfortable with his status as one of the most exciting talents in UK hip-hop.

Although he has come to the fore of general consciousness in a year during which UK grime, rather than hip-hop, has taken centre-stage, Carner is not an MC in the strictest sense. His use of language is much more languid, less angular than his contemporaries, his subject matter a more arresting and candidly honest portrayal of his own tight-knit world and experiences growing up.

Importantly, this is just as true today as it was three years ago when I wrote my first ever article for TNLF, a review of his A Little Late Ep, a 6-track release which dealt with topics ranging from his own internal struggle to ‘do the right thing’, the sudden death of his step-father, and the responsibility to his mother and brother that was thrust upon him in the aftermath, all set to a soundtrack reminiscent of  some of your favourite 90’s hip-hop classics.

At the time, I wrote how this was one of the most exciting debuts I had ever heard from any UK artist. Fast forward to last Saturday, and I was fortunate enough to get to go and speak to the man in person, fresh off the first leg of his ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ tour, on a surprisingly hot Saturday afternoon back-stage at Field Day festival in East London.

Dressed in a Juventus shirt (the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus is that evening), he’s practicing keepy-ups with best-friend and long-term collaborator Rebel Kleff when we meet, an example, if any was needed, of the importance he places on remaining grounded, despite the success he’s encountered since the launch of his debut album.

JD: Getting the important things out of the way first…you’re a Liverpool fan, you’re not such a fan of Arsenal though I hear. We’ve heard this week that Arsene [Wenger] has signed on for another 2 years…

LC: [Laughs] You know, I don’t hate Arsenal. I’m cool with Wenger being in though, obviously. That’s fantastic news for me. [Laughs again] I mean unless it’s Liverpool, or maybe Crystal Palace, then I’m not really bothered, but it does seem that people have been ganging up on Arsenal fans recently.

JD: And I guess it’s pretty clear who you’re supporting this evening…

LC: Yeah man, I’m repping it hard today, I’m in it for [Gianluigi] Buffon. I really want to hang around and catch Run The Jewels, but duty must, you know, I’ve got to watch it.  We actually did a little thing for the Champions League, something that summed up the whole tournament that’s going out just before the game.

The ‘little thing’ that Loyle is referring to is a four and a half minute poem for BT sport that weaves a nostalgic tale of the road to the 2017 Champions League Final.

JD: I suppose we should chat about music a bit. Anyone you’re really keen to try and catch today [at Field Day]?

LC: Run the Jewels was my big one, but I want to catch John Cooper Clarke as well. I know he’s on before us so I’ll go check that out, walk around the festival for a bit and then head back for the show.

JD: So how was the Yesterday’s Gone tour?

LC: Yeah, it’s been cool. We’re kinda still on it in some sense with festival season. We just got back from Australia, which was crazy, mad playing all around the world, but it’s nice to be busy.

JD: And your summer looks pretty full… you’ve got [Field Day], Bestival…

LC: Yeah Bestival I’m hyped for. We’ve got Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds. Basically anywhere where people are, I’ll be this summer. Which is cool, I like it like that.

JD: There’s been a lot written about how close you are to your family. Has the travelling made it harder to be as close to them?

LC: It’s really tough, you know, but I know what I’m out here for, and at least I come back and am able to look after them, you know. My whole thing is that, I’m away working, for them. I’m also doing what I love to do, don’t get me wrong, and my mum doesn’t always understand, she misses me a lot. But I’ve got to get it crackin’, you know. I promised my mum I’d look after the family so that’s what I’ve gotta do.

JD: Does she get down to enough of your shows?

LC: Yeah yeah, we’re gonna bring her to Glastonbury I think. Might get her to do a little something. But yeah she’s coming down with a few friends. She was supposed to come down in the tour bus, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea, all the guys will be in there you know…[laughs]

JD: You never know, might make them behave themselves?

LC: Yeah maybe, but we’re playing a few shows before and a few after, so you know we’ll already have that tour-bus funk, you know, so I said I’d get her a driver with a few mates instead.

JD: And then what’s next, back in the studio?

LC: I’m in the studio all the time, when I get time. I just haven’t had that much time recently. We’re going to finish festival season, and then go back on the final tour of this album I guess, taking it all the way through the UK and Europe, and then we go back to Australia at the start of next year.

JD: Then maybe a well-earned break?

LC: Yeah maybe chill out for a week, hopefully. Maybe go to the beach for a week. Then get back into it.

Loyle Carner Interview

You can stream Yesterday’s Gone below (you should), and check out tour dates for the upcoming UK leg of his tour here.

 


David Jacobson and the Space Wizards

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Originally from Florida, David Jacobson moved to Brooklyn to find a feisty bunch of Space Wizards to start a band.

Jacobson himself is a magician of sorts as well. Not the kind who uses parlour tricks, or rabbits in a hat, but the sort that can transport you beyond the limits of your own imagination. The sort that can point to the unseen, and reveal its secrets. The sort who seems to have stumbled upon deep insight into himself, the human experience, and the potential of the human mind.

“We live in an age of cynicism, boredom, and monochromaticism” says Jacobson. “We have killed the old gods. We are incapable of belief in anything beyond the mundane day-to-day. We seek to escape a seemingly chaotic world, that cares nothing for our dreams, by dulling our senses and numbing ourselves to a reality that seems all too real, all too harsh, all too indifferent.” The Space Wizards have come to change that with their unique brand of interstellar jazz, blues and rock.

David Jacobson and the Space Wizards – Nola Wren

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Bestival 2017: A Tribe Called Quest, The XX, Justice

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Coachella, SXSW, Glastonbury, Primavera … festival is in the air.

If you know about good festivals, then you certainly know about Bestival. If Coachella were to mark the opening of Festival Season, then Bestival would be the closer. The last big act before we all go into hibernation for the winter. The festival to end all festivals. The king of festivals.

And as if to stake its claim as one of the top festivals, Bestival has moved into a Castle in Dorset this year. That’s right, Bestival is moving from the Isle of Wight to spread peace and love to the south coast of England. Bestival’s lineup includes four headliners: The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Justice, and The Pet Shop Boys and as always, there is a huge list of amazing artists and side shows (because it’s not just about the music at Bestival).

You can expect some Bestival classics like the inflatable church, the world’s largest disco ball or the Bestival Love-Bot, but this year they’ve added the world’s biggest confetti cannon to the works. Bestival should be the one festival you go to this year (if you can only go to one).

“We’re going back to our roots” says Bestival’s creator, Rob Da Bank. “We are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace.”

Buy tickets to Bestival now.

Bestival 2017 Playlist

See Bestival’s full lineup for 2017