Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rosie Carney - Awake Me

After having first come to our attention this past summer with her song "Better Man", Irish singer/songwriter Rosie Carney now returns with her absolutely stunning new single called "Awake Me", a powerful confessional penned with disarming honesty.

"Awake Me” is a song that’ll stop you dead in your tracks, from the swirling ambience permeating the track to the tender plucked arpeggio, Rosie proves a deft hand at creating sublime tonal flourishes to compliment her vivid lyrics and enchanting voice. At just 19-years-old, Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Through her raw poetic talent, her experience is channelled into her beautiful music which, at times, recalls the vivid and imaginative folk ambience of Joni Mitchell.

For Rosie to be getting on with her career she has had to overcome insurmountable odds. Having struggled with depression and anorexia half her life, music has guided her through it. In a year where discussion about mental health both in the music industry and in broader society has come a long way in removing the stigma and providing insight into sufferers, Rosie is determined to help others by being vocal about her own experiences through her music and her blog, which you can read more about that here. There is no doubt that Carney is a beacon of hope to young people everywhere, and "Awake Me" positions her as a phenomenal talent still just in her formative years.

Listen to "Awake Me" below.

"Awake Me" is out now via London boutique label, X Novo Records and available on iTunes.

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Kan Wakan - I Had To Laugh

Bulgarian-native, Los Angeles-based producer, film composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kan Wakan (real name Gueorgui Linev) has today unveiled his new single called "I Had To Laugh", which also serves as the third single following "Molasses" and "I Would" to be lifted from his upcoming triple-LP titled Phantasmagoria, due out in mid-May. A delicately sorrowful ballad steeped in poignant nostalgia, "I Had To Laugh" features guest vocalist Rachel Fannan, a local acquaintance turned musical collaborator, whose chemistry on the track was instant. As Liven describes, "it felt like the energy in the room shifted and we had landed on something we both felt very intensely in the moment... it didn’t matter if it didn’t make complete sense right away, it just made enough sense to know wherever it leads is a place both Rachel and I wanted to be." The album also incorporates guest vocalists and collaborations as well as additional orchestral flourishes throughout from the Sofia Philharmonic, a symphony orchestra hailing from Linev's hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Listen to "I Had To Laugh" below.

Phantasmagoria will be pressed on limited edition vinyl and is available for pre-order here.

Premiere via Consequence of Sound.


joan - take me on

Introducing joan, a brand new duo comprised of Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford. Having only met a few months ago after playing a show together while in different projects, the two soon became fast friends and have been writing music together nonstop ever since. Now signed to HillyDilly's imprint, 20XX, the pair have today unveiled their debut single called "take me on", which is easily one of the most infectious indie pop gems we've heard all year. Co-produced and mixed by Tim Pagnotta (Walk the Moon, St. Lucia, Wild Belle, Saint Motel), "take me on" is "about spending tonight and forever with the one you love."

Listen to "take me on" below.

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"take me on" will be available on Tunes / Spotify / Apple Music on January 24th.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Late Night Gems #11

1. Bianca Gisselle - "You"

2. Djamila - "Brickwall"

3. Farida - "Next To Nothing"

4. IBEN - "Tell Me"

5. Kaiya Wolff - "Piñatas"

6. Lili Kendall (feat. Manu Crook$) - "Them" (Prod. By JOY.)

7. Marie Dahlstrom X Intalekt X Damone Tyrell – "Hold On"

8. Molly Reinold - "Movies"

9. sosupersam - "Make It Go"

10. VNUSAMR - "Runnin"

11. Wolfie (feat. Nadia Rose) - "Better Than Me"

12. XMeKate - "I'll Be The Blue"

Shy Luv (feat. JONES) - Shock Horror

Manchester-based dance duo Shy Luv, comprised of Sam Knowles (aka Karma Kid) and Jake Norman (aka Armeria), have today unveiled the music video for their new single, "Shock Horror", which features guest vocals from rising UK songstress JONES and also serves as the title track from their forthcoming debut EP, due for release on March 10th via Black Butter Records. Directed by London-based, French producer duo Bif, the exhilarating CGI-addled video sees the band skydiving amongst mini-clones and giant women, including JONES. According to the band, "this is a song that really represents what we are as a band: Guitars, synths, dancing, romance."

Director duo Bif adds: "The idea was to shoot the girls as if they were gigantic statues. We used the photogrammetry scanning system in order to recreate a perfect 3D model of each character. CGI allowed us to create impossible camera shots, animate the duo and populate each scene the way we wanted."

"Shock Horror" represents the next phase of the duo's evolution, traversing timeless disco, funk-punk and electronic sonic touchstones while carving out their own playful aesthetic and live, organic feel. The track was written, performed and produced by the duo themselves, with Karma Kid once again demonstrating that he is not only an accomplished studio musician but a talented front man as well.

Watch the video for "Shock Horror" below.

"Shock Horror" is available now on iTunes.

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