Monthly Archives: February 2018

Stream BOYS’ ‘Hollywood’ for Free

Dream pop quartet BOYS wrote ‘Hollywood’ at the end of their first tour of the US.

They’re offering a free stream of the track.

“Having gained new experiences and ideas from the time we spent in the US together, whilst there we started talking about leaving behind our lives in London and starting a new one in Hollywood, even if it wasn’t a realistic idea,” BOYS’ said in an e-mail.

Stream RAT BOY’s Remix of Annabel Allum’s ‘Beat the Birds’ for Free

Annabel Allum had this to say about RAT BOY‘s remix of her track ‘Beat the Birds’;

When I heard Jordan (Cardy) was gonna remix the track I was gassed. I’m a fan so it was really cool to give him the stems and see what he came out with. It sounds mega. All those wicked signature Ratboy sounds, the textures… it’s an awesome rework.”

Stream mAsis’ ‘Come Alive’ for Free

mAsis had this to say about their single ‘Come Alive’ in an e-mail; Fear can fuel the engine, as long as I’m getting where I need to go.”

The Glendale, California-based trio has offered a free stream of the track.

Stream Free MP3s from Aron D’Alesio

“The Sinatra of Hamilton”, Aron D’Alesio, has shared free streams of his lo-fi takes on Gene Pitney’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ and Brian Hyland’s ‘Sealed With a Kiss’.

D’Alesio’s self-titled debut is out now on Paper Bag Records. He’s heading out on the road with Born Ruffians. Head here for details.

Stream Ellevator’s ‘Hounds’ for Free

Ellevator‘s Nabi Sue Bersche had this to say about the band’s single ‘Hounds’ in an e-mail; “Most nights I dream I’m being chased. I don’t know what this is a manifestation of – only that it started when I was a little kid, and it began as wolves or wild dogs that pursued me. Those hounds bite at my heels and prevent me from stopping to ask for help. Their howls whistle through my head, drowning out the voices of others who need help too. It’s all consuming,” she wrote.

‘Hounds’ is an acknowledgement that we need each other to survive. There’s safety in numbers. We’ve seen how ‘every man for himself’ turns out, and we need to do better,” she added.

The band’s self-titled EP is out on April 20. They will support Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good following dates at SXSW.

3/12-15 Austin, TX        SXSW Music Festival

3/16    Toronto, ON        REBEL

3/20    Winnipeg, MB        Burton Cummings Theatre

3/21     Winnipeg, MB        Burton Cummings Theatre

3/23    Calgary, AB        Grey Eagle Event Centre    

3/24    Cranbrook, BC        Western Financial Place

3/26    Edmonton, AB        Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

3/27    Edmonton, AB        Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

3/28     Prince George, BC    CN Centre

3/30     Kelowna, BC        Prospera Place

3/31    Abbotsford, BC        Abbotsford Centre        

6/23    Hamilton, ON        Tim Hortons Field


Jordan Rakei Shares the Video for ‘Eye to Eye’

Tom Ewbank, the director of Jordan Rakei‘s ‘Eye to Eye’, had this to say about the clip in a press release.

“We shot the music video on the Welsh coast in the middle of December, which came with a few challenges, not least the temperature of the sea and the weather!” Ewbank explained. “This was the first bit of acting that Jordan had done and I was initially concerned that we may struggle to transform one of the nicest and most considerate people I know into a psychopath. I’m not sure what Jordan’s performance says about him as a person but his portrayal is very convincing and at times terrifying. I’ve always enjoyed working with Jordan and I feel very fortunate to have worked with him on this project, hopefully his fans enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”

The track is taken from Rakei’s second album Wallflower, out now on Ninja Tune. He also shared a free stream of a remix of the track under his Dan Kye moniker;

The album finished at number two in the “Album of the Year” vote at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and it was also shortlisted for The Australian Music Prize, the Australian answer to the UK’s Mercury Prize.

Catch Jordan Rakei on the following dates;

24 Feb – Union Stage, Washington, DC
25 Feb – The Foundry at Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
26 Feb – Sinclair, Boston, MA
28 Feb – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
01 Mar – Shelter, Detroit, MI
02 Mar – SubT, Chicago, IL
03 Mar – Turf Club, Minneapolis, MN
05 Mar – Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
06 Mar – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
08 Mar – The Fillmore San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
12 Mar – SXSW, Austin, TX
23 Mar – Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2018, Cape Town, South Africa
13 Apr – Next Step, Cully, Switzerland
18 Apr – Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK
19 Apr – Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK

26 Apr – Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
03 May – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
05 May – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, UK
11 May – Salon IKSV, Beyoğlu, Turkey
26 May – World Island, Leeds, UK
31 May – Alexandra Palace (Bonobo support), London, UK
01 Jun – Field Day 2018, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, UK

22 Jul – Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool, UK
27 Jul – Soundwave Festival Croatia 2018, The Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia
17 Aug – Lowlands Festival 2018, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
18 Aug – Pukkelpop Festival, Kiewit – Hasselt, Belgium
24 Aug – Lost Village Festival, Lincoln, UK
01 Sept – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, IE

C-DRAIN Releases the Video for ‘Come On!’

Indie rock artist and multi-instrumentalist C-DRAIN, aka Christos Pappas, had this to say about his single ‘Come On!’ in a press release.

“’Come On!’ is the first single from my new EP,” Pappas explained. “Each track on the EP is there to represent a season, and ‘Come On!’ is the summer. It just has that positive energy that summer brings, that feeling of wanting to get out there and party.”

The track can be found on his new EP No Plumbing Business, which he played every instrument on. He divides his time between Athens, Greece and London, England. C-DRAIN has received support from the BBC and the legendary Brian Wilson with the latter sharing his music on his Facebook page.

Falcon Jane Unveil the Video for ‘Go With The Flow’

Orangeville, Ontario “plez-rock” band Falcon Jane have shared the video for ‘Go With The Flow’ from their forthcoming third album Feelin’ Freaky, out this summer, release date TBA.

In an e-mail, frontwoman Sara May describes the band’s music as being, “by nature, truth, peace and magic! (and life n death n whatever else).”

The band toured Eastern Canada in 2017 as well as gigs in a number of Toronto’s best-known venues.

“‘Go With The Flow’ is the ultimate chill out song for freaky, anxious peeps like me. It’s currently my fave Falcon Jane tune, so I wanted the video to feel very personal – very true to me. I directed, produced, and edited the video (got my bff, Deviio, to shoot it), and it’s basically about me chillin’ in my small town, doing things that make me relax n feel cool. My background is in filmmaking so it was nice to be able to combine my two passions to create this masterpiece!” May said.

Catch Falcon Jane on the following dates;

March 3 @ Smiling Buddha, (Toronto, ON)

April 20 @ Burnt Brick Cafe (Woodstock, ON)

April 21 @ Bicycle Cafe (Flesherton, ON)

The Oscillation Unveils the Video for ‘Flight Sequence’

London, England psych-pop artist The Oscillation, aka Demian Castellanos, has shared the video for ‘Flight Sequence’ from his fifth album U.E.F., out on March 2 via Fuzz Club Records.

He’s well known in the London underground scene, playing with Silver Apples, Beak, Wooden Shjips and Deerhunter.

The album is the follow-up to his 2016 album Monographic and 2017 single ‘Evil in the Tree’. The new album finds him embracing an electronic sound that’s a departure from the psych-rock of his previous outings. The album is divided into two 20 minute epics that encompass many electronic influences.

“U.E.F is a failed attempt at what initially started out as an attempt at making a techno track but ended up becoming an Oscillation album. I’m pretty much completely ignorant about dance music but re-listening to a few Plastikman tracks quite obsessively for a few weeks, combined with long-term exposure to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze rubbed off after a while,” Castellanos said in a statement.

The video for ‘Flight Sequence’ was inspired by the footage that the Voyager spacecraft sent back.

The clip’s director Antonio Curcetti had this to say in an e-mail; “When Demian asked me to work on the project I immediately thought of the Voyager 1 and 2 Nasa space project. 2017 was the 40th anniversary of the launch and when I was a kid it was just one of the most daring ideas; the idea that one day a tiny little spacecraft could have reached the far end of the solar system and project itself into interstellar space, with the chance of one day being collected by a different outer-space civilization.”

“Demian wanted to explore visually the idea of expansion into the vastness of the universe and then he told me the title of the track was ‘Flight Sequence’. It was just too perfect. 90% of the material I have manipulated through a video synth is original footage of the Voyager project – I really couldn’t believe how much is available on the Internet.”

Stream The Bonnevilles’ ‘Long Runs the Fox’ for Free

Northern Ireland duo The Bonnevilles have shared a free stream of ‘Long Runs the Fox’ from their latest album Dirty Photographs, out on March 16 via Alive Natural Sound Records.

It’s the follow-up to their 2016 effort Arrow Pierce My Heart. The new album is more upbeat than their previous outing.

“There’s an emotion of positivity on these songs, rather than the usual tales of woe.  Most of the tracks are upbeat, or have a positive message, a message of love or even just plain old fashioned sex.  I know others have written a world of songs about those things but we haven’t, so we thought it was our time to jump in,” guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jr. said in a statement.

He’s upfront about the subject matter of ‘Long Runs the Fox’; “It’s a poem of tribute to my wife’s bum.  She’s very pretty and does have a lovely one.”