Friday, November 11, 2016
November 11 2016 - Hot Top Ten
TRACK OF THE WEEK
LAS KELLIES - CELEBRATE LIFE
Garage rock celebration from Buenos Aires trio - Silvina Kelly, Cecilia Kelly, and Manuela Ducatenzeiler - from their just released fourth album 'Friends & Lovers'. Low distorted vocals and guitars mix with an infectious beat and pop harmonies in under three minutes. Currently on tour in UK catch tonight (November 11) at Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, and tomorrow at The Tin at The Coal Vaults, Coventry.
HIGH TIDE 15:47 - WHEN I'M WITH YOU
Out today, the Newcastle sextet return with new Mick Ross (James Bay, Frankie & The Heartstrings)-produced single, taking in their description of their sound being ‘dreamy and atmospheric’, blended with with big swirls of Steve Gordon's vocals and delicious harmonies, wrapped in a harmonious cocoon of pop instrumentation.
KING NO-ONE - ALCATRAZ
Another new single release today, this time from the appealing York foursome, who after 'Stay Close' earlier in year, return with more catchy indie rhythms fizzy hooks and Zach Lount's punchy vocal, who says the song is "about the warped vision of your past deluding your perception of the present. Not being able to find someone because you are dwelling on a nostalgic and unrealistic past..."
SOFT LASHES - HEART 2 HEART
Chilled dreampop from one of the genre's finest exponents, musician/producer Michael Tenzer with debut track under the Soft Lashes name, and from the upcoming debut album, 'Hypersensuality' (expected January 2917). Exuberant synthpop jam, wrapped in reverbed synth and guitar. Available as free download on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
HOMESHAKE - CALL ME UP
As chilled as you are going to find, from the ex-guitarist for Mac DeMarco, Canadian Peter Sagar.
Dreamy, downtempo bedroom R&B with smokey vocals on first single from upcoming third album 'Fresh Air', due February 3 2017 via Sinderlyn.
SHAME - THE LICK
The other side to the south London 19-year-olds' AA debut single (w/'Gold Hole' which we previously included in our hot ten round-up) out on December 7 through Fnord. Produced by Local Hero (Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy), we're just going to say: listen to it (some may agree with certain lyrical references contained therein too). Catch live in London x3 on December 8 at St Moritz Club, Stag’s Head, and The Nines in Peckham.
MAJIK - REAL
So smooth are this London-based duo (producer/guitarist Jamie - who's actually Scottish - and singer-songwriter Marcus) with their atmospheric sounds, it's impossible to think they're not American. This lush electronica production combines textured beats with engaging vocals. Out now via AWAL/Kobalt, catch next on tour at King Tuts, Glasgow on November 15, and sold out consecutive shows at Deaf Institute, Manchester and London Dingwalls.
ASYLUMS - ALTERNATIVE OCCUPATIONS
The Southend alt-rockers return with new EP title track available on White Ltd Edition 12" vinyl from December 2 via Cool Things Recordings, and which follows debut album, 'Killer Brain Waves'. Typically exuberant, fast and catchy, with thrashing chords, and raucous, rampant rhythms.
THE KNOCKS - HEAT
Following their debut album '55', NYC duo Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Mr. JPatt” Patterson released this new single at the end of October. Written with friend Sam Nelson Harris of X Ambassadors, who recorded the vocals in one day, he adds a sultry touch to the funk/R&B-inflected electropop vibe. Justin Bieber’s obviously a fan too as they have just been supporting him on his recent European tour.
THE NEW COAST - MELBOURNE
It's not just the title of the track here, or even their own moniker, but the sound in general of this duo - Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater - leans towards the oceanic and spatial; that they hail from the totally out of place environs of East London is anathema. From debut EP 'Paraga Beach', which is out now on LAB Records.