Friday, August 23, 2019

CHAMPS • Shadow On The Sea • 2019

Champs are brothers Michael and David Champion, Formed in 2011 their debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ came with great critical acclaim, drawing  praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent and Q Magazine. Evidently immune to second album syndrome, the pair endeavoured to achieve bigger heights with their follow up ‘VAMALA’, which came 366 days later. Hailed as a ‘Thing of beauty’ by The Sunday times and rated ⅘ by The Guardian more than delivered. Now, three years on, they are ready to impress again. 

Speaking on the new album the band state: 
"We've lived with this album (HARD INTERCHANGE) for a long time and we're really very excited to be able to set it free. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much we enjoyed making it.”


SHHE is the alter-ego of Scottish-Portuguese artist and producer SU Shaw. Shaw wraps carefully constructed electronic soundscapes around delicate yet self-assured vocals, and Saint Cyrus is the next piece of the puzzle introducing the world to the enigmatic SHHE. 

Glows • Afterthought • 2019

The video for GLOWS ‘Afterthought’ is an articulation of the ideas and references that amalgamate in the upcoming EP JLHOOKERLOVEPLEASUREFOREVER; spanning folklore, ontology, overstimulation and psycho-geography. The act of travelling is key to Glows creative process and the video for ‘Afterthought’ documents several psycho-geographic walks undertook by Glows and creative partners as a method for inspiration. An interest in ontology and folklore tales is articulated through a narrative structure that skips across past, present and future encounters from the walks.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Purple Mountains • That’s Just the Way That I Feel • 2019

Well, I don't like talkin’ to myself
But someone's gotta say it, hell
I mean, things have not been going well
This time I think I finally fucked myself
You see, the life I live is sickening
I spent a decade playing chicken with oblivion
Day to day, I'm neck and neck with giving in
I’m the same old wreck I've always been

And when I see her in the park
It barely merits a remark
How we stand the standard distance
Distant strangers stand apart

Course I've been humbled by the void
Much of my faith has been destroyed
I've been forced to watch my foes enjoy
Ceaseless feasts of schadenfreude
And as the pace of life keeps quickening
Beneath the bitching and the bickering
When I try to drown my thoughts in gin
I find my worst ideas know how to swim

Ro Bergman • Clouds • 2019

“Buoyed by pulsating rhythmic cadences and stirring arena-ready guitars, Bergman displays his deep vocals here that waver on the brink of vulnerability.”
The 405
“Ro Bergman's musical path is a border crossing - subtle spun works combine lyrical depth with musical heights”.
“A caliber from this shot and grain has not existed in Austria for a long time.” 
(VH-1, MTV)
‘Clouds’ is an upbeat belter of a tune. A perfect atmospheric song to soundtrack summer nights.”
XS Noize

Ro Bergman draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists including Beck, Bon Iver, Fink, The National and The Verve. These influences come together to paint a portrait of Ro Bergmans work, with the colours of the single shining through.  As a result, he has managed to create a unique sound, comparable to Tame Impala, Foals, Local Natives and Chet Faker. 

Peacock Affect • Haunt Me • 2019

BUHU • Tenets (Remix EP) • 2019

BUHU is celebrating the one year anniversary of the release of their debut, Tenets.

Overo • 2019

Surprise! We are still a label! Every now and again, we will be putting out some stuff (more on that in the future)! So please welcome Overo to the fold. You might recognize CYLS alums Lindsay and Mercy from Football, etc., and Brendan from Perfect Future. Welcome John too, he's new to our family.

Together, the four of them make Overo. If you can imagine a perfect blending of their past bands, you've pretty much got Overo Texas emo/post-hardcore at it's finest, blending melodic singing and throaty singing, all over a raging atmosphere of distortion.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Clayjay • Out the Drain • 2019

I'm a San Francisco raised and Los Angeles based artist channeling a psychedelic and dreamy style through my music production and visuals.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Like Everyone • The Be Positives • 2019

THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. Consisting of Mike Seal (Guitar, Piano & Vocals), Rob Hatton (Bass & Vocals), Simon Mayne (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Callum Darley (Drums & Vocals), they were splayed across Merseyside to Sheffield, all sharing an affinity for McCartney, Dylan, Kinks and Nick Lowe, and later, converging on Manchester, they hankered for gigging at grotty pubs across the city. Now united, the four-piece invoke mad-pop affirmation through berserk instrumentation laced with smart lyricism.

Carriers • "Another Guy" • 2019

Having played in several bands and touring throughout the US since, skipping college in the process, Cincinnati-based artist Curt Kiser has been meticulously crafting his proper debut as a songwriter in step with his own personal development. Adopting the moniker Carriers back in 2014, Kiser has worked with a collective of friends, including Bryan Devendorf (The National) and John Curley (The Afghan Whigs), to bring his sweeping rock visions to life.

Carriers’ debut LP, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, is a testament to the power of self-reflection and is carefully layered, leaning on strong core songwriting, hypnotic synths and lush guitar tones from Kiser, mesmerizing percussion delivered by Devendorf, and nuanced, dynamic bass lines from Curley. The 9-track album evokes the same guitar-led grandeur of The War on Drugs as Kiser takes stock of life, death, relationships and gratitude for another day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mia Berg • You Decided • 2019

Hailing from Oslo, until relatively recently, Mia has hidden her music from most. She maintained her music should be for her, and her alone. She decided to lift the veil in 2018, revealing her debut single ‘Hurry’ via Diamond Club, and then ‘Grow’ – both showcasing an enchanting ‘guitar&B’/neo-soul amalgam.

Various Artists • Summer of Love • 2019

A summertime collaboration between Swell Tone and Various Small Flames