Single precedes official release of new album ‘Orange’
A Barcelona based band who all grew up in households surrounded by music, it’s little wonder that the four members of Strange Fiction ended up writing and recording their own music. With varied musical backgrounds, their new album ‘Orange’ is a heady blend of genres, particularly rock, indie and pop, with influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman.
It’s an unusual mix, but one that shines through in the neat pop groove and vocal of lead single ‘Tease Her’ which gives way to a huge rocking chorus. The track – written about a misunderstanding over a girl at a party which may or may not have resulted in a band member being soaked by beer – is a stellar introduction to the raw sound of the band.
Engineered and recorded in Spain by Tomàs Robisco and mastered in London by Andy “Hippy” Baldwin from Metropolis Studios respectively, the album is a triumph, capturing perfectly the edge that the band works to bring to their live sound.
The songs are specially designed to play well live as well as in the recordings, and if you like what you’re hearing above then keep an eye on the band’s social media – they’ll soon be releasing live, acoustic videos of their songs so music fans all around the world will be able to see the quality of this young band for themselves.
‘Tease Her’ is due for release May 18th with the album to follow on June 1st.
not suitable for those with a fear of heights, it blends off kilter performance footage with a montage of adrenaline pumping, high risk stunts. It’s a truly compelling watch married to a fantastic musical groove:
UK born but now US based, John Graham’s new album is set to reach these shores showcasing slick, contemporary indie-rock with electronic touches and a heap of swagger. With influences including the Stone roses, Kasabian, The Cure, Depeche mode and more, it’s an album full of ideas which is primed to make an impact. The album is something of a departure for Graham, whose previous work under the name Quivver has seen him gaining countless plaudits producing house and techno music.
However, ‘Cold Sun’ and lead single ‘Roll the Dice’ prove that there are multiple strings to this particular bow, by turning out tunes which are strongly based on the indie rock genre. These hook laden, energetic tracks are then laced with dynamic electronic ideas, ported over from his experience in the EDM genres, to give them extra flavour. It’s not common that indie, rock and electronic ideas are mixed so effectively, with the latter adding superb textures to the former, and it’s certainly one hell of a combination thanks to the subtlety of John Graham’s genre bending.
The ‘Cold Sun’ album has been in the making for many years, being written in snatched time between full time work as a house and techno DJ and producer. It’s release is the culmination of an ambition John Graham has had for many years – to create a collection of songs that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre, and demonstrate just how versatile his writing can be.
Single ‘Roll the Dice’ is out June 1st, to be followed on June 29th by the ‘Cold Sun’ album, both through Distinctive Records.
Originally from Merseyside, Aubrey Whitfield moved to London several years ago to fulfil her musical ambitions and hasn’t looked back since. Her vocal, described as ‘like a grittier Annie Lennox’, is one that simply can’t be ignored once heard, and has led to steadily growing success since her move to the capital.
Having signed a publishing contract with Broken Music Publishing/Ripe Recordings in 2012, Aubrey set up her own record label, 2ube Records, in February 2014 in order to release her music, the latest of which is upcoming single ‘Every Cloud’.
The single, originally written when Whitfield was 17, was given a fresh start and new lyrics four months ago following the end of a relationship. It perfectly captures the realisation that, though she believed her girlfriend to be a soul mate, the pair were never meant to be together in the first place. It’s a simple, relatable concept which will resonate with many who have loved and lost, and you can hear it for yourself here:
“There are voices then there are voices. When Aubrey Whitfield draws breath on stage it is to produce notes of such quality that crystal seems like a description for broken glass”. – Wirral News
Recorded at Denmark Street Studios in London, the track was engineered, mixed and mastered by Guy Katsav (The View, Laura Marling, David Guetta). The fact that Aubrey Whitfield is working with such high calibre names is a reflection on her growing reputation in the industry. Just last year, a pop song (‘Fly Like a Ghost’) written and produced by Aubrey herself was released through 2ube Records and went on to secure international airplay on over 80 radio stations worldwide.
For more of Aubrey Whitfield, music fans can get a free download of single ‘Indigo’ if they subscribe to her mailing list at www.aubreywhitfield.com.
The Death Disco EP is now available to be watched and stripped at YouTube via the Station K channel. Rip it up:
Coming Soon on limited edition 10” vinyl only, The Death Disco EP represents the first of 3 x 10” vinyl only Chapters comprising the debut album to be released by The Windmills Project – a rock opera influenced but not contained by the classics of the genre (Tommy, Quadrophenia) and Nic Roeg’s celluloid masterpiece “The Man Who Fell To Earth.”
There is no Bowie or Sting, no Elton, but a young sorceress lands on Earth nonetheless to document a small world obsessed with, and about to be consumed by, sex, propaganda, powerlust, religious war & social carnage. Is she an archangel of redemption or the darkangel sent to cast the planet down in misery? There’s the rub.
Brand New Deep Web KolleKtiv, The Windmills Project shake a Molotov of art, film, realpolitik, cyber-skullduggery and dark beats. Comprising the sorceress and various digitally linked creative cells from Wessex, Leicester, Nottingham, Rotherham, Cumbria, Cambridge and London, The Windmills Project will release the “Death Disco” and the subsequent Chapters of the opera on 10″ vinyl only on their own Station K Records label. Remixes have already been completed by Superstylers, Gordon John and North2South for the Death Disco. The Evolution will not be televised, but the remixes and the vinyl are ready to roll.
Pulsating single ‘Heartracer’ to accompany May 11th EP release
‘Summer Gold’ is the latest fruit of their labours, the quality of which is typified by the pace, energy and huge chorus of pulsating single ‘Heartracer’ – and it also helps that that the arcade game influenced video is a real treat.
Mixed and mastered by producer Andreas Magnusson, ‘Heartracer’ and the ‘Summer Gold’ EP is a follow up to previous album ‘In Flight’. With that album starting to open doors, 2015 will be Cosby’s year to smash through them on both sides of the Atlantic.
A trio from Richmond, Virginia in the US, Cosby are a band on the rise. With their very own brand of upbeat synth pop with 1980s flavours, they combine anthemic melodies, smooth harmonies, driving guitar hooks, ethereal synth layers and dance beats to great effect on new EP ‘Summer Gold’.
Influenced by the likes of Tears for Fears, Aha, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys but giving their own music a contemporary production sheen, the band were formed when brothers Chris and Chip Cosby joined forces after years of playing separately, the results were golden from the very start. Soon, Mike Levinson entered the fray as drummer and percussionist, and the band haven’t looked back since.
Want to hear more? Check out the Branded James Remix of previous album title track ‘In Flight’: