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Introducing: Conflux Coldwell

Michael Coldwell is the man behind Conflux Coldwell aka CC. Part of a number of solo and group  projects including the Urban Exploration collective based in Leeds, CC is primarily an outlet for his more experimental sounds. We spoke to him about his work and explored the genesis behind his new album AM –  a eulogy to shortwave radio.

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Introducing: PEAKES

PEAKES are Molly Puckering (vocals), Maxwell Shirley (keyboards) and Pete Redshaw (drums). Formed whilst the three were studying in Leeds, since graduating from university they’ve been working solidly on their music; developing what they describe as an ‘atmospheric pop’ sound. The trio say they share very different musical influences and bring together their styles into ‘a melting pot of larger than life pop and trip-hop’. Peakes are at the forefront of the burgeoning Yorkshire synthpop scene and have made waves with their recent Space EP.

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Introducing: Dear Leaders

Dear Leaders are Patrick Burland, Jess Whelligan, Tim Wong and George Wigmore. With Manchester and London roots, the quartet have developed a very international sound, taking elements of  krautrock-influenced electronica, West Coast dream pop and that most English of genres shoegaze to brew up a sound that swirls and captivates. After hearing their new track, we decided to find out more about the band and their sound.

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Introducing: David Harks

Over the past couple of years, David Harks has been quietly building up a reputation with his band Safetalk, in addition to solo releases on labels like Sunday Best, Kitsune and Eskimo Recordings that have seen him tipped by the likes of DIY, Clash, Neon Gold, Thump and many more. On top of his collaborations with other acts, Harks has released a new solo single in the form of Avalon. We decided to catch up with him to find out more about what makes this prolific artist tick!

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Introducing: Lyves

Lyves is the musical alias of London based singer, songwriter and producer Francesca Bergami. After contemplating a career in music, she instead studied psychology and worked in psychiatry and working as a mental health advocate before returning to her first passion, making music. Both Holding Back and the current single Cover Me were released with PRSF funding, as Lyves was recently awarded their ‘Women Make Music’ grant. We caught up with this exciting new artist to find out more.

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Introducing: Johnny Normal

Johnny Normal has been a fan of synthpop and electronica since his mid-teens and has always had a passion for music. Fatherhood encouraged him to turn his own musical ideas in to reality and he has since released numerous albums and has worked with – and become friends with – some of his musical heroes. After a long and serious illness, Johnny is back in the saddle and has numerous projects on the go; as a musician, promoter, radio presenter and more! But we’ll let the man speak for himself, eh?

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Introducing: Cynthia’s Periscope

 Paul Morrice is the prime mover behind electronic act Cynthia’s Periscope and is also involved in  Tilted Fiction Promotions. It’s a promotions company that specialises in bringing exciting and innovative music to Manchester; predominately focussing on electronic music. This month they’ll be bringing together an eclectic array of experimental electronic artists to perform at Electric Matinee, which is being held at Aatma in Manchester this month.

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Introducing: Cusi Coyllur

Shannen Roberts is Cusi Coyllur, (coo-see coy-your), an Inca princess name, and is variously an experimental pianist, singer and mental health advocate, as well as blogging on various physical health issues. Speaking about amivulnerable she writes: “I hope this music video can help others understand the pain that trauma survivors go through and the urgency to stop normalizing abuse, especially the types that are often not recognized as harmful such as verbal abuse”. We spoke to her about her music, herself and her life.

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