The Weekly Roundup 16.07.17

I’m not sure this will be up to my usual quality, as I’m awash with painkillers and a dollop of shame. I fell whilst running for a bus! At least I provided some early morning entertainment for rush hour traffic and fully expect the whole thing to pop up online any day now. At least I did get to see the wonderful Duck do their magical thing, mixing up noise, synthpop and some DIY punk attitude. Them, the one-man musical wonder that is Soft Riot and the anthemic space adventures of Vieon helped me ignore the pain. Until now at least! Anyway, less flannel and more music!

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Introducing: Battle Tapes

The L.A. quartet of Josh Boardman, Riley Mackin, Stephen Bannister and Beak Wing are better known as Battle Tapes, an electro-rock outfit that were infamously described as sounding like “Trent Reznor and Daft Punk went on a cocaine-fueled party binge in Los Angeles, but in the best way possible”.  Their music has been featured in various movie trailers, TV shows, and video games. The group are following up their 2016 album Polygon with a new EP called Form and have recently toured the  American west coast with Rococode.

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NEW MUSIC: Color Theory – Glory Days

Brian Hazard, is best described as the brains and fingers behind the one-man electronic music act he calls Color Theory. Hazard has been releasing music under that name since 1993 and is a real hidden gem of synthpop, making music that is light, immediate and catchy. He’s always played with musical boundaries and you can hear that clearly on the modern synthwave infused Glory Days.

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NEW MUSIC: ONUKA – Vsesvit

Vsesvit is the first single from ONUKA‘s new forthcoming album MOZAЇKA that will be released late 2017. Vsesvit continues to explore Onuka’s unique brand of spiritually uplifting electronic/world music, resulting in a track that can be described as the mix of the soaring musical sculptures of Sigur Ros and the emotional immediacy of the soundtrack to The Lion King.

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Introducing: Empire State Human

Empire State Human is the most high-profile project of musical powerhouse Aidan Casserly, having released under that name for fifteen years. After a short hiatus, he’s again active under the ESH banner, with his most recent album coming Romo coming out this June.

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NEW MUSIC: Van Bobbi – 2 Become 1

Cover versions can be fraught with risks and danger, mainly due to upsetting your own fans as well as those who loved the original artist. So if you’re going to cover a well-known song, you’ve got to it and yourself justice. Van Bobbi’s cover of the Spice Girls 2 Become 1 manages to do that with considerable cheek and panache.

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NEW MUSIC: Faunaphor – in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep)

Faunaphor’s Louis Weeks and Noah Berman have been making critically acclaimed and award-winning music for the last 6 years. Performing under the name Louis Weeks, their last two records have earned them mentions on NPR, The Washington Post, and the title of ‘Best Local Release’ from the Washington City Paper two years in a row. in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep) is their first release as Faunaphor which is their new minimalist art-pop project and it’s also the first single from their debut record And There I Was.

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The Weekly Roundup 09.07.17

Well that was a fun twenty-four hours or so! We went to see ded.pixel play at SPARKLE which has been happening this weekend in Manchester, then after a short journey we were in lovely Liverpool for an evening of synthpop. There are many beautiful buildings in the world, but for me nothing evokes awe and art as much as the Philharmonic Hall. Perfect 1930s architecture, great sound and a novel way of buying interval drinks – I’ll let you look up that one for yourself! Watching a film or performance whilst the muses gaze down on you is quite the experience! We got to see some amazing bands at Silicon Dreams, met some lovely people and popped across the road afterwards to visit Brahms and Liszt. Much fun was had, and there’s more musical fun in this week’s choice ten cuts!

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