LUCY ROSE – LIKE AN ARROW //
Lucy Rose has announced details of a new album for the Summer.
Work It Out is released on the 6th July through Columbia Records. It features her recent, Radio 1 playlisted returning single ‘Our Eyes’, and will coincide with the release of a second single, ‘Like An Arrow’ on the same date.
Recorded at Snap Studios in London, Work It Out enters a whole new sonic space for the young Warwickshire musician. Where debut album, 2012’s ‘Like I Used To’, introduced a fascinatingly assured acoustic artist, rich of melody and deft of touch, Work It Out is the sound of Lucy Rose creating a bold new context for that voice. No apologies. The acoustic guitar remains present, but there’s nothing folk or shy about this record. It’s all Lucy Rose.
Produced by Rich Cooper (Banks, Mystery Jets, Josef Salvat), Lucy has written a collection of songs that add vivid colour, fizz, and texture to her original sound. She incorporates a healthy dose of Summer into the music, and it pushes her forcefully into a different lane without removing her wholesale from the last one.
Her voice, the secret weapon of Bombay Bicycle Club’s recordings, shines throughout, but it’s both the punchy directness of these compositions and the soaring electronic flourishes that positions Work It Out as one of the most intriguing of 2015 to date.
SLINGER – CARIBOU SUNDAYS //
Slinger releases his second single ‘Caribou Sundays’ on July 31st, just in time for the summer season. Slinger said, “Whilst riding bareback through the Himalayas on my pet Caribou, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I should write a really great song about Sundays, so I did.”
The video was directed by the esteemed director and animator Ed Tracy, the man behind the successful prank series’ Fonejacker and Facejacker. It stars British Phoneshop actor Javone Prince and Facejacker’s co-creator Kayvan Novak in a cameo.
With an array of killer remixes under his belt, the enigmatic Slinger is not staying quiet as the buzz continues to grow. With tastemaker’s like Annie Mac championing his music since the start Slinger is about to take his homeland and beyond by storm.
RHODES – CLOSE YOUR EYES //
Blessed with a voice of stripped back, stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty, Rhodes releases his eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Wishes’ September 4th on Rhodes Music / Ministry of Sound.
Having honed the songwriting talent that has been clear for all to hear on his captivating early EP’s, ‘Wishes’ confirms the arrival of a major talent who has already been compared to artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley and Adele. The album is written entirely by Rhodes and produced by Rhodes and his long-term collaborator James Kenosha (Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses), with additional production by Drake producer Nineteen85.
Several of the brooding, slow-build songs that featured on Rhodes’ early EPs appear on the new album. Including the brilliant ‘Breathe’, the yearning ‘Raise Your Love’, and the upbeat ‘Turning Back Around’.
EMILIE NICOLAS – PSTEREO //
Ahead of the release of her stunning debut LP ‘Like I’m A Warrior’ on June 29th, Emilie Nicolas is set to release her latest single ‘Pstereo’ on June 22nd via Sony/RCA.
‘Pstereo’ is the pop highlight of Emilie’s album. Infectious, bitter-sweet and beautifully melodic, it encapsulates the reasons why Emilie is fast becoming one of the most exciting breakthrough acts of this year.
A piece of history in itself, ‘Pstereo’ was the first track Emilie uploaded online originally back in 2013, kickstarting her already illustrious career. The track, originally a song by Norwegian band the Dum Dum Boys, was given a complete reworking, re-written and re-produced by Emilie.