BONOBO – FLASHLIGHT //
Flashlight is the sound of a musical master getting back to what he does best. After almost two years of touring his fifth album, The North Borders, Bonobo’s hunger for producing new music is potently evident on this brand new, three track EP. Already heralded as BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record’ the title song is one of the most invigorating electronic pieces you’re likely to hear any time soon; a compulsive, garage-inflected beat driving trademark, infectious riffs, ocean-deep bass and siren-like synths. It’s music that moves the mind, feet and heart in equal proportions, exuding the talent that has made Bonobo’s name a global byword for brilliance.
The Flashlight EP’s three songs are of the highest musical calibre, leaving the listener begging for more, and suggesting that Bonobo’s next full-length will see him take another giant leap forwards. In the meantime, Simon Green is touring North America with his blistering DJ set, ahead of a final, fittingly grand North Borders show at Alexandra Palace on 28th November.
LONELY THE BRAVE – THE BLUE, THE GREEN //
“another show, another display of Lonely The Brave’s immense promise.” – NME
“’The Day’s War’ is fit to bursting with anthems of disaffection that will keep them in festival slots for years to come” – Mojo
“Full to the brim with dramatic anthems” – Classic Rock
Having released their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ to massive critical acclaim and a place at #14 in the UK album charts this past September, Cambridge quintet, Lonely The Brave now reveal the new video for latest single and fan favourite ‘The Blue, The Green.’ With soaring guitars throughout and a goose bump inducing refrain from singer David Jakes the track has always been a highlight at live shows. Lonely The Brave now feature the track in a stark and stunning new light alongside director Greg Davenport’s visuals.
Speaking about ‘The Blue, The Green’ Lonely The Brave guitarist Mark Trotter touched on how each person interprets songs differently, when he said: “Our favourite songs are the ones that you take as your own. The songs that remind you of a place, a time or a moment; something that is perhaps far removed from what the artist was originally writing about. “
GRADES – CROCODILE TEARS //
Producer / songwriter / DJ GRADES has developed a burgeoning reputation in recent months following his introductory tracks ‘Freedom’ and ‘Owe It To Yourself’, as well as his Idol mix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ which hit #3 at Hypem. His next move comes with the release of his new single ‘Crocodile Tears’ on November 17th on One More Tune.
‘Crocodile Tears’ continues GRADES’ unique ability to playfully meld classic and contemporary traits into a soulful template. Similarly, it also reiterates his eclectic approach which spins across genres at will. While ‘Freedom’ was artfully built around a vocal hook reconstructed from Jill Scott’s 2004 track ‘Golden’ and ‘Owe It To Yourself’ visited hook-laden introspective house, the cocktail of pulsating bass and a distorted vocal means that ‘Crocodile Tears’ feels like a 2014 reboot of the golden age of 2-step and UK garage.
In addition to the release of ‘Crocodile Tears’, this autumn will also see GRADES perform some of his highest profile DJ sets to date. Highlights including Ministry of Sound on October 11th (headlined by Derrick May), the Eton Messy: London event at Birthdays on November 22nd and the London date of the Bondax & Friends tour at iCan Studios on November 5th.
At the age of eighteen, GRADES landed his first credit for a major artist. Five years later, he has evolved to command an enviable position in the music industry with cuts for some of the world’s biggest artists behind him and a blossoming solo career that’s poised to erupt in the coming months. As adept at capturing dark, uniquely British themes as he is delivering upbeat lyrical themes with international appeal, GRADES is standing at the tip of a major breakthrough.
THE TING TINGS – DO IT AGAIN //
This summer The Ting Tings made their return, with the fan friendly disco anthem Wrong Club that got pop lovers and critics excited both sides of the Atlantic, with Perez Hilton observing how the duo had “gone super disco and it’s glorious”.
The pop architects, Jules and Katie, also became the toast of Ibiza, (incidentally where they recorded the record), opening and closing THE club night on the island, at Phantasmagoria from the legendary Mike and Claire of Manumission held at Booom Club.
Having recently headlined at the Oxjam launch party at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall on September 29th, the band are delighted to confirm that they will be touring this November starting in Brighton on November 23rd, then touring to Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, finishing in Portsmouth on November 30th. These are the band’s first full shows in three years.
Also announced is the band’s next single, Do It Again, which was made available to download and stream from Monday September 22nd, and has an impact date of November 3rd. The perfect follow up to Wrong Club, Do It Again is a riff heavy euphoric number. The song was written in the early stages of the album process. Jules explains “‘It’s about the need to do something wrong again,’ and ‘not being lazy,’ adds Katie, ‘needing to lighten up, stop the paralysis of criticism, just doing anything that makes you feel good.’
With a suite of remixes to come courtesy of Parisian electronic band The Penelopes (who have enjoyed recent success with their remix of Lana Del Ray’s Ultraviolence), Super Criticals and hotly tipped Lithuanian producer Embody, Do It Again cuts out it’s intent as a bonified pop and club record with a heart harking back to the disco glory days of rhythm and groove.