High Contrast – The Beat Don’t Feel The Same Ft Boy Matthews

Lincoln Barrett, AKA High Contrast, unveiled his new single ‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘.

Known for championing drum ‘n’ bass over the years and delivering some epic anthems such as ‘Remind Me’ and ‘How Love Begins’, the British DJ & Producer has taken a different route with his new single, delivering an infectious disco-house banger instead. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up some smooth Daft Punk-esque vibes with its groovy bass lines, slick guitar licks and infectious vocals from Boy Matthews. 

Speaking with Annie Mac, High Contrast spoke about this sudden shift from drum ‘n’ bass.

“Anyone who knows my stuff over the years, it’s always been influenced by house, disco-house and the french house records (Daft Punk, Cassius), but I always did it at drum ‘n’ bass tempo. I wanted to pay proper homage to them and make a disco-house record.”

‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘ is taken from his forthcoming 6th album Night Gallery, due October 6th. Judging by the direction of this single, it’s safe to safe High Contrast will be pushing boundaries sonically and delivering something fresh and exciting. In the meantime, be sure to catch High Contrast at SW4, Reading & Leeds and Creamfields before he heads out on tour this Autumn with a full live band.

iTunes: Night Gallery
Google Play: The Beat Don’t Feel The Same
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Vince Staples – Yeah Right ft. Kučka & Kendrick Lamar

With the release of Vince Staples’ highly anticipated sophomore album, Big Fish Theory, one of the tracks that immediately caught my attention was ‘Yeah Right’ featuring Kučka & Kendrick Lamar.

Produced by Sophie (MØ, Charli XCX) and Australian DJ/Producer Flume, (producer of one of my all time favourite remixes) – ‘Yeah Right’ serves up some industrial, bass-heavy production with Staples’ slick flows and infectious hook looped throughout. Australian singer/producer, Kučka, offers up a stark contrast for the bridge with her sweet vocals, before Kendrick enters and completely dominates his verse.

Staples & Kučka previously collaborated with Flume on his album Skin, however this is the first time Staples and Kendrick have worked together, with Staples recently rating him as the best rapper alive

The 12-track record delves into a progressive form of electronica & dynamic hip-hop, serving as the follow-up to 2016’s Prima Donna EP, as well as Staples’ recent collaboration with Gorrilaz on ‘Ascension. Big Fish Theory is available now via Def Jam and boasts an impressive list of contributors from the likes of Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Damon Albarn and Justin Vernon, as well as production from GTA,  Christian Rich (Earl Sweatshirt) and Zack Sekoff. 

Upcoming dates for Vince Staples include Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27) and O2 Forum London (Aug 30)

iTunes: Big Fish Theory 
Google Play: Big Fish Theory
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Bicep – Aura

Belfast-born duo, Bicep, made up of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, unveiled their new single ‘Aura‘.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Aura‘ had previously been making the rounds as an unreleased Bicep track with no id. The single serves up a dynamic, synth-filled club track, with varied influence from classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, yet infused with Bicep’s own unique and experimental flair. 

The talented production duo are music lovers to their their core, having started out as founders of the successful blog Feel My Bicep in 2008. Showcasing obscure electronic gems, guest mixes, as well as their own material, they soon gained an audience of 100,000 visitors a month, before launching their debut release in 2010. Since then, Bicep have gone gone from strength to strength, with a  string of successful EP releases and their 2015 single ‘Just‘ being voted Track of the Year by both Mixmag and DJ Mag.

Their forthcoming self-titled album is set encapsulate their passion for music and club culture over the past decade.  Bicep is set for release September 1st via Ninja Tune, while ‘Aura‘ is available now. Upcoming dates for the duo include Lovebox (July 14-15) and Electric Brixton (Nov 11).

iTunes: Bicep
Google Play: Bicep
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The Killers – The Man

The Killers are back!! After a lengthy break of almost 5 years, The Killers unveiled their highly anticipated new single ‘The Man‘.

Having enlisted the help of Irish producer Jacknife Lee (Editors, Taylor Swift) and regular collaborator Stuart Price (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys), ‘The Man‘ is taken from the bands forthcoming 5th studio album Wonderful Wonderful and follow up to 2012’s Battle Born. Sonically, it’s a much funkier vibe than we’re used to hearing from the indie band, with its prominent, punchy baseline, shimmering synths and Brandon’s effortless falsetto vocals taking command throughout. It’s creative, energetic and fresh, taking them out of their comfort zone and delivering an exciting new vibe.

Receiving its world premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, Brandon Flowers commented on the writing process:

“Writing together, you’re literally waiting for lightening to strike. You don’t want to duplicate something you’ve already done. This album is sonically moving forward and we’re growing in a lot of ways.”

With four consecutive chart-topping albums under the belt, The Killers have stayed ever present despite their hiatus, with chart-topping single Mr Brightside remaining in the Top 100 since 2004 (give or take a few weeks).

Wonderful Wonderful is set for release later this Summer. Currently on tour, upcoming festival dates include British Summer Time in Hyde Park (July 8) and Lollapalooza in Chicago (Aug 8).

iTunes: The Man
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Everything Everything – Can’t Do

Everything Everything made their highly anticipated return with new single ‘Can’t Do’.

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves as the first new material to surface since 2016’s one-off single ‘I Believe It Now’ and 2015’s album Get To Heaven. Taken from their forthcoming album A Fever Dream, ‘Can’t Do’ serves up an infectious, looped falsetto vocal reiterating the lyrics ‘It’s Up to Me’ and ‘Can’t do the thing you want’, while funky guitars and defined drums gradually build momentum underneath the synth-laden track.

Speaking with Annie Mac, Jonathan commented on the inspiration behind the single saying:

“It comes from oldest theme in book which is ‘writers block’. Alex had written this amazing tune and he said ‘sing something on it’. After a while I gave up and said ‘I can’t do the thing you want’, which turned out to be the lyric. It was born from there. Rest of lyrics is about not feeling like you fit in with the world. You have to bend to make things work. That feeling like you just can’t do it, but then you can dance it away.

We wanted to make a record that sounds like a nightmarish, surreal, dreamy, exciting experience.”

Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, Haim), ‘Can’t Do’ is available now while A Fever Dream is set for release August 18th. Upcoming dates for the band include London’s Heaven (June 21), TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow (July 7-9) and Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27).

iTunes: A Fever Dream
Google Play: Can’t Do
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Lido – Not Enough ft THEY.

Are we about to see a resurgence in swing beats and funky 80’s hip hop? I bloody hope so! 24-year-old Norwegian producer, Peder Losnegård, AKA Lido, has just served up one of the catchiest tracks of the Summer.

Teaming up with LA-based R&B duo, THEY., ‘Not Enough’ serves up a delightful 80’s inspired throwback. Influenced by artists such as Guy, New Edition and Bobby Brown, ‘Not Enough’ revisits the new jack swing era, originally brought to prominence in the 80’s by Teddy Riley (Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown) and Bernard Belle (Whitney Houston). There’s such a feel-good vibe to this track, with its funky rhythms, soulful riffing and ridiculously catchy melody that just makes you want to get up and dance with its New Kid On The Block-esque style beats.

Having shared his latest album Everything back in October, Lido has previously worked with the likes of Halsey, Banks and Chance the Rapper, while THEY recently unveiled their debut album NÜ RELIGION: HYENA, featuring singles ‘Truth Be Told’ and ‘U-RITE’. Upcoming dates for Lido include Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Canada (Aug 4-6) while THEY. are set to perform at Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27)

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Tour Dates: Lido & They.

 

Oh Wonder – High On Humans

Oh Wonder, made up of London duo Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, unveiled their new single ‘High On Humans‘. The track is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Ultralife‘ and follows previously released singles ‘Lifetimes’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘My Friends’.

Their latest offering delivers an infectious melody with rousing synth-pop textures and captivating vocals sung in perfect unison throughout.  In a recent press release, Josephine commented on the inspiration for the song after a unique tube journey home one evening. 

This song celebrates the potential to ‘get high’ and feel liberated by talking to strangers. It’s something we all fear, and something we should all do more of!

Ultralife is set for release July 14th via Island Records. Currently gearing up for a world tour supporting Walking Cars, upcoming dates for the duo include, Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin (June 24), Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27), Manchester Academy (Oct 31) and the O2 Academy, Brixton (Nov 8) 

The duo recently shared a stripped back piano version of lead single ‘Ultralife’ recorded at the iconic Abbey Road. Check it out below.

iTunes: Ultralife
Google Play: Ultralife
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