“Breakdown Days” comes from White Lies, an English post-punk revival band from Ealing. They say the song was written in the heart of the first UK lockdown. “We felt trapped in many ways not being able to tour or to work. The lyrics are about yearning to reach out about your problems but because you’re living together, in close quarters, it means you can’t totally lose your shit!” 

Lose it or not, this song is ace!

 

 

Where have Young Fathers been our whole lives? This track, “I Saw,” is from their 4th album, Heavy Heavy, which comes out in February, 2023.

This trio are a Scottish band, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2014, they won the Mercury Prize for their album “Dead.” The name ‘Young Fathers’ references that they are all named after their fathers as well as their mature, serious demeanor. They say the song is “That pamphlet through your door blaming the establishment and immigrants for everything going wrong. The stench of long-dead empire, trudging along, a psychological hammer to your head in every step. The delusion.”

 

 

In the year 2000, trombonist, bassist, composer, arranger and producer Adam Theis co-founded Jazz Mafia – an eclectic artist collective of forward-thinking and accomplished players in Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical, and Jazz. The band seems ever-evolving, and oh-so-cool, which is why their song, “Set it Free” feat. Aima the Dreamer · Dakini Star · Adam Theis · Larissa Mcintyre is in the Hot Spot!

 

We loved “UH OH,” but as sometimes happens, we adored the creepy video just as much and recommend you watch it!

23 y.o Daniel Virgil Maisonneuve, known professionally as Sub Urban, is an American singer, producer and songwriter. 22 y.o Stella Rose Bennet is Benee ,a New Zealand singer and songwriter from Auckland. Said Daniel, “BENEE’s presence in UH OH! gives the song a much-needed level of enchantment. Though it’s a shame we never met in person, she nailed her parts in this project, both vocally and in the video.”

“Tennis is a paypig’s personal redemption narrative, set in “the city”, and told in two parts. twisted tale of two lovers’ back and forth, bound by cricket, bodybuilding, and money. A story as old as time. We named the song Tennis as a logical (but unrelated) sequel to our two previously released sports-related songs. To us, this felt like a natural ending to that idea. Dynamically, the second part of the song is supposed to represent a shift in tone for the character in which they realise their own worth and leave the situation that is set within the first part of the song.” – Courting 

“Brown Supremacy” is the second single from Immy Owusu and is built on samples of legendary Zamrock band Amanaz’s classic “Easy Street” (1975). Immy and Amanaz exist decades and continents apart but a shared love of Hendrix-esque fuzz guitars and deep connection to West African tradition makes it a natural combination.

Immanuel Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu grew up in two worlds: the sea bleached lifestyle of Torquay and the Surf Coast of Australia. Immy’s father Kojo is one of Australia’s best regarded West African musicians and his grandfather Koo Nimo is foundational figure of Ghanaian Highlife.

Zamrock was a 1970s movement of Zambian artists who took psychedelic rock and reframed it in an African context. Immy says, ‘When I first moved to Torquay (UK), for some kids I was the first ‘black’ person they had ever seen before, and their first experience from any other culture that wasn’t their own. In high school I pushed away from people who looked like me in an attempt to fit into the establishment. How ‘black’ I felt was compounded by how ‘white’ I was treated by my Ghanaian family (in Africa). For me this song is my story about finding a place to belong.’

 

Kid Kapichi are a punk band from Hastings UK, and we really like them.

How they got their name: “It actually stemmed from a record loop on repeat that sounded like it was saying ‘kid Kapichi kid Kapichi kid Kapichi’ and that was it really.”   

About the song “I.N.V.U”: This is about what social media does, everyone looking like you have an over-the-top lifestyle. “What do you want from me? Do you want me to envy you?”

New album: “Here’s What You Could Have Won” is out now.  

Hello dark wave!

The singer of The Ritualists, Christian Dryden,  is an unabashed fan of Duran Duran but that ain’t why we played them! “Musically, I like to think of “Forbidden Love” as the glittery love child of Black Sabbath and Duran Duran,” he says, and well, we hear it – along with the fact that this track would have been right at home in one of the TWILIGHT movies. However, he also commented that the track isn’t about a “Forbidden Love” that’s romantic – it isn’t about a person but music –  ie, he’s asking, “What am I doing, giving up everything, bleeding on stage, for what? What am I taking from this?” Making his career a ‘forbidden love.’

 

 

Bloc Party are back! An English band whose music is rooted in rock, but retains elements of other genres such as electronica, house music and a little synth pop, have a great new track. “Acting Out” is part of the deluxe version of their album ALPHA GAMES, which features three previously unheard tracks. The song is a biting takedown of someone who desperately needs to be put in their place across frenetic, powerful post-punk production.

This new single is from UK based husband and wife team Viva Seifert and Mark “Arp” Cleveland who record under the name LUNGE.  It’s definitely in your favour to sound like Kate Bush right now, and she certainly does.

The duo say “Off with their Heads” is “about letting go. Severance from your past world(s) in order to craft a new love raft.”

There is something about their sound that’s so cool but hard to define, which means it’s a really good song.

 

 

 

Pixey’s “I’m Just High” is in the HOT SPOT.  An artist from Liverpool (real name: Lizzie Hillesdon),“I’m Just High” is the third single off of her upcoming debut “Dreams, Pains & Paper Planes.”  The song tackles themes of heartbreak and an inability to move on from someone. Pixey said of this song. “The track itself is a double entendre. I like to put my own experiences into my music and I feel like this song is probably one of my most honest songs to date. I hope people can find some comfort in the song, I always like to write upbeat, groovy beats to personal struggles I’m still figuring out.”

 

Written, recorded and mixed in just eight hours, the “both eyes” that the lyrics mention confront the harsh realities of the digital world; the idea that we show two sides of ourselves, the real one and then our online persona that typically doesn’t divulge the more difficult times of our lives.

Lasse Lokoy is the bassist of Norwegian party-punks Sløtface, but flexes his muscles as a producer and songwriter of colourful and futuristic art-pop. Kacper Tratkowski is Safario,  a Norwegian rapper who creates upbeat yet lo-fi music.

Another visit to the HOT SPOT for Paw Paw Rod

A rapper and singer from the Great Plains of Oklahoma, Paw Paw Rod is back with “Message (Better Days).”

 “I started writing ‘Better Days’ on a snowy night in my hotel room in Manhattan. I couldn’t sleep because I was still filled with adrenaline from walking and performing at a fashion show a few days prior, all while romanticizing just being able to take a bite out of The Big Apple under such beautiful circumstances…a beautiful human I admired dearly just told me she was proud of me. In that moment I started laughing and said to myself ‘Music has really taken you places, I’m so glad I started, it’s worth it.’ I thought about all the times I felt discouraged, delusional for having the audacity to move across the country with no concrete plan in the name of Chasing a Dream.”

 

“Tell Me Your Politik” by Nakhane feat Moonchild Sanelly & Nile Rodgers

This track has a ferocious rap from South African performer Moonchild Sanelly AND features Nile Rodgers on guitar, so what’s there not to like??

The song is Nakhane’s densely pulverising demand for prospective lovers to be ideologically aligned. “I wanted it to sound like a pack of wolves barking, saying ‘unless you get your politics right I’m not gonna f**k you.”

 

 

“This Cold House is all I have”

Talk Show, who scrapped all the musical work they’d done on their album pre pandemic, took the demos of their new material into the Hackney studio of Joe Goddard and Al Doyle of Hot Chip. It was an open-minded collaboration; the band, excited by working with electronic music legends, and wanting to be encouraged to push their sonic boundaries, were so pleased with the results. Speaking about ‘Cold House’, frontman Harrison Swann says; “I wanted to write something big but less dark and focused on those noughties bands coming out of New York. They were absolutely having it. Honestly I can’t wait to play to play this to a crowd.”

 

Psykhi’s Rat Poison is hanging out in this week’s HOT SPOT!

Psykhi is from Ghana, and we played his song White Picket Fence all the way back on WHOOOSH! 56/21. Of this song, Rat Poison, which was on the same EP as White Picket Fence, he says, “It’s a horror story in a song. I wanted to paint an intense scene that is reminiscent of gothic literature; to create a sense of wonder and terror, mirrored by the chaos and harmony of the guitars.”

“Mixing a punk attitude with rap cadence and style, Psykhi’s unique approach is magnetic.” – The Fader

Brittney Denise Parks, better known by her stage name Sudan Archives, is an American violinist and singer based in Los Angeles.  About “Selfish Soul” she says: “I feel like there’s an American standard of what beautiful hair is, and I wanted to show in this video that’s not what all beauty is; to showcase different hairstyles and different types of women and their hair. I was inspired by India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair,” one of the first songs I heard about this subject. 

All we know is that’s it’s a really great track!

Duran Duran are a British new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor. The band took their name from Roger Vadim’s 1960’s cult sci-fi classic film “Barbarella,” starring Jane Fonda. There was a character played by Milo O’Shea called Duran Duran.

We think they have a bright future ahead of them. Their song, “All of You Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework,” is in this week’s HOT SPOT!

Wunderhorse is rising British singer and songwriter Jacob Slater who says that “Butterflies is about a sexual experience I had with an older girl when I was still very young. I didn’t know what I was doing at all and it spun me out for a while.”

‘Jump off the bridge, kiss the water’ – such a great visual.

Fun Fact: Jacob plays Paul Cook in the Danny Boyle series PISTOL on FX.

 

This is the best artist band since King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!

Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbottom, known professionally as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is a British electronic music producer, DJ and singer-songwriter based in the United States. A classically trained musician, he attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London. His next album When the Lights Go, is due summer 2022. About the nutty name, Orlando commented to Spin that he was looking for a name that “couldn’t be cool, couldn’t be put into some kind of scene that gets hip for six months and then falls out of fashion.”

 

 

 

“Shit-Pop Band from London and North of France.” Ralph Of London‘s music spawned from the sub-genre infused British Pop undercurrent. Their sound is a compound of music. The group bring together conventional instruments to produce an unconventional sound. Ralph Phillips started the band in 2016 when it was just him. Now it’s a 4 piece. Their latest release, ‘Yellow Sky Highway’ is out now but “Heaven’s Guts” is what you will hear on WHOOOSH!

 

Ralph of London

Mauro Samaniego is one of the most influential artists on the Ecuadorian music scene in the last decade. Mainly recognized for being the leader of Da Pawn and Crew of Bears, two precursor bands of indie rock in Ecuador. Since 2019, Samaniego begans his solo career by releasing three singles. Of LUNA he says, “ It’s a journal of mine where I’m transitioning from not being an old teenager and becoming a young adult at age 30. There is a search for sounds, trying very new things”

 

 

Hamilton Leithauser, an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,  has done 4 residencies at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York City.  From 2000 to 2014, Hamilton was the lead vocalist of The Walkmen, with whom he recorded seven studio albums. He said this song, 2020’s “Here they Come,” was about a roommate who ran from his problems by buying a movie ticket in the morning and staying at the theatre all day. We dig it. 

Allison Ponthier is an American indie folk singer and songwriter. Her single “Cowboy”, was named one of the “25 Best Songs by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 (So Far)” by Billboard. We love everything about this song, “Late Bloomer,” it was one of our faves of the week.

“Ponthier invokes Chris Isaak invoking Roy OrbisonCat Power invoking Peggy LeeLana Del Rey invoking every singer David Lynch ever ushered onto the stage of Twin Peakss Bang Bang Bar.”

 

 

“Shock Horror you’re stuck, do you feel like you suck?”

Shelf Lives is singer Sabrina and guitarist/producer Jonny, based in South London but hailing from Toronto and Northampton. “The song ‘Shock Horror’ is a homage to our worst nightmare of a human. An amalgamation of specific traits that are so transparent yet irresistible, in a way. Everyone has met one or has even been one at some point in their lives.”

Rose Tinted” is the fourth single from indie band Garden Party. They recorded the song at the Motor Museum in Liverpool, and it was mastered at Abbey Road Studios.  Garden Party are a quartet that met at university in Manchester. There’s something about this track that grabs you right away – that melody!

 

Artist Ada covers CHICAGO’s “24 or 5 to 6.”   Michaela Dippel, a/k/a Ada,  dropped an ultra-limited EP that has already sold out and this track is on it.

Ada is a pop producer, a techno/electropop artist and producer. She has been making music since 1994. As for the origin of her ‘stage name,’  she explains, “I once had an audio-book containing a horror story about a house full of blind zombies. I found the audio-book’s dark, organ-based music really inspiring and it eventually led to the “Blindhouse” 12-inch. In the story, the warden of the blindhouse who had to feed and take care of the zombies was named Ada.”

 

You’ll find “Invincible” from Omar Apollo and Daniel Caesar in the HOT SPOT this week…

 Omar Apolonio Velasco is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter who records under the name Omar Apollo. He sings in both English and Spanish, and his 16 track debut album, IVORY, is coming out in April on WBR.  If Daniel’s name sounds familiar it’s because he was on the Justin Bieber track PEACHES.

 

Aby Coulibaly‘s “Chamomile Tea” is in the HOT SPOT!

“All I do is chase sleep.” This was my song of the week 

Aby is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Dublin. By performing on online music platforms such as frosted.ie and Boiler Room she crafted followers not on a festival stage but through social media. Smart! She was recently named to the NME 100: essential emerging artists for 2022. She’s definitely one to watch…

 

Aby Coulibaly in the hotspot

“Plastic 100°C” finds Sampha expressing the dread of managing his relationships and his own health, all while balancing the pressures of his growing popularity as a musician.

He may not have felt he accomplished that successfully since he hasn’t released an album since 2017; that album, PROCESS, won the Mercury prize.

This beauty is a journey! Citing inspiration from Detroit-style techno, “Shadows” pairs Jordan Rakei’s voice with Bonobo’s hypnotic production. Bonobo, born Simon Green, is a British musician, producer, and DJ based in Los Angeles. His DJ name is a reference to the Bonobo chimpanzee species AND is nominated this year for a GRAMMY in “Best dance and electronic recording.”

Vocalist Jordan Rakei is a New Zealand-Australian musician, singer, songwriter and record producer currently based in London.