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”