Oceaán – Veritas

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With his forthcoming new EP, The Grip, set for release on November 17 via Chess Club Records, Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oceaán has released a brand new track, entitled Veritas.

“I wanted to explore the duality between lyrical context and conceptual production. Taking influences from many facets of electronic music, my main aim was to investigate the effectiveness of songwriting within the electronic plane – whether it be marrying a lyrical concept with similar tonal aspects (inherently present within the production), and more importantly, creating and displaying disparity between them.” – Oceaán

The Grip EP drops November 17 on Chess Club Records.

Watch Future Islands’ 4AD Session

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Future Islands took time out of their world tour and visited 4AD’s studios to perform a selection of tracks from their phenomenal 2014 album, Singles. Filmed in London and directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Future Islands have enlisted a string quartet and brass section for their Session, performing five songs including album highlights Doves and Seasons (Waiting On You).

You can watch it all via the band’s YouTube channel here.

MMOTHS – Yago

Following on from his last solo output, 2013’s Diaries EP, and the release of two demos since, Irish producer MMOTHS has today dropped his alluring new single Yago.

“I’ve spent the past twelve months writing this album
yago and santo were both written during that time
although they aren’t a representation of the record itself, they come from the same place
in a way they’re a sign of whats to come x” – Jack Colleran, aka Mmoths.

Desert Stars – Hamster Wheel

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Hamster Wheel is the riveting new release by Brooklyn three-piece Desert Stars. While the trio of classically-trained violinist Janelle Best, Gregg Giuffré, and Eric Altesleben have in the past shown promise with their style of “melody driven ballad shoegaze”, look to their 2012 debut for further proof, it’s on this release where their talents truly shine.

The group are clearly progressing  their sound, and with the breathlessly frantic and infectiously melodic Hamster Wheel they’ve crafted their finest offering to date.

Dog In The Snow – Concrete Wall

Dog In The Snow, the artistic pseudonym of Brighton-based singer-songwriter Helen Ganya Brown while accompanied by Eva Bowan, have shared the captivating B-side to her newly released single, Africa. Entitled Concrete Wall, Dog In The Snow have crafted a charming yet subtle pop track that progresses into something irresistibly beautiful as it unravels.

Concrete Wall and Africa are available now through Tidal Wave Sounds. Pick up the single here.

Blue Hawaii – Get Happy / Get Happier

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Montreal’s Blue Hawaii, the project of BRAIDS‘ Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alex “Agor” Cowan, have shared a new song, entitled Get Happy, and a double-time edit of the song they have titled Get Happier.

While the former, which was recorded back in January but got laid to rest as the band got lost in the commotion of touring and moving to separate cities, is a softly delivered and familiar release, it’s the latter that’s the pick of the two for me. Get Happier finds the duo embracing a more electronic sound to create a frantic and at times chaotic number that’s a lot of fun to listen to.

Download Get Happy / Get Happier here.

Leon Bridges – Coming Home / Better Man

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Blending 50’s Gospel with Southern Soul comes Forth Worth, Texas singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, a new artist with an undoubtedly big future ahead of him. He has two tracks to his name, both produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim, entitled Coming Home and Better Man, both also available as a free download over on his Soundcloud.

While Coming Home is a smooth and undeniably soulful affair that will surely see him draw comparisons to Smokey Robinson and Sam Cooke, it’s on Better Man where he really steps it up a gear. Sounding like a young Otis Redding, Better Man is a confident track with smokey, yet refreshing lyrics and a lovely doo-wop chorus. His voice and his confidence is infectious.

Download both Coming Home and Better Man below.