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Novo Amor unveil new song ‘Anchor’


And the most beautiful song of 2015 goes to Novo Amor ‘Anchor’! Inspired by the Gaelic folklore of the Selkie, ‘Anchor’ tells of a fisherman who saves a young girl from drowning. After recuperating back at the fisherman’s home the girl starts to physically deteriorate due to her distance from the sea, eventually having to be returned by the fisherman. The video is the perfect visual representation of a beautiful, yet fragile tale of waiting for someone’s return.  

Novo Amor’s music shares the restless romanticism of US troubadours such as Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens – but Lacey’s soulfulness and sincerity are uniquely his own.
With ‘Anchor’ being a taste of things to come in 2016, you can’t help be excited to see what more Novo Amor has in store.

Watch ‘Anchor’ below.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/anchor-single/id1042342069
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/7FTALPLhRQiMuMyaSd1M5d
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/novo-amor/anchor

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Interview: Fable



Fable is a 19 year old from the south coast of England who has a very promising future ahead of her. She is currently in the process of writing and recording her debut album with trip-hop collective Archive. And guess what…she has also co-written and featured on a song for the forthcoming new album by Orbital! Fable unveiled her new track ‘I am You’ this month which you can listen below and we were lucky enough to catch up with her here…

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

Hello!! I’m still lying in bed dribbling over jam croissants and making disappointed faces at the rain. Nearly time for album hibernation, it’s all a bit too exciting.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

My opinion on this is always changing, the new single is all lazy beats and smashing pumpkins riffs but the music has many different sides. Songs like ‘stranger in my head’ off the last EP, Parasite, was more spacey cinematic electronica, the sound very much depends on what I’m trying to say in the song. Looking ahead to the new album get ready for some weird eastern riffs and driving synth panic attacks.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Like most of us I’ve always had an unhealthy obsession with In Rainbows since it came out and fucking blew my mind,
Dummy portishead – cause I’m a 90s kid.
Björk’s a babe.
Kate Bush the melodic empress


Favourite album of all time?
Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The Word.
What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?
I have a bit of a love hate thing with everything everything at the moment something about their music does weird shit to my brain, but I kinda like it.
The Knife – One Hit, can’t get this song out of my head, pure menacing genius.
Sunday walks with Grimes on my headphones is always a win, gives me an opportunity to turn into a woodland creature once more.
What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks?
Most of the time I’ll sit there on my Yamaha to gather the clues and find the song, I’m working with a lovely guy and producer called Paul Steel on the new album at his home studio just outside Brighton.
What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
the best gig I’ve done to date was the Shepherds Bush Empire surpporting Archive, after recording the Parasite EP with them. it really helped us understand the music, when you have such a great audience and venue you hear your music in a different light.
What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why?
I was 15 trying to make some moneys playing these sadistic holiday parks in Devon and Cornwall, it was kinda like karaoke meets child care, always a right laugh if you’ve had enough booze, if not jog on. I remember this one kid, very fond of his inflatable ball so much he wasn’t sharing it with no one, instead just decking people in the face with this thing, tensions were growing on the dance floor, He finally chucks it on stage and I boot it back, it floors the kid and we’re all left in awkwardness. Never again.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
A majestic Dragonfly.
Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
The new single I Am You is going to be infesting people’s ears shortly, then the album early next year. I’ve got a track with the legend that is Paul Hartnoll from Orbital still to finish off (I did a track for him on his latest album, 8:58, so we’re playing around with some new ideas). Not sure where it’ll all fit in, but we’ll try and squeeze it on like a comfy slipper.

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Amsterdam based band MY BABY announce UK Tour


Holland’s very own merchants of all things voodoo, MY BABY, will head back to the UK this month for their first major headline tour of the country. Following on from April’s tour in support of Seasick Steve and appearances at Glastonbury and Great Escape, MY BABY’s relentless touring schedule continues. 

Tipped to be the next big thing, MY BABY’s brand of psychedelic, blues ridden shamanic trance is nothing short of infectious. With 2016 looking to be an even bigger year than this I highly recommend getting down to see their mesmerising live show now as chances are you won’t get the chance to see them perform to venues this size for much longer!
MY BABY’s UK Tour dates:
27 Oct 2015    Komedia Brighton
28 Oct 2015    The Bodega Social Club Nottingham
29 Oct 2015    The Loft at Arts Club Liverpool
30 Oct 2015    King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow
31 Oct 2015    The Greystones Sheffield
01 Nov 2015   The Deaf Institute Manchester
02 Nov 2015   O2 Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne
04 Nov 2015   O2 Academy 3 Birmingham
05 Nov 2015   The Louisiana Bristol
06 Nov 2015   Oslo Hackney London
http://www.mybabywashere.com
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Interview: The Boy I Used to Be



The Boy I Used to Be create sun drenched, joyous garage pop meets psych folk in the vein of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile and earlier Cloud Nothings. It’s full on lo-fi fun by the now trio that started as a one man bedroom project only in late 2013 and has already seen two EP releases on Pie & Vinyl Records and a release on a compilation on Strong Island Recordings.

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

Hey, I just saw UMO last night so I am pretty good. I’ve seen almost every episode of Dinner Date and Storage Hunters so I guess I’m gonna get recording some demos. Hopefully there won’t be too many influences of awkward dates and buying old gym equipment coming through.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

I once described it as Jamelia meets Beach Boys meets Nirvana, with a bit of Beck, but it’s a bit gloomier than that. We make what everyone would probably call indie but it’s made in a lo-fi not knowing way.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

That’s tough but there’s a few albums I always go back to time and time again.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My HaloUnknown Mortal Orchestra – IIDoves – Lost SoulsBon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?


I really love the newest Young Fathers album, it’s so good, and the new Maccabees album. I’m waiting on the new Kurt Vile album and been going back to listen to Teenage Fanclub and Warpaint alot recently. Really into Alex Burey and Hooten Tennis Club and lots of stuff, I tend to either obsess over one album for ages or listen to loads of different stuff at one time, never anything in moderation. Max is loving the new Foals album and the new FKA Twigs EP because he’s cooler than me and Callum loves the Spotify discover playlists whilst decorating our house. Might send Spotify an email to see if they’ll put some Marilyn Manson tracks in there and I can watch his life spiral into ridiculousness.


What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks?

I just have a Squier Strat, my first guitar that has taken so many beatings that I really like the tone. We have a smashed Macbook that our friend Ryan has lent us, so we record our songs onto through a M-Audio interface and the vocals with a Shure PG-48. It’s not professional, but it’s what we have to hand and it works. We buy lottery tickets every week so we can pop along to our local music shop but we’re still waiting for those elusive winning balls.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

There’s a couple that have been really special like Southsea Fest in 2014 where the place was so rammed we had friends dancing outside, our EP launch in March where most of our friends could get in and we had a good time. It was the first time we’d played every song we knew how to play and was fun to present ourselves like that for our first headline gig.

What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why?

I think everyone has that story where they’ve played to three people and I did when playing solo once but mine comes with a twist; those three were my dad, my uncle and my nan. They enjoyed it though and none of them walked out or went to the bar.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

Probably watching less Dinner Date and playing more Football Manager whilst doing something I didn’t want to at university. I only followed music by chance and now I can’t really imagine not making songs, if that isn’t too cheesy?

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

We put out the Grip EP in March and Bruising in May as part of a t-Shirt/download code combo but we’re writing and recording loads at the moment, so we’ll have something special coming soon.

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Interview: Smoking Clone



For the synth pop lovers.. London band Smoking Clone made of Cammie Minnich, Angie Baba-Ahmed and Jake Fields has shared their brand new track ‘Ankh’. Retro, broody, and at times psychedelic, Smoking Clone are sure to whisk you away from the grey, urban backdrop. We caught up with the guys to see what they’ve been up to…

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

Hello, we are Smoking Clone..We have spent today in Angie’s bedroom chilling with our three kittens and adding the finishing touches to our upcoming LP.
To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
We would describe ourselves as an electro pop band however, we take a lot of influences from Jazz, Funk and R&B. People have said that we have a revivalist 80s sound, however we try our best to stay away from being regressive. Our new LP is inspired by a spectrum of different electronic movements as well as some disco and some more experimental tracks.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Little Dragon’s “Machine Dreams” 
Iamamiwhoami’s “Blue” 
Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” 
Com Truise “In Decay” 
Boards of Canada “Music has the right to children” 

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

We all really love Tame Impala mainly because of the way they create melodies. We are really into dreamy and psychedelic sounds with meandering melodies.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks?

Our go to synths are the Korg Monopoly and the Korg Polysix when composing most tracks. We also sometimes jam on the Micro Korg and Suzuki Omnichord to come up with progressions. All the beats are produced on Abelton live.



What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

We played are really well received gig at Birthday’s in Dalston a few months ago. We had a really amazing turn out that night. I think the gig was so successful because we were playing to “our audience” meaning people that understand and have passion for our genre.

What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why?

The worst show we ever played was at a venue in Kings Cross (London) we were booked on an indie rock night and the promoter paid no attention to the fact that we are an electronic band. People were really confused when we showed up carrying synths and some people didn’t even know what a synth was. We felt a general sense of snobbery toward electronic musicians that night. There was a general vibe that we were not authentic because we don’t play guitars. Won’t be dealing with those promoters again.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

Angie would be a full time occultist 
Jake would be a full time philosopher
Cammie would be a horticulturalist in a greenhouse

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

We are releasing a full length LP of songs we have written in the last year and a half. The LP will be out in December just in time for the holidays. We will also be playing various shows around London. Keep an eye on our facebook page for more information on shows and release dates. 
Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/SmokingClone
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