Artist: Public Service BroadcastingÂ Â Â
Release:Â The Race For SpaceÂ
Label:Â Test Card RecordingsÂ
Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to share their eagerly anticipated new album The Race For Space â due Feb 23rd 2015 via Test Card Recordings.
Granted unique access to historically important films from the BFI, PSB go back in time and explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier â space.
The record follows the release of their acclaimed debut album Inform â Educate â Entertain in 2013 which reached #21 in the UK album chart, was nominated for Best Independent Album at the AIM Awards and included in BBC 6Musicâs Top 10 Albums of the Year. 18 months’ extensive touring across the world followed with over 200 shows in support of the album. Highlights included audiences queueing round the block at their showcase at The British Music Embassy @ SXSW, the band wowing festival audiences up and down the country including Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man and many more, selling out countless headline shows (London’s Forum, The Mercury Lounge in New York & Lanificio in Rome to name a few) – not to mention supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, New Order & Manic Street Preachers.
Artist:Â Jona Sul
Label:Â Southern Fried RecordsÂ
Genre: Â DanceÂ
Southern Fried records are kicking off the New Year with an exciting new talent in the form of Brightonâs Jona Sul. âNeighbourhoodâ will be his first EP for the label and is sure to be the start of a fruitful new relationship that finds the imprint focussing on artist and album projects going forward.
Brightonâs Jona Sul is an artist who crafts proper songs and someone who has the potential to conjure up coherent, full length musical journeys. It stems from years of producing all types of music and playing in bands; from submerging himself in influences a world away from 4/4 and from a passion for field recordings and free flowing experimentation.Whatâs more, his sensitive sound lends itself to immersive live shows where true narrative sits alongside dance floor clout.
The first cut here is the title track, a shimmering, emotive affair with shuffling drums, lots of glistening electronics and magical synths and wordless vocals that lend a celestial air to the reflective grooves. Think Four Tet and youâll be in the right sort of ball park for this beautiful debut.
The second cut âLong 20âsâ is a little more direct, with pained vocal ad libs stretched out over lazy, tumbling drums, sombre chords and expertly crafted synth patterns that get treated and played like real instruments. Itâs a fresh sound, expertly produced and appeals as much to heart and head as it does to heel.
This EP marks the start of what is sure to be a fine career for this bright new hope.
Release:Â Cold Walls / Cloudy EyesÂ
Label:Â Beach CommunityÂ
Four-piece Berkshire alt-rock outfit Hindsights release their debut album ‘Cold Walls/Cloudy Eyes’ on 23rd February 2015 through UK indie label Beach Community. The album was recorded over two weeks in June 2014 at HQ Studios in Manchester with Bob Cooper (Nai Harvest, Self Defence Family, Brawlers). Additional production and help with tracking the record came from Tom Richfield, credited in the recording of the Departures/Moose Blood split EP and also on Hang The Bastard’s album.
Expansive and cathartic, you can hear the bandâs struggles and turmoil within the highly fraught ten tracks that comprise âCold Walls/Cloudy Eyesâ. That being said, they donât shy away from poppier sensibilities with the catchy refrains shining through the complex musical textures.
The emotion invested in Hindsightsâ music and lyrics more than comes across in the bandâs heartfelt live show. Stay tuned for live dates in 2015.
Artist:Â Sundara KarmaÂ
Release: EPIÂ Â
Label: Â Believe RecordingsÂ
âShimmering riffs that could start a heatwave. Sublimeâ – NME
âWe can all cheer that the band is now out of school, so that they can totally focus on creating more of these enchantingly addictive gems.â – The Line of Best Fit
âSounding sweetly anthemic with every build and releaseâ – Earmilk
âSultry, full-bloodied indie pop from four seriously promising teens.â – The Sun
Following on from the single âIndigo Puffâ in October, Reading four-piece Sundara Karma are now set to release their brilliant debut four-track EP âEPI’ on February 23. From the hugely anthemic EP opener âLovebloodâ, to the Foals-esque rhythms of âWavesâ, the whole EP soars with thundering synths, shimmering guitars and a confidence that belies their years.
Live wise Sundara Karma start 2015 strong with dates with The Wombats, Alvvays and Darlia, along with their own headline EP launch show at the Sebright Arms on March 10 (full live dates listed below).
Formed by Oscar Lulu (vocals), Haydn Evans (drummer), Ally Baty (guitarist) and Dom Cordell (bassist), the 18-year-old school friends have gone from figuring out cover versions to writing their own sunkissed, uplifting indie-pop. In 2012, after making the BBC Introducing playlist with their ear-ly track âFreshbloomâ, they were selected to play two of the UKâs biggest festivals at Reading and Leeds. This led to a support tour with Swim Deep which culminated with a huge show at Londonâs Shepherds Bush Empire. Their previous singles âCold Heavenâ and âIndigo Puffâ have caused a wave of interest in the band seeing them gain radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Phil and Alice, Huw Stephens, Jen and Ally, XFM Evening Playlist and Amazing A List. Having now finished school the band are now full time working on making the band a success.
With their innate knack for writing solid pop hooks, an infectious sense of fun surrounding the group and some interesting, unconventional methods of inspiring and grabbing the attention of their audi-ence, this is a young band to watch.