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Check ‘Em Out: The Kite String Tangle

Australian electronic artist and producer The Kite String Tangle has dropped his debut self-titled album, and it is an absolute work of art. (Check it out below!)

This latest addition to the solo project of Danny Harley is an exploration into the idea of what success and happiness truly mean. The honesty that flows throughout the 11 tracks is crystal clear, with a heavy emotional quality reflected throughout the brave production choices and unburdened lyrics.

“It’s a dynamic album that I hope shows many sides to the music I make and what I’m trying to do with The Kite String Tangle, which is essentially to reach people and hopefully provide a soundtrack for their own existential crisis,” Harley said.
The album was written in his bedroom in order to retain that ‘bedroom producer’ ethos, wanting to create something honest, something of which he could be really proud.
“I think throughout the album you can hear me trying to find my sound and my place in the world, and whilst I wanted to create something timeless and cohesive, I think there’s also a clunky charm to when it sounds a little lost and confused. To be honest, it’s a good representation of how I was feeling throughout a lot of the process,” he said.
Having just released the visuals to “The Prize” there’s no denying fans will be dusting off their dancing shoes right in time for his Splendour in the Grass set. It’s a party tune that will have you working up a sweat on a hot summery day, and will keep you warm during the cold winter nights.

 “Waiting” on the other hand is an underground pulsating banger with a more melodious insight into the light and shade of what electronic music means to this producer. It’s simple in lyrical content but intricate in production conceptualisation.
As you go on this musical journey with The Kite String Tangle you’ll hear a strong presence of strings and horns, something Harley longed to record for a long time. You’ll even hear organs, pianos, drums and all manner of acoustic instruments dotted throughout.
“I’ve always wanted to record strings and horns but have never had the opportunity to up until now. I’ve always been trying to marry the worlds of more traditional song writing like Bon Iver, James Blake, London Grammar and Broods, with artists that are more heavy handed with their production like Odesza, Flume and Purity Ring,” he said.
The Kite String Tangle’s debut album is available everywhere now via Exist Recordings, and Australian fans can catch him performing at Splendour in the Grass today on the “Mix Up Stage”.

And if you weren’t quick enough to snatch up Splendour tickets, not to worry. The Kite String Tangle is hitting the road shortly after for a national tour with ODESZA in September and some boutique festivals in Wollongong on August 19 and in Brisbane on October 14 at Red Deer Festival. For tickets and further info, head to http://www.thekitestringtangle.com.

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

“Solid Gold” is the uplifting and inspiring new single from Melbourne electronic duo, Back Back Forward Punch; the follow up to their early 2014 release “Emergency Bow Tie,” which gained them international praise and the attention of one of Australia most reputable radio stations, Triple J.

“Solid Gold” sees Laura Boland employ delicate and haunting vocals to tell their story of unraveling perceptions, coming of age, and ultimately revealing that we are all imperfect heroes to someone for a short time. Andy Liddell captivates with his dynamic and intricately layered production as he gracefully shapes the track with pulsing bass lines, manipulated vocal cuts and warbling keys.

Drawing sonic parallels with the likes of Kilter, BANKS, London Grammar and The Kite String Tangle, Back Back Forward Punch have delivered a majestic track that blurs the lines between pop, trip-hop and soul.

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

Ministry of Sound and Above & Beyond’s acclaimed melodic house label, Anjunadeep, have joined forces to release one of late summer’s hottest house anthems, Lane 8 featuring Bipolar Sunshine’s “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”. Zane Lowe gave the single its worldwide premiere on Radio 1 via a ‘Future Exclusive’, while to date; the original version of “Every Night” has hit the Beatport Deep House Top 10, and garnered approximately 500,000 plays on Soundcloud and 800,000 views on YouTube.

Lane 8 aka Daniel Goldstein is the fast-rising US house producer championed by Pete Tong (who selected him as a ‘Future Star’ on Radio 1), Zane Lowe, MistaJam, B.Traits, Aeroplane, Tensnake, Kidnap Kid, Majestic Casual and many more. Originally from San Francisco, but currently residing in Leipzig, Germany, his debut single for Anjunadeep, “Be Mine” topped the Hype Machine chart, following previous success with cult label, French Express. Amongst his growing international fanbase is Eric Prydz, who recently chose him to remix his new single,”Liberate”. Further remixes for Above & Beyond and Josh Record have helped position Goldstein as one of the most promising young producers on the planet.

Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant is the hotly-tipped Manchester singer whose music crosses hip-hop, indie, nu-soul, alt-rap, dance, psychedelia, electronic and Beatlesy pop. With 4 Hype Machine No.1s to date, he’s caught the ears of fans and critics alike including Radio 1, Sunday Times, The Guardian and beyond via the EPs “Aesthetics” (the lead track, “Rivers” was iTunes Single Of The Week) and “Drowning Butterflies”. A genuine star in the making, his extensive touring, including live shows at Glastonbury, Bestival, and beyond, plus support slots with London Grammar, Bastille and Lily Allen, have cemented his reputation yet further.

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Check ‘Em Out: Josh Record – “Wide Awake”

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Listen: Josh Record – “Wide Awake”

Standing on the shoulders of his musical heroes, Bon Iver and Swedish multi-instrumentalist Tingsek, Josh Record releases his stunning debut album Pillars on Virgin/EMI July 14th.
 
Having been tipped by Q Magazine, The Sunday Times Culture, iTunes, Radio 1, XFM, The Sun and VEVO at the turn of the year, Pillars does not disappoint with Josh’s joyous uplifting, melodic songs weaving their way into your very being.
 
Written by Josh (two songs were co-written with long-time collaborator Tom Prothero) and co-produced with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes), the album was recorded largely in Oxford and London, and features the Radio 1 and Radio 2 playlisted hit “For Your Love”.
 
Other highlights include “The War” the track that launched Josh when picked up by Zane Lowe off YouTube, the radio hit “Bones”, the lung busting epic “Finally”, and the new single “Wide Awake”.
 
Already a veteran on the road with shows supporting Bastille, Lorde, London Grammar and Sam Smith, Josh Record has sold out all his headline shows to date and is set to play summer festivals throughout the UK and Europe including Glastonbury, T in The Park, Rock and Park, Rock AM Ring, Wilderness and V Festival.

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Check ‘Em Out: London Grammar

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“London Grammar account for every slippery string, vocal echo, ultrasound heartbeat, and wordless, holy vocal peal on “Metal and Dust,” the second in a so-far immaculate collection.”–Pitchfork

“The title track of their debut EP, Metal & Dust, features backing so tasteful it cries out to be defaced, while the Unfinished Sympathy breakbeat further enhances the sense of early-90’s déjà vu.” – The Guardian

London Grammar are now officially 2-for-2, with this dusky, sumptuous new single [Metal & Dust] emerging from the mysterious LDN group.” – Gorilla vs. Bear

London Grammar is Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman, who formed the band while attending university together. After spending most of 2012 in the studio working on their debut album, London Grammar revealed their first single, “Hey Now,” on their Soundcloud in December. “Hey Now” has hit almost 370,000 plays to date, while total Soundcloud plays are now over 1.5 million.

The Metal & Dust EP will come out in America on June 25th via Columbia Records. The EP will include their latest UK single “Wasting My Young Years” as well as “Hey Now,” “Metal & Dust” and a Dot Major remix of “Hey Now.”  “Wasting My Young Years” is an emotional and passionate track featuring an intricate piano hook and haunting vocals that lead into a beautiful and powerful chorus backed by escalating drums and guitars. The “Wasting My Young Years” official music video, directed by BISON, can be viewed below, and you can see a gorgeous live rendition at The Guardian HERE.

The London trio will play Glastonbury and various other festivals in the UK this summer, following two sold out headline shows at London’s Electrowerkz and Islington Assembly Hall. The band should be making their way to the states in the near future. London Grammar is also featured on the Disclosure album track “Help Me Lose My Mind”.

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London Grammar – Metal & Dust EP (out 6/25 on Columbia Records)
01.  Metal & Dust
02.  Hey Now
03.  Wasting My Young Years
04.  Hey Now (Dot Major Remix)

Download: London Grammar – “Hey Now” (Dot Major Remix)

Listen: London Grammar – “Metal & Dust”

ListenLondon Grammar – Wasting My Young Years (Kids of the Apocalypse Remix) (this one is my FAVORITE, been listening to it repeatedly for 2 weeks!)

London Grammar Tour Dates:

Sat 6/22: London @ Night + Day, Hatfield (festival curated by The XX)
Sat 6/29: Pilton @ Glastonbury
Thurs 7/4: London @ Soho House
Fri 7/5: Winchester @ Blissfields
Sat 7/13: Warlingham @ Leefest
Fri 7/19: Grafenhainichen @ Melt
Sun 7/21: Dublin @ Longitude Festival
Sat 7/27: Kendal @ Kendal Calling
Sun 7/28: Huntingdon @ Secret Garden Party
Fri 8/2: Dorset @ Camp Bestival
Sun 8/4: Standon @ Standon Calling
Wed 8/7: Ibiza @ Ibiza Rocks
Fri 8/9: Cornbury @ Wilderness Festival
Sat 8/24: Katowice @ Tauron Nows Muzyka
Fri  9/6: Isle of Wight @ Bestival
Tues 10/15: Norwich @ Norwich Open
Wed 10/16: Brighton @ Brighton Haunt
Fri 10/18: Brixton @ Brixton Electric
Sat 10/19: Oxford @ Oxford Gathering
Sun 10/20: Bristol @ Bristol The Fleece
Tues 10/22: Nottingham @ Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wed 10/23: Birmingham @ Birmingham Academy 3
Thurs 10/24: Leeds @ Leeds Cockpit
Sat 10/26: Manchester @ Manchester Soundcontrol
Sun 10/27: Glasgow @ Glasgow Broadcast
Mon 10/28: Newcastle @ Newcastle Cluny

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