The High Learys are a four piece inspired rock band from Perth, Western Australia consisting of Jamie Turner (lead vocals/bass), Michael Nutt (keys/vocals), Matt Williams (guitar) and Mitchell J Benson (drums). Forming in 2011, they have released one album, and a number of singles. In 2013 the band went over to Europe to play shows in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. In August 2014 the band went back into Poons Head Studios to record their next single “Clear My Mind” with producer Rob Grant. It was then released on 7″ vinyl through Soundflat Records in late October. Shortly after it’s release the single was used in both a Bose Headphones and Sportscraft commercial.
During November and December 2014 the band embarked on a second European tour, playing shows in Germany, Spain and England. Their single “Clear My Mind” charted at No. 1 in the AMRAP charts in 2014. the band have released multiple records and have two European Tours under their belt, 2016 finds them causing quite a stir overseas as well as on their home soil.
“Cabinet” by THE HIGH LEARYS will be released 25th of March 2016 — listen to it now, right here!
The making of new single, “Cabinet”, was the first time the band had ventured into recording entirely by themselves. Produced and engineered by the band’s keyboard player Mike Nutt and recorded over the summer of early 2015 at various houses and studios. The finishing touches where added at Blackbird Studios with Dave Parkin.
“We’d been talking for a while about recording ourselves so we decided to knuckle down and give it go. We found that doing it this way gave us a lot more creative control in our recording process and enabled us to take our time with tracking to make sure it was exactly how we all wanted it to sound,” says the band.
“Cabinet” explores the insecurities of a young mind. Someone who feels lost in their ways, but at the same time shares the burdens of adolescents with their other half.
“Cabinet” by THE HIGH LEARYS will be released 25th of March 2016 — listen to it now, right here!
TRAVEL TO SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH GEMINI IN THE STUNNING NEW “TIME TO SHARE” VIDEO
Earlier this month, I posted a link to listen to Gemini’s (Thomas Slinger) new single “Time To Share”, a vivid, verdant electronic pop infused track with intercontinental influence. Now, the UK electronic artist debuts the stunning visual to accompany the track. Shot by Slinger himself during a 3-month voyage across South East Asia, what follows is a mesmerising and transportive video.
Speaking about the video, Slinger explains:
“Given the current political climate of the world – I wanted to share that there are many incredible people, beautiful untouched landscapes and so many positive things happening. Time To Share was filmed over 3 months – My girlfriend and I went on a life changing experience that took place across South East Asia. We climbed volcanoes, explored ancient civilisations, met the kindest people and cared for gentle giants. Each and every moment was magical. It took all of my strength to produce this video but I’m looking forward to shooting more and I’m so proud to finally share it.”
Kelly McMichael, aka RENDERS, pours her sensitive heart into this debut single, “I Am Gone”. Asserting herself in the discourse of pop music, Renders is a love letter to herself and the state of moving on.
Check out the track, described on SoundCloud as “sounds like Solange and Robyn making out in Washed Out’s studio.”
LOVE the intro. The song was produced by Mark Andrade of the band Paradise Animals (which you should also check out HERE).
Listen: Mike Dignam – “Addict”
Following his last hit single “Hurt”, Mike Dignam delivers another dark and sophisticated track off his upcoming album Fight to Forgive. “Addict” showcases Dingman’s talent to tie raw feeling and heavy lyrics into a soulful pop hit. Dignam allows his skills and hard work to shine through in “Addict”. Using the simplicity of drums, bass, guitar, and the haunting vocals of his distinctive voice, to create and own a sound that sets him apart from the average singer-songwriter. Dignam uses his impeccable vocals to carry a forcefulness and yearning within his lyrics, resulting in a song that is full of vulnerability and devotion.
“No Answer” is the new single from Melbourne electronic duo Back Back Forward Punch (aka BBFP), and it is also just the first taste of what we can expect from their upcoming debut EP.
Written and recorded in their home studio in Melbourne’s inner-west, Andy Liddell and Laura Boland take us on another wonderful romp through their invigorating electronic soundscapes.
Andy creates a stunning tropical island backdrop with his seamlessly playful production, setting the scene for Laura’s lush vocals to take a gradual stroll down its sun-setting coastline. On the surface “No Answer” seems is like a ray of sunshine with its bouncy tropical beats, warm woody chords, and lush comforting vocals, but as you delve further into the tapestry of its sounds you begin to discover a world of turmoil and sadness.
It’s a song about trying to find an ending amongst indecisiveness, not really knowing what to say when there’s no words left to use.
“When we started writing No Answer, the sounds were light and tropical and fun, but as the vocals and lyrics developed, we realised this song had some dark undertones. If No Answer was a postcard it would picture a tropical island with a storm rolling in, and on the back it would be blank” – BBFP
“No Answer” is available to download for free via BBFP’s Soundcloud, but only until its official release on June 18. We can also expect a few more singles from BBFP over the coming months in the lead-up to their debut EP.
NOIRE are a new and exciting band from Sydney. Their second single “Those Days” was recorded with multi-ARIA award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Youth Group).
NOIRE posses a pop sensibility that is dark as it is colorful and as emotional as it is uplifting.
Photo credit: Myles Pettengill
“I wrote these songs as if I was talking with my best girlfriends,” says Sophie Stern.
Her identity prior to this evocative new pop incarnation was as sought-after songwriter, earning her bread writing hits for A-listers like Britney Spears, British pop star Conor Maynard, and The Ready Set, among others. But make no mistake – this ain’t no wistful follow-your-dream template that Sophie is cooking up now.
What makes the 4 song offering so upbeat and engaging—besides the toppling beats bracing Stern’s sultry swagger—are the songs, themselves; soulfully primed missives like “Woman” —percolating drums and piano skating over Sophie’s empowering vocals.
“The Bom Boms are my backing band led by producer/multi-instrumentalist David Elevator,” Sophie explains. “He is my writing partner and produces all my songs. It’s always a surprise to me which Bom Boms are going to be at shows or rehearsals. Sometimes it’s a big band, sometimes it’s just him.”
From Richmond, Virginia comes a new pop/R&B artist who is ready to share his music and message with the world. For as long as he can remember, Rayvon Owen has dreamed of a life dedicated to a music career.
Rayvon began his music career at a very young age singing in choirs, touring with gospel artists and performing in local musicals. He continued to pursue a performance career while studying Commercial Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. While in Music City; Rayvon began crafting his skills in writing and performing around town at popular events, venues, clubs and showcases.
Influenced by legendary artists such as Lionel Richie, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Stevie Wonder; Rayvon has developed his own voice as a powerful performer and reflective songwriter. Rayvonʼs goal is to entertain his listeners and create an immersive experience that leaves his audience inspired. Through hard work and dedication, Rayvon has a bright and promising future ahead of him.
The singer has released his latest single “Rescue.” Co-written by Ryan Key, the front man for Yellowcard, and Steve Aiello from 30 Seconds to Mars, and produced by Seth Jones, the track offers big production and bigger vocals reminiscent of Usher’s “Without You.”
The track seamlessly blends together elements of electronic, R&B, pop, and dubstep to create a pop anthem perfect for any time. Rayvon’s EP Cycles is set to release in August.
Bonus Listen: Check out “Never Knew Ya” below
I love Teddybears. The group and the bears. And now, the group returns with a psychedelic summer jam, “Sunshine” (out now via Big Beat Records) which highlights their signature—pop x electronica x rock n’ roll x hip-hop x reggae x punk—and arrives with a video to accompany that shares an outrageous mix of themes and color schemes.
Featuring Jamaican dancehall star Natalie Storm and Swedish musician Kee Marcello (hailing from mega-bands Europe and Hellacopters); smashing a drum-kit made of ice, this playful video, combined with equal parts electric guitar, gold lamé, and neon illustrations is simply fun to watch – and definitely not like anything else you’ll see all day.
Sophisticated, powerful and smart with a voice that’s raw strident and seducing 2014 is primed to be Ella Eyre’s year. Not only has this 20 year old Londoner already bagged a BRIT Award for her killer soulful vocal on Rudimental’s drum and bass stomper “Waiting All Night” but she was also named runner up of the Brits Critics Choice Award, No.2 in the BBC Sound of 2014 as well as being tipped across the board by everyone from Vevo, MTV, Billboard and 1Xtra.
Now she’s about to release her debut single, “If I Go”, a big sexy rousing stormer of a track, asking a lover, “If I go, will you love me when I come back?”. Produced by Jarred Rogers (Lana Del Rey, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson), it’s got stomp and it’s got swing, her all – conquering massive vocal with its gravely rich tone taking centre stage. The single follows the release of Deeper, a collaboration with producer Two Inch Punch made available for fans to download last December. The track went straight to #1 on Hype Machine and has since notched up over 4 million views on Youtube.