After a turbulent week in world affairs where we have begun to question our very existence. Take your mind off it with our favourite five artists that have been knocking on our metaphorical door. With the return of one of hip-hops most beloved collectives, safe to say its been a good week, see if they’ve made it on to our list…
Jay Watson’s (of Tame Impala fame) solo venture GUM are now onto their third LP. How he has time to write albums in-between his other duties is beyond me. The new album Flash In The Pan is full of brilliant synth work, dreamy pads and psychedelic vocals. Although reminiscent of Tame Impala’s Currents, it certainly has its own flavour. Check out the first single from the album, Gemini.
A Tribe Called Quest
Of course they’ve made it onto our list! Tribe return with their first album in 18 years, only months after Phife’s untimely passing. Thankfully, it was recorded before his death and the album sees the collective regroup for a final farewell to their fans. A heartfelt and politically charged album, with the same quality production and sampling that we’ve come to expect, it would be equally at home in the 90’s as it is today. A wonderful parting gift to Tribe’s adoring fans. Here is the second track from the album, entitled ‘We The People….’ .
Hailing from Brixton, south London, these indie rockers are a breath of fresh air in a sometimes cluttered indie scene. Fresh from their release of their single The Lick’, a unique blend of spoken word and aggressive guitars. Be sure to catch them at one of their three London shows to mark the release on December 8th. You’ll be in for a treat.
The Japanese House
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll have already heard of her. But Amber Bain’s solo project has already seen her garner support from music aficionados around the globe with her unique brand of dreamy pop. Having just released her Swim Against The Tide – EP , and completing the UK leg of her mammoth tour, she is destined for greatness. And ’Good Side In’ is a particular highlight, blending luscious guitars and dreamy percussion, its one of those songs to get lost in. Preview it below or stream it in full on Spotify.
These boys have made a massive impression on the scene in a relatively short space of time. Fusing together the best elements of punk and noise pop. their sound is full of energy and is charmingly chaotic. This makes them one of the most intriguing bands around. And the b-side to their single Stained, ‘Is This What You Wanted?’ is a rollercoaster of a tune, it will leave you ultimately confused, but in a good way.Fred Stiddard