PLAYLIST – Fade Away by Susanne Sundfør

Susanne SundførSusanne Aartun Sundfør (born 19 March 1986) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. She is the granddaughter of linguist Kjell Aartun. She was born in Haugesund and later moved to Oslo. She has released five studio albums. Two of which, The Brothel (2010) and The Silicone Veil (2012), have reached number one in Norway.

‘Fade Away’ is taken from her sixth album Ten Love Songs  released in February 2015.

Sundfør began a European tour to coincide with the album in March at Scala, London.

GIG – The Bluetones at The Pyramids Centre – Wednesday 23rd September 2015

bluetonesThe Bluetones are an English indie rock band, formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993.

The band’s members are Mark Morriss on vocals, Adam Devlin on guitar, Scott Morriss on bass guitar, and Eds Chesters on drums. A fifth member, Richard Payne, came on board between 1998 and 2002. The band was originally named “The Bottlegarden”.

The band has scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts. Although their commercial success waned in the post-Britpopera, they continued to tour and release new records. Their most recent album A New Athens was released in May 2010. The band split on 1 October 2011 following a farewell tour which ended with a concert in Osaka, Japan. However, on 13 April 2015, the band announced that they are to reform for a UK tour.

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GIG – Kafka Tamura at The Joiners – Tuesday 22nd September 2015

kafka tamuraKafka Tamura have been quietly stirring a blog buzz since their debut EP release “Somewhere Else”. The Indie-Pop Trio formed in 2012, when Patrick and Gabriel stumbled upon the Soundcloud musings of Emma. A few emails later, they began to throw vocal files to each other and the first song ideas were born.

It was not until January 2013 that they collided in the real world, meeting in Southampton to record new material and shoot a video. In a matter of weeks, the video to “Somewhere Else” had collected more than 120,000 views, spurring the band to regularly hop between England and Germany to play shows. The hype over this track is justified with one listen – ethereal pianos, fragments of angular guitars, pulsating beats and a voice that drags you deep into the mix, makes for the surrealist atmosphere Kafka Tamura consistently recreates.

Throughout 2014 the band continued to tour extensively throughout Europe, playing festivals and headliner shows, sharing their music with an ever widening audience.
In the summer of 2014 the trio broke new ground and signed a record deal with the prestigious label Lichtdicht Records, covering Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Late 2014 came the time to set their ideas in stone and begin the first recordings of their album, “Nothing To Everyone”. The album reveals several hidden gems; Liar, a fragile yet powerful vocal delivery from 18 year-old Emma, mixed in with a delicate guitar melody is just one end of the spectrum. “No Hope” takes you on a journey of dream and reality, mixing the two in their own distinct way. Airy synths and concrete beats combine to create a new and unique sound.

2015 has begun in an exciting way for Kafka Tamura, in February they toured with Milky Chance across Europe and staged their own headliner tour through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They have signed to 100% Records for the UK and their debut album “Nothing To Everyone” will be released later in the year.

The Kafka Tamura identity is clearly as resonant on stage as it is on record, with Emma’s voice carefully weaving between sharp beats and raw electronics. They undoubtedly live, breathe and play with a ‘no boundaries’ ethos, taking even their band name from the protagonist of the surrealist Japanese novel ‘Kafka On The Shore’. It’s such attention to detail that could well make Kafka Tamura not only your new favourite band, but also discovery of the year.

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GIG – Balthazar at The Joiners – Wednesday 16th September 2015

balthazarBalthazar is a Belgian indie pop and rock group. The band consists of Maarten Devoldere, Jinte Deprez, Patricia Vanneste, Simon Casier and Michiel Balcaen. The band members come from the areas of Kortrijk and Ghent.

The group started in the second half of the year 2004. In the spring of 2005, Devoldere, Vanneste and Deprez (aged 18 at the time) won the national Kunstbende competition for young people with the song Lost and Found.[1] On 3 December that year they also won Westtalent, the rock contest of the province of West Flanders, Belgium.

On 22 March 2010, their debut album Applause came out in Belgium and the Netherlands. The album was produced by the then 22-year-old Martin Devoldere and Jinte Deprez and was mixed in Norway by Ynge Leidulv Saetre.

The second album, Rats, was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe, excluding the UK.

On 26 January 2015 Balthazar released the single “Then What”, which preceded the album “Thin Walls” that released two months later. Then What was generally well received, with among others a first place in [De_Afrekening|Studio Brussel’s Afrekening] for four weeks in a row. “Thin Walls” was released on 30 March 2015 and is their first album where a producer is involved. This time Ben Hillier, known from his work with Blur and Depeche Mode. The Thin Walls tour streched over the whole of Europe, with Balthazar playing at many big concert halls and festivals in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Switserland and Turkey.

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GIG – Ash at The Wedgwood Rooms – Friday 28th August 2015

AshAsh is a Northern Irish alternative rock band, formed in Downpatrick in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994, followed by 1977 in 1996. This 1996 release was named by NME as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

After the success of their full debut the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy the band released Free All Angels in 2001 and a string of successful singles.

On 18 February 2015  the band announced a new album titled “Kablammo!

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PLAYLIST – Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies

imagesFelix De Laet (born 30 November 1993), known by his stage name Lost Frequencies, is a Belgian DJ and music producer. He became famous with his remix of “Are You with Me” by country artist Easton Corbin.

The song had originally appeared in Corbin’s 2012 album All Over the Road, but had not been released as a single. Lost Frequencies remixed the song and released it as a single on 27 October 2014.

The track topped the Belgian Ultratop chart on 15 November 2014 also reaching number two in the Belgian Wallonia francophone chart as well. In 2015, the track reached the number one spot in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

It also charted in several countries around Europe, reaching the top 10 in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

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GIG – Alvvays at The Joiners – Thursday 25th June 2015

ALVVAYSAlvvays (pronounced “Always”) is a Canadian indie pop band based in Toronto. Their eponymous first album rose to #1 on US college charts on August 5, 2014.

Friends since childhood, Alvvays vocalist Molly Rankin and keyboardist Kerri MacLellan began playing music with Alec O’Hanley while in high school.

Rankin is the daughter of John Morris Rankin of The Rankin Family, a group who enjoyed international success in the 1990s. Molly Rankin released a solo EP titled “She EP” in 2010 and then formed Alvvays with MacLellan, O’Hanley (formerly of Two Hours Traffic), and new members Brian Murphy and Phil MacIsaac.

Following tours with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, the group recorded a full-length album, Alvvays, which was released by Royal Mountain Records (Canada), Polyvinyl Records (US), and Transgressive Records (Europe) in July 2014. Chad VanGaalen, John Agnello, and Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck all contributed to the album’s production.

Simon Vozick-Levinson, writing in Rolling Stone, called the eponymous album an “indie-pop wonder”.

Alvvays went to #1 on US college charts on August 5, 2014.

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