PLAYLIST – Every Night You Have To Save Me by Mass Gothic

mass gothicAfter nearly ten years as the creative force behind much-loved New York rock outfit Hooray For Earth, Noel Heroux had lost his way

This year marks the release of Mass Gothic, the Massachusetts-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter’s self-titled Sub Pop debut. Written and recorded at home over four months during the winter of 2014-2015, it’s a stunning reminder of not just Heroux’s own remarkable talents as singer and songwriter, but how unbridled creativity can both sound and feel as well.

The result is an expansive, often exhilarating set of guitar-driven pop that required very little editing when it was done. Additional mixing was provided by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV on the Radio) with mastering done by Greg Calbi (Father John Misty, Tame Impala) at Sterling Sound. From the iridescent doo-wop of “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me” to the skyward crescendo of “Mind Is Probably” to the falsetto-streaked clatter of “Want To, Bad,” it’s a radiant retelling of Heroux’s starting over, with “Nice Night” as its cathartic, electrifying centerpiece. “A lot of these songs are more or less a really dramatic, loud apology/thank you note,” he says, referencing his partner, collaborator, and tour mate, Jessica. “It didn’t matter where any of the sounds came from. I just cared that it sounded big and heavy, and that it was moving when it was done. It’s a clean slate entirely—and I’m so relieved.”

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PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #1 – ‘Sun Is Shining’ by Axwell ^ Ingrosso

Ingrosso - Sun Is ShiningAxwell & Ingrosso (stylised as Axwell Λ Ingrosso) is a Swedish musical duo signed under Def Jam Recordings consisting of former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingress. 

They made their performance debut at the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City in June.

Axwell and Ingrosso formed the group Axwell Λ Ingrosso officially in 2014. During June of that year, the band gained prominence among New Yorkers when they began placing clues about their new album in various locations throughout the city. 

The performance debuted music from a new album they announced to release under the name Axwell Λ Ingrosso the intro music of which premiered on air during Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1program.

Their performance was also named one of the 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments as well as one of the Top 10 Best Performances of the Hot Governors Ball by Billboard. They also made an appearance at the 2014 V Festival.

The album is also said to be the first for both artists as Swedish House Mafia never released an official full-length album. Axwell and Ingrosso also deleted their personal Facebook pages and created a single page for the group to signify the new partnership.

They recently toured India, as part of Sunburn Arena, where they engaged with the Indian audience. They also showcased a few of their newer tracks from the album they are launching late this year.

Axwell Λ Ingrosso have teased and released two singles together, “We Come We Rave We Love” and “Can’t Hold Us Down”.

On 26 November they released their new single “Something New” which was used for the new Beats advertisement. On 6 February, they have launched a new online hub, and three new video trailers: “Something New”, “Can’t Hold Us Down” and “On My Way”.

Four days later, the Swedish duo dropped the video for “Something New”. The videoclip takes the viewer on a motorcycle ride through an extended traffic jam in the desert. At the end, the two bikes disappear into the horizon. On 12 March 2015, the duo dropped their next new track, the anthemic “On My Way” which features vocals from Salem Al Fakir.

This was followed by a sequel video, directed by Christian Larson the next day which continued the story of the music video for ‘On My Way’. This was the official music video for ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’

On 12 June 2015, they released a new song “Sun Is Shining”. On YouTube, it hit 3 million views in one month.

PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #2 – ‘This Time’ by Nic Chagall and Jonathan Mendelsohn

Nic Chagall - This TimeNic Chagall (born Claus Terhoeven; 10 November 1972 in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is a German trance musicproducer and DJ best known for being one half of the German trance duo Cosmic Gate.

He also co-founded Essential Cuts Studio in Duisburg, Germany in 1999, now better known as E-CUTZ, where he also works with Erich Schmeier (aka DJ Errik) and Andre Wevers (aka DJ Wave) and also has his own radio show, “Get The Kicks” on Afterhours.FM.

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PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #3 – ‘Forget’ by Marina and the Diamonds

marina forgetMarina Lambrini Diamandis (Greek: Μαρίνα-Λαμπρινή Διαμαντή; born 10 October 1985), better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she performed for choir productions in her childhood. In 2009, Diamandis came to prominence after being ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by the BBC.

Diamandis’ debut studio album The Family Jewels (2010) incorporates indie pop and new wave musical styles, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number five. Its second single “Hollywood” peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. Her follow-up record Electra Heart (2012) integrates prominent elements of electropop, and became her first number-one project in the United Kingdom. Its lead single “Primadonna” stands as her highest-charting track in the country after reaching number 11. Diamandis’ synthpop-inspired third studio album Froot (2015) became her third top-ten album in the United Kingdom, and her first top-ten entry on the US Billboard 200.

Diamandis has described herself as an “indie artist with pop goals” and often analyses components of human behaviour in her music. She is additionally recognised for her retro and cartoonish fashion styles.

PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #4 – ‘ Catch Me If You Can’ by Girls Generation

girls generation catchGirls’ Generation (Hangul: 소녀시대So Nyeo Si Dae), also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members:  Taeyeon,  Sunny, Tiffany,  Hyoyeon,  Yuri, Sooyoung,  Yoona and Seohyun.

In July 2015, Girls’ Generation released a single titled “Party”.The single debuted atop the Gaon Digital Chart with first week sales of 256,390 units. It also peaked at number 10 on the Japan Hot 100 and number 4 on the World Digital Songs chart by Billboard. The physical edition of “Party” and its B-side “Check” peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart. On the week of August 1, 2015, Girls’ Generation appeared on the Billboard Social 50 at number 44. The following week, the group climbed to number 22 on the chart.

On August 12, 2015, it was confirmed that the group’s fifth studio album Lion Heart would be released throughout two days. Six new songs, including “Party” and the title track “Lion Heart” would be released on August 18, while another six new songs, including the single “You Think”, would be released the following day.

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PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #5 – ‘The Scene Between’ by The Go! Team

go-team-the-scene-betweenThe Go! Team are a six-piece band from Brighton, England. They combine indie rock and garage rock with a mixture of blaxploitation and Bollywoodsoundtracks, double Dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources. The band’s vocals vary between performances: while live vocals are handled mostly by Ninja (with Angela Mak also singing some solos), vocals on record also feature sampled and guest voices.

Ian Parton conceived the project after wanting to create music incorporating Sonic Youth-style guitars, double Dutch chants, Bollywood soundtracks, old school hip hop and electro.

These ideas led towards the recording of Thunder, Lightning, Strike in his parents’ kitchen and released in the UK and Europe on the Memphis Industries label in September 2004, to widespread critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2005.

On 18 December 2014, The Go! Team officially announced their return by uploading a “trailer” for their new album.  The trailer features the songs from the short promos that were uploaded earlier in 2014, as well as other new material. On 6 January 2015, the title and tracklist were announced. The Scene Between was released on March 25, 2015.

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PLAYLIST – Top 10 of 2015 – #6 – ‘T-Shirt Weather’ by Circa Waves

circa waves - tshirt weatherCirca Waves are a British indie-rock band formed in Liverpool in 2013. The band consists of frontman Kieran Shudall (vocals, guitar), Sam Rourke (bass), Colin Jones (drums) and Joe Falconer (guitarist).

Shudall met both Rourke and Plummer through mutual friends at Liverpool Sound City in 2013, meeting Falconer not long after at the same festival where he worked as a stage manager. During the summer and autumn of 2013 the band played several short UK tours, which included some secret shows. The origins of the bands name is obscure with some commentators linking it to the direction of travel from Liverpool City Centre to the suburb of Wavertree near where the band lived i.e. Cica Waves.

On 2 December 2013, the band released their debut single “Get Away/Good For Me” A double A-side on Transgressive Records as a limited seven-inch vinyl with a cassette edition handled by Jen Long’s Kissibility label. In February 2014 Zane Lowe played the band’s second single “Stuck in My Teeth” as his Hottest Record in the World. The band opened the NME Awards Tour in March 2014, which also included Temples, Interpol and Royal Blood. On 10 June 2014 Circa Waves released their Young Chasers EP on Virgin Records in the USA. The Japanese edition was released on 2 July 2014.

Also during 2014 they supported The 1975 on tour around the UK and remain good friends with the band.

Circa Waves performed at various festivals during the summer of 2014, including Hurricane and Southside Festivals in Germany, Latitude Festival, T-in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, and Splendour in the Grass (Australia). They also performed at Arenal Sound (Spain), Summersonic in Japan, and at Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of August 2014.

It was announced that the band will be supporting The Libertines in September 2014.

The band released their debut album Young Chasers on 30 March 2015.

Circa Waves had a very successful festival season, including dates at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Boardmasters.

In October 2015, the band toured the UK, including a sold out date at O2 Academy Brixton.

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