GIG – Huntar at The Joiners – Tuesday 26th September 2017

huntarBlending percussive electro-pop and smooth, yearning vocals, HUNTAR is the performance alias of a British musician who’s made an effort to remain anonymous.

His first single, early-2014’s “Expectations,” showcased his soulful delivery alongside layered vocal samples. Good Soldier released his debut EP, Bitter, in December 2014. As he began to win praise from outlets like BBC Radio 1 in England and KCRW in the U.S., he followed up in 2015 with singles including “Skin” and “The Hunger.”

A native Londoner, HUNTAR began performing live on a regular basis in late 2015, with dozens of shows across England in 2016. That year also brought new songs such as “Anyway” and “4AM,” with the latter landing him on Billboard’s emerging artists chart.

Home of acts including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Chvrches, Glassnote Records repackaged his five-track debut as BITTAR in 2016, with one song swapped out for “Hold On.” HUNTAR opened 2017 with the anthemic single “Echo,” also on Glassnote.

From All Music website


GIG – Little Cub at The Joiners – Monday 11th September 2017

little cubA refreshingly honest record brimming with English jest and thoughtful electronic musicianship, Little Cub’s first shot at an LP holds a confident consciousness of modern reality, no matter how bleak it may be.


“You’ve been caught out wanting something shameful” deadpans Dominic over synthy bassline on closing track “Television”. The line just might summarise Little Cub’s dystopic debut which spans themes of moral degradation and personal as well as ballot box politics, Gore’s songwriting sensibilities evidence of a primary passion for literature, having been influenced by greats such as Wilde and Larkin on tracks which initially began as poetry.

This record’s most contemplative cut comes in the form of “Hypnotise”. Driven in true indie mentality by a looped drum-roll and a niggling hook, the track is a gaze at corporate corruption, a perceptive view on politics which pronounces an unresolvable plague of inequality; a widespread incentive to protest but a lack of self-awareness. Apt, perhaps, in times where politics persists via the safety blanket of social media.

A highlight can be marked at the outset with single and opener “Too Much Love”; an ode to today’s lack of generosity in human interaction. Enduring over glistening pulses of production, the track builds in house stamina to a climactic synth-pop dance beat. “And if I had to ask a personal question / I’d probably ask you what you wanted to drink”; Gore presents our generation’s lack of emotional commitment via a male bravado and this is achieved poignantly throughout with sincerely thoughtful lyricism.

The triumph of Still Life relies heavily on its ability to cultivate a type of melancholy which still manages to persist over a dynamic pop proficiency. This is achieved exceptionally well through the nocturnal groove on “My Nature”, growing synth chords backing a lyrical consciousness of distrust and the unsimplicity in desire – “your pleasure is paid for by another heart”.

There’s an undeniable charisma on this album and it stems from the detached wit of Gore’s vocal which delivers relatable, yet brutal sentiments backed by the band’s shimmering production work – a winning formula, so it seems.

Masking our flawed humanity with flawless electro, the South London trio fork over a delicious portion of pessimistic pop, drizzled in scrumptious synths and glorious electronic production, but bypassing a sugarcoating of over-hackneyed hedonism.

Album review from The Line of Best Fit website




GIG – Avec Sans at The Railway Inn – Friday 7th April 2017

avec-sansAvec Sans is a London-based electro-pop group signed to American indie label Beverly Martel. The band is made up of Alice Fox (vocals, producer) and Jack St. James (electronics, producer).

The name Avec Sans is taken from French, meaning: with without.

Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James from Manchester and Trinidad respectively.

Avec Sans started performing live in 2013. They quickly gained recognition for their energetic live shows, which involve hacked Novation launchpads used in tandem tilted towards the audience. Jack has filmed performances using 16 launchpads at once and has helped Novation demo and launch new products online.

Press supporters include The Guardian, who said of their music: “it’s a sophisticated slice of delicate synthpop with more interesting production touches and melodic hooks than most bands can muster in a career.” Other press support for Avec Sans has also come from publications including: Music Week, Clash,  VH1, Noisey, MTV Iggy, PRS for Music M Magazine, Fred Perry Subculture, Artrocker, Digital Spy, Pop Justice, Elle Magazine, Hunger TV,  Notion, Wonderland and Tidal (service) who featured them on their electronic music playlist for September 2015.

Heartbreak Hi was listed in The Times Essential Tracks feature in April 2016 alongside the latest releases from Bjork, Underworld and White Denim and was described as “marvellously bittersweet electro-pop”. In the 10 June 2016 edition, the NME called Avec Sans “a cut above your average duo… right on the sweet spot between hazy ’80s Nostalgia and 21st century introspection.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GIG – The Japanese House at The Joiners – Saturday 29th October 2016

the-japanese-houseBrooding with melancholic beauty, ‘Still’ serves as a perfect introduction to 19-year-old London based artist The Japanese House and her debut EP, ‘Pools To Bathe In’.

Produced by The Japanese House (Amber Bain) alongside George Daniel & Matthew Healy, ‘Pools To Bathe In’ pushes the parameters of alt pop, pulling together a host of unlikely influences to create something personal and entirely unique.
From The Joiners Website

PLAYLIST – ‘Feral Hearts’ by Kerli

feral hearts

Kerli Kõiv ( born 7 February 1987), usually referred to mononymously as Kerli, is an Estonian recording artist and songwriter.

Born in Elva, Estonia, Kerli entered multiple singing competitions before being signed to Island Records in 2006 by LA Reid.

In 2007, she released her debut self-titled extended play and in 2008, released her debut studio album, Love Is Dead, the latter of which charted on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album, “Walking on Air,” charted in many countries and was also featured as the iTunes Store’s Single of the Week where it was downloaded over 500,000 times, a record at that time.

In the years following, Kerli was featured on Almost Alice with the song “Tea Party” and she began to abandon her alternative rock sound and started to adopt a more electronic and dance-influenced sound, as can be heard in her 2010 single “Army of Love”.

Following the release of Love Is Dead, Kerli began production on a second studio album which became her second extended play Utopia, released in early 2013, where it became Kerli’s second release to chart on the Billboard 200.

Two promotional singles from the EP, “Army of Love” and “Zero Gravity”, were released prior to the release of the album’s first official single, “The Lucky Ones”. All three songs entered the top ten of Billboards Hot Dance Club Songs chart; two of them peaking at number one. Two songs which were co-written by Kerli for Utopia — “Skyscraper” and “I Feel Immortal” — were later recorded by artists Demi Lovato and Tarja Turunen, respectively. Kerli’s version of “I Feel Immortal” was later released on Frankenweenie Unleashed!.

In 2013, Kerli performed twice on Dancing with the StarsVibe called the performances a “major milestone in the EDM world.”

In November 2013, Kerli left Island Records and signed a record deal with Ultra Music.

GIG – Signals at The Joiners – Thursday 21st July 2016

signalsWe are Signals, a female fronted math pop four-piece from the South Coast of England.
Our four releases can be found on our Bandcamp Page – ‘Square Wheels EP’, ‘Facial Furniture EP’, ‘Sleep Talk EP’, and ‘Lungs Apart single’.

We are currently writing a bunch of new tunes with the invaluable help of our good friends, tea and cereal.

Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal board antics, and time travel.

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