Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Shamu - Jump Ship

Jump Ship cover art

Hello again amigos. It's not been quite so long this time, but I can't promise I won't always be so previous, if you get my drift.

I'm here for a super quick update, and to bring you some more great new music.

Way back in January you might well remember me posting about the absolutely brilliant Shamu, who released their debut single "Dive". I adored it and highly recommended you all went out and spent your pocket money on it.

I'm thrilled to say that Jon and Sam are back again with their second release, a track called "Jump Ship" which came out yesterday (May 30th).

So here are all the necessary necessaries:

Shamu's Bandcamp page:


Their Facebook:


Their Twittah:


Their iTunes:


So I first of all recommend you go off and have a listen to it - and of course follow that up by buying it and giving the lads your support.

This is yet another absolute corker of a track. It starts off feeling stripped and paired back - before opening out into a nicely flowing bit of electronica.

The sounds get bigger as the song moves on and it's such a clean, rippling sound, the sort of music that makes your heart soar.

Jon's vocals are as always, sweetly unassuming and they pair really beautifully with the watery-trickly-feel of the beat. (actually that sounds a bit odd reading it back, but the synths do feel like flowing water).

Anyway, if all that hasn't made you think I'm a total dipshit, then as I implored at the start, get supporting Shamu, because they are super and I'll fall out with you if you don't.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Contravenes - I, Of The Lost

The Contravenes

Well hello there. Yes. It's been another long while, and I must stop beginning posts with an apology, but there you go.

Anyway, I'm back yet again and thrilled to at least be bringing you some wonderful new music to listen to by way of saying sorry and all that. Sorry.

Around 12 months ago I was hugely pleased to feature a great new band called The Contravenes. If you so wish, you can go back and read my previous post on them HERE. Time has literally flown by, literally flown, literally.

Anyway, the great news is that the band are back and they have an absolutely splendiforous new single to unveil to us eager listeners.

First of all, here are the necessaries:  

Here's the band's Twitter:


Here's the band's Facebook:


Here's the band's Soundcloud:


And finally, here is the video for their awesomesauce new single

Like their last track "Loaded Gun", this is an absolute corker - the riff at the beginning is one of those kick arse blinders that really gets stuck in your mind after just one listen. 

It's got a brilliant 60s feel to it, without being a pastiche - but there's so much more to it than just that, it's a song that kind of blindsides you a bit. Just when you think it's staying in one safe place, it pops off in another direction with some really chippy guitar picks and earthy vocals. 

I seem to feature a fair few bands from Leeds on the blog and The Contravenes are another such group. This new single is really worth a listen and buy. In fact, if you'd like to - here's the link to their single on th'iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-of-the-lost-single/id1080076718 

Give this great group a real feature in your Summer playlists - car window open, drive on, blast it out. I love these guys and I hope you will too.