Saturday Remix Fever – THE BANKROBBER Invite You Again To Dance To Synth Stomper ‘WHITE SKIN’

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24 September 2022

Who: Italian alt-pop band led by
brother ad sister Giacomo and
Maddalena Oberti

The Italian trio released their swirling synth stomper single WHITE SKIN
last March. A rad track from their upcoming, second LP Lighters and Lovers.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: This titillating electro- intro echoes early Depeche Mode before they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But in an eye-blink White Skin turns into a swirling synth-pop stomper to fill dancefloors with. It’s an instantly infectious nightclub earworm with an ecstatic chorus.

Now you can make your best moves to disco ball rotating
remixes by Common Flaws and Max Granata.

Right here, right now…


Dancing on the road.

THE BANKROBBER: Twitter – Instagram

BJÖRK Shares Third Piece From Upcoming LP – Listen And Watch – ‘ANCESTRESS’

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24 September 2022

Artwork new album

The fairytale heroine BJÖRK will launch her
new – 10th – solo LP Fossora next Friday.

The Iceland celebrity describes the new album as a look at normal daily life.
“Let’s see what it’s like when you walk into this fantasy and, you know, have
a lunch and farrrrt and do normal things, like meet your friends.”

She just shared a 3rd piece of the new full-length.
She sings about childhood memories on ANCESTRESS.
A 7-minute story accompanied by (as usual) a notable video.


BJÖRK: Facebook – Instagram


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Between their 11th LP The Getaway and this year’s double one Unlimited Love,
there was a time gap of six years and now RHCP are gearing up for their 2nd double album this year. Good job, guys.

It’s baptized Return Of The Dream Canteen and
hits the streets on 14 October. More info here.

One of the tracks is called EDDIE in memory of guitar wizard
Eddie Van Halen who passed away (almost) 2 years ago.

Anthony Kiedis ‘frontman): “Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die. Eddie Van Halen was a one of a kind. The day after his death Flea came into rehearsal with an emotional bassline. John, Chad and I started playing along and pretty soon with all our hearts, a song in his honor effortlessly unfolded. It felt good to be sad and care so much about a person who had given so much to our lives. Although the song doesn’t speak to Eddie by name, it talks about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted on our minds. In the end, our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream.”

A full-hearted ditty for Eddie.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Instagram – Facebook

Celic Boston Punks DROPKICK MURPHYS Honor The Late Great Folk Hero WOODY GUTHRIE

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19 September 2022

American/Celtic punks DROPKICK MURPHYS have their 11th album, named
THIS GUITAR STILL KILLS FASCISTS out on 30 September. The LP accentuates
the sharp-cutting lyrics of the late great and heavily influential (ask Bob Dylan)
American folk hero Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).

Ahead of the release, the Murphys share another massive chant,
titled ALL YOU FONIES. A loud and proud workers’ anthem.

All you Phonies
Bound to lose
All you Phonies
Bound to lose
All you Phonies bound to lose, lose, lose


DROPKICK MURPHIES: Facebook – Instagram

Concrete Hardcore Trio SHOW ME THE BODY Came To Play Their Big Bang Way

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15 September 2022

(Photo via Loma Vista Recordings)

Who: Hardcore punks from NYC
Active: Since 2009
Albums (so far): Body War (2015) and Dog Whistle (2019)

Release: 28 October 2022 – pre-order info via Loma Vista

“Trouble the Water’ is the culmination of nearly a decade of barrelling against
New York City’s structural ambivalence and indifference; an invocation to a like-
minded global community to consider the alchemy of family-building, and of
turning water to blood.”


About: “Although the title invokes the ancient alchemy Moses wielded to free and unite
Israelite peoples, ‘Trouble The Water’ refuses nostalgia or mimicry. Instead, it considers
the sublime power of the unifying physical practices that can be enacted daily, to invoke immeasurable spiritual and collective reactions.

Buoyed by moments of stinging stillness and compulsive, almost optimistic, malfunctioning rhythms, the work is literally a conjuration to dance, and move. If we are really living through the end of the world, maybe every movement we make, no matter how slight, is actually boundless and radical.”

SMTB definitely came to play
in their big bang way.


Now let’s have some fun…

SMTB: Facebook – Instagram

MISTY COAST – Back To The Future With New Shoegaze Rainbow’THE END OF THE BEGINNING’

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15 September 2022

PPhoto by Arne Frøkedal

Who: Chamber psych-pop duo – Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust – from Norway
that conjures mental images of celestial bodies, kaleidoscopic bliss and mountain streams flowing into fjords. They already have two albums under their belt. Their self-titled debut (2017), Melodaze (2019) and When I Fall From The Sky.


“The End of the Beginning is a nostalgia trip, where we reminisce back to a time when it was okay to be naive and live in the present – for better or worse. We have drawn inspiration from music that has left a clear mark on us from early adolescence, from a whirlwind of memories and fantasies that both feel so enormously close and which, fortunately, have long since passed.”

TUTV: For this new piece Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust‘s minds went down
memory lane to get inspired artistically by their musical preferences of their
adolescent years.

They took notes and came back to cement the experiences of those bygone
times for the future in a song. The End Of The Beginning is a shoegaze rainbow,
but one that’s sepia colored. The mood overall is blue-sky, idyllic, and halcyon.
So is the musing’s slo-mo progression, Frøkedal‘s foggy vocals, and the glowing
synth waves. A beauty to embrace.

Start dreaming here.

MISTY COAST: Facebook – Spotify

British Popsters THE BIG MOON Share Second Track From Fortcoming Album – Hear ‘TROUBLE’ Here

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11 September 2022

Who: Female dream-pop quartet from London  

New album: HERE’S EVERYTHING – their 3rd
Out: 14 October 2022 – pre-order info here

Juliette Jackson (voice/songwriter) about the album: “So much of the album I wrote
while I was pregnant and basically just wondering what the hell this was going to be like.
When I listen to it now, I can hear myself saying all these things and having all these anxieties. Those songs are a bit more floaty and just thinking about things and the songs I wrote after are more like the reality of extreme highs and extreme lows and the whole hormonal madness.”

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

First single Wide Eyes made me smile last July. And here’s taster #2 called TROUBLE.

Juliette Jackson : “Trouble is about remembering walking over the railway bridge to the hospital to give birth,” Juliette Jackson explains. “This is a bridge I cross every day, but somehow in my memory on that day it’s like a bridge over a canyon in a technicolour Wizard of Oz jungle landscape. Like giant leaves and blurry edges and oversaturated colours. But it’s just a pissy graffiti-covered South London pedestrian bridge. And it’s about learning that memories aren’t always right, and you don’t have to hang on to them and be traumatised by them forever.”

Enjoy the vibrant vibe here.

THE BIG MOON: Facebook – Instagram

Enchanting GUISE Harmonies Shine On New Single ‘THE BOY AND THE THIEF’

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9 September 2022

Who: British pop/folk combo feat. Jess Guise (vox/guitar/songwriter),
Laura Hanna
, (co-vocalist), Titas Halder (bassist), Keith Barry (drums)

Guise released their alluring debut album Youngest Daughter last April
(stream/buy below via Bandcamp). A fully sonant record with 13 emotive
pop-folk-country sparks, from moody to moony, from dreamy to chirpy.

Vinyl format now available – order here

They just released opening track THE BOY AND THE THIEF
as their new single, accompanied by a live-ly video clip.

Jess Guise about the track: “Sometimes writing a song is like carving a sculpture or fishing by the side of a very still lake, but sometimes it’s just like being given a present that you have to unwrap really quickly before it disappears. This was the latter; it started forming in my head on a long walk home one day and I had to run home to get it written before I forgot it. It’s about a friend of mine who was having no luck in love, and how we both consistently made terrible choices… The video is a tongue in cheek tour video aiming to capture the spirit of friendship, adventure and honesty that’s behind the band.”

Frisky and enchanting harmonies shine on The Boy And The Thief
(actually, the voices are the stars all over the album). Like two singing
nightingales enjoying their flight up high in the sky.


Stream/buy the debut album here.

GUISE: Facebook – Instagram

BETH ORTON Invited Some Guests For Her New Single ‘FRACTALS’

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10 September 2022

Born Elizabeth Caroline Orton 51 years ago in Norwich, UK
Active: Since 1993 – 7 LPs, new one included

Release: 23 September 2022 – pre-order info here.

Orton: “Through the writing of these songs and the making of this music, I found my way back to the world around me – a way to reach nature and the people I love and care about. This record is a sensory exploration that allowed for a connection to a consciousness that I was searching for. Through the resonance of sound and a beaten up old piano I bought in Camden Market while living in a city I had no intention of staying in, I found acceptance and a way of healing.”

She already shared 3 tracks of the 8 on the record. And here’s number 4 featuring the saxophone-player from Alabaster dePlume, Tom Skinner, Shahzard Ismaily, and Tom Herbert.

FRACTALS is a pretty funky piano-driven
piece with Orton‘s delightful voice upfront.


All 4 shared tracks via Spotify

BETH ORTON: Facebook – All Albums

BJÖRK Released First Single From Upcoming Album – Listen To The Hobos Filled ‘ATOPOS’ Here

9 September 2022

In a recent interview with British newspaper The Guardian fairy-tale superstar
BJÖRK revealed that her new album will land in the Fall and is named FOSSORA.

The Iceland celebrity describes the new album as a look at normal daily life.

“Let’s see what it’s like when you walk into this fantasy and, you know, have
a lunch and farrrrt and do normal things, like meet your friends.”

And here’s the first single, titled ATOPOS.

A vintage twist-and-turn Björk creation
with lots of hobos bouncing around.

BJÖRK: Facebook – Instagram