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UK Artist of the Week: Leopold and His Fiction

We’re in Austin, Texas for this week’s Artist of The Week and we hope you’re holding onto your hats. Raucous rockers Leopold and His Fiction recently shared the video for their blues-infused new single “It’s How I Feel”—and we can’t get enough.

Channelling the likes of Iggy Pop and The Raconteurs, Leopold and His Fiction combine elements of classic and blues rock creating a sound that takes no prisoners. Their latest single “It’s How I Feel” is no exception, as frontman and guitarist Daniel Leopold’s distinctively powerful vocal soars with sass over the electrifying musicality.

The video for the single is equally mesmerising, as we see Daniel jumping around in quite the Iggy-esque manner with a backing band of muppet-inspired puppets rocking out in the background. Awesome.

You can check out Leopold and His Fiction’s latest single and more on their latest album Darling Destroyer.

“It’s How I Feel” is in stores now via Big Indie Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Fox Stevenson

We’re going back to our pop-punk roots for today’s AOTW and we will not apologise. Fox Stevenson has been on the music scene for a while now and is usually known for his roles as DJ and producer in the drum and bass world. His latest cut “Lava’ is a little different however, and we think the change of pace may have done him the world of good.

Fox Stevenson—aka Stanley Stevenson-Byrne—is a Leeds-based multi-instrumentalist who is making his own rules and we’re so here for it. “Lava” is an infectious slice of alt-pop goodness that you are bound to have playing on repeat for the rest of the day.

Stevenson combines elements of pop, punk, and electronica creating a sound that is full to the brim with colour and oozing with tenacity. So, what are you waiting for? Crank this one up loud and shake those weekend hangovers away.

“Lava” is out now via AntiFragile Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: Ralph of London

Ah, the Britpop era—those were they days hey? Well fear not because it may well be having a resurgence if this week’s Artist of the Week is anything to go by. Please make way for Ralph of London and their infectious new single “Dotty,” out now!

Combining all the best elements of Britpop, alt-rock, and indie, Ralph of London’s “Dotty” is a fun-filled slice of British rock that just keeps on giving. Lead singer Ralph’s distinctive vocal style is easily reminiscent of the likes of Damon Albarn but it also has a slight tinge of Kurt Cobain to it, which we find equally pleasing to the ear.

The single also comes with a rather humorous video where we see “a king falling in love with somebody completely unattainable and being driven to madness under the shadow of a fading illusion,” the band explain. Intriguing stuff.

Despite their heavily British sound, Ralph of London are currently based in the north of France no less! Together, the group creates unconventional soundscapes that are both tongue-in-cheek and politically forward-thinking.

“Dotty,” taken from Ralph of London’s latest album The Potato Kingdom, is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Codex

Immerse yourselves in innovative electronic duo Codex’s hypnotic new single “Airport,” out now.

Combining woozy synths with off-kilter drum beats and Shahriar Parast’s stunningly celestial vocals, Codex prove they are certainly ones to watch. Breathy electronics carry the song throughout as both Shahriar and Adam Mayer’s impressive production styles soar. Fans of Caribou and Bonobo will feel at home here.

The duo met at the tender age of eleven and have continued to hone their craft ever since. Now based in Manchester, it seems there are no limits for this dynamic duo and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

“Airport” is in stores now.

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Needle Drop: The Frisbys, “The Wicked Mind” EP

We first featured alt-folk six-piece The Frisbys way back in 2015 and they seem to have gone from strength to strength ever since. They recently released their vibrant new EP “My Wicked Mind” and it is oozing with poignant lyrics, hook laden melodies, and captivating harmonies throughout.

Opening with their infectious single “I Heard,” this feels like the perfect introduction to the EP from the group. It’s fun, it’s upbeat, and allows sisters Helen and Nicola Frisby’s enchanting harmonies to take centre stage—with help form the rest of their extremely talented band of course.

The EP then takes a slightly more sombre tone and the sisters’ haunting harmonies are joined by Sal Palekar’s intricately delicate piano playing, creating a sound that is undeniably mesmerising and full of emotion. The pace then picks up again for a personal favourite of ours, previously released single, “Gretna.” This feels more akin to The Frisbys’ earlier work and also reminds us of the likes of The Lumineers’ ability to pen infectious alt-folk melodies that are bound to warm your heart. Sam Keer’s electric guitar solo is rather impressive also.

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UK Artist of the Week: CASSICUS

Electro-pop newcomer CASSICUS is bringing the sound of summer to us with his vibrant debut single “Torn,” out now.

CASSICUS—the moniker of songwriter / producer Ben Scott—has made his solo debut with the release of the celestial delight that is “Torn” and we can’t get enough. Ben’s velvet-like vocal soars over the synth-heavy musicality creating a sound similar to LANY or Twin Shadow as a result.

Ben seems to be a man of many talents as he’s also played and recorded drums for musical greats such as Ed Sheeran and Tom Walker over the past ten years. Now, he steps out on his own with “Torn” and we’re pretty sure this won’t be that last we’re hearing of CASSISUS in his own right.

“Torn” is in stores now.

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Needle Drop: Right
Said Fred, “Good Times Everybody” EP

That’s right, everyone’s favourite classic pop act Right Said Fred are back with a brand new EP, “Good Times Everybody,” and it’s bound to put a smile on your face.

Kicking off with the hugely infectious title track, the single reminds us that even in these particularly tough times, things will get better and we have to remember the Good Times. It’s probably the most Right Said Fred-esque track on the EP, filled with hook-laden melodies and relatable, sing-along lyrics that you just know will get the crowd going when the boys are eventually allowed back on the road. The EP also features a rather lovely stripped down version of the single, allowing Richard Fairbarss’ distinctive baritone vocal to soar and Fred Fairbrass’ impressive guitar skills to shine.

Next up is the poignant new single “Tide,” a song written about time passing and remembering to count your blessings—a message that seems to resonate throughout the EP. Richard’s warm tone is particularly impressive on this one—check out the low notes in the chorus! Completing the EP is a live version of their previously released single “Lap Dance Junkie” from Right Said Fred’s Fredhead album released in 2001. Its lyrics are fun, tongue-in-cheek, and observational—just the way we know and love the boys. Long live Right Said Fred!

“Good Times Everybody” is in stores now.

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TVD Premiere: KTG, “Matches”

We’ve been keeping our beady eyes on KTG—the moniker for Katie Gallagher—ever since we first featured her back in September of last year and its safe to say she’s gone from strength to strength ever since. We are extremely pleased to premiere her brand new single “Matches” today and it’s an absolute bop!

Combining sparkling synths with infectious melodies and Katie’s distinctively pop-infused vocals taking centre stage, “Matches” is a song that will be stuck in your head for days—for all the right reasons. Fans of the likes of KT Tunstall and Orla Gartland will feel at home here.

Talking about the single, Katie explains, “’Matches’ is a fun track about a typical night out when you allow yourself to let go and just enjoy yourself! I’m so proud of this track and can’t wait for the lockdown to lift and dance the night away when safe to do so!” (Us too!)

“Matches” is in stores 3rd July 2020 via Beardfire Music.

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UK Artist of the Week:
J. Juva

We’ve got something a little different for you this week and we hope you will appreciate its calming effects as much as we do. Rising electronic producer J. Juva—aka Joel Neale—is an innovative new artist who creates ambient electronic music that is perfect for these trying days.

We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not uniquely dialed into the very latest happenings in the electronic world, but J. Juva’s latest single “Miasma” is making us sit up and take note. Mixing lo-fi synths with charming melodies and analogue experimentation, “Miasma” evokes a cocktail of sounds from the offset that are bound to perk your ears up instantly. Fans of Four Tet and Mount Kimbie will feel at home here.

Joel may have some very strong production talent, but he’s also a professional guitarist for indie rock group Saltwater Sun—talk about keeping yourself busy in lockdown! J. Juva is obviously worlds apart from the rock world but you can hear the gentle guitar strumming on “Miasma” creeping in, making the song stand out from the norm even more.

“Miasma” is taken from J. Juva’s upcoming EP “Protozoa,” due in stores on 24th July 2020.

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UK Artist of the Week: Nuala

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the year already, considering we’ve been stuck in lockdown for most if it, but here we are. Summer is very much upon us and to celebrate, we thought we’d treat you to a cheeky bit of reggae-infused pop to mark the occasion. Singer-songwriter Nuala’s new single “Stuck In the Middle” is out now.

Combining soul, reggae, and pop sensibilities, Nuala’s latest single is already giving us that Friday feeling—and it’s only Tuesday! Nuala’s smooth, sultry vocal tone is distinctively strong throughout, reminding us of the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and even a bit of Hayley Williams as a result.

Nuala may look young, but her voice fuses vintage twangs with more contemporary tones creating a sound that is undeniably infectious—and we just love it.

“Split Down The Middle” is taken from Nuala’s forthcoming EP “Me&Me,” in stores later this year.

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TVD Premiere: The Good Manners, “High Roller”

We’re extremely excited today to be premiering funk-soul duo The Good Manners’ latest single “High Roller,” and bloomin’ funky it is!

Channelling the likes of of Vulfpeck and Sly & The Family Stone, “High Roller” is a fun-filled, funky delight that is oozing with style and sass. Marcos Gonzales’ distinctively sultry vocals invoke a smooth R&B sensibility, making “High Roller” all the more addictive in our books.

Talking about the single, The Good Manners had this to say, “We didn’t have any instruments when we started this song, usually we have a guitar or a keyboard but we only had a laptop. We started playing around with new sounds and samples we otherwise wouldn’t have used, that’s where the vinyl sample drums and the distorted clavinet came from.”

“High Roller” is taken from The Good Manners’ debut EP “Godspeed” which is in stores on 17th July 2020. If “High Roller” is anything to go by, we’re in for a right treat.

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UK Artist of the Week: AKA George

What happens when you cover Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” online? Well, if you’re AKA George—the moniker of London based artist George Barnett—you gain 10 millions views on YouTube and then Pharrell Williams slides into your DMs to congratulate you. It sounds mad, we know, but that is exactly what happened to George, and now he’s back with his visceral new single “i want you,” in stores now.

Channelling the likes of Billie Eilish, George’s latest cut combines dark-pop sensibilities with ASMR sounds in order to create his hugely innovative style. “i want you” is probably the the most electro-pop inspired track that George has released so far, with all his previous singles veering more towards the pop-rock persuasion, which is definitely not a bad thing.

If anything, this change of musical pace proves that AKA George refuses to be pigeon-holed and is open to anything. Who knows what direction he’ll take next?

“i want you” is in stores now via AntiFragile Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: Lauran Beth

PHOTO: DANNI FROTO | We’ve made our way to Offaly in Ireland for this week’s AOTW—not literally though, obviously. Lauran Beth’s latest single “11 Years” is a poignantly infectious slice of indie-pop with an important message—and we can’t get enough.

Lauran may have been born without her left hand but that certainly hasn’t stopped her from creating energetic, passionate indie-pop, and we’re so here for it. Her latest cut “11 Years” channels the likes of KT Tunstall and Orla Gartland as Lauran’s rich, powerful vocals soar over the fast-paced musicality perfectly.

The single also evokes an important message about climate change and society’s ignorance toward it. There’s a lot going on in the news right now and it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but we must not forget that global warming is still very much a major issue and we all need to come together, now more than ever, in order to change the future, for all of us.

“11 Years” is in stores now.

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TVD Video Premiere: Moviestar, “Waste of Space”

Those quirky aliens are back, and once again they have an important message to impart. We at TVD are extremely pleased to premiere the brand new single and video from intergalactic archeologists Moviestar. “Waste of Space” is out everywhere tomorrow, along with their sophomore album The Curse and the Currency of the Twenty-First Century.

Channeling the likes of The Kills and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Moviestar have gone back to their punk-infused roots on their latest single. Combining distorted guitars, pulsating drum beats, and Infinity Vik’s dynamic lead vocal, Moviestar once again prove that they mean business. The video is equally vibrant, filled with psychedelic colours and the band’s dramatic facial expressions making the whole viewing experience highly entertaining—as well as powerful.

Talking about the single, the band explain, “‘Waste of Space’ is a rockin’ tongue-in-cheek song about the shortcomings we all perceive ourselves having. Being trapped in a mortal vehicle, our bodies, we search and seek out adventures that defy that very reality. We ought to drain the time we have and make the most out of it. All people are beautiful and we must dance, sing and make love. Moviestar continues its quest of saving the world with Rock n Roll.”

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UK Artist of the Week: Pace

As the world continues to deal with a global pandemic, it’s not really any surprise that we could all do with a bit of solidarity and positivity in these uncertain times. Indie-pop quartet Pace bring just that with their infectious new single “Strange Secrets.”

It’s never fun when you have to confront someone, but sometimes it has to be done and you’ll feel so much better for doing so afterwards. That’s exactly what Pace are so sweetly singing about on their latest single. “Strange Secrets” combines the quartet’s stunning harmonies with twinkling synths and uplifting guitar tones in order to create something that is both playful and poignant.

The single was co-written by The Vaccines’ Justin Long, which explains a lot, cos “Strange Secrets” certainly has the same indie-pop charm that The Vaccines so regularly evoke. Great teamwork guys!

“Strange Secrets” is in stores now.

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