Baroque pop five-piece Fanfarlo return with their first output in 18 months, setting their sights firmly on the mainstream with the four track EP The Sea. Theatrical opener A Distance is a technicolour disco jam laced with howling sax and arpeggiating synth lines. Like the last Metronomy record, The English Riviera, it takes a knowing glance over its shoulder to early eighties chart life. We spend 30 seconds with them as they gear up to release their third studio album to find out how their sound has evolved.
Ambitious Southport synth-poppers Seattle Yacht Club may be newcomers but their music carries a purpose and determination beyond their years. They sculpt their infectious sound from a blend of synths, guitar hooks and tight harmonies learned from their love of alt-pop and classic songwriting. Yet to release an album, their latest single Same Old Questions has already bagged them kudos from BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson. We talk to the pair to find out what more's in store...
We've put together a showreel of some of our favourite sessions and interviews we've done over the past few months, including PINS, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Tropics, Nadine Shah, Fuse ODG and Coves.
These days singer songwriter Karen Lousie Barrow is better known as Scarlette Fever, purveyor of classic pop tunes as catchy as her namesake. Since emerging in 2011, Scarlette has built a solid live following in both the UK and US and has enjoyed a BBC Radio 2 playlist hat-trick for her last three singles. Not bad for an artist yet to release her debut album... We caught up with her to learn what makes her tick.
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Elusive trio London Grammar are ahead of the pack when it comes to delivering credible pop tunes with that serious playback factor. Akin to 2013’s breakthrough acts AlunaGeorge, John Newman and Disclosure, their music feels authentic, individual and very now. Hitting the sweet spot between The xx, Florence Welch and Jessie Ware, they caught the charts off-guard earlier this month with their debut album If You Wait. It became the week’s second highest new entry, going in at number two and further raising the band’s stock.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of Kim Wilde’s 1988 album Close - and to celebrate Universal Music has released a deluxe re-mastered edition. With a UK tour planned for later this month, Russell Iliffe takes a retrospective look at the eighties icon.
It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. And, although it's almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered, he's still managed to subvert pop’s natural order with a string of innovative releases.