Formed in Leeds in 2015, KOYO have fast become a major factor in the city’s burgeoning music scene. Tagged with the prog rock label, they are in fact proficient, reflective and utterly self-effacing, a far cry from the cape-wearing and wizard-hatted indulgence of your traditional progressive musicians. True, some of their songs are longer and they are well schooled in music – literally. But KOYO wear their versatility and charm very lightly indeed.
Columbia Mills was a building based on Dublin’s Quays. In the early 90s the building became a mecca for the illegal rave scene bringing people together from all walks of life and all musical tastes. It was all about inclusion, something Columbia Mills believe very strongly in.
Following a string of critically acclaimed singles, Sam Fender has revealed a brand new video for his latest track ‘Millennial’.
Indoor Pets – aka the band formerly known as Get Inuit, who’ve given us such gems as ‘All My Friends’ and ‘Teriyaki’ – are back with a brand new track!
Vök are an electronic dream-pop band based in Reykjavík. The band first gained recognition within months of forming when they won Iceland’s prestigious Músíktilraunir (‘Music Experiments’), a battle of the bands contest where past alumni winners include Mammút, Of Monsters And Men, and Samaris. Their triumph soon led to the recording and release of their debut EP Tension to a slew of positive and glowing reviews.
Sam Fender burst on to the scene with debut single ‘Play God’ in March 2017 and was hailed as one of Annie Mac’s New Names on Radio 1. Sam’s grit and fresh lyrical take on modern society stand him out from a busy genre and display an insight beyond his years.
Estrons have shared the video for blistering new single ‘Glasgow Kisses’. The gritty, washed-out visuals, shot on original Kodak VISION3 200T Color Super 8mm film, bring the barbed lyrics and jagged guitars to life.
There’s a storm brewing over this year and in its eye is where you’ll find Trudy and the Romance, concocting a veritable witch’s brew of lovelorn sea shanties and mutant rockabilly pop for all the doo-wop digging rockers who thought these isles would never be hip and happening again.
Hundreds of entries later, we have a winner. Caleb Kunle, a 25-year-old musician from Ireland has triumphed in the Thatchers Haze x NME ‘Emerging Artist Project’.
23 year-old Londoner Freya Ridings released her debut single ‘Blackout’ in May 2017. Produced by Rich Costey, it has flown past 1m Spotify streams. Her latest single, ‘Maps’ (a breathtaking version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs original song) is already proving to do the same as word begins to spread of this young talent.