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LABEL RELEASE: Highly Curated - Volume One

For 2020 we have started a new series of compilations called 'Highly Curated', these collections are slightly more concise than our usual compilations, which should give us the ability to release fresh tracks more frequently. The tracks we include on the Highly Curated series are considered by us to be the best of the best new material we have had the pleasure to listen to in recent weeks.

As always, all we ask is that you listen, then check out the individual acts and support their releases if you like them. Please also help by sharing your favourite tracks - spread the word!

The first volume of the series is now available to download/stream from all the main online platforms including:

Bandcamp  |  Spotify  |  Apple Music  |   Amazon Music  |

Here's the tracklisting for Highly Curated - Volume One:
01  Salty Greyhound - Dog's Mouth 02  Elucidate - Panic Room 03  Oh! You Pretty Things - This One's To You 04  Frozen Fountain - More Weight 05  Alkanes - Death Or Gl…
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TODAY'S LISTENING: Deserto Polar - À Deriva

A spectacular tune for you today from Brazil's Deserto Polar, the instrumental is called À Deriva and it is elegance personified. We love it, there's something rather joyous about how it flows.

Deserto Polar by Deserto Polar

TODAY'S LISTENING: Mully & Sculder - The Moon

This is The Moon by Mully & Sculder, it starts with a great bassline and develops into quite a swanky tune, with a great atmosphere. The song explores the feelings of alienation, isolation, and disconnection; within ourselves and with those around us; that can occur after going through a major life change while living in a technologically advanced society. With moody vocals, textural details and a sophisticated delivery, it is smashing stuff. Enjoy!

The Moon by Mully & Sculder

IN CONVERSATION: Green Blanket

IN CONVERSATION WITH:
GREEN BLANKET
With Boomer Kara Cake and Max ‘Ming’ answering the questions..

Please introduce yourselves... 

We are Green Blanket and we come from the land down under specifically the Geelong/Surfcoast region. There are four members during role call and we have know each other most of our lives. The band formed about 4 years ago in a bedroom one winters evening.
How would you describe your music?  "Transformative and unforgiving" Long, loud, sometimes quiet, scattered and contained. Best of all it’s ours, to keep, to take care of, to discard, to love or get immersed in.


Why are you called Green Blanket?
Everybody needs a blanket to hide under, to keep you warm, to feel safe in or to wear as a cape....ours is green. It’s a juvenile antidote but I can guarantee whatever you think it means you are most likely incorrect!



Tell us about the creative process surrounding your releases?
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TODAY'S LISTENING: Supercrack - Saturn Jacket

Today we have a song written by Oxford's Supercrack specifically for when you are driving along the M25, M40 and A41, between the hours of 11pm and 4am. The track is called Saturn Jacket and it is nicely brooding and atmospheric. Give it a spin!

TODAY'S LISTENING: Bones In Butter - The Impostor

From Serbia we have Bones In Butter with The Imposter, an upbeat tune with some hilarious lyrics including "You are as mad as a box of frogs" and "I wish Godzilla squashed your face".

Bones in Butter is Milutin Krašević, last man standing among a group of fellow musicians who shared a common vision to blend beautiful melodies and harmonies with the darkness and thoughtfulness of the Post-Punk era into a unique style.

Why the delicate anger in the words? Well, he once founded a band, had some moderate success with it, played a few shows and even recorded a CD. Exactly zero copies of it were sold. Not sure if that is the reason, but we've all been there!

The Impostor by Bones In Butter

TODAY'S LISTENING: Brighton Strangler - Paper Cuts

Here's another super cut (ha!) from Brighton Strangler's album Dancing Outrageous, the song is Paper Cuts and it sounds like somebody probably needs some pain relief at hand. Ouch!

Dancing Outrageous by Brighton Strangler

TODAY'S LISTENING: Omar Raafat - Hourglass

A classy instrumental for you today from Canada's Omar Raafat, the track is called Hourglass and is taken from his new album A Way Home and features piano, guitar, strings and synths. Beautiful and elegant, sit back, relax and enjoy.




TODAY'S LISTENING: Abby Reed - Maybe It's Me

We like a big, dramatic song and Maybe It's Me by artist, writer, engineer and producer, Abby Reed certainly meets that criteria, a powerful vocal with stripped-back piano backing. Smashing! Some of her darker, more experimental tracks show great promise as well. Have a listen.



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TODAY'S LISTENING: Touboura - Odysseus!!!

Here's some wonderfully experimental electronica from Touboura called Odysseus!!! The video was shot at west marine Greece, where oil drilling is now being planned to take place. Touboura is supporting a petition to stop this happening. Please follow the links, if you would like to sign the petition.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Bygone Summers - Burnout

Lovely experimental noise alert! This is Bygone Summers with their new track Burnout, one of those tracks where it is certainly worth waiting around to hear the conclusion. The video should also keep you entertained - filmed over the course of just under two years, it was created by rediscovering and compiling the band's favorite memories with people who have left the strongest impacts on their lives. Prepare your ears for Burnout!

TODAY'S LISTENING: Funeral DJ's - Kiss of Death

From Colorado, this is Funeral DJ's with Kiss Of Death, a winning combination of dance and darkness with sumptuous synths and a noirish vocal. Like dancing on the grave of the 90s clubland scene.

Kiss of Death by Funeral DJ's

TODAY'S LISTENING: Greams - Nightmares

Today we have Greams with a fun, high-energy, electro tune called Nightmares. Greams is the alias of Amsterdam-based, Rome-born electronic music artist Lorenzo G. Please do dance along to the accompanying video, it is highly amusing.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Monalia - Somebody Else

Today we have a slinky pop tune called Somebody Else from the band, Monalia. The song is about finding yourself and the person you always thought you would be. When you wake up, realizing you have lost yourself on the way, and find that you are trapped in a prison of life limitations that you have created for yourself.
Monalia are a Norwegian indie-band with a characteristic dreamy and melancholic style. Their songs stretch from the dark and mystical, to the dreamy and melodic, inspired by the everyday joys and struggles we face as human beings. They call their unique style of music "mountain surf", an alternative rock genre influenced by the Norwegian nature, as well as music spanning the 1960s to 1990s.

Somebody Else is a classy tune, well produced with that wonderful Scandi freshness about it - have a listen!
<a href="http://monalia.bandcamp.com/track/somebody-else">Somebody Else by Monalia</a>


TODAY'S LISTENING: Truth In Space - New Space Now!

Regular favourites on this blog, Truth In Space, have a fresh track out called New Space Now! - they describe it as "a nice tune that feels quite cosy and woozy, with an element of inter-dimensional exploration". Go on, fire it up and take it for a quick whirl.

New Space Now! by Truth In Space

TODAY'S LISTENING: Nora Self - To Remind Me

More electro-pop for you all today, we have the latest video for To Remind Me by Brazil's Nora Self. The song is about the passing of time, the meaning of life and the urgency for social change. To Nora, these three things are deeply intertwined.

Nora Self is a DIY pop singer and video artist. She began writing songs in 2012. Her music is a peculiar blend of electronic rock, goth aesthetics and female pop, with a bend towards a revolutionary vision. She believes social change is inevitable, and it will certainly require a really cool soundtrack.




TODAY'S LISTENING: Zariah - Only One

We were rather impressed by the maturity in the production on this song for someone obviously just starting out in the industry. It is pop with a slightly dark edge, the track is called Only One and comes from Australia's Zariah. Apparently Zariah has been writing ideas for her songs since was 10, that's something we always like to hear and this single showsher time has not been wasted. Give it a spin.

only one by zariah

TODAY'S LISTENING: DJ Tr!p - I Kill For You

We have some banging electronic music for you today in the form of DJ Tr!p with I Kill For You. The tune is a wonderful blend of styles, combining middle eastern sounds with bombastic percussion and satanic undertones. The video is quite eerie and fits the music really well. Available from Bandcamp etc - turn off the lights, turn it up and enjoy!

TODAY'S LISTENING: The Randys - The Charlatan

Today we have The Randys with The Charlatan, taken from their For All the Little Birds EP, it is a fairly straightforward alt-rock tune but the powerful vocal performance really makes it shine. A great production.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Easy Jane - Destiny

We have a new release all the way from Belgium for you today, the single is called Destiny and it is by Easy Jane who describe themselves as "Belgian rock tainted with Middle East vibes". The track is taken from the album Manic Mood which was recorded in Beirut with all tracks composed and developed by a single Belgian member supported by additional Lebanese and Syrian rockers. Delightful and dark, here's the video.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Renay - Inspire Me

Something rather stylish today, this is the video for Renay's single Inspire Me. Based in San Francisco, Renay is a pop artist, singer-songwriter, producer/engineer with Bolivian/Dutch roots. The single is a slick slice of pure electro-pop and the accompanying visuals are just gorgeous. Be inspired!

TODAY'S LISTENING: Christian Stokkmo & Bent Roads Tavern - Sweet Mirona

There's a rather touching backstory to this release by Christian Stokkmo & Bent Roads Tavern. The band formed in 2001 as a seven-piece college rock act in Vancouver and were active in the bar/college scene from 2001 to 2003. Since that time, the band fragmented and reformed in different configurations and under different names.

Sadly, last year, one of the founding members of the band, Christian Stokkmo, passed away. As a tribute to their brother-in-arms and more than 16 years after they last played together, the original surviving members of the band reformed to record Sweet Mirona, a previously unreleased single written by Christian. The single is accompanied by a rather poignant video. Well done to the band for coming together to record this wonderful tribute, music is the best therapy.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Cars On Mars - Summer

Here's a song dedicated to all those people trying to reach better shores - the track is called Summer and it is by Italy's Cars On Mars. It is a bright number with a solid groove and an excellent video. Lovely artwork, too. Not bad for their first single. Enjoy!  

TODAY'S LISTENING: Cow - Happy Birthday

A special track to celebrate the day, this one will lure you in and then stab you in the ears, it is Happy Birthday by Liverpool's Cow. Apparently the song was written after the storm of a breakup. It is an ace track, full of emotion and noise, taken from their All My Friends Are Dead To Me EP. Spin it!

TODAY'S LISTENING: Yellow Dudes - Parking Spot

Today we have some rather jangly, old school indie for you, originating from Mexico this is Yellow Dudes with Parking Spot. It should have you spinning around the room a bit, make sure you check out their full EP.

Parking Spot EP by Yellow Dudes

TODAY'S LISTENING: Elucidate - Panic Room

We have been really impressed with the Reading-based band Elucidate since hearing some of their tracks last year, Panic Room is their latest cut and it shows a real maturity in their songwriting.

Panic Room was inspired by the feeling of not being sure that you’re making the right decision and feeling like the safest option is to just give up rather than power through. The band wanted to write something that resonated with all those people who don’t feel like they can do it or want to give up.

Elucidate are one of those emerging young bands who are already creating music which excites us, there's always an underlying quality to their recordings and we will certainly be championing them if they carry on in the same manner. Enjoy!

TODAY'S LISTENING: Abi - Nealy's Room

We love receiving music which defies genres and Nealy's Room by Abi certainly impressed us with its experimental approach. Apparently Abi wrote it shortly after meeting a beautiful strawberry blonde haired woman who melted her while gently waiving an incense stick back and forth in front of her face. The song is quite mesmerising, it is a pity not more songs come from such amusing backstories. Enjoy this one.

Wear a Hat Night Mixtape by Abi

TODAY'S LISTENING: Become The Sky - Pictures

Liverpool's Become The Sky return with a gorgeous new track called Pictures, once again Anne Marie Howard's intimate vocal is beautifully performed and the instrumentation is an understated joy. We are certainly looking forward to hearing more over the coming months.

Pictures by Become The Sky

TODAY'S LISTENING: One Year Dive - In This World

Here's some offbeat electro-pop for you from Israel's One Year Dive with In This World. Taken from the forthcoming album 'One Year Dive', the song is fairly simplistic in its approach (a great example of 'less is more') but with some nice shadows of menace in the sound, we really like the vocal. Graceful and elegant, just like us.

One Year Dive is Ran Jurgenson, a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and video artist. He is best known for his work as a drummer for cult group "Infectzia", pioneering the Israeli progressive scene, and as an accomplished session drummer.

TODAY'S LISTENING: Alkanes - Death or Glory

Here's a fun video for a top tune by Alkanes called Death Or Glory. Alkanes are a 2 piece alternative rock band hailing from the North of Scotland, they say that "'Death Or Glory' lyrically comes from an emotional place, a sudden realisation that a long term relationship isn't quite as it appears to be and something has to change. Despite the back story, the band wanted to produce a video that had no connection to the story. A chance to loosen up and have fun with some friends".

That's the spirit - it certainly works for us!

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