Alyusha (pronounced ‘Ali-usher’) is the progressive vocalist, writer and producer who today shares the first song “Cracks” from her upcoming “Little God” EP.
Born to Japanese & Romanian / Irish parents, Alyusha has a rich musical heritage, which as a producer she combines with her influence of industrial, city sonic landscapes. This combination of influences creates a futuristic and sometimes jarring sound, juxtaposing light and dark with provoking songwriting.
Since her second single "Paradise" with Linden Jay charted at Number 2 on Spotify’s ‘Global Viral Charts’, she’s toured Europe alongside working on new material in the studio, collaborating with other artists and spent some time in Tokyo where she immersed herself and collected sounds from the city. One of the artists that the progressive, classically trained musician collaborated with is Warp’s “ghetto futuristic artist” Gaika where she features on and co-produced “The Deal”.
“Cracks” has a smooth yet experimental interplay between formation and demolition delivered by her soothing vocals, effortlessly malleable in character with a sound that while soul-infused orbits around the fascinatingly cold decaying tones of jarred Hip Hop and a unique R&B hybrid.
Alyusha doubles down the attack with lyrics that tackle emotion and personal subjects with a lawless attitude. Discussing Japanese philosophical ideologies such as ‘wabi sabi (embracing the imperfect) and ‘kintsugi’ (the ancient art form of mending cracks with gold paint in pottery). This symbolises the belief that only something that has been broken has the potential to transform in to becoming something more beautiful.
While lyrically her vocals are lucid and inviting; the grimy production on her first cut of 2018 transfers its tough and unforgiving strength to the listener.
Check out “Cracks” (Listen here) and stay tuned for more from “Little God” EP
One of the country’s most exhilarating new live acts, Louis Berry has announced 10 European dates this May including two intimate album launch shows at Sebright Arms and in his home-town of Liverpool at District.
Louis released his first new music of 2018 in the shape of ‘Stumbling’ last month written and produced by Louis, Marcus Foster and Koz, the Grammy winning Canadian producer (Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar) and showcases Louis’s tremendous vocals. Stumbling is the first taste to be taken from his forthcoming debut album which will be released on Ministry of Sound.. He will also support Liam Gallagher for two shows (Belfast & Dublin) this June, as well as appearing at Live At Leeds in May.
Listen to Stumbling here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poLS-gWqarc
With over 10 million streams and 270 plays on Radio 1, Louis has been tipped by the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam and Huw Stephens as well as The Sunday Times Culture, Evening Standard and Music Week.
Louis and his band spent much of last year on the road honing their craft, playing festivals all over Europe and headline tours throughout the UK. Anyone who has witnessed him live knows his performances are as joyful as they are explosive, breathing an infectious intensity into his passionate songs. Louis and his band play the following dates:
Sat 12th Amsterdam, Upstairs at Paradiso
Mon 14th Belgium, Upstairs at AB Club
Tues 15th Cologne, Blue Shell
Weds 16th Hamburg, Nochtwache
Fri 18th Berlin, Maze
Sat 19th Munich, Kranhalle
Mon 21st Zurich, Werk 21 at Dynamo
Tues 22nd Milan, Dude
Mon 11th London, Sebright Arms
Weds 13th Liverpool, District
Irish Indie rockers Pillow Queens announce new EP 'State of The State'; streaming new single 'Favourite'
Pillow Queens announce new EP ‘State of The State’. Set for release 16th March via Specialist Subject: http://shop.specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk/products/609465
Stream new single ‘Favourite’:
‘State of The State’ is the new EP from queer, all-girl Irish indie rock group Pillow Queens. The four tracks will be released via Bristol-based indie Specialist Subject Records on 16th March. The first taster of the new collection is ‘Favourite’, a maniacal composition about self-delusion, which fizzes with intent and boasts a perfectly potent hook.
Despite the sunny disposition of Pillow Queens’ catchy melodies and rambunctious riffs, the songs found on ‘State of The State’ tend to have a darker undercurrent. Opener ‘Puppets’ is “a song about the frustration of trying to succeed in post-recession Ireland and the effect that has on mental health,” explains vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sarah Corcoran. Elsewhere on the EP, the band muse on emotional highs and lows, the inevitability of anxiety and paranoia.
‘State of The State’ is the product of Pillow Queens’ first year being a band. Their intense year of gigging, touring, and really getting to know each other’s abilities fed into this recording, in contrast to the creation of their delightful debut ‘Calm Girls’ EP, which was recorded just after the band got together.
Producer Peter Ashmore tapped into the wide-reaching references PQ threw at him, which included the likes of Hop Along, Yuck, Weezer, Manchester Orchestra and the Pixies, in order to attain a timeless feel befitting of the beautifully crafted songs. Rachel Lyons (drums/vocals) observes that the EP draws “from all our teenage musical influences which have been chewed up and poured out, PQ style.” The resulting creation is something special and unmistakeably “Pillow Queens”.
The artwork for the EP was brought to life by Nola Mellon and is inspired by the old Fallon’s maths times table book you used to have in primary school.
Pillow Queens are:-
Sarah Corcoran – Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Pamela Connolly – Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Cathy Mc Guinness – Guitar / Vocals
Rachel Lyons – Drums / Vocals
Never Think Of You, the stunning new track from LA based electronic duo Lesser Pieces explores long distance relationships in the digital age. With pitch shifted samples and their signature groove, Never Think Of You builds on previous single Texas with the stirring synths of Mike Slott and a tender vocal performance from vocalist Diane Badie.
“Never Think of You is about long distance relationships, falling in love, and the insecurities and fears that come with that. It’s about the white lies in a dating scene that can make it pretty hard to be yourself. You stay up all night thinking of someone you really like, but you’ll hide those feelings until you can’t breathe.”
Lesser Pieces is the electronic project from Irish multi-dimensional producer Mike Slott and New York-born Egyptian singer-songwriter / composer Diane Badie. It is the culmination of the duo's lauded musical history – a vulnerable yet euphoric statement on modern popular music. Lesser Pieces was spawned from collaborative writing sessions on each of the artist's solo records in Brooklyn – after their first track together “Nightingale” caught the ear of Paul Epworth (Adele, FKA Twigs) who would go on to invite them to work on another project and introduce them to their future producer and close confidant, Patrick Ford (!!!, Tanlines). Written in New York, Dublin, Los Angeles, and London, the beautifully cascading style of Lesser Pieces is a partnership of universal ideals, combining Mike Slott’s eulogized electronic soul – as heard on his releases and roots with LuckyMe – and Diane Badie’s haunting songwriting and siren-esque vocals. With more tracks recorded in recent sessions, 2018 promises to be a big one for Lesser Pieces.
Big news as the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is taking shape. During a press conference in Lisbon, where the upcoming contest will take place, the list of participating countries was released and the slogan and theme artwork was officially unveiled. Drum roll..!
All aboard! for Eurovision 2018
Portugal as a country has always connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean, and 500 years ago Lisbon was the centre of many of the world’s most important sea routes. Today, Lisbon is using the ocean’s connectivity as inspiration with the slogan All Aboard!, inviting you and the international community to come together for this year’s competition.
More about theme and artwork for Lisbon 2018
Lisbon 2018: These countries will participate!
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will see 42 countries participate:
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