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MÚM

On December 23. 1999, roughly a week before the whole world was destroyed by the Y2K problem, Icelandic electronic band múm released Yesterday was Dramatic Today is OK.

On the evening of that day the band stood outside of a shop on the main street of Reykjavík selling the album to rushing christmas shoppers. But it wasn’t until later, when the album got its second release in 2000 and then the subsequent international release in 2001, that the albums ripples began to be felt.

“Sublime and gorgeous” Pitchfork said in their review, calling it “one of the most deeply, purely emotionally affecting albums of the year.” The Guardian called it "passionate and gorged with special talent“ in their 5/5 review. In 2005 the album was performed live in its entirety at the Barbican in London as part of the ATP curated Don’t Look Back series.

This year sees the 20 year anniversary of this innovative and influential album, with a special vinyl release and a short tour to celebrate.

Múm

21 Sep 2019

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£22.50

ORVILLE PECK

Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

Orville Peck

28 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£12.50

GIRLPOOL

The music Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad release as Girlpool occupies a transient space. Their constant evolution makes it perfectly impossible to articulate exactly where their project falls within the contemporary musical canon; this is one of the many reasons Girlpool’s music is so captivating.

Never before has a group’s maturation been so transparently attached to the maturation of its members. This is due in large part to the fact that Girlpool came into existence exactly when Girlpool was supposed to come into existence: at the most prolific stage of the digital revolution. Both online and in the flesh, Tividad and Tucker practice radical openness to the point where it may even engender discomfort; this is exactly the point where it becomes clear why theirs’ is such a special project: they accept the possibility of discomfort—Chaos—and show you how to figure out why you might feel it. This is achieved through their ability to empathize as best friends and partners in creation, with the intention of making music that provokes.

They met in November of 2013, and released their self-titled EP just 3 months later. Both were playing in multiple bands at the time. Harmony was 18. Cleo was 17.

The growth they have fostered in one another over the years explains the project’s disparate discography; each record is a photograph of Girlpool, growing over time. Their roots are a certain shade of punk—organized chaos dressed as earworms. “Where You Sink,” one of the first singles off their upcoming record, What Chaos Is Imaginary, gives you an idea of how much things have changed since 2014.

Girlpool

08 Jul 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

REGGIE WATTS

Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned Musician/Comedian/Writer/Actor who currently stars as the bandleader on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Watts blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy, wowing audiences with performances that are 100% improvised.

Watts’ first Netflix special Spatial released to massive critical acclaim, with the New York Times calling it “a giddy rush of escapist nonsense” and dubbing Watts “the most influential absurdist in comedy today.” The A.V. Club described Spatial as “signature Watts, meaning it’s alternately exhilarating, silly, exhausting and transcendent,” and Exclaim! Magazine called his performance “engaging, absurd, thoughtful and, most importantly, wholly unpredictable.”

As a solo performer, Watts brand of musical/comedy fusion has led to sold out headlining tours in the U.S. and Europe, including festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot, Just For Laughs, Pemberton and more.
In 2010, Watts released his debut comedy special, Why Shit So Crazy? on Comedy Central Records which can currently be found on Netflix. Why Shit So Crazy? featured Watts in live performances at New York venues such as Galapagos, The Bellhouse, and Le Poisson Rouge, bookended with brief sketches and music videos. Later that year, at the invitation of Jack White, Watts recorded Reggie Watts: Live at Third Man Records which was released in limited edition vinyl. In 2012, Watts recorded his second comedy special, Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park, which was released by Comedy Central.

In 2013, Watts launched JASH, a web-based comedy platform on YouTube with fellow comedians Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman and Tim and Eric. As a technology aficionado, Watts lent his musical expertise to the Keezy app, which allows users to create their own music via samples from Watt’s repertoire.

Reggie Watts

15 Jun 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£25

VISIONS

As VISIONS approaches its seventh edition, the Hackney one-dayer has progressively grown each year, adding new venues, spaces and outdoor spots, whilst maintaining a carefully curated and individual approach that has become a firm fixture in the diary for many in the Capital and beyond. Previous consistently sold out years have seen special performances from an internationally acclaimed range of artists including SOPHIE, Young Fathers, The Fat White Family, Idles, Loyle Carner, !!!, Mykki Blanco, Blanck Mass, Jenny Hval, Shame, Holy F*ck, Public Service Broadcasting, Jens Lekman, Poliça, Camera Obscura, ESG, Perfume Genius, The Antlers, Anna Calvi, Lightning Bolt, Andrew WK, Micachu, to name just a few.

VISIONS 2019 is delighted to have White Denim topping the bill – the Texan-rockers released their critically lauded new album this month, and following their headline show at the Roundhouse earlier this year, they’ll return to the UK to play a special set in an intimate setting in order to deliver their consistently excellent live show. Virtuoso talent Anna Meredith is also set to appear, bringing her unique blend of alternative orchestral-pop to the event.

Elsewhere, cult rockers and BBC 6 Music favorites Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs make Visions their exclusive London summer play, following a many months in advance sold-out Scala. Deptford’s Jazz collective Steam Down have been making a splash from nu-jazz blogs to New Yorker full page features, and will touch down in Hackney following a sold out Village Underground show. Dark ambient electronica duo Demdike Stare also make a rare appearance as part of the bill.

VISIONS is thrilled to host some of the best artists from around the world, including Danish punk-rock quartet Iceage who’ll perform songs from their recently released ‘Beyondless’ . From slightly further afield we are delighted to welcome Tuareg desert rock band Imarhan from Algeria. Canadian masked alt-country sensation Orville Peck and Russia’s electronica underground star Kedr kedr Livanskiy will also perform. Joining us from across the channel is Irish lo-fi producer Maria Somerville.

VISIONS will also feature some of the best new local talent on the bill. Hotly tipped UK acts and next big things Squid, Westerman and Black Country, New Road bring their impeccable live performances to the festival, alongside former jazz award winner turned nu-pop star in making Nardeydey. Exciting newcomers Shygirl, Rina Mushonga and otta will complete the first announcement bill

Many more acts and additional aspects of the festival are to be announced in the coming weeks.

And, of course, the now-infamous VISIONS Dog Show will once again return in 2019 - further details to follow.

Focussing on accessibility and highly alternative entertainment, Visions will release early bird tickets today for just £20, with general tickets on sale on Thursday 18th April remaining an affordable £30.00. Tickets are available here.

Visions Festival

03 Aug 2019

White Denim / Anna Meredith / Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs / Iceage / Steam Down / Demdike Stare / Imarhan / Westerman / Oville Peck / Black Country, New Road / Squid / Kedr Livanskiy / Shygirl / Nardeydey / Maria Somerville / Rina Mushonga / Otta

Various venues


London Fields
E8 3RH

3pm

£20 (Early Bird)

ERIN RAE

Gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her new album Putting On Airs (2018, Single Lock Records), Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day. According to Rae, "this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, in order to address some fears and patterns of mine to allow my true feelings to come to the surface."

Recorded in the dead of winter in an old Franciscan monastery on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the isolated environment created the perfect setting for Rae and her bandmates to track these genre-busting songs, using the chapel and other unique spaces within the cavernous building to explore new sonic boundaries, all while continuing to showcase the hypnotic vocals and song-serving restraint that have become her trademark.

Erin Rae

04 Nov 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

Anna of the North

06 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Heaven

Under the Arches, Covent Garden, Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£14.00

HILANG CHILD

Hilang Child is the moniker of Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian musician & songwriter from London. With a few exquisite tracks appearing quietly over the last year or so and praised highly by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine, Hilang Child has also recently collaborated with Lost Horizons (the new project from ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and ex-Dif Juz drummer Richie Thomas), co-writing two songs and joining their live ensemble for upcoming tour dates. Crafting expansive atmospheres in his multi-layered songs and with a debut album entitled Years on Bella Union, Hilang Child is one of our favourite artists on the legendary label.

PAUL THOMAS SAUNDERS

Paul Thomas Saunders released his acclaimed debut album Beautiful Desolation in 2014 when the Sunday Times called it “sensational” and the Evening Standard hailing it “a revelation”. With fans such as Bon Iver, The Staves, The Head & The Heart, Guy Garvey and Lauren Laverne, Paul who now resides in Brighton released his first new material since the album having temporarily put his music career on hold to become a paramedic.

Hilang Child & Paul Thomas Saunder

20 Jun 2019

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
Nw1 1UL

7.30pm

£12.50

MURKAGE DAVE

Leytonstone-born Murkage Dave has found himself at a unique crossroads between musical styles and practices. Obsessed with music, he moved to Manchester under the guise of university, but quickly dropped out and started pursuing whatever he could to anchor his life around his passion, cutting cult garage records and promoting legendary parties.

His debut album ‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ sees him returning home to East London, witnessing the changing landscape and gentrification, and inspiring him to write a set of twelve “folk songs for the culture”. These include existing singles ‘Put You On My Shoulders’, ‘You Always Ring Me When I’m Busy’ and ‘Magic Mission Deja Rinse’, as well as instant fan favourites ‘Keep Up The Bad Work’ and ‘Niggas Need Each Other’.

Written and recorded this year between London, Paris and Berlin, Dave spent the Summer with the sole aim of crafting a timeless LP, holing up in the studio with executive producer Cores and a cast of talented friends including Manga Saint Hilare, Star Slinger, Massappeals, Louis Don Dada, Sam Wise and Scally, all of whom contributed to the impressive collection.

As a singer and songwriter, Dave has crafted a versatile sound, rooted in a youth spent listening to garage and R&B, but also revealing formative years absorbing The Smiths and Joy Division. It’s no surprise that his defiantly British sound is still attracting fans globally, and he’s collaborated with Mike Skinner, Jaykae, Skepta and French producer Hologram Lo, as well as reaching the ears of Pharrell Williams, Young Fathers, Iggy Pop and Beastie Boys member Mike D, all of which have supported the track on their radio shows.

Murkage Dave

18 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£12.50

PUMA BLUE

Puma Blue is the alias of singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Allen, based in London, UK.

Producing the music himself in his bedroom, Jacob has been recognised for his emotive falsetto, gritty lo-fi sound, particular visual aesthetic, as well as R&B, jazz and hip hop influences.
He first gained a following from his 2014 SoundCloud demo 'Only Trying 2 Tell U' and slowly cultivated a cult following from live shows around London & on the internet. His debut EP ‘Swum Baby’ was independently released in June 2017, shortly followed by two stand-alone singles, a re-recorded cut of 'Only Trying 2 Tell U' & live favourite 'Moon Undah Water'. His second EP ‘Blood Loss’ was released in November 2018, a more ambitious, circular body of work consisting of 8 tracks that blend into eachother.

The last year has seen his first shows, sold out, in Japan and South Korea, as well as his first US/Canadian tour.

Live he most often performs with his band, blending watery textures with soulful J Dilla influenced grooves and a vocal likened to Jeff Buckley and Chet Baker. Originally growing from the south-east London music scene, Jacob has frequently collaborated with friends and peers, including Lucy Lu, Biig Piig & Lava La Rue and honed his sound between intimate live shows and late-night producing sessions at home.

He has cited D'Angelo, Radiohead & John Frusciante among his biggest influences.

Puma Blue

30 Oct 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£13

WOOZE

Formed in late 2017 out of the Brixton-based Muddy Yard Collective, WOOZE is the Korean / British duo of Theo Spark and Jamie She.

WETTER

Wetter is a four-member rock band consisting of vocals (Choi Won Bin), guitar (Chae Ji Ho), bass (Jung Hoon) and drum (HJ Jin) that literally aims to make people wetter by working them into a sweaty mess with their high octane rock n roll live show.

The band released their debut single [Who] in November 2016 and immediately captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Since then the band have been incredibly active releasing their first EP [Romance In A Weird World], a string of singles and a follow up EP called [We’ve Lost, What Now?]. The band have been attracting attention, not only for their unique music and high energy shows but also for their artistic photos and music videos.

Following the success of their EPs and Singles the band appeared at many of Korea’s premier music festivals including, Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Grand Mint Festival and Pentaport Rock Festival.

Wooze / Wetter / Pixx (DJ)

14 May 2019

Tamesis Dock

Albert Embankment, Lambeth
London
SE1 7TP

8pm

£8.50

What do you do when you realise you have everything you think you’ve ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart?

On this Faber Social and RFB presented evening, Moby reflects on these questions in a candid and revealing conversation with Miranda Sawyer. Twenty years after his milestone album Play, the iconic musician, DJ, and activist talks about the harrowing temptations that lie at the dark heart of fame. Moby’s shocking and riotous journey is chronicled in the second volume of his extraordinary life story, Then It Fell Apart, published by Faber Social in May.

Their conversation, including an audience Q&A, will include Moby performing an acoustic song or two (please note: this event is not a concert) and a book signing.

Ticket price includes a copy of Then It Fell Apart.

Moby: Then It Fell Apart Book Launch

03 Jun 2019

In conversation with Miranda Sawyer

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£22.50

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2015 in Rome and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender", decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

DIAMOND THUG

Since their formation, Diamond Thug have continually evolved, always striving to create a unique sound that’s stay true to their perspective. Their music glides through dream-pop, skittish, off-kilter electronica & psychedelic-rock, creating cosmic-influenced ethereal soundscapes, which swirl below Chantel’s haunting, yet beautiful melodies. The pursuit of an authentic & honest sound has earned the band various honours in international competitions such as Culture Collide’s pick to perform at #SXSW2017, as well as Converse’s Music Global Takeover and the attention of Grammy Award winner Darryl Torr, who had this to say about the band: "When listening to Diamond Thug, you are taken on a journey. It’s the effortless vocals, supported by a solid band, that tips you over the edge & pulls you through into their world. It’s rare to find a voice that can execute such interesting melodies so effortlessly as well as a band that leaves space for the vocals to shine, yet are able to maintain musical integrity."

Malihini / Diamond Thug

07 May 2019

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£8

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase this incredible talent in the UK, of composers scoring film, TV and more, but also to inspire the next generation of women composers and to seek to make this area of the industry as inclusive as possible for future generations.

With composition being one of the most unequal areas of the global music industry, much work to tackle this has already taken place: 2018 saw the launch of the UK Women Composers’ Forum, as well as a new global database of women composers writing for visual media on FreeTheBid.com. This concert seeks to continue to support and empower the UK women composers’ community, towards further progression and change in 2019.

Many of the performances will be introduced or accompanied by the composers, with the 2 hour concert separated into two halves of music performed from all areas of visual media, to encompass the diverse nature of the British industry, showcasing works for film, TV, theatre and video games. The musical genres of the performances will also vary to feature classical composition, vocal performance alternative & electronic music and ensemble performances, played by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

The composers being showcased are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones (selected by the NFTS to represent their alumni), Anne Nikitin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap (music performed by LCO and SHE Choir), Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.

With thanks to Spitfire Audio, ASCAP, P&G, Manners McDade, Production Music Awards, WMP Studios, Alliance for Women Film Composers, shesaid.so, SHE Choir and LCO.

Composer biographies:

JESSICA CURRY
Jessica Curry is a BAFTA-winning composer of contemporary classical music. Her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues around the world from The Barbican to Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall to MOMI in New York. Jessica presents High Score on ClassicFM, a show dedicated to the best video game music.  Jessica is currently London Oriana Choir’s composer in residence and her innovative new piece ‘She Who’, commissioned by NYCGB, is one of 19 new works selected for PRSF’s 2019 New Music Biennial.

NAINITA DESAI
Nainita Desai is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT 2016-17 and a recent winner of the Music+Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score, a Women in Sync Awards 2016 Nominee, RTS Craft Award 2014 Nominee for Best Original Music and RTS Scotland Awards 2014.Working at the forefront of a new wave of emerging artists, Nainita recently scored two features; the BFI psychological horror Darkness Visible (Dir: Neil Biswas, co-creator of Sky 1 Lucky Man), and WW2 thriller Ni’ihau, filmed at Pinewood Malaysia. Her latest projects are the features 5 Years in Love And War (C4) by Emmy award winner Ed Watts, Untamed Romania, the most successful non-fiction film ever released in Romania that world premiered at Transylvania Film Festival 2018, The Life After (BBC / Irish Film Board) world premiering at Galway Intl Film Festival 2018, dramas Anemone (BBC Film | Film London), Exit Eve, exec prod: Camille Gatin (The Girl With All the Gifts), and Interactive movie / video game Telling Lies for Annapurna Interactive (Phantom Thread, Zero Dark Thirty) and multi-Bafta winning director Sam Barlow.Also known for her work on dramas including Emmy winner Maxwell (BBC) and the factual drama To Kidnap A Princess (ITV), recent projects include The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Bafta 2018 Nominees Raped: My Story and Catching A Killer(C4), landmark series Extraordinary Rituals and Earth’s Natural Wonders for the BBC NHU and the prestigious BBC Royal Wedding Meghan and Harry title theme.

JESSICA JONES
Jessica is a London based composer for film and television. She studied violin and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, during which time she won a BAFTA New Talent award, before going on to the National Film and Television School. She recently scored ‘Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure' and BBCs 'Abused by my Girlfriend’ as well as Royal Television Society nominated ‘The Ruth Ellis Files’. As part of the scoring team she has worked on studio features such as ‘Darkest Hour’, ‘Paddington 2’ and ‘Bumblebee’. Jessica performs with Tim Morrish as part of the duo Vanbur and as a vocalist has also featured on various scores including 'The Good Karma Hospital', 'Thunderbirds are Go' and 'The A List'. In 2016 she co-founded AUDIUM POST, an award winning sound and music post production company who’s clients include Reebok, Mercedes, Bose, BMW, Barbour and New Look amongst others.

IMOGEN HEAP

Imogen Heap is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer. Born in the London Borough of Havering, Heap became classically trained in piano, cello and clarinet at a young age. She began writing songs at the age of 13 and, while attending boarding school, taught herself both guitar and drums, as well as music production on Atari computers. 

ALEV LENZ
Alev Lenz is a remarkable singer, songwriter and composer whose music fuses filmic, world and classical influences into her unique brand of sophisticated pop music.
Those who have listened to Alev before will recognise her bittersweet voice and utterly personal lyrics, loaded with melodic flavours and inspiring hooks that take you by surprise, and deep and compelling song structures, stemming from a diverse set of influences in her music, from European classical to experimental electronics. Since the release of her debut album "Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein" back in 2009, in her home country of Germany, Alev has kept herself busy with gigs in London, New York and across Germany and Turkey, as well as lending songs to and composing for several high profile German and Austrian films.
For her second studio album 'Two-Headed Girl', Alev enlisted the services of acclaimed Finnish drummer, Samuli Kosminen (Múm, Hauschka, Kronos Quartet), completed by the mixing skills of Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco). For her third album '3', Jas Shaw was once again her sonic partner and mixed what is not only Alev’s third album; it was also three years in the making. Three years in which Alev Lenz also sang and co-wrote the title track of Anoushka Shankar's Grammy-nominated album "Land of Gold", and wrote and sang her breakthrough track "Fall Into Me" from Netflix's "Black Mirror“.

EMILIE LEVIENAISE-FARROUCH
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is an award-winning French pianist/composer living in London. In 2006 Emilie moved from Bordeaux to carry out a BA in music at Westminster University, then a Master’s degree in composition at Goldsmiths with a primary focus on contemporary classical music. Spanning film score, bespoke composition and sound design, her work is connected both by its evocative and meticulous craft.
Emilie scored her first feature-length film in 2012: (American-Iranian director Caveh Zahedi’s ‘The Sheik and I’) and in 2018 scored Harry Wootliff’s debut feature ‘Only You’ which premiered in the BFI London Film Festival. Her CV also includes commissions for the V&A Museum (London), HBO short film ‘Love NY’, and for drama / documentaries on BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, Funny or Die. In 2013 she received the Emerging Excellence Award from the Musician Benevolent Fund, and in 2015 was commissioned to create a sound-walk for London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She has also worked on multiple projects in collaboration with visual artists Danica Dakic, Alice May Williams and Natasha Caruana. She has created music for video installations exhibited at Jerwood Project Space, Speke Hall, The ODI, Arles Photo Festival; and also, for VR installations for HOUSE Biennal. As a live performer she has played Tallinn Music Week, Brighton Festival and the Union Chapel. In 2017, she was commissioned by The London Contemporary Orchestra to write a piece for small string ensemble and live electronics, which received a premiere during the 2017 BBC Proms at The Tanks at Tate Modern.
Emilie’s debut album, ‘Like Water Through the Sand’ was released on 130701 in November 2015, with her second album ‘Epoques’ following in Summer 2018.

ANNE NIKITIN
The Imposter, as scored by Anne Nikitin, won a BAFTA and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Her bewitching compositions have also been attached to a wide range of international documentaries and short films.
After completing her master’s degree in composition for screen at The Royal College of Music, Anne Nikitin won the BBC’s 2006 New TV Composers Scheme, with the prize of scoring a BBC Natural World film, White Falcon White Wolf.

CARLY PARADIS
Royal Television Society nominated Carly Paradis (Canadian born) is a film and TV composer, songwriter and pianist, whose credits include sole composer of RTS winning and BAFTA nominated series Line of Duty for BBC, Netflix original The Innocents (2018) which she won a Hollywood Music in Media Award for original song, Sky Atlantic’s Sick Note (Rupert Grint, Nick Frost, Don Johnson) and PBS Masterpiece/ITV’s Prime Suspect 1973 (prequel to Prime Suspect). She wrote the original score for Jed Mercurio’s feature length BBC adaption of Lady Chatterly’s Lover, and her music has been used in trailers for True Detective, Homeland and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.

JOCELYN POOK
Jocelyn Pook is one of the UK’s most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. She has established an international reputation as a highly original composer winning her numerous awards and nominations including a Golden Globe, an Olivier and two British Composer Awards.
Often remembered for her film score to Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which won her a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination, Pook has worked with some of the world’s leading directors, musicians, artists and arts institutions – including Martin Scorsese, Sarah Gavron, Michael Radford, the Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, Andrew Motion, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and Laurie Anderson. 

KATE SIMKO
Kate Simko has carved an international career as an electronic music producer, film composer, live performer, and DJ. Hailing from Chicago, Kate’s music reflects the influences of the city’s underground sounds, as well her background in classical piano and film music.
Kate graduated from the Royal College of Music in London in 2014 with a Masters in Composition for Screen and received her Bachelors in Music Technology from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Kate began DJ’ing on WNUR, and oversaw the electronic music format at the station, and scored her first film. 
Upon graduation, Kate moved to Los Angeles where she worked with Academy Award winning sound designer Stephen Flick, gaining her first experience in feature films. She has released multiple albums and soundtracks, reaching the Top 100 in the Billboard Classical chart, as well as the Top 10 in house music charts worldwide. Her music has been licensed by ABC Television, Victorinox, and Giorgio Armani, and she has written original music for films, commercials, iPhone apps, and shows on the BBC, Netflix, and PBS.

CLAIRE M SINGER
Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, cello and electronics and her debut album Solas was released on Touch in June 2016 followed by her second release Fairge in October 2017. Performances and commissions include Tate Modern London; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Muziekgebouw Aan' t ij Amsterdam, Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Barbican London.

AMELIA WARNER
Amelia Warner is a fresh—and refreshing—new voice in film music. In 2016, she provided a reflective, elegant score for her feature debut, Mum’s List, starring Rafe Spall. She helped bring an old story to modern life with Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning as the famous Frankenstein author, with otherworldly music for an orchestra haunted by ethereal female vocals. Most recently she took on a comedic tone, scoring a series of short films about female empowerment in the Time’s Up vein. Offscreen, Warner has scored hits with her narrative, neoclassical albums Arms (under the altar ego Slow Moving Millie) and Visitors, both of which conquered the classical charts on iTunes. Warner shapeshifted from acting in high-profile British TV and films to becoming a composer—but even before her life on camera (in projects like Lorna Doone and Quills), her heart always beat for music. She played the piano from the time she was little, growing up in northwest England in a family of actors, and was telling stories with her music from the start. As an actor, she often composed on set between takes, and it was only a matter of time before she turned her talents toward giving emotional soul to screen stories. After she scored a few commercials and a short film, Mum’s List director Niall Johnson heard her second EP and asked if he could use a piece in the film. Warner said yes, and added: “who’s scoring it?”

COMPOSHER

12 Jun 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£20

BRANDT BRAUER FRICK

When Brandt Brauer Frick burst onto the Berlin scene in 2009, reimagining propulsive techno by using acoustic instruments, the world of DJs performing with orchestras and pianists headlining festivals was light years away. Inspired by both the city’s classical history and its dank dancefloors, the trio’s bricolage beats owed as much to minimal masters Steve Reich and Philip Glass as they did the minimal techno of Ricardo Villalobos and the Perlon label. Their debut album You Make Me Real blended the highbrow music of concert halls with the euphoric abandon of club music and in doing so helped to pioneer the contemporary classical renaissance in pop music.

The three friends, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick, had no idea then that the intense style of music they made as a result of living and working on top of each other would take off in the way it has now, with artists like Nils Frahm headlining the Royal Albert Hall in London and Jon Hopkins being nominated prestigious awards like the Mercury Music Prize. “We couldn’t have imagined that the interest in classical instruments and especially piano would become so big,” says Frick. “I mean, we were dreaming of releasing on some cool underground label, so to see so many minimalistic piano artists doing well now, it’s exciting.”

Brandt Brauer Frick

16 May 2019

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£12.50

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a truly original young band from the city of Los Angeles. Led by their nineteen year old frontwoman Arrow de Wilde, their take on dark and heavy rock & roll both recorded and through their chaotic live shows, brings such music into the 21st century as an almost transgressive form of pop.

Starcrawler are all LA natives and met in high school. Their self-titled LP was released one year ago in January by Rough Trade Records to rave reviews. Since then, they’ve toured non-stop all over the world, including triumphant sets at Primavera, Rock Am Ring, Download Festival, Voodoo Festival, Fuji Rock, Reading, Leeds and more. In March, they won the 2018 SXSW Grulke prize for best US act after blowing minds at each of their nine shows. They were VEVO DSCVR artists with video testimonial from Shirley Manson who said “I feel like Starcrawler, and in particular Arrow, are really challenging the norms in which women are seen in music.” The amount of support they have received from their fellow artists has been overwhelming. They opened shows for the Foo Fighters at Olympic Park in London, and toured with The Distillers and MC5.

Starcrawler

26 Jun 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£13

HOLLY HERNDON

Holly’s third full-length album PROTO (out 10 May) isn’t about A.I., but much of it was created in collaboration with her own A.I. ‘baby’, Spawn.

Holly is building a diverse and fluid ensemble, a hybrid of project studio and touring band, incorporating 14 vocalists, Spawn (a nascent machine intelligence), machine learning specialists, choreographers and visual artists. For the album, they have developed custom, and unprecedented AI processes for sound generation, vocal processing and visual manipulation - there is no claim here that an AI is writing the music, but instead they are translating the perspective of an AI. Over the course of the album campaign they will be continually prototyping new concepts for live performance, and releasing new works from the project studio.

PROTO makes reference to what Holly refers to as the protocol era, where rapidly surfacing ideological battles over the future of A.I. protocols, centralised and decentralised internet protocols, and personal and political protocols compel us to ask ourselves who are we, what are we, what do we stand for, and what are we heading towards?

Holly Herndon - PROTO

16 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Barbican

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

7.30pm

£20 - £25

ANEMONE

Lead by Songwriter Chloé Soldevila, it is music to be blasted from car speakers and at parties, a communal experience intended to be shared, the kind of emotional catharsis that can pack a dance floor—sometimes even packing the stage as well. Creatively incorporating aspects that can vary from Dream pop, dance music and Krautrock, it is music that will stick with you, that will live inside your brain, that will become a part of you forever. Music that refuses to be ignored. Anemone is Chloé Soldevila, Miles Dupire-Gagnon, Gabriel Lambert, Zachary Irving and Samuel Gemme.

CORRIDOR

"Montreal’s Corridor take familiar elements but assemble and scramble them in a way you may not have heard before. There’s a twin-guitar interplay that recalls the late-’70s mutant new wave of XTC, The dB’s and The Feelies, with a sense of melody that shows a love of ‘60s psychedelia and sunshine pop. Putting a hometown twist on things, Corridor sing entirely en français. Don’t let that put you off though: the creativity and abundance of killer tunes found on their acid-baked 2017 album Supermercado breaks through the language barrier. Corridor are even better live, with a real joie de rock that knows no borders — guitars slash, harmonies soar, bodies a constant blur." Brooklyn Vegan

Anemone / Corridor

01 Jun 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9.50

BLUEPRINT BLUE

Blueprint Blue are lost in space. Their debut album, Tourist – self-released on their own Toadspin Records on 26th April – is a ten-track examination of love, the human condition and the future, set to pristine, jazzy pop-rock. “We’ve learned how to make poppier music,” says singer Elliot Hayward. “In our attempts to get to Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, the highest form of this music, we find ourselves somewhere else. Now, we have songs people could feasibly dance to…”

Come see the quartet live at The Waiting Room to launch their new album. Free tickets are on sale now!

ALAN POWER

Alan Power is a UK based singer, songwriter, recording artist and comedian.

Like something out of Phoenix Nights, Power emerged from nowhere early last year following a series of much talked about live appearances.

Spending the latter half of 2018 making an Album and touring extensively, he sold out two London shows with no music online, and shared a stage with The Vaccines, Matt Maltese, Jack Ladder, Spector, Nick Allbrook and The International Teachers Of Pop among others.

His music is rooted in traditional country and folk with notable leanings towards the abstract / post punk and experimental. His live show has provoked attention for its unconventional nature and unpredictability.

His first offering, Prodigal Son, released in Jan 19 – tells the story of a man on the road to nowhere. Painting a picture of the apparent struggles between his own delusions of grandeur and crippling self doubt. “I am the life and soul of nothing at all”, he sings.

With an EP to follow in April and His irreverently titled, debut Album; Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – the mysterious Power looks like he might be one of the surprise breakthrough acts of 2019.

Blueprint Blue / Alan Power

26 Apr 2019

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

FREE

THE YOUNG GODS

The Young Gods have been pushing the limits of sound for more than thirty years. They began as pioneers of industrial punk who flirted with surreal cabaret, and as sonic wizards they moved on to shamanize electro/techno music, all the while forging their own unique sound. In the process they became legends of the European scene.

The Young Gods

27 Nov 2019

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£21.50

DAKHABRAKHA

DakhaBrakha is music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskyi – and given the name that means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances – their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.

After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating the bright, unique and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha. They strive to help open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world as well.

Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their musical spectrum is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation”.

DakhaBrakha

26 Jul 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£17.50

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

There are two phases of The Dream Syndicate. There was the band with revolving lineups that existed from 1982 to 1988 and made four albums including “The Days of Wine and Roses” and “Medicine Show,” both of which regularly show up on Best-Of lists and have influenced bands and delighted fans in the years since.

And then there’s the band that reunited in 2012 and is closing in on its seventh year, longer than the run of Phase One, with nary a lineup change. This 21st Century version of the Dream Syndicate released “How Did I Find Myself Here” in 2017 to universal acclaim, no small feat for a band reuniting after almost three decades.

“I felt like we threaded the needle pretty nicely on the last album,” says founder and singer/guitarist/songwriter Steve Wynn, “referencing who we were and what we had done the first time around but also taking it all someplace new and fresh. It’s a tough balance. Ignore your past and you’re just using the band’s name for convenience, mire yourself too much in the past and you’re a parody—you are your own Rutles. We did neither. We were proud of the record and it was really nice to see that our fans and newcomers alike felt the same way. We were able to go out and play shows of mostly new songs and it really made us feel good to see that the audience knew the record and it was what they had come out to hear us play.”

Therefore, with that reintroduction and a full year of touring behind them, the Dream Syndicate had the freedom to take it all somewhere new, to dig a little deeper, get outside of themselves a little bit. Their new album ‘These Times’ (May 3, ANTI-) feels like a late-night radio show that you might have heard as a kid, drifting off into dreams and wondering the next morning if any of it was real.

The Dream Syndicate

21 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£17.50

MURLO

Manchester polymath Murlo announces the return of his immersive audio-visual show, after the release of critically-acclaimed debut album Dolos. The show will take place at EartH, a recently-restored 1930s Art Deco-style theatre in Dalston, and promises to bring the Dolos universe to life in vivid, unforgettable detail.

"The most exciting electronic composer around" – Clash
"Bursting with buoyant energy" – Dummy
"Substance, style and brilliant bangers" – Mixmag

Since emerging with a series of releases on acclaimed underground labels like Mixpak, Butterz and Glacial Sound, Murlo quickly became one of the most popular artists on the club circuit, with an unmistakable style defined by vivid colours, addictive melodies and an imaginative touch that set him apart from his peers. As his profile rose, Murlo released some of his highest-profile projects: he scored a fashion show by Nasir Mazhar, soundtracked Stormzy’s film for Adidas, and dropped a now-legendary remix of Rihanna’s ‘Work’ that dominated SoundCloud for months.

The start of 2019 saw Murlo release his long-awaited debut album Dolos, released as both a 15-track album and Murlo’s first graphic novel - a 36-page story based around themes of escapism, solace and hiding from your past - all hand-drawn, written and painted by Murlo himself. As ever with Murlo, it finds him pushing the boundaries of both music and visual art in a way that’s both innovative and genuine.

Murlo’s multi-disciplinary approach also applies to the live arena, and this new audio-visual show represents a completely immersive new live experience, featuring music from the album, unreleased material and a handful of classics woven into a unique narrative, 100% hand-drawn and animated by Murlo in his signature Ghibli-esque style. The previous incarnation of Murlo's audio-visual sold out London's prestigious ICA and a subsequent UK tour - and will be showcased at flagship electronic festival Sonar this summer - so this isn't one to be missed.

Murlo A/V show

22 May 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15

CLOUD NOTHINGS

For a band that sticks to its impulses instead of trends, Cloud Nothings accumulates critical praise and loyal fans with the type of ease modern rock bands can only dream of. That’s because the Cleveland four-piece is the byproduct of Dylan Baldi, a frontman whose melodic intuition and musical fervor are as innate as they are impressive. Baldi’s early indie rock songs welcome pop warmly without sounding trite. His later alt-rock hooks are too busy criss-crossing guitar lines to overthink things. The urgency he writes with comes across in the vividness of his guitar. Since expanding his solo project into a proper band, Baldi has positioned Cloud Nothings as the torchbearers of the frenetic, visceral, and thundering rock of bands like The Wipers and Drive Like Jehu. It’s all alternating resolves and anticipated breakdowns. And live, it’s near impossible to dispute talent that palpable.

Looking back, it makes sense how Cloud Nothings got here. At the age of 18, Baldi gained attention after a string of lo-fi songs he recorded in the comfort of his basement began circulating online. It landed him a spot on a buzzed-about show in Brooklyn where, in turn, he caught the eyes of Carpark. His music began its upward ascent immediately. In 2010, Carpark released Turning On, a retrospective combo of the band’s debut EP and various 7” singles. Cloud Nothings unveiled their self-titled LP the following year, a record that showcased how crisp Baldi’s hooks sound when given proper studio time. But what followed in 2012, their breakthrough LP Attack on Memory, paved a new path for the band. The album saw Baldi throw himself into his guitar while collaborating with the rest of his touring band—drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Joe Boyer—to create an aggressive, unrelenting, and throat-scratching album that captured not just their sound, but their collective raw energy. Cloud Nothings fleshed out that sound further on 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else, this time as a trio after Boyer’s departure. Even when Baldi, in a decision to feed his quiet fondness for pop, used 2017’s Life Without Sound to showcase his melodic inclinations, he showed a continued growth in his songwriting skills.

WICKETKEEPER

Instrument-swapping London trio Wicketkeeper create a shonky indie punk that’s been likened to Pavement and Sebadoh by Clash magazine. A jangly upbeat racket comprised of loose drums and crunchy guitars.

Cloud Nothings / Wicketkeeper

09 Jul 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£13

KIRAN LEONARD

Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 21 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. He takes inspiration from artists such as Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Albert Ayler, the Residents, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Beach Boys, Don Caballero, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Adrian Belew.

After releasing countless digital-only releases via Bandcamp, Kiran garnered much acclaim for his debut album Bowler Hat Soup, and later signed to Moshi Moshi to release second album proper Grapefruit. Both of these records featured x3 BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted singles, and were crowned Album Of The Day upon their release.

Latest record Derevaun Seraun is in five movements, each inspired by a different piece of literature, arranged for piano, strings and voice.

CAROLINE

caroline is the ongoing project of an ever-expanding group of London musicians and friends. The music is written through an entirely collaborative process in studio, with each piece constantly changing and developing. The music itself often uses extensive repetition and a loose, improvised feel.

Kiran Leonard / Caroline

06 May 2019

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£10

COSMO SHELDRAKE

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.

He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.

Cosmo composes music for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics. He ran a community choir until 2013, teaches in schools and privately and has facilitated music workshops and youth empowerment and nature awareness camps across Europe and North America.

Cosmo Sheldrake

10 Jul 2019

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£12.50

ORA THE MOLECULE

Ora The Molecule is a multinational Avant-garde pop music group, creating an unexpected sound between timeless nostalgia, smooth pop and retro electronica. This is a new sound to the Pop music landscape with emotional Calypso tinged melodies, still always irresistible danceable.

Inspired by Suzanne Vega, Kraftwerk, Fleetwood Mac, Mecano, and Norwegian singer Siri Nilsen.

Singer/songwriter Nora grew up between Spain, Italy and Norway. At age 18 she played in an all girl marimba trio performing in cable cars in Oslo. Shortly after she was invited to visit her biological father who is an American/Guatemalan living in Los Angeles. Suddenly she discovered a new part of her family, with her hispanic uncles involved in the LA Cholo culture and gangs, a culture in heavy contrast to what she had grown up with. The contrast of her family influenced her songwriting. She felt a need to express what she saw, started studying journalism and stayed in LA. She worked as a dishwasher and drove Uber to get by while trying to make it as a songwriter.

PEAKES

"a perfect demonstration of their already commanding sound that mixes dynamic instrumentation with reserved but poignant vocalisation, creating what can only be described as well-honed pop music." The Line of Best Fit

"PEAKES are a band primed for soaring heights yet packed with an emotional punch that’ll have you spinning." Dork

Ora The Molecule / Peakes

01 May 2019

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£8.50

Transgressive Records imprint paradYse, RFB Concerts and Brace Yourself PR have teamed up again for their fourth annual Pearl Street House Party in Austin, TX.

The event takes place on Tuesday 12th March 2019 at Austin’s legendary space Pearl Street Co-op and includes live performances from hotly-tipped artists including; Congolese collective KOKOKO!, Sydney based four-piece Body Type, London crooner Puma Blue, and Oxford, Mississippi singer Kate Teague - alongside special guests.

The event is free entry and opens at 7pm.

Stage times are as follows;
23:30pm: KOKOKO!
22:30pm: Body Type
21:30pm: Puma Blue
20:30pm: special guests / tba
19:30pm: Kate Teague

Previous acts to perform at the party include; Hinds, Julia Jacklin, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Marika Hackman, Girl Ray, The Big Moon, Blaenavon, Dream Wife, Miya Folick, Our Girl, Cosmo Sheldrake and more.

PEARL STREET HOUSE PARTY VOL 4.

12 Mar 2019

KOKOKO
Body Type
Puma Blue
Kate Teague
+ special guests

Pearl Street Co-Op

2000 Pearl St.
Austin
78705

7pm

FREE

DRAHLA

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more.

Drahla

15 May 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£10

THURSTON MOORE'S GUITAR ENSEMBLE

A rare show from the legendary Sonic Youth member's Guitar Ensemble. 

JAMES BLACKSHAW

Hastings based composer James Blackshaw is highly regarded for his pieces for solo 12-string and 6-string guitar. Inspired by the 60’s Takoma school of guitarists, minimalist composers and European classical music, Blackshaw employs fingerpicking techniques to create drones, overtones and repeating patterns, alongside a strong inclination for melody, to create instrumental music that is both hypnotic and emotional.

Blackshaw has released ten solo studio albums on labels such as Young God, Important and Tompkins Square, receiving praise from publications such as Pitchfork, Billboard, The Wire, The Observer, The Times, Uncut, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Blackshaw has collaborated with Lubomyr Melnyk, performed and recorded as a member of Current 93 for several years and performed across Europe, the US and Japan, alongside artists such as Swans, Grails, Sir Richard Bishop, Jose Gonzales, Peter Walker, Michael Chapman, Alex De Grassi, Hauschka and Yann Tiersen. 

This is his first live performance since announcing a hiatus in 2016.

ASHLEY PAUL

Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist / composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound.

Her solo albums have received critical acclaim; featured in The Wire: Top 50 Albums of 2013, Pitchfork’s “The Out Door” best experimental sounds of 2013, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”.

Ashley has performed the World and US premieres of Phill Niblock’s Asheli, a piece composed specifically for her and Eli Keszler and performed live with Niblock. She performed the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Schall at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) and premiered Anthony Coleman’s quartet Damaged by Sunlight at Banlieues Bleues Festival (Paris). Ashley’s composition “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London), August 2013, and was performed with Nik Colk Void and Simon Fisher Turner. She was selected as the featured artist for Counterflows Festival, 2017 where her quintet “Lost in Shadows” was premiered.

Ashley received a residency at ISSUE Project Room in 2008 and a Fellowship Grant in composition from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, 2010. Ashley is currently an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, London attached to the Contemporary Music and Popular Music Research Units. She has performed and/ or recorded with Thurston Moore, Rashad Becker, Loren Connors, Rhys Chatham, Charles Hayward, Lucy Railton, Aki Onda, Greg Kelley, George Russell, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris and Eric Chenaux. Ashley received her BM and MM from New England Conservatory.

The show is part of Transistor: a weekend adventure in sound. Check out Wire at EartH on 1 June. 

Thurston Moore Guitar Ensemble / James Blackshaw / Ashley Paul

31 May 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£25

WIRE

Having hit a peak of inventiveness and productivity, Wire have been playing strings of sold out shows and achieving career best album sales, as well as being cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands, including Parquet Courts and Savages.

Wire’s latest album is ‘Silver/Lead’, a set of songs which encompasses the optimistic dazzle of ‘Diamonds In Cups’, the menacing widescreen grandeur of ‘Playing Harp For The Fishes’ and the breakneck paced guitar pop of ‘Short Elevated Period’.

Although their 15th studio album is being released on the 40th anniversary of Wire’s debut, ‘Silver/Lead’ has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.

AUDIOBOOKS

If you’re going to call your band audiobooks, you’d better have some good stories to tell. Stories that should move you and stories to make you move. Stories about real life and surreal life and all that weirdness that you just glimpsed out of the corner of your eye.

Luckily for you, audiobooks really do. The London based duo have developed a unique ability to conjure up magical aural snapshots that wallop you like bong hits. Each of their discombobulating observations comes stretched out over a series of discomfiting oscillations, like messages from the spirit world or pulp fictions found in a box at the end of your road or a crackling pop broadcast from a far-away galaxy;

Audiobooks are Evangeline Ling and David Wrench. Evangeline is a 21 year old art student and musician from Wimbledon and David is one of the most in demand mixers and producers in modern music, a sometime cohort of Julian Cope and former denizen of North Wales – might seem an unlikely pairing. Yet a chance encounter at a mutual friend’s party just one week after David had moved south to the capital very quickly led to an experimental studio session that’s been going on ever since.

SQUID

Brighton and London's most insatiable underwater boy band

Wire / Audiobooks / Squid

01 Jun 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£25

POTTERY

Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.

YUNG

There’s a concept in Scandinavian society called the Law of Jante, which says individuals should downplay their achievements, blend in and support the group. The music of Danish band Yung serves as an urgent, screaming retort to that idea, the sound of young iconoclasts fighting against apathy. Led by 21-year-old frontman and songwriter Mikkel Holm Silkjær, the group hails from Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, a huge port, university town and ideal place to find like minds amid the industrial grit. On the forthcoming EP “These Thoughts Are Mandatory Chores,” they show themselves to be ambassadors of their country’s increasingly vital underground music scene. Anthemic guitars, coarse feedback and driving rhythm, insistent to the point of impatience, show angst acting as a powerful fuel for self-expression, gasoline poured on a fire already fed by youthful energy.

TIÑA

Tiña (pronounced ‘teen-ya’) are the enigmatic new band from South London formed around the burgeoning Brixton Windmill scene with a wonk pop, post punk sound that comes across familiar yet new. Made up of members of an assortment of acts including Bat-Bike, Uncle Tesco, Pet Grotesque and Goat Girl - the band features: Joshua Loftin (vox/guitar), George Rhys Davies (drums), Uncle Tesco (bass), Oliver R Lester (guitar), Calum Armstrong (keys) & Lottie (vox) whose sound recently was picked up by Dan Carey from Label Speedy Wunderground and are due to release a single this coming May.

 

Pottery / Yung / Tiña

16 May 2019

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

RAYANA JAY

Using velvet smooth vocals and airy harmonies, Rayana Jay's music carries a confessional, old-soul storytelling nature rooted in honesty. From love and heartbreak to womanhood and self-discovery, the 24-year-old Richmond, CA, native's music is a direct reflection of her innermost thoughts and feelings at all times. The R&B/soul singer's influences span from Organized Noize, all the way to the raw emotions of Amy Winehouse and sultry tones of Anita Baker. Jay began singing in the choir at ten years old and recorded her first professional song in the summer of 2012. She grew up with her grandmother, who introduced her to classic singers like Johnny "Guitar" Watson, along with her mom who worked at a record label in the 90s.

Rayana Jay's acclaimed debut EP, Sorry About Last Night — helmed by The Fader as one of the most relatable albums of the year dropped in the Fall of 2016 and serves as a proper introduction to her penmanship, relationship with love itself,and her changing world. Her follow-up EP, Morning After — pinned as one of the top EP’s of 2017 by BBC Radio 1 — expands on her distinct sound and place as one of future R&B's most important voices. After music features on popular shows like Grown-ish, Atlanta FX, Netflix’s On My Block in early 2018, Rayana Jay is currently working on her next album and planning for a tour in the late Fall.

HONEY MOONCIE

17-year-old Honey Mooncie began writing songs at just 11-years-old, influenced by jazz greats such as Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Chet Baker.

Her modern jazz sound draws from a wide range of contemporary artists including Bruno Major, Lianne La Havas, Joy Crookes & Poppy Ajudha. And her beautiful, light vocal has been likened to Billie Holiday and Minnie Riperton to name a few. She played an outstanding first live performance at The Troubadour in Jan-19 and has since received glowing reviews for shows at The Bedford, Hampstead Jazz Club, Clutch Chicken and w12 Studios.

Honey’s debut single is scheduled for release this summer. Honey performs with jazz guitarist Dan Rogerson

Rayana Jay / Honey Mooncie

29 May 2019

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

CHAI

When you think of all things Pink, a sound that fuses the likings of Basement Jaxx, the Gorillaz, CSS, and Tom Tom Club, with lyrics focused on “women empowerment” and re-defining the definition of “kawaii” or cute in Japanese, you think of CHAI.

Formed in 2012, in the Nagoya region of Japan, identical twins Mana (voc/keys) and Kana (gt./cho.) would ask fellow high school classmate, Yuna (dr./cho.), and later Yuki (ba./cho.), a college acquaintance, to join what we now know as CHAI. Both independent releases, “Hottaraka Series” which translates to “irresponsible series”, was the title of CHAI’s 1st EP released in December of 2016, soon followed by “Homegoro Series”, their 2nd EP, released in April of the following year.

CHAI

17 May 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11

LAURAN HIBBERD

The Isle of Wight raised, fuzzed up Indie/Rock artist claims: 'Don't tell me stories, I'll write songs about them'.

After a successful year of releases, securing support from Clash Magazine, Earmilk, Crack in the Road, Nothing But Hope And Passion. Spotify have championed her latest release ‘Call Shotgun’ landing it a place on the New Music Friday UK, The Indie List, All New All Now playlists and more. Lauran has also gone to selling out her first headline show, as well as a string of support shows including Clean Cut Kid/ Bryde and Girli. and has taken to the Bestival main stage for two years in a row. Other festival appearances include Liverpool Sound City, Isle of Wight Festival, Common People and Blue Dot. Lauran is off on tour throughout August supporting Eliza and the Bear.

Lauran has had great radio support, including Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy at Radio X and has received a constant support from BBC Introducing. Lauran’s latest single ‘Call Shotgun’ has even been chosen as BBC Introducing’s track of the week on Radio 1 commencing on 3rd August.

Lauran Hibberd

23 May 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

BODY TYPE

“Do you believe in karma? Do ya? Do ya?”

The first words we hear from Body Type are accusatory, playful, coy. They dare you to look them in the eye. To pay attention.

These words come that came from ‘Ludlow’ seem too good to be true. It makes a racket while staying astonishingly controlled; the vocals sound more like a sample from fifties cinema than anything recorded in this decade, so deliberate and devastating in their delivery.

Live, Body Type exceed the expectations set by their singles. All four members – Sophie & Annabel on vocals and guitar, Cecil on drums, Georgia on vocals & bass – are vital. They are, on a musical and emotional level, inexorably linked, each member’s importance going beyond musical skill or personality.

KRUSH PUPPIES

Slinking through South London’s lo-fi sanctities, today Krush Puppies release slacker serenade ‘PetalHead’. Their debut release, ‘PetalHead’ is 90s-tinged in its delivery and explosive in its dirty, grunge-ritten buildup.

‘Petalhead’ is for my twin sister”, Jenny explains. “She was feeling a long stretch of joylessness, as we both do sometimes - she lives in Mexico but I could feel her lack of spirit and wanted to send her a positive charm of some kind to connect us because I couldn't be with her.”

The lo-fi playground video for ‘Petalhead’ was filmed and edited by Krush Puppies bassist Alexa and her boyfriend Stephen. Mimicking the song’s foundations, the video also joins two places - a green screen day dream in London combined with surreal footage from a recent trip to America.

Meeting in South London, Jenny (lead vocals/guitar), Alexa (bass) and Jess (guitar) started the band on a fuck-it whim. Shortly after, Rebecca was recruited to provide righteous harmonies whilst Sam took his place on the drum kit. Practising in the studio Mellah built in Peckham and sharing a space with Alaskalaska, the band are already gaining a live reputation supporting the likes of Snail Mail.

In addition to this, Krush Puppies are releasing a 7” vinyl later this month with ‘PetalHead’ and b-side ‘Passata’.

PLUS DREAM WIFE DJs

Body Type / Krush Puppies / Dream Wife DJs

15 May 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

AKALA

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and social-entrepreneur, as well as the co founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Having gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK known for his lyrical storytelling, Akala's modern polemic NATIVES - A Sunday Times Bestseller takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook.

In conversation, Akala and guests will discuss everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualising the roots of modern British society.

Akala: In Conversation

25 Mar 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15

ELLIS

A faint voice and a fervent guitar make their match in a cluttered bedroom, each song finding itself in a growing folder of recordings stamped by initials “L.S”. Ellis is the music project of Linnea Siggelkow. Daughter to a travelling book salesman and a piano teacher, Ellis flips the words from the books she once read, intertwining vulnerable with bold into the songs that she now sings. Having already made her mark as a solo performer in the Toronto DIY scene, the project has evolved into a 4-piece band, inspiring a grittier take on the same solemn refrain.

In November 2018 she released her anticipated debut EP, The Fuzz. The EP arrived following several months of excitement building behind Ellis, who, after generating buzz in her local scene on the back of opening stints with the likes of Soccer Mommy, Gabby's World, Chastity, Palehound, and Free Cake For Every Creature, garnered international acclaim with the release of a series of singles, earning comparisons to Mazzy Star, Alvvays and Slowdive from outlets like Pitchfork, Noisey and Stereogum, who marked her out as one of "a new generation of exciting songwriters."

CALLUNA

Calluna brings the raw attack of soaring vocals, chiming angular guitar and euphoric synth resulting in a carnal, emotive live set. Calluna's second single ‘Still Show’; an evocative dream-pop exploration of afterlife anxieties is accompanied by an autoethnographic self-made music video set deep in the Catalonian mountains, featuring singer and guitarist Heather Britton wandering the landscape alongside her one-eyed canine companion, Naïna.

SPIRITCAKE

While there will always be a stark division between modernity and the natural world, there are ways of bridging the gap - and often an innate desire to do so.  spiritcake  is the solo project of Philippe Nash, and his striking musical work is increasingly influenced by such a thing; a way of exploring his own relationship with the wild, be it the trees at the edge of his town or places far more imagined and conjured.

Centred around ideas relating to anthropocene -  an attempt to reconcile living in an already dying planet  - spiritcake’s work drifts beautifully between personal conflicts and the natural world; every piercing rumination on his own emotive state met by a crackle of nightly noise in the far-off distance, a wash of ambience approaching.

As such, spiritcake can’t be tied to a single genre, tending to meander and journey rather than stay in one place - and always more concerned with searching for a place of honesty. “I am consciously choosing sounds and recording techniques that lead down the path of closeness,” spiritcake explains, “to swim down into depths of emotion, dreams, and unconscious imagery.”

Ellis / Calluna / SpiritCake

08 May 2019

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

We're thrilled to present an intimate show from MØ at East London's Hangar.

“... bursting with strong melodies and innovative electronic production” Evening Standard
“... never misses a beat” Independent
“... anthemic, experimental and boldly poptastic” NME
“... she’s never looked more comfortable in her own skin” DIY
"A pop icon coming into her own...” Clash
“[a] sublime pop album” Dork
“.. a stunning, banger-heavy rebirth” The Line of Best Fit

MILLIE TURNER

Millie Turner is a homegrown 18-year-old Hackney kid who’s an artist in every sense of the word.  About two years ago, she swapped a paintbrush for a recording studio. Still very early days in her music career, Turner is proving she has a knack from bringing out the message of empowerment in her music. She wants you to feel “feelings” both great and small. Because of this warm sentiment, many music critics praise her work. Totally worthy based on her output, which belies a lot of those in a similar lane to her.

MØ / Millie Turner

27 Mar 2019

Hangar

2-18 Warburton Rd
London
E8 3FN

7.30pm

£15

SNACK VILLAIN

Snack Villain is the project of Scottish musician and artist Adam Skirving, who also heads up Scottish DIY label Spiral Oh.
His varied output as Snack Villain combines disparate punk, surf, jazz and electronic elements, and he creates all his own artwork and videos for the music. Following a string of singles since the project's inception in 2017, his official debut EP Vision Vortex releases Spring 2019.

"Witty dour lyrics meet unusual inventive sounds. Oh boy - do these tunes have a lot to say." - NME (Top 100 2019)
"Snack Villain is one of Scotland's more curious musical figures, a thorn in the sound of complacency for some time now." - Clash Magazine
"Cultivating a sundried fantasy directed by Tarantino" - ravechild
"An artist who operates on his own terms and who refuses to adhere to any boundaries put in place by genre or convention." - TENEMENT TV

OH800

London 3-piece Oh800 bonded over a shared love of decayed early 80s New York underground - think CBGBs, ESG, 99 Records. Their debut album 'Character Building' was released in November 2018 and fizzes with intense yet witty existential energy, bound together by razor sharp guitars, a funked-up rhythm section and infectious glitchy electronica.

MILK DISCO

The mysterious qualities of Milk Disco have their audiences captivated with their visceral and distinct ‘noise pop’. They have released 3 singles in 2017 on Ra Ra Rok Records, now showcasing new material and expecting another release for 2019, Milk Disco look set to put there stamp down as one of London’s most exciting live bands.

SURGE #1: Snack Villain / oh800 / Milk Disco

16 Mar 2019

Doors: 8pm
Milk Disco: 8.15pm
oh800: 9.15pm
Snack Villain: 10.15pm

The Glove That Fits

179 Morning Ln
London
E9 6LH

7.30pm

£6.50

STONEFIELD

Australian, psych-rock luminaries Stonefield, have hit the ground running with a busy, and very exciting 2019. As they wrap up their first tour of the year, supporting King Tuff on his North American dates, the band has announced they will be entering the studio with King Gizzard's Stu Mackenzie and Joey Walker for the follow-up LP to last year's Far From Earth (Flightless), as well as a UK/EU Tour in May and June. The tour includes several festival stops including Desertfest, The Great Escape, Maifeld Derby and Tomavistas.

Their third studio LP, Far From Earth, was released earlier this year on King Gizzard's Flightless Records via Inertia Music. The release has kept them in demand and on the road, with 2018 tours that included a headlining run in their native Australia, a sold-out leg with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a Los Angeles residency at the Bootleg Theater, and a headlining tour of Europe and the UK.

Stonefield

13 May 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

OPEN MIKE EAGLE

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.

On this descent into the digital trenches, Eagle teams up with British producer, Paul White for Hella Personal Film Festival. Released on Mello Music Group, the full collaboration finds White behind the SP-1200s, conjuring a psychedelic strain of soul-funk, booming drums, and 21st century crate-digging in tropical attics of the imagination. On the microphone, the Chicago-bred, LA-based, Eagle artfully breaks down the banalities and perils of the modern condition.

Recorded in London, Eagle’s new album continues where his 2014 masterpiece, Dark Comedy left off. It’s anxiety-riddled but whimsical, addicted to and scornful of social media, stuffed with old wrestling in-jokes and film snippets. Self-aware admissions blend into attacks on societal double standards.

Open Mike Eagle

24 May 2019

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£16.50

MATMOS

Pushing off  from the restricted palette of their last album, the critically acclaimed Ultimate Care II, which was composed entirely from the sound of a washing machine, Plastic Anniversary is also derived from a single sound source: plastic.

At once hyper-familiar in its omnipresence and deeply inhuman in its measured-in-centuries longevity and endurance, plastic supplies, surrounds and scares. Seemingly negligible, plastic is always ready to hand but also always somewhat suspect, casting toxic shadows onto the everyday. True to form, the band have assembled a promiscuous array of examples of this sturdy-yet-ersatz family of materials: Bakelite dominos, Styrofoam coolers, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, pinpricks of bubble wrap, silicone gel breast implants and synthetic human fat.

JOHN WIESE

John Wiese is an artist and composer living and working in Los Angeles and Cleveland. From his experiments with recording as a teenager, he has since gone on to work in the world of contemporary sound art and the international experimental community. His sounds can be completely serene and sublime while at the same time being as equally frenetic and irregular, a sign of the artist’s ability to adapt and utilize a wide palette to build captivating aural works. As a performer and recording artist, his expertise in composition, texture, and experimentation with sound confirm his reputation of being an original and innovative voice in experimental music.

Matmos / John Wiese

11 Jun 2019

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£17.50

WOOZE

Formed in late 2017 out of the Brixton-based Muddy Yard Collective, WOOZE is the Korean / British duo of Theo Spark and Jamie She.

Wooze / Scrounge / Show Boy

15 Mar 2019

Doors: 8pm
Show Boy: 8.10pm
Scrounge: 9pm
Wooze: 9.50pm

Off The Cuff

301-303 Railton Rd, Herne Hill
London
SE24 0JN

8pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

AKALA

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and social-entrepreneur, as well as the co founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Having gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK known for his lyrical storytelling, Akala's modern polemic NATIVES - A Sunday Times Bestseller takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook.

In conversation, Akala and guests will discuss everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualising the roots of modern British society.

Akala: In Conversation

24 Mar 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15

DAWN

DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard, D∆WN) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style through a tirelessly independent route.

After cutting her teeth as part of the girl group Danity Kane and the quietly-influential r&b project Dirty Money, DAWN went solo in 2011, building her own self-made infrastructure and honing a style of r&b that she describes as “genderless, colourless and genreless”. DAWN went on to release the critically acclaimed album trilogy of Goldenheart, Blackheart and Redemption. The trilogy, inspired by everything from experimental electronic music to mythology, garnered her praise in the NY Times, FACT, NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more, while Blackheart reached #2 in the Billboard Dance charts.

Following eighteen months focused on touring Redemption and collaborating - she featured on Dirty Projectors’ 2017 hit single “Cool Your Heart”, as well as tracks from Kimbra, Jimmy Edgar and Mumdance - DAWN returns this winter with new breed, a new full-length project that sees her return to her birthplace of New Orleans both musically and spiritually, drawing from the city’s rich musical heritage and traditions as well almost two decades of experience as a black independent woman in the music industry.

On the video for “jealousy”, the first single from new breed, DAWN showcases the city’s “strength, power, vulnerability and culture”, including local figurehead Chief Montana of the Wasashitaw Nation, a tribe that has been in DAWN’s family for generations. DAWN even wears a traditional garb hand-sewn by Montana, making her one of the first women in history to do so. “I wanted to show New Orleans in a light most have never seen or are aware of”, explains DAWN of new breed. “The Black Indian and power of our traditional garb … a hand-sewn headpiece representing the power of being both King and Queen”.

As with previous DAWN albums, she is an ever-present on new breed’s production as well as on its vocals - contributing production to seven of the album’s 10 tracks, often alongside regular collaborator Derek Bergheimer (who mixed Redemption, as well as other previous DAWN releases). Another regular collaborator returns in Kaveh Rastegar, while Hudson Mohawke, Young & Sick, PRGRSN and Christine and the Queens producer Cole M.G.N. round off the album’s production roster.

FABIANA PALLADINO

Having spent recent years working alongside artists such as Sampha, Jessie Ware, SBTRKT and The Maccabees, this past year has seen singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fabiana Palladino move into a new realm, with late 2017’s celestial single Mystery being released on Jai and A.K. Paul’s Paul Institute to wide acclaim.

July 2018 saw the release of Palladino’s first self-produced track Shimmer.  With heavy percussion channelling Sheila E and a subtle mysticism influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Shimmer creates a unique feminine power of its own - one that has grabbed the attention of several radio stalwarts including Annie Mac and Benji B, as well as singular pop icon Robyn, who championed Palladino as an artist to watch in her recent Dazed & Confused guest edit.

MAYA LAW

“an infectious blend of neo-soul and hip-hop” - Somewhere Soul

Maya Law is a fiery 19 year old singer songwriter with a big voice. She’s gained support from BBC Radio 1xtra, Radio 1, Amazing Radio and Radio 2 alongside love  from The Tipping Point, Record of the Day, Somewhere Soul, The Line of Best Fit and Earmilk among many others.

She is one of Huw Stephens Tips for 2019 and is being championed nationally by her local BBC Introducing team

Law’s live set currently consists of two parts, in which she uses her vocals and acoustic guitar before moving into her unique gritty version of neo-soul style using an old ghetto blaster and mpc.

She has previously supported Loyle Carner, Liam Bailey, Jake Isaac, Akala, Connie Constance and Natty.

DAWN / Fabiana Palladino / Maya Law

16 Apr 2019

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£15

COLOSSAL SQUID

'Colossal Squid’ showcases Betts' unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and more recently Arca and Oneohtrix) with his visceral connection with live drums.

As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tried to replicate the other.

Taking the ‘Drums Vs Electronics / Man Vs Machine' idea he’s been developing behind the kit for TTT and The Heritage Orchestra (and more recently with Shobaleader One after being headhunted by Squarepusher) this album has a wider focus:

"I think almost most electronic artists have had a desire to perform live, creating a good representation of their music while being engaged with the process as much as possible” says Betts, who decided the best way for the live show to truly represent the album (and vice versa), was to make them one and the same.

GOLDBLUME

Formed in 2015 between a mutual love of confusing song structure and Big Scary Monsters, Goldblume are a spidery three-piece from Cambridge. Their sound can be impossible to pigeonhole neatly, drawing aspects of math-rock, grunge, punk and alternative rock, but with an underlying empathetic emotional vein. In November 2018 they released their debut effort 'HUSK', embarked on their first UK Tour, and have started writing more unconventional pieces for the future.

Colossal Squid / Goldblume

27 Mar 2019

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

CHARLY BLISS

Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids. Dan Shure and I dated when we were in our early teens and he and Spencer went to summer camp together. Dan and I broke up years ago, but eventually he’d become our bass player. The reason we all get along so well has to do with the fact we share this ridiculous history. We are all deeply embedded in each other’s lives.”

The ten tracks that make up Guppy, Charly Bliss’ sparkling full-length debut, show the band embracing all of their strengths—a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. That every track is loaded front-to-back with sing/shout-worthy lyrics and earworm melodies is a testament to the band’s commitment to the art form of pop songwriting.

*This show was originally set to take place at Oslo. It will now take place at the Garage. Original tickets remain valid*

Charly Bliss

13 May 2019

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£10

VERA SOLA

A family of spiritualists, writers and performers generations deep, a home haunted by legends of literature and music, personal upheaval and a sense of being unseated in time: these are the origins of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola.

With an ethereal voice providing the foundation for a haunting body of song, her timeless sound and enthralling stage presence draws an unlikely connection between Vera Lynn and Vera Hall, the grande dame of British music hall and the Depression-era Alabamian singer of work-songs and spirituals. As a child she played classical piano, later guitar and bass, learning more by instinct than instruction. An obsessive reader and writer, she’d forever written poetry and been fascinated by wordplay, falling in love at a young age with Russian literature and the work of Dylan Thomas, James Joyce and William Faulkner. All this, along with a career as a stage and voice actor—combined with years of touring in Elvis Perkins’ band—would serve as a launching point for Vera Sola.But it wasn’t until early 2017, when she booked time at Native SoundStudio in St. Louis, that she began to experiment with the idea of recording her own material. She hadn’t even shared her music with her closest friends and family, let alone recorded anything of her own. Even then, despite a lineage and lifetime of public performance, she felt a barrier blocking off her voice. Writing and playing came easily, but singing her own songs presented a different challenge. One she couldn’t explain and couldn’t quite shake. That would all change. Just before she was to travel to St. Louis, a series of life-altering events marked a radical shift that reframed her relationship to her music.

With everything she’d known to be true now unraveled, along with it vanished the fear that had prevented her from translating the sound in her blood into song. Entering the studio, she abandoned plans to bring in other musicians. She decided instead to make the album entirely alone, picking up instruments she had never played before, drawing from them the internal music that had for so long gone unexpressed. She recorded using anything at hand. Bones and breaking glass, chains and filing cabinets, hammers and two-by-fours. Countless moving parts meticulously layered and arranged.And that old fear now cast off brought new abilities, a change in her voice, including an otherworldly vibrato. She’d become a vessel, capable of channeling at once her innermost self and yet something entirely beyond her.What emerged from the sessions was her debut album, SHADES, a collection of ten finely-honed and immaculately-rendered ballads.

THE SHIVERS (SONNY SANTOS)

Brooklyn's The Shivers were formed in the weeks before September, 11th 2001 by Keith Zarriello (aka Sonny Santos) and Joanna Erdos.  The Shivers performed at legendary NYC clubs such as CBGB's, Brownies and Glasshouse Gallery in the then, still raw Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Since then, The Shivers have recorded eight studio albums and have toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally, growing a cult following including opening for bands such as M.Ward, Deer Tick  and Foster The People as well as  actors like Aaron Paul, Daniel Radcliffe and Tessa Thompson. 

Zarriello/Santos has relocated to London where he has just recorded an album with Andy Ramsay of Stereolab (Mount Kimbie, King Krule) and Dan Cox (Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas) at Urchin Studios as well as Michael Kutchman (Parquet Courts, Pearl Jam) at Look to Listen in Brooklyn, NY. The album features Matt Ingram and Nick Pini of Laura Marling and Steve Pringle of Michael Kiwanuka's bands and a duet from UK folk singer Billie Marten. The album will be released by US label, Keeled Scales in 2019 and the band will tour in support of it and transition from the name The Shivers to Sonny Santos.

HONEY GENTRY

Honey Gentry makes music to daydream to. Described by NME - who included Honey Gentry in the 2019 #NME100 - as “elegantly sad pop to break your heart”, Gentry’s style is soaked with reverb and intrigue. Her debut EP, Moonlight (2018) comprises four tracks all constructed of vocals and layers of luxurious guitar work courtesy of collaborator Ruben Elbrond-Palmer. Momentum around Gentry has been building online since early 2017, and plans are already underway for a release followup to Moonlight.

Vera Sola / The Shivers (Sonny Santos) / Honey Gentry

24 Apr 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

STEVE WYNN

Steve Wynn was a founding member of The Dream Syndicate whose 1982 debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses” is regularly listed as one of the best rock albums of all time. 

Since that time Wynn has recorded and toured with not only The Dream Syndicate (who reunited in 2012) but also with Gutterball, The Baseball Project, Danny & Dusty and as a prolific solo artist with various backing bands including his regular combo Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3.

But alongside his various bands, Wynn’s solo shows have been a constant since he first stepped on a stage with only an acoustic guitar in Los Angeles back in 1985.  “It’s at my solo shows where I rediscover the process of songwriting and also my connection with the audience.  I’ve recorded around 400 songs and I like that I can play any of them from night to night depending upon the city, the audience, the mood of the evening.  It’s liberating and exciting.”

“When I play with a band, you’re watching us work out our thing, connecting to each other, almost as voyeurs,” adds Wynn.  “But when I’m solo, it’s just me and the audience.  The fans are right there with me and we’re going on a journey together. It’s an entirely different beast from a rock show and I love them both equally.”

Whether playing acoustic or electric, whether in a theater or club or living room, you are invited to share the music, storytelling, history lesson, party and a life unfolding in real time that can only happen at a Steve Wynn solo show.

BENEDICT BENJAMIN

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). After writing and recording his debut, Ben turned to a more full band sound for his second album 'Truant,' which was written just before and after becoming a father and is about the panic and pragmatism of expecting and then becoming a parent. The early sixties influence of The Everly Brothers is still present in the melodies, but now there is an urgency and grit to the instrumentation that sits somewhere between The Velvet Underground and Tom Petty, or more recent forbears such as Kevin Morby and Angel Olsen. Both Night Songs and Truant were produced by Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Truant will be released May 3 2019.

Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) / Benedict Benjamin

25 Mar 2019

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£13.50

ELDER ISLAND

Beware before entering Elder Island’s world because once you’re in you won’t want to leave. Be prepared to be led down paths from which you can’t come back, to be captivated by sensual, soulful, shapeshifting songs, to encounter lyrics littered with clues.

There is magic in Elder Island’s music and perhaps a little witchcraft. Trying to pin the Bristol trio’s sound down is pointless because the usual pop rules don’t apply. Textures matter as much as melodies. Genres bend and blend. Electronics rub shoulders with odd instruments. Katy Sargent sings as though casting a spell.

They are songs to lose yourself in, to be swept away by, to send shivers up your spine. What they mean is for the listener to decipher. There are signposts, of course – alluring lyrics, telling atmospherics, tantalising sonic twists and turns, tempo-changing beats – but these lovingly-crafted life stories aren’t literal. They’re far too smart for that.

Elder Island

20 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 8EH

7.00pm

£16.50

GIA MARGARET

Chicago singer/songwriter/producer Gia Margaret describes her music as “sleep rock.” It’s a genre all her own, combining elements of folk, shoegaze, slowcore, ambient electronica and trip hop. For her self-produced debut album, There’s Always Glimmer(out July 27, 2018 on Orindal Records), Gia Margaret crafted twelve gorgeously melancholic lullabies to combat her own insomnia, and to salvage some beauty from the brighter and darker moments of her life.

There’s Always Glimmer explores relationships between friends, family members and significant others, often in past tense. Sparse verses isolate mundane moments of domestic and urban life, and choruses ache with earnest expressions of yearning and loss. The disarmingly simple language of Gia Margaret’s lyrics, when carried by the melodic sparkle of her singing voice, have the power to elevate an ordinary moment into something supremely nostalgic and sentimental. A ride on a train, a hand on a shoulder, a dog in a yard, the light of the moon through an apartment window are each made significant and sacred, worthy of examination and preservation.

As much as it addresses the unease in our lives, each song on There’s Always Glimmeris steeped in loving comfort, awash with gentle sounds to usher the still minutes before dreams come, when we’re left alone amidst the shadows and the echoes of our memory. There’s Always Glimmer exists to fill the darkness and the quiet.

Gia Margaret

05 Sep 2019

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£11.50

BROTHER ALI

With a back catalogue that spans 20 years, rapper and producer Brother Ali is back on the road in March 2019! Catch him at The Jazz Cafe in London on 18th March.

Brother Ali

19 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£17.50

BARRIE

Barrie, Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge – collectively known as Barrie– clock in with their debut track “Canyons,” on Winspear. While the group now calls Brooklyn home, each member arrived via their own avenue, coming from Baltimore, Boston, São Paulo, London, and Upstate New York.

Previously, lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for a sculptor, while Spurge and Noah work at The Lot Radio – a community-run, online radio station – where the three met through a mutual friend and connected with their drummer Dom. And then there’s Sabine, from Brazil via Berlin, who was recruited through a Tinder profile set up by the band to track down a bassist.

The group’s opening statement, “Canyons,” wobbles through shades of verses, echoes of choruses, and across the velvet upholstery of theater seats. Songwriter Barrie describes how “every revision until the end was like a swipe of sandpaper, stripping it down and roughing up the sweetness.” Stay tuned for more from Barrie in 2018.

Barrie

26 Apr 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

Somewhere, frozen in deep space, is a pop group. They’re called The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen and they make mutated 50s pop music – somewhere between the great American songbook and classic American jukebox tunes, then dipped in classic romance film scores before being lathered up with prog-rock, jazz and psychedelia.

They’re the brainchild of Oliver Taylor, frontman of Trudy and The Romance. Or maybe they’re the characterised manifestation of several real life experiences. In either case, The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen are here, and they’re playing on Trudy and The Romance’s debut album ‘Sandman’ – a cosmic, kaleidoscopic, merry-go-round of a record that is bursting with bright ambition.

Really, this could be called a concept album, especially given the introduction of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen. “I’ve asked people and they don’t think they would pick up on it. But you write it for the diehards, don’t you. Twenty years down the line someone will have this album on a Top 20 Concept Album list, and that’s how people will know,” laughs Olly, underpinning the inherent humour of the work.

However, while the intricate details of the narrative might be buried in the lyrics, under layers of fuzz or light-years away, there is certainly a story here – a specific conceptual idea. It involves the characters Little Johnny, frontman of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen, and Sweet Emma, his love. We’re introduced to these two on opening track “My Baby’s Gone Away” just as Johnny skips town and dreams big, setting up his future career with the Spacemen.

Trudy and the Romance

21 May 2019

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

FM-84

Due to overwhelming demand, we’re excited to announce our biggest headline show to date in London on 26th May at Electric Brixton.

Following a very quick sell out at The Garage in February, this will be our second UK date of 2019, so we hope you'll make the trip to join us for an epic night. The London shows follow a SOLD OUT tour of the US and Canada in 2017 and 2018.

FM-84 is Col Bennett and Ollie Wride

Col is a producer from Scotland, now living in San Francisco, California. Ollie Wride is a singer-songwriter from Brighton, England.

Prepare for soaring retro beats, nostalgic synths, sun-kissed guitars and an epic vocal performance from irrepressible frontman Ollie Wride. After a SOLD OUT tour of the US and Canada in 2017 and 2018, the duo embark on a brand new 12 date tour of the US and Europe to coincide with brand new music in 2019.

The tour follows the independent success of “Atlas”, the debut album from FM-84. Vehlinggo described the album as “Stunning. Stratospheric and Enchanting.” NewRetroWave said “Atlas is a profound masterpiece of an album done with an almost unfathomable attention to detail.” and Magnetic Magazine called it “Incredible. An album that rattles you so intensely to the core that you can’t believe what you’re hearing.”

"Atlas" is the story of wonder, imagination, dreams, youth, innocence, love and heartbreak all captured under the golden light of a fading summer sun. The sound of a summer long gone. Experience the retro synth-pop sensation LIVE this summer.

TIMECOP1983

Dreamy // Romantic // Cinematic //

FM-84 / Timecop1983

26 May 2019

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton
London
SW2 1RJ

7pm

£16.50

ADULT MOM

Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stephanie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012. Adult Mom now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Bruce Hamilton. Through reflections and explorations of the personal and hidden, the crux of the writing produced by Knipe is focused on excavation. The dredging out of secrets, putting it all in a pan, waiting for the gold to rise. Honesty and intimacy form as Knipe writes clever pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth.

With their debut LP, Momentary Lapse of Happily, Adult Mom bravely shined a light on the darkness and allowed the listener to experience and feel those moments along with them. Soft Spots, the project’s sophomore LP, is an exploration into the physical and emotional acts of opening up, the vulnerability that produces love, and then ache. With this record, Knipe proclaims that everybody has soft spots. Spots that get cared for and tended to, that grow and fade, that produce feeling that can linger for years and years. Knipe shares with us their process of learning how to cradle and understand their own softness without finality, a story without an end.

Adult Mom

25 Jul 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

TOMBERLIN

On her deeply moving debut album At Weddings, Sarah Beth Tomberlin writes with the clarity and wisdom of an artist well beyond her years. Immeasurable space circulates within the album's ten songs, which set Tomberlin's searching voice against lush backdrops of piano and guitar. Like Julien Baker and Sufjan Stevens, she has a knack for transforming the personal into parable. Like Grouper, she has a feel for the transcendent within the ordinary.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and now based in Louisville, Kentucky, Tomberlin wrote most of At Weddings while living with her family in southern Illinois during her late teens and early twenties. At 16, she finished her homeschooling curriculum and went to college at a private Christian school she describes, only half-jokingly, as a "cult." By 17, she had dropped out of school, returned home, and begun to face a period of difficult transition in her life. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Tomberlin found herself questioning not only her faith, but her identity, her purpose, and her place in the world.

"I was working, going to school, and experiencing heavy isolation," Tomberlin says of the time when she first began writing the songs on At Weddings. "It felt monotonous, like endless nothingness. It was a means to get through to the next step of life." In songwriting, Tomberlin found relief and lucidity she had trouble articulating otherwise. When she was 19, she wrote "Tornado" on her parents' piano, and began to develop confidence in her music. A year later, she had written enough songs to fill an album.

DANA GAVANSKI

Dana has been singing since she was a child: in her room, to the radio, in choir, and during the boisterous gatherings with her Serbian family. However, she took a break from music and started focusing her attention on her love of cinema. With a father in the film industry, a painter mother and having a background in art history, cinema and film production, Dana was initially prepared to work in the film industry or academics. Yet a defining moment came when her ex-partner left her his guitar before moving to NYC. During her last year of University her attention slowly became focused on re-learning the guitar with a Travis Picking technique book and her faint muscle memory of playing Joan Baez’s ‘Diamonds and Rust’. Then, in the summer of 2016, after she took a job with her father as a producer’s assistant on a film shooting in the Laurentians, she made enough money to focus solely on music for a year.  From this came Spring Demos, released via Fox Food Records in September 2017.

Tomberlin / Dana Gavanski

24 May 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou grew up on a mountainside in South Africa listening to her parent's records and indulging her love of theatre, arts and music - a formative time that nurtured her independence and desire to experience music of all styles. This multi-faceted creative upbringing mixed with Alice's natural wanderlust and in 2010, 16-year-old Alice made her first journey to Europe during her summer break from school. Inspired by watching fire dancers in Paris, she began to perform to get enough money to fund her travelling.  

That summer Alice roamed between Paris and Amsterdam; experiencing the highs and lows of the street performances underbelly. This vagabond lifestyle was a creative inspiration and gave Alice an enduring taste for the immediacy of street crowds. After returning to South Africa to complete her studies, Alice's path led her back to Europe and she made her way to the German capital - Berlin. The freedom of the city was intoxicating and she immersed herself in the creative world there.  

Now having played intimate gigs across Europe and South Africa, supporting established like-minded artists like Rodriguez, and releasing her first full length studio album, Alice will be gracing EartH's theatre stage with her mix of soul, blues and jazz, soothing vocal harmonies and sleazy brass flourishes.

L.A. SALAMI

Lookman Adekunle Salami - ‘L.A. Salami’ - is a rare breed of musician that the world has been craving since the height of storytelling legends like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Not quite folk, not quite indy, not quite common and certainly not boring, L.A. Salami’s lyricism and voice are hypnotic.

OLMO & MATHILDA

Olmo X Mathilda is a collaboration between two childhood friends. Olmo is a Berlin based musician who's music ranges from electronic production to acoustic songwriting. Mathilda is a girl who has lots of snails.

Alice Phoebe Lou / LA Salami / Olmo & Mathilda

17 Apr 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15

SOLD OUT

FAR CASPIAN

Far Caspian’s foundations were built in frontman Joel Johnston’s University halls. His Lo-fi sound was picked up by Blogs such as Indie Shuffle and thelazylazyme, curating over 100k plays on his Soundcloud. Since graduating, Johnston has called upon Alessio and Jof to turn his bedroom sound into something bolder whilst still gravitating towards the DIY approach, producing/recording their own songs and music videos. Their debut EP will be released under Independent Label Dance to the Radio later this year.

PIZZA GIRL

Phil Plested can’t help himself: get him started on the topic of songwriting and the cheerful musician will tell you all the myriad ways in which he’s a tried-and-true believer in the power of a well-crafted song. “That’s natural to me. That’s what I know,” the 25-year-old UK singer-songwriter says of that almost-surreal way in which a particular set of chords and words can pair with the right melody and then just when the entire world feels in total disarray suddenly it all makes complete sense. “I write songs for those moments,” the artist who performs as Plested offers with a smile. “Regardless of what I’m doing on any given day I’m going to go to the studio and write songs. That’s how I get my emotions out. That’s what’s always there for me.”

He’s spent the past several years penning songs for some of pop music’s biggest names, including Little Mix (the UK Top 5 single “Touch”), Zayn Malik and Kygo. But Plested says he has his own story to tell. Of his decision to sign with Atlantic Records, launch his solo career and release his forthcoming debut album due later this year, the winsome-voiced singer says, “When you have songs that you really care about and you know you love them there’s nothing to lose. Why give your song away to someone/another artist who is not going to care as much for it? If you can write beautiful songs and you can sing them then why not do it yourself?”

Far Caspian / Pizza Girl

11 Apr 2019

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

JACCO GARDNER'S SOMNIUM

"Return to the sphinx through the waves of illusion
Follow the wanderer crossing the gate
Shades are calling for a dance of diffusion
Travel the world that the watcher creates”

So reads the text on the inner sleeve of Jacco Gardener’s latest, and third, LP. It’s an analogy that extends from a Nietzsche quote: “There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.”

The quote, one wrapped in mystery and duality and a sense of change and exploration, is emblematic of where Jacco has been in the last couple of years. Holed up in Lisbon with a new love in his life, immersed in literature, cinema, philosophy and the winding streets of a new city to wander. “I think moving to Lisbon played a huge part of the album, as the city has a very mystical quality to it,” he says. “Especially in the older parts of the city, but also because of the hills it’s built on, wandering through the streets can feel almost like wandering through nature.”

The resulting album is not necessarily one that is representative of his new found surroundings in an obvious sense but more a depiction and projection of his thoughts and dreams whilst spent walking the streets; which he did whilst thinking about the books he’d been reading and imagining those world's put to sound. Jacco has been known to create swirling psychedelic pop boosted by his rich, resonate and baroque voice but on Somnium, his vocals are gone and in their place is an equally seamless melodic exploration but an instrumental one with a synthesised Sci-Fi edge.

Jacco Gardner’s Somnium

22 May 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£14

KOKOKO

The band was born in Kinshasa when Makara Bianko, débruit and a group of musicians from the Ngwaka neighbourhood met. They rehearsed and recorded together in a self made studio made of material gathered around. After one month of playing and creating new sounds they improvised a block party on a building site of the Kato street ghetto, that would be the 1st performance of KOKOKO! And will define the collective that also includes art performers and dancers.

“KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria” Pitchfork “Energetic and explosive... inspiring a thriving alternative dance” TED Global
“KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity” TIME
“Get to know the soundtrack of Kinshasa's tomorrow, a powerful protest project... KOKOKO!” i-D
“This is more than survival. This is genius” AFROPUNK

TONY NJOKU

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’

Tony has been building a lot of momentum over the past few years, from UK/EU tours to supporting acts like Gaika, Anna Von Hauswolff and Rival Consoles to playing the main stage at Green Man Festival (which featured acts like James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle and Sebastian as headliners).

Last year Tony released his second album H.P.A.C. to positive reviews and feedback from Mojo, Wonderland, FACT Mag, DIY Magazine, MixMag, Gilles Peterson and many others.

KOKOKO! / Tony Njoku

04 Apr 2019

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£13.50

CASS MCCOMBS

Recorded at Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 studios in Brooklyn, Cass' new record Tip of the Sphere was engineered by Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian) and features the core band of McCombs (guitar, vocals), Dan Horne (co-producer, bass), Otto Hauser (drums), and Frank LoCrasto (piano, organ, and more), plus a range of guests including Jason Quever (A and Not The Way) on drums and additional engineering in “The Great Pixley Train Robbery.” Tip of the Sphere sees McCombs’ with a newfound confidence, resulting in rock songs that have more fervor, ballads that are more beautiful, and an overall heightened sound.

“Arguably the greatest American singer-songwriter of this generation” VICE
“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade" UNCUT
“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters" GOD IS IN THE TV
"The inscrutable troubadour poses another set of sumptuous riddles on his terrific Mangy Love follow-up" - UNCUT
"There’s something powerful in Cass McCombs' astute lyricism, an engrossing, almost narrative led piece of songwriting" - CLASH
"'Sleeping Volcanoes’ is the kind of song just warm and slightly weird enough to help us melt away our troubles, if only for four minutes" - THE 405

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER

On Rebound, Eleanor Friedberger has created a subtle world that is a little fizzier, a little synthier- more cinematic, more meditative- than her previous three albums.  In the wake of 2016's jarring political shift, Friedberger felt a need to be even more self-reliant, right down to the album artwork, in which she painted a backdrop and styled herself as an attempt to look like an amped up Lizzy Mercier Descloux. 

In contrast to the sonic serenity of 2016's New View, which she arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly on her own and with the producer Clemens Knieper.  Programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted rhythm guitars dominate the landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Cass McCombs / Eleanor Friedberger

06 Jun 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£16

RINA MUSHONGA

“Man was made to hold his head erect in majesty and see the sky, to raise his eyes to the bright stars above,” the Roman poet Ovid wrote in 8AD, in his Latin literary epic Metamorphoses. You don’t need to tell this to Rina Mushonga. The London-based, Dutch-Zimbabwean pop innovator, whose new album In A Galaxy was part inspired by Metamorphoses, is full of reflections on the cosmos and our place in it. “The title refers to how relative space and time are in how we perceive and judge each other,” she explains of her follow-up to 2014 debut The Wild, The Wilderness. “Earth viewed as part of a galaxy binds us in our humanity.” The universe is infinite in its expanse, as Ovid observed. Mushonga’s In A Galaxy weaves into an glittering constellation of warped synths, Afropop rhythms and addictive, soul-lifting vocal harmonies the suggestion that we’re all specks of dust floating through that expanse, whose differences seem insignificant up against that truth.

Describing the album as sounding like “Paul Simon in a sweaty, African dancehall club,” Mushonga explains that the record is a result of four years spent “trying to filter out the noise more, to go with my gut more, trust my instinct and my taste, even if people think it's weird or too much.” Working both in her adopted hometown of Peckham with producer Brett Shaw and with “my musical besty and synth whisperer” Frans Verburg in his Rotterdam basement studio, In A Galaxy buzzes with an eclecticism that might be traced back to heritage and history of moving around: at various points of her life, Mushonga has lived in India, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands before moving to London. “My life always felt very cross-pollinated,” says Mushonga. “My Dad always proudly called us global citizens – we belonged everywhere. I loved that, I identified with that. My music doesn't have to choose to express anything but myself – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. And it's that genre-hopping that best represents me, how I see things and experience the world.”

MEI

Given the name MEI by her Mandarin teacher, meaning 'beauty', Mercy Welbeck was introduced to soul and gospel music after joining her church choir at 11 years old. Since finding her love for music, she has performed alongside Brian Eno and Karl Hyde on Later... with Jools Holland and supported Little Simz with Bad Honey at the Roundhouse Rising Festival. MEI also features on the FIFA 19 soundtrack alongside collaborators Husky Loops and Count Counsellor .

Previously supported by the likes of Clash, gal-dem, EARMILK, and hotly tipped by hip-hop artist Kojey Radical, MEI's soulful sound is capturing the attention of some of the best industry heads. Recently being awarded the Do It Differently Fund by Help Musicians UK, MEI is now making her own unique mark on the UK music scene.

Rina Mushonga / MEI

19 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
MEI: 8.15pm
Rina Mushonga: 9.15pm

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

STRAND OF OAKS

“When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear...but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be.”

In December 2017, Tim Showalter was uncertain about his next record and the shape it would eventually take. With no new songs written and lacking any clear vision, he was unprepared for the message he would receive from his friend Carl Broemel, the conversation that would follow, and the album that would become Eraserland. Leading off with standout track “Weird Ways” and his powerful declaration of “I don’t feel it anymore,” Eraserland traces Showalter’s evolution from apprehension to creative awakening, carving out a new and compelling future for Strand of Oaks.

"This project seemed to just fall together naturally,” said Broemel, guitarist for My Morning Jacket. “I felt drawn to Tim’s positive energy and his albums...I threw it out there that I’d be happy to help in any way I could with the record." Broemel quickly reignited Showalter's interest in what would become Strand of Oaks’ sixth full-length studio release, and within 24 hours, My Morning Jacket members Patrick Hallahan (drums), Bo Koster (keys), and Tom Blankenship (bass) were also on board.

Revived by the support of Broemel and his bandmates, Showalter felt the pressure to deliver songs worthy of musicians he had admired long before and after a 2015 Oaks/MMJ tour. So in February 2018, he spent two weeks alone in Wildwood, New Jersey writing and demoing all of the songs that would eventually comprise Eraserland. And in April, he went into the studio to record with Kevin Ratterman at La La Land Studios in Louisville, Kentucky, and with Broemel, Hallahan, Koster, and Blankenship as his band. Jason Isbell also contributed his Hendrix-esque guitar work to Eraserland, while singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle provided gorgeous vocals. Every song was recorded live, with all musicians playing together in one room and working to bring Showalter’s ideas to fruition. “I remember sitting next to Tim and Kevin listening to the final mixes with tears rolling down my cheeks,” said Hallahan. “From start to finish, this one came from the heart.”

Each song on Eraserland sustains an openness and sensitivity that is enthralling, bolstered by the exceptional musicians there to realize it and rekindle Showalter’s passion for music-making. The album finds Showalter successfully channeling the full spectrum of sounds within the Strand of Oaks discography, from fast, synthy tracks like “Hyperspace Blues” to epic burner “Visions, the gorgeous ballad “Keys,” and his devastating acoustic performance on “Wild and Willing.” But Eraserland also has moments of pure, upbeat exuberance, most notably on “Ruby,” a rollicking, understated anthem driven by buoyant piano and one of Showalter’s most infectious melodies to date. Isbell’s magnificent shredding is showcased on “Moon Landing,” Eraserland’s preeminent off-the-wall groove, while the album’s title track finds Showalter resurrecting his long-dormant alter ego Pope Killdragon for a striking, synth-laden duet with Rundle.

But in many ways, “Forever Chords” is the definitive track on Showalter’s magnum opus, and the manifestation of everything he hoped to achieve on this record and for Strand of Oaks as a whole. “When I finished writing ‘Forever Chords,’ I felt like this is either the last song I ever need to write, or the

rebirth of Strand of Oaks.” Poignant and heart-rending, “Forever Chords” gradually builds toward an emotional release rooted in our own universal fears about mortality, personal legacy, and music as a saving force.
But it’s that first Eraserland line, “I don’t feel it anymore,” that sets a stunning precedent for the most affecting and fully-formed album Strand of Oaks has ever released. Because despite whatever doubts or reservations Showalter had going into the process, he crafted a series of songs so perfectly matched to the musicians supporting it, and so emboldened by his own doubts and insecurities, that the result is glittering, powerful, and impassioned, a moving rock and roll saga that feels substantial and deeply satisfying, vulnerable and self-assured.

FRANKIE LEE

Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee’s family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a motorcycle accident when he was 12, Frankie immersed himself in the city’s music scene, appearing onstage with local heroes Slim Dunlap (The Replacements) and Curtiss A at the impressionable age of 14. After inheriting records and instruments from his father’s collection, Lee was – as he sees it – “taught to play guitar by a ghost”. He continues, “I was raised on stage. These guys would bring me into the clubs, sit me behind the soundboard and give me all the coca cola I could drink until they’d call me up for a song or two at the end of the night.”

At the age of 20 Lee dropped out of college, re-invested his soccer scholarship funds in a Volvo Station wagon and embarked on a life-long love affair with America’s open roads. Lee’s first stop was Nashville, where he met Merle Haggard on the same day he drove into town. Lee then moved on to Austin, TX where he spent 6 years working for Townes Van Zandt’s son JT building cabinets. The two became good friends and Lee played his first show at a night hosted by JT. “Austin was a Mecca for me. The scene at the time was bursting wide open with everything from Western swing cover bands to Roky Erikson’s psychedelic garage rock. I was out almost every night for 6 years. There was never an excuse to stay in.”

Strand of Oaks / Frankie Lee

27 May 2019

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£17.50

KEL ASSOUF

As far as we can go back through the history of the Tuaregs - a name that has been added to them, themselves preferring "Kel Tamashek" - we find the struggles of a people to preserve their nomadic status, free of borders.

This album is entirely infused with an energy that never sleeps; that of the revolution against oppressions and injustices, be it in the time of colonialism, or today, through a much more insidious seizure (but well real). That of the multinationals who come to extract the precious raw materials essential to the comfort of Western societies, to the detriment of the local populations.

This spirit of resistance is unceasing, as the song Alyochan recalls - revolution is an awareness and a watch of every moment - it slips between the lines of a wistful song like Tamatant (resistance is a duty, shame on all who say that revolution is not a duty, a duty for all Tuareg, remember the dark years, when Amghar revolted, without water or containers ...) while the fiery Tenere is actually a nostalgic ode to a mysterious being - Sahara and blues haunt me, like the memory of a tattooed hand. Remembering a mysterious brunette...

TONY NJOKU

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’

Tony has been building a lot of momentum over the past few years, from UK/EU tours to support slots for Erased Tapes Records’ Rival Consoles, Gaika and Anna Von Hausswolff, to playing the main stage at the 2016 Green Man Festival (which featured acts like James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle and Sebastian as headliners) which was considered a festival highlight by many viewers including festival director Fiona Stewart and Huw Stephens of BBC1.