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Remixed: Maroon 5 - Wait (Feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)


Words: Saam Das

I'm not sure what the general perception is of Maroon 5 these days - I imagine it's something along the lines of "throwaway mainstream pop act". On this evidence, that would be an unfair statement as the American outfit's latest single 'Wait' is a stormer. A dazzling mix of RnB and pop, complete with an absurdly brilliant video that you can view below, alongside a new remix by rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

A Boogie's light touch approach to 'Wait' is apt - essentially retaining all the elements that make the track so incessantly listenable, while adding a crisp verse that continues the lyrical relationship plea that Adam Levine's vocals so markedly convey. It's the Snapchat-based official music video for 'Wait' however that is arguably the centrepiece here, as Levine lipsyncs his way through a billion (or so) filters, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. And it features his dog Bones too!

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Listen: Marshmello x Lil Peep - Spotlight [New Track]


Words: Saam DasToday's announcement of the passing of The Fall frontman Mark E Smith is the latest in a sad string of deaths in the music world, following the recent news regarding Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and emo-inspired US rapper-but-maybe-not Lil Peep. We'll be focussing on the latter today, and this posthumous collaboration with dance producer Marshmello acts as a fitting celebration of Lil Peep's talent. Check out 'Spotlight' below.Marshmello (finally revealed to be Chris Comstock in 2017) quickly established himself as an electronic music mainstay, with bouncy tracks like 2016's 'Alone' dominating gyms and clubs across the lands. Lil Peep was also very much making waves, with his lo-fi genre-bending style attracting controversy and curiosity alongside several million hits across multiple platforms.So it's in unfortunate circumstances that 'Spotlight' finds its way into the world - indeed some initial criticism for its release was only quelled after Marshmello explained that it was Lil Peep's mother's wish for the track to come out. With that out the way, it's also unfortunate that the track wasn't completed at the time of passing, but nonetheless in this eventual release, Lil Peep's yearning vocals are terrifically accompanied by Marshmello's marauding beats and instrumentation. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen> width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src=""> width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="">Find out more info via and © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Watch: Young Fathers - In My View [Official Video]


Words: Saam Das

Scotland's Young Fathers are stepping up their game ahead of the release of their third album 'Cocoa Sugar' (due out on 9th March), unveiling the video for new single 'In My View', as well as playing a special Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired sold-out show this weekend in London.

The Mercury Prize winners followed their heavy contribution to Danny Boyle's 'T2 Trainspotting' soundtrack with the contemplative 'Lord' late last year, which is also set to appear on the forthcoming new album on Ninja Tune. The absorbing 'In My View', in particular, ranks highly amongst the trio's back catalogue - soulful, percussive, and with shades of the brilliant TV On The Radio. You can watch Jack Whiteley's somewhat meta and certainly striking video for the track below:

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Year In Review: Rajan Lakhani's Top Ten Albums Of 2017


Words: Rajan LakhaniFollowing up my top tracks of 2017 comes a list of my favourite ten albums of the past year, including promising newcomers and returning giants. The YouTube playlist below will also handily take you through a song from each record.YOUTUBE PLAYLIST: allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">10) Bedouine - 'Bedouine' seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 42px; width: 100%;">Bedouine by BedouineBedouine is a superb debut record from Azniv Korkejian that beguiles listeners. It has a sublime, country-folk sound, and what’s most impressive for me is how every song complements each other, creating something that’s a singular artistic statement which is more than the sum of its parts.9) The Big Moon - 'Love In The 4th Dimension' allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Except for a brief intermission from Royal Blood, new British guitar-based bands are struggling - only a handful of albums in NME’s top 50 albums from the year are guitar-based and the magazine itself has been forced to branch out far beyond indie bands. But bands like Creeper and The Big Moon are doing their best to keep the flame alive, both delivering splendid debuts. This album just sneaks in ahead of Creeper, combining influences such as Elastica, Pixies and Arctic Monkeys to create a series of anthems. 8) Real Estate - 'In Mind' allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Losing your lead guitarist (Matt Mondanile, otherwise known as Ducktails) leads many bands to call it a day. Instead, Real Estate have delivered their best record, taking the opportunity to fine-tune their sound. While the woozy, spacey atmospherics are still present, the melodies are stronger and more memorable, marking a big step forward for the group.7) The War On Drugs - 'A Deeper Understanding' allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">'A Deeper Understanding', the follow-up to the outstanding 'Lost In A Dream', doesn’t quite reach its heights but it’s a superb record in its own right. The hazy, inviting atmospherics and 80s influences (Dire Straits, Springsteen, Petty) remain, while frontman/songwriter Adam Granduciel continues to explore where his muse takes him, delivering an even more expansive record for listeners to explore and enjoy. 6) The Horrors - 'V' allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I’m not quite sure why this album didn’t make a bigger impact commercially last year. The band’s most realised album yet, and it was met with some of their best ever reviews. Perhaps it’s a case of The Horrors being taken for granted given how consistent they’ve become. Since the brilliant volte-face of 'Primary Colours', they’ve produced intricate sonic atmospheres that you can’t help admire but 'V' is a much tighter affair and features Faris Badwan’s best vocals to date.5) Protomartyr - 'Relatives In Descent' frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Protomartyr are one of the most criminally underrated bands. They’ve delivered a series of excellent records, but perhaps their sinuoey, dark post-punk sound makes them difficult to embrace. There were a[...]

Festival Preview: Eight Of The Best Acts To See At Rockaway Beach 2018


Rockaway Beach (12-14 Jan '18, Butlin's Bognor Regis) // Words: Saam DasFew music festivals can claim to offer top bands, a roof over your head, and a water-based adventure park all included in the (very reasonable) ticket price, but Rockaway Beach has stepped up to meet these unique needs. Now entering its third year, the first major UK festival of the year kicks off this weekend, featuring the likes of Gang Of Four, Alabama 3, and one of the final performances of the departing Wild Beasts. We've picked out some potential festival highlights across the 2018 edition of Rockaway Beach:The Horrors (Fri, 21.30, Centre Stage) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">There was a time when The Horrors were better known for their haircuts than their music. That time being a decade ago. Since then, The Horrors have transformed from garage punk upstarts into critical darlings, with their Paul Epworth-produced 2017 album 'V' being their latest acclaimed effort. Desperate Journalist (Sat, 15.45, Reds) frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">I first stumbled upon Desperate Journalist when I was asked to help judge the 2014 Emerging Talent Competition run by Glastonbury Festival - they might have just missed the cut then but the North London post-punkers don't miss out this time round. Last year's 'Grow Up' was their second album to come out on the celebrated Fierce Panda label, whose alumni include Ash, Coldplay, and The Polyphonic Spree.Soccer Mommy (Sat, 17.00, Reds) style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="" seamless>Clean by soccer mommyArguably one of the few "blog buzz" (if that is indeed still a thing) acts on the Rockaway Beach line up but one that is starting to look like its ready to fulfil the promise. Nashville's Sophie Allison's earlier bedroom recordings as Soccer Mommy could be accused of being a tad on the undercooked side but as outspoken new track 'Your Dog' shows, she's hit the ground running in 2018.Pulled Apart By Horses (Sat, 20.45, Reds) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Firmly established as one of the fiercest live bands in the UK, with Muse having handpicked them as tour supports way back in 2010. Is Butlin's/Bognor ready for a mosh pit? Fingers crossed for all that and more.British Sea Power (Sat, 21.30, Centre Stage) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me when I found lyrics to British Sea Power's 2003 single 'Carrion' included in an exhibition in Greenwich's National Maritime Museum - a considerable demonstration of the respect and reach of the band. Their sixth studio album was released early last year, and with a healthy back catalogue, we're sure they'll be a delight.Wild Beasts (Sat, 23.15, Centre Stage) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">With the announcement that they will be disbanding in 2018, it appears that these Wild Beasts have been tamed but we hope that they will be going out with a bang in their final scheduled UK festival performance. Hayden Thorpe will also be part of a live Q&A on Saturday afternoon, undoubtedly discussing many highlights of his time in the band, including the Mercury Prize-nominated 'Two Dancers'.YONAKA (Sun, 17.[...]

Year In Review: Rajan Lakhani's Top Tracks Of 2017


Words: Rajan LakhaniKicking off our Best Of 2017 features with a selection of my favourite tracks of the last year, many of which soundtracked (and helped ease) the commute into work. In no particular order, here are thirteen of the best tracks of 2017, accompanied by a YouTube playlist for your viewing and listening pleasure:YOUTUBE PLAYLIST: allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Susanne Sundfor - 'Undercover' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">'Undercover' starts off as a beautiful ballad which then builds into something extraordinary. It was so good that I just had to keep listening to it, even though I’d already got to my desk in the office!Paramore - 'Hard Times' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Their most commercial track yet, 'Hard Times' sees Paramore’s sound move even further way from their emo beginnings, taking cues from Talking Heads and Blondie.Arcade Fire - 'Everything Now' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">While the album was a disappointment, 'Everything Now' is a perfect, bouncy distillation of the prevailing culture where patience and long-term thinking are sadly lacking when we need them most. Spoon - 'Hot Thoughts' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Spoon never phone it in, and 'Hot Thoughts', the title track from their latest fantastic album, is arguably their most earworm of a song yet. Future Islands - 'Ran' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">'Seasons' was so incredible, a lightning in a bottle track that following it up was going to be nigh-on impossible. While 'Ran' doesn’t quite reach those heights, it’s still a stunning song. Julia Michaels - 'Issues' frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">It was a toss-up between including 'Issues' or Lorde’s 'Green Light' but the former won out. Julia Michaels, whose songwriting credits already include Justin Bieber’s 'Sorry', is the biggest popstar that people haven’t heard of yet, and 2018 is likely to be her breakout year. Kasabian - 'Are You Looking For Action?' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Already a live favourite, 'Are you Looking For Action' features an infectious bass and hypnotic beat before a typically Kasabian stadium-sized chorus gets you jubilantly pogoing up and down. Bleachers - 'Dream Of Mickey Mantle'/'Goodmorning' allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Springsteen-style epic, check. Beatles-esque melodies, check. Weighty issues of love, life and loss. Check. There’s no way these tracks would not work, and Jack Antonoff is a strong enough songwriter to avoid it sounding like pastiche. Foxygen - 'On Lankershim' seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 42px; width: 100%;">Hang by FoxygenF[...]

Festival Review: Twelve Of The Best Films We Caught At The 2017 BFI London Film Festival


BFI London Film Festival 2017 (4-15 Oct '17) // Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn & Saam DasThe 61st BFI London Film Festival was yet another success, with over 180,000 attendees flocking to London cinemas and almost 30,000 more attending satellite screenings across the UK. The 2017 London Film Festival opened with Andy Serkis's directorial debut 'Breathe' before closing, some 240+ feature films later, with Martin McDonagh's Oscar-threatening 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. We've collected some of our favourite films from the LFF 2017 below in alphabetical order:'AlphaGo' (★★★★★) allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Perhaps the finest documentary at this year's LFF, Greg Kohs masterfully mashes sports drama and philosophical discussion in 'AlphaGo', with a fantastic score by Hauschka. An in-depth look at man versus machine, or rather an assessment of the progress of artificial intelligence, as Google's DeepMind programming takes on human champions of the considerably complicated centuries-old board game, Go. An excellent fit for a series such as BBC Storyville, 'AlphaGo' is pleasingly making its way to a larger audience via Netflix from January 1st 2018. Dramatic, emotional, and in its own way, triumphant. [SD]'Breathe' (★★★★) allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Based on the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, this debut feature from Andy Serkis is powerful and moving, thanks to strong central performances and an eclectic score from Nitin Sawnhey. A happy marriage is rocked by a sudden polio infection, leaving Andrew Garfield's Robin with just weeks to live. A tale of determination and enduring love, Claire Foy is particularly impressive in her role of the irrepressible Diana. [SD]'Call Me By Your Name' (★★★★) allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Sumptuous and sensual, Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory skilfully adapt André Aciman's novel for the big screen. Transporting the audience to rural Italy in the early eighties, 'Call Me By Your Name' turns its seductive eye to a burgeoning romance between youthful Elio (a star-making turn from Timothée Chalamet) on his summer hols at the family villa and the visiting Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film's evocative feel is particularly successful thanks to the glorious cinematography of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, and the soundtrack, with significant contribution from Sufjan Stevens. The overall result being a striking coming-of-age effort. [SD]'Cargo' (★★★) allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">A meditative and quiet film, 'Cargo' follows the hardships of three brothers struggling to keep their family fishing business afloat after the unexpected death of their father. Director and co-writer Gilles Coulier does an excellent job of depicting the complexities of fraternal relationships, albeit with a script that is spare on words. Full of unspoken truths, swallowed resentments and pregnant silences, it’s more about what isn’t said – instead relying on the impressive lead actors Sebastien Dewaele, Sam Louwyck and Wim Willaert to convey intensity of emotion through pointed glances and gestures. Although it may be little too slow and reserved for some, this is a powerful and affecting film. [LJ-G]'Filmworker' (★★★★) allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560">Leon Vitali's acting career peaked with a starring role in Stanle[...]

Watch: Human Pyramids - Crackle Pop [360 VR Video]


Words: Saam DasSynesthesia/Synaesthesia (noun): "a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound produces the visualization of a certain colour". The new video for 'Crackle Pop' from orchestral noise merchants Human Pyramids aims to bring the synesthetic experience to all, in an immersive 360 degrees online environment.At the junction of the rarely trodden path between contemporary classical and post-rock, 'Crackle Pop' is a joyous cacophony, appropriately encapsulated by the John Lynch-directed video. Explosions of shapes and colours prove to be a delightful accompaniment to the musical fireworks of the new track, which appears on the forthcoming second album, 'Home'.Ahead of the new release, the Paul Russell-led project headlines The Lexington in London, this very evening - Friday 27th October. If you can't make it down to see the ensemble, which may number up to sixteen musicians of various dispositions, then donning a VR headset for the video of 'Crackle Pop' below may well be a suitable alternative. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">'Home' is out November 10th on Three Mile Town Records. Find out more at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Festival Preview: Eight Top Bands To See At MIRRORS 2017


MIRRORS Festival (various venues across Hackney, 28 Oct '17) // Words: Saam DasThe third edition of MIRRORS lands in East London this Saturday, and we'll on hand to confirm whether autumnal music festivals are indeed all the rage. Adopting the popular formula of the bygone Camden Crawl and Communion's ever-popular Bushstock, MIRRORS will be taking over several venues in Hackney, and delivering a diverse and delicious range of acts. Headlined by the likes of Los Campesinos!, Pinegrove, Blind Pilot, we've plucked eight of the finest names on the roster for you to try to check out.Peter Oren (15.00, Paper Dress Vintage)The opening slot of a festival is often a testing one but we're confident that Indiana's Peter Oren will kick off MIRRORS 2017 strongly. His solemn, rich vocals should prove particularly arresting in this early appearance. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Daniel Alexander (16.30, Oslo)Former Breton bod Daniel Alexander will be showcasing his genre-splicing efforts in another opening slot, this time in the somewhat confusingly named Oslo. His soulful experimentalism provides good reason to get down early. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Boy Azooga (17.00, Paper Dress Vintage)Led by Cardiff's Davey Newington, otherwise known as 'Bongo Fury' while drumming as part of Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon, Boy Azooga looks set to bamboozle MIRRORS with their psychedelic pop. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Tom Rogerson (17.30, Oslo)You may know Tom Rogerson from his work in Three Trapped Tigers, but he's currently following a different path. A path that brought him across Brian Eno and the two have collaborated on Rogerson's forthcoming debut 'Finding Shore' album. If Rogerson's compositions aren't quite your cup of tea, Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation's shoegazey-meets-hazy offerings at St John at Hackney (17.30) may well be a suitable alternative. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Tuvaband (18.00, Paper Dress Vintage)It almost feels like a missed opportunity that Tuvaband aren't playing at Oslo bearing in mind that one half of the duo is from the Norwegian city. Perhaps that'd have been a bit too obvious however, and instead their thoughtful melancholy will be present at Paper Dress Vintage. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Los Campesinos! (20.00, St John at Hackney)Certainly the most well-known and well-appreciated band on the bill from our perspective, this ensemble is sure to draw upon an ever-bulging back catalogue, with their sixth studio album dropping earlier this year. Frontman Gareth David Paisey typically accompanies the energetic renditions with acerbic between-song chat, an ideal festival combo. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow[...]

Preview: A Look At Some Of The Best Films For Music Fans At The 2017 BFI London Film Festival


2017 BFI London Film Festival (4-15 October 2017) // Words: Saam DasIt was sad to open this year's programme for the BFI London Film Festival and not find a dedicated sonic strand as has been the case in recent years. There are still plenty of music-related films available for consumption however, including this evening's Opening Night Gala 'Breathe', directed by Andy Serkis and scored by Nitin Sawhney. Fellow FG scribe Lauren Johnson-Ginn has already plucked a couple of music-leaning movies on offer, in the form of 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' and 'Mutafukaz'. The former, a Neil Gaiman adaptation, that features original material from composer Nico Muhly as well as members of Xiu Xiu and The New Pornographers. The latter film, a self-proclaimed dystopian hip-hop sci-fi animation, led by a duo of French rappers. Below you can find some of the other films from the Festival that might catch the eye of a discerning music fan. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">MUSIC AT THEIR HEARTThe 'Create' strand of the 2017 BFI London Film Festival has gone some way to replacing previous dedicated musical sections, and this year offers documentaries on an arguably forgotten British folk singer ('The Ballad Of Shirley Collins'), a Warren G-led musical movement ('G Funk'), and pioneering punk madams (Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits'), among others. Perhaps most interesting is 'Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno' - an examination of Korean punk upstarts Bamseom Pirates, whose oft ill-advised activism (which includes jokingly championing Kim Jong-il) contrasts the uptight society they inhabit. Having already made waves at the Rotterdam Film Festival, this documentary could make a similarly positive impression in London.Outside of the 'Create' strand, there are yet more films with music at their heart. Two notable examples are the curious 'Sheikh Jackson' (a dramatic tale of an Islamist preacher whose faith wavers follow the passing of Michael Jackson) and 'The Drummer And The Keeper', directed by former The Fat Lady Sings frontman Nick Kelly.BIG NAMES, STRIKING SCORESOne of the finest elements of Zack Snyder's divisive 2009 superhero film 'Watchmen' was the manner in which he re-used some of Philip Glass' iconic 'Koyaanisqatsi' score. Glass' latest score is a centerpiece of 'Jane', a documentary of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall directed by Brett Morgen, who brought us the excellent 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck' in 2015.From one acclaimed composer to another, as A R Rahman also makes an appearance on film at this year's LFF. Rahman, who won an Oscar for his compositions on 2008 LFF Closing Night Gala 'Slumdog Millionaire', combines with Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majdi on slum-based, coming-of-age 'Beyond The Clouds'.Fellow Academy Award winner Alexandre Desplat also has his work present at the LFF, on Guillermo Del Toro's already impressively well received new romantic fantasy, 'The Shape Of Water'. At the less well-known end of the film's programming comes the archival video essay 'Arcadia', with Adrian Utley of Portishead and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp providing the score.SOUNDTRACKS AKA SOUND TRACKSDouble Mercury Prize-nominee Richard Hawley has recorded original material for the soundtrack of 'Funny Cow', starring Maxine Peake as an upcoming female comedian battling a troubled home life and challenging audiences. Corrine Bailey Rae and Ollie Trevers also contribute to the soundtrack, and all three musicians make cameo appearances in this bittersweet offering.For those who wish to look back, the double whammy of 'My Generation' and the iconic 'Saturday Night Fever' may be of interest. The 4k restoration of the latter is also a director's cut but one that maintains the formidable presence of the Bee Gees [...]

Surfacing: nicpreen [New Artist]


Words: Saam Das

The demise of South African upstarts Al Bairre last year was particularly upsetting - their uplifting sound and joyous live shows felt so primed for wider appeal that we can't help but feel that there's a sense of unfinished business. And perhaps Nicholas Preen from the band felt similarly, with a wonderfully evocative beginning to his new nicpreen guise.

'Never Ever' mashes a jangly indie-pop vibe somewhat reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend with leftfield elements such as kazoo-esque brass and calypso-infused percussion. It's brilliant, it's bonkers, it's brilliantly bonkers. Animal Collective would be proud. What a fine debut from nicpreen!

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Listen: Mined - Girl [New Single]


Words: Saam Das

Kofi Holmes Attivor is Mined. Mined apparently "sings things that warm his heart and break his heart in equal measure." A bittersweet sentiment imbued on recent electronica-meets-R&B single 'Girl', as you can discover below.

Mined's hazy vocals and lovelorn lyrics work well with the dreamy electronics on the longing 'Girl', treading a line between optimism and melancholia. And when 'Girl' comes to its conclusion, you're left thinking "why?" rather than "when?" - a sure sign of strong track, leaving the listener wanting more.

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Preview: Ten Of Our Top Picks At The BFI London Film Festival 2017


Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn // BFI London Film Festival (4-15 Oct '17)Public booking for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival opens this morning at 10am, with the festival itself kicking off on October 4th with Andy Serkis' directorial debut 'Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and scored by Nitin Sawhney. From the established to the more obscure, we've plucked ten of our most anticipated movies from the LFF's catalogue below. ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Based on a short story of the same name by fantasy darling Neil Gaiman, this ambitious adaptation stars Alex Sharp as a 1970s teen punk who finds himself thrust into an unlikely extra-terrestrial adventure (and romance) after crashing a party full of aliens. Elle Fanning and a Cockney-accented Nicole Kidman also appear – making this one to watch for the accent alone. ‘Bad Lucky Goat’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Set on the small Caribbean island of Old Providence, this unique coming-of-age comedy (interestingly shot in Creole patois) relates the mishaps and misadventures of two teenage siblings (Honlenny Huffington and Kiara Howard) over 24 hours, as they try to cover their tracks after accidentally running over a goat in their father’s truck. This light-hearted caper promises to bring a healthy dose of sunshine and laughter to the festival line-up.‘Person To Person’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Fans of the excellent New York-based comedy series 'Broad City' will be pleased to see Abbi Jacobson make the transition to film in this ensemble comedy-drama alongside Michael Cera, again set in New York. Focusing on events across one day, this ‘tribute to a city’ follows the characters’ individual (but loosely linked) storylines as they navigate their personal struggles, big and small. ‘Amant Double’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel 'Lives Of The Twins', this psychoanalytical thriller stars Marine Vacth as a former model suffering with undiagnosed stomach pains. All sorts of erotic Freudian shenanigans ensue when, suspecting that the pains might be psychosomatic, the protagonist gets romantically involved with her psychiatrist – and his mysterious twin brother. Francois Ozon's latest sounds tense, intriguing and racy.‘Abracadabra’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>The fantastic Maribel Verdú (who you might recognise from Guillermo del Toro’s 'Pan’s Labyrinth' or Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Y Tu Mamá También') leads this supernatural-tinged, very unorthodox-sounding comedy-drama. Verdú plays housewife Carmen, who – after her husband acts as guinea pig to an amateur hypnotist, with unintended results – must embark on a quest to rescue her husband and restore normality. ‘Mutafukaz’ width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Described as ‘dystopian hip-hop sci-fi’, this animated film, produced by Japanese Studio 4°C, sounds like a fascinating mash-up of influences and genres. French rapper duo Casseurs Flowters voice the main characters: pizza delivery boy Angelino and his friend Vinz, who live in the cockroach-infested ‘Dark Meat City’. When Angelino bumps into a mysterious, beautiful stranger, he starts to see things – is he having a breakdown, or are aliens invading the city? ‘Pickups’ width=[...]

Festival Review: Bushstock 2017


Bushstock Festival (10 June 2017, various venues across Shepherd's Bush) // Words: Saam DasThe Communion Records-run Bushstock Festival is only into its seventh year of running, yet feels like such a vital staple of the UK festival scene. The 2017 edition once again offered the usual Bushstock mix of upcoming artists and notable headliners, with The Staves and Nick Mulvey appearing. A much delayed review of the day follows.We began our day at the umbrella-laden outdoor Courtyard stage, catching Communion's own Rukhsana Merrise and one of our tips for the festival. She did not disappoint, delivering laidback numbers such as 'So They Say' alongside more driven efforts including 'Two Hearts'. Laughing (or rather, sweating) in the face of reasonably hot weather, we dashed over to the Defector's Weld - a worthwhile venture to catch the beguiling alt-pop of Avante Black. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Back at the Courtyard, the understated Mosa Wild were making a solid impression, quietly growing in confidence as the set progressed. Soulful and introspective moments were combined with impassioned choruses, the result falling somewhere along the spectrum of Alt-J to Kings Of Leon. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>A small attempt was made to catch Seramic's secret set at the impossibly tiny Albertine's Wine Bar but with a considerable queue having already formed, we popped over the road to catch the remainder of John Joseph Brill's set. His booming baritone showcased especially well on tracks such as the crashing 'False Names'. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Heading to arguably Bushstock's finest venue St Stephen's Church, the-band-formerly-known-as-Nocturne-but-now-known-as Nocturn impressed despite some initial issues. Their elongated instrumental opening combined with angelic vocals offered an atmospheric soundscape particularly well suited to the iconic setting. Certainly ones to watch, even if they don't currently have any music online.A relative sprint to Sindercombe Social proved needless as Minke was bogged down by technical issues in the build up to her set - somewhat understandable as this was Leah Mason's official debut show under her new moniker. Offering up melodramatic pop songs, it's not surprising to find out she's already attracted a large following, including none other than Lindsay Lohan. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Sydney's Gordi has drawn many a comparison to Bon Iver, perhaps understandably as the woman behind the moniker Sophie Payten has contributed live backing vocals for the latter as well as covering '00000 Million'. St Stephen's Church proved a wise choice for her placement during the festival, enhancing her beguiling efforts amid an enraptured audience. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Arlissa graced the graceful Bush Hall stage - more ballroom than gig venue - and strongly demonstrated why[...]

Year In Review: Eight Of The Best Films You May Have Missed In UK Cinemas In 2017


Words: Saam DasWe're approaching that time of the year when the "best of [insert year here]" lists come out and in light of this, we figured it would be a good time to also showcase some of the underexposed movies that might get missed off those lists. These films each made it to the big screen in the UK in 2017, but may have only been on a limited release. 'Split' (Release date: 20 Jan) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Probably the most well-known film on this list, but one that may have been somewhat buried by its Oscar-season release date, coming out on the same day in the UK as the emotionally powerfully Dev Patel-led 'Lion'. Writer-director M Night Shyamalan has long been considered a hit-or-miss talent but his horror-drama was very much a success, with James McAvoy delivering wonderfully distinct split personalities and Shyamalan teasing a sequel to one of his earlier films.'Tower' (3 Feb) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Keith Maitland's incredible part-animated documentary found a deserved place on the shortlist for nominations in the Best Documentary category of this year's Academy Awards, although sadly missed out on a final nomination. Unique and affecting, Maitland captures the story of America's first campus mass shooting fittingly.'We Are X' (2 March) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Having filmed documentaries on the likes of The Rolling Stones and Backstreet Boys, Stephen Kijak turned his adept eye to one of the biggest rock bands to have ever emerged from Asia, X Japan. Led by the charismatic Yoshiki, this music documentary engagingly showcases the tragedy and triumph of the band's story to newcomers and seasoned fans alike.'All This Panic' (24 March) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton's impressive documentary immersed us into the lives of a variety of teenage Americans, beautifully capturing the highs and lows of the adolescent journey. As blink-182 once said in their early hit, 'Dammit', "I guess this is growing up". 'Neruda' (7 April) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">An unusual biopic from Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain, who teamed up again with Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, who both appeared in his Oscar-nominated 2012 film 'No'. Gnecco, in particular, is on fine form as poet/politician Pablo Neruda, pitted against a somewhat bumbling detective amusingly portrayed by Bernal. 'Spaceship' (19 May) width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>A stylish teen drama that brings the possibility of alien abduction to the sleepy town of Guildford. Alex Taylor's debut feature has been one of the most fascinating films of the year, and a showcase of fresh young talent both acting-wise and musically - with the likes of Annabel Allum and East India Youth appearing prominently on-screen and on-soundtrack respectively. 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' (2 August) width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>We'll always have a lot of interest in Luc Besson's sci-fi forays purely because of how amazing 'The Fifth Element' is. His latest effort falls short of that seminal movie, although 'Valerian' does provide some similarly bonkers aspects, with some especially avant-garde cameos partly responsible. The film is [...]

Listen: Wy - You + I [New Single]


Words: Saam DasBack in the seventies, Malmo FF were the dominant force of Swedish football, and were only denied European Cup victory in 1979 by Brian Clough's all-conquering Nottingham Forest. Now (for the purposes of this narrative, at least) it's upto Swedish duo Wy to make Malmo great again. They're on a decent path as new single 'You + I' demonstrates.A self-proclaimed ode to shyness and perhaps something even deeper, 'You + I' captures the safety net feeling of being in a loving relationship against the difficulty of feeling comfortable with others/outsiders. Think of it as the melodramatic pop counterpart to Alessia Cara's R&B tale of introversion, 'Here', which clocked in at #17 on my tracks of 2015. The track is one of a couple of lovesongs to feature on Wy's upcoming official debut album, 'Okay', due out on October 20th. Pretty safe bet that it'll be better than just "okay". allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">'You + I' is out now on Hybris. Find more info at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Watch: CURXES - In Your Neighbourhood [Official Video]


Words: Saam Das

Having expanded to a trio in 2015, electronic outfit CURXES announced a return earlier in 2017 with a streamlined guise - Roberta Fidora striking out on her own, and relocating to Ryde on the Isle of Wight for good measure. A new album is set to appear in late October, and the lead single has now been launched. Watch the Rob Luckins video to 'In Your Neighbourhood' below.

Thankfully the latest evolution of CURXES appears to be just as promising as its predecessors, who we've supported from their early days through to their more recent threesome. 'In Your Neighbourhood' adopts a softer stance than previous CURXES efforts, a beguiling dose of melodic electronica that still retains some of the experimentalism seen on earlier material.

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Listen: Mikey Mike - 'Doin' Me' [That Canon Advert Song]


Words: Saam DasUS artist/producer Mikey Mike has collaborated with Rihanna - co-producing on her album 'Unapologetic', which also saw producer credits for heavy hitters such as David Guetta and Stargate - as well as being signed to Universal's publishing arm for several years but has remained relatively unknown. But that's all set to change, thanks to the help of legendary producer Rick Rubin and a Megaforce (the filmmaking collective behind the likes of 'Sacrilege' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs) directed Canon advert sync. Mikey Mike's lyrical call-to-arms on 'Doin' Me' is immediately infectious - playful to an extent, also reflected by the twinkling piano sprinkled across the track, boisterous otherwise. The "Cos I won't waste another day / Living someone else's way / I wanna be happy / I wanna be free / Fuck what they say / I'm doin' me" chorus recalls LUH's powerful 'Lament' (and by proxy its predecessor 'Kerou's Lament') with its rebellious content. Rubin's influence on 'Doin' Me' feels pleasingly minimal, allowing the track to breathe while empowering Mikey Mike's words - in a not too dissimilar sense to his backing of Jim Cornette-led professional wrestling organisation, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, back in the early nineties. And much like Rubin, we're backing 'Doin' Me'. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Find more info at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Festival Preview: Eight Acts To See At Bushstock 2017


Bushstock Festival @ various venues across Shepherd's Bush, London (10 June 2017) // Words: Saam DasNow firmly established as one of London's finest one-day festivals, the Communion Records-run Bushstock once again descends on Shepherd's Bush. The festival typically has a strong dedication to new music, much like the mid-noughties clubnights that spawned the Communion brand, previously featuring on-the-rise acts such as Bastille and Daughter before they hit big. We've highlighted a few of our choice bands from the 2017 line up below:Rukhsana Merrise @ The Courtyard (14.00) frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Both one of Communion and West London's own, this soulful singer-songwriter could be the perfect start to your Bushstock. Although we'd certainly suggest catching the festival's first act of the day, Mirror Fury, if you can. Avante Black @ Defector's Weld (14.30) frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">The melodic-meets-scuzz of 'Imaginary Love' provided one of our favourite tracks of 2015, and Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten's outfit has continued to make waves subsequently. They've most recently worked with former Clor man turned producer Luke Smith (Foals, Crystal Fighters) and we're excited to see what they can offer in the live environment.Mosa Wild @ The Courtyard (15.00) frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">This new outfit have only unleashed one song thus far, making them more of a "mosawildcard" option here, amiright? Moving swiftly on...while their material is scant, it is of sufficiently high quality to warrant a mention, successfully channeling the might of The National.Gordi @ St Stephen's Church (17.00) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Shades of Imogen Heap (and therefore Jason DeRulo to some extent) permeate through Sydney musician Gordi's delectable offerings. Bon Iver is another strong influence, as demonstrated by the above cover of '0000 Million', and expect plenty more emotive and delightful efforts.Arlissa @ Bush Hall (18.00) frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Arlissa's head-turning vocals saw her procure collaborations with Nas and Crystal Fighters, as well as make it onto the BBC Sound of 2013 longlist. She's still belting them out and will be kicking off the Bush Hall strand of Bushstock in undoubtedly imperious fashion. However, if Arlissa isn't your bag, then the hypnotic Siren-esque Tender Central might be up your street, also playing at 6pm but at the Traid venue.Outlya @ Defector's Weld (18.45) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Port Isla playe[...]

Surfacing: OUTLYA [New Band]


Words: Saam DasInterestingly, Port Isla's 'A.L.I.V.E' (a solid #24 in my top tracks of 2015) threw in a huge-sounding chorus about how the band "never look back", and now a new chapter has begun for the band. Check out their fresh start on 'Higher' and 'The Light' below.OUTLYA already have a whole raft of dates lined up on the UK festival circuit this summer, and their take on pop should lead to plenty of attention. Shades of Bastille and Mumford & Sons seep through in the soaring, anthemic elements of 'Higher' but there's also a harder edge as demonstrated on debut track 'The Light'. A potentially potent mix for crossover success. frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"> frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Find more info at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Listen: Thea & The Wild - Dark Horse [New Single]


Words: Saam Das // Photo: Julia Naglestad

Norway's Propeller Recordings are one of our fave labels from across the lands, having brought the likes of Team Me and Highasakite to the fore in recent times. They've pulled another stunner from the bag, with this galloping new track from Thea & The Wild, ahead of their forthcoming tour of their homeland.

We've missed Thea & The Wild - less in the sentimental sense in all honesty, and more in the "how on earth did we never hear about her?" fashion. Thea Raknes and company have admittedly been resting for quite some time now, albeit honing her songcraft to a high standard, if 'Dark Horse' is anything to go by. The ebullient melodies contrast the darker lyricism, and the result is Scandi-pop magic.

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Find more info about 'Dark Horse' and Thea's April tour at

Surfacing: Little Rêd [New Artist]


Words: Saam DasWe've been keeping tabs on Ellie James for rather a long time now, first writing about her music way back in 2011. Back then we saw parallels to the same magic of the young Laura Marling that we saw play in a North London pub at one of her earliest gigs. Ellie's latest evolution is as Little Rêd and you can listen to her debut track 'Hell' below.Last year's 'It's For The Best' saw Ellie in fine fettle and 'Hell' picks off where that anthemic single left off. Carrying forward the emotive Laura Marling influence of yesteryear, there's also touches of the likes of Hozier and Benjamin Francis Leftwich in this rousing first effort. Little Rêd she might be, but she's sounding huge here. A special talent, and one that we hope gets further recognition in this new guise. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="">Find more info at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]

Listen: Mt. Wolf - Heavenbound [New Single]


Words: Saam Das

We first wrote about Mt. Wolf over five years ago(!), and they've finally finally announced news of their debut album - 'Aetherlight' is due out on May 26th. Now admittedly, the London band have some mitigating circumstances for this delay, having actually split before a welcome return in late 2014. Listen to the soaring 'Heavenbound' below.

The first taste of the forthcoming album is evocative and earnest, matching some of the band's hypnotic dream-folk highlights across the years, including comeback track 'Red'. There's a particularly orchestral theme to 'Heavenbound' that will hopefully be carried forward throughout 'Aetherlight' but regardless, this is one of our most anticipated releases of 2017.

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Find more info and pre-order the album via

Year In Review: Tips For 2016 Revisited


Words: Saam DasIt's fair to say that few would have predicted a double whammy of Britain exiting the EU and a Trump victory in the US Presidential Election last year, so perhaps the business of prediction is something of a fruitless exercise. But I do have a soft spot for lists, so here's an assessment of my shortlist of tips for 2016:Al Bairre allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">The humoungous queue for this South African quartet's show at The Great Escape in 2016 brought mixed emotions - sadness that I'd be missing out, but an odd sense of pride. Alas, the vociferous live outfit have recently announced an upcoming breakup, and I can only urge that anyone in their homeland hurries along to their final gigs. Shoulda been huge, what a shame.AOSOON frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">London outfit AOSOON put out a couple of singles in 2016, but most notably, saw main vocalist Marisa Hylton depart. Ella Squirrel has stepped up to the plate, and with the band starting a label of their own, it looks like 2017 will be a fresh start.The Amazons allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I chose this Reading lot for the Blog Sound Of 2016, and they have graduated to the big leagues, appearing on the BBC Sound Of 2017. A fearsome live band, their triumphant homecoming effort at Are You Listening? Festival took me back to the glory days of my youth. A pattern maintained over the numerous times I've seen these rockers. An album is surely imminent.Cape Cub frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Chad Male's Cape Cub project continues its solid rise, putting out well received tracks and picking up fans. An approach that will hopefully soon see these songs being played to the huge crowds that I envisaged when I selected these Northerners as one of my Blog Sound of 2016 picks. Day Wave allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Jackson Phillips' stock has grown to the extent that he's now hanging out with American music royalty, having supported Green Day in 2016 and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus being the focus in the 'Stuck' video. An album will be arriving shortly, with accompanying UK dates in May.The Half Earth allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">At the end of 2015, it seemed that Conor Stephenson was on the verge of something really special, having just unleashed the most urgent and insistent track of his career to date in 'Pieces Of Us'. 2016 ended up being a relatively quiet year for The Half Earth, with a support slot on Josef Salvat UK tour being the high point. K.I.D allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Kara and Bobby are still Kids In Despair but they may not be in despair for much longer, as they gear up to an albu[...]

Listen: Dan Black - Headphones [New Single]


Words: Saam DasOne day, I will track down a 7" vinyl test pressing of Dan Black's incredible, otherworldly cover of Notorious B.I.G's 'Hypnotize' and it will become one of my most cherished possessions. Nine or so years from the time that 'HYPNTZ' appeared in a blaze of glory (before Biggie's estate sadly nixed its release) and four years since his collaboration with Kelis, Black is finally prepping his second album. Listen to comeback single 'Headphones' below. Black's appropriately titled debut album 'Un' was released in 2009, with album deux ('Do Not Revenge') set for release later this year. The writer/producer has been building up his credits in the interim working with everyone from Kid Cudi to French singer/actress Louanne. The video for 'Headphones', directed by Chic & Artistic, matches the dream-like nature of Black's production, a more introspective counterpart to Gold Panda's seminal 'You' or even to his aforementioned 'Starman'-inspired debut 'HYPTNZ'. A stunning return. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Find more info at © copyright – All rights reserved ¦ FADED GLAMOUR Like us on Facebook // Follow us on Twitter [...]