Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:53:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Introducing: Giants http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31214-introducing-giants http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31214-introducing-giants#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:53:29 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31214 Picking up the now frighteningly successful Oh Wonder strategy of releasing one song a month, UK duo Giants (Ben Burrows & Rich Cooper) take it one step further by adding a unique twist of their own – calling in a guest vocalists for each track. Think of it like an indie Disclosure meets Oh Wonder, in […]

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Picking up the now frighteningly successful Oh Wonder strategy of releasing one song a month, UK duo Giants (Ben Burrows & Rich Cooper) take it one step further by adding a unique twist of their own – calling in a guest vocalists for each track. Think of it like an indie Disclosure meets Oh Wonder, in terms of strategy. Last months offering, Forfeit, featuring London’s YADi had elements of Two Door Cinema Club and Foals to it, whereas Aprils effort, Sparks Fly, calls in the vocal talents of We Are Scientists’ devilishly handsome frontman Keith Murray, and is another potential future indie favourite. Certainly a fascinating concept, and one that would no doubt make for a raucous live show as front(wo)men swap in and out, it’ll be interesting to see where Giants go from here (please bring in Adam Lazzara for a track). Check out both tracks below.

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New: Dive In – Eighteen http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31209-new-dive-in-eighteen http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31209-new-dive-in-eighteen#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:18:57 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31209 Dive In first reared their heads about eighteen months back, with their debut single, Let Go. Having spent the past year or so writing, recording and rehearsing for live shows, the Glastonbury based trio are gearing up to unleash their debut EP, out at the end of May through Vagrant. Eighteen is about as ambitious […]

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Dive In first reared their heads about eighteen months back, with their debut single, Let Go. Having spent the past year or so writing, recording and rehearsing for live shows, the Glastonbury based trio are gearing up to unleash their debut EP, out at the end of May through Vagrant. Eighteen is about as ambitious a return as you’ll hear this year – booming synth sections and a Lightning Seeds-esque chorus mark the track out as a future festival favourite. This deserves repeat listens.

Check out Eighteen below, and catch their live return at The Lexington for The Line of Best Fit on 5 August (Tickets).

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New: Tay Iwar – Zion Wolf (Jai Paul Cover) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31205-new-tay-iwar-zion-wolf-jai-paul-cover http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31205-new-tay-iwar-zion-wolf-jai-paul-cover#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:54:35 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31205 It’s April, you know what that means, right? #JaiPril. But seriously… this cover/rework of Jai Paul’s leaked Track 3 (rumoured title Zion Wolf) by Nigeria’s Tay Iwar is absolute fire. So it obviously owes a decent amount to the original genius of Jai Paul, but imagine if Drake had covered a track, instead of just […]

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It’s April, you know what that means, right? #JaiPril.

But seriously… this cover/rework of Jai Paul’s leaked Track 3 (rumoured title Zion Wolf) by Nigeria’s Tay Iwar is absolute fire. So it obviously owes a decent amount to the original genius of Jai Paul, but imagine if Drake had covered a track, instead of just jumping on the BTSU beat, and you get the vibe of it. Adding his own verse, whilst keeping the beat much the same, it’s inspired. Check it out below, and here’s more from Tay Iwar while you’re at it. (Original below for reference)

zion wolf – jai paul from yae on Vimeo.

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UK Premiere: TC4 – Something About You (Feat. Arlissa) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31199-premiere-tc4-something-about-you-feat-arlissa http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31199-premiere-tc4-something-about-you-feat-arlissa#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:21:27 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31199 Despite it being early in their career, UK production duo TC4 are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and their latest offering, Something About You is their most impressive release to date. Pulling in the bewitching vocal talents of London singer Arlissa, it’s a track just itching to be dropped in night clubs […]

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Despite it being early in their career, UK production duo TC4 are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and their latest offering, Something About You is their most impressive release to date. Pulling in the bewitching vocal talents of London singer Arlissa, it’s a track just itching to be dropped in night clubs around the country, alongside undoubtedly proving perfect for summer festivals. Lifted from an EP out 8 June, featuring the previously heard Tears (also available to check out below), it well and truly marks TC4 out as heavy hitters capable of rising above and beyond their contemporaries.

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New: Zayn Malik – I Won’t Mind http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31195-new-zayn-malik-i-wont-mind http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31195-new-zayn-malik-i-wont-mind#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:59:14 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31195 This didn’t take long. Since leaving One Direction a little over a week ago, Zayn Malik clearly hasn’t wasted any time in getting back in to the studio, as shown by this debut solo demo produced by Naughty Boy. Far more stripped back than anything One Direction have done, it’s more Bon Iver than chart-topping […]

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This didn’t take long. Since leaving One Direction a little over a week ago, Zayn Malik clearly hasn’t wasted any time in getting back in to the studio, as shown by this debut solo demo produced by Naughty Boy. Far more stripped back than anything One Direction have done, it’s more Bon Iver than chart-topping hit, and you know what, were it not for his history, other blogs would be going crazy over this. Stick King Krule, Jamie Isaac or SOAK on this and you’ve got a Hype Machine #1. Check out I Won’t Mind below.

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UK Premiere: Fantastic Fantastic – Boulevard http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31190-premiere-fantastic-fantastic-boulevard http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31190-premiere-fantastic-fantastic-boulevard#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:15:03 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31190 Having caused quite a stir with a trio of tracks in 2014, UK duo Fantastic Fantastic (Kris Small and Mickemon Lindebergh) return with their most colourful offering yet, in the form of Boulevard. Another slice of ready for festivals synth-pop, moving further away from the Jungle comparisons that sat heavy on their first offerings, there’s far […]

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Having caused quite a stir with a trio of tracks in 2014, UK duo Fantastic Fantastic (Kris Small and Mickemon Lindebergh) return with their most colourful offering yet, in the form of Boulevard. Another slice of ready for festivals synth-pop, moving further away from the Jungle comparisons that sat heavy on their first offerings, there’s far more 80′s to this than anything else – no tricks, just expertly pop music. In their own words, Boulevard is “basically about the ability to travel and write at the same time.” and features as the A-side to the previously heard The Night, out now through their own imprint. Check it out below.

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New: Teddy Au Top – Words http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31186-new-teddy-au-top-words http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31186-new-teddy-au-top-words#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:55:22 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31186 Copenhagen’s Teddy Au Top appears to have ties to quite a few major EU cities, and it’s perhaps unclear as to whether the project is a duo, or simply that of singer Conor Fitzpatrick. Either way, his/their debut track, Words, is a promising first outing, minimal in a similar vein to someone like George Maple […]

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Copenhagen’s Teddy Au Top appears to have ties to quite a few major EU cities, and it’s perhaps unclear as to whether the project is a duo, or simply that of singer Conor Fitzpatrick. Either way, his/their debut track, Words, is a promising first outing, minimal in a similar vein to someone like George Maple yet hinting at the possibility of branching out into a full on dance track, not too far from Disclosure or Tourist in truth. Check out Words below.

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New: Katéa – That Ain’t Love http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31183-new-katea-that-aint-love http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31183-new-katea-that-aint-love#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:23:22 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31183 Listing Tove Lo, Adele and Lana Del Rey amongst her influences, it’s clear that Helsinki newcomer Katéa is setting the bar high, and her debut single, That Ain’t Love, certainly strives to reach those lofty heights. A booming, Florence & The Machine-esque number, her vocal takes centre stage, building the track around a chorus of […]

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Listing Tove Lo, Adele and Lana Del Rey amongst her influences, it’s clear that Helsinki newcomer Katéa is setting the bar high, and her debut single, That Ain’t Love, certainly strives to reach those lofty heights. A booming, Florence & The Machine-esque number, her vocal takes centre stage, building the track around a chorus of colossal proportions. Check it out below.

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New: Honne – Coastal Love http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31170-new-honne-coastal-love http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31170-new-honne-coastal-love#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:49:12 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31170 UK duo Honne have recently released an addictive new track teasing their new EP, which is set to be released on May 4th via Tatemae Recordings, the duo’s own imprint. In no coincidence, ‘Honne’ and ‘Tatemae’ are two Japanese words that refer to the contrast between true feelings (honne) and the public persona (tatemae). Honne continue […]

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UK duo Honne have recently released an addictive new track teasing their new EP, which is set to be released on May 4th via Tatemae Recordings, the duo’s own imprint. In no coincidence, ‘Honne’ and ‘Tatemae’ are two Japanese words that refer to the contrast between true feelings (honne) and the public persona (tatemae). Honne continue their carefully constructed, late night electronic ballads with Coastal Love, which is infused with simple yet heartfelt lyricism over a dreamy landscape that, as Honne articulates, transcends borders with its pure intent and beats both deliberate and delicate.

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New: imugi – Dizzy http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31177-new-imugi-dizzy http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/31177-new-imugi-dizzy#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:27:17 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=31177 Love this vaguely Basquiat-esque artwork from New Zealand newcomer imugi, for her debut track, Dizzy. Part FKA Twigs, part BANKS, with more synth-pop tendencies, what it perhaps lacks in high quality production, it more than makes up for in energy and a simplistic yet bloody brilliant chorus – oh and that solo. Definitely intrigued to […]

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Love this vaguely Basquiat-esque artwork from New Zealand newcomer imugi, for her debut track, Dizzy. Part FKA Twigs, part BANKS, with more synth-pop tendencies, what it perhaps lacks in high quality production, it more than makes up for in energy and a simplistic yet bloody brilliant chorus – oh and that solo. Definitely intrigued to see how imugi progresses from here. Check it out below.

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