Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:14:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 New: HONNE – Warm On A Cold Night http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29262-new-honne-warm-cold-night http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29262-new-honne-warm-cold-night#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:14:01 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29262 Every once in a while a song comes along that’s clearly signalling the start of something huge. British duo HONNE have definitely found the winning formula on their spectacularly sensual debut, Warm On A Cold Night, a brooding, soulful number, drawing as much from James Blake as it does from far more pop orientated records. […]

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Every once in a while a song comes along that’s clearly signalling the start of something huge. British duo HONNE have definitely found the winning formula on their spectacularly sensual debut, Warm On A Cold Night, a brooding, soulful number, drawing as much from James Blake as it does from far more pop orientated records. Amidst a modern, often fleeting industry, where the passivity of numerous artists sees them come and go within a matter of days, there’s easily more than enough about HONNE’s first offering to suggest that the two-piece could well be around for some time to come. To put it simply, this is one of my favourite debut tracks of the year. Check it out below, released 1 September via Super Recordings.

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New: Anie – Lovekill http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29259-new-anie-lovekill http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29259-new-anie-lovekill#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:07:21 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29259 Sometimes I post certain pieces of music just because they grab my attention. In the case of LA’s Anie, I can’t decide whether I absolutely love them, or detest them, but hey, it’s making me feel something; it’s anything but passive. Their debut outing, Lovekill is centred around one of the weirdest hooks of the […]

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Sometimes I post certain pieces of music just because they grab my attention. In the case of LA’s Anie, I can’t decide whether I absolutely love them, or detest them, but hey, it’s making me feel something; it’s anything but passive. Their debut outing, Lovekill is centred around one of the weirdest hooks of the year, it’s all bright, bubbly synths and the sort of lead vocal that immediately kicks up West Coast imagery. Adore it, or hate it? Maybe a bit of both. Check it out below.

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New: Little Deed – NEON http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29255-new-little-deed-neon http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29255-new-little-deed-neon#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:00 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29255 For a song titled NEON, Sydney’s Little Deeds debut (somewhat of a relaunch in truth) track is rather more subdued than you’d expect; that’s not to say it’s not hugely impressive. Elements of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid or Florence Welch drift in and out, yet there’s far more to Little Deed than simply a great […]

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For a song titled NEON, Sydney’s Little Deeds debut (somewhat of a relaunch in truth) track is rather more subdued than you’d expect; that’s not to say it’s not hugely impressive. Elements of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid or Florence Welch drift in and out, yet there’s far more to Little Deed than simply a great voice, this is some dauntingly good songwriting. Building to a gloriously over the top crescendo, it’s safe to say that Little Deed has made on hell of an impression. Check out NEON below (via).

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Video Premiere: Tenterhook – Stereo http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29248-video-premiere-tenterhook-stereo http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29248-video-premiere-tenterhook-stereo#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:32 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29248 London’s Tenterhook aka Archie Faulks cropped up on quite a few radars earlier in the year with his stunning debut offering, Stereo. Having followed it up with a couple of sold out shows, and a second track, Chemicals, he’s now released a fitting video for his debut, perfectly mirroring the tender, delicate atmosphere of the […]

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London’s Tenterhook aka Archie Faulks cropped up on quite a few radars earlier in the year with his stunning debut offering, Stereo. Having followed it up with a couple of sold out shows, and a second track, Chemicals, he’s now released a fitting video for his debut, perfectly mirroring the tender, delicate atmosphere of the track itself. With a rapidly growing fan base, and a self-titled EP out 25 August, expect Tenterhook to make serious inroads in 2015. Check out the beautiful video for Stereo (directed by Jessica Hughes) below.

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Introducing: MOOD ROBOT http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29245-introducing-mood-robot http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29245-introducing-mood-robot#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:32 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29245 So synth-pop duos/trios are definitely all the rage right now, with the likes of CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Broods leading the way, it’s an exciting time for electronic-pop music right now. LA trio MOOD ROBOT (Alex Kazenoff, Ben Kazenoff and Kelly Mickel), shine on their self-titled EP, a delightful mix of slightly cheesey 80′s inspirations, […]

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So synth-pop duos/trios are definitely all the rage right now, with the likes of CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Broods leading the way, it’s an exciting time for electronic-pop music right now. LA trio MOOD ROBOT (Alex Kazenoff, Ben Kazenoff and Kelly Mickel), shine on their self-titled EP, a delightful mix of slightly cheesey 80′s inspirations, and even a touch of the now seemingly defunct tag, ‘chillwave’. EP highlight, Singin’ Like I’m Crazy definitely slides towards the sickly sweet end of the scale, yet the intelligent production and powerful vocals of Mickel stop it straying into synth-pop dross territory. Check out the full EP below.

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New: Celeste – Born Again http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29237-new-celeste-born http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29237-new-celeste-born#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:05:20 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29237 Having featured on a TIEKS single earlier in the year, 19 year old Londoner (originally from Culver City, CA) Celeste, steps out with her debut solo track, Born Again. Self-written and produced by Tev’n, it’s an exploration of her soulful, pensive vocals, set against a nostalgic electronic backdrop. For a first release, it’s mighty confident, and […]

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Having featured on a TIEKS single earlier in the year, 19 year old Londoner (originally from Culver City, CA) Celeste, steps out with her debut solo track, Born Again. Self-written and produced by Tev’n, it’s an exploration of her soulful, pensive vocals, set against a nostalgic electronic backdrop. For a first release, it’s mighty confident, and will undoubtedly see her making inroads in all the right places. Check out Born Again below.

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New: Shura – Just Once http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29234-new-shura-just http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29234-new-shura-just#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:00 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29234 Shura already released the best pop song of the year, (see Touch), and she’s back again with another stunner. Just Once, perhaps the best pre-break-up song of the year, well and truly puts her on the map as one of this years most exciting new stars. At this point it feels like her career could […]

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Shura already released the best pop song of the year, (see Touch), and she’s back again with another stunner. Just Once, perhaps the best pre-break-up song of the year, well and truly puts her on the map as one of this years most exciting new stars. At this point it feels like her career could go two ways, either keep writing exquisite, cult-forming (seriously, look at people practically hyperventilating on Twitter) pop songs, or crossover to a far more mainstream perspective. Either way, more songs like this please.

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New: UNKNWN – ‘Devil/BBY’ EP http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29191-new-unknwn-devilbby-ep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29191-new-unknwn-devilbby-ep#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:13:09 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29191 Belfast-based UNKNWN have recently released this, their anticipated new EP under Champion Sound Records. ‘Devil/BBY’ follows on from a string of Youtube releases back in 2012, made under the solo moniker, Unknown, all anonymously titled ‘#001′, ‘#002′, ‘#003′ etc. The songs collectively generated a train of hype and speculation regarding the identity of the producer behind the […]

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Belfast-based UNKNWN have recently released this, their anticipated new EP under Champion Sound Records. ‘Devil/BBY’ follows on from a string of Youtube releases back in 2012, made under the solo moniker, Unknown, all anonymously titled ‘#001′, ‘#002′, ‘#003′ etc. The songs collectively generated a train of hype and speculation regarding the identity of the producer behind the project, and for a while there really were some slightly bizarre identifications being thrown about the place in relation to the issue (with maybe the pick of the bunch being that UNKNWN was in fact Skrillex attempting to cultivate some underground credibility by way of a new online alias, after the tweet of ‘#001′ by Skrillex’s then-girlfriend Ellie Goulding). Now that he’s revealed to be Chris Hanna, a talented local producer/DJ working with DSNT and several other projects, you can’t help but laugh and wonder in equal measure at social media’s ability to create its own completely wayward artificial hype and urban myths. It’s a great thing, hindsight…

This elusive-persona strategy – not the only thing, it seems, UNKNWN have borrowed from Burial – has unfortunately led to accusations of cynical and deliberate marketing ploys on Hanna’s part, especially in the harsh review doled out by Resident Advisor for his first EP release, ‘#001-#004′. In this collective of early tracks, certainly, you do hear the clear marks of William Bevan’s minimal, bass-infused music – an influence Hanna himself has made clear – but then you can hear how the duo UNKNWN move away from his early work as you make your way through the growing catalogue, developing into a sound which still holds echoes of it but which is more distinctly their own.

This new offering, accordingly, takes the project into a promising new space, and a good deal of this is down to the vocal contributions of UNKNWN’s other half. It’s a paltry ten seconds before the listener is treated to the soulful, licking sounds of singer Gemma Dunleavy, who Hanna teamed up with in 2013, and whose input really lifts the music just that bit higher, especially on the excellent first song, ‘Devil’. The Ghosts remix of this opener follows as track number two on the EP, and reworks its trip hop orientation into a more focused and bass-heavy dubstep track. ‘BBY’ continues to make good use of Dunleavy’s vocal capabilities as it develops and unravels, leaning further this time towards the darker, Burial-inspired side of this form of hybrid downtempo electronica. The final part to the collection, titled ‘Purify’, is maybe the most singular of the songs on the EP and ends the sequence on a strong note with its thudding bass and overlapping beat patterns, an aftermath track of comparative spareness which makes clever use of a distancing bridge coming in at the three-and-a-half minute mark. As an overall package, ‘Devil/BBY’ is accomplished and impressive, coming from a young duo who will only get better. It’s available to buy and download now.

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New: BANKS – Beggin For Thread http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29223-new-banks-beggin-thread http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29223-new-banks-beggin-thread#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:56:41 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29223 Whilst some of the early BANKS tracks felt a little passive and apathetic at times, her more recent run of material (Goddess & Brain in particular) are far more direct and forceful, going straight for the jugular, especially in the cutting lyrical content. With her debut LP, Goddess, out in under two months time, she’s […]

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Whilst some of the early BANKS tracks felt a little passive and apathetic at times, her more recent run of material (Goddess & Brain in particular) are far more direct and forceful, going straight for the jugular, especially in the cutting lyrical content. With her debut LP, Goddess, out in under two months time, she’s gradually teasing the entire album on her Soundcloud, with another track, Beggin For Thread, released this evening. More upbeat and memorable than the likes of Bedroom Wall or Fall Over, it’s a side to BANKS that personally I far prefer.

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New: Vaults – Lifespan http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29220-new-vaults-lifespan http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29220-new-vaults-lifespan#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:43 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29220 Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel Maybe a little early to start considering Sound of 2015 lists, but whatever, this is a new music blog, get used to it. One name that will definitely be there or thereabouts on the majority of lists (the ones that they didn’t make last year, at least), are London trio Vaults. […]

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Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

Maybe a little early to start considering Sound of 2015 lists, but whatever, this is a new music blog, get used to it. One name that will definitely be there or thereabouts on the majority of lists (the ones that they didn’t make last year, at least), are London trio Vaults. With a fantastically received set at Latitude this past weekend, and their debut single Cry No More still clocking up impressive Soundcloud stats, the three piece are ready to take 2015 by storm. Latest track, Lifespan, sees them returning to the winning formula of their debut, with the Ellie Goulding-esque vocals proving a particular highlight. Elegantly poised yet somewhere remarkably hard-hitting, check out Lifespan below.

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