Paul Jacks – ‘Too Emotional’

It’s not often we get to review the music of artists from Alaska. We’ve written about Paul Jacks before, who comes to us from Anchorage, the capital, whose long, bone-shatteringly cold winters, and closeness to active volcanos, make it a place highly likely to stir up creativity in even the most frozen of hearts.

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Soft People Get ‘Tender’ With New Single Out July 12

Late last year we introduced readers to Soft People, a husband and husband duo from San Luis Obispo, almost exactly in between San Francisco and LA. Their song ‘Absolute Boy’, struck us with its deeply personal lyrics, and 80s stylings, and we really enjoyed their sound. So we’re happy to announce that their new single, ‘Tender’, is set for release this Friday July 12, ahead of their performance at The California Central Coast Pride Festival that weekend.

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The Tea Street Band – ‘Frequency’

‘Frequency’, from Liverpool’s The Tea Street Band, is a retro flavoured album which first brings to mind of the likes of Peppermint Heaven, crossed with Pet Shop Boys, and some industrial electronica for good measure.

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Heron – ‘Splashdown’

On first listening to ‘Splashdown’ by Heron, I’m reminded of Joe Satriani’s track, ‘Always With Me, Always With You’, from his breakthrough 1987 album, ‘Surfing With The Alien’. There’s also elements that suggest Mark Knopfler’s ‘Going Home’, from the film ‘Local Hero’. There’s maybe even a hint of Tommy Emmanuel there. None of this is to suggest Heron’s piece is derivative, but rather, it’s an indication of the incredible quality of the track.

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Para Lia – ‘The Man Who Went Away’

  Para Lia comprises German multi-instrumentalist, René Methner and his wife Cindy, who provides backing vocals. The pair come from Cottbus, in North-East Germany,…

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Keuning – ‘Prismism’ Looks At Everything From All Angles

‘Prismism’, the debut solo effort from The Killers co-founder Keuning, is a long album – 14 tracks long – but you don’t realise it when you’re listening, and instead are transported on a retro wave of sound.

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NYT FOXES – ‘Giants’

NYT Foxes is the solo project of Ben Lovas, a singer songwriter from Hungary. YT Foxes’ track, ‘Giants’, follows on from his previous releases, ‘Found’, and ‘Circles’. It’s strong and punchy, and the feel-good pop sound will appeal to just about everyone.

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The Egg Release Psychedelic Electronica Album ‘Galactic Love Machine’

London electronic artists The Egg have returned with their fifth studio album, ‘Galactic Love Machine’. Produced and co-written with Greg Hunter (known for his work with The Orb, Az-Ra, ad Dubsahara), it’s a trip-tastic psychedelic aural feast.

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ANTONY ALEXANDER DEBUT SINGLE – ‘I FEEL ALIVE’ RELEASE DATE – 2ND MARCH 2018

Antony Alexander is an electronic producer, based in Kent. His debut single, ‘I Feel Alive’, is set for release on 2 March.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Peppermint Heaven

We’ve had a good working relationship with Peppermint Heaven for several years now, and they even did an Essential Weekly Playlist for us back in 2016. The duo comprising Juno and Spark, based in Los Angeles, are strongly influenced by the likes of Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, New Order, Howard Jones, Psychedelic Furs…..among others – so it’s no surpise to see a few of those names turn up in their Essential Weekly Playlist.

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Percolator – ‘Sestra’

Percolator, based in Dublin, Ireland, are a three piece group formed in 2009. With influences drawn from such diverse sounds as Krautrock, shoegaze, avant garde, experimental and prog rock, Percolator released their debut album, ‘Sestra’, in April this year. It’s out through Penske-Recordings, a Cork-based independent label which has also released albums from the likes of up and coming Irish bands including The Altered Hours and Magic Pockets.

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It’s ‘Life As We Know It’ For West London Electro Punks Calling All Astronauts

Calling All Astronauts are back with their followup to their critically acclaimed second album, ‘Anti-Social Network’. New single, ‘Life As We Know It’ is a four track release, comprising the original song and three remixes. It’s set to come out on December 23 via Supersonic Media.

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MNNQNS Are On Top With New EP, ‘Capital’

Rouen band, MNNQNS has been one we’ve written a lot about over the years, and for good reason.

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MAN-MACHINE – Catford Indie Synth Guru Rodney Cromwell Channels Kraftwerk On New Five-Track EP

Happy Robots boss and one time Peel’s Festive 50 fave Rodney Cromwell releases a new 5-track EP  on November 11. The Fax Message Breakup EP follows…

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Slow Down Molasses – ‘100% Sunshine’

An album that calls to mind the very best of the 80s and 90s (we’re thinking New World Order and The Cure), ‘100% Sunshine’ is 100% guitars and rock rhythms.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Peppermint Heaven

This week’s Essential Playlist comes from 80s tinged electronica outfit, Peppermint Heaven. Their latest album, ‘Precious Things’, came out in January.

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