Fond Of Rudy feel the 'L O V E' on new track

Basing themselves in Brighton, upcoming four-piece Fond Of Rudy make dreamy pop jams that are built for bigger audiences. 

Progressing from a string of bouncier releases in the past, this time round the group have slowed the pace with 'L O V E', a down-tempo number that perfectly fits into their self-described 'South Eastern Calypso Alt Pop' and will have you feeling the love for it. 

Cut from the same cloth as Blood Orange and The Japanese House, the track's charm lays in lead singer Matt's soothing vocals and sultry backing beats. 

The band explain: "The track represents our take on a modern slow jam. It's packed full of lust and emotion...tuning in to that persona of missing opportunities out of fear."

Fond Of Rudy's music certainly comes from the heart and the group align themselves musically alongside The 1975 on the sensual and atmospheric guitar solo towards the end of the track. 

Take a listen to 'L O V E' below and catch Fond Of Rudy live soon. 

Fond Of Rudy will play:

15 - Shoreham By Sea, Beach Dreams Festival
20 - Sheffield, The Rocking Chair
21 - Liverpool, The Jacaranda
22 - Leeds, Verve Bar
30 - Chester, Carfest North

25 - Basingstoke, Carfest South

Words Lauren Wade

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Fenne Lily shows us 'What's Good' in visuals for new track

Bristol based singer-songwriter Fenne Lily has revealed the official video to accompany her new track, 'What's Good'.

Recorded and produced at the home of the artist's friend and collaborator, Dave Dixon, the track explores the lonely side of love. 

Speaking of the song, Fenne says: "The idea behind the sportswear aesthetic was to visually reflect the feeling of something one sided.

"'What's Good' is about the loneliness of realising you want somebody more than they want you; of playing by someone else's rules. 

"We wanted the video to articulate that feeling of isolation and powerlessness by playing 'team' sports alone."

A follow-up from her previous releases, including 'Bud' and 'Top To Toe', Fenne has previously accumulated an impressive 20 million streams on Spotify and 'What's Good' looks set to gather her some more. 

As well as working on new material, the artist has also got an extensive tour planned for later in the year. Be sure to catch her at one of the live dates to potentially hear her new sounds.

Watch the video for 'What's Good' below.

Fenne Lily will play:

03 - Birmingham, Mosely Folk Festival
20 - Berlin, Lido
21 - Cologne, Kulturkirche
22 - Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival

04 - Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House*
05 - Bristol, The Lantern*
06 - Manchester, Band on The Wall*
07 - Liverpool, Buyers Club*
08 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club*
10 - Glasgow, CCA*
11 - Newcastle, Cluny*
12 - London, Cecil Sharp House*

* w/ Siv Jakobsen, Sivu and Paul Thomas Saunders

Words Lauren Wade

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Real Fears bring blissful minimalism on debut single 'You'

A number of emerging artists, including MUNA, Sigrid and Say Lou Lou are really having their moment, London's Real Fears cite them as influences and are amongst those groups too with their ambient electro indie-pop sound. 

The outfit's debut single, 'You', opens with softly sweet beats before progressing to swelling synths. The track sets the group's musical bar impressively high with touches of powerful indie-pop, a glossy chorus and blissful minimalism. 

Speaking of the track, Real Fears say: "Having given this project some thought, we wanted to go for a sound that used a lot of space and depth.

"Lyrically the song is about opening up about your feelings and anxieties with someone close to you, admitting when you were wrong and feeling better about things.

"So whilst the song is upbeat in the chorus, it's about repairing a mistake in a relationship."

Take a listen to 'You' below.

Words Lauren Wade

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Mother Me emerge from the dark on 'Make Me Whole/Norwegian Wool'

Moody-pop duo, Mother Me spent a fair amount of time in a number of dark rooms in London. Their brilliant debut 'Make Me Whole/Norwegian Wool' was inspired by this time and sets a mellow and melancholic vibe from the off. 

A-Side 'Make Me Whole' was crafted by the duo, formed of Becca Mercer and Josh Buchanan, back when they used to practice in a tool shed at the end of their garden. The sub-five minute cut serves as the perfect introduction to their intricate indie-folk sound, complete with haunting vocals and powerful beats. 

'Norwegian Wool' adopts a more sombre tone and deals with a family death. Soft and sweet guitars provide the ideal set-up for Mercer's timid, yet breathtaking vocals to take centre stage. An utterly bewitching fusion - elements of The XX and The National's sound can be heard at times too, although this is a remarkable debut effort from the pair. 

Mother Me are already making an impact on the Brighton scene they originated from. With tracks like 'Make Me Whole' and 'Norwegian Wool', the promise of a bright future awaits them.

'Make Me Whole/Norwegian Wool' is out now via Battle Worldwide.

Words Lauren Wade

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Live review: Community Festival - Finsbury Park, London 01.07.17

Credit: Ben Gibson
Like the first day of school walking through the gates, racked with anxiety, wondering if you're going to make any friends, it can be just as difficult to put on a new festival and make a name for it - especially in North London in 2017. 

Luckily, the capital's newest and most exciting festival, Community, had a reputable team (Festival Republic) behind it and an equally strong line-up to match. Its secret power though wasn't any of the above, it was the apt sense of community from those who performed which they brought to the event. 

The first act we managed to catch on the main stage was Brighton's Fickle Friends. A formidable 80s-inspired pop five-piece, their set was doused in a sense of occasion. Playing the main stage at such a big festival marked a serious step-up for the group who have consistently impressed on smaller stages to date. Teasing the crowd with material from their eagerly-awaited debut album, that saw them flitting between the UK and LA to record it last summer, their recent single 'Glue' was amongst the new cuts aired on the afternoon. 

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A handful of fans were already seen to be wearing the band's merch, although with the storming set they played it won't be long before more fans are decked out in the same threads. Previous releases 'Brooklyn', 'Hello Hello' and long-time fan favourite 'Swim' saw the crowd bounce gloriously from the off. Lead singer Natti also had a thrilling way of interacting with the crowd and that, along with their epically catchy tunes, will ensure they're remembered as a highlight of the first ever Community Festival. 

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Over on the N4 stage were fellow seaside-dwellers, Wild Front. The four-piece appeared to possess a confident, charming stage manner and drew in a decent-sized crowd of varying ages. Combining elements of rock, pop and fun into one impressive fusion, the band tore through a number of their hits including, 'Scrape', 'Rico' and new release 'Physics'. The high point in a set full of highs came in the form of 'Her', a bubbling number that really wormed its way under the skin. 

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Elsewhere, Hertfordshire's The Hunna took to the main stage shortly afterwards and opened with the bone-shakingly exciting 'You And Me'. Perfectly capable of holding their own on such a large stage, the four-piece had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands as they took us on a rip-roaring voyage of tracks from their debut album.

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Anteros bobbed around on the N4 stage with more spirit and enthusiasm than ever before, whilst the crowd swelled with each bitter dream-pop track they played. Particular highlights included sassy indie-pop numbers 'Breakfast' and 'On The Moon' and 'Cherry Drop'. Lead singer, Laura Hayden was a spectacular performer to witness too. 

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Later on Liverpool's Clean Cut Kid made an appearance on the very same stage and were met with nothing short of adoration. Having recently released their debut album, 'Felt', the four-piece were all smiles throughout their set and presented the kind of feel-good vibe that makes you want to become best friends with them all. 

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Fellow Liverpool group The Wombats stepped up to the main stage as the sun began to die down for the evening. Their set was filled with plenty of nostalgic numbers for the packed crowd to sing-along to throughout. Easily one of the most enjoyable performances of the day, the group rattled through their back catalogue including 'Moving to New York', 'Techno Fan' and 'Let's Dance to Joy Division'. 

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The hugely popular Catfish and the Bottlemen from Llandudno wrapped up the event in style with an impressive and memorable headline slot. Visible behind the band themselves was the notable alligator from the cover of their second album, 'The Ride'. Beginning with 'Homesick', screams and cheers were audible from the sea of faces before them and never once took a pause. Clearly a large majority of the crowd had come out purely for the headliners, which was a smart move from the organisers in booking them. Other hits including 'Kathleen', 'Twice', 'Tyrants' and more were rapturously received by an audience whose eyes remained transfixed on the band until the very end. 

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Community Festival was a much-needed one-day celebration of music that proved to be a huge success. Whether it becomes an annual summer festival staple or not, there's no doubt that new festivals can pop up and do well, even in 2017. 

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Swimming Tapes to release new EP

London five-piece Swimming Tapes are set to release a new EP, titled 'Soft Sea Blue'.

Following on from the success of their debut EP, 'Souvenirs', Swimming Tapes are expected to continue their dreamy shoegaze sound on the new release which will be out in September. 

The four-track EP was produced by Adam Jaffrey of Gengahr and Palace fame and sees the group incorporating sun-drenched melodies to transport listeners to a sunnier climate.

Alongside the EP announcement, Swimming Tapes have also shared the video for their current single 'Queen's Parade'. 

'Soft Sea Blue' is out on 15th September via Hand In Hive / B3SCI Records.

Watch the video for 'Queen's Parade' below

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Matthew And The Atlas announce stripped-back tour

London indie-folk outfit Matthew And The Atlas have announced plans for a stripped-back tour this autumn. 

As well as playing shows in UK cities such as Brighton, Cardiff, London, Liverpool and Manchester, the band are also set to play a number of European dates, including shows in Munich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and more. 

Announcing the news on their Facebook page earlier today, the band said they're: "Very excited to announce we're hitting the road for a stripped back tour this Autumn.

"Think intimate shows at special venues! We've been busy recording a new EP that we hope to be able to start sharing with you very soon."

It sounds like the tour will provide ample opportunity to hear Matthew And The Atlas' new material, but in the meantime fingers crossed for more news soon. 

Tickets for the tour are now available here.

Matthew And The Atlas will play:

19th September - Munich, Muffatcafe
20th September - Erlangen, De E-Werk
21st September - Berlin, Baumhausbar
22nd September - Leipzig, Ratstonne
23rd September - Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
24th September - Brussels, Huis 23 Ancienne Belgique 
26th September - Zwolle, Joodse Kerk
27th September - Maastricht, Evangelishe Lutherse Kerk
29th September - Brighton, Unitarian Chapel

01st October - Cardiff, The Globe
03rd October - London, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
04th October - Liverpool, Hus
05th October - Manchester, Sacred Trinity Church
07th October - Madrid, Costello Club (Fred Perry Session)
08th October - Barcelona, Centre Artesa Tradicionarius 

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The Horrors to play University of Sussex gig

The Horrors are back and have unveiled details of their long-awaited fifth album, titled 'V'. 

As well as the album announcement, Faris Badwan and co dropped their first single in three years, 'Machine', and revealed plans for a lengthy UK tour, which is set for later in the year and will include a show at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

Speaking of the different direction The Horrors have taken on their upcoming LP, frontman Faris Badwan said: "It is a risk, but life isn't much fun without risk. 

"It's the antithesis of being creative if you know what you're going to be doing every time."

Bandmate and keyboardist Tom Cowan added: "It's natural, if you do see yourself as an artist, to progress and not play it safe.

"Bowie pre-empted the modern condition of not being able to stay in one place for very long, and I get frustrated with bands who stay still. Because then it does become a career."

'V' is out on 22nd September via Wolf Tone/Caroline.

The Horrors will play at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Sussex in Brighton on 28th October. 

Listen to 'Machine' below

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Soccer Mommy shares wistful visuals for new tune, 'Allison'

Nineteen-years-old and hailing from Nashville, NYU student Sophie Allison, who goes by the moniker Soccer Mommy, has shared wistful visuals for her new tune 'Allison'. 

Built upon deep and introspective lyricism, the sub-three minute number is heartfelt and moving throughout. Soccer Mommy's distinctive, bittersweet sound deals with the trials and tribulations that come with being a teenage girl, whilst displaying a level of maturity that transcends her tender age.

The accompanying visuals for 'Allison' portray a quiet kind of intimacy and an honest portrayal of the struggles the lyrics depict. The track is taken from Soccer Mommy's upcoming mini-album titled 'Collection', due to be released via Fat Possum Records on the 4th August. 

If you like what you hear then be sure to catch Soccer Mommy at one of her forthcoming UK shows in Brighton and London later this summer. 

Take a listen to 'Allison' below

Soccer Mommy will play:

02 August - Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
03 August - London, The Islington
05 August - London, Visions Festival

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In pictures: Field Day 2017

Heading down to Victoria Park in East London for Field Day proved to be a great start to this summer's festival season. The event also provided the perfect opportunity to see headliners Aphex Twin at their only UK festival performance this year on the Barn Stage, alongside other favourites including: Arab Strap, Run The Jewels, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Slowdive

Aphex Twin were the talk of the day amongst dwellers, with Warp Records setting up a merchandise stall selling limited edition mini albums. 

After last year's disappointing rained out 10th anniversary event, things were certainly looking positive for a scorcher of a day with record number of crowds attending the East London shindig. 

Slimming down this year's affair to just one day to focus the efforts of world class talent accordingly seemed like a good move compared to the two day event the festival was in previous years.

Heading to the Shacklewell Arms tent for a 45-minute Flamingods set, things were kicking off in the packed out tent. Crowds threw themselves without care at the front of the stage.

After the recent release of their 'Kewali' EP, psych rockers Flamingods didn't disappoint with their live set and even brought out special guests in the form of Dan Leavers and Elliot Arndt. 

Halfway through the excellent musical affair lead singer Kamal decided to throw himself into the audience for some crowd-surfing action, whilst the sea of faces joined in and cheered him on. 

Over on the Eat Your Own Ears stage, Rae Morris slowed the pace and calmed things down a notch with her mellow, dance-inspired set, which was just the ticket to sit down with and enjoy a cold beer and a slice of organic pizza from one of the many award-winning food stalls on offer. 

Next up were King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, currently touring the UK, who certainly pulled a large crowd in the evening at the Shacklewell Arms tent. Filling the area to capacity in no time, the band engaged with the audience from the off, whilst shouting: "Rattlesnake, Rattlesnake, Rattlesnake!"

Slowdive played plenty of their back catalogue during their set and it easy to notice that Nick Chaplin wore a Kite Base t-shirt during the performance too. Certainly one to remember, the band only recently reformed for a successful fourth album and have a stack of festivals to play this summer. 

Aphex Twin's closing set was mind-blowing. The huge Barn stage was filled to the brim with revelling, dancing crowds in a way that Field Day has never seen before, whilst their mesmerising lazer show played out for all to witness.

One disappointment to mention was that they didn't play more of the older 90s classics that the older generation in the audience longed to hear. 

2017 produced an undoubtedly memorable Field Day, although the evening also saw the tragic events of the London Bridge attack, which left many stranded in fear. 

Field Day might be one of the smaller major festivals on the UK scene but they know how to put on an unforgettable event and provide value for money, which is something that will ensure their longevity in years to come. 

Take a look at the rest of the pictures from the day below.

Words and photos Michael Hundertmark

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Lorde displays continual brilliance on 'Melodrama'

The follow-up to any hit debut album is by no means an easy feat. Choosing to base her second release around the concept of a house party and the events that follow throughout the night, some might argue Lorde had her work cut out but most will agree that the young musician pulled it off without a doubt. 

'Melodrama' charts the highs and lows of a big night. From the opening bars of 'Green Light' to the final throes of 'Perfect Places', Lorde has covered it all and it's an album that will resonate with many. 

Opening track, 'Green Light', is euphoric to the core. The first cut to be released from the album, the pressure was on but this was a track built to thrill. It sees the record burst into life and it'll have you kicking and screaming, before the second track has even begun. 

Continuing the brilliance on 'Sober', the track is polished, dramatic and devilishly charming - all descriptions that could easily fit Lorde herself. "We're King and Queen of the weekend/ain't a pill that could touch our rush/but what will we do when we're sober" sings the star on the chorus that serves as a timely reminder that the 20-year-old is no longer the same teenager who shot to fame on 2013's 'Pure Heroine'. 

Lorde quite clearly has a knack for memorable, festival-friendly verses too. On 'The Louvre' she states: "They'll hang us in The Louvre/down the back, but who cares-still The Louvre". The track is indicative of Lorde branching out and trying bold new tactics and it paying off tenfold. 

One of the album's finest moments comes in the form of 'Writer In The Dark'. A deliciously bitter anthem for those who need it, it's honest, universal and almost lullaby-like at times. The track also succeeds in blending sweet melodies with pop hooks that results in a spine-tingling moment or two. 

The sad but grand 'Supercut' is also up there as a high point amongst an album brimming with highs. The sub-five minute number tells off Lorde recalling memories of a past relationship that have been condensed into a highlights reel. It's realistic and something that so many listeners will be able to relate to, after all the element of universal connection is what Lorde has always done best. Standout lyric, "In my head I do everything right" shows how selfish and flawed humans can be at times too.

Arguably one of her greatest tracks to date, Lorde completely triumphs on album closer 'Perfect Places'. It's a song that makes you want to dance in places, weep in others and grab your friends for one giant hug. It's a major bop that recalls the end of a night, feeling a little woozy and when you're at your most honest. "What the fuck are perfect places, anyway?" Lorde asks. What a superb question.

A strong contender for album of the year, 'Melodrama' proves that anyone can try their hand at writing a pop song, but few have what it takes to make a good pop tune; Lorde is, of course, one of the talented few and this album is one to be treasured. 

Words Lauren Wade

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Wolf Alice set to play Brighton Dome in November

Wolf Alice are back in full force and taking no prisoners on their brand new single, 'Yuk Foo'.

Having received its first spin on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show as her hottest record, news also followed of their second album and upcoming tour dates, including a show at Brighton Dome. 

The follow-up record to their 2015 debut, 'My Love Is Cool,' will be titled 'Visions Of A Life' and will be released on 29th September via Dirty Hit.

Speaking about 'Yuk Foo', vocalist Ellie Rowsell said: "We wanted to make it open to interpretation, so that anyone who was frustrated at something could have it as their anthem.

"For me, a lot of it is about being a young woman. Even the shit, everyday wolf-whistle thing. As I get older, I feel like 'Why have I always put up with that?' When I sing that kind of song, it's everything that I want to do when that happens."

Wolf Alice will bring their storming new sound to Brighton at the end of the year on 20th November. Tickets for the show are available from 9am on Friday 16th June. 

Take a listen to 'Yuk Foo' below

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