Avante Black – Make A Mess
Following on from the success of their previous single “Drug Money”, Avante Black are back with what might be a relatable tune for some of us. “Make A Mess” tells it straight about the moment when you’re breaking up with someone and realise it’s not fixable. “Make A Mess” is the latest release from Avante Black a project led by Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten, a 22-year-old Swedish native living in London, alongside fellow Swede Emil, Italian Gabs and British drummer Dean.
Previous releases from Avante Black have landed them places on the Best of 2016 and Ones To Watch in 2017 lists and it seems they are delivering on their praises. Ottiila grew up in the city Uppsala north of Stockholm and with Bob Dylan lyrics tattooed on her arm and penning her first song at 15, it’s certain music is her forte. Ottiila’s writing skills have been compared to the likes of Tove Lo, Maggie Rogers and Lana Del Rey. You can catch Avante Black playing at the UK’s premiere celebration of new talent, Dot To Dot festival, in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on the 26th, 27th and 28th May. With a debut album scheduled for early next year, we can’t wait to see what other relatable tales Avante Black have to share with us.
Amy Steele – Saltwater
Amy is currently working on her EP “Memories in Watercolour” a record that examines different stages in a relationship. Each track on the EP is a different memory or a colour that has been slightly degraded. “Saltwater” is a taster of what is to come as the track explores the idea that when you experience something you never really remember it, exactly as it was; it’s a degraded memory that’s forever tainted by reminiscence. “Saltwater” also echoes the theme of how the thing you need to survive can surround you, but once it’s tainted it will never be able to cleanse or serve its healing purpose.
Dr Steele to you and I, Amy has spent the last five years completing her medical degree and now that’s out of the way, she is committing all her efforts into her passion for music. As soon as we pressed play on Amy Steele’s latest release “Saltwater” there was this sudden soothing calm. The vocals on this track exude Amy’s passion for her craft and are reminiscent of a classic neo soul sound. With Amy’s next single “Graces” lined for a release next month, it seems there is no stopping Amy, she is on a mission to satisfy her growing fan base. In the last year Amy has been working with Alex Wells, and various producers to create a record that reflects her artistry and who she is musically.
Parcels – Gamesofluck (L’Impératrice remix) & Hideout (Disco Despair remix)
After releasing their Hideout EP, Parcels have had the tracks from the EP reworked with remixes from Inagwa, a side project of Australian electronic band Tora, the versatile electro of German duet Mouse on Mars, misty vibes brought by, and an electronic ballad courtesy of Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak. The latest releases from the Hideout EP remixed are “Gamesofluck” remixed by French producers L’Impératrice and “Hideout” from Helsinki- based Disco Despair.
Parcels, are five Berlin-based Australians with a shared love for innumerable musical genres and an equal passion for songwriting, performance and production. Having performed at their sold-out concert at the Moth Club and a European Tour supporting Two Door Cinema Club, Parcels have a knack to get the crowd moving. You can step to the rhythm of their beat as they play at Le Printemps de Bourges, Great Escape, Dot to Dot Festival and We Love Green.
Hideout EP Remixed is released Friday 28th April
Only Girl – Fortune
Ahead of her largest headline show to date at The Courtyard Theatre in London on 24th April, South Londoner Only Girl has released the visuals for her latest track “Fortune”. The single itself has received critical acclaim with Spotify adding the track on to their New Music Friday playlist. Both “Fortune” and b-side release “Water” were recorded at Abbey Road Studios and co-written & produced with emerging UK producer Lostboy.
The “Fortune” visuals were directed by Davy Evans and were premiered on ITV. Speaking about the video, Only Girl, aka singer/songwriter Ellen Murphy, says: “For this video, I always wanted to create something visually striking and different to the usual performance video. I’d seen Davy’s beautiful prism light work on visuals for The xx a few years back and always thought he would be amazing to work with. The gold concept, textures and Davy’s unique photographic special effects are used throughout the video to reflect the idea of value in relationships.” This year has already been off to a good start for Only Girl. She was handpicked by New York DJ Kitty Cash to feature on her “Love The Free Vol. III” mixtape which also featured artists such as Solange, Raury and St Beauty and received a personal invite from Dermot O’Leary to perform on ITV’s The Nightly Show.
Grace Savage – Just For Tonight
Listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’ and recently headlining the tastemaker Roundhouse Rising, Grace Savage now moves into 2017 to further define herself in her own right. Her latest release from her upcoming EP “Savage Grace”, adds tropical xylophone touches to her trademark dark electro-pop stylings. “Just for Tonight” was produced by Chris Bartholomew and matched Grace’s ethereal tone to inventive tropical flavours to her glassy, early dubstep rhythms
Speaking on the track, Grace says: “Just for Tonight’ is a song about clinging onto something that is no longer there, about spending a night with an ex in an effort to try and revive and resuscitate the relationship. Lying to yourself, looking for the short term fix and living in a moment of dangerous make-believe.”
SLOES – All In The Mind
London band SLOES have already had a great start to 2017, they recently performed live for Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, we now have a release date for their “All In The Mind EP” and the band have now released the EP’s title track along with the visuals to go with it.
“All In The Mind” the EP is due for release on 16th June and the band have worked with Hugh Worskett (Michael Kiwanuka/Will Joseph Cook) and Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) on the record. With support from the likes of BBC London and BBC Introducing, as well as Mahogany live sessions and making their UK festival debut at Boardmasters, SLOES are moving to higher heights from their humble beginnings in a basement in Dalston. SLOES will be headlining London’s Old Street Records on May 24th.
Dan Crossley – Nothing But Love
Following the release of his debut single “Feel” last month, Dan Crossley is back again with “Nothing But Love” a languid, electronic instrumental which only serves to emphasise Dan’s club-influenced lyrics and thoroughbred vocal. The track is the second offering from Dan’s debut EP due to be released next month. Dan took a gamble when he moved to London from Telford at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music. This seems to have paid off as Dan has now performed at some of the most prestigious music venues in London including The Royal Albert Hall and the O2. Dan gives us another reason why he is on the list for the Ones To Watch in 2017.
RavenKis – Stellar
Another release from Steve Angello’s revered imprint SIZE Records, this time the track come from French progressive house DJ/producer RavenKis with his “Stellar” single. “Stellar” combines a driving bassline with melodic synth patterns before an electric guitar solo comes into play. Bursting with energy, RavenKis’ new track is the perfect fit for dancefloors and festivals alike. RavenKis’ “Teardrops” single released in 2014 has gained over half a million combined streams across Spotify and SoundCloud to date. RavenKis can also count dance music heavyweights Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Axwell, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Angello and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard as fans.
Dua Lipa ft Miguel – Lost In Your Light
As we await the release of Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut album, Dua has already sold over 3.4 million singles worldwide, sold out international tour and has claimed three spots in the UK top 15 singles chart simultaneously with the hit single “Be The One” and features alongside Sean Paul and Martin Garrix. We were excited to see Dua’s tracklisting for her album due out on 2nd June and along with this Dua has released her collaboration with Miguel, “Lost In Your Light”. The two singers complement each other’s enchanting vocals with a catchy melody on “Lost In Your Light”.
“Lost In Your Light” will be on Dua’s upcoming album along with her other hits “Be The One”, “Hotter Than Hell” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”. You can pre-order the album now and get a download of “Lost In Your Light”. Dua will also be performing at Glastonbury this year as well as continuing with her tour which has already seen her stopover in various US cities.
Greta Isaac – You
Following her acclaimed debut releases “Don’t Tell” and “Intro (Creatures of Habit)” last year and early this year, emerging artist Greta Isaac beams into 2017 with her most innovative track yet in “You”. The video is creepy and enticing at the same time, conjuring the dark nature of obsession and private vices.
“You’ is an exploration into obsession and infatuation… The character is infatuated with another person to such an extreme that she abandons her own identity to embody the other person. She quite literally wants to BECOME them. It’s about how a simple little obsession can develop into something destructively extreme” Greta says.