After the success of singles “October” and “They Are Not Like You”, Bristol-based duo Icarus present their first new track of 2017: “King Kong”. Brothers Ian and Tom Griffiths have delivered a beast of a track, recalling the exuberant energy of Basement Jaxx or Groove Armada. “King Kong” exudes potent dynamism from every element of the production, from the booming bass to the urgent percussion.
“Last year we put out a lot of atmospheric stuff, but with ‘King Kong’ we’ve switched our style again,” explains Tom. “It’s something more experimental and more light-hearted. We don’t want to overthink it too much, and we don’t want to stick to one particular lane because we like writing all sorts of tracks.”
There’s much more to come from the ICARUS camp and their Fly Boy label in the near future. Already confirmed are two huge festivals: Annie Mac’s Lost & Found Festival in Malta this April, and then Croatia’s infamous Hideout Festival in June.
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Australian band Safia has been active since 2012, releasing a string of singles as well as remixes for other artists. Band members Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at Radford College in Canberra and cite James Blake, Chet Faker, Purity Ring and Disclosure as their main influences.
“Together, Locked Safely” is taken off Safia’s album Internal, out now on Virgin EMI Records. The album was self-produced and mixed by Eric J Dubowsky and debuted at number 2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
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London-based producer Jack Ritchie, better known as Bearcubs, has previewed a brand new track from his forthcoming Underwaterfall EP, following the recent release of its title track which has seen lots of support from blogs around the world. “False Mirrors” features beautiful textural detail with Ritchie’s restrained vocal building to an immersive, almost cinematic climax.
These new tracks showcase Bearcubs’ signature mix of finely-tuned downtempo electronica and are bound to seal his reputation as a producer to be reckoned with. Keep an ear out for the Underwaterfall EP, which drops on March 10th via All Points.
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One of the best acts to come out of Belgium in recent years, Warhola is the moniker of Oliver Symons, a multi-talented musician who writes, produces, and performs mind-bending synthpop with fantastic vocals. Co-produced by Symons and Wouter Souvereyns, Warhola’s new single “Jewels” features Wouter Souvereyns on bass, guitar and live percussion and Moreno Claes on bass.
For the video, Danish director Anders Malmberg created a dark universe inhabited by bejewelled gymnasts. Check it out below!
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Australian electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes has only been working together for about 2 years but their musical palette is quite broad, with influences ranging from hip-hop, blues and funk, to psychedelic, electronic and dance. New single “Pieces” sees them significantly progress by introducing Tech-house influences, drawing inspiration from Caribou, The Presets and LCD Soundsystem.
With solid 4/4 beats, escalating arpeggio and vocals awash with reverb, the track shines a different light on the band’s creative depth but their pop sensibilities and smart approach to songwriting still remain intact.
Bonus track: “Superficial Light”
With more new material up their sleeve, this is an act to keep an eye on in the coming months. Find out more on their Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy the music on