Based out of Brisbane, Australia, Max Byrne is a young and talented artist/producer who makes chilled electronic music under the moniker Golden Vessel. Influenced by Flume, James Blake or Chet Faker, his smooth blend of down-tempo beats features elements of hip-hop, trap and soul, all laced in a pristine lo-fi sheen.
2016 was a big year for Golden Vessel with the roll-out of his incredible debut Before Sleep EP which saw him working with some very talented Australia artists such as Lastlings, Tom Eggert of MTNS, OKBADLANDS, Abraham Tilbury, and Woodes.
After taking his live show on the road late last year for his first headlining mini-tour, Max is already back in the studio working on his next round of releases and collaborations. His first single for 2017 is “Tell The Girl” featuring vocals by Emerson Leif and released in collaboration with Exist Recordings.
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Fenech-Soler released their new album ZILLA on February 3rd on So Recordings. Three years in the making, the band’s third studio album is chock full of bold, shimmering pop gems, which herald a thrilling new chapter for brothers Ben and Ross Duffy.
Loaded with personality and pockets of experimentation, ZILLA is inspired by disco, old soul vocal harmony groups and an unwavering love of pop music. While previous albums have seen the duo collaborate with the likes of Tim Goldsworthy and Starsmith, this album is much more organic, with most of it self-produced.
Fenech-Soler have been touring for the past couple of months, bringing their new tunes to fans across Europe the US. More dates have just been announced in April in May, check out their official site or Facebook for more info. Buy the new album now on
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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