Category Archives: Alternative

TENDER – NADIR (Pop – UK)

Tender
London duo Tender shared their latest single “Nadir” via their SoundCloud in May and the song has already racked up over 60K plays. This is the first single taken off Tender’s forthcoming debut album, Modern Addiction, out Sept 1st on Partisan Records.

Tender is the musical union of Dan Cobb and James Cullen, two friends who have been creating dark and seductive grooves in their North London basement for the last couple of years.

Find them on SoundCloud or Facebook. Buy the single on

GOLDEN VESSEL – SHOULDERS (Alt/RnB – Australia)

Golden Vessel

Rising Australian multi-talented artist Golden Vessel (born Max Byrne) is back with “Shoulders”, the latest preview of his second EP. Released in collaboration with Exist Recordings (a label founded by none other than The Kite String Tangle), “Shoulders” sees the Brisbane-based producer venture further into soundscapes mixing sultry R&B and future electronica with a sprinkling of hip-hop edge.

Influenced by Flume, James Blake or Chet Faker, Byrne’s smooth blend of bouncy down-tempo beats and wonky synths create the perfect backdrop for some seriously infectious vocals provided by fellow Brisbanites, and accomplished artists in their own right, Elkkle and Mallrat. A match made in heaven if there ever was one!

More info and music on SoundCloud or Facebook. Buy on

OSCAR & THE WOLF – SO REAL (Alt/Indie – Belgium)

Oscar and the Wolf

After the sweeping success of previous single “The Game”, Belgian singer/songwriter Max Colombie (aka Oscar & The Wolf) returns with yet another mesmerising tune, “So Real”, out now on PIAS.

Produced by Jeroen de Pessemier, “So Real” is a sweltering pop gem which will no doubt make waves at summer festivals around Europe as Oscar and the Wolf embark next month on a massive tour that will see the band play at Down the Rabbit Hole, Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza Paris, Tomorrowland and Lokerse Feesten amongst others.

Find more info and music on Oscar and The Wolf’s official site or Facebook. Buy the music on

LANKS – VIET ROSE EP (Alt/Pop – Australia)

Lanks

Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Will Cuming, aka LANKS, recently released a 6-track extended play titled Viet Rose. Drifting between skittering electronic beats, sleek samples and more introspective piano-led numbers, this EP features previous singles “Bitter Leaf” and “Golden Age”, along with a handful of brand new tunes.

Cuming co-produced the 6-tracker alongside Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote) and invited friends and monumental talents Airling and Tom Iansek (one half of Big Scary) to contribute vocals on a couple of tracks.

Viet Rose is a beautiful display of heartfelt pop music which draws from LANKS’ rich sonic palette and will no doubt cement his reputation as one of the most gifted pop artist on the Aussie indie scene.

Follow LANKS on Facebook or check out his official website. Buy the new EP on Bandcamp or

R. MISSING – UNSUMMERING (Lo-FI/Darkwave – US)

R. Missing

Enigmatic New York-based project R. Missing unveiled their debut EP last March to great reviews. Released via Terminal Echo, Unsummering explores shadowy soundscapes filled with gloomy synth lines, moody beats and hazily deadpan vocals.

Sometimes compared to The Knife, Austra or Velvet Underground, R. Missing is the latest musical venture from indie band The Ropes. Under this new moniker, vocalist Sharon Shy and musician Toppy expand on their previous palette of nihilistic Morrisey tinged lyricism and go one shade darker. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly programmed electronic drum beats.

You can follow R. Missing on Facebook and SoundCloud. The Unsummering EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp.