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.
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.
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.
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”
Hot on the heels of their recent single “They Are Not Like You”, Bristol-based production duo Icarus have released a brand new track ‘Hiding’, which sees brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths stripping their sound back to its dancefloor-orientated deep house essence.
“Hiding” kicks off with big drums and haunting looped vocals, which perfectly complement the hypnotic synth line that runs through the track from start to finish. The result is a forward-thinking slice of deep electronica with dark undertones and a very danceable beat.