French duo gone five-piece Isaac Delusion have a new line-up, a new label, a new album but one thing hasn’t changed, they are still passionate artists dedicated to continually exploring new musical landscapes. Out on April 7th via Parisian boutique label Microqlima, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was three long years in the making but the result is simply breathtaking.
Rust & Gold features twelve slices of hybrid pop that stand out for their rare simplicity and honesty. In a genre-bending tour de force Isaac Delusion deliver stories of love and longing, life and spirituality, cut for daydreaming and road tripping across the continents.
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L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.
For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.
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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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