Live Report: Jalen Ngonda - KOKO, London | Live

It’s rare to find a modern artist who embodies all of the talent and soul of the legends who came before them. Jalen Ngonda belongs in this rare breed. From the raspy howls of Marvin Gaye to the tender melodies of Al Green, Ngonda’s voice is extraordinary. His debut album ‘Come Around And Love Me’ floats effortlessly from upbeat bops to laid-back grooves with his distinct high pitched tone the star attraction. Hearing Ngonda in the flesh is an altogether more tantalising prospect...

A Free Spirit: Amen Dunes Interviewed | Features

Amen Dunes is something of an anomaly. The New York based artist, aka Damon McMahon, is a shapeshifter of sound; a forward-thinker who’s never content on churning out the same product album after album. From Brian Jonestown Massacre style psych rock to folk infused gospel, his previous album ‘Freedom’ (2018) was his most critically revered to date, garnering exceptionally high praise from Pitchfork who named it as one of their best albums of the decade...

Next Wave #1161: Angus1 | Next Wave

Straddling upbeat electronic music with bags of introspective lyricism, Angus1 is an artist and producer with a sonic palette that defies convention. He may be a newcomer to the scene, but his music feels both refined and forward-thinking. It’s also deeply personal too; his project’s raison d’être became solidified after he confronted lifelong mental health struggles through therapy...

wojtek the bear - Shaking Hands With The NME | Reviews

Glasgow is home to a number of incredible bands and artists. wojtek the bear could be deemed as veterans of their local scene, having formed in 2016 and played numerous festivals across the UK and beyond. They could also be deemed as indie pop revivalists, having gained notable appreciation and played alongside iconic Scottish peers such as Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. But with their third album ‘shaking hands with the NME’, wojtek the bear are at the top of their game.

"We're A Set Of Five Action Figures!" Gustaf Interviewed | Features

New York City’s hottest post-punk outfit Gustaf are a frenetic delight. Chaos has been their unlikely guiding force. Their first gig was hit by a blizzard, they didn’t even have a name when they first started playing shows. Somehow, it’s all worked out. And since lead singer Lydia Gammill started the band “on a whim” by offering to help her friends drive their van down to SXSW in 2018, with the deal of playing a few shows with them in return, the talented five-piece haven’t looked back since.

Next Wave #1125: Lucia & The Best Boys | Next Wave

Friends of The Last Dinner Party, Dream Wife and even Wolf Alice who they toured with last year, Glasgow’s Lucia & The Best Boys are cementing their status as one of the UK’s hottest bands. They’ve been in no rush to rise to the top; forming eight years ago, this September marks the long awaited arrival of their debut album ‘Burning Castles’. A lot of things may have changed for them since they formed. But lead singer Lucia Fairfull believes that the band’s je ne sais quoi has always remained.

SON Estrella Galicia Takes Over East London With Miss Tiny, Jessica Winter | Live

Summer nights, Spanish beers, delicious food and great live music. This could be the ideal set up for an evening on the streets of Barcelona. But with the return of SON Estrella Galicia’s showcase event, it is Paper Dress Vintage on Hackney’s Mare Street where the fiesta of music, beer, gastronomy and positive impact is poised to entertain alongside a generous pinch of alegría de la vida.

Next Wave #1102: Redolent | Next Wave

Thought Glasgow was the hub of music in Scotland? Think again. With Young Fathers and Hamish Hawk spearheading the scene on the other side of the M8, Edinburgh is looking as musically colourful as it has for many a year. Redolent, an alt-pop quintet based in Leith, are one of the area’s most exciting new prospects. They’ve just signed to Columbia, released their debut EP ‘make big money fast online now’ and are relishing living their lives as full time musicians.

Saint Jude - Signal | Reviews

Saint Jude’s journey into the world of music hasn’t been an easy one. DJing was the South Londoner’s first pursuit. But his prospects were hindered significantly due to developing tinnitus at a very early age. However, cutting out music completely wasn’t an option for Jude. He found solace in creating music whilst being attentive to his condition. He’s released two EPs; his second, ‘Bodies Of Water’, being a real triumphant body of work. Now, Jude’s debut album ‘Signal’ marks a shift...

Next Wave #1082: beaux | Next Wave

Imagine finishing school early to pursue music, being picked up by a record label from a DM and later finding your music gaining the seal of approval from Matty Healy of The 1975. Sounds pretty dreamy, right? For beaux, this was his pathway into the music industry. He’s now set to release his fourth EP in the space of two years. And in doing so, he is crafting his case for being Dirty Hit’s (beabadoobee, The 1975, Rina Sawayama) next pop prodigy.

Next Wave #1048: Parliamo

Perth and Kinross isn’t exactly known for its musical talent. But with the arrival of Parliamo, that could be about to change. Since evolving from a rapturous five-piece to a silky sextet, the band recently signed a mini-album deal with Modern Sky (The Coral, The Latuhms, Crawlers). The fruit of this deal is out now, in the form of ‘The Parliamo Manifesto’. It’s an EP with a baggy aura that carries a Damon Albarn-esque, tongue-in-cheek likeability...
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