If you’re looking for something to do in-between world cup games, look no further:
No Violet – Be My Friend
Bristol’s No Violet infectiously mix of math, grunge and psychedelia and have impressed on the Bristol’s live scene over the last few years. ‘Be My Friend’ captures the band at their most potent, with the track’s slow atmospheric beginning getting heavier and heavier, getting more in your face with every sludging guitar riff. The eventual breakdown is a cathartic release, and is the kind of riff that will circle you head for days.
Flirting. – Peppermint
London five piece flirting. make an instant impact with their charming, chiming new single ‘Peppermint’. The shimmering guitars of the verses are kicked down by the intense, razor-sharp chorus, whilst the addition of a Los Campesinos!-style spoken word section is always very welcome.
Let’s Eat Grandma – Ava
A stripped-back, emotional new song from the SOPHIE-produced duo. With only the sound of rain and twinkling piano, ‘Ava’ allows Let’s Eat Grandma to bring their songwriting and superb vocals to the fore.
Post Yoga – Smoking Alone is No Fun
Sadly, one of our favourite Bristol acts Something Anorak called it a day earlier this week, but happily, singer/guitarist Chris Barrett cheered us up immediately with the announcement of his new solo project Post Yoga. ‘Smoking Alone’ is one of new two songs that he’s already graced us with. It’s a charmingly lo-fi and wonky piece, with warping synths bubbling away under Chris’ fragile vocal.
The Ornsteins – For Hendo
We premiered this beautifully touching and brilliantly produced new song from The Ornsteins on the site over the weekend, but if you missed it first time round, give it a listen here.
Girl Unit – WYWD Remix ft Kelela
What initially started as a ‘sobre ballad’ has been flipped around by Girl Unit, making it a smooth, syrupy summer anthem. Chirping birds and cascading synths perfectly complement Kelela’s husky vocal, whilst the tropical percussion give it an irresistible groove.
Menace Beach – Black Rainbow Sound
Fun, playful garage rock from Menace Beach. Featuring fizzing guitars but with motorik drum loops, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ shares a lot in common with Hooksworms’ brand of psychedelia. A driving, haywire taste of their new record.
Muncie Girls – Picture of Health
Ahh it’s great to have Muncie Girls back isn’t it? ‘Picture of Health’ is about “how much easier it is to worry about your friends than it is to worry about yourself”, coupling the band’s brash pop-punk sound with open and honest lyricism. The band are releasing their second album ‘Fixed Ideals’ on the 31st August.
LVL UP – Orchard
Sadly, New York’s LVL UP have decided to call it quits, but have shared this one final song as a parting gift. It shows a band still at the height of their powers, their lo-fi experimentations creating a sepia-tinged soundscape. RIP LVL UP.
The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions
Please don’t make me regret this, Gareth.