About Lior Phillips

Lior Phillips doesn’t particularly like pie, but seems to dabble in many with growing fears of actually becoming one, some day. Based in Cape Town, South Africa she is a Freelance Wardrobe Stylist & Writer with a firm base in Brand Consulting. There are so many other-wordly bands out there she so often feels it unfair to have only been granted one set of ears. A stickler for detail and a lover of all things that are drastically oversized or undersized (E.G XXL mugs & travel size toiletries) her fixation with fantasy/sci-fi novels live on the same trajectory as her fixation with the world of music – both move and whirl vividly in her imagination; a fitting and introspective backdrop.

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Brand New Goldroom – “Till Sunrise”

Brand New Goldroom – “Till Sunrise”

A few weeks ago LA-based producer Goldroom gave fans the chance to collaborate and premix his song “Till Sunrise” via the aptly title initiative, “Goldroom Premix”. After stating that the proper single will only arrive today (11/08) it stands as a new-age way to release music. It’s fresh, unusual and I think it worked. It not only involves the fan aspect right at the core of the offering, but it gave artists the opportunity to put their own Gold stamp on the track – something that usually only happens after a single is released. Today marks the release of the original – the egg or, err, is it the chicken of the equation? Whichever way you look at it – it’s a great little pop number written by Goldroom with vocals by Mammals.

Leo Stannard – “Why Don’t We”

Leo Stannard – “Why Don’t We”

Hey!  You!  You over there!  You know that moment when a song sounds like a certain time of day?  The clock has just hit 3pm, it’s a warm summer sunday and you’re full from the best meal, tired from the best laugh-loop and life feels as warm as the temperature outside.  Meet 19-year-old Leo Stannard from a tiny village in Leicester.  If Paolo Nutini, Bon Iver and Ben Howard were ever family members – this would be their little brother.  Just over the 2 minute mark, he slows down the pace and all that’s heard is his voice echoing over, “And I found my place now I can’t go”.

Happy for you to stay, Leo.

Shura – ”Just Once”

Shura – ”Just Once”

On her second single Shura sings, “Have you ever been lost/We could get lost/I wanna get lost” and if, as the press release for “Just Once” rings true, and it is indeed the prequel to her first single “Touch” – we get the full weight of both songs instantly, in tone and temperament.  You’ll want to get lost with her in this song and in her world, straight away.  She’s apparently unsigned, which – hell – judging from both singles won’t last very long.  In the meantime, I have a sneaky suspicion we’re going to listen to this more than ‘just once’…

After Midnight

After Midnight

“Nothing good comes after midnight” – yeah, you can say that again! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving a bit of rugged-edged lip-spitting grit in my ears lately – and Dorothy delivers.  The raw rock temperament combined with the undeniable talent of this LA band embody a guilty pleasure that will linger long after midnight…

Filligar – “Motor Shine”

Filligar – “Motor Shine”

In October last year we shared Chicago indie rockers Filligar new track “Photos Of Madrid” and predicted quite a few things in terms of their sound taking a little hop and skip toward a new direction – a direction we were only too ecstatic to hear.  Now they’re working on their sixth album and shared another gem with us called “Motor Shine”.  According to Paste – where the song just premiered – the new album was recorded in a studio that the band built inside an old boat warehouse in California.  “Motor Shine” and its hooky chorus allow for Jonny Mathias’s vocals to lead the way yet again, and the soothing familiarity and warmth of the melody certainly sound as relaxed as the summertime in California and really only mean one thing: we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”

Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”

Anything involving/created by or composed with members of the bands we love are naturally going to set the bells ringing in our ears, so when it popped up that Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit lead singer) co-produced a new pop song we had to press play. The track title is “OctaHate” and it’s by New Yorker Ryn Weaver. Another one to stack atop all the other Summer tunes.

There are moments in the spaces between her lyrical verses (in the beginning and the end of the song) that shouts Jessy Lanza’s track “Kathy Lee”, which I’ve put below, because well why the blimming not. Interesting to see how foundations can be built on by different artists covering various genres.