I’m expecting that 2015 will be a big year for Bipolar Sunshine as he builds momentum up to his summer release of his next album. Last month, we got to hear a taste of whats to come with the song “Daydreamer“, a single that’s out on January 25th. The song was a collaboration with SBTRKT and produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith), which now has a video, a kaleidoscopic vision of a daydreamer’s wild mind directed by Tomek Ducki.
This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I say that I’m looking for bands that are doing something different. Bands take notice, this is a great way to get on a blog (especially in December, when it’s all about year end content).
Glasgow’s Prides recently recorded themselves at The Old Mill Studios performing a mixtape of their favourite tracks, including Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate”, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (to name a few). Here’s a note from the band:
2014 has been a year where we spent a lot of time in a van listening to the radio. We decided to wrap up the year with one of our mixtapes of our favorite tracks, but this time we decided to play it live. These are the songs that we sang on the way back from shows, played incessantly whilst out on tour, and cranked when they came on the radio. Hope you enjoy!
When I look back on 2014, I’m really glad that Prides popped up on my radar.
December is here, time to start on those best of the year lists and compilations. This year, I’m planning a huge “Friends Of Indie Music Filter” poll, for songs, videos and probably videos. I guess it all depends on what I get back, but I’m guessing these posts will be ones to look out for. In the meantime, its a bit more work trying to find songs for the blog, as December just ain’t the best time to release new music. Although (and looking back to last year as well), there are those gems that just sort of jump out at you.
That gem today was “Chess” from Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir). The song comes from The King Of Anxiety EP (out Jan. 19th) and teases us to his upcoming release of a debut album via Domino’s sister label, Double Six. Lyrically, the content comes from a lifted instant-messaging conversation that Yannick was embroiled in on the day of recording. The conversation finalized the demise of a relationship, but replaced the originally intended lyrics and birthed this track.
The accompanying video was directed by Cieron Magat and was inspired by the works of , Philip Kwame Apagya.