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March 12, 2021 Alt-pop composer Evan Klar announces forthcoming EP

Alt-pop composer Evan Klar announces forthcoming EP

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Rising German-Australian musician / composer Evan Klar is poised to announce a brand new release with the arrival of ‘Illusions’, lifted from the forthcoming EP due this summer through cult Berlin label Grönland Records.

Drawing on a myriad of influences from house, pop, soul and trap, ‘Illusions‘, produced by power-house duo Kilian & Jo (Tujamo, Cro, Majan), is an effervescent, addictive slice of alt-pop bliss, offering us the perfect respite we all need right now. Evan says: ‘This is one of my more ambitious pop-centric releases to date, I call it ‘Cloud trap with a heavy dose of Vitamin D’, a screamingly catchy spark towards self confession and happiness.”

Currently residing between Berlin and Melbourne by way of Singapore, the self-confessed pop addict spends all his time producing music for both himself and other artists and claims his “confusing identity” fuels his approach to making pop music.

Evan’s nomadic lifestyle led him across Europe plying his trade as a session musician for Primary One, Charlie XCX, and Alex Metric, including appearances at Glastonbury, Big Chill, and The Great Escape Festival. Evan ultimately felt disconnected when playing other’s music, and decided to pursue his own path. “Pop music keeps me young and happy, it kinda reminds me of playing with lego as a kid” – his approach seemingly carefree but his writing often deeply personal and inquisitive.

2020 was an exciting year for Evan Klar, signing with Groenland Records / Monchique, to release of his first single ‘I do’ with radio support from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. ‘I do’ was followed by three further releases: ‘Figure it out’ (over 3 million streams) in collaboration with artist and producer Novaa, as well as ‘Make the Most of This’ and ‘Costume Shop’. Coupled with his refreshing self-made approach to music, Evan Klar has accumulated over 160.000 monthly Spotify listeners through a turbulent year. ‘Illusions’ is Klar’s first release of 2021 and the beginning of much more to come.

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March 8, 2021 Musicians Steven Rubin & Thomas Blondet release enigmatic downtempo EP, Sea Sons

Musicians Steven Rubin & Thomas Blondet release enigmatic downtempo EP, Sea Sons

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The wait is finally over for the release of the latest downtempo EP Sea Sons by prolific musicians in their own right; Thomas Blondet & Steven Rubin. Speaking to the soul without saying a word, Sea Sons is an enigmatic experience that one should absorb whenever they deem fit. With the recent closure Eighteenth Street Lounge, an underground electronic club where Blondet had a residency for two decades, the DJ saw it fitting to release an EP inspired by his time there.

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Thomas Blondet describes what the EP release means to him, “Sea Sons, to me, is an ode to Eighteenth Street Lounge. While making this album I felt it was something that would be played at ESL. I imagine sitting near the fireplace and sipping on some fine wine on a Saturday evening.”

The other mind to marvel at the direction of this album, would-be musician and fellow collaborator Steven Rubin. Steven brings a tinge of instrumental incorporating rock riffs into the downtempo landscape with finesse. Sea Sons is a collaborative EP where backgrounds collide and form a magical listening experience for all. 

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March 3, 2021 Electronic rock band The Hideaways collaborate with musician Tiny Dyno

Electronic rock band The Hideaways collaborate with musician Tiny Dyno

Soho Bedroom Party’ is the latest single from electronic rock band The Hideaways. The release finds them teaming up with fellow Bristolians Tiny Dyno. 

The collaboration started in December 2020 when Tiny Dyno began a rework of the song. “It was intended to be a remix but I’m too much of a pop fiend to endlessly loop intros and middle eights” remarked the track’s producer and Tiny Dyno guitarist Tom Kuras, “it quickly became apparent that this was something different for both bands”. 

The single opens with a rush of rumbling bass and pummeling 4/4 disco rock drums. The sparse instrumentation continues as The Hideaways front man Danny Pugh asserts “tomorrow we’ll be astronauts, I promise nothing less”. The minimalism is sacrificed in the chorus. with the addition of kinetic percussion and glistening synths. Pugh is also accompanied by Tiny Dyno’s Emily Gardiner adding her powerful presence and eloquent delivery.

The collaboration results in a departure in sound for both acts. ‘Soho Bedroom Party’ finds The Hideaways eschewing the hard rock production of previous releases, luxuriating in the sounds and production techniques of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their larger than life lyrics still remain as songwriter Danny Pugh instructs the listener to “Finish the hour, leave me to rest, run through Soho in your Gucci dress.” Tiny Dyno’s fetish for melodic pop and wall of sound production remains strong despite this being their first release without regular collaborator Robot Club (Massive Attack, Nick Cave, Tom Waits).

Mastered by Rik Dowding (Portishead, The Horrors, Primal Scream, The XX)Soho Bedroom Party’ offers a glimpse of exciting things to come with individual releases scheduled for 2021.

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February 3, 2021 Individualism celebrated in Russell Louder’s latest electro-pop single

Individualism celebrated in Russell Louder’s latest electro-pop single

Think of some of the strongest vocals you’ve heard – how have they impacted you as you’ve listened to them, kept them on repeat in your home throughout the years? Russell Louder presents the next single to add to your ever-expanding playlist – ‘HOME’.

Using gender-neutral pronouns (they/them), Russell Louder is at the forefront of the LGBTQ community, as they campaign for mutual respect. An avid supporter of the effort to end violence against sex workers as well as promoting the need for trans healthcare in their home town, the singer is constantly pushing for a better world. The artist draws on their experiences in life to create their startling unique sound – transforming difficult experiences into soaring pop laden melodies.

HOME’, premiered today and released tomorrow, is the foreshadowing of their upcoming EP – HUMOR which will be released on the 26th of February via Lisbon Lux Records. The EP will be available on all digital platforms but for the old-school fans such as ourselves, you’ll also be able to order it on both vinyl and CD. Aside from ‘HOME’, fans have been treated to the release of a few other singles from the album, one of our favourites being, ‘Light Of The Moon’. Catch the single below to get a fuller experience of Louder’s magical sound:

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