Apologies for our absence of late, we have been very busy over the festive period, we will have lots for you soon.
After releasing ‘Giving It All’ in October this year, you might think things have been a little quiet in the Bondax camp of late. However, the boys have been holed up in the studio working on their highly anticipated debut album with a whole range of exciting collaborators and vocalists.
Due for release next year, you can now hear a brand new song from Adam and George that will be on their debut album. Called ‘Fires’ it features Josh Record on vocals and pushes Bondax’s own distinctive sound even further into subtle R&B, soul-flecked territory.
After an incredible 2013 Sam Smith prepares to release his debut single through Capitol Records, ‘Money On My Mind’ is a Two Inch Punch produced smash laced with Sam’s melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal due for release on 16th February.
Sam came to the fore featuring on Disclosure’s big breakout hit last autumn ‘Latch’ and went on to work with Naughty Boy on the MOBO winning, No.1 hit single ‘La La La’ to date amassing a mammoth 190 million views. Live has seen him on tour with Disclosure playing at some of the biggest events in the music calendar from Glastonbury to Coachella and the Warehouse Project, culminating in a huge TV performance with Naughty Boy at the MOBOs.
Stepping from the stage into the studio, Sam has also been concentrating on his own material with long-term writing partner Jimmy Napes. Earlier this year Sam posted a raw acoustic video for his aching grief ballad ‘Lay Me Down’ reaching over a million views and gaining a further army of followers. This was followed by his debut EP ‘Nirvana’ released through PMR which was embraced by critics and fans alike. His live solo show has also spread its wings and with sold out dates at London’s Islington Assembly Hall, The Mercury Lounge in New York, two sell out dates at The Troubadour in LA and a recently announced 2014 tour, which has seen Shepherds Bush already sell out and a further London date announced at the Roundhouse.
This side of Christmas fans got a taste of South Beach sunshine when courtesy of an afternoon in the studio collectively Sam, Jimmy, Disclosure and the legendary Nile Rodgers decided to release ‘Together’ accompanied by a video from acclaimed illustrator and designer Kate Moross.
With the release of ‘Money On My Mind’ in February, his UK tour, the debut album due in the Spring and a freshly inked deal with Capitol Records in the US - now making him a global signing and a making it into the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sound Poll, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Sam.
Capitol Records Release ‘Money On My Mind’ on 16th February 2014.
In preparation for the release of his brand new EP of the same name on November 11th, Bipolar Sunshine releases the fantastic new track ‘Drowning Butterflies’. Forever the dynamic songwriter, Bipolar Sunshine has yet again put an exciting twist on his indie/pop roots and created something fresh and new. Never standing still, always moving forward.
Increasingly earmarked as one of the most exciting emerging artists this year, singularly talented London born singer, songwriter and producer Joel Compass is releasing his first single Run on Outsiders/Polydor.
Following his much lauded and Radio 1 playlisted Astronaut EP, released through Black Butter (home of, amongst others, Rudimental, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City) his first single proper provides further insight into Compass world. Written and produced by Joel, Run is an atmospheric R & B song that is driven by Joels soulful falsetto, combining effortless credibility with huge commercial appeal and heartbreaking lyrics.
20-year-old Joel Compass has been turning heads since his debut track Back To Me surfaced earlier this year, receiving over 30,000 SoundCloud plays and 150,000 YouTube views in just one week. Back To Me and follow-up EP track Fucked Up received radio play from tastemaker DJs on BBC Radio 1, 1 Xtra playlists and attracted coverage on Hypebeast, Clash, The Hunger, This is fake DIY, The Line of Best Fit,
I-D and The Guardian to name a few. Astronaut, the title track from this summers debut EP, received a BBC Radio 1 In New Music We Trust playlisting and a similar set of YouTube views, bringing Compass views so far to fast approaching 1 million.
2012’s ‘Sunburn’ EP was the brief but confident solo debut from Vampire Weekend’s bassist, Chris Baio. Crafted in Brooklyn, Baio’s melancholy productions comprised a solitary undercurrent but shone with a warm, Balearic edge, laced with intricate percussion and colorful, hopeful melodies. 2013 sees a return from Baio with the ‘Mira’ EP, which expands on an already vast and abstract sound whilst maintaining an irresistible, sun-drenched vibe.
‘Sunburn’ was released by the ascendant Greco-Roman, an imprint, who amongst others have released and championed the likes of Disclosure, T.E.E.D and Joe Goddard. The ‘Mira’ EP released on 28th October via Australian based label Future Classic, who look set to start a revolution driven by acts honing an infectious new wave sound, with Baio among the very best of these artists riding on the crest of this wave.
‘Banj’ is a perfect example of Mira’s expanded sound. In it, Baio demonstrates his ability to produce mind-bending electronic music via doses of layered percussion, luscious, deep-down bass and pitched vocal edits. Title track ‘Mira’ will be sure to make dancefloors move effortlessly with its euphoric, house-inspired synth stabs and throbbing bass progressions.
Last year’s impressive debut is set to be eclipsed by the forthcoming ‘Mira’ EP and ‘Welterweight’ is one reason why. Boldly contagious, ‘Welterweight’s’ undeniable bounce is brought to life via sinister bass and humanized by the yearning vocals of Baio, before the chorus makes for an all round hands in the air moment as an array of blissful synths and warped melodies take over.
Having mesmerized audiences from Mexico City to Sydney to Seoul, Baio is set to go even further with ‘Mira’, his finest work to date.