Palma Violets return to their hometown of London for a night at Electric Brixton this week. Barely a few months ago, this four piece were under the radar. But these squatters on the Lambeth Road used their time to sleep, drink, and host parties where their friends could dance. Sound familiar? Now, they have a debut album out that brilliantly channels the thrill of The Clash and the rawness of The Libertines, whilst always oozing a live intensity. The captivating single ‘Best of Friends’ gets right up in your face, leaving you shaken up for ‘14’ to wind up and knock you down.
Words by Luke Nightingale
His hauntingly melodic dub tunes have been lauded, heralded by music lovers and the critical elite alike, and after a much-anticipated wait James Blake arrives back on the scene with his salivatingly-good second album and a live performance in London nightclub, Heaven.
Fans will undoubtedly be itching to hear Blake fill the venue with an ominous working of ‘Retrograde’, his latest single, in which his incredibly soulful and versatile voice is reconciled with minimal electronic undertones. His new album, ‘Overgrown’, is released this week and features pairings with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and Brian Eno.
Words by Natasha Culzac
There are a few modern versions of the rough guy meets sweet girl vocal duo epitomised by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra... and now there’s another! Adam Green, one half of the Moldy Peaches, has teamed up with Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro for a magical duo drenched in ‘60s pop and New York style with a hint of psych. Their self-titled debut came out last year and first single, ‘Here I Am’, was a regular on 6 Music. So it should be – it’s childlike, catchy and as loveable as a pug in a woolly jumper.
They make a wonderful couple – just like Lee and Nancy – and bring a warmth, love and humour to their songs. It’s effortless, as you’d expect from Green, and the simplicity of the songs is just lovely. They contrast each other vocally, but their harmonies slot together like cheese and pickle. They play Village Underground on Tuesday 9th April. Expect laid back melodies, sweet harmonies and a vintage sound. It’s the best duo since Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, but with much more of a retro fluffliness and without that edge of scary darkness. Any Lee and Nancy fans should definitely come along.
Words by Gemma Hampson
Making their name with a series of impromptu gigs around Newcastle, including the Metro and Marks & Spencer, Little Comets have since collated their indie-ness into two indie albums. Everyone loves a bit of senseless dancing, and these geordies provide the perfect backing track for that. Riding on the back of their second album ‘Life Is Elsewhere’, Little Comets have built on the frantic, catchy indie anthems of their debut, but have now added a maturity to their sound, whilst also exploring the darker realms of lyricism too - ‘Waiting In The Shadows In The Dead Of Night' and 'Violence Out Tonight' tackle break-up and rape respectively. This mix of mellowness and joy will certainly add a new dimension to their live shows.
Words by Luke Nightingale
LA brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, AKA inc., round off a whistle-stop tour of Europe in support of full-length debut ‘no world’ with a London date at Concrete.
inc. polish a unique brand of sensual and seductive soulful R&B with a record that harks back but is never hackneyed. Equipped with a session musicianship and tour-studied sound (with the likes of 50 Cent, Beck and Pharrell Williams) the talented brothers still push an up-to-date and hot envelope. A knack for understatement and the hushed, intimate, late-night bedroom vibe might not blow the roof but it should have the crowd hot under the collar.
Words by Patrick Bernard