Fully engrained into the chillwave scene with his smooth electronic production, and after a successful third release with ‘Anything In Return’, Toro Y Moi will be hitting London this week on his worldwide tour. His sound encompasses slower BPM tempos, minimal synths and glossy vocals driven by bass-heavy beats. Toro Y Moi will take his R&B-inflected beats to KOKO; with those curved stacks pumping out bass on tracks such as 'Say That', expect some swaying bodies and an infectious stir of loose dancing limbs.
Billy Bragg stamped his name back on the page with a new studio album, ‘Tooth & Nail’, released earlier in the year. The alternative folk singer and well-known political activist will tell it to you straight with no bullsh*t. You will be told about damaged relationships and overtly political opinions in an honest light that will create an intense mood tinged with blue.
Rambunctious punk rockers Drenge have catapulted themselves into our midst. Materialising from the Peak District with a hugely successful first single, ‘Bloodsports’, Drenge join bands like PAWS in their punk revival with a loud and unruly style and thrash metal moments. Short, vigour-fuelled tracks, and song titles like ‘I Wanna Break You In Half’ and ‘Dogmeat’, reveal that these guys are stating their bold approach to music-making. Forget your easy-on-the-ears indie bands: everything is getting cranked up a notch, everything is getting louder again, so enjoy it. This is one gig not to miss.
A special in-store treat comes in the form of the rough-and-ready indie rock and pop veteran, Miles Kane. In 2011, after his time as a Rascal and with Last Shadow Puppets, Kane gave us a taste of the alternative with his debut album, ‘Colour Of The Trap’. This year, Kane has been busy touring and working hard on the new record. A likeable character who pays homage to his rock 'n' roll origins, the eagerly anticipated second release is upon us, ‘Don't Forget Who You Are’. This second venture contains fragments of glam-rock, in such tracks as ‘Taking Over’, and is altogether more direct.
Hailing from Hackney, Splashh are amongst the tumult of feedback-loving, surf-rocking, grungey bands to sweep through the gaps of the shoegazing genre. Dreamy sounds, reminiscent of Australian beaches and sunny holidays; the lyrics easy and uncomplicated. They echo Washed Out mixed with early Beach Boys, have a DIY attitude, and have produced a steady stream of singles that scream summertime relaxing. As part of a series of events hosted by Ray-Ban, Splashh are playing Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds this Thursday.
Before the beloved Manchurian lads take the stage, there will be some phenomenal support from Dizzee Rascal, The Courteeners and Rudimental on the Friday, and then Public Image Ltd, Johnny Marr and Miles Kane on the Saturday. The Stone Roses' revival is still stirring hardcore fans to sob in adoration and in sheer joy of re-living the authentic sounds of the ‘90s. Rumoured to have some new material from their London preview show, be prepared to hear fresh Roses in addition to blissful classics.
Words: Sarah McRuvie
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