Hannah Sumner makes pop music of a remarkably atmospheric hue.

Absorbing, cinematic scenes, the singer released her immaculate debut EP last year and is set to follow that with her debut album shortly.

New cut 'How To Stop' raises expectations still further, a haunting, taut tale of temptation, and the struggle not to yield.

At one point the arrangement breaks down, and Hannah sings: "When we give into we will know how they do it…"

The full video was directed by Kevin W. Condon, and it's exquisitely choreographed. Tune in below.

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Anderson .Paak's 'Malibu' has been one of 2016's main spins in the Clash office, a record of rare depth and stunning immediacy.

'Come Down' is one of the record's real high points, a total banger that spins that loping bass line around some of Paak's finest lines.

CALMATIC has stepped in to direct some visuals, and it's every bit as fun and funky as you'd imagine.

Anderson .Paak explains: "We wanted to bring the iconic artwork of Ernie Barnes Sugar Shack and Marvin Gaye’s cover for 'I Want You', to life. Sweaty-black-funk-sexy-good-time. Enjoy".

Check it out now.

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Margaux Avril manages to span the Atlantic.

With dual French-American citizenship, the performer fits two different aspects of her personality into one aural vision.

Releasing a French language album in 2013, her subtle, cinematic pop won a devoted cult audience far beyond the Francophone world.

Set to release a new record next year, Margaux Avril has decided to trail this with gorgeous, spectral track 'Soon'.

Airing first on Clash, it's a slow-moving, graceful work. She explains:

This song is very personal because it tells about my way to get through life; its disappointments, surprises, relationships, gut-feelings… Fits well with my wavery personality! It’s quite ambiguous I think, also because you can listen to it at any time of your day or life… When you’re happy, melancholic, walking around, waking up; in the beginning of your evening or late at night… It has something sulphurous, still sharp and mysterious. Writing and singing the song felt like doing an auto-portrait – but trying not to reveal everything at once…

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Japandroids are set to release new album 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life' next year.

The duo have been largely silent since the release of 2012's spectacular 'Celebration Rock', but recently emerged for a short burst of live shows.

Introducing fresh material into their set, the Canadian duo have now followed this with a new announcement.

New album 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life' will be released early next year through -ANTI – exact details have yet to be confirmed, but you can check out a clip below.

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JAWS formed back in 2012 and quickly established themselves as ones to watch from the so-called 'B-Town' scene, alongside contemporaries Peace and Swim Deep.

Their first album was released independently in 2014 and charted at 73, an impressive feat for an unsigned band's debut album.

'Be Slowly' illustrated a young band with plenty of potential and they are now only a few days away from the release of their second album 'Simplicity'.

Clash caught up with lead singer Connor Schofield to discuss the band's influences, their new album, and the upcoming tour.

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So how did you get into music, who were your very early influences?
My first instrument was the drums, so I always loved Travis Barker from Blink-182, so when I started playing guitar, they were the first songs I played. For the music we're playing it's a weird sort of band but that was the first band I kind of loved, and they got me into bands like The Cure, who I knew that they were massive fans of. Then from there I found bands like New Order and Joy Division.

Is there an influence that people may not expect, either your style of music or how you work?
Before we were in JAWS, a few of us were in hardcore and metal bands, there's an ethic of that scene of doing it yourself, working hard and the community aspect. This new album is self-released, we still have that in there, that was an influence that wasn't necessarily musical as well.

Some of the biggest metal groups ever, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, have roots in Birmingham, is there any influence from those bands?
Yeah there is a lot to be honest, I'm not like a massive fan of those bands, obviously I know them but our drummer – you could ask him a question about either of those bands and he'd know it, he knows every song and he's like, not even a secret metal-head, he doesn't even care, he loves it.

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There's an ethic of that scene of doing it yourself, working hard…

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How about the bands that came up around in the same time in the so-called 'B-Town' scene as JAWS, have the band learnt from those other guys?
When we started this band there was no goal or no aim, when things started getting a bit serious we were chucked in the deep end, I learnt quick from the bands we were playing with – like Peace and Swim Deep – I learnt a lot just playing shows with those guys and then just working out how to act on stage and the gear we were using, our first tour was with Swim Deep and we learnt a lot during that.

Your first album 'Be Slowly' charted at 73 and was released independently, how did that feel?
It was really cool to be fair, we were just chilling in the van on tour then I think my dad or someone was just on the Official Chart website and was just refreshing it when it released. It was definitely cool. I'm quite proud of it.

Was there a moment around the release of 'Be Slowly' that felt like, we've really achieved something here?
There was a moment at a show, we did the Garage in London and I just remember playing the first song and I could hear the crowd over myself, it just went really slowly and time froze for a second and I was just like – fucking hell. That was crazy, I always just look back to that moment for some reason, that was around the time of the first album. When your performing there's that emotional connection straight away, you remember the feeling.

The new album is self-released, is joining a major label something that would interest you or are you happy to carry on independent?
It's something that if it ever came up we'd look into it, to be honest with you we've never had that opportunity. It's a bit weird, I don't mean to sound a bit arrogant, but it's a bit surprising when you look at what we've achieved. We don't mind though, everything's working out as it is. It's quite inspirational to look at Boy Better Know and Skepta, all their stuff is self-released and you think if they can do it, why can't we?

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It's quite inspirational to look at Boy Better Know and Skepta…

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Your second album 'Simplicity' is out in a couple of works, how would you describe the evolution between the first album and this one?
I don't like the word mature, I can't think of the word. But I've grown up a lot in the last few years, like I'm 23 now and I was 18 when I started the band. So, I just think the more songs you write, the better you get. Lyrically, I was saying to someone this week, the first album and earlier stuff, the lyrics didn't really mean anything. Now I think I've put a bit more thought into it and what I wanted to say, drawing from personal experiences.

Is there a song in particular your proud of writing?
Do you know what this sounds quite big headed and arrogant but I'm so proud of the whole album, we wrote so many songs. I listen to it and think, how did we make this? Like I'm not sure where it came from, I really like every song on there. I think if I had to pick one I'd pick the last song – 'The Invisible Sleep' – I think there is real energy there. There's something about it that's a bit different, a different direction I enjoyed working on.

You sounded more confident vocally on the first album compared with JAWS early releases, are you even more comfortable on this album?
100%. The producer we worked with made me feel like I was Beyonce. We were doing harmonies, different textures and layers. It was good to have that confidence in myself then have that boost of confidence from someone else.

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That's what we're working on now, trying to make these songs sound even better live.

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Are you looking to match or surpass the success of the first album with 'Simplicity'?
Yeah whatever happens happens and I'd love for it to do even better. We're so happy with how the albums turned out that even if it sold one copy, I'm proud I made this album. We all feel like that, but obviously it would be nice if it sold well because then we could make another one.

Has doing more live shows changed the way you've written, are you more conscious of the live experience when you write?
One difference from the first album is that there was songs that there were songs that we struggled to play live because they just didn't sound the same. Because of how we worked on them in the studio and how they were written before recording them, but then with this record we made sure that it sounded amazing. That's what we're working on now, trying to make these songs sound even better live.

Is there a song off the new album you are really looking forward to playing?
There's a song called 'Cast' that I'm really looking forward to playing because it has like two choruses, one gets even bigger, I'm looking forward to playing that. We haven't really played any of these songs live so I'm looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

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Words: Will Rosebury

'Simplicity' is out on November 4th. Catch JAWS at the following shows:

23 Bristol Thekla
24 London The Dome
25 Leeds Headrow House
26 Newcastle Think Tank
27 Glasgow King Tut's
29 Hull Fruit
30 Manchester Sound Control

2 Birmingham Rainbow Warehouse

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Life lessons from Graham Nash, co-founder of The Hollies and supergroup Crosby, Stills And Nash.

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I wanted to be a musician since I was 13-years-old. I had friends whose mother and father would slap them upside the head and go, ‘Get a real job. This music shit’s not going to last…’ I have to be incredibly grateful to my mother and father for encouraging my passion rather than squashing it. They always had belief in me because I had belief in me. I knew what I wanted to do: I knew that I wanted to make music that affected people.

When you overcome incredible hardships like World War II and you’re alive after that, then problems aren’t problems. ‘We just made it through a fucking world war, what do you mean your coffee’s cold? Come on!’ It’s that kind of attitude that has stayed with me all my life. People always say, ‘You’re the glue in the band…’ Fuck that. I want the job done! If we’re going to make a record or we’re going to write songs or we’re going to sing together, let’s do it the best way we can with the most fun, and let’s move onto the next thing.

That’s all I’ve ever done, really. That’s why I left The Hollies, because I’d heard me and David [Crosby] and Stephen [Stills] sing together, and it was obvious what I had to do with my life: I realised that I’d have to go back to England and undo my entire life. When me and David and Stephen sang together, it was completely like nothing we had ever heard before, and it was a powerful moment.

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I think you need to hear what that change would be, and if that change thrilled you, go for it. If the changes that are happening don’t please you, don’t do it. Follow your heart. Everyone knows what’s good, everyone knows what’s bad, and you have a choice: you can go this way, or that way. I’ve always chosen what I’ve considered the best way for my life.

Drugs become a problem when you start arguing about shit – when you start arguing about silly things because you’re too wired. I think everything in moderation. I never took heroin – I never ever was interested in a drug that might kill you the first time you use it. I used marijuana to expand my consciousness and to think about different things. I think people should take care of their own lives.

I have to get these songs out; they drive me crazy being inside. You have to get them out there in front of the public. A lot of people say, ‘Aren’t you fed up with all this touring and stuff?’ No. I’m a musician, and the first thing I want to do, if a song makes it past me and my own filters, is to play it for everybody, because I think I have something to say that maybe you should listen to. You don’t have to agree, but at least listen.

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The new album ‘This Path Tonight’ is out now on Blue Castle Records.

Words: Simon Harper
Photography: Amy Grantham

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Temples are set to release new album 'Volcano' on March 3rd.

The Kettering space cadets broke cover recently, playing an intimate London show in front of a few lucky fans.

Unveiling new material, the band are now ready to unveil plans for their second album 'Volcano'.

Due out on March 3rd, the record is preceded by new cut 'Certainty'. The video is online now, with director Alden Volney explaining:

"This is based on a recurring dream I have been having since childhood about getting into a sea of plastic. So when the band approached me about doing something inspired by those JPOP videos that ooze quirkiness and eccentricity, I thought injecting the color palettes and aesthetics of Japan into this idea could be a good fit. It's designed to feel like a fever dream you'd have after spending too much time in a Japanese dollar store".

Check out the video below.

1. Certainty
2. All Join In
3. (I Wanna Be Your) Mirror
4. Oh The Saviour
5. Born Into The Sunset
6. How Would You Like To Go
7. Open Air
8. In My Pocket
9. Celebration
10. Mystery Of Pop
11. Roman God-Like Man
12. Strange Or Be Forgotten

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Illum Sphere wants to shake things up.

New album 'Glass' finds the producer challenging himself once more, embracing fresh influences and new sounds.

Out on November 4th through Ninja Tune, Illum Sphere comments: "I wanted to make an album very different to the first… one with a different palette, pace and energy."

New cut 'Fall Into Water' underlines this. Embracing metallic shards of techno while still essentially existing in the house universe, it doesn't fully fall into either camp.

Glistening future funk with a nagging sense of melancholy, there's a sparsity to the sound that plays upon the imagination.

Tune in now.

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Ed Thomas is one of the most talented people in pop today.

As a songwriter, he's worked with Cadenza, Sigma, Jorja Smith, and Maverick Sabre, remaining resolutely (but influentially) in the shadows.

New EP 'Hollywood' though, could see Ed Thomas taking his place at the front and centre of the pop landscape (order LINK).

Languid, intelligently sculpted fare, the title cut airs first on Clash. Sonically gorgeous but with a sting in the tail, Ed Thomas explains…

LA, June, 2014 I pull up on a back street near Santa Monica Blvd, I see a guy living out of a shopping trolley with the Hollywood sign as his backdrop. I step through an ivy covered door into a different world of gold and platinum plaque covered walls, LA smiles and the anxiety of a ton of engineers and interns getting ready for Usher to arrive in the main studio. I step into a small side room where I meet Roy English for the first time. We exchange greetings and jump all the stages of friendship as is the way when you're in a writing session.

Within minutes we're straight into hopes, dreams and fears, love and loss. We start to jam, and reflect on the city around us, where every waiter is writing a novel, and every secretary could be tomorrow's queen of the silver screen. How quickly dreams are built and smashed. How the whole world looks to this sprawling desert metropolis as the holy land in the church of celebrity. We tell stories of those who shoot for the stars from this city of Angels, and all too often fall far too soon. Of all the girls we ever knew, who once swore, I can get to heaven from Hollywood…

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Marker Starling knew things had to change.

Leaving his Mantler alter ego to one side, the songwriter also looked for a new base outwith his traditional Toronto haunts.

Choosing a brand new name, last year's 'Rozy Maze' full length was a lilting mixture of 60s bubblegum pop, constructed on the fringes of Paris.

With the year drawing to a close Marker Starling is set to make a return visit to Europe, playing a one off show in London this December.

Hitting Birthdays on December 5th, the singer has decided to share a new video to whet fans' appetites.

'I'm Willing' is a lush piece of highly mature songwriting check out the visuals below.

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