David Ellis is an independent soul.

A wandering songwriter who has settled in London, his extravagant, extrovert debut single 'Eyes To The Sky' launched earlier in the year.

Supported by BBC Introducing, the buoyant freak-folk artist went back into the studio to focus anew.

New single 'Baby She Roam' is the result. A carefree breezy acoustic ode, it's built around that infectious chorus and David Ellis' joyous vocal.

In his own words, it's “an observation into the joys of a free-spirited girl who feels at home wherever she finds herself, unaffected by the judgements of others and draws beauty from everything she encounters. It is a reminder to us to live in the present moment.”

Watch the video below.

David Ellis will release his debut album 'Misty Heights' on August 15th.

Photo Credit: David Locke

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Future soul riser Noah Slee seems to cut through the fog.

A songwriter who wants to connect, this Berliner by way of New Zealand talent matches impeccably soulful flair to some poetic lyricism.

New single 'Soulflower' follows a recent COLORS performance, and it could well become a breakout moment.

"This song is my dedication to the one that got away," he explains. "Sometimes society, timing whatever circumstances you face when in a relationship forces a gap in your love for one another with no bridge to cross."

"The process of revisiting memories and making a song from them brought me so much joy. My thoughts are still so raw and pure. I love when a song helps you in that away and is also phat and sexy."

We've been handed a beautiful live performance of 'Soulflower', a stripped down acoustic take on the song recorded in front of some of Noah's close friends.

A sparse, emphatically emotional take on the song, it gets right to the heart of the matter. Noah explains:

"It was nice to 'Soulflower' with my friends in this setting and present the song in a new way, I really enjoy stripping something back to the bare minimum and it gives something new life and feel…"

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Sleater-Kinney have shared their astounding new song 'Can I Go On' – tune in now.

The band's new album 'The Center Won't Hold' lands on August 16th, following sessions with Annie Clark / St. Vincent.

Sadly, drummer Janet Weiss has now departed, but the group's new direction certainly holds firm on their potent new song.

Online now, 'Can I Go On' seethes with existential rage, Annie Clark's production seemingly unlocking a fresh area of their psyche.

It's a bold return, one that bristles with a startlingly new energy but still feels completely, utterly Sleater-Kinney.

Carrie Brownstein sings: “Sell our rage, buy and trade, but we still cry for free every day… maybe I’m not sure I wanna go on at all.”

Tune in now.

Catch Sleater-Kinney at the following UK shows:

February
26 London Brixton Academy
27 Manchester Academy
28 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

March
Dublin Vicar Street

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The unique history of British soul music is often shelved in favour of honouring its larger American cousin.

Yet right here in this country lies a supremely gifted soul lineage, one that moves from 60s soul clubs to absorb afro-Caribbean influence, jazz-funk, and more.

A timeline that is peppered by classic recordings, its breakthrough moments often go unheralded by all but the faithful few.

Take The Brand New Heavies. Part of the Acid Jazz explosion, the band's wonderful debut album was a breakout success, scoring critical and commercial acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

London newcomer Laville grew up on records like this, and they formed the bedrock of his musical imagination.

Recently signing with Acid Jazz for the release of his own debut album, Laville was able to complete the circle, matching himself against his earliest inspirations.

Here, Laville writes for Clash about a glorious moment in UK soul history – the Brand New Heavies' 1990 debut album.

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From the beginning of the album you know that your in for a funk and soul extravaganza. N’dea explodes onto ‘Dream Come True’ with that timeless scat which is the perfect Segway into the string driven verse which only gets better with every crystal clear vocal she graces us with.

I think when I signed to Acid Jazz Records I was overwhelmed because of tracks like this but when I started writing my own funk and disco tracks like ‘This City’ and ‘Wavy Love’ I wasn’t scared anymore.

I don’t think I realised what it took to make funk and disco music relevant. I had to listen to so many disco tracks to find the essence of disco and funk and make it relevant to 2019. It just so happened that Nile Rodgers released a documentary on disco and I think I wrote 'This City' within an hour of completing the documentary.

I remember being very young, probably around six when I first heard this album. This was my first taste of home grown funk and soul, which I later came to know was Acid Jazz. I remember I would dance around all relatives houses to music all the time, I was known to be a little performer as were my cousins. We’d make up dance routines to all kinds of music acid jazz being one of them. I remember three artists being played in my house on the regular – Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai were two of those.

‘Stay This Way’ is one of my go to soothing Sunday tracks. It never does more than it should. There's a touch of gospel coming from the vocal which melts into the funk guitar groove seamlessly.

"Our love will be here forever, I hope that we'll stay together…" is one of those chants that deserves 100,000 singing it back at you. I feel the same way at the bridge section of ‘This City’ – like, I just want people to join in.

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When I covered ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ it was in the same vein as ‘Don't Let It Got To You Head’. I wanted to cover a classic that will always stand the test of time. I didn’t want to cover a modern classic as nothing modern is really holding a candle the classics in fact they are taking bits from the classics to make modern classics. I think this is one of my favourite covers of all time simply because the Heavies chose a track that will never get boring or dated and N’dea sings this track like an angel. 

The track from this album that means the most to me is ‘Never Stop’. This track reminds me of family. Family that are with us and those that are no longer with us.

I remember when this would start at a family function the ‘wooohhhh’ would also start automatically. The hands would reach for the heavens and the waistlines would start to sway to the twinkle of the keys and the straight up funk of the guitar. Then when "never stop, never give it up" starts I'd hear the rooms chant it over and over like a mantra for life.

When this album was released people needed this music, they needed to get free, they needed to feel like life was all inclusive and no one was alone. Things were not great socially so having this as a mantra was like honey for the soul.

I can't thank the Heavies enough for shaping my musical palette.

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Laville's debut album 'The Wanderer' is out now on Acid Jazz.

Photo Credit: Peter Blair

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King Emerald has shared his new single 'Perfect Lies' – tune in now.

The multi-disciplinary artist was born and brought up in Matlock, a sleepy market town somewhere near the Peak District.

Switching between Minecraft and Ableton as a teen, he gradually developed his skills as a producer, working from his bedroom on his own terms.

Initial demos reached the hands of cult French force Kitsuné, who are able to share new single 'Perfect Lies' with the world.

Matching raw, almost lo-fi digitalism to a headlong 2-step rush, it's dominated by that fragile but insistent vocal.

Carrying a plaintive, uniquely English sense of soul, 'Perfect Lies' is an intriguing introduction.

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There are few achievements left for Paul Kalkbrenner to unlock.

A DJ colossus, his new album 'Parts Of Life' has been followed by an enormous tour, selling more than 100,000 tickets across Europe.

Breaking down barriers to enter stages normally closed off for DJs, he's been able to balance the art and his success.

Recently releasing a full book, also called Parts Of Life, he follows this with new single 'No Goodbye'.

The track is a sign of the producer's willingness to change, with Paul Kalkbrenner – who almost never utilises vocals – building the track around an acapella he was sent on tour.

Using this as a focal point, 'No Goodbye' points towards fresh movement in his work, and this new DJ Mix couldn't come at a better time.

A fresh selection of his productions, you can get stuck in below:

Tracklisting:
1. No Goodbye
2. Der Buhold
3. Part Four
4. Altes Kamuffel
5. Part Eight
6. La Mezcla
7. Part Three
8. Te Quiero
9. Mad World
10. Happy Zombies
11. Sky And Sand
12. Feed Your Head
13. Aaron

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Blanck Mass has shared caustic new track 'Love Is A Parasite' – tune in now.

The producer – Benjamin John Power – is now based in Scotland, working from a studio just outside Edinburgh.

New album 'Animated Violence Mild' will be released on August 16th, with Blanck Mass now sharing the third, and final, preview.

'Love Is A Parasite' is a corrosive blast of digitised noise, while the video picks apart the nauseating aspects of 21st century hyper-capitalism.

The clip was directed by Craig Murray, who has previously worked with Converge and Mogwai.

Blanck Mass comments…

"I wanted to speak to Craig Murray about making the ‘…Parasite' video as his work definitely bridges that gap between the grotesque and the beautiful that I am so keen on. Presenting the darker theme of global mass consumerism whilst poking fun at the '80s and starring a Drag Queen overseeing chaos wasn't going to be an easy task but he nailed it."

Craig Murray added: "It was great to be asked by Ben to work on this which instantly led us to bizarrely mirrored ideas… I decided to set the film in 1983 as a nod to Cronenberg and in order to do that everything from the costumes to the shooting and post production needed to fit. I have a deep nostalgia with this time period and its video formats, so to honour it we shot on a transmission feed which we glitched by plugging and unplugging the cable."

Tune in now.

Catch Blanck Mass at the following shows:

August
19 London Rough Trade East*
20 Brighton Resident *
22 Bristol Rough Trade *
26 London Scala

* instore performances

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Swedish songwriter Alice Boman has shared her imposing new single 'This Is Where It Ends' – tune in now.

The Nordic artist recently entered the studio with Patrik Berger, lauded for his recent work with Robyn.

This new single exists entirely on its own terms, however, a plaintive yet urgent request from a potent artist.

Out now, it builds and builds, with 'This Is Where It Ends' pouring itself up impossible climbs, surging to undreamed of heights.

The evocative lyric video is online now, shot on Super 8 and pieced together by Alice Boman herself.

She explains…

"I wrote 'This Is Where It Ends’ quite a while back and I don’t want to ruin it by saying too much about it – now I want to let it go and I hope it will find its way to people.”

Tune in now.

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Jazz hub Ronnie Scott's is set to launch a 1959-style pop up club in Central London.

The club celebrates its 60th birthday this year, and recently closed off Soho's Frith Street for an open air party.

The celebrations don't stop there, however, with Ronnie Scott's set to launch a pop up club that takes visitors back to 1959.

Taking hold of Gerry's Club in Soho, the member's club will be retro-fitted for two weeks of exclusive performances.

Every single detail will be taken care of, with the walk downstairs to the venue soundtracked by audio recordings of musicians who played at Ronnie Scott's.

Special events have been organised to celebrated the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, and Ronnie Scott's celebrated Jazz Couriers themselves.

The pop up is situated as close to the original site of Ronnie Scott's as possible, with The Old Place (as it's termed) set to play host to two houses each night, with doors at 6:30pm and the first show beginning at 7:30pm.

Shows will last for around an hour, with the second house opening at 9:00pm.

Tickets are priced at £21.36 (with members prices at £19.59) and can be purchased at HERE.

The Old Place runs between August 19th – 31st.

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Montreal two-piece Bodywash make shoegaze with an intimate sense of sound.

Allowing their guitar squall to bleed into the red, the duo – Rosie Long Decter and Chris Steward – match this to a raw songwriting sensibility.

The two have been working together for some time, stockpiling ideas, and returning to them time after time.

Debut album 'Comforter' will be released on August 30th through Luminelle Recordings, with Clash able to share something new before anyone else.

'With Heat' has this languid, eerie feel, a kind of Twin Peaks shoegaze lament, with reverb-defined guitars punctuating a feedback fog.

Noise rock shot-through with moments of incredible beauty, it was initially recorded as an instrumental two years ago, before Rosie Long Decter broke apart those ideas during a late night recording session.

In turns limitless and sharply defined, the dichotomy between ugly noise and effortlessly pretty melody makes 'With Heat' a fascinating contradiction.

Rosie explains…

"The song comes from a feeling of being trapped – of returning to something you know is bad for you, whether that thing is a relationship or a place or a feeling (for me, it was all three). It gets at the tension between giving into a toxic situation and trying to forgive yourself for it, while still hoping for a way out."

"With the video, we wanted to convey that tension – to create a sense of claustrophobia, of being enveloped and haunted by something that you can’t quite articulate. A woman moves through a house, touching the walls, exploring, looking for something; she might not ever find it, but she keeps looking".



Max Taeuschel directs the video, and it lingers on the haunting, surreal, twilight atmosphere that dominates the musicality of Bodywash.

He adds: "'With Heat' explores longing, instability and acceptance through a surreal night in a house experiencing opposing elemental effects. Using copious smoke, coloured lights, and shooting a CRT TV through water, the video evokes a dreamy fantasy within the suburban mundane…"

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