Orville Peck; the enigmatic country star turning heads with self-made leather fringe masks and intoxicating, languid vocals, is venturing into the fashion scene with an exclusive capsule collection. Designed in collaboration with his long time pal, (the pair met in North Carolina over ten years ago) and jewellery mogul Pamela Love, the collection is available from this month.

Both inspired by American folklore, Peck with his dreamy country sounds and Love with her signature motif pieces, the capsule celebrates Peck’s signature masked look and Love’s influences in Mexican silver traditions. Four varying styles, in large and small and both brass and sterling silver feature a masked, hat wearing Peck.

Available at pamelalove.com and orvillepeckmerch.com

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In just a few hours Hamzaa will hit the Curtain in East London for an intimate live show.

Part of our monthly Clash Live showcase, it's a chance for the soulful riser to underline her progress, to demonstrate her potential.

After all, she's already come a long way. Standout single 'Breathing Pt 2' featured Wretch 32 and Ghetts, while she's also supporting Mahalia on her incoming UK tour.

Set to appear on DJ Spoony’s new Garage Classical album, Hamzaa is able to balance underground sounds with a mass appeal, continually seeking out something new.

Like 'Write It Down'. Her new single, it's a bold, brooding return, one packed with depth and emotional power.

The perfect preview for her Clash Live show, it's the start of a fresh chapter for Hamzaa.

Check it out now.

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New Zealand pairing Cavalcade have a sound that resonates.

New EP 'The Vacancy' is gaining plaudits, while their music has even penetrated the soap opera world.

Recently gaining a sync on Hollyoaks, the pair even joined Jess Glynne to perform on Australian institution Neighbours.

New single 'Curious Game' keeps the momentum rolling, and it's a pointed, emotive return from a group who delve down into the depths.

A song born out of adolescence experiences, 'Curious Game' is about hope, fulfilment, and disappoint, all within a fragile digi-pop framework.

Amberly says: “This song was written whilst teaching at a high school. It came from witnessing a lot of the unfairness that kids experience.”

Tune in now.

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Today, South London’s Lynks Afrikka releases their third single ‘On Trend’. Tongue firmly in cheek, it’s a quirky industrial pop that tackles the horrors of climate change atop thumping beats, albeit with an underlying sense of terror.

The drag alter ego of Herne Hill resident Elliot Brett, Lynks Afrikka is among the most fully realised new artists to emerge in the city this year, having gigged regularly in and around London excessively this year.

The eccentric drag queen’s singular aim with ‘On Trend’, and the rest of their oeuvre, is to bring the joy and abandon back into club culture. Lynks achieves this with wacky costumes, juddering synths, and songs that are ingrained in your mind by the second chorus, and ‘On Trend’ is no exception.

Of the track, Lynks says: “Like most other artists, I’m sure, I always use writing and comedy as a kind of therapy. This track was my way of making sense of all this unavoidable fucking existential anxiety and the lose-lose situation we’re forced to live in. It’s funny, it’s a banger, but that fear and exhaustion you hear in my voice at the end is 100% real.”

‘On Trend’ is out today. Tonight (October 31st), Lynks hosts a night of drag at The Social, before supporting Lazarus Kane at The Windmill tomorrow (November 1st)

Words: Cal Cashin

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Leeds group Talkboy arrive with remarkable creative assurance.

Confident in their own abilities, their powerful, surging songwriting moves through different layers, different moods.

Debut EP 'Over & Under' drops in a matter of hours, with the band set to support Honeyblood on tour next month.

There's a length Spring 2020 tour on the books as well, but first we're able to share brand new song 'Hollow Spheres'.

It's a song with a deeply personal meaning to the band, and the crisp production allows their storming performance to rise to a higher level.

Indeed, the crisp musicality makes for a wonderfully Autumnal experience, as Talkboy point out…

"'Hollow Spheres' means an awful lot to us. Basically, it’s the idea that, although it really does feel very bad now, you have to try to understand it won’t be like this forever. It’s inevitable that something will change and one day you will feel something different."

"Admittedly, it is way easier said than done. Just as a little footnote, if you’re struggling to picture a Hollow Sphere though, imagine a Kinder Surprise without the surprise and I think you’re on the right track…"

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Portia Hunt

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Earl Sweatshirt is set to release new project 'Feet Of Clay' tonight (October 31st).

The rapper released his 'Some Rap Songs' collection last year, and will follow this with another project.

Featuring seven brand new songs, 'Feet Of Clay' borrows its title from the Book of Daniel on the Bible.

Says Earl: “'FOC' is a collection of observations and feelings recorded during the death throes of a crumbling empire.”

Alchemist works on 'MTOMB' while guests include Mavi and Mach-Hommy. Here's the tracklisting:

1. 74
2. EAST
3. MTOMB (produced by Alchemist)
4. OD
5. EL TORO COMBO MEAL (feat. Mavi)
6. TISKTISK/COOKIES
7. 4N (feat. Mach-Hommy)

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Rap icon 21 Savage has dropped his new single 'Immortal' – tune in now.

The rapper's logically-titled debut album 'Issa Album' went gold on its release, while follow up 'i am > i was' smashed into the Billboard charts at number one.

Outed as a secret Brit – but what's wrong with that? – the Atlanta rapper has had a turbulent 12 months.

New single 'Immortal' finds 21 Savage doing what he does best, making superbly muscular rap tracks built for club use.

The swaggering low-end is the perfect compliment to his hefty flow, with Kid Hazel handling production.

An emphatic return, it finds 21 Savage putting the headlines behind him and focussing on the music.

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Redinho knows the score.

A potent production talent, his work both under his own steam and with Swet Shop Boys is little short of remarkable.

So this new team up always had promising. Linking with Joel Culpepper, the vocalist's soulful approach intersects perfectly with the producer's rambunctious club flavours.

New single 'Sheriff' is the result. It is, in Redinho's own words, "as simple as it is complex, as delicate as it is powerful…"

A bold offering, there's a neat balance between their two differing approaches, injecting fresh passion into that future soul template.

Redinho explains: “I’m proud of every aspect of this track. The personnel is wall-to-wall bosses. I love that Joel is on the track because he’s a great guy and his vocal is dynamite.”

“But also the trombone, guitar and bass are all OG musicians. I love the chord progressions, the song structure and whole vibe. It's an obviously retro song but it also seems to sit nicely with today. Chuffed to be sharing this.”

For his part, Joel Culpepper clearly has a deeply personal relationship with the song. He comments: “I think Sheriff represents the kind of song that’s a soft reminder soul can be deceptive in appearing soppy and sweet.”

“The melody may well be but the passion and the message is pretty gangster. A declaration that you’re prepared to fight for what you love and come up on top is at the heart of this tune…”

Out now, we've nabbed the video before anyone else – tune in now.

'Sheriff' is out now – LINK.

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Artwork is one of the most recognisable figures in UK club culture.

Quietly influential in the evolution of dubstep, he later scored bona fide hit singles as one-third of all-star bass team up Magnetic Man.

His own DJ sets, meanwhile, span the full reaches of club flavours, with a perennial fixation of up-front house, disco, and boogie.

Indeed, it's these strands that drive his new mix for Clash, an electrifying hour-long run through his current favourites.

From laid back yacht pop jammers through to proto-electro burners, this is a crisp selection; sheer fire, it's the perfect way to spend these long Autumn nights.

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Catch Artwork at Southampton's Switch on October 31st – final tickets.

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Australian songwriter and guitarist, Ali Barter’s sophomore release ‘Hello, I’m Doing My Best’ is an exercise in emotionally nuanced lyricism and an unadorned production. Channelling an easy, candid 2000s pop-rock vibe, the album is an endearing yet frank collection that aims for genuine relatability while still managing to not take itself too seriously.

Opening with the intimate track ‘Lester’, Ali is in her most vulnerable avatar as she takes listeners through the ups and downs of her complicated relationship with her late father ; offering an olive branch as she quietly works through issues of the past.

Now happily married and seven-years sober, Ali’s second release on the whole is far removed from the “angry-girl/teen angst music” that dominated her 2017 debut ‘A Suitable Girl’, but she’s not above delving into introspective, and no-BS confessionals – the first of which is the single ‘Ur A Piece Of Shit’. A jarringly gleeful creation, ‘Ur A Piece Of Shit’- one of the album’s early highlights – embraces the various screw-ups that litter the teenage experience; from eating disorders and self-harm to toxic love. 

Ali reminisces about bad, self-destructive decisions continue on tracks such as ‘Cocktail Bar’ – which samples the clubbing nightmare of ending up in “all kinds of situations”- while pop-punk track ‘History Of Boys’ is a journey through destructive early-twenties vices onto the other side – the side Ali currently stands on – where acceptance of oneself awaits.

If ‘A Suitable Girl’ was an attempt at universal feminine relatability by focusing on the past mistakes, ‘Hello, I’m Doing My Best’ goes beyond by first talking about issues before focusing on growth, ambition and becoming a better person.

The perfect example of a track – and a definite highlight within the 11-track production – that reaches the pinnacle of this relatability is the mid-tempo slow burner ‘January’ ; which discusses the made-to-fail resolutions to become a better person as the dawn of a brand-new year begins.

There’s a typical, no-holds-barred dejected vibe to ‘January’ – of once again failing even if it’s just a resolution to work out more – but Ali’s brand of music is unique and impressive for it’s ability to toe the line of exasperation while keeping up a playful soundscape; the rhythmic opening of ‘Big Ones’ and deceptively explosive tones of break-up track ‘Are You Happy Now?’ being great examples.

But it’s not all bleak messages masked in up-beat sonics, as tracks like ‘Backseat’ makes a well-executed attempt at tongue-in-cheek endearment as a voicemail from Ali is thrown into the mix as she envisions her now-husband as her crush. And penultimate track ‘This Girl’ tones down the playfulness in the best of ways as it lulls listeners as the end of the record approaches.

Closing out ‘I Won’t Lie’ is a perfectly fine track – where Ali bares her soul telling you the truth of her being, of who she is as a person, about being a person who will overshare and stick her nose into matters that don’t concern her. The soft instrumentals, vocals and most importantly the casual honesty, carry you through to the end as it builds slowly to reach a very acceptable and pleasant final note.

An album that really shines for its openness, and relative high-energy, the tail end is unfortunately littered with some skippable dips in tone and music. Tracks like ‘Magoo’ are particularly forgettable- not because it’s bad music, but because it’s buried under better music. Even the perfectly enjoyable ‘I Won’t Lie’ seems misplaced, as it somehow lacks the ‘final hurrah’ quality required for it to seem like a high-power, memorable end.

As a whole, the album begins strong but unfortunately strays a little towards the end. Overall, Ali Barter’s follow-up to ‘A Suitable Girl’, is more than honest, more than genuine and more than just good music. However, it also has more than a fair share of missed marks. But Ali gave a disclaimer right in the title; so knowing she’s doing her best and appreciating her clear talent and effort is all that’s needed. 

7/10

Words: Malvika Padin

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