Great news coming out of Buenos Aires’ cultural hot spots in the form of Basual, a refreshing indie pop outfit of four – pictured above, fleeing the scene. Attached is Hueco, a lush riviera jam that dips the sun into the ocean. Hit play, and doze off. The group just had this dreamy piece followed up with a debut EP titled Beach Pop, out now.
They have also scheduled two live shows in Buenos Aires too, with Aug 23 at Rabia Bar and Sep 21 at La Confitería. Look out.
In less than two weeks time, Berlin will play host to the ever expanding, the ever maturing Pop-Kultur festival, celebrating music, film, art and all sorts of performances 21 – 23. August. It all goes down at the mighty brick castle of Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. On the musical ballot for this fifth edition are heavy hitters like Mykki Blanco, CocoRosie, Jenny Wilson, Anna Calvi and Planningtorock as well as rising stars such as ÄTNA or Oum Shatt.
This year’s line-up also includes a healthy dose of commissioned works. Hamburg’s own Ilgen-Nur will be looking to answer questions of fame, feminism and post-internet identity in Live Through This on Friday. Identity then will also be the topic of Janto Djassi Roessner’s piece Picture Me Different. In an hour-long live-set that includes music, multilingual interviews, audiovisual media and painting, he will be deconstructing traditional ideas of affiliation and preconceived notions of belonging.
Followers of this fair Poule d’Or endeavor are once again in luck as we have secured a pair of tickets for Thursday’s action at the festival, waiting for one lucky winner. All you need to do, is scribble a GDPR-compliant email to music at pouledor.com and keep your fingers crossed on Aug. 16th, 6pm CET sharp, when the lucky winner will be picked at random – and be notified immediately. Good luck.
In the meantime, lose yourself in ÄTNA’s trademark piece Walls attached down low. They will be taking the stages on Thursday at 22h00.
It’s easy to get lost in the heat of summer in the city, in the heat of Berlin. Not this bunch though. The international group of People Club found themselves in Germany’s capital and have been steaming with ideas and a shared passion for soul and Motown since. Calling in from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Britain, the group resembles the very English melting pot Berlin has become, a hub for art and free minds, with their music aiming to “encourage people to refocus their time and energy on their art”.
Their debut release is ready for rollout this Fall and Lonesome is their second single to pinpoint towards it. A lush pop track carried by a fruity melody and a German sense for precise production works. The single is out now on vinyl via Big Move Records.
Straight midnight jams floating in from the little Canadian hub that is Ottawa. Troy No composes a mad, deep jardin of electronic sounds and delicate botanical details that come wrapped in a four track EP, mystically titled Autonomous that is out today via Manchester’s base for independent music and visual arts First Light. The mesmerizing Fabricated Identity is attached below, but the whole tape is well worth a spin on any given night, be it hot July or breezy November.
Oslo’s search engine optimized trio Ē just stepped out the woods with a handy debut EP that is light as a feather but has the distinct force of a group that knows just what avenues life holds, and what buttons they want to have pushed.
Their first single Afraid Of The Ocean is a steady steamer and attached below at your convenience, with the four track EP, quite thoughtfully titled ĒP, out now via Norway’s own Eget Selskap. It was mixed and mastered by Simen Hallset of Gold Celeste, while Ē are Ingvild Nærum (Are You Having Fun Yet), Chiara Cavallari (FOAMMM) and Sigrun Sæbø Åland (Hysj).
Photo credits go to Henrike Kerl and Henrike Kerl only.
People say, true love only exists between a man and his dog. Enter Bonnie, Freedom Fry‘s furry companion. With almost ten years under the belt of making music as a team, this ode to their curly canine is long overdue. It comes with a lovely video, too.
The track comes off the duo’s latest EP titled Rio Grande, which features a brilliant acoustic cover of Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood and an all new single, also titled Rio Grande. Take a walk with me, Bonnie.