#WildCardWednesday: YONAKA – ‘Bubblegum’


   

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YONAKA are a fantastic Brighton-based band who consist of Theresa Jarvis (Vocals), George Edwards (Guitar), Alex Crosby (Bass/Keys) and Robert Mason (Drums). The band refer to themselves as ‘Dark Alt Pop with heavy riffs’ and I couldn’t agree more; their latest track, ‘Bubblegum’ fuses electro-pop vibes with grungy guitars and it’s all topped off with Theresa‘s vocals (which I find have similarities to Charli XCX).

The video has just been released and it really depicts just what YONAKA are all about – it’s visually intriguing and oddly artistic; what more can you expect from a Brighton-grown band eh?!

You must check out this wonderful song and accompanying video – it’s well worth it!

What are your thoughts of this up-and-coming band? Have you got a #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or chat to us about it via social media, using the #WildCardWednesday hashtag.

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‘Bubblegum’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bubblegum/1289319076?i=1289319088


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#WildCardWednesday: Ben Phipps – ‘Mrs Mr’ featuring Lizzy Land


   

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Ben Phipps is a twenty-six year old music producer hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden with a unique style of production that draws influence from both deep house and mainstream pop music.

His latest single, ‘Mrs Mr’, is a collaboration with LA-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Land, whose soaring vocals work effortlessly in line with Ben Phipps’ tempting melodies and layered electronic arrangements.

No music video has been released yet but there is something in the pipeline – in place of a traditional music video, Ben Phipps aspired to produce and direct a live-action lyric film taking place in his home, and across New York City. The piece was filmed by local filmmaker, Christian Lucas, and will be released September 4.

This is definitely an artist who knows what he wants and how to achieve it – he is one to watch out for!

What are your thoughts of this producer’s house track? Have you got your own #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Mrs Mr’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mrs-mr-feat-lizzy-land-single/id1263893256


#WildCardWednesday: Thirty Seconds To Mars – ‘Walk On Water’


   

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Thirty Seconds To Mars are back! Their latest single, ‘Walk On Water’, is the lead single taken from their forthcoming fifth album.

The track looks at the current state of America and serves as a cry for unity from the nation. Jared Leto himself said, “It’s a song about freedom, about persistence, about change and about fighting for what you believe in.”

It’s an interesting change to their sound but somehow still maintains that epic, stadium-filling edge to it. In parts, it is reminiscent of Adam & The Ants‘Prince Charming’ but with a modern twist – this single has got me hotly anticipating their new album.

No music video has been released, as yet, but the lyric video is stunning in its own right – all the footage used within it, was filmed on a single day (July 4th 2017) in the USA. Over 10,000 people submitted footage of a single day including 92 of our professional crews. A very small selection of that footage was used but the band will be using the rest, as part of a documentary film (directed by Jared Leto) that will be a companion piece to the band’s new album.

What are your thoughts of the band’s new direction with their latest single? Got your own #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Walk On Water’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/walk-on-water-single/id1272403862


#WildCardWednesday: Cazzette – ‘Handful Of Gold’ featuring JONES


   

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Swedish electronic music duo, Cazzette, have recently released an exciting new track that is catching a lot of people’s attention, particularly from the dance music community.

‘Handful Of Gold’ features London-born vocalist, JONES, who released her debut album last year. The track features a rather light beat, enhanced with dreamy guitars before dropping into a rather intense, horn-sounding slam. The whole track is topped off stunningly, by JONES‘ soaring vocals. It’s a song I can picture massive crowds dancing to at big dance festivals this summer.

The track will also be featured on Cazzette’s upcoming EP, ‘Time’, which is scheduled to be released on June 23rd 2017. No official video has been released but for now, we have another video featuring the track, below.

What are your thoughts of this club-like banger? Got a #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or your own song suggestions in a comment or hit us up via our social media.

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‘Handful Of Gold’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/handful-of-gold-feat-jones/id1223012347?i=1223012349


#WildCardWednesday: North Downs – ‘Plastic Clouds’


   

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North Downs are a band that were born in a run down barn in the wintery English countryside. They are the lovechild of a Delta-Blues man and a London raver who have worked hard to marry the sounds of the organic and the synthetic. Their sound truly is genre-bending, fixating you on the journey their songs take you on.

‘Plastic Clouds’ has a certain sense of urgency and freshness to it that reflects their writing and recording process; the band gave themselves only one day to write, produce and mix it, meaning that clarity and swift decision-making was required and that’s evident in their debut single. It’s powerful, it’s fresh and it’s all-consuming. An all-round fantastic song and I can’t wait to hear more from them!

What are your thoughts of this up-and-coming band? Have you heard of them before? Got anything similar for us to hear? Please leave your thoughts or own #WildCardWednesday track in a comment or chat to us about it via our social media and please share this post.

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‘Plastic Clouds’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/plastic-clouds-single/id1206939781


#WildCardWednesday: Dan Stevens – ‘Evermore’ (from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast)


   

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There is no doubting that Disney’s re-make of their classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, is a huge success and being adored by fans, the world over. As such, it seemed a fitting time to feature one of the songs from the soundtrack for #WildCardWednesday.

I love Disney’s original animated version, in fact it’s probably one of my favourite Disney films, particularly the soundtrack. As such, I was dubious when I heard they were remaking it, with the original songs and felt even more anxious to hear that they were adding new songs too! However, the team have done a sterling job of not only reimagining such classic songs but incorporating new music, without it seeming out of place.

I have deliberately featured ‘Evermore’ today as I felt this was my favourite song from the soundtrack – it’s filled with passion and all the finesse a good musical song should have!

The soundtrack and film were stunning in just about every way; I left the cinema not only wishing that I could re-watch it immediately, but excited to see and hear the other remakes Disney have in the pipeline!

Which song would you choose for #WildCardWednesday? Let us know your thoughts, either in a comment or via our social media, using the hashtag.

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‘Evermore’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/evermore/id1200768483?i=1200769499


#WildCardWednesday: KYAN – ‘Burn Mona Lisa’

 


 

   

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KYAN (Kyan Palmer) is the definition of #WildCardWednesday – he’s seemingly come out of nowhere with this incredible debut single! He originally recorded ‘Burn Mona Lisa’ as part of a thesis project but stated that he was surprised at how easily everything appeared to come together during the recording process, especially considering it was his first time recording.

“Overall, it probably took about an hour and a half to record, mix and everything,” Palmer explains. “I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect since it was my first time doing anything like that, but I really like how the song came together.”

Palmer’s relatable lyrics and silky voice make this track an impressive debut single and will undoubtedly ensure his followers continue to grow. Although it would seem that the track is in reference to a relationship ending, KYAN stated that they were intended to be somewhat ambiguous and that this was one of his favourite aspects of the song.

What are your thoughts of this impressive debut single? Heard anything similar that you could recommend us for #WildCardWednesday? Please leave us a comment or hit us up via our social media accounts.

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‘Burn Mona Lisa’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/burn-mona-lisa-single/id1202686488


NOTE: Some of the quotes are referenced from the following article – http://www.statepress.com/article/2016/03/barrett-student-kyan-palmer-single-debut-new-york-city