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Five Of The Finest: Phobophobes - Oh Malô - The Peep Tempel - Kristina Cottone - Flower Girl

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Phobophobes - Human Baby.

Background promo - Brixton sleaze merchants Phobophobes’ new single ‘Human Baby’ due for release on November 11th on Ra-Ra Rok Records is already getting great love as Steve Lamacq’s single of the week on BBC 6 Music and it’s easy to see why with its wicked off-kilter Neil Hannon meets garage rock sound.

The fast rising band will be heading out on tour supporting Telegram between October 27 - November 3 where they will continue to offer their growing reputation and dedicated fans the sort of sleazy glam rhythms the band are becoming synonymous with, meshed with a pantheon of sounds from an eerie yet somewhat cheery afterlife.

The stunning B-side of the single is entitled ‘Free The Naked Rambler’ which has also gained 6 music airplay and is also the last track guitarist George Russell ever recorded with the band before his sudden and tragic death earlier this year. Both tracks will feature on their debut album released next year. Facebook here.

Phobophobes suppor…

Weekend Wonders: Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis - Mat Hunsley - Cassie and Maggie MacDonald - The Proper Ornaments - Deep Sea Diver - The Lovely Days

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Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis - Satellite.

Background promo - Brooklyn based Joan As Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis today release Let It Be You, via Reveal Records/BFD*/RED Distribution. The band will celebrate the album's release at Good Room in Greenpoint on 10/26. Also on the bill is another of Ben's projects, Cuddle Magic.

Initially announced under the moniker ‘2001’ the duo released a pair of partner videos directed by Benjamin Gregory featuring Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia); one for the song “Overloaded” with Ben on lead vocals and “Broke Me In Two” featuring Joan on lead.

A deeply soulful artist, Joan As Police Woman (Joan Wasser) has famously worked with Antony (Anohni), Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and David Sylvian. Benjamin is a talented multi-instrumentalist who currently performs with his band Cuddle Magic, Okkervil River, and Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive). Joan and Ben met each other after separate trips to Africa; Ethiopia for Joan as …

Sweden Calling: Mother Mink - Louise Lemon

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Mother Mink - Doobie Doobie.

Background promo - Mother Mink is a music duo based in Stockholm created the autumn of 2016. The band plays experimental indie pop with both electronic and acoustic elements. A big part of the music has been created by distorted saxophones, clarinets and dirty beats.

Mother Mink’s music can be described as a cross between punk, pop and indie. The music is theatrical, humoristic and has many interesting melodies. The musical references of the band comes from everything from jazz to punk. Their aesthetics is described by themselves as a ”kitchy, dirty and glamorous plastic world”.

On the stage Mother Mink wants to convey musical chaos where a qualitative freak show is their artistic goal. To achieve this Mother Mink often invites other crazy musicians to join them. They themselves describe their music as an explosion of art.

The original source of inspiration of the band comes from the plastic in all the seas of the world and several songs treat themes around t…

Genre Wander: Astari Nite - Sian Cross - The Blow - Tribe Royal - Eliza Mary Doyle

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Astari Nite - Until the End of the Moon.

Background promo - Astari Nite is proud to bring to the world the music video to the title track of their second, and latest album, Until the End of the Moon. This is the 3rd music video for the album, following the music video for “Always Like Yesterday” and the live shot production for “Joyful Wish” which was shot at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale while the band opened for She Wants Revenge.

Formed in 2008, the group consists of Mychael Ghost (lead vocals), Illia Tulloch (Drums), M. Sallons (Bass), Michael Setton (Guitar), and Howard Melnick (Guitar). Signed to (Danse Macabre Records). Astari Nite has headlined numerous shows, as well as opened up for many national acts such as Peter Murphy, The Psychedelic Furs, ColdCave, Stars, Assemblage 23, Seabound, Modern English, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Apoptygma Berzerk and De/Vision among many others.

Since forming they have put out five releases; their self-titled Astari Nite (2010), Requiem Mas…

Tuesdays Treasure: Annie & The Make Believe - FYR - The Favorite Things - Saux and The Septembers

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Annie & The Make Believe - Let's Get Together Again.

Background promo - London folk-pop band Annie & The Make Believe have announced the release of brand new single 'Let's Get Together Again' taken from their upcoming debut EP of the same title, due for release on October 31st. Fronted by Australian Annie, the debut EP 'Lets Get Together Again' from the five-piece is a collection of sweet songs, with foot tapping catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Annie left the Aussie surf for the big smoke armed with only her ukulele, song writing book and her imaginary 'make believe' journey. This dreamlike quality is reflected throughout the EP, with her endearing vocal weaving in and out of the light playful music. Annie's songwriting is influenced by real life events and title track 'Let's Get Together Again' was written for a marriage proposal for two friends who met at her Halloween party (p.s. it was a Yes!!)

The band have been out on t…

Six Of The Best: James Edge And The Mindstep - Holly Elle - SHEL - Clem Snide - Alexis & the Samurai - Dia

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James Edge And The Mindstep - Widdershins.

Background promo - James Edge is already a studious musical maestro and a top drawer composer. The Kent-raised musician studied composition to master’s degree level under Joe Duddell - arranger for the likes of Elbow and New Order. After moving to London and starting to gig in 2006, he formed James Edge and the Mindstep to record 2010 debut album ‘In The Hills, The Cities’. The working relationships he built around this time would provide him with some dependable collaborators, including regular engineer and occasional co-producer Tom Aitkenhead, best known for his work with Laura Marling and Bloc Party. A core jazz-folk trio of Edge, double bassist Andy Waterworth and drummer Avvon Chambers materialised. Together the trio started recording second album ‘Machines He Made’ over a five day period tracking everything live and only overdubbing the backing vocals. The songs were largely unrehearsed, with band members and additional session players…