Once again, a busy beautiful weekend (85 degrees here) and Halloween has put me behind. Instead of a Monday Mixtape, Midweek Mixtape to the rescue. Listen, love, support!
Abattoir Blues - Sense
When I vacationed in England in 2015, Abattoir Blues was on the bill of the first show I attended. I first heard the band on the brilliantly hit packed compilation offered up by Beech Coma back in late 2014, and was blown away. Their live act was just as intense. Lots of sweaty folks bouncing around, stage diving and just having a blast. Since then, the band has polished their sound, all while retaining that signature urgent energetic fury. 'Sense' is spectacular, more please!
Jagara - Let Me Go
In between shows at 2015's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, I popped into Pattern's for a drink and a bathroom break. The band taking the stage captured my attention quickly, London trio Jagara. Indie pop drenched in synths and delicious melodies kept me around for their entire show. They're back with new music and it's as fabulous as what hooked me back then. Stream their new track 'Let Me Go' below.
The Van T's - Fun Garçon
Glaswegian quartet The Van T's are back with new music, 'Fun Garçon', out on 25th November via Bloc+Music. The band has had a big year, support slots with Yuck and Rat Boy, as well as multiple festivals. One would hope this is just the start of bigger and better things for the surf rock band. 'Fun Garçon' wraps up everything I like the band, it's a pedal to the metal blast of fun. Find it below.
Bat and Ball - Be Mine
A few weeks back, I shared London band Bat and Ball's seriously cool track 'Cruel Cats'. The track was the 1st single to be released from the band's debut LP (2017 release), and was a first spin favorite. Now they're back with another single, 'Be Mine'. And with each offering, they're setting themselves up for a big 2017. I'm certainly looking forward to hearing the LP in its entirety. Catch the band in London November 25th at the Lexington if you can swing it, and think of me thousands of miles away. Give 'Be Mine' a listen below.
Miya Folick - God is a Woman
Miya Folick's secret is out, the jig is up. After last year's brilliant Strange Darling EP, she's back with a stunning new song, 'God is a Woman'. And it may be time that the rest of the musical world knows her. With a gorgeous voice and talent for astute and relatable lyrics, she was never going to languish in obscurity. Plan to join me in being captivated with Miya, listen in to 'God is a Woman' below.
Au/Ra - Concrete Jungle
New artist Au/Ra has shared her debut single, 'Concrete Jungle'. The Ibizan born artist took inspiration from her isolated upbringing, contrasting it with someone brought up in a large city. It's compelling stuff, made even more desirable by her radiant voice. I'm hoping she's around for the long haul, we all need more smart pop music in our lives.
Pangs - Supernatty
One of these days I will see Nashville based band Pangs perform. They're just 90 minutes north of me, the stars will align soon enough. They caught my ear earlier this year with the buzzy sing-a-long 'Busy Signals'. Now they're back with a new track, offering up the fuzzed up 'Supernatty' to make seeing a gig vital. Give it a spin below.