YOU RETURN WITH PRISTINE, BITTERSWEET “ANAESTHETIC”

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SINGLE – Anaesthetic
LABEL – MUK Records
IMPACT DATE – 3rd November 2014

After waves of good feeling and strong tastemaker backing for debut single, In Halves, YOU return with the woozy, cinematic and pristine Anaesthetic.

Delicate as porcelain, bittersweet as the darkest chocolate, and with echoes of Kate Bush’s airier, more soaring moments, Anaesthetic is a brilliantly confident second single. It’ll sit, icily, alongside the music of The Cocteau Twins, London Grammar, The XX and Daughter.

Anaesthetic is backed by an ingenious, touching and creepy stop-motion video by Rafael Bonilla Jnr., director of Glass Animals‘ videos. Rafael loved the song so much he personally sought out YOU with an offer to create the video.

It’s the second astonishing video in a row from YOU, and is based on cult film Toys in the Attic - about a series of malformed characters which come alive and care for each other. The idea fits the song’s tender, outsider feel perfectly.

YOU are not short of influential tippers citing them as ones to watch – the NME made them top billing on their Radar page and Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde have backed the band from the start too.

Moreover, Xfm’s John Kennedy can’t get enough of YOU, making them Xfm’s X-posure Big One, inviting them to play his club night in London, and having them perform a live session on his Xfm show!

One of the best debut singles I’ve heard in my time!” - GARY CROWLEY, BBC Introducing
I played it for the first time on Thursday. It’s been haunting me ever since… Love the track! Playing it every single night this week!”- JOHN KENNEDY, Xfm
“They’re a strange bunch, but they leave you craving more” - NME Radar

Who are YOU?

Anna Waldmann
Sam Campbell
Harrison Ball
Massimo Zeppetelli

YOU online:

itisyouhere.com
facebook.com/hereyouare
twitter.com/itisyouhere
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ANIMAL MUSIC’S THUNDEROUS, EMOTIVE NEW SINGLE
“WE STAY VACANT”

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LABEL – MUK Records
IMPACT DATE – 27th October 2014

We Stay Vacant is the latest thunderous and euphoric single from Animal Music – and is yet another huge, punchy calling card from a band who are becoming hard to ignore.

 

Beneath We Stay Vacant’s big, brash, beat-laden exterior is a surprisingly tender song, with a chorus that grapples with love and hope, and it’s this kind of unexpected humanity – coupled with infectious tunes - that connects Animal Music to so many people.

After touring all summer and wowing huge crowds with their energy and white-light choruses, they’re winning over radio audiences too. 

BBC 6 Music, Capital Xtra’s Andrew Wilson, and Xfm’s Eddy Temple-Morris have all fallen for their charms, and they contributed a two-hour DJ set to Radio 1′s huge R1 Dance Radio event, as well as a mix for Mistajam on Radio 1Xtra.

Moreover, they have enviable support from one of dance music’s most prestigious names – they are currently writing with Underworld and have support slots lined up for their 20th anniversary tour next year.

Eddy Temple-Morris has already acknowledged that their cover of Mr Brightside blows the roof off every time he plays it – it’s time for DJs to find space for another big tune in their sets!

ANIMAL MUSIC online:

facebook.com/animalmusicuk
twitter.com/animalmusicuk
soundcloud.com/animalmusicuk
youtube.com/animalmusicuk

INCA BABIES RETURN WITH THIRD ALBUM IN ACCLAIMED TRILOGY

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ALBUM – The Stereo Plan
IMPACT DATE – 20th September 2014
LABEL – Black Lagoon Records

A band with four Peel sessions under their belts, the Inca Babies know how to snag attention with caustic pop songs, and their third LP in their Death Blues Trilogy continues to do just that.

Following the highly acclaimed Death Message Blues and Deep Dark Blue, new album The Stereo Plan charts the band’s euphoric rebirth to their primal, paired-back and pulsating pomp.

Having plotted the difficult days following original bass player Bill Marten’s death, and finding their feet afterwards over the previous LPs, the new album is a riotous splash of riffs and larger-than-life characters.

Singer and guitarist Harry Stafford describes the new songs as, “surf punk and trash blues sharing space with death rock grunge and end of the world ballads.” It’s clear his ambition still matches his ability to perform songs that are part tall tale, part arch humour – and all pounding, deathrock punk-blues.

Completing this trilogy has pulled the band closer than ever, and subsequent blistering live performances has won them fans across Europe and the west coast of America.

Explaining The Stereo Plan, which opens this album, Harry says: “It’s a driving, relentless riff, with a lyrical ‘to do list’ of a desperate man living his last days through his scratched vinyl record collection.”

The band is: Harry Stafford – guitar, vocals; Vince Hunt – bass; Rob Haynes – drums.

See INCA BABIES live at their headline homecoming show at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Saturday 20th September 2014.

The band continues to tour extensively and are set to play St Petersburg, Moscow, Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham; with dates in Channai (Madras) India, London and Warsaw in the 2015 New Year. Another tour follows that in Spring 2015.

Ruby Lounge, Manchester - Saturday 20th Sept. 2014
Da:Da Club, St Petersburg, Russia - Friday 26th Sept 2014
Moscow, Russia - Saturday 27th Sept. 2014
Georgian Theatre (Peel Night.), Stockton - 25th October 2014
The Hope, Brighton - 1st November 2014
Saarong Festival, Channai, India - 8th January 2015

INCA BABIES online:

incababies.co.uk
facebook.com/incababies
twitter.com/IncaBabiesUK

MDNGHT SET TO RELEASE PRISTINE LATE-SUMMER SINGLE “BREEZE”

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IMPACT DATE: 13th October 2014
LABEL: MUK Records

 

MDNGHT‘s star keeps rising at a dizzy pace. Having played to an excited crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend – getting them to their feet and partying to their new single Breeze - enthusiastic support then followed from both TIME magazine and The Guardian.

Breeze is MDNGHT at their lithe best, melding contemporary dance and shimmering house with a glossy, sweet falsetto: encapsulating the euphoria of a late-summer sunset party – making this single a perfect post-holiday soundtrack.

 

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, recognising MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”

And TIME magazine, who premiered the video, enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian - covering MDNGHT for the third time – praised Breeze‘s joyous pop appeal: “the uplifting chorus… is a brilliant way of making you fling your hands in the air.” 

It’s the perfect follow-up to previous single, Into The Night, which hit the UK Club Chart top ten and was BBC Introducing Single of the Week on both Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

MDNGHT have been played all across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra: Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Gemma Cairney, DJ Target, Sarah Jane Crawford, MistaJam, Trevor Nelson, Dev, Yasmin Evans, Twin B, and Adele Roberts.

Sultry, warm and addictive: this is a song that harnesses warm grooves, house beats and a bright, sunny hook – and MDNGHT will be winning over more new fans via a series of UK-wide late-summer gigs.

Time Out praised MDNGHT’s “obvious chart ambition” and loved their “dreamy, funky house-pop” so much they made their 8th August gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen their East London gig of the week.

MDNGHT are: J (vocals), Will and Ant (guitars) and Lloyd (DJ and percussion). They signed an album deal with Manchester-based MUK Records in late 2012.

See MDNGHT live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
8th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London **TIME OUT’S EAST LONDON GIG OF THE WEEK**
9th August – Thorpe Park, Surrey
23rd August – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
24th August - Pride, Manchester
30th August – Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
13th September – Shrewsbury Fields Festival
11th October – Gorilla, Manchester
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

mdnght.co.uk
twitter.com/mdnght_music
facebook.com/mdnght.music

THE MINX’S NEW VIDEO DEBUTED ON LOUDER THAN WAR

 

The Minx are rocketing towards the launch of their new single, No Friends, and are clocking up some exceptional supporters of the brilliant power-pop song en route: Gary Crowley, John Kennedy, BBC Introducing – and repeated support from one of the world’s main punk sites: Louder Than War.

A strong supporter of The Minx since they began, Louder Than War have excitedly backed them as “the best new band in Manchester”, and were the perfect place for The Minx to launch their new video.

No Friends‘ video is a tone-perfect accompaniment to this bounciest of punk-pop songs: colourful, irreverent and – most of all – a ton of fun.

The band’s biggest headline show yet, at Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Saturday 23rd August, is set to be yet another sell-out for a band whose fanbase can’t get enough of their boisterous gigs!

TIME.COM PREMIERES MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” VIDEO!

Following strong radio play support from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – and previous formidable online support from Idolator, Popjustice and The Guardian - MDNGHT have another huge feather to squeeze into their cap in the form of an international video exclusive on TIME Magazine‘s website.

Time enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

The video to their previous single, Into The Night, snagged a whopping 140,000 views in the first week – and after TIME’s huge boost, the Breeze video is now also available to watch online via VEVO.

GARY CROWLEY’S IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH THE MINX!

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Gary Crowley has long been a renowned tipper of up-and-coming young bands, and he’s put his full weight behind The Minx, giving them a lengthy and in-depth interview on his Amazing Radio show!


 

Gary loves new single No Friends – or, as he says, “how good is that?!”

The Minx are on the road next week, and you can listen to Gary’s show here!

 

THE MINX PLAYED TWICE IN ONE NIGHT ON BBC INTRODUCING IN MANCHESTER AND GARY CROWLEY ON BBC LONDON!

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As if to prove how infectious the new single from The Minx is, No Friends was played on BBC Manchester’s Introducing show and another play from the wonderful Gary Crowley at BBC  London – on the same night!

 

Both of these influential shows were impressed by No Friends’ punchy power-pop.

Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams from BBC Introducing Manchester raved at length about the song’s liveliness - “The Minx are one of those bands that make you feel really energetic!”; whilst Gary Crowley from BBC London enthused how he “loved” No Friends.

It all bodes well for the Manchester band, who are playing their biggest-ever headline gig at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on Saturday 23rd August.

ANIMAL MUSIC’S “MR. BRIGHTSIDE” COVER GRABBING DJ ATTENTION AND BLOWING UP DANCEFLOORS

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What’s bilingual, bass-heavy and blowing up dancefloors across Europe?

Animal Music, that’s who – and their massive, surprising cover of The Killers‘ classic Mr. Brightside has a big part to play in that …

 

Hugely-respected DJ Eddy Temple-Morris has told the band that Mr. Brightside currently gets the biggest reaction of the night when he DJs!

The band have been getting huge festival crowds jumping all summer: so far Blissfields, Camp Bestival, Woodstock (Poland – see above photo), and Crammerock (Belgium) have all fallen under the spell of Animal Music‘s epic tunes, in-your-face stage show and deft songs.

It’s not just live where they are snagging attention – they’ve appeared on BBC 6 Music, Capital Xtra’s Andrew Wilson, Xfm’s Eddy Temple-Morris, and contributed a two-hour DJ set to Radio 1′s huge R1 Dance Radio event.

Coupling enormous beats, rubberised basslines and an enviable knack for writing unforgettable tunes, Animal Music are ones to watch out for. Actually, you might hear them coming first…

JOHN KENNEDY GIVES THE MINX’S “NO FRIENDS” ITS NATIONAL RADIO DEBUT ON XFM’S X-POSURE!

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The Minx’s devastatingly bouncy new single No Friends, grabbed its national radio debut courtesy of tastemaker extraordinaire John Kennedy on his influential X-Posure show!

The Minx are the power-pop companions to the punky thrash of The Orwells, Palma Violets and Parquet Courts - snuggling up cosily with a shared sense of spirited, anything-goes fun…

The Minx are winning people over the hard way, gigging, recording top pop songs and then doing it all again!

Listen to John’s whole show here