Tag Archive: UK

  1. TK019: Port Isla – Sinking Ship / Adventurers & Moment Of Trouble

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    If you haven’t already, I think it’s about time you get acquainted with this month’s featured Pairings Box artist Port Isla. After all, the quickly rising Norwich, England four-piece indie folk band has already been featured in over 30 music blogs; promoted by the BBC; their debut single (this month’s a-side “Sinking Ship”) ranked highly on the popular website Hype Machine; and they are currently one of 8 finalists being considered to play the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK. The quartet, consisting of William Bloomfield, Stanley Spilman, Henry Kilmister, and Will Olenski, formed in 2011 and has been on fire ever since. So let there be no doubt, these boys are going to be BIG. But even if you put aside all of that, the only proof you need is this collection of tunes they’ve shared with us for this month’s Pairings Box single.

    For example, the single opens with that aforementioned debut cut “Sinking Ship.” Built on a bright and lively piano melody with a locomotive rhythm and cutting acoustic guitar riff, it’s the definition of a “jaunty” indie folk song. As piano keys spill across the tune’s lively melody they are met with stingingly sharp handclaps, bright harmonies, and ridiculously fun lyrics: “Oh yeah, my eyes won’t stray. I’d rather be the gunman than the captain on a sinking ship.” It’s crazy infectious and elegantly clean.

    Meanwhile, the b-side sports two beautifully delicious tracks. First, there is their boisterously carefree new single “Adventurers.” It unfurls softly with a smooth vocal melody and quietly picked acoustic guitar before crashing forward with bouncing keys and nimble, trembling guitar. It’s a suitably warm ode to better weather: “I can’t wait until winter’s over, wave goodbye to cold. All of the time we spend together chasing pots of gold, and you can find us adventures until the day is done.”

    It’s followed by the minimalist, choral ballad “Moment of Trouble” which was “recorded in Stanley’s bedroom with the help of some books.” A muffled rhythm and ghostly harmonies accompany a simple piano melody and plaintive vocals. It’s disarmingly lovely and graceful. Perhaps more importantly, it provides context for the single’s other tracks. It helps demonstrate the breadth of just what this group is capable of. Although they’ll almost certainly receive comparisons to bands like Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear, it’s clear they are blazing their own path.


    This was available in a limited-edition, hand-numbered pressing of 400 copies on “translucent red” vinyl and a special edition of 70 copies on “salmon colored” for gold club members. Less than 10 copies remain! Subscribe to the Pairings Box to get it before it’s gone.

  2. Single Serving: S O H N – Bloodflows

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    I don’t know about you, but I like to ease into my Mondays nice and slow. And that’s why London-born, Vienna-based S O H N is currently on repeat over here. His passionate and exquisitely textured electro-soul jam “Bloodflows” sails in smooth and gentle before snapping into a beautiful, stuttering synth-cloaked groove. But this isn’t just a track to make Monday not suck, this is a jam to fall head over heels in love with. And if he doesn’t get you with “Bloodflows” then the crisp, clattering “The Wheel” is sure to capture your heart (presuming you have a soul that is).


    Find more on his Soundcloud page.

  3. Single Serving: IYES – Lighthouse (demo)

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    Brighton, UK based duo IYES only have one released tune to their name at the moment, and there isn’t a lot of available information about them either. In fact, all I know so far is that 1) they are opening for Born Gold in Brighton and 2) their debut demo is pretty damn good. It’s a simmering, synth-laced pop groove with coed vocalists and more than a hint of The xx bubbling through the melody. Take a listen and enjoy.

    Full disclosure: I discovered this one on yvynyl.

  4. Artist Guest Post {Evenings} featuring Skywave

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    Today’s guest post was kindly contributed by our friend Nathan Broaddus (a.k.a. Evenings). We selected Evenings for one of our very first Pairings Boxes simply because he is one of the best manipulators of sonic textures and rhythms in the game today. His jams are so velvety and lush and you can’t help but sink into them like a full body down pillow. As you can imagine, the man knows a thing or two about good music.   ~Matthew

    As of Late I have sort of been stalking a lesser known producer who goes by “Skywave“.  Apparently hailing from Edinburgh, UK, & despite have a somewhat generic sounding alias, I really dig his stuff. It’s rather minimal (which I like) & it has remnants of BOC along side modern “post dubstep” production values (if that’s not too pretentious to say).  It’s really quite impressive & often very smooth–never seeming to overstep any boundary that I’m uncomfortable with.  I’m attracted to the simplicity here, & surprised that no one has exploited him before. I’d say if you were into BOC, Tycho, early James Blake (Cmyk), Bonobo, etc.. you’d enjoy this very much. I’m sure he could use the boost… Very talented in my opinion & quietly carving out a unique niche within the electronic community. Get to know Skywave:

    Skywave – Cool Me Down

    You can hear more from Skywave by visiting his Soundcloud page.