Looking for some free new music to tide you over this weekend? Well you’re in the right place with the Live4ever Ezine’s New Tunes guide, sponsored this week by HiFi-Tower. We’ve sorted through our packed inbox over the last seven days to offer up the best in mp3s, Soundcloud links and YouTube videos for your viewing and listening pleasure. Check out previous editions of the New Tunes Guide here.
To celebrate another week of great music, the Live4ever Ezine and HiFi-Tower are offering one lucky reader a new pair of Citronic HB-450PRO DJ headphones in green! These headphones deliver on both sound and style, perfect for listening to music at home or on the go! To enter this giveaway, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW letting us know what YOUR favourite new release of recent weeks is. Please note that you must live in the United Kingdom (excluding all Islands) in order to be eligible. Contest closes on October 13th, 2012. Good luck!
“Shinies formed at the end of last year, growing out of the late night jams in a South Manchester basement, fuelled by a mutual love of walls of swirling guitars, discordant chords and catchy melodies. This is the bands second single with Dirty Bingo Records following their well-received debut single ‘Shola/Pillow Talk’ which came out in April, and sees their melodic garage pop evolving from its DIY origins into a well-honed and emotive sonic assault.”
“Hotly tipped Essex mod punks The Dead Formats release their first single ‘Freaks’ from their debut album on Visible Noise. The new single is a great example of the band’s unique sound , taking in elements of Mod, Punk, 70’s Rock, and bands such as The Jam, The Clash, Lostprophets and The Hives and fans of the band include Gallows, Lostprophets and Sonic Boom Six.”
“Melbourne duo Gypsy & The Cat sailed their 80’s synth infused take on yatch rock through the musical waters with their debut album ‘Gilgamesh’. Created by early 20 year olds at the time and in their own home studio, it excited the likes of Neon Gold, found a release on Young and Lost in the UK, a slot on a Kitsune Maison compilation, and a spot on NME Poll for the twenty “most likely”, all on its own musical merit. Gypsy & The Cat were then surrounded by industry and expectations and the ultimate result turned out to be a band evolving through their own journey of touring, writing and listening.”
“Bristol-based electronic producer Stumbleine has already built a loyal following with several self-released EPs and a recent compilation album, in addition to collaborative outings with fellow producer ASA. He also reports for active duty as one third of dubstep envelope pushers Swarms, whose music has found favour among tastemaker DJs such as Mary Anne Hobbs. ‘The Beat My Heart Skips / Kaleidoscope’ is the first single taken from Stumbleine’s enrapturing, genre transcending debut album, ‘Spiderwebbed’.”
“Since making 2011’s largely electronic album The Grandad Galaxy – The Voluntary Butler Scheme‘s Rob Jones has been learning some new non-electronic skills in the shape of the Trumpet and the Saxophone. Having learnt them largely from youtube clips and iphone apps – it inspired The Voluntary Butler Scheme to release his next single as an App single. There will be no 7″, no CD, no I-tunes download … just a very cool VBS app containing all VBS videos to date, photo gallery, news, tour dates, VBS quiz, discography and links to back catalogue and most importantly of all the new single and b-side.”
“Crowns will be releasing their new rabble-rousing single ‘Parting In The Porch’ on 29th October, the week before the band’s debut album is set to be unleashed on the world. Finding their raucous sound in a combo of traditional folk music and their own pop-punk youth, Crowns stand apart from the pack. Rolling out their incendiary live show over the festival season, with appearances at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and a support slot with Blink 182, the band have emerged triumphant, leaving beer-soaked tents and arenas in their wake.”
“Genna Marabese is a Bedfordshire based alternative singer songwriter conjuring up underground alternative / discordant pop sounds. Genna Marabese (vocals/guitar/violin/piano/sax) creates impassioned music about love, death and desire. Debut single “We Are Animal” (28th May 2012 ) saw Genna receive outstanding support from 6 musics Tom Robinson, Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio ,BBC 3 Counties Introducing, BBC Tees Introducing, Q Radio, Amazing Radio, The Girls Are, Fame Magazine and online 5 star reviews from AAA Music.”
“One of the most acclaimed Russian indie acts in recent years, Motorama are a five-piece from Rostov-on-Don. They actually sound more Nordic than like a band from the Southern river-port of Russia. Driven by an intense post-punk rhythm section, their songs are full of dream-scape pop tunes. Live they are accompanied by self-made visuals of thick forests and waterfalls. Motorama have headlined many major Russian festivals such as Moscow’s Afisha Picnic which draw 50000 people and they have also toured in Europe and played some large European festivals like Exit in Noviy Sad. ‘Calendar’ is their second album. A UK tour is planned for February 2013.”
“Valerie June’s debut single, Workin’ Woman Blues, unfurls the story of her self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, a warm mix of aching vintage country, gospel and powerful delta blues, it’s as if Bobbie Gentry fronted a Stax soul-revue, her mesmerising vocals telling it how it is. Born, raised and honed in Jackson, Tennessee, the self-taught musician has paid her dues working hard and playing hard – on the various instruments she has collected over the years, teaching herself her craft. Her debut single Workin’ Woman Blues is the perfect introduction to Valerie’s work and history, a musical biopic depicting the journey she had to take to get where she is now.”
“Following the 2011 digital release of acclaimed debut record, ‘For Shadows’, New York based Oh Minnows return to celebrate the physical release of the LP with the release of new single, ‘Hurry’ on 05th November 2012; again on the renowned Young & Lost Club label. Forming from the ashes of previous moniker Semifinalists, Chris Steele-Nicholson set to work on spectral pop act Oh Minnows in 2009. Following an EP release in the spring, Chris withdrew for the remainder of the year to record his debut record. It was a process that saw him working in isolation on a journey that took him from a North Carolina beach house, to a frozen warehouse in a cold Chicago winter, and to Fleetwood Mac’s dilapidated old studio in San Francisco before returning to the beach house to put the finishing touches to ‘For Shadows’.”
“The Burning Of Rome‘s album ‘With Us’, out now in the U.S. on Surfdog Records, will be released in the UK early in 2013. Recorded in LA at EastWest studios, produced by Adam Traub and Grammy Award winner Tom Biller, mixed by Dave Darling (Tom Waits, Jack Johnson, Brian Setzer) with additional remixes by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, U2, Meat Puppets, Pepper). The band ended up in the same room that ‘Pet Sounds’ was tracked in 40 years prior. There was an intense energy throughout the recording process. Periodically Flea, who was recording with Red Hot Chili Peppers in the other half of the studio, or Anthony Kiedis would check in for small talk. Even a nod from Rick Rubin by the coffee machine was a major inspiration. Challenged by the surrounding greatness ‘With Us’ evolved.”
“Cumbria-based Colt 45 are preparing to climb the next rung of the rock and roll ladder, having built up a loyal following after relentlessly touring the UK club and festival circuit. The band’s new EP, Inside The Triangle, was crafted with legendary rock producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout, Twin Atlantic, Motorhead, Glassjaw, Manics…) at the helm at his Longwave Studios in Cardiff. It will be released on 12th November and focuses on good storytelling through melodic punk rock.”
“Time and Energy is a California-based indie/experimental rock duo who incorporate loops, guitars, keys, clarinets, and a sense of real exploration and strangeness in their music. Their influences range from the festive rhythms of Battles to the melodic crooning of Radiohead, with some Badly Drawn Boy and Dead Weather in there for good measure.”