Wednesday 29 June 2016

New Music: Sofi Tukker - Awoo

Sofi Tukker (they’re a duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) have been picking up a fair head of steam with previous releases such as Déja Vu Affair, Drinkee, Hey Lion and Matadora and now you can add new track Awoo (feat. Betta Lemme) to that list. Get your dancing shoes on for this one as it takes a simple keyboard riff and rolls with it before going for the kill with a pause, a glorious shout of ‘Awoo’ and some percussion that heads off to planet oblivion. Sometimes we can all overthink music, both in terms of its creation and its meaning. Sometimes you’ve just got to let go of your inhibitions and have some fun. This is one of those tracks to do exactly that to. Yeah it's silly, but sitting stroking your beard and listening to Radiohead forever isn't really enjoying life is it?

Sofi Tukker hit the UK this week, touching down for just 1 day, but with 2 shows on Friday 1st July. 1st as part of the supporting bill at Massive Attack’s Hyde Park concert and then later in the evening with their own headline gig at the Lexington. If you’re at that second gig I’ll see you down the front for a dance.

This track as well as all the other tunes they’ve put out so far have been collected together and will feature on Soft Animals, their debut EP, due on 8th July. That phrase 'eagerly anticipated' is over used and not always true when used by music writer types, but certainly from my point of view Soft Animals is exactly that.

Sofi Tukker - Awoo

New Music: Still Corners - Lost Boys (Video)

Having taken a few days out for Glastonbury festival - an incredible experience that has no lesser impact on me the tenth time as it did the first time I attended, in fact even more so now - and then a couple of days catching up with ‘real life’ afterwards, Breaking More Waves now slowly begins to roll itself out onto the world wide web again starting with the new single from Still Corners; a band who from their blissed out beginnings at the start of the decade are now gearing up to release their third album Dead Blue.

Lost Boys is arch, pulsing, glacial, synth-pop that verges on the darkly exotic with its twilight hours’ sound. The obvious comparison is Goldfrapp, dashed with a touch of Kraftwerk and Ladytron. It’s the kind of music that I imagine would go down very well in certain parts of Eastern Europe and cool German bars. Still Corners might have started out with a very blurry, almost vague sound, but Lost Boys is far more precise, almost enigmatic. It suits them well.

Still Corners - Lost Boys (Video)

Thursday 23 June 2016

Breaking More Waves Is 8 Years Old Today - Some Thoughts

Breaking More Waves is 8 years old today. I think that’s worth celebrating a tiny bit and hence this post – just to mark the occasion.

8 years of writing rubbish about music. It might not seem much of achievement, it’s certainly not climbing Everest or sailing round the world or helping people who have suffered in terrible atrocities, but as I constantly say, doing it against a background of a busy professional job, having 2 children, other hobbies, interests and social life, I think it’s still an achievement of sorts. Just being committed to doing it for that length of time, for no reward except the pleasure of doing it, I define that as a success. I’ve said this all before (possibly even a number of times at previous blog birthdays) but I think it’s worth saying again, even if just to myself for motivation. For certainly this year has, for a variety of reasons, been the hardest to keep Breaking More Waves going.

One of the things that has changed over Breaking More Waves lifespan is my relationship with recorded music (as against live music which has stayed pretty much the same).

In those 8 years the way that music is distributed has altered dramatically and because of it the way I and quite possibly you listen to it has also changed. On one hand, streaming has, for music fans like me, made the world an even better place. Now I can listen to more artists, more albums, more new releases, than ever before. Brilliant! Yet on the other hand I’m not always sure if this is quite so wonderful as it seems. In the past I may have purchased 30 or 40 new records a year and 5 or 6 of them would become true favourites that I would play over and over again for years and years. They’d become like best friends. Now, with streaming, I seem to find fewer best friends every year. Albums can become easily discarded and forgotten; there’s always something new to listen to. My relationship with music is in danger of becoming fickle.

It’s one of the reasons why when I stream an album and really like it I still buy a physical copy as well. There’s something about that act of purchase that creates a deeper relationship. I’m still not sure of the psychology behind it, but for me, it does.

But there’s another reason as well. Whilst streaming is undoubtedly the future, the future of streaming services is far from certain. None of them are making profits yet. It’s yet to be proven that they will. And if they don’t what will happen? This is the other reason I still buy physical copies. If streaming fails I don’t want to have a massive void in my music history. 

Total failure is of course highly unlikely but there’s a possibility that should the likes of ‘streaming only’ companies like Spotify fail we could be left with a smaller number who run as loss leaders to help sell other products their companies produce. (Apple for example).

It will be interesting to see where we are in another 8 years time and how the landscape has changed and how my listening habits of changed. 

And what of this blog. Will Breaking More Waves still be going in another 8 years? I highly doubt it. I’ve already scheduled a potential end date, when the blog will shuffle off to wherever blogs go to die, although that’s not in the near future.

So for now, all being well, this time next year I’ll be celebrating 9 years of Breaking More Waves, but for the next few days I'm taking a break, whilst I enjoy myself at Glastonbury Festival. Back soon!

Monday 20 June 2016

New Music: Brika - You

This is one of those songs that the word jam was invented for. Following on from her Voice Memos album, which was released at the back end of 2014 Brika returns with her first original material since that time. You is just as you would expect from the Miami singer; sophisticated and soulful, with hints of Latin and jazz underpinning her smooth croon. It’s the soundtrack to the funkiest cocktail party by the pool where all the perfect beautiful people are hanging out. It positively grooves and then some. 

You is the first taste of Brika's new EP coming later this year.

Brika - You

Sunday 19 June 2016

New Music: Introducing - Temples Of Youth

Talking about spirituality and pop music in the same breath can sometimes make some people a little awkward, so when a new band called Temples of Youth come along with a song called Churches you might think it’s best to skip on to something else. I’d advise not to though, because Paul Gumma and Jo Carson who make up this new UK duo from the Winchester area are creating some rather thoughtful twilight hours pop with a cinematic dreaminess that’s worth your attention.

Having already uploaded a small handful of songs onto their Soundcloud, Churches is the first of their self-released material that’s available to download. The song is about Jo’s experiences of prejudice; being made to feel initially welcome by a group of people who then completely changed the way they treated her when they found out more about her. It makes me think a little of the words that have echoed around the world following the horrendous murder of another Jo - British MP Jo Cox. “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” If only everyone could have the clarity of vision to see things that way, the world would be a much better place. Thankfully, the world will always be a better place when we have musicians, entertainers and artists creating songs.

Temples of Youth will be making a donation to Equality Florida from the sales of downloads for Churches. Their next live show is supporting Declan McKenna on the 22nd June at Guildford Boiler Room. 

Temples of Youth - Churches

Thursday 16 June 2016

New Music: Introducing - Maggie Rogers

There’s been a hell of a buzz on line about Alaska by Maggie Rogers, with her Facebook likes going into overload following a Pharrell Williams masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute where Williams was blown away by the tune calling it and her talent ‘singular’. Watch the normally expressionless face of Pharrell as he finds something connecting with him in a big way below (from around the 18.15 mark). It's worth watching just to see an old stager of the music industry being completely moved by something.

Maggie started out as a folk musician and banjo player but having taken time out in France she suddenly found the fire and energy of dance music. You can hear both elements in Alaska. It finally got a fully polished release on Soundcloud yesterday and has already picked up 200k plays. It is a truly is a beautiful piece of pop music that’s worth every bit of hype it’s getting. There are elements of someone like Beth Orton in the verses but with a celestial pop chorus - it's subtle and yet easily accessible. If you’ve read a number of posts on Breaking More Waves you’ll probably be able to guess that this one was going to grab me hook line and sinker. Just like Pharrell. It has.

Maggie Rogers - Alaska

Tuesday 14 June 2016

New Music: Rosie Carney - Better Man

If you’re a fan of the likes of The Staves and tender melancholy, then ready yourself for this this calm composed piece of beautiful folk.

It’s rare for me to post the same song twice on Breaking More Waves, and when I do it’s usually because the second time round a video has been released, as there's something extra to add to the mix. But today it’s the other way round. Nothing extra needs to be added. How can you add to something that is already perfect? What is needed is just the time to appreciate it over and over again. Hence the post.

I first featured Rosie Carney back in March when I streamed her song Antidote (which has now mysteriously vanished from Soundcloud) and a video for this song. Now it appears that Better Man is getting its own well deserved bit of promotion and an official release on 17th June via X Novo, with what is being billed as her debut EP being released in the autumn. The first time I heard Better Man it left me speechless. Then having finally mustered up some words in that previous post, this time I really have nothing more to add, except that this exquisite song is guaranteed to make your day better. 

Rosie Carney - Better Man

Monday 13 June 2016

New Music: Introducing - SKOTT

One of my favourite UK based boutique labels is Chess Club  – they seem to knock out record after record that my musical tastebuds find absolutely delicious. Their current roster includes the likes of Billie Marten, Casi and Pumarosa – all acts that I’d written about in their very early stages before they’d got on board with the label. Then there's past Breaking More Waves approved artists such as Jungle, Wolf Alice, Chet Faker, Mumford & Sons, White Lies, James Yuill, Cherbourg and Kyla La Grange. It's a smorgasbord of musical goodness.

Today I saw Chess Club Tweet “NEW MUSIC ALERT!! Keep ‘em peeled ‘cause we’ll be bringing you brand new music from a very exciting new artist later this afternoon” and as good as their word, a few hours later they revealed their latest addition who goes by the name of SKOTT. Once again, Chess Club has come up trumps - it seems that if I plugged myself into a musical dating website, they'd be my top match.

First impressions on SKOTT: 

1. The blogs are going to love this. It’s very ‘bloggy’ sounding. (5 hours later that was confirmed – 14 Hype Machine blogs posted the track in that time – a very impressive start for a brand new artist).

2. Whilst it’s very ‘bloggy’ sounding I’m not sure if Joe Public will 'get' her immediately – it’s maybe just a bit too edgy. 

3. But then this could just be one of those ‘get the bloggers on board’ tracks before some even bigger pop monster is released further down the line. On the other hand maybe she's just not that kind of artist.

There’s some blurb on the press release I was sent about her growing up in a forest commune run by a collection of outcast folk musicians, and having not had an opportunity to listen to any contemporary music until she went to the city for the first time in her mid-teens. It all sounds very romantic and alternative and you will probably find these facts on almost every blog post, often copied and pasted directly from that press release (copying and pasting is the new journalism you see), but being slightly cynical I think probably any of us could write a biography that makes our lives sound wildly exciting. For example I grew up on a remote island, conceived by hippy parents who lived in a tower overlooking the sea after jacking in their normal city lives. From there I returned to the mainland, to live in another isolated location, on a houseboat moored just yards from a castle where I ran hidden strobe lit rave parties. That’s all true, but maybe some of the more boring bits (the rough Council estate I lived on for a number of years) get forgotten. Of course SKOTT's back story may be the whole tale, I don't know, but even if it isn't it's good to have pop stars who at least sound like they might be interesting isn't it? I'm not sure a blogger's life tale has to be that exciting though.

Irrespective of the back story what you really want to know about is the music isn’t it? Ok, time to press play. Skott’s first track is called Porcelain. It’s a wonderful piece of digital melancholy melodrama. It’s my (and many other bloggers) on repeat of the day (only a day mind you because us bloggers all have such short music-churnover attention span defecits).

SKOTT - Porcelain

Sunday 12 June 2016

New Music: Liv Dawson - Tapestry (Video)

Nearly a month ago I posted the so called ‘debut’ track from Liv Dawson (although to be honest I’m not sure if record labels really understand the word debut these days – it seems what they really mean is ‘first track we’ve been involved in – we’re going to ignore anything the artist might have done independently or with someone else before’) and it was, dare I say it, a stunner. It seems like I wasn’t the only one to think so either, with the song quickly going to #1 in the Spotify UK's Viral 50 Chart and #4 in the Global Viral Chart.

So just in case you missed it, here’s a second chance, this time by way of the video for the song, which takes a soft focus collage approach to clips of memories that many, if not all of us, will know. Just to repeat / reinforce etc - this one is a stunner.

Liv Dawson - Tapestry (Video)

Friday 10 June 2016

Why Wales Wins At Football Tunes For Euro 2016

In less than a couple of hours thousands of people across Europe will lose their sanity as they spend the next few weeks shouting at their televisions whilst a bunch of grown men, who can't hear them yelling, chase a ball around a bit of grass in France, trying to kick it in between two white posts and a column from which a net hangs, whilst another bunch of men try to stop them doing it. 

To celebrate Euro 2016, just like every international football tournament before it, some musicians have had their own goes at celebrating the madness with what they do best - a song. This year I’m convinced that whilst Wales might be rank outsiders in the tournament, they’ve won when it comes to the tunes. They’ve got not one, not two, but three big songs for Euro 2016:

1. Manic Street Preachers – Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)

The Manic Street Preachers tune may not have found favour with every listener, but from my perspective Together Stonger (C'mon Wales) is excellent, for the following reasons:

1. It’s recognisably the Manic Street Preachers sonically and carries the tradition of some of the 'classic' football tunes like Three Lions and World In Motion.

2. It’s the most stirring of all the Euro 2016 tunes I’ve heard.

3. Thematically it fits very well with the rest of the bands output, namely name checking historical figures (in this case sporting ones) that many people won’t have heard off, injustice, dissapointment and managing to fit in lines that (in theory) don’t go with the music - something the Manics have made their trademark.

4. It manages to make reference to the song Can’t Take My Eyes Off You which has become an adopted tune of Welsh football fans.

2. Helen Love – A Boy From Wales Called Gareth Bale

“To be honest it’s the best football-inspired single since Eat My Goal by Collapsed Lung. And you can quote us on that,” say Helen Love’s label Alcopop! Records. Well I just did. “Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na – he’s a boy from Wales called Gareth Bale!” proudly sing the band in this rather wonderful hooky punk pop explosion of fun. Sing-a-long with the video below.

3. Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong

The first of two unofficial welsh tunes, the band have described Bing Bong as “A Welsh folk idiom that we have appropriated, but its pronunciation has been partly inspired by the sonic motif of the talking robot, Twiki, in the 1979-81 sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” The song was originally demoed for Euro 2004 in Portugal when Wales just missed out on qualification in the play-offs but has been resurrected now that the team are in the finals. It’s a bit bonkers, but kind of brilliant and sung in Welsh language. 

Three winners. Well done Wales. You deserve to do well in the tournament just because of these.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

New Music: Alice Jemima - So

A few years ago when Alice Jemima was asked who she ideally wanted to work with or produce her LP she took only a moment to think about her answer before boldly stating “Jamie XX”. Whilst Alice’s wish hasn’t come true (yet) there’s no doubt that there’s a big dollop of influence from The XX on the sound of So, the second track on her second EP and the first to be released through a record label (Sunday Best) rather than self-released.

For people who were introduced to Alice by way of Liquorice, So represents a different side of her musical output. If Liquorice was Alice’s daydream pop record then So is its midnight musical cousin that takes you dancing all through the night. “You got me feeling wow, and that’s all I want right now,” she sings as the intricate beats, skeletal song structure and that voice bring on the goosebumps again.

Fact: The 4 songs on the forthcoming EP are all flawless – every one of them could have been the lead track. Go and pre-order it by clicking here for the vinyl, then go and see her play her first London headline show, next week at the Sebright Arms on the 15th June, you can grab tickets here. Oh and if anyone knows Jamie XX, get him to get in contact with Alice Jemima. I'm sure she wouldn't mind him knocking out a remix of this track.

Alice Jemima - So

Tuesday 7 June 2016

New Music: Introducing - Sälen

In my email in box, the following odd word and letters: Diseasey and IILWMBF. The email sent from myself to myself. I do this sometimes when I’ve heard a song but have no time to investigate further at that moment in time. It's been sitting there a while to be honest, but the part-time blogger's in box is fundamentally just a graveyard of the unread.

A quick Google search tells me that the songs are by the band Sälen. They are Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor Wade and Simon Milner. Simon is also a member of the group Is Tropical, who I wrote about in what seems like a thousand years ago.

The band explain Diseasey on their Soundcloud as follows: “This is a song to soundtrack the bad decisions that felt so right at the time, one for anybody who has found themselves in an awkward lust-driven situation and is left asking both themselves and their new pal, why am I in bed with you?” 

Let's face it we've all been there and someone has probably also thought it of you.

What they don’t explain is that despite the slightly disturbing lyrics such as “I’m into your sickness,” Diseasey is a weirdly infectious leftfield pop song – the sort of track I can imagine cool Hoxton hipsters ‘digging’ (is Hoxton still cool? I have no idea) but also your regular pop fan enjoying when they’re having a bit of an edgy day and fancy listening to something that isn't in the charts. Likewise the decent but not quite as good IILWMYBF (yes it stands for I’m In Love With My Best Friend), which you can find by clicking on this link. It was released about half a year ago and continues the exploration of odd love, although to be fair, there’s a strong argument that your true love should also be your best friend, so maybe it's not so odd after all?

Sälen - Diseasey

Bushstock 2016 - Preview

Now in its sixth year, West London's Bushstock has now become an automatic slot in my diary. Put together by the team behind independent record label and promoter Communion, this one day festival sells itself on both the strength of line up and the relaxed and easy going nature of the event. Starting off as primarily a 'new folk' affair, Bushstock has diversified to embrace a wider perspective of music that includes styles such as pop, soul and indie. 

Whilst every year there are some bigger names at the top of the bill - this year Bear's Den (hear their new single by clicking here) and the upwardly rising / Breaking More Waves favourite Shura (her new single is here) - for me one of the main thrills of Bushstock is being able to catch some exciting emerging talent lower down the bill. In previous years I've watched the likes of George Ezra and Jack Garratt play early afternoon sets and convert plenty of new fans in the event's centre piece venue St Stephen's Church, still on the rise Bastille perform to just a handful of punters in the Defector's Weld pub and Layla (one half of Oh Wonder) charm a small crowd in the Sinndercombe Social before she went on to bigger and better things. 

For 2016 there's an abundance of quality on the festival's undercard. Here are my 5 ones to watch of the newcomers, all carefully selected to ensure there are no clashes.

Joseph J Jones  (14:00 – St Stephen’s Church)

I featured Joseph J Jones on just the previous blog post (click here), so no introduction should really be needed, but just in case you missed it, he's a former boxer turned crooner with a rather lovely soulful tone. That should be perfect for St Stephen’s church. (Tip for the church – if you’re planning on staying there to see more than 1 act, take a cushion, the seats are very hard!).

Shells  (15:00 – St Stephen’s Church)

Singer and producer Sarah Sheldrake aka Shells recently wowed the blogosphere with her debut track Gold and it's easy to see why. A perfect match of emotive cello,violin and electronics it was a flawless start. With an EP to follow in September, Bushstock will be the first opportunity for music lovers to see what Shells is all about.

 Seramic (16:00 – St Stephen’s Church)

Another act that's taken the blogs by a storm, Seramic is the project of Marcus Foster, a singer who is no stranger to Bushstock having played the festival under his own name in 2012. Having already witnessed Seramic at The Great Escape festival in Brighton a few weeks ago, I'm eager to experience him again. Raw and from the heart, his music is a mix of big gospel voices, hard-riffing guitars like Prince used to do and soul by the bucket load.

Rationale (21:00 Bush Hall)

Rationale, like Seramic is another 'new' act from the past. In fact I wrote about Tinashe way back in 2010 (here) when he was banging out songs that had some soul but also messed around with clattering scrappy indie sounds reminiscent of Jamie T and Vampire Weekend. Now his sound is slicker, more soulful and it's already earned him a slot on Later....with Jools Holland. His debut album follows later this year.

 Vant  (21:45 – Defector’s Weld)

Raucous indie rock group Vant will probably demolish the rather small Defector's Weld. You're advised to wear your health and safety gear as they bring the noise, but with some decent songs too.

Bushstock takes place on the 18th June 2016. The final tickets are available from this link. Be quick though, it nearly always sells out.

Saturday 4 June 2016

New Music: Introducing - Joseph J Jones

It seems entirely appropriate to post about this new artist today, given the death of Muhammed Ali, the world’s greatest boxer, a man who also possessed a strong social conscience. 

The reason is that Joseph J. Jones, a man who looks like he's stepped out of a fifties or sixties movie, is a former boxer, but unlike Ali he’s now become a musician.

A couple of his songs have been floating around on the internet for some time now, with a handful of tastemaker and music industry connected blogs posting about him back in 2015, but he only came to my attention the other day whilst examining the line up for this year’s Bushstock festival – always a fantastic place to catch emerging talent - I'll be previewing that fairly soon. The chances are Jones is probably new to most readers of Breaking More Waves; despite the small burst of internet coverage, he's hardly a household name, with under 1000 plays on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Jones, who originates from Hornchurch in Essex, cites his main influences as Johnny Cash, Kanye West and West Ham United, and has spent time working with songwriter and producer Richard Frenneaux (who some of you may remember from the band Red Light company). His debut track The Video, a gutsy piano ballad, is halfway between a stirring blues anthem and a m-o-r pop belter that finds him singing of ‘real life, real lows, nothing like the video.’ It’s powerful without ever becoming overly bombastic and suggests that he’s as well suited to pulling musical punches as he was ones in the ring.

Joseph J Jones - The Video

New Music: Paradisia - Silent Lover

Collectively Sophie-Rose, Anna and Kristy have found their way onto Breaking More Waves through a number of projects over the years, from Sophie’s solo output, together as part of The Night VI and Kristy’s individual effort called Silk Cinema. More recently they grabbed my attention again using the name Paradisia, with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, one of those rare reworks that manages to transport the song and the listener to a totally different, dare I say it, improved place.

So with reintroductions out of the way, now we get to hear something new from the trio. Sadly Silent Lover isn’t a cover of the Boney M groovy disco classic, but that’s OK, because instead there’s a beguiling piece of timeless folk pop to listen to. Full of serene maturity and depth the song tells the tale of an experience of being swept away by someone after just a very short experience.

Paradisia recently performed their first live gig at The Waiting Room in London, which was a sell-out. More dates are to follow. 

Paradisia - Silent Lover

Wednesday 1 June 2016

New Music: Casi - Lion

“Whatever happened to xxxxxxx?” It’s one of those questions I tend to ask when an artist I’ve written about falls off my radar.

I almost got round to asking that about Welsh singer Casi. After posting about her in March 2015 on Breaking More Waves and catching a live set in May 2015 things seemed to go very quiet. Had she given up music to go on a spiritual journey to Goa to find herself?  Or maybe she’d invested in a property portfolio in London and made her millions before retiring to the Bahamas?

It seems it was none of these, because now she’s back, with a new song called Lion. Not only that it’s on a proper record label (Chess Club) which means that the song has already had a radio exclusive and a music website premiere because that’s how these things tend to work in the music industry. 

So what’s Lion like? Well, you can probably decide for yourself by just pressing play, but if you want some words, I’d suggest it’s a weird mix of the ethereal combined with the heavy hitting. A sort of modern day synthy Clannad perhaps? I can certainly imagine a video that features clouds of mist, lots of eerie blue light, wind machines, an icy lake and some muscular looking warrior lords from the north.

Casi - Lion

New Music: Shura - What's It Gonna Be? (Video)

Following on from the Soundcloud stream of Shura’s truly excellent What’s It Gonna Be, now there’s an equally excellent video. It takes all the classic elements and clichés of the teen high school drama and then plays around with them a little – rather like a 2016 remake of a 1986 movie. It’s a lovely little story, shot with a wonderful colour palette (how have they made high school look so great?) and if you don’t feel a little better about the world after watching it then please check your pulse. Oh and apparently the main male character in the video is Shura’s twin brother, which makes it even better!

Shura was of course nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015, but with this song and an album to follow in July it seems that her star is still rising in 2016. She plays London's Koko tonight, with a slot at Glastonbury also just announced.

Shura - What's It Gonna Be? (Video)

New Music: Night Games - Suffocate

If Suffocate by Night Games seems familiar to you then it’s probably because this song has lurked in the shadows of the past – in fact a quick check on Hype Machine reveals that a couple of sites (including the ever reliable Just Music I Like - the blog where I first discovered Night Games) wrote about the song in 2014 and 2015. However, it appears somewhere along the line Suffocate disappeared and has now resurfaced, giving a second opportunity for those (most) of us who missed it first time round.

Suffocate isn’t a simple pop song by any stretch of the imagination. It’s way deeper and out there than that. Its closest cousin would probably be something from FKA Twigs, although Suffocate sounds less disconnected, the sounds are less scattered and there’s a more of an understandable structure to what’s going on. In fact Suffocate is a little less try hard than Twigs, but it’s still full of wonderful mystery and oddness, Constance's voice going from a breathy whisper to stretching for the stars over its duration.

Like all of my favourite pop music right now, you’re not going to find Suffocate storming up the Radio 1 playlist, it’s way too leftfield and experimental for that; and it’s all the better for it.

Night Games - Suffocate