Indigo Sixteen – Bring on the Rain

Not having previously come across their previous trio of singles, their new track Bring on the Rain is our long overdue introduction to Indigo Sixteen. It is a compelling jangle of indie/punk devilry from a band looking ready to step into the long line of unique and compelling Scottish propositions of decades past.

Creating a sound which by design or chance embraces the essences of classic bands like Scars and Josef K as well as British outfits like The Libertines and Skellums, Edinburgh hailing Indigo Sixteen emerged in 2013. Leaning on inspirations ranging from Kasabian, The Smiths, and Joy Division to The Jam, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, and Nirvana, Indigo Sixteen previously released the singles Decide (2014), And What? (2014/15), and Come and Go (2016). Now it is Bring on the Rain ready to stir greater attention the way of the quartet and as it plays in the ears it is hard to imagine it not rousing up a host of new fans.

The vocals of guitarist Stephen Mallin pull the song into view, the equally alluring creative clamour of fellow guitarist Matt McPherson adding its melodic jangle to his and the rhythmic shuffle of drummer Callum Davidson and bassist Andrew Stears. Carrying an energetic and virulent swing to its gait and spirited tenacity to its character and enterprise, the song reveals its punk and indie sides with zeal, merging them into a proposition maybe not yet truly distinct but as gripping and exciting as you could wish for.

Those earlier suggested flavours swiftly come to mind in the song to add to its appeal and a quickly bred anticipation for the next band’s next steps.

Bring on the Rain is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 21/11/2017

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Mr Darklight – Into The Fury

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If the name Mr Darklight is familiar it is likely because you have already discovered his part in the electronic pop infection that is Masters of the Radio. Now the electronic musician/producer has unveiled his debut solo track in the shape of the captivating adventure of temptation, Into The Fury. It is a strange title as the piece of music never suggests turbulence ahead or within its heart, so possibly it is one moment in a larger journey, but what it does supply is a warm flight of imagination for ears and feet to feast on whilst casting cinematic suggestiveness for thoughts to run with.

Inspired by the likes of Daft Punk, Devo, Fatboy Slim, Gary Numan, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, John Williams, Kavinsky, and Mike Oldfield as well as going by the nature of Into The Fury film scores, Mr Darklight quickly fills ears with the emotive tones of the piano. Its poetic breath and touch is the seed to a gentle but purposeful stroll through an instrumental landscape ripe with melodic essences of OMD and Depeche Mode. Thoughts are soon whisked into a magnetic flight by synths as they spread their broad ambience around the continually enticing evocative hues of the piano.

In a way the piece is like a travelogue of internal reflection or external air bound adventure, all depending which way the imagination goes with the track’s electronic clues as the guide with each listen. It is an absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable first meeting with the solo Mr Darklight, and hopefully the beginning of many such outings ahead.

Into The Fury is free to stream now.

Pete Ringmaster 24/09/2015

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TJH87: Break Away Kicks!

Finnish electronic music duo TJH87 brew a striking and unique mix of disco house and pop savvy electro, genres of music which to be honest we have no real knowledge of and preference for, but with their new single Break Away Kicks!, the pair of Timo Juuti and Hector 87 might just have ignited a little intrigue in our rock and metal driven hearts. The single is a mesmeric little storm of electro dazzling and melodic sonic disorientation which certainly inspires plenty of thought and attention its way.

The duo first came to attention as Timo Juuti & Hector 87 with their singles, the tracks Cheap Bad Moves and I Know It being included on compilations and featured on the radio shows worldwide including the BBC with Fearne Cotton and DJ Chuckie. The pair allegedly initially formed their sound after raiding their local library for old records to sample for inspiration and to incorporate into their own sounds, the duo bringing plenty of disco and rock influences into their creations. Break Away Kicks! certainly with its thumping beats and sinewy pulses veining its sonic countenance melds the two breaths together for a formidable and compelling encounter. The new single follows equally well received debut EP Woo Chicks & Disco Wobblez released on La Valigetta, and offers alongside the title track and an extended version, Digikid84, WAFA, and Stereocool remixes.

Break Away Kicks! opens with an epic breath and senses grabbing beckoning which reminds of eighties pop band Blancmange and ABC, the entrance a towering wave of melodic strikes and pulsating bass probing. Into its lush flow, the track swaggers with spotlights of female vocals, teasing manipulations and a weave of diverse electronic imagination. It is a seamless journey which ignites many genres within its sizzling presence with that grizzly toned bass the biggest treat. As mentioned musically this is not something which normally raises an eyebrow let alone a lick of passion, but with its sturdy frame and enticing invention, the single does makes for a pleasing companion if not one to return to as often as others for personal tastes. It is impossible not to expect fans of the genre to be in ecstasy with its feast of sound though.

The extended mix just prologues the enjoyment whilst the re-mixes offer different aspects to the same aural view. Like the genre, re-mixes do little to capture the imagination for us so we will leave them for your discovery but certainly for the track Break Away Kicks! alone, the bumper release deserves major attention from all house, electro, and Daft Punk fans.

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RingMaster 25/11/2012

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