bretonArtist: Breton

Release: War Room Stories
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Alternative

Constantly challenging and pushing against the boundaries of what it means to be in a band in 2013, ‘War Room Stories’ is the second chapter of a group who aren’t afraid to stick their neck on the line and think about things a little differently. The album was written during a year spent touring incessantly and playing festivals across the world. Breton employed the services of the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra who appear on five tracks throughout the album. Opener ‘Envy’ is perhaps the group’s most outright ‘pop’ track to date, whereas first single ‘Got Well Soon’ fuses glitchy synths with an undulating backbone beat and ‘Brother’s echo-laden pianos are at once epic and understatedly restrained. Traces of hip hop, electronica, indie and all the plethora of genres in between interplay under tracks that are, at face value, still surprisingly accessible.

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Burn Deep Vol. 2Artist: Various Artists
Release: Burnt Deep Vol. 2
Label: Believe Housecrate
Genre: Dance – House – Deep

Burnt Deep is a brand new compilation series on HouseCrate aiming to highlight the best in emerging, as well as established talent from the thriving deep house scene. The second in the series is mixed by Urban Torque and Madhouse Records affiliate Steve Mill, whose 13-track compilation showcases some of the UK’s most well established, as well as fast rising deep house labels. Steve Mill has long established himself in the underground house scene, relentlessly producing and remixing, he’s released on world renowned labels including Urban Torque, Large Music, Global Underground, Elevation, Plastic City, Mood Music, Balance and most notably Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records. Following on strong from the first installment, this compilation series is one to check out for true fans of the exciting and re-evolving deep house scene.

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Lite - InstallationArtist: Lite

Release: Installation
Label: Blood & Biscuits
Genre: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Installation is a mind-melting math-rock magic show from instrumentalists LITE, who are widely regarded as one of the most exciting to emerge from Japan in the last decade.  LITE are a four-piece instrumental rock band formed in Japan in 2003 and are known for their thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia along with worldwide album releases have brought acclaim from all quarters.

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bwani junctionArtist: Bwani Junction

Release: Tongue of Bombie
Label: Aksatak Records
Genre: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hailed by NME as mixing the addictive melodies of Vampire Weekend & rock spunk of The Libertines, Bwani Junction’s much anticipated second album is produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Deacon Blue) at the hallowed Chem 19 studio. This is an album that sees a growing maturity from a band still amazingly all in their early twenties. Having recently supported M on his European tour to sell-out arena crowds; Simple Minds in front of 75,000 people at Edinburgh’s 2012 Hogmanay concert, Bwani Junction has also headlined the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park and opened for The Vaccines, Paul Simon at Hard Rock Calling and UK festivals, including Isle of Wight and Latitude.  An addictive, dazzling sound, electrifying live shows and a band with a voice, Bwani Junction is a formidable emerging force to be reckoned with.


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