Public Service Broadcasting release their debut album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’ on Test Card Recordings, accompanied by an extensive 46-date UK tour which started in February and finishes this month. Taking in archive material from the BFI and StudioCanal along with classic American public information films (such as the brutal driving-safety messages found on single ‘Signal 30’), the album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, seeking to fulfill their mission statement over a wide range of subject matter and styles.
The ever-elusive Wild Swim return with the follow-up to their debut single. ‘Another Night‘ shimmers with the band’s delicate trademark synths and is bolstered by frontman Richard Sansom’s anguished baritone vocal. The B side is ‘Slowing Down‘, a self produced minimalist track that changes shape, darting this way and that with shifting textures and immersive soundscapes. Out on Believe Recordings and produced by the legendary Steve Osborne (New Order, Suede), it’s an impressive leap beyond the fragile and tempered heartache found on the Oxford five-pieces’ debut ‘Echo’.
Debut single from hotly tipped psychedelic/progressive Sydney three piece, Dark Bells, and the second of the Single Series releases. Initial shows with the Eat Your Own Ears promoters, a sold out single launch show and confirmation of a place at this year’s Field Day suggest that their refreshing take on psychedelica is striking a chord already. ‘Wildflower’ will also feature on Rough Trade and Field Day’s special compilation album. Watch the official video for ‘Wildflower’ here.
‘Elevate’ is D/R/U/G/S first outing on Bad Life; one which is stimulant, sedative and narcotic all at once. The Manchester producer, aka Cal Wright, strikes a masterful balance of space-age electronica, wonderfully expressive melody and a remarkable sense that you’re at Glastonbury, it’s 5am and you’re wearing a very bad hat. His releases on Moshi Moshi and Different have earned him a reputation as one of the most inspired young house producers that this country has spawned of late, with his tracks notching up BBC spins on Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne.