Stunning EP leading to an album later in the year. Black Books are a 5-piece band from Austin, Texas who make a heady, atmospheric mix of dreamy, visionary pop and epic southern rock. The ‘Aquarena EP’ evokes a plethora of emotions with its haze of sprawling, mesmerising psychedelia and sun-soaked melodies blended with something huge and anthemic – and all charged with Ross Gilfillan’s warm throaty drawl of a vocal. Comparisons have been made with the likes of Band of Horses, Grandaddy and My Morning Jacket.
Southern Fried Records team up with young Miami production talent Didier Morris for an EP of quality electronic groove. Didier Morris hails from Miami’s sun soaked streets where he has picked up an extensive education in electronic music at clubs such as The Electric Pickle, Treehouse and The Vagabond. Regular DJ sets in the city, led the young Miami resident into the studio which has resulted in releases for labels such as Electronique UK, Stranjjur, Flumo and of course the ever-excellent Southern Fried Records.
Joe Budden, member of the super-group “Slaughterhouse”, presents his new album featuring Wiz Kahlifa, French Montana, Lloyd Banks, Omarion, Fabolous, Tista, Crooked I, Royce Da 5´9 and Joell Ortiz. On ‘No Love Lost’, Joe Budden has invited friends and fellows to work on his masterpiece. The lead single ‘She Don’t Put It Down’ features Lil Wayne and R&B star Tank. With productions from T-Minus (Rhianna), Boi-1-Da (Nicki Minaj), Cardiak and Araabmuzik, it is one of this rare releases that will appeal to all.
The debut self-produced EP from Cambridge five-piece Forest is full of feel-good, harmony-laden dreamy grunge pop. Infectious melodies and harmonies in the same vein as Weezer and Caesars, and thick guitar driven tones recalling Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine. Straight out of college the 18-year-olds strive to breathe elements of psychedelia, surf, and pure euphoria into 90’s influenced fuzzy-pop. Forest made their London debut at The Waiting Room in October for tastemakers Popular and Club.The.Mammoth.