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CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN | HOURGLASS

Catfish And The Bottlemen have a few fangirls in the SEMPLESIZE team thanks to this photoshoot we did with the guys back in February. Lead singer and guitarist Van McCann GAVE US HUGS; enough said. Apparently McCann is a bit of a fanboy himself; of British actor Sir Ewan McGregor. Check them out being clever songwriting neighbours in this new vid for Hourglass. Where is this apartment building? I’m moving in.

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GIG GUIDE | FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

That one side show we’ve all be anxiously waiting for has finally been announced. How big, how blue, how wonderful my gurl Florence + The Machine is having herself a headline tour. Let’s be real for a second and acknowledge that Florence’s voice is one of those one-in-a-hundred- year voices that come along and leave you utterly stunned; with your jaw not just hitting the ground but burrowing through to the molten core below.

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ROISIN MURPHY | HAIRLESS TOYS

Eight years I’ve had to wait. Seriously. Did she do it just to create tension and have us begging for more, or are the rumours of her hiatus due to the whole raising-a-family-thing true? Whatever the reason, I am very happy that Ms. Roisin Murphy is finally back on the scene. And the album is not even a little disappointing; Hairless Toys is a slightly more mature, disco-tinged, electro-pop feast.

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WILLOW | F Q-C #7

Willow Camille Reign Smith, (born October 31, 2000) launched her music career in 2010 with the cute little pop number Whip My Hair. I guess I don’t really have to mention that she is the child of Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith or the brother of Jaden Smith. Whip My Hair, 21st Century Girl and Fireball (ft. Nicki Minaj) seemed to be exactly what they were: pure pop singles performed by an already famous kid and while I wasn’t into the music at all, I thought; “Fine, why not? Good for her.” A year or so down the line though and she’s written F Q-C #7′(apparently short for Frequency Number Seven) which she produced herself and even co-directed the video for. And I have to say, I love this track. Continue reading “WILLOW | F Q-C #7” »

NATIVE PEOPLE | TAPES (CITRUS CLOUDS REMIX)

UK-based indie-dance quartet Native People prove that if you look something like a boy band, you don’t necessarily have to sound like one. The band’s latest single Tapes, a summer drenched, nostalgic song that has elements of Little Red as well as Two Door Cinema Club, has been remixed by enigmatic London collective Citrus Clouds as a teaser for Native People’s debut Tapes EP release. Continue reading “NATIVE PEOPLE | TAPES (CITRUS CLOUDS REMIX)” »

MARIBOU STATE| PORTRAITS

After the release of their first album Beginning on Fat Records, Maribou State have since signed with Counter Records – subsidiary of Ninja Tunes – for a new album full of fresh material, Portraits. The London-based duo, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, have been on the scene since the release of their debut Habitat EP in 2011. They are definitely an evolving force, their production style getting ever more polished and the writing of their material tighter and catchier. Continue reading “MARIBOU STATE| PORTRAITS” »

MIKE WATERS | LIFE

It took 10 years working in the corporate world for him to realise web development really wasn’t his passion. For ten years, he kept his true passion under wraps, writing songs in his bedroom. Not just any old plain songs though, great songs! For ten years, he honed his talents and is now ready to reveal it to the world; taking his friends, family and colleagues and the rest of us by surprise. Now, Mike Waters is revealed as the talented singer-songwriter nobody yet knew he was with EP Life.

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