Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, indie-punk rockers Press Club released their debut album Late Teens earlier this year to critical acclaim. They make raw, emotional music, full of snarling guitar riffs and punchy vocal hooks. With their debut record they aimed to craft an album without the outside influence of producers or labels, and instead concentrated on creating music true to themselves. The result is heady, chaotic and irresistible.
Canadian alt-rock goofball duo Josée Caron and Lucy Niles may have a lot of fun, but their music is no joke. Having met at Mount Allison University in Sackville, on the east coast of Canada, Partner have gone on to release two albums, the most recent being Saturday the 14th. Their triumphant pop-rock bangers celebrate and detail a joyful queer existence, all the while having a blast.
Fresh off the back of sold-out shows across Australia, the UK, and Europe, Olympia released her sophomore album Flamingo this summer. A glorious collection of tracks, it resonates with complex pop unspooling, vast lyrical scope and the confident animation of a world lit with familiar dreams and desires. It provides an exploration of how grief and desire are intertwined. Rather than pure catharsis, Flamingo borrows from her grief to create something joyous, fantastic and new.
With an innovative and exciting fusion of grinding bass, grime and carefully managed punk rage, genre-bending duo Nova Twins defy definition. Ostensibly a rock group, their music would not be out of place at a rave. On stage, resplendent in punk costumes they design themselves, the south London duo snarl and spit over their chainsaw beats with boundless energy, alternating between rap and something approaching singing.
Jaunty surf-pop quartet Tallies released their self-titled debut Tallies earlier this year, blending elements of shoegaze, indie-pop and woozy punk-pop to mesmeric effect. Having been compared by critics to artists in the vein of Slowdive, their record combines pounding drums, jangling guitar riffs and fluttering vocals. The result is evocative of a summer holiday on a sun-drenched California beach.
Kyan takes a gentle and soulful approach to R&B, which has seen the Cambridge born singer compared by critics to the likes of Frank Ocean and John Legend. To date, he has already collaborated with Duke Dumont, Benga and Nile Rodgers. Kyan’s sound is defined by its sincerity: his melancholic, poignant crooning is emotionally charged and evocative of a wistful melancholy that is gorgeous in its delicacy.
Having emerged from the Digbethbased B-Town indie scene, Swim Deep have gone from strength to strength, peddling a melodic psych-infused pop with influences as diverse as Balearic house and shoegaze. Their appearance at The Haunt coincides with the release of their first new album in four years, Emerald Classics, after a self-imposed hiatus. It promises to be anything but predictable, with the band’s rejigged line-up reflected in the move towards a more pop-friendly sound.
Being one of the forefathers of grime and a hugely influential player within the movement, Kano has finally achieved critical success as the genre reaches the cultural mainstream. Following on from his previous album Made in the Manor, which was nominated for the 2016 Mercury Prize, his latest offering Hoodies All Summer is a more minimal offering. While remaining distinctively British, the record embraces a wide range of influences, from dancehall to hip-hop to more experimental beats.
Shoegaze riot grrrls Chastity Belt return this summer with their eponymous fourth album. They combine moody, guitar-based shoegaze influences with an aggressive post-punk sound in a manner that reflects their political stance: brash, loud and unapologetically feminist. However, they avoid patronising didacticism with their use of humour and intricate, tender lyricism. Their new album promises much the same, using hazy, melodic guitar to help communicate a sombre nostalgia.
Tropical psych four-piece Flamingods return to Brighton to tour their new album Levitation, an exploration into jazz, indie and Eastern-infused disco sounds. With band members hailing from Bahrain and London, the eclecticism of the group’s origins is reflected in often eccentric and always engaging production. The record oozes mysticism and distorted vocals – married to a raucous and potent combination of pounding drums and soaring guitar riffs. Their dance-floor ready melodies and toe-tapping rhythms make their live shows an exuberant treat.
South London hip-hop artist Loyle Carner comes to Brighton Dome as part of the tour of his acclaimed second album, Not Waving, but Drowning. His characteristically confessional lyricism, as demonstrated on tracks like ‘Ottolenghi’, is eloquent and sensitive, while his beats draw heavily on acid jazz. His first album Yesterday’s Gone enjoyed phenomenal success and was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize. Now considered one of the UK’s exciting artists, he weaves his magic at the Brighton Dome