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(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #109: Throwing Shade

 
By on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Hard to believe but I’m just days away from my first Canadian Music Week (CMW) in just a few days, so leading up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. Today, we’re being graced by the presence of DJ / producer / artiste extraordinaire Throwing Shade (real name Nabihah Iqbal), who showcased last month on our continent at SXSW 2016. Given her hard-working musical ethic at home, I was very curious to see what music inspired her as she grew up and what continues to inspire her. Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Cosmic. Dreamy. Textured.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Drake.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
Never been before, so just looking forward to exploring a completely new city

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Just wanna try and see as much new music as possible.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Chocolate wafers.

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
PRS for Music Foundation have a strong reputation for supporting new music in the UK and a few people recommended to me that I should apply for funding with them. So I did… And I was lucky enough to receive it! Without their support, my trip to CMW wouldn’t have been possible.

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
I’m DJing in Prague straight after CMW. Then back to London where I’ve got quite a hectic schedule of DJ and live dates over the next few weeks. Need to make time for making music too though… So I’ll see how it goes.

Tell us about your time in Austin for SXSW 2016. What were the highlights and lowlights? What was your favourite moment?
SXSW was incredible! It was my first time there. Highlights would have to be my three performances, being part of the Ninja Tune party, meeting Moodyman, seeing SOPHIE play, and meeting lots of great people. Not many lowlights, except the fact that I spent way too much on Uber :-/

We’re going on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions now…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Michael Jackson – ‘Smooth Criminal’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Anything by Michael Jackson.

What song makes you laugh?
‘OAR 003-B’ by Oni Ayhun.

What song makes you cry?
Right now, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ by Prince.

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What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Dunno… maybe something off Joanna Newsom’s first album ‘The Milk-Eyed Mender’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Joanna Newsom’s second album ‘Ys’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Isis’ by Bob Dylan.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Herman Hesse (but I have more than one).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Human rights barrister.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘My Favourite Things’ by John Coltrane.

Many thanks to Nabihah for her time in answering our questions.

 

Single Review: Multiplier – Love You to Death

 
By on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Multiplier Love You To Death single coverMancunian band Multiplier, not to be confused with the electronic producer of the same name, have returned with a new single which is big, bold and loud, just like their home city. Now signed to North West indie label Playing with Sound, the heft of even an indie label is clear on this song, recorded at Liverpool’s storied Parr Street Studios. Starting with reasonably restrained guitar, it’s not long before drums which can only be described as thunderous kick in. Driving things along, slowly more components gather, till we’re met with the vocals and this is where the song gathers its dynamic. Singer Andy Gardner has a yowl that is reminiscent of Nick Cave, which only increases over the track’s duration.

When compared to their previous releases, it fits perfectly in tandem. They’re building upon the groundwork they’ve laid previously with ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Choice’, opening themselves up to develop into a crushing behemoth that could potentially rival Elbow in delivery and The Bad Seeds in haunting melody. It’s truly when the chorus kicks in that this rings true. The addition of strings creates an incredibly rousing and monumental moment that just adds to the weight behind the words “and I love you to death”.

Of course, the trouble with having such rousing choruses so early on is it kind of loses the impact toward the end of the song, which is where you really want the pick-up and resolution. It’s a double-edged sword: you’ll find the first chorus will definitely attract the listener and immediately grip them but to ensure the impact remains you shouldn’t give it all at once.

Don’t let this refrain you from listening at all. In fact, such powerful choruses are a pleasure to listen to. The bridge in the middle creates an antidote to all this, with its mellowed change and chord structure, and its wandering and escalating guitar solo that leads into the finale that drives everything home. By the time the song reaches its equilibrium, you feel as if you’ve been well and truly wooed.

Multiplier are certainly trying to take things to the next level with ‘Love You to Death’, and this is something they’ve certainly achieved. If they continue on this trend the future certainly looks bright, and there’s definitely a following out there waiting to be called home.

8/10

‘Love You to Death’, Multiplier’s new single, is out now on Playing with Sound.

 

Preview: Canadian Music Week 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 11:00 am
 

What event starts up in earnest next week and has been kicking around longer than SXSW, and yet you may never have heard of its name? Canadian Music Week, 34 years young in 2016, kicks things off this coming Monday, the 2nd of May, through to the wee hours of Saturday, the 8th of May. And possibly longer, depending on how long the revelers last, eh? (Sorry, I had to get a good-hearted Canadian joke in there somewhere.) Naturally, it takes place in Canada’s most populous city, the crown jewel of the province of Ontario, and arguably its multicultural and cosmopolitan heart, Toronto. It’s a city I can’t wait to explore and come see for myself.

Like SXSW, Canadian Music Week 2016 will boast plenty of evening music showcases featuring homegrown Canadian talent alongside international acts equally eager to make their mark on the Great White North and the world. Also like its Texan younger brother, it also has a conference portion that will appeal to film, digital media and music fanatics and professionals in those businesses alike. Unlike SXSW, Canadian Music Week also runs in tandem with Canadian Comedy Fest, so I’m expecting to run into some funny folks while doing normal Canadian errands, like getting takeaway poutine. (In case you are not familiar with the Quebecois food phenomenon that has become the national dish of Canada, read more about its history here.)

There are plenty of amazing acts scheduled to perform in Toronto next week for music fans to sink their teeth into. Of the Canadian talent on show, sister pop act Tegan and Sara, Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs, pop star Lights and alt-country stars the Strumbellas are sure to show who’s boss in their home country. Alongside the Canadians near the top of the bill are Americans Eagles of Death Metal, X Ambassadors, Wild Nothing and ‘90s alt-rock heroes Collective Soul. The British are well represented too, with festival favourites Fat White Family, electro r&b artist NAO, rapper and grime artist Skepta and electronic producer Mura Masa. I would be humanly impossible to list all the artists playing at CMW 2016, so I invite to check out the artist list here.

Base-level wristbands for the evening music showcases are available at the price of CAD 75.00. These wristbands will give the purchaser access to all music showcases for the 7-day event, subject to venue capacity. Note: Most showcases and the venues participating are 19+ unless specifically marked as all ages. For CAD 150.00, you can upgrade to a VIP wristband, allowing the purchaser to choose guaranteed access to three shows of their choosing. Wristbands for Canadian Music Week can be purchased here. Tickets can also be purchased singly for the specific show / artist you want to see, if you’re less OCD than we are about music festivals (you know, hitting as many bands and acts we can before falling over into our dinner, exhausted). To purchase single event tickets, go here.

You can keep up with TGTF’s continuing coverage of Canadian Music Week 2016 through this link. See you in Toronto!

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Video of the Moment #2070: Stormzy

 
By on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Last month, Stormzy was busy introducing himself to the American public, playing to a massive crowd at the BBC Music night Thursday at SXSW 2016. This week, Mister Grime has got for us another sneak peek from the deep recesses of his active mind, in the form of ‘Scary’. Produced by the legendary Sir Spyro, grime connoisseurs rejoice.

Stormzy will be appearing at the Great Escape 2016 next month, one of many appearances this summer festival season, I’m sure. His debut album – whose name we still don’t know – is expected out this summer.

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(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #108: Elle Exxe

 
By on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2016 takes place next week. So this week, in the lead-up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. Fans of Edinburgh singer/songwriter Elle Exxe (pronounced as the letters L X) are called ‘EXXTERMINATORS’ (sure beats ‘Nesbians’, eh?), so that should indicate to you the level of devotion that already exists for the young ‘dirty pop’ artist.

Hey Beyonce, you better watch your back! She’s got wayyy better hair than you and you know, in case the day gig doesn’t work out, she can start her own salon in London on the back of her mastery of all things that make a woman’s hair did. What do *you* have going for you, eh? If you’re heading out to CMW 2016 next week you have four chances to catch her live: Wednesday the 4th of May at the Cave (upstairs from Lee’s Palace) at 11 PM; Thursday the 5th at the Nest at midnight; Friday the 6th at the 300 Club at 2 AM; and finally Saturday the 7th at Drake Underground at 11 PM. For now, Elle has kindly answered our questions and you can read her answers below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Loud. Feisty. Hormonal.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Can I? Duh..

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
I’ve never been before. Honestly I’m mostly looking forward to seeing and hearing loads of amazing bands and artists with my friends and eating good food! We’re playing every single night so I’m not sure if we’ll have much time for exploring. I’d love to take the day trip to Niagara Falls though, that’s on my bucket list. I’d also love to do the Edge Walk on CN Tower.

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Yes – NAO is a must see!!! I’m looking forward to seeing Willa on Saturday night at Drake (Underground) before our set. I’d love to see Tegan and Sara too.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Probably wig glue..there’s not gonna be time for my usual glamour routine and I gotta keep my hair on while I’m moshing, hahaha.

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
My manager told me about it. The funding means I can take my band with me and showcase my music in the best possible way. I think the trip would have been almost impossible without the PRS Foundation giving their financial support. It means a lot to me as an artist as well because it shows that they believe in me and my music. It gives me faith and hope and strengthens my belief that this is what I’m meant to be doing. I’m so grateful for it!

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
Yes I’ll be playing TGE, Liverpool Sound City and Xpo North amongst others. I’ll be writing and recording at the same time and working on some visual creative projects too. It’s going to be a mad few months; my album ‘Love Fuelled Hate’ is out in September.

We now go back to our regularly scheduled programming of our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘We Will Rock You’ – Queen.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’– The Offspring.

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What song makes you laugh?
‘Business Time’ – Flight Of The Conchords.

What song makes you cry?
‘Good Goodbye’ – Lianne La Havas.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Safe Home’ – Anthrax.

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What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Caught Out There’ – Kelis.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Aaah, there are too many to choose from! The most recent song I wish I’d written is ‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Screenwriter John Waters.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be running a unique hair salon specialising in creative-do’s and synthetic hair.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Cartel – ‘Chroma’. It’s an album I loved when I was a teenager and although it’s not my favourite album now, it’s always something I can listen to without getting irritated at or bored of. If you only have one album to listen to you wanna make sure it’s something you never get sick of. But…it wouldn’t be heaven if I could only bring one album!

Thanks, Elle, for answering our questions! And many thanks, too, to Umong for his kind assistance.

 

Album Review: We Are Scientists – Helter Seltzer

 
By on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

We Are Scientists Helter Seltzer album coverA band’s fifth album is always a curiosity. At this point in their career, you’d assume they’d have evolved beyond the sound of their earlier works, perhaps not completely because you can’t simply forget what made people fall in love with you. But at the same time, you can’t attract a new audience or keep everyone else’s attention without shaking things up a little. We Are Scientists have followed this fact and over the course of five albums they have gone from scrappy, indie upstarts to mildly maturer experimenters of sound.

The audible evolution became most prominent on third release ‘Barbara’, where the use of electronic instruments, particularly synthesisers, became more common place. The overall sound also changed into a more rich and indulgent experience, with the compositions seemingly structured around creating a sound reminiscent of the ‘80s more and more. With the latest offering, ‘Helter Seltzer’, we find the band at a point of plateauing in the sense of having reached a peak in the evolution. The songs sound as loud as ever, with rousing choruses and cut from the heart lyrics, but there’s a depth that can only be heard after multiple listens.

For example, track two on the album, ‘In My Head’, has only a soft repetitive guitar line while the rest of the track is built around a flurry of synthesisers and rumbling bass. As you break away the layers you can hear the depth to which We Are Scientists are reaching. The in your face guitar attacks are subdued, instead replaced with orchestrations of thick synthesisers and reverb-soaked drums. The same is found on the follow-up track ‘Too Late’, which is yearning in its lyricism and harmonised vocals.

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The first insight to this new material was in the form of ‘Buckle’, which is perhaps one of the most true to form We Are Scientists track on the album. Beginning with thumping drums and a compliment of bass and guitar, once again there’s a soft littering of synthesisers but it mostly revolves around the basic instruments and their effect experimentation. It’s a powerful track that kicks things off but doesn’t necessarily signal what the rest of the album holds. ‘Classic Love’ is another track that doesn’t stray too far from the evolutionary boundaries being set, with acoustic guitar being a prominent fixture layered below the rest of the instrumentation. The song is riotous at times, with a rollicking chorus that pics up the acoustic underlay and covers it in screeching and searing guitar sounds. A similar fashion is found on ‘Want for Nothing’, another longing track that shows just where the mindset of singer/guitarist Keith Murray is at.

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Throughout the album, you can hear exactly how much We Are Scientists have matured over the years, the spritely youthfulness has been replaced by awareness of the world around them. Of course, they haven’t lost all aspects of their personalities: just watch them live, they’re hilarious, yet professional. But on the recordings there’s a depth that just keeps on growing, bringing us a new angle to the band that have survived a lot longer than any of their peers.

Experimentation is definitely doing positive for We Are Scientists: they have indulged in a profound use of effects, both on the instruments and vocals, particularly on album closer ‘Forgiveness’. This experimentation will undoubtedly lead We Are Scientists into the future, ensuring to not be left behind by the ever-changing and self-destructing industry. What comes next is anyone’s guess but whatever they do, it’ll be for themselves. We Are Scientists have reached their zen point, and it suits them just fine.

8/10

‘Helter Seltzer’ is out now via 100% Records. You can also catch We Are Scientists on tour next week, including headline slots at this bank holiday weekend’s Handmade Festival and Live at Leeds.

 
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