Having spent the past six months holed up in the claustrophobic confines of their gloriously ramshackle Bethnal Green recording studio, London four piece Flyte – Will Taylor (vocals, lead guitar), Nick Hill (bass, vocals), Sam Berridge (keyboards, guitars, vocals) and Jon Supran (drums, vocals) – emerge from the process energised and ready to unleash a raft of new material on the world, kicking off with debut single ‘Closer Together’ released on 31st July through Island Records. Combining a wealth of influences ranging from the wry storytelling of The Kinks, the off-kilter new wave sensibilities of Talking Heads, and the lyrically incisive optimism of the best mid-90s British bands, Flyte’s songs are always driven by a sharp ear for melody and laden with hooks. Flyte’s recent live performances – including a stunning slot at Scala with Hinds – have seen the band growing in stature as performers from their early shows on the road with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club. Fans will be able to catch them on the road this summer at various festivals such as Secret Garden Party, Kendall Calling, SWN and Victorious. With new releases on the horizon and more live dates on the way, Flyte are definitely ones to keep an eye on.
It’s time for our monthly round up of all things getting us excited! Here are our top picks from November – December:
Flyte – Never Get To Heaven
London-trio Flyte are back with their fourth release this year; ‘Never Get to Heaven’. The beautifully wintry track has the band stripped back to just vocals and guitar, forming the perfect single for December. The song was written by vocalist Will when he was 14 as a rework of a scout’s chant, with Will releasing it had now become the ‘perfect eulogy to the end of my adult relationship’.
DECO – Christmas is Calling
It wouldn’t be a December round-up without a Christmas song and DECO have more than delivered with this modern classic. Following up from their debut EP ‘Real Life’ released earlier this year, the pop-trio have graced with an upbeat Christmas anthem, accompanied with nostalgic home-video style video.
Kings & Bears – When The Day
Firm favourites of Beyond the Woods, Kings & Bears have released an up-beat ‘rock and roll party song’ alongside an equally upbeat ‘rock and roll party video’, and we love it. The track has been featured on Hannah Fletcher’s BBC Introducing Show as ‘Track of the Week’ and it is totally deserving of that title!
Patawawa – Disco Video
Patawawa are also back with a new release this month, bringing us infectious and fun disco track ‘Disco Video’. Focusing on female empowerment, the single is part of their new album release ‘Power Up’ which is due out on the 5th March 2012. You can pre-order the album and grab some funky merch here.
Thomas Day – Wine
Hailing from our very own Licolnshire, Thomas Day has been making waves in modern hip-hop and neo-soul. His latest release ‘Wine’, featuring London-based rapper Tee Peters, explores the emotions behing feeling not good enough, but sends the uplifting message that you are not alone. Check-out the single below!
Hell’s Ditch – The Likes Of Us
Lincolnshire rockers ‘Hell’s Ditch’ have certainly been making their mark on the industry, previously being played on Radio 1 by Daniel P Carter and achieving Radio Lincolnshire plays for their latest single ‘The Likes of Us’. Their latest single is their third to date and it definitely packs a punch, articulating a heavy political message in true punk-rock fashion.
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This month, we’re taking a look at all new alternative releases alongside some of Lincolnshire’s finest. Here are our favourites of October -November:
Flyte – I’ve Got a Girl
Late last month, London-trio Flyte premiered their new track ‘I Got A Girl’ on BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and it is a beauty. A different take on a break-up song, ‘I Got A Girl’ explores the break down of a creative relationship. During the pandemic, the band have been visiting people’s doorsteps to perform the track, which you can check out on their socials: https://twitter.com/Flyteband/status/1323672942463647746.
Toby Johnson – Why?
‘Why?’ is Toby Johnson’s latest release for his new EP ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Featuring singles ‘Tiny Fires’, ‘Bulletproof’, ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’, ‘Why?’ and ‘False Temptations’, his EP offers a masterful folky take on the indie genre, perfect listening for winter indoors. Speaking on the EP, Johnson wrote: ‘It’s often difficult to say things out loud. We hold back on things we should say and we often say the things we shouldn’t. ‘Things I Should Have Said’ is a mixture of emotions and feelings I’ve held back on over the years. Friendships I’ve lost and opportunities I’ve missed.’ Check out the music video for ‘Why?’ below!
KAWALA – Pure Desire
London-based indie-acoustic band KAWALA released their first 7″ single ‘Pure Desire’ alongside B-side ‘Loosen Up’ in October, gaining plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The song encompasses everything we love about KAWALA, fulfilling all our up-beat and optimistic folky-pop needs.
Current Climate – Trek to the Discotheque
Lincolnshire’s own Current Climate have released new track ‘Trek to the Discotheque’, championed by BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. With clear Britpop influences and a nod to Pulp’s Jarvis Crocker, the track is wonderful mix of old-school disco and modern-day indie. Check it out on Spotify!
The Magic Gang – Somebody Like You
Masters of indie-pop, The Magic Gang have brought us feel-good indie-banger ‘Somebody Like You’. The track follows-up from their recently released second album ‘Death of the Party’, and is their first self-produced song.
Anna Straker – Boys Will Be Boys
Lincolnshire-born Anna Straker released fierce and powerful feminist anthem ‘Boys Will Boys’ at the end of October, and we love it. Following the release of ‘Good Days, Bad Days’ with Gabrielle Aplin and ‘London Knows’ earlier this year, Straker has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Blossoms – Christmas Eve (Soul Purpose)
You may say it’s too early for Christmas, but we disagree. Getting us into the Christmas spirit, indie legends Blossoms have released a beautifully nostalgic bundle of warmth. Get me a hot chocolate and turn this one up.
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