International News August 2019
In this issue: Noah Slee, Aldous Harding, LEISURE, Benee, Church & AP, Miss June, Mermaidens, Tha Movement, Earth Tongue and more!
Noah Slee - 'Soulflower'
5 July saw Noah Slee release his first new single in two years ‘Soulflower’ via HAVELU Records. The song has since received radio play on KCRW in the USA, BBC Radio 1Xtra in the UK and Triple J in Australia - just to name a few.
In the online sphere, Noah performed an acoustic version of the song for Clash Music. The song was featured on RNGLDR who called the track “one of the more exciting singles of the Summer… [proving] that neo-soul is still running 2019’s greater direction with brash individuality and never-ending experimentation.” NY’s Elicit Magazine also had kind words, saying that “his smooth, soulful vocals are the centrepiece of this latest offering, complemented with lush harmonies and beautiful falsetto". Germany’s Kaltblut Magazine even called it their #MondayMood!
It was also added to Spotify’s Butters playlist as well as playlists by COLORS, Australian producer Flume, and US selecters Soulection.
People have heard Aldous Harding’s music, now it seems they want to know more about the artist herself, such as Zachary Fine of The Paris Review who published a thoughtful feature about her in July. To satisfy the intrigue, The Sydney Morning Herald and Irish Times both published interviews with Aldous.
Aldous is currently finishing up her summer festival run across the Northern Hemisphere and recently performed at the British Summertime Series at Hyde Park in London (the photo above is by Ben Bentley for NME’s photo diary).
In other news, her album Designer made Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far and the song ‘No Peace At All’ from her debut album recently featured in an episode from the final season of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix.
LEISURE - Twister
LEISURE released their sophomore album Twister on 26 July, and Australia is loving it to say the least. The band were interviewed by both Pilerats and Scenestr and they've also been getting airplay across Triple J. In The USA both Ones To Watch and The Hype Magazine published features about the release.
Benee goes live for VEVO
While in New York in June for her first US shows, fast rising star Benee also stopped by the VEVO studios to do a couple of beautiful stripped back performances of her tracks ‘Glitter’ and ‘Want Me Back’.
Church & AP talk to BBC Radio 1Xtra
Miss June - 'Enemies'
On 16 July Miss June released their new single ‘Enemies’ and it immediately generated a whole lot of attention, being featured on The Line Of Best Fit, Complete Music Update, Louder Than War, Hysteria Mag, Vulture Hound as well as making Best New Songs playlists on Alternative Press and Brooklyn Vegan. The 405 and BTRtoday also interviewed the band.
The single's appearance coincided with the announcement of their debut album Bad Luck Party, which will be released on 6 September via Frenchkiss Records. We can’t wait to hear it! (Photo credit: Elena Childers)
Mermaidens - 'I Might Disappear'
The UK’s Line of Best Fit and Australia’s Pilerats were all over Mermaidens new single 'I Might Disappear', which came out 1 July on Flying Nun Records. It was also added to the MTV Australia Upload Weekly playlist.
Fans in both territories can catch them before the end of the year as they’ll be showcasing at BIGSOUND next month, before returning to Europe and the UK for a 16-date tour.
‘I Might Disappear’ is the second single from their upcoming third album, Look Me In The Eye which will be released worldwide on 6 September and is available now for pre-order.
'Masta' makes new Hollywood soundtrack
2018 hit 'Masta' by Samoan-NZ artists Tha Movement, POETIK, MC Arme, SMV, King Kapisi, Mareko and Tha Feelstyle - produced by Anonymouz - has been selected for the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw soundtrack. Huge news! The film stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba.
Earth Tongue @ Astral Festival, UK
Bits & Pieces
- NAVVY's single '100 Thousand' was listed on Billboard's Barbecue Bops: 20 Hot Pop Songs For Your Fourth of July Playlist
- Theia teamed up with US artist Sean Turk on the track ‘1Night’, which quickly landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists in Sweden and Finland, as well as Apple Music Best of the Week in Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.
- Purple Pilgrims new record Perfumed Earth is out 9 August, and they are now working with manager Brandon Stosuy (who also looks after Zola Jesus and Circuit des Yeux, among others).
- Borrowed CS announced that he has signed to Australian booking agency, Crown Ruler.
- Soccerpractise’s video for their new single ‘Posture’ featured on Clash Music.
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