NIGHT BEATS // Berlin // Urban Spree
7th February 2022
On May 7th 2021, Night Beats – the Texas-born brainchild of Danny Lee Blackwell – will release their fifth full-length, ‘Outlaw R&B’, via Fuzz Club Records. The album arrives following the 2019 ‘Myth of A Man’ LP (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and released by Heavenly Recordings) as well as last year’s ‘That’s All You Got’ 7”. Made during the height of the California wildfires (where Blackwell currently resides), rioting in the streets and a nation in lockdown, the raucous technicolour rock’n’roll of ‘Outlaw R&B’ is a call to rejoice in some sorely needed post-apocalyptic hedonism.
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Dark analogue post-punk: The new Bleib Modern album is here!
Afraid To Leave was released on 5 March 2021 in a hazy tower room, screwing its way through the rotten floor with thunder and lightning from below.
Icy Cold Records, Paris, Vinyl & CD
Black Verb Records, Berlin, MC tape
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Los Bitchos are a cumbia-inspired psychedelic rock band from the UK. During the lockdown, the four band members have been quite busy recording their debut album, produced by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. With an arsenal of new tracks and a crazy tour schedule, they can’t wait to finally play live again!
Supported by the likes of Cheryl Waters, Marc Riley, She Shreds, Vogue, NME, DIY and SXSW, Los Bitchos are set for a massive 2021 and 2022, with early adventures including an arena tour with Mac De Marco, a KEXP session with over a million views and, of course, recording their debut LP with indie legend Alex Kapranos. Next year, Los Bitchos will finally go on tour, including six stops in Germany!
“It’s impossible not to have a good time watching this band.” – DIY Magazine
This band would provide the “perfect soundtrack to a Quentin Tarantino version of Sex and The City.” – Irgendein Kommentar auf Youtube
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« Impression » is a carousel ride through time with the Bonnie & Clyde of psych-pop, where classic meets contemporary. Sugar Candy Mountain gallops seamlessly from tripped out Tropicália, Shuggie Otis inspired grooves, kaleidoscopic psych jams, classic 70’s reverie, and nods to krautrock without ever skipping a beat. Along the way Reiter’s honeyed voice hovers seductively between breaking and beauty, taking us on a sensational ride through the ups and downs of apocalyptic visions, tender sunlit musings on love, and deep gazes of self reflection. RIYL: Os Mutantes, Tame Impala, Stereolab, The Beatles
If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this.
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For Sports, it’s the intricacies of their lifelong friendship, the triumphs and shortcomings of growing up and the experiences they’ve gained along the way that inform their worldview and, in turn, their music. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, life for Cale and Christian revolved around watching MTV and going to church. « We’ve been making music and releasing it under different names since we were 13 years old » they share. They came up with the name Sports almost a decade later. In choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian showed reverence for their parents. « They are big sports fans. It’s like fulfilling a childhood dream to be in the NBA. »
Musically inspired by soothing melodies, images of youthful idylls of yesteryear and sun-drenched funk synths. Her sophisticated, mind-expanding arrangements are warm and enveloping, creating a world where David Bowie, The Beach Boys and The Clash collide.
Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debut single « You Are The Right One ». Their debut project Naked All The Time (2015) and their follow up single, People Can’t Stop Chillin (2016) delivered further critically acclaimed singles including: ‘Panama’.
In 2018, the band released their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, which received praise from Pitchfork and Pigeons & Planes.
To date, Sports have amassed over 100 million streams, an impressive feat for a band staying true to their independent roots and DIY ethos. After spending the last three years shuttling between Los Angeles and Norman, they find themselves back in their hometown with a whole new perspective and impressions. This perspective is evident in their upcoming studio album, Get A Good Look. Unlike their previous albums, « Get A Good Look » comes in two parts. « We didn’t set out to release the albums in 2 parts, but with the pandemic we had to get creative, » Cale shares. « It gives us a chance to work on the music and visuals at a more methodical pace. »
In May 2022, we can look forward to hearing the new album live on stage! Tickets are on sale now at all known ticket outlets!
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Bananagun are an Australian psychedelic rock band from Melbourne that was initially formed as a solo project by Nick Van Bakel and subsequently grew into a quintet. Besides Van Bakel (guitar, percussion vocals), the band consists of Josh Dans (bass), Jack Crook (guitar), Charlotte Tobin (djembe, percussion) and Jimi Gregg (drums). « Do Yeah » – the band’s debut single – was released as a 7-inch single in 2019.
« The True Story Of Bananagun » from 2020 is the band’s debut album. Released via the British label Full Time Hobby (Timber Timbre, Katie Von Schleicher), the LP is Bananagun’s first release as a quintet.