Fresh from releasing their latest track ‘Echoes’ which hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart, Bristol’s innovative crossover production duo Icarus have teamed up with London trio Real Lies for their new single ‘Man of the Land’.
Both ‘Man of the Land’ and ‘Echoes’ feature on Icarus’s new EP ‘This Must Be The Place’ which follows on November 30th. The EP represents Icarus’s latest longer form conceptual project after releasing the ‘In The Dark’ EP earlier this year.
‘Man of the Land’ represents the darker, cinematic extreme of Icarus’s sonic spectrum. The hypnotic beat captures the feeling of pounding the city streets late at night before the drop accentuates its dramatic feel. It’s a track which finds Icarus strengthening the evocative atmospheric qualities of past tracks such as ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Hiding’.
Real Lies’ lyrics delve into the experiences of a transient character whose solitary life on the capital’s empty streets is set against the contrast of its hectic late night bars. It captures a feeling of urban anxiety that could only be nocturnal London. As the song’s narrator notes, “I come from Cally Road, not California.”
Taken from Tom Demac and Real Lies debut EP on Kompakt (out Sept 14). Buy here.
North London trio Real Lies today reveal the video to ‘Blackmarket Blues’, the opening track on the band’s forthcoming debut album Real Life (released 16th October on Marathon Artists). Made by acclaimed director Bison, the video features Real Lies lyricist Kev Kharas reciting the cathartic call to arms of the song from a London phone box.
Over the past two years, Real Lies have developed into one of our most talked-about new bands. Navigating intuitively through their early single releases – a sublimely evocative video here, a word-of-mouth warehouse party there, a midweek London club night (‘Eternal’) that became the stuff of legend and, of course, a collection of defining, youthful pop songs that could simultaneously conjure up feelings of both euphoria and melancholy, Real Lies embody exactly what it is to be young, locked in and yet somewhat adrift in Britain today.
Real Lies can today also confirm that they will be supporting Foals on their November UK tour. The nine dates with Foals will follow a five date UK October headline tour that will feature Real Lies’ biggest headline show yet at London’s Electrowerkz on 20th October.
Real Lies live 2015
19th October Brighton, Green Door Store
20th October London, Electrowerkz
22nd October Birmingham, Hare & Hounds 2
23rd October Leeds, Beacons Metro Event
25th October Manchester, Soup Kitchen
5th November Nottingham, Rock City (with Foals)
6th November Liverpool, Olympia (with Foals)
7th November Norwich, UEA (with Foals)
8th November Cardiff, Uni Great Hall (with Foals)
10th November Aberdeen, Music Hall (with Foals)
11th November Newcastle, O2 Academy (with Foals)
13th November Southampton, Guildhall (with Foals)
15th November Bristol, Anson Rooms (with Foals)
16th November Cambridge, Corn Exchange