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Alice Jemima – So

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‘So’ is the latest single to be released by Alice Jemima, a new addition to Radio 1 DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob da Bank’s label ‘Sunday Best’. ‘So’ is taken from her debut ‘Liquorice’ EP released on June 17th 2016 via Sunday Best.

Jemima describes ‘So’ as being, “A song about the good things, and the bad things in a relationship – the scales of love and desire tipping back and forth. I wrote this track a little differently to the way I normally write, where I play something on my guitar and then write lyrics over the top. For ‘So’ I created a beat track first, and then sung over that. I was listening to a lot of remixes and dance music at the time, so I was in the mood to create a more beat-driven track.

The ‘Liquorice’ EP was produced by Jemima & Simon Byrt and features Jemima’s sultry sweet vocals, set against a deep rolling bass-lines overlaid with synths and drums. Jemima has subsequently worked with producer Roy Kerr (London Grammar, Bloc Party, Foxes) on her forthcoming album later this year.

Inspired by the likes of The XX and Shura (they share the same drummer live) Jemima describes her debut Liquorice EP as being about ‘Relationships, terrible nights out and her early experiences of the record industry.’

Notably, several years before she signed Sunday Best, Jemima’s songs had initially caught the attention of Rob da Bank. In fact a very specific song of Jemima’s had come to his attention, as Jemima explains: “He was doing a competition called ‘A Song In Seven Hours’ where you responded to random song titles such as – Psychedelic Bacon. I wrote a song about that, he liked it, and I won tickets to Bestival.” From that slightly random entry point the pair maintained contact, with Jemima being invited in to do a session at Maida Vale. Jemima’s breakthrough arrived in 2014 when her sultry, enchanting cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity suddenly blazed its way to nearly 3 million plays prompting multiple label offers and a subsequent label deal with Sunday Best.

Alice Jemima – Liquorice

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Alice Jemima, a new addition to Radio 1 DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob da Bank’s label ‘Sunday Best’, has just revealed her new single Liquorice, taken from her debut EP of the same name released on June 17th 2016 via Sunday Best.

The ‘Liquorice’ EP was produced by Jemima & Simon Byrt and the EP title track features Jemima’s sultry sweet vocals, set against a deep rolling bass-line overlaid with synths and drums. Jemima has subsequently worked with producer Roy Kerr (London Grammar, Bloc Party, Foxes) on her forthcoming album later this year.

Inspired by the likes of The XX and Shura (they share the same drummer live) Jemima describes her debut Liquorice EP as being about ‘Relationships, terrible nights out and her early experiences of the record industry,’’ and the EP title track as being, ‘A song about trying to please other people, and then drifting off into this imaginary world to try and please yourself. I wrote this at a time when I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I think women especially feel like they should look a certain way or try to be something else, and I was definitely feeling it that day.’

Notably, several years before she signed Sunday Best, Jemima’s songs had initially caught the attention of Rob da Bank. In fact a very specific song of Jemima’s had come to his attention, as Jemima explains: “He was doing a competition called ‘A Song In Seven Hours’ where you responded to random song titles such as – Psychedelic Bacon. I wrote a song about that, he liked it, and I won tickets to Bestival.” From that slightly random entry point the pair maintained contact, with Jemima being invited in to do a session at Maida Vale. Jemima’s breakthrough arrived in 2014 when her sultry, enchanting cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity suddenly blazed its way to nearly 3 million plays prompting multiple label offers and a subsequent label deal with Sunday Best.

You can catch Alice Jemima’s enchanting live set at The Great Escape (Saturday 20th May), Bestival and Camp Bestival with more live dates to be announced shortly.

Solar Bears – Advancement LP

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Following on from the critical praise of their second album ‘Supermigration’ on Planet Mu; Solar Bears have joined the British independent label Sunday Best, home to one of their heroes David Lynch. Hailing from the east coast of Ireland, the band features two members, John Kowalski and Rian Trench.

Solar Bears highly anticipated third LP ‘Advancement’, is the result of Kowalski’s continued crate digging and Trench’s extensive production work.Their first releases featured everything from krautrock to library music to psychedelic electronica.The band’s love of cinema and experimental film has been cemented by a long term collaborative relationship with the American director Michael Robinson, who has created two videos and the artwork to accompany ‘Advancement’. Robinson’s work explores realms of light, abstraction, texture and colour-interfacing with imagery in site-specific settings to live music.

‘Advancement’ is an epic statement where the individual sounds and phrases may appear familiar to the listener, but when experienced fully ‘Advancement’ provides a powerful soundtrack to the primitive beauty of existence. The cryptic themes and unidentified episodes are wrapped in compelling sensation and emotion, chaos touched by balance, the known inter-twined with the ethereal, cascading rhythms and expansive plateaus of sound.‘Advancement’ is a feeling of being close to something precious but being unable to grasp it. The act of the albums creation and it’s waves of unfurling sound can be understood as the onset of a large impact event, potent but allusive in meaning.

Made over the course of a year, in many different locations and on specific set ups in particular spaces, the pieces were brought back together for the band to merge into a whole. Samples of indigenous instruments are heavily processed, mirroring the widespread decay of the natural world, its movement inspired by the natural cycle of destruction and restoration. Solar Bears experimental sound design makes use of volcanic samples, elements of wildlife and native instrumentation.The result is a powerful, other worldly album, balancing opposing forces and feelings, guiding the listener towards a peak of waking reverie and pure emotional release.

Out on March 18th on Sunday Best.

Video: New Build – Pour It On

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London trio New Build, aka Hot Chip’s Al Doyle and Felix Martin with engineer Tom Hopkins, have shared the video for their latest single “Pour It On”, the title track from their recently released second album on Sunday Best Recordings. Directed by Richard Heslop. Performance Piece Devised and performed by Rachel Gomme.

As a bonus, download for free the Table Man’s remix of the track below, via DFA Records.

Video: New Build – Look In Vain

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London-based trio New Build, aka Hot Chip’s Al Doyle and Felix Martin along with studio engineer Tom Hopkins, have shared the video for their new single “Look In Vain”. Taken from ‘Pour It On’, their new album out on October 20th 2014 on Sunday Best Recordings. Directed by Jason Bradbury.