Friday’s Finest with It’s All Indie, Turtle Tempo, Nexus Music Blog & ICM

So do yourself a favour and kick back, relax and have a listen. This week’s features A.R.T, Jools, I See Rivers (pictured above) and Banfi. Alex Pearson 24/04/2020 Friday’s Finest is back on ICM once again. ICM: Banfi – ‘So Bright / Always Goodbye’ Banfi today announces the upcoming release of new album Colour Waits in the Dark with the release of the summertime-reckoning pop-hooks of ‘So Bright’ and the hypnotically addictive ‘Always Goodbye’. You won’t regret it. Find out more below… A.R.T Turtle Tempo: A.R.T – ‘Interior Design’ If there’s one thing that you should know about A.R.T, is that they really do put on a memorable highly energetic… Read More

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Sundara Karma release three tracks on a new SoundCloud account

In an email to fans, a statement read: “This is probably the craziest time in our lives to be writing to you and we hope that everyone is keeping well. “Stay safe, sanitised and most importantly, sane during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to see all of you on the other side of the hill.” Sundara Karma also revealed they had plans for new music this month but the global pandemic halted all work for the foreseeable future. Alex Pearson 22/05/2020 If you haven’t noticed Sundara Karma have dropped three new unheard tracks on SoundCloud then where have you been hiding?! ‘Vision Sick’ has a powerful rhythmic drive… Read More

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PREMIERE: Sarpa Salpa share fan made video for ‘Forwards Backwards’

As Modern Age Music so eloquently put ‘Forwards Backwards’ is a “nailed-on summer favourite” and it’s hard to argue when the band have a knack for creating catchy, funk-filled pop with lush 80s inspired synths. On the video expect “pumping party music” and an “inspirational build up” as fans and the band themselves perform some moves in the shower, in bedrooms and just about anywhere at home. Sarpa Salpa will be heading to Southampton for the first time alongside Neverman and Bought It For The Bottle. So they went to their passionate fans for help to create their music video instead. Alex Pearson 21/05/2020 Northampton indie rock gems Sarpa Salpa… Read More

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ICM Recommends: Seven music podcasts you need in your life

Everybody knows that Steve has a great ear for new music and what would you know, he’s at it again producing the goods. Alex Pearson 19/05/2020 Podcasts have definitely become more popular during the lockdown as our brains suffer from boredom syndrome and there are millions our there to get engrossed in. Listen to Steve on the BBC website here: Lamacq’s Roundtable As seen on Mock the Week, Taskmaster and 8 out of 10 Cats; he’s a well-known comedian on the circuit and now has a podcast called Perfect Sounds. James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds British comedian James Acaster used to be a musician himself under numerous names in the Northamptonshire… Read More

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Artist tips: How to create an EPK that stands above the rest

Secondly, you don’t have to get a professional to take them. Yes, you will certainly get better quality but if you don’t have the budget, getting friends or family to take a high-quality photo with a digital camera or phone will do the job. Whilst sitting at home, people in their millions are listening to music and searching for new platforms to discover new music so there’s no better time to create an EPK. Every blog we know will needs a landscape photo for their featured image, if you only have portrait or square ones then it’s very likely it will be cropped to fit so whatever is in the… Read More

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CloseUp Festival adds three big names and moves date to autumn

Alex Pearson 20/04/2020 London’s CloseUp Festival has announced three new artists to its line up and has pushed it back till September. The London-based live promotions company hosts its annual festival at Colours in Hoxton, London in mid-May but due to the Coronavirus, that has been moved to September 11-12th. New to the bill include Sad Boys Club, The New Coast and SPQR in addition to Sophie and the Giants (Friday Headline), Diskopunk, Only Sun, VALERAS, Corella, PATAWAWA, and more to be announced. NEW :: CloseUp Festival 2020 now takes place this SEPTEMBER (11th & 12th) at @ColoursHoxton, w/ @JagerUK. @sadboysclb, @TheNewCoast & @SPQR_songs are added alongside @SandTGofficial, @DiskopunkSwe, @Corellamnc,… Read More

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Patawawa share ‘Forget About It’ with sales going to Corona Virus Relief Fund

New offering ‘Forget About It’ follows on in this vein, as Patawawa a technicolour sonic landscape with cascading vocals and encompassing synths with has a tropical twist to it. Armed with a contemporary concoction of the sparkling synths and glittered guitar riffs Patawawa are charismatic and cathartic in equal measure. The track is slowly creeping up the iTunes charts at 75 and all downloads will be helping stop this virus. Alex Pearson 14/04/2020 Hailing from the quiet sleepy Derbyshire town of Matlock, Patawawa have released single ‘Forget About It’ in aid of The Corona Virus Relief Fund. ‘Forget About it’ is a hedonistic escape, it’s optimism and positivity has never… Read More

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The Assist release single ‘Life’ to raise money for NHS Charities Together

Ben Faulkner’s funk-ridden and intricate percussion drives the choruses. The Walsall band – Mikey and Ryan Stanton, Jorge Poole, Ben Faulkner, Luke Jones – wrote the song about their honest expressions of the 21st century frustrations we face. “Plenty of people have echoed our thoughts and we are proud of the positivity we have managed to spread.” ICM has donated £20 to NHS Charities Together, if you would like to donate, please visit their Just Giving page here. ‘Life’ has raised over £800 (at the time of writing) on their Just Giving page which will go towards helping the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking… Read More

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Lewis Capaldi in action at O2 Apollo Manchester

Performing tracks from his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ alongside his band made up of close pals Andy Black, Aiden Halliday, Aidan Beattie and Freddy Sheed Capaldi took you on an emotional journey from start to end with a mixture of slower heartbreak ballads such as ‘Forever’ and ‘Headspace’ to his more upbeat tracks like ‘Maybe’ and ‘Hollywood’. It’s really quite a special sight to behold. Despite him being a young, male artist the crowd was not just young girls, it was a real mixture of groups of friends both male and female, couples, families, even gig-goers on their who didn’t want to miss out on the… Read More

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Friday’s Finest with Turtle Tempo, It’s All Indie, Nexus Music Blog & ICM

‘Purpose’ is the third track from Venus Demilo’s new EP Northern Lights (release on April 20th). The single was produced by Cam Blackwood who most notably produced both of George Ezra’s chart-topping albums to date. Speaking about the track the band said – “There is a quiet sadness about the verses. “What they once thought were the principles or morals they were meant to follow no longer seem to apply. If a specific job contributes toward that then it makes things more simple, but if it doesn’t then a career isn’t everything.” – Tom Anderson, Venus Demilo. For any 90s kid, like myself they’ll understand that Neon Trees exploded onto… Read More

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ICM Recommends: SEVEN indie acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

A huge musical journey awaits them and you will not want to miss out on it. Alex Pearson 24/03/2020 Finding out that one of the best festivals on the plant was cancelled, a devastating blow is certainly an understatement but for SXSW Festival it was a decision probably no one wanted to make as COVID-19 grips the world. As soon as you catch their tune, you will find yourself deeply immersed and vibing along to their songs because that’s Reality Club for you. Having just released their debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’ the band featured on ICM’s Ones To Watch 2020 series after gaining a huge cult… Read More

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ICM recommends: SEVEN alternative acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

Born and bread in Dallas, Sara King is so cinematic and nostalgic her music gently ensnares you, wrapping itself around you before you even fully realize what is happening. PEACH TREE RASCALS Deep in the Bay Area of LA, five-piece Peach Tree Rascal are completely unbounded by genre as they combine alt rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B influences. From uploading covers on YouTube in 2013, her own brand of R&B and alt pop is soft and dreamy and it’s catching on like wildfire – it all started with her first single ‘Dreamz’ in 2018; reaching more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify alone. Their anthemic pop and indie infectiousness… Read More

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Manchester’s new all-dayer Fair Play Festival primed to be a hub of discovery

Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Joining him are International Teachers Of Pop who, like a skilled academic, can never be accused of lacking enthusiasm in their craft. Infectious pop tracks accompany bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wonderous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. Hosted at St Philip’s Church on… Read More

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Neffex – Myself Lyrics

I don’t need anyone, I’ll do it all by myself [Instrumental Drop] I do what I do, ’cause it is just me And nothing is new, no, I’m not lucky I work my ass off so I’ll be something [Chorus] You either pick yourself up or you let yourself down Life will always be tough, so, who the f*ck are you now? Will you make it alone or do you need someone else? Will you make it alone or do you need someone else? [Intro] Yeah [Verse 1] They say life will bring discomfort And I discovered, we all just suffer ‘Cause no one feels that bad And it comes… Read More

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$not – Gucci Lyrics

I don’t love you anymore… goodbye [Chorus] Gucci on my jeans and Gucci on my shoes Friends talkin’ shit and I don’t know who Please, tell me the truth Keep my circle small, I’ll roll with one or two Niggas switch up, this ain’t nothing f*ckin’ new Went from rags to riches, now I’m drivin’ in a coupe Bitches changed up, now they actin’ brand new If I ever die, will they ever they come through? [Intro] [Alice]: I don’t love you anymore [Dan]: Since when? [Post-Chorus] Please, I don’t wanna know these fools (nah) Get them out my face, ain’t none of them cool [Interlude] Ayy, yuh Please, I… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Gut Check Lyrics

Swish! [Napoleon Da Legend verse 1] No Pain no Gain a king I’m a say no names Changed the whole game while they did the same ol’ same Same old names and gimmicks it’s an age old saying What you put ins what you get out of this game OK? the black Smith maximum lit My Maxim is to blow backs in tilt ya over the axis You can tell from the accent I’m spitting facts and Saks Fifth getting to this bag quick / I’m nasty with it A fire hazard a fly bastard I adapted Sado-mas’ got the knack for this game time Y’all talking about practice I… Read More

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Thundamentals – Tardis Take Off Lyrics

It is going to cross central Australia and within the next twelve minutes it will pass across just south of Townsville out over the Pacific Ocean [?] The spacecraft is now over the Australian continent two hours and thirty minutes after lift-off. It just passed the [?] Australia. [Intro] “Over one-hundred foreign governments, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers, and kings have sent the most warm messages that we’ve ever received.” [Scratches: DJ Morgs] “Ye—yeah, ye—yeah Ye—yeah Ye—ye—ye—yeah Ye—ye—yeah” “[?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— [?]— [?]—” “Ye—yeah, ye—yeah Ye—yeah Ye—ye—ye—yeah” “[?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— From electrifying words—” [Outro] Ah, fifteen minutes… Read More

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Thundamentals – Hearts Lyrics (feat. Ev Jones)

[Pre-Hook: Ev Jones] I’m falling, falling, I’m falling Falling for your love again And I’m all in, all in, all in Scared as f*ck it’s all pretend [Verse 1: Jeswon] Reminisce on when we first met, you wasn’t having in Ghetto fabulous, fat booty, mad bougie Only thing that you gave me was some attitude Wrote me off as just some other rapper dude, on a different latitude Sassy rude miss, but it only made me wanna hit Like a dog with a bone, sniffing round your mothers crib Next we on some other shit, kicked it for a second More than just a physical connection Falling from the heavens,… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Guilty Lyrics (feat. DJ Swab)

My words alone reverse a heart attack Drug dealer carter chat, Magna Carta rap Wild victorious but place my name, next to where the martyrs at Peep how I play this, I’m shaking the snakes like Petyr Baelish Told by the elders I got what it takes to be the greatest It’s with a heavy heart my semi spark you ready paul? I’m epitomizing Spit a fly line turn it to a bank deposit [outro – Martin Luther King] In the process of reaching our rightful place We must be guilty of wrongful deeds I shoot, make my adversary catch bullets like Gary Clark That’s a flashback, scratch that I… Read More

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Raimon – Qui Pregunta Ja Respon Lyrics

Quants homes calen per a fer un país Quants països per a fer el món Quantes llibertats per a fer la democràcia: Llibertats Quantes cases calen per a fer un carrer Quants carrers per a fer una ciutat Quants arbres per a fer un espai verd Un espai verd Quants obrers calen per a fer una classe obrera Quants burgesos calen per a fer una burgesia Quantes lluites per a vèncer Quantes lluites Quantes “apertures” calen per a trencar la tancadura Quants pagesos calen per a fer una pagesia Quantes amnisties calen per a fer l’amnistia L’amnistia Això em preguntava el vent a mi mateix Això em preguntava jo a… Read More

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Busta Rhymes – Party Is Goin On Over Here Lyrics

With some shit that’ll be tearing your ass off Keppin’ it comin’, keepin’ it movin’, keepin’ you wylin’ We gettin’ this paper let’s keep the cheddar stacking and piling And now we happy and smiling cause now we living good Doin’ it is how we be movin’ it in the hood Wishing you could f*ck around with me and my niggas How we double and wyle And double our bitches double our figures Turnin’ you out Run from my niggas (No doubt!) Keepin’ it blazing make all my bitches all shout Then I hit with the new make you take off your see-through While you peekin’ around the corner baby… Read More

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$not – Lovely Lyrics (feat. SUS Valentino)

[Chorus: $us Valentino] Look up at the sun but when I see it, I just close my eyes Shawty wanna love me but I’m only seein’ lies Niggas wanted war, shoulda told me, choppa’s make me cry Bitches want in love with me but I’m only gettin’ high I’m so lovely, so wavy, I can never die Feelin’ like I’m James Bond, cruisin’ with the black tie Stupid bitches tryna play me like I’m the bad guy But I set it back, I close my eyes, look at the blue sky [Post-Chorus: $us Valentino] Call my cell phone, I’m busy, you can call back tonight I’m a wolf, sleep all… Read More

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Christina Taylor – That Girl Lyrics

Looked in the mirror last night Same blonde hair, brown eyes But now there’s crazy where sane use to be Something about me ain’t right I’ve known boys like you And what you put a young girl through Well I use to laugh at girls like that Swore no one could turn me into That girl You know the one On a roller coaster ride not having any fun That girl comin’ unwound One day she’s up then the next day she’s down If I was smart I would walk right out that door Cuz I don’t Don’t want to be That girl anymore I don’t wanna be that girl… Read More

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Neffex – Struggle Lyrics

[Verse 1] Oh, growing up ain’t easy Too many things to do weekly Too many thoughts to think deeply Too many thoughts to be sleeping, yeah Oh my god, I’m not eating I feel so empty, I’m receding And all of my friends are misleading All of these posts and the lives they’re leading, yeah [Pre-Chorus] Oh, no way I ain’t gon’ stand for this today I’ma keep my head down, I’m okay I don’t wanna listen to a word they say Uh, and we all know fear is a slogan, yeah And we all feel broken, yeah And we all outspoken Need someone who can just go show them… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Love Like This Lyrics

I guess that how you felt you want my life so bad you should be trynna build yourself I don’t want ya help help nah I’m good fam I’m good I’m just I’m just doing me out here like, like I should I’m in too deep I gotta eat plus got several mouths to feed One way street type friendships ain’t what its cut out to be With friends like this who needs a rival Bribing and conniving pirates for survival I could probably write a novel i don’t know how to Shut my mouth when I see foul shit I’m a just pull ya file Keep my name your… Read More

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Thundamentals – El Mundo Lyrics

The way we look at the world is the way we really are. [Chorus] The world The world It’s your world—world—world The world It’s your—yours The world It’s your world, it’s yours The world World, it’s your-your-your world [Verse 1: Tuka] Seventy percent water, thirty percent land Fifty-two percent woman, forty-eight percent man It’s a given, it’s humble, it’s ego-driven It’s a mother hustler, it’s a troubled ecosystem Ayo, it’s heavy, it’s weightless, it’s deadly and it hates us [?] suffocated by the [?] tryna make it pay us it’s own Six-and-a-half billion human inhabitants Usually ravenous, consuming everything this planet is Something I try to say before it hibernates… Read More

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Arresting Officers – Changing Of The Guard Lyrics

Look around you’ll see that we’ve been backed against a wall This is our country this is our land and we’ll not let her fall The eagle flies above our heads to keep the skinhead strong And we have the pride to say we’ll die with our boots on (chorus) We gotta find out who speaks the truth, and we gotta watch our backs to see who shoots The way of life is inherited, when the changing of the guard begins I wanna have fun before the traitors win and I wanna have a say at the media hate Well the battle ground is handed down, when the changing of… Read More

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Thundamentals – Elephant In The Room Lyrics

[Verse 1] You can bring along your wishlist Sing your song of six pence Life’s a box of chocolates Pick and spot the difference Meet me in the middle, chill with Mr. Optimistic When all we ever wanted wasn’t what we got to live with Bit of foresight, with a dollar to trick, true But you can’t kick it in the past Steady gonna fix so you can live it in the now Missing it once when you were figuring it out It’s about that time, like the 8:08 Cause there ain’t no way imma stay and play those games …[?]…same old shit while I bounce outside Cause there ain’t… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Sanctuary Lyrics

[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Drug trafficking human trafficking Bank fraud, searching all passengers Tax fraud, Ponzee schemes and wire fraud False Narratives propagated thru Viacom And other channels, YouTubes and Facebook USA is a cesspool for modern day crooks Charismatic scammers talking shit on cameras That’s the new standard, we spend better when we panic Fanatics for a fantasy of false gods I Break the fourth wall vision flawed like that Mexico wall Got you hustling and scrambling like Better call Saul I plan to leave and buy a crib in Senegal y’all Away from all madness the fraking and the gassing Shuriken sharp and with the craft of an… Read More

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$not – Seven Corps Lyrics (feat. $u$ Valentino)

[Intro: $NOT] Ayy, man, thanks for changing but I’m still on the same shit You feel me? Hahaha Sauron Ayy [Verse 1: $NOT] I wake up and brush my teeth, Nike shoes and Polo tee Ride my bike up out the streets, f*ck with me, I’ll f*ck wit’ you That’s not where you s’posed to be, smokin’ on this Backwood See me in yo’ f*ckin’ hood, smokin’ on this green Kush Nigga, what? Ayy Lemme tell you real quick, yuh, ayy Yuh, ayy, okay [Verse 2: $us Valentino] I just stained yo’ bitch and now I’m ’boutta have her for the week Me and $NOT, we killin’ niggas, yeah, you… Read More

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