Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leon Of Athens reveals new song 'Xenos'

Highly acclaimed Greek indie-pop experimentalist Leon Of Athens has unveiled his brand new song ‘Xenos’. Leading with dark creeping electronics and stark guitars, the song is the first taste of new music since the release of the Leon Of Athens’ debut UK album, Global in 2014.

The original Greek meaning of ‘Xenos’ translates to stranger, and according to context is also interpreted as alien, guest, foreigner or enemy. Currently living in London, the Athens native delivers a powerful song with an important message for these turbulent times.

Speaking of the track Leon says, “’Xenos’ was initially inspired by the genocide of indigenous peoples. The song refers to any oppressed group of people who are forced to leave their land. On a personal note, it also refers to the feeling of being a stranger to your own self.”

Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years.  His music has become a huge draw in his home country where he has played to audiences of thousands, and has become highly championed overseas gaining praise from the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more.

‘Xenos’ is the first taste of Leon Of Athens new album, which is being produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and will be released later this year. An intriguing, exciting and vibrant work, it is set to see him become an even more captivating force with his beautiful music, gorgeous voice and intelligent songwriting.

“Brainy pop inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci, inflected with electronic, folk and other flavours” – The Guardian

“Leon of Athens has mastered the art of electronica-tickled, horn-smattered, melodic pop.”– NME

Alt-pop artist MALKA reveals new single 'Breakout'


Scottish experimental alt-pop songstress MALKA has unveiled her new single ‘Breakout’, due for release on January 20th through Tantrum Records. ‘Breakout’ is the first single to be taken from MALKA’s forthcoming second album.

The single premiered with The Line Of Best Fit who said, “’Breakout’, the new single from Scottish musician MALKA, combines the effervescent eclecticism of tUnE-yArDs with her own radio-friendly pop sensibilities.”

A triumphant worldly anthem, ‘Breakout’ finds MALKA enlisting hypnotic handclaps and warped guitars to lead by example with her social commentary. It’s a message that resonates and delivers a glimmer of hope among these unsettled times.

Of the single MALKA reveals, The new album has a lot of political references - it is impossible to sit back and see what is happening with the plight of refugees, the dismantling of the NHS and the political changes in the UK and US and not feel affected. This single is about hope, striving for a better life and believing/dreaming that things might change.”
‘Breakout’ and the upcoming new album follows the release of her acclaimed 2015 debutMarching To Another Beat. Since then she’s become a BBC 6Music favourite and has clocked up big support from Lauren Laverne, who recently featured MALKA’s previous single ‘Wonder Why’ in her ‘Best Of 2016’ playlist, alongside Steve Lamacq, Nemone and Chris Hawkins at the station, while Huw Stephens is a big fan of MALKA at Radio 1.
A powerful natural-born leader, and living mantra of goodwill, MALKA is pouring her musical energy into the ever-changing physical and mental landscape around us. As she approaches the release of her latest record, the Glasgow singer is set to lift spirits with her thoughtful new music.

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