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Music | Interview: Lion Babe

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Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, as Lion Babe, arrived on the New York/Brooklyn scene in 2012 with the smooth, hypnotic neo soul of ‘Treat Me Like Fire’. Just as word got around and as interest grew both in the US and abroad they went virtually disappeared, the dancer/vocalist and the beat-maker dropping out of the hype limelight.

Their growing fanbase had to wait for for almost two years but Lion Babe have returned with a self-titled EP, a guesting spot from Childish Gambino and a hunger to pick up where they left off. FIASCO met up with them during their time in London to find out where the hell they’ve been for 24 months.

Music | Interview: Tove Styrke

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Tove Styrke – who turns 22 this week – came third on Swedish Idol in 2009. Before you sigh and back away, remember that Sweden is pop music heaven. If ever there was going to be a damn decent Idol alumni it was definitely come out of that version.

Music | Dacha Greco ‘Only Love’

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The beautiful Dacha Greco returns with ‘Only Love’. The singer-songwriter, who wrote and recorded much of her work in her garden shed, is often put alongside Marina and the Diamonds or Imogen Heap for her sweet alt-pop and is swiftly becoming a performer to keep a close eye on. ‘Only Love’ was shot all on film, which is almost of these HD days. Watch her new video below the cut.

Music | Interview: Slaves

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Recently Slaves, the Kent two-piece comprising of Isaac (drums, vocals) and Laurie (guitar), stood in their smart clothes, which, remarkably for them, stayed on their bodies, beneath the harsh studio lights of Later… With Jools Holland and sonically beat the living shit out the audience who’d just politely applauded Sam Smith’s nasally whine. They were followed by U2’s stacked boots and forgettable drear; it was like having fantastic sex you needed to tell the world about then dropping dead on the way to the loo.

Music | Rhodes ‘Breathe’

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David Rhodes hails from Hertfordshire and his Soundcloud stream has become a playlist fixture. He’s already supported Sam Smith, London Grammar and Nick Mulvey and his EP, Morning, is solemn and beautiful. A new EP, Home, is on the way, preceded by the release of the video for ‘Breathe’. He may not enjoy the notion that we think this is perfect hangover music but so far Rhodes has gotten us through several.

Music | MDNGHT: A Day In The Life Of…

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Four piece Manchester group MDNGHT (J, vocals; Will and Ant, guitars; Lloyd, DJ and percussion) recently released the video for new single ‘Breeze’, and we’ve fallen happy victims to its falsetto sweetness and electronic troubadour spirit. We asked the band to grab their phones and, in the name of hard hitting reportage, document their day while on the road. Who knew grown men could get so thrilled about defeating an arcade claw machine!

Music | Interview: Maxine Ashley

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Born in the Bronx and discovered by Pharrell (who signed her to his i am OTHER imprint) from her covers on Youtube, Maxine Ashley recently brought out an EP of hypnotising beats, mixing jazz, R’nB and dance with her smooth, honey vocals. She’s worked with Billion, Kendrick and Two Inch Punch as well as Pharrell and on a fleeting UK visit she stops to talk about her style, her sound and cat dreams.

Music | Interview: Shift K3Y

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Shift K3Y is 21 year old North Londoner Lewis Shay Jankel. He’s a bit of a Renaissance man when it comes to music – a DJ, songwriter, producer and remixer – and it’s very likely that even if you’re not too familiar with his moniker then there’s little doubt you could escape his monster hit from earlier this year, the infectious garage-by-the-way of pop ‘Touch’.

Music | Raury ‘Indigo Child’

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Gosh darnit. In all the busyness (busy-ness? anyway///) of life we forgot to post our music crush’s EP. Pat on the back. Indigo Child arrived. And if you haven’t heard it already then dip below the cut to get some ear satisfaction. Watch for our upcoming interview with Raury.

Music | Video: La Roux ‘Kiss And Not Tell’

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Ever looked up vintage phones (that’s the 80s and not a 2000 model Nokia) on eBay and got kind of shivery? Just us then? La Roux’s new single (out Oct 6) is practically mouth wateringly retro. There’s neon writing. Hamburger phones. Disappearing into chunky TV sets. Hot damn. Where’s Kurt Russell and Andrew McCarthy when you need them? Get your fix below the cut.

Music | New: SOHN ‘The Chase’

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A new track from the English singer/songwriter was posted online last week and it’s as beautiful and haunting as you come to expect from this very talented man. A little reminiscent in parts of Tangerine Dream which is never ever a bad thing. Listen below the cut!

Music | Video: Grimes ‘Go’ (ft. Blood Diamonds)

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Love this song. And now its video has arrived filled with what feels like to us sly nods to films (Blade, Stargate, Alien) and a whole lot of cyberpunk. It is, though, and according to Grimes “it’s our take on Dante’s inferno. The circles of hell reflect more contemporary issues though.  We shot a bunch at the Salton Sea which is basically an apocalyptic wasteland filled with dead fish because of human carelessness, the bullet hole hallway a la Korn ‘Freak On A Leash’ etc etc. If you look closely you can find clues but in the usual fashion it is also abstract enough to just be a trippy visual accompaniment to the song.”

Have a look for yourself.