1. Liss – The latest/greatest from Denmark
There’s something great going on in Denmark’s second city Aarhus at present. On the one hand, you’ve got local newcomers Yung, a ferocious grunge band who can also turn their collective hand to Joy Division-style post punk with impressive ease. Then there’s the cut up ideologies of Marie Højlund who, performing under the name Marybell Katastrophy, has been making hypnotic, loop-led electro for the past few years to cult acclaim.
Liss, pictured at the top of the page, are our Buzz Band Of The Week though – and also the city’s latest export. There’s been a fair bit of hype about the fourpiece for a while now, spread via word of mouth thanks to some key support slots in Denmark with the likes of Dean Blunt, Jungle and East India Youth. All aged 18, they’re still juggling school and being in a band – one show in June saw them take an exam in the morning, then drive five hours to Copenhagen, then play a show in front of a packed audience including a load of UK label reps. Not bad for a band who only formed in January.
The video for debut track ‘Try’ went up yesterday and is perfectly weird and wonderful – go with it, there’s a surprise or two halfway through. The track’s a complete winner too, an impressively smooth R&B mash-up of Frank Ocean and Connan Mockasin’s best bits. Singer Soren’s voice is refreshingly unique, which ties in well with the little I know about him and his background (Rwandan mum, Danish dad, grew up with loads of great music in the house – apparently the three artists played to him most growing up were Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack and Bjork…and it shows).
‘Try’ comes out on Denmark’s top notch Escho label (also home to Iceage) on October 2, but until then, check out the video above. (MW)
2. Sharptooth – Snarky, taut post-punk from Glasgow
The superficial place to start with Glasgow’s Sharptooth is probably Warpaint – they are, after all, an all-female quartet whose music occasionally bears a passing resemblance to the dark, discordant dream-cycles of 2010’s ‘The Fool’. The handful of singles they’ve released thus far, however, are louder, grittier and more direct than the LA group would ever allow themselves to sound: Sharptooth, as the name would suggest, have no shortage of bite to go with co-frontwoman Jess Gun’s apoplectic bark of “I did not KILL MY HUSBAND!” on their most recent cut, ‘Queen of Scots’. Stream it here. (BNi)
3. Gnoomes – Glorious psych from Rocket Recordings newbies
Not that this blog is supposed to be an exercise in eastern rock’n’roll circa 2015, but Russian trio Gnoomes are also highly worthy of your time. This edit of ‘Roadhouse’ is motorik in all the best senses of the word, which makes sense as they’re on Rocket Recordings – also home to Goat. The nine minute live version below is even more intense. (MW)
4. Kant – Copenhagen dance producer on the rise
Copenhagen EDM producer Kant (aka Joachim Schaarup) looks like a legit chart prospect now that he’s signed to Black Butter Records and has a total banger to call his own in the form of recent single ‘Nightcall’. Debuting in 2013, he has pricked the ears of discerning dance acolytes including Pete Tong and Annie Mac by turning in strong remixes for the likes of MØ and Nero, as well as releasing a steady slew of original tracks. Sure, it’d be easy to lump Schaarrup alongside labelmates Rudimental and Gorgon City as another dance-leaning pop act, but his work has a particular strength in its nuanced keyboards and dynamic guest vocals. Although yet to announce his next release on Black Butter, ‘Nightcall’ is out now. (SL)
5. White Room – Weller-approved Brighton rock
White Room’s gigs in Brighton are always tuneful and furious, and instruments always end up smashed to pieces on the floor. They’ve just recorded their debut EP ‘Fizzy Liquid’ at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios, and this exclusive preview has just gone up. Released on September 4, ‘Freaking On’ is driving, distorted and pretty lawless. Their EP launch on September 8 at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin will be a turbulent affair, while Londoners can check them out on the 24th at New Cross’ Amersham Arms. (BNo)
Words: Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicholson, Sam Lavan, Ben Noble