Django Django

I was introduced last night to the amazing British indie-rock band Django Django after visiting a close friend from back home for dinner.  Relaxing after our feed, the red wine helped lift us into a heady mix of tunes from the euphoric album. The band formed back in 2009 and all four members are pals from school in Edinburgh. The quartet released their self-titled debut album in January of this year and it went straight to number 33 in the charts, showcasing their magnetic appeal and edgy sound.

Below is their catchy first single, ‘Default’ and Soundcloud page.

– Grace, Melbourne

Bloc Party – Glasgow Comeback Gig Showcase

Lead singer Kele posted recently on his blog announcing the band are back together and about to release their fourth album,

“We have just finished mixing our new record. I am very proud of it. It is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey,” he wrote. “There have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but it’s finally here. We started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. We didn’t want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together.”

Kele speaks of the bands time apart and silence as deliberate despite rumours being rife of a contentious split. He lists the reasons for the break is in the personal shaping of band members individual lives,

“We could have come clean from the get go but to be honest we had no idea if anything was going to come out of these sessions. There was a big question mark over whether bloc party were ever going to make another record again. We were exhausted and bored and distant from one another. So in 2010 we all did our own thing, Gordon had a baby, Russell joined Ash, Matt built a studio in his basement with his bare hands and I moved to New York to finish a book that I had been writing for the last three years.”

Kele has every faith in the upcoming album which hopefully won’t leave us fans disappointed,

“In the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but I am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own. This record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made.”

On June 19th in Glasgow, Bloc Party played an electric comeback show featuring seven new songs including ‘3×3’ and ‘So he begins to lie’. Check out ‘3×3’ below, witness the band back on form, dispelling any long-standing rumours of friction. Look below again and discover the trailer for the forthcoming album, Four.

– Grace, Melbourne.

Giselle Rosselli – Silk – Flying Solo

Auzzie indie singer-songwriter Giselle from Sydney made her name featuring as the vocalist on Flight Facilities 2010 smash-hit ‘Crave You’. Here is her spine-tingeling debut single ‘Silk’ and also the amazing dubstep remix by Sound Remedy free to download.

-Grace, Melbourne.

The Power Of The xx Live

The xx are trying out and slowly unveiling snippets from eagerly awaited new album Coexist. For the moment no definite titles have been placed on the bands new songs. The songs will be randomly showcased at differing venues over the coming months, including a sold out gig in renowned venue The Forum in Melbourne on July 18th, for one night only.

As worded by the band themselves, “After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you.” The minimal and relaxed pace of ‘As I Am’ video recorded at London’s Battersea Arts Centre below stays true to The xx’s usual form and focus.

The album Coexist is set to release in the U.S on September 11th and everywhere else September 10th.

Have a sneak listen below. Footage is a bit blurry, creeping and dark which isn’t swaying too far from The xx’s purported style. Enjoy and be mesmerised !

– Grace, Melbourne.