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New Music: CHILDCARE

New Music: CHILDCARE

CHILDCARE are an enigmatic indie quartet based in London that have burst onto the music scene with as much energy as a toddler in a soft play centre. The band formed after frontman and former male nanny, Ed Cares, was overheard humming a tune he wrote by Katie aged six, who encouraged him to form...
New Music: Ásgeir

New Music: Ásgeir

It has been three years since In the Silence came out, the debut full-length release for Icelandic artist Ásgeir, and there has been a shift in the shape of music since then, something that is reflected in the evolution of his own sounds, as well as those of his peers. This is no more apparent...
Focus: Áine Cahill

Focus: Áine Cahill

Áine Cahill has one of those special sort of voices that makes you think that even if the Guardian hadn’t named her a ‘One-to-Watch’ for 2017, and even if she hadn’t been especially chosen to play live on the BBC at Glastonbury last year, and even if she hadn’t made such a huge impression that...
JAKL Single Launch: Shadows

JAKL Single Launch: Shadows

Hughie Gavin, also known as JAKL, is one of London’s most promising new sounds. We first heard of him after his breath taking performance at Glastonbury in 2015 – and so did BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens who soon after invited Hughie in to record a studio session for his show. XFM, BBC Introducing and...
New Music: Minus The Bear

New Music: Minus The Bear

Seattle’s indie-rock band Minus the Bear are making a comeback to the music industry after five years of absence, with a new album called VOIDS due out on March 3rd. After being on the scene for 16 years, Minus the Bear has returned with not just a new LP, but a different vibe. The group...
New Music: Aquilo

New Music: Aquilo

Aquilo are by no means a new discovery. The duo originally from Silverdale in the Lake District- which is referenced in track Sorry– has been firmly on the radar here at Candid, bubbling away in the background for the past couple of years. After much anticipation from fans (myself included), their continued work and effort...
New Music: Be Charlotte

New Music: Be Charlotte

Scottish three piece Be Charlotte add a kick to 2017 with their energetic new track One Drop, released on the 20th of January via AWAL. Fronted by teenager Charlotte Brimner (programming, guitar, keys and vocals) together with James Smith (keyboard, bass) and David Calder (drums) this brilliant new band is taking the industry by storm....
Playlist: Huey Morgan

Playlist: Huey Morgan

Though he is best known as frontman of New York City band Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Huey Morgan and his Saturday morning slot on BBC 6 Music means he is no stranger to getting us in the mood for the weekend. Tonight, he is swapping NYC for Shoreditch and helping relaunch The Holy Birds restaurant by...
New Music: Liam Bailey

New Music: Liam Bailey

So we are almost a full month into 2017, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the upcoming year, mainly because of Liam Bailey. If you haven’t already heard of Liam Bailey, now is your opportunity to sit up and pay attention. First catching the ear of the late Amy Winehouse, this Nottingham born powerhouse has gone...
New Music: Newtimers

New Music: Newtimers

Want some summer vibes to warm up your post-Christmas winter? Well, good, because Swedish pop duo Newtimers have knocked it out of the park with this one. Having never heard of them before, this is a truly fantastic introduction to their groovy ‘80s-inspired antics. She’s a Gun opens with those trademarked compressed drums that are...
New Music: MICKY

New Music: MICKY

New York based, retro-obsessed solo artist MICKY has returned with an infectious pop record that has the potential to be a hit anthem of summer 2017. Candid is an energetic, slick sounding track that plays homage to ‘60s/’70s pop, rock and soul. With a sound that echoes the likes of Bruno Mars and Leon Bridges,...
New Music: Noréll

New Music: Noréll

Meet Danish trio Noréll, the latest techno-pop bambinos to enter our music sphere. Following the success of dark singles Howl and The Great Escape, the troika have seemingly ditched the doom and gloom with their latest release Damage Done. The record is a saccharine Scandi-pop cornucopia that is bursting with piquant female vocals, trap-inspired beats...
Focus: Will Williams

Focus: Will Williams

As Will Williams points out during our interview, for many people meditation seems incongruous with busy city life; it’s for, ‘old fellas sat on mountain tops’, not for someone working 9-5 in central London. Williams and his team at Will Williams Meditation are out to change that perception. Using the Vedic technique (which involves gently...
Nat & Alex Wolff release of new EP ‘Public Places’

Nat & Alex Wolff release of new EP ‘Public Places’

Alex Wolff is busy. Aside from being photographed in New York for the cover of our next print issue – due out in January at the start of London Fashion Week Men’s – he and his older brother Nat are releasing their latest EP, Public Places.     Can there be too much talent in...
New Music: Trills

New Music: Trills

Having already won an award for the trailer soundtrack recorded for Suffragette, and finished a summer of playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and London’s XOYO, it is fair to say it has been an exciting start for Trills before the release of their debut EP Lacuna. Trills are a London based, female four-piece whose...
New Music: Vardaan Arora

New Music: Vardaan Arora

NYC based singer-songwriter Vardaan Arora is back with an infectious hit that creates the nostalgic feeling of yearning for the summer months. Just Like That, is a nu-soul electronic pop record and comes off the back of his debut Feel Good Song. Comparable to artists such as Zayn, Kygo and Troye Sivan he has created...
Kate Nash rallies Mark Ronson, Annie Lennox, Matt Healy, Moby

Kate Nash rallies Mark Ronson, Annie Lennox, Matt Healy, Moby

British songstress, Kate Nash has enlisted the global music community – over one hundred and twenty key figures – to sign a letter to the current President of the United States on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux.   The United States’ news cycle has been streaming Donald Trump since he decided to ‘Make America Great...
New Music: Elsa Carmona

New Music: Elsa Carmona

With the first single released under her own name, Elsa Carmona has stepped away from the dream pop aesthetic of her time as ‘Sirena’ and taken up a darker synth pop sound that has awakened something brilliant in this young artist. This time around the Stockholm based singer has teamed up with producer Fredrik Okazaki...
Focus: Hollie Cook

Focus: Hollie Cook

There aren’t many formidable female vocalists around that have the sheer quantity of music running through their veins as Hollie Cook. Growing up with Paul Cook – drummer of the Sex Pistols – as her father and her mother Jeni, backing singer for Culture Club, she describes music as life, and you can see why....
New Music: Bakery

New Music: Bakery

If like me, you are out of the loop and haven’t heard of Bakery, I advise you to stop what you’re doing, grab your headphones, and listen to this track. This Berlin based collective of artists, videographers, dancers and musicians are putting out some seriously mind-blowing content that needs to be recognised. Hot off the...
New Music: Laura Nox

New Music: Laura Nox

21-year-old Swedish songstress Laura Nox released her debut single Save A Little Love on November 4th. It is an electro-pop song with lyrics that captivate and prompt listeners to think, feel and take action. Laura Nox began performing in bands at the age of 17 and she is currently pursuing a solo career with Warner...
New Music: Vigo Thieves

New Music: Vigo Thieves

Following a brief hiatus from touring and gigs it is delightful to hear from Vigo Thieves again. These Scottish likely lads have been consistently pumping out amazing gigs and spellbinding songs for a number of years now and their debut album Heartbeats lives up to the hype it anticipated. From the moment that the solemn...
Focus: Hannah Trigwell

Focus: Hannah Trigwell

For those out of the loop, Hannah Trigwell is a singer songwriter from Leeds who has risen from relative obscurity to millions of hits on YouTube, collaborations with Boyce Avenue, sold out shows, as well as a large and faithful fan-base of ‘Triglets’. Her latest single, Another Beautiful Mistake, is a melancholic yet elegant reflection...
Live Review: She Drew The Gun

Live Review: She Drew The Gun

Heading to ex servicemen’s club Moth Club in Hackney, which was recently made more famous by Lady Gaga’s surprise appearance, I was really intrigued to see how She Drew the Gun would be live. I love the album, especially the diversity of tracks, but didn’t actually have any preconceptions of how the music would translate...
New Music: Jay Prince

New Music: Jay Prince

As if the capital is not one of the most diverse, mastered plethoras of music already, we stumble upon East London-based rapper-cum-producer Jay Prince knocking about on Apple Music’s New Artists section. With advocates such as Zane Lowe and Chance the Rapper, it is no wonder the 24-year-old enigma is taking over the UK hip...
New Music: Anil Sebastian

New Music: Anil Sebastian

I am utterly heartbroken to have not found this artist sooner. Since being introduced to Anil Sebastian and his work I have had it on repeat, and I have been pulled into the little world that he has created with his album: Mesonoxian. Produced by Anil himself along with his brother Ingmar and Cherif Hashizume,...
New Music: Mowbeck

New Music: Mowbeck

Nottingham-based four piece Mowbeck have delivered something truly refreshing with their latest single Vaseline. Their debut EP Talkabout has been getting a lot of attention lately, having earned some serious hype courtesy of BBC Introducing and eventually gaining themselves a spot at Reading & Leeds Festival this year, which is a massive accolade. Given all...
Kano: Made In The Manor at Brixton Academy

Kano: Made In The Manor at Brixton Academy

In a grainy home video from 2004 that was later distributed from car boots around East London as the first “Lord of the Mics” DVD, we see a baby faced Kano alongside an equally youthful-looking Wiley battle it out on a stairwell, spitting their lyrics with fierce determination to a soundtrack of scuzzy beats that...
Focus: Symmetry

Focus: Symmetry

Just to start, I need to say how absolutely thrilled I am to write about this band. Los Angeles band Symmetry have been working to the bone over the last few years, touring the world and pumping out utterly addictive pop rock. Including tours with Third Eye Blind, James Arthur, Don Broco and McBusted, Symmetry...
New Music: Banks

New Music: Banks

Banks returns with her sophomore album The Altar, bringing us her bold and brooding take on the alternative pop genre. Written and creatively controlled by Banks herself, the record is a confrontation of complicated love, longing, betrayal and self-doubt. The overall thematic for the LP seems to be a rally cry for women – I...



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