Review
New Music: Jakil

New Music: Jakil

The only way to describe Jakil is sugary sweet, cavity inducing pop music; even their press release features pink love hearts and emojis. Like a mixture between The Vamps and The 1975, they are the a-typical prototype for a teenage girl’s dream, inducing screams at the sheer mention of their name amongst their fandom. So...
Live Review: Little Comets

Live Review: Little Comets

On Sunday evening I went to Manchester Club Academy to watch Little Comets’ final show as part of their thirteen date UK tour. Having started in Oxford on February 9th, the trio from Tyne and Wear (Rob Coles on vocals and guitar, bassist Matthew Hall and Mickey Coles on lead guitar) were definitely not lacking...
Interview: Screenwriter Paul Laverty talks about his new film The Olive Tree and the international response he's received to I, Daniel Blake

Interview: Screenwriter Paul Laverty talks about his new film The Olive Tree and the international response he’s received to I, Daniel Blake

Across his body of work, longtime Ken Loach collaborator and I, Daniel Blake writer, Paul Laverty has taken time to explore marginalised and often maligned people, prying apart the headlines of the right wing press and fighting back by creating people-centric counter narratives. This time Laverty collaborates with his partner, actress and director, Icíar Bollaín (Land...
Live Review: Club Drive

Live Review: Club Drive

On Saturday, Club Drive took to the stage at Sound Control in Manchester, for their second night of a three date tour (London, Manchester and Birmingham) around the UK. The four piece from Hertfordshire have only been playing together as a band for a year, yet their single Dangerous has already been picked up by...
New Music: Pale Honey

New Music: Pale Honey

Swedish indie rock duo Pale Honey have returned with a fresh new single Why Do I Always Feel This Way? which was released on February 10th on Bolero Recordings. It is a coolly poised synth record that occupies a similar musical landscape to the likes of The xx and PJ Harvey. Hailing from Gothenberg, Pale...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
New Release: Sia 'This Is Acting' Deluxe Version

New Release: Sia ‘This Is Acting’ Deluxe Version

If your hips are swaying, your lips are smiling and you’re feeling some serious female admiration vibes, then you’re probably listening to Sia. right back from her days featuring on garage tracks such as Little Man, through to her unique vocal tones making the sound of Zero 7 what it is, right up to today...
New Music: Anteros

New Music: Anteros

It is fair to say self titled albums aren’t uncommon. Self titled songs, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. It is definitely an interesting way to open a record, and it’s what London four-piece Anteros have opted for on their new EP, Breakfast. Following a succession of singles, Breakfast is their five-track...
New Music: Animal House

New Music: Animal House

Screaming out of Brisbane, Australia, are garage-rock four piece, Animal House. If Animal House are new to you, to put it simply – they are more uplifting than PUP, as catchy and memorable as the White Stripes, and belt out their tracks with all the snarling enthusiasm of Youth and Young Manhood era Kings of...
New Music: EMILIE

New Music: EMILIE

Edinburgh based Emily Atkinson, who goes by the stage moniker EMILIE, brings her take on brooding electro pop with new single Eyes for You, taken from her debut EP I See You in The Darkness. EMILIE tells a beautiful story of limitation and having a defeatist attitude that can seemingly put things out of reach....
New Music: Polina

New Music: Polina

Already a Grammy award winning vocalist and having worked with some of the most impressive and in-demand producers of the moment, it would be hard for this singer/songwriter to produce a track that isn’t attention worthy. Fortunately enough for Polina, the same can be applied to her newest offering, Little Babylon, a pop infused EDM...



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