New Releases

Sarah Meth

November 14, 2023

STEPS EP is set for release 14th November 2023 via Slow Dance. The EP co produced with Louis O Bryen - member of the London band Sorry, as his debut production role. Following her previous EP ‘Leak Your Own Blues’ and accompanying film & mixtape under the ‘Midnight Snacks’ monkier, Sarah steps out of the blue to face the wind. STEPS is the 23 year old Londoner’s third EP and features six new tracks that recollect her personal experiences of sexual trauma, albeit painted and portrayed with unexpected splashes of colour, character, and Sarah’s ability to own those experiences through her own strength and power. She explains further, “STEPS EP is about moving forward into the unknown. I never intended to create a project around sexual trauma, but making these songs at the time played a big role in helping me process a way of accepting and taking ownership over some things that have happened. I hope it brings a distinct vulnerability and perspective to the subject matter….Steps is ultimately about ‘making it through’ to define new versions of ourselves after such experiences. “I initially thought it was going to be a self-produced project but ended up taking about half of the songs to my friend Louis [O Bryen], who I feel very grateful for providing a space to elevate those songs in the way we did. My production and recording style for this EP was similar to my Midnight Snacks’ project of demos - made singing into my laptop microphone tucked up in bed. However, it felt necessary to have some of these songs, such as ‘Fucktoy’ ‘Sister You Said’ and ‘Red Hands’, production elevated in a way that could explore new sounds whilst also making these songs feel less discreet, in a “saying them with my chest” sort of way. I hope this project can make people feel seen in what they can relate to from it, or in a non-threatening way, gauge people to ask questions of themselves upon listening.” Musically, STEPS EP dips colour into the noirish, shadowy hues of her Leak Your Own Blues EP. It recalls, in part, the instinctive rawness of early Cat Power recordings, with a loose, lo-fi charm that portrays Sarah’s words with emphasis, feeling and meaning. An important, impressive release by a smart, tactile young songwriter.

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The New Eves

Original Sin
July 18, 2023

Dreamed up in 2021 by Kate Mager (bass), Ella Russell (Drums, flute, vocals), Nina Winder-Lind (cello, guitar, vocals) Violet Farrer (violin, guitar, vocals) while lying together in bed, the quartet hosted their first jam sessions in a studio under a railway in the middle of car wash that stunk of hamsters and sweat. "Debuting haunting cut ‘Mother’ on this year’s esteemed Slow Dance Compilation, the previously unreleased ‘Original Sin’ unleashes an engrossing hybrid of rustic folk and 60s garage, with tender, soul-stirring group chants and lightning punk thrashes converging to tap into some uncanny, ineffable power, as the band explain:“The band is fighting a biblical battle between shame and pleasure, body and mind, good and evil. The lyrics are poetic and unapologetic. “Throw away my fading halo and start dancing” is the type of line that’s calling to be written on the bedroom wall of teenagers up and down the country. This is the song Eve would have written if she had an electric guitar.” With members who are themselves established painters, dancers, writers and photographers from across Brighton’s sprawling underground, the band pride themselves on a dedicated DIY aesthetic, designing all their own artwork, directing their own music videos and co-producing all their own material, alongside Lau Ro of Wax Machine. Defined by a powerful communal bond, each member contributes lyrics and themes during the writing process, often singing and speaking together to cultivate that compelling, unanimous force central to their live spectacle.

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Muay Thai
March 22, 2023

Today, barcelonas genreless and intercontinental uma releases the resplendent new muay thai, a romantic and life-affirming single which, in her words, is the second half of [2022s] granada. A love letter to my parents. Like its predecessor, muay thai turns nostalgia for the past into nostalgia for the present, weaving early memories with inner-child wisdom and reflections on parental advice. In the mid tempo ambient groove, uma explores the parallels she finds between her itinerant life as a professional artist and the borderless, romantic and creative upbringing that her parents blessed her with, both at can obert and across three continents. Can obert - or the open house - was in fact a creation of umas british mother, a performance artist and festival organizer who developed a community hub of artists and writers around umas childhood home; growing up there, uma would be surrounded by people expressing themselves and encouraging her to do the same. This naturally instilled in her a certain set of values: that creativity is key uma has lived and traveled across the globe, as her parents lived long-distance for most of her youth. She spent a lot of time with her father tew, who lived in bangkokwhere he was born and where he worked for a nonprofit hospice and orphanagewhilst umas mothers work provided her with long stints in canada and greenland. Uma enrolled in york university to study contemporary classical music and moved back to barcelona where after some experimentation, decided to launch her version of can obert.

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Wake Up To The World - Ghost Print / Kill Mix
March 30, 2023

Audio-visual duo Glows are excited to share ‘Wake Up To The World (Ghost Print/Kill mix)’ an extended 7 minute cut featuring vocals from Asha Lorenz of Domino band Sorry. GG & Felix will be closing the chapter on their debut LA, 1620 mixtape with an open collaborative studio event and the release of the LA, 1620 visual catalogue. ‘Wake Up To The World (Ghost Print/Kill Mix)’ plays out as a 7 minute supercut of the mixtape’s core concept and themes of collage, self-sampling and cataloguing that permeate throughout Glows’ debut mixtape. Vast, ambient soundscapes intertwine with voice notes and clips that the duo have collated over their 6 years of friendship; sprouting fleeting teasers of melodic electronica and ethereal vocals. Through its own medium, the LA, 1620 catalogue embodies the processes of the mixtape. Mirroring the way in which a stack of audio files are consolidated into one frozen track, the book's spreads are made up of different visual surface layers, all flattened into one. Occasionally detritus from the design process which would normally be edited out is left in the final spreads" “We wanted to bookend LA,1620 with an extended version of ‘Wake Up To The World’, the pivot point of the track list and the song which commits to the idea of the mixtape most,” Glows say of the release. “Stacks of samples from different timestamps weaving in and out, all the iterations of an idea looped in a chain reaction, the original voice note for a melody flattened with its final take.” To celebrate the track and the end of this phase, Glows will be hosting a rolling open studio day, featuring a range of their collaborators. Expect live printed merch, evolving lighting design, looping jam sessions, screen tests, custom furniture and other live making stations. The duo have already sold out of USB sticks containing audio stems from the mixtape, which stripped the creative process bare and invited collaboration, mutation and collage from fans. This process of removing the perimeters around creation and democratising the evolution of these tracks is integral to LA, 1620’s ethos: the songs are never completed. Slow Dance Radio will be relaunched at the event, with Glows hosting a takeover of the space, available to stream at www.slowdance.co.uk or via Slow Dance’s Instagram/YouTube feeds.

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