After a rugged debut EP for Hospital Productions last year, London's Shallow Sanction up the ante with a brand new single.
Two anthemic tracks of misanthropic, boot stomping deathrock that mix the dramatic lurch of Killing Joke, Part 1 and Christian Death with the primitive attack of the 4-Skins, Rudimentary Peni and early Blitz - so in case you were wondering if that strange mix was ever a thing, it is now.
Features extra synth and electronics by Zen Zsigo / Cremation Lily. Limited to 250 copies.
Ace City Racers’ double A-side "Different Angle/Wilko" – a collaboration with artist and musician Danny Saunders. This special release on a limited edition, 7 “ vinyl was produced by Sam Smith at Green Door Studios (The Amazing Snakeheads, Casual Sex), featuring lyrics and guest vocals from Domino Records artist Saunders (Correcto) and was debuted at Jim Lambie’s legendary Poetry Club.
Originally commissioned by Patricia Fleming Projects for DISCORDIA, a part of Generation and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme celebrating the last 25 years of visual art in Scotland. Ace City Racers specialise in jangular, short, sharp, sexy pop songs. Discovered by Stephen Street and, they recorded and released their first single “Waiting" via Fred Perry and Alcopop Records.
Since then the band have put on a series of guerrilla art gigs at unusual locations and have picked up a few admirers along the way including Johnny Marr. The past few months have seen Ace City Racers play storming sets at the Poetry Club and Indietracks festival.
The single is a taster from the bands forthcoming debut album "Take It, It’s Yours”.
“Sounds like Roxy migrated to London to hang with Soft Boys and Blur. No bad thing I say!” – Johnny Marr, The Smiths
“These Glasgow chaps come in like early Blur with an 80s jerk pop edge and nice crunchy guitar lines.” – Gill Mills, NME Radio
“The future of intelligent pop music.” – Evening Times
“Ace City Racers... retain a rugged edge and a penchant for all things raw. This new 7" single, Different Angle, is dedicated to the audio-visual triumphs of that place that's just a little cooler than Yorkshire: Scotland.” – Norman Records
“Ace City Racers woke everyone up and were in no mood to pander to the hung-over amongst the crowd... they sped through a set of punky tunes – a great way to start any Saturday.” – Buzzin Music.
Capricornia is the first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin' entitled Europe.
Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris' songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, and while the upcoming album may have a more sombre feel to it Capricornia shows that they've lost none of their ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. And for those of you wondering exactly what Capricornia is all about, Elizabeth explains:
Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown.
There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place.
Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between A New England by Kirsty Macoll and Cattle and Cane by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.
Probably the only disco song in the world to feature ukulele and lap steel, Dreaming is a melancholy toe-tapper of a duet with Monster Bobby of The Pipettes, who turned in a guest vocal so bass-worryingly low that he lost a filling.
A paean to going out dancing and falling in love in a cold climate it'll make you almost nostalgic for the sub-Arctic conditions of the last British winter.
Flip it over and B-side You Still Send Me is a total heartbreaker, recorded absolutely live in the studio, vocals and all, with every breath and creak audible.