Ricky Vaughn

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Ricky’s a born n’ raised Brooklyn lad who smashes out a style that’s both innovative and infectious. It frequently blends the fluidity of latin horns and percussion with the dominant stride of urban production. There’s a carnival feel, but passionate samples remind you of the streets the beats came from. This mix of sounds makes it feel like less of a bedroom production effort, and more of a tribute to the people that make up this world.

Your music covers a wide variety of styles, what’s one type of sound you’ve included in your music that you previously wouldn’t have considered?
I’ve recently went back to including my hip-hop roots in my electronic productions. I started out making hip hop music when i was 15 in 1997 and when i began to make electronic dance music in 2009, i had totally strayed away from that sound. I never saw a way to have the two meet until recently and now its one of my main elements to include in my productions.

Let’s see how that works out in practice, here’s an EP of his that came out in early 2014.

Go check the man out on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Facebook.

Martha Paton

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We haven’t had any singer-songwriters on here for a while. There’s only so many ways you can say “they have a guitar and play it well while singing good songs that they wrote themselves and they have a great voice.” That’s not to say there aren’t ones I enjoy (I’m finding them all the time), it’s just that I like having something different to write about. So when I pick up on one they have to be special.

Martha is special.

Why? Firstly, I love how her voice can pierce through you with both softer, lower notes and climatic high ones. Secondly, I’ve listened to most of her back catalogue more times than I can count and I’m still finding nuances in the song writing that are playful, witty, or fiercely insightful. Her ear for melody is sublime too, it feels more like second nature than something she’s sat in a class and learned about. Oh, and she’s going to be playing a load of vineyards over the Summer. This will probably be one of the most pleasing experiences that you could be part of without taking your clothes off.

You have a background in art, what painting best describes your music?

Scream

Fun fact: The 16th word of the song below is ‘scream’. It’ll by on Martha’s upcoming EP, which will be out in June. You should buy a copy for all of your friends and enemies.

Can you think of another painting that Martha’s music remind you of? If so, tell her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Darlia

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Darlia make shameless, reckless rock music. They don’t seem interested in trying to awkwardly shoe-horn in some modern trend or style. At its peak their music cracks and screams, throwing itself around your head like a teenager having the greatest White Lightening inspired night of his life. At the time of writing, they’re getting ready to hit the Introducing Stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Watch that wherever, whenever, and however you can.

I love your voice, what advice would you give to someone wanting to sing in a similar style?

I used to shout at first, then I realised that that’s not how this sound happens. That just rattles and hurts a tiny bit. Honestly, the key is to not try to sing. It’s to just make the sound that you’re thinking of rather than try to sing, because it’s not quite singing.

So… just belt it out how I do in my bedroom anyway. I’m sure that’s precisely what he means. Sick, I’m a rockstar!

You can delight Darlia by doing whatever you want to their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

Multiplier

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Workhorse producer Multiplier started his musical journey in 2011. On a whim he went to go and see Skrillex, fell in love with dance music, and bought his first set of decks on the train home after the show (hear that story here). Since then his progression was rapid as he studied his craft with a dedication that’s borderline intimidating. He then formed the highly respectable Relentik Records label, and become one of the hottest upcoming prospects in Bass, Moombahton, and Dubstep. His sound often has a dominant feel to it and aims to make interesting sounds work in the big rooms.

What’s been your most unexpected influence?

I get messaged quite a lot from my YouTube channels saying how I’ve motivated people to produce, and that I’ve inspired them. I definitely didn’t set out to do that but it feels exciting to know that you’re having an impact, that was definitely unexpected.

Oh look at me, I’m Multiplier and I help people. Some people call me the Ned Flanders of dance music. Nah, I’m joking. That side of what he does is a grand service and I cannot recommend it highly enough if you’re looking into making that kind of music. Here’s his latest single, it’s music to stomp around to:

Go discover Multiplier on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Facebook.

Little Matador

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A lot of the best rock music has one trait in common. The ugliest, weediest, acne-ridden kid at school can walk through the corridor with it in their headphones and feel like the baddest man on the planet. Little Matador’s debut single has a dominating stomp that aces this feature, while also bringing in an icy confidence with some high-but-manly indie vocals. On top of that, the video is set in a strip club and has a surprising twist (not willies).

I don’t usually ask this,  but my interest is piqued. Where did the name Little Matador come from?

I spent a Summer in Madrid and fell in love with Bull Fighting. I gave it a go and wasn’t very good, so they named me Little Matador and the name stuck.

If he’s having trouble bullfighting he should start off with El Torito, then maybe move on to Mantaur once he’s ready for a real bull. Here’s Little Matador’s debut single, which will be out on April 21st as well as the self-titled album:

Run through the red rag to Little Matador’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

Birdeatsbaby

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A little known fact about Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, was that he was actually born in Brighton. He still had his demeanor, but was surrounded by cheeky chaps wearing straw trilbys and getting novelty tattoos on their bum bums. One day he slips away from an acoustic-led Indie gig featuring some blokes who once got 3 inches and 7/10 in NME, and heads down to the basement. There he finds Birdeatsbaby, a grandiose piano-pop-rock four-piece. After a curious crawl around the walls, he lets his body unfurl and twist in time with the disjointing melodies and unsettlingly beautiful aural space. Sweaty and ecstatic after this new experience of operatic majesty he realises that the twee and fey is not for him. He needs things that are elegant, complex, dare I say it, scary? All because of one band he packs up his things and leaves home to seek out a darker town…

What’s one aspect of your music that people don’t usually notice, but you are proud of?

The thing that nobody notices about the music is how completely different our influences are. They blend together very well on stage and on record, but you’d never know how completely diverse they are. We’re from different parts of the Europe (England, Scotland and Germany), different ages, and have very contrasting musical tastes. Mishkin is into punk, classical and theatrical artists like Muse, MCR and QOTSA. Garry likes death metal, but also prog-rock such as Pink Floyd. Katha is into dark and alternative rock music like Tool and System of a Down, and Tessa is classically trained… but also loves Techno! We’re a very strange bunch, but it works for us. For this reason the arrangements of the songs are often quite intricate, detailed and finely worked out to the nth degree! We never ‘jam’, although we might try that for album number 4!

I like all of the bands mentioned, if things don’t go well for me in the future it’s nice to know that I could always become a one-man Birdeatsbaby tribute band. Here’s their upcoming single ‘The Bullet’, pre-order it here for its April 2nd release.

Devour the infants on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

Polar

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To put it bluntly, Polar are one of the most intense bands in Europe at the moment. A sound that had raw punk beginnings has gradually evolved into something slightly more refined but equally potent. It’s music on a knife-edge between thunderous, disciplined precision and rampant chaos. Their upcoming sophomore album is a far more developed work – a cohesive album rather than loud songs thrown together – although it is still capable of feeding you grenades and laughing about it.

What’s the most metal thing you’ve ever done at a show?

Our singer had a load of tendons in his hand ripped by a broken beer bottle, played the gig anyway. Then our drummer took his entire kit into the crowd and had a circle pit around it. Both of these were at the same show.

That sounds like the most insane show, there’s footage of it here and they’re playing the same venue for their album launch show on Feb 15th. Here’s the lead track from their second album, Shadowed By Vultures, which is out on February 10th.

Join the riot on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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