Martin Aelred – “Tam O Shanter”

Martin Aelred’s latest release Tam O Shanter was conceived as the final song to a proposed TV Series soundtrack about Robert Burns. The Robert Burns soundtrack was commissioned by James Campbell from the independent label Hummdrumm Records and Martin spent the best part of 6 months producing both a soundtrack and a synopsis for a series about the Scottish Bard and includes arrangements and original interpretations of Robbie Burns best known works.

Martin Aelred wrote and performed his version of Tam O Shanter as a tribute to the late Billy Mackenzie of The Associates and delivers a soaring vocal performance and incredible production which has made this an obvious choice for the lead single off the forthcoming album.

JVLY – “swim”

JVLY is a project from Australian artist Kayle Butler who makes beautifully chilled R&B/Soul music which can be likened to a mix between Jungle, LEISURE, Omar Apollo and Joe Hertz.

Over the last few months JVLY has been working on a collection of new music which he will be sharing with us over the coming months, and he’s kicking it all off this week with the invigorating and uplifting sounds of new single ‘swim’, which is also his debut release with Majestic Casual Records.

As he reveals below, Kayle enjoys the contrast between a futile situation and a sound that makes you feel good, and that was the general inspiration for this song…

“I like the irony of contrasting a kind of futile situation with a sound that makes you feel good. Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) is good at that. If you relate to the story, and the song takes you to a place that’s spirited, it might give you a bit of solace, or at least a sense that you’re not alone in the gloom. All the soul, funk and house at the afterparty is the influence sonically, I love a lot of that stuff. The chord progressions, the movement, the sounds.

I find that if I notice I’m thinking about something a lot over a period of a few days, it’s probably worth trying to carve those thoughts into a couple of lines. It might not amount to much sometimes, but at least it might help make sense of the jumble that is often trying to tell you something. That’s where swim comes from, a blurting of that mess, that’s why the lines are really just blunt statements. So, I guess the essence of it is vice, whatever or even whoever that is for you.” ~ JVLY