Lewis Lister

Lewis Lister


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Lewis Lister

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief
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Blog / Label / Clothing / Events // Created by @LewisLister
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events, record labels, live events, music events, music writing / blogging, fashion, music blogging
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hip-hop, indie rock, electronic, indie, music, indie electronic, future bass
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UK

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JD Kane submitted media.

Velvet Clouds by J.D. Kane

Lewis Lister

This is interesting - elements of this are really cool, particularly the horns and guitar solo.  There's a touch of Vampire Weekend about the sound, which suggests it has commercial potential.  It's kind of tacky - but in an endearing way.   Perhaps if you went down a less synthetic route, particularly with the percussion, this would come across a little less cheesy.  Then again - I'm not mad at the cheesiness - this song is like being on holiday!

ivan scruby submitted media.

Lacuna by Nobl

Lewis Lister

Sultry horns and mellow keys make for a subtly brilliant and beautiful intro.  What happens when it fades away is absolute gold; punchy synths sitting beneath warm horns, punctuated by that looped vocal chop - sublime!  My only constructive criticism would be the artwork - I don't think that typeface is doing you any favours.  Other than that this sits perfectly in the world of Tom Misch, Soulection & Brasstracks - brilliant.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Lewis Lister

A little bit Modest Mouse via Radiohead & Placebo - sounds great!  This is a really well-structured track; starting out unassuming but clearly building to something, and from the transition out of the intro it just builds and builds until that intense, borderline psychadelic end section.  The only constructive feedback I have is that artwork doesn't really fit the music - looking at it I expected either some minimal House tune or maybe some Glass Animals Indie at a push.  Not necessarily a bad thing at all!  Anyway thanks for the submission - not really the right fit for our blog as we mainly cover Hip Hop, but enjoyed all the same.

Cole Connor submitted media.

Lewis Lister

Really like the beat on this; the subtle, pitched-up vocals in the background are really nice - it's the perfect match for Cole's bars.  Speaking of which, these are excellently delivered.  They're dense with some really great lyricism and sit somewhere between Ratking's Wiki and Chance The Rapper.  The Foto Bros have also done a superb job on the visual; it's understated and classy, and the snapshots of everyday people add a whole new level of interest.  The project's been out a little too long for a feature on our webiste, but will certainly be keeping an ear out!  Thanks for the submission.

Bruce Thornton submitted media.

Lewis Lister

Really like this; the instrumental is mellow and uplifting but has a melancholy edge, which somehow smacks of introspect.  Your vocals also have an cool intensity that's nicely balanced by the hook. Unfortunately this has been out too long for us to feature, but it's undoubtedly the most polished submission we've heard from you yet!  Hit us up next time - if I had one criticism it would only be that I don't think the artwork is up to the same quality as the music.

Thomas La Salle submitted media.

Lewis Lister

This remix retains the tropical, summery vibe of the original, and brings something new and unexpected in terms of rhythm.  However, there are a few nagging elements that don't quite add up; the breakbeat build-up jars when it drops into the slower 'Future Bass' beat, and the snares don't sound right at all.  I definitely think you're on to something, and there's certainly a huge market for this kind of thing now (for which your branding is spot on).  It's not a good fit for my own blog so I won't be sharing, but many thanks for the submission - an enjoyable listen!

Jonny Freesh submitted media.

So I Tell 'Em Fuck Off by Jonny Freesh

Lewis Lister

The instrumental here is interesting; liking the Eastern flavour. Jonny Fresh is also clearly a very talented MC; fast-paced, varied delivery and some really witty lines.  The visuals are also fittingly striking, the whole thing comes together cohesively.  Where I'm lost as a music fan though, is that this falls in the awkward space of novelty rap expressing social commentary; which comes across as a little crass and insincere.  For that reason, I won't be blogging the track, but fully respect the artistry that's gone into making it.  That said, there's definitely an audience for this - in terms of promotion I'd be targeting fans of people like Speakz! and Lil Dicky.

Moses biko submitted media.

(Promo Ruff) by (S.A. Release)

Lewis Lister

Really love the live instrumentation on this; a really great fit for the raw vocals, which sound fantastic.  It's a really interesting fusion of genres; sounding a bit like Kid Cudi in parts and N.E.R.D. in others.  It's obviously a little rough around the edges and needs a polish, but I  would be more than happy to more than happy to feature/share a final version.  Looking at it critically, I really don't feel that the artwork does this track justice at all.  The fonts and colours really don't work - when looking for support online it's important not to underestimate the importance of good artwork.

Elliott Sencan submitted media.

Rocket League Theme Song "Firework" by Hollywood Principle

Lewis Lister

Really like the huge-sounding lead synth and Funk bass line on this track.  It's clear from listening that it would work really well as part of a game soundtrack, so it's no wonder that 'Rocket League' have snapped it up!  A hugely enjoyable listen but unfortunately it's not quite the right fit for our particular blog.

yochay mocsari submitted media.

Lewis Lister

This track sounds a little like what would happen if Modest Mouse & Arcade Fire got together to cover Davide Bowie's 'Cat People'.  I love the simplicity of the piano and percussion, which is offset by the strange tremelo effects and Kraftwerk synth.  This a really interesting sound, which has a more than interesting set of visuals to match.  Unfortunately, this isn't suitable for a feature on Province as we generally stick to Hip Hop-based stuff, but thoroughly enjoyed this track and can see it doing really well - best of luck!

Vizion submitted media.

No Matter What by Vizion

Lewis Lister

Really like this track, particularly the way the screwed-down vocals, bass and heavy piano chords offset the piano and synth melodies.  The whole track is gentle and brooding, but still packs a real punch thanks to the way it builds to around the 45 second mark, and then drops into some really weighty percussion [which, if we're being really critical, does sound slightly tinny].  This is a superb track though, and it slots neatly in that gap between Instrumental Hip Hop and the rest of Electronic Dance Music that we absolutely love - we'll definitely be sharing this!

Jonathan Davis submitted media.

Lewis Lister

'Post Surgery', the latest mixtape from Mykedies is a superb blind of squad bravado and real positivity.  The beat on 'Keep Your Head Up' is one of the more mellow on the tape, featuring warped vocal samples from Anh L.  On the track, Mykedies gets a little introspective, donning a more sympathetic cap than on the rest of 'Post Surgery'.  The young MC from California proves his versatility throughout the tape, and has a unique style that sits somewhere between Earl Sweatshirt and Logic.  Great stuff, get to know.

The Dø submitted media.

Lewis Lister

This isn't quite the sound we usually feature on our site, but we appreciated the Electric Guest meets Paloma Faith meets The Sounds vibe all the same.  Given that you're looking for promo advice rather than feedback, I would be looking at blogs like Dazed Mag, The 405, XLR8R and Dummy Mag for coverage [although I'm sure you already have].  Other than that, it's a really strong video and The Dø's social media and website look on point - I won't be surprised to find these two on our radar again in the near future.

Harmony House submitted media.

Bergman Summer by Harmony House

Lewis Lister

The lo-fi, airy sound of this intro always makes for a pleasant listen!  With a touch of Shoegaze and a touch of Surf Rock, it's a really great mellow couple of minutes listening.  I was about to write that while it's nice enough, it's been done many times before.  However, at around the 2:30 mark when things really take off, a completely new spin is put on the track!  The same vocal melodies but this time over harsher guitars and percussion cause the track to hint at Beck as much as it does The Pixies.  As a Hip Hop blog, this isn't the kind of genre we usually post so we won't be sharing this, but we will definitely have it on loop and will recommend to friends/contacts!

Jonathan Davis submitted media.

lace by mykedies.

Lewis Lister

Love this track, Mykedies appears as comfortable on the mic as he is in front of camera.  The lo-fi, jittery beat is superb and suits his delivery perfectly, making 'Lace' an absolute triumph.  Mykedies' flow and choice of subject matter, as well as the beat is heavily reminiscent of the early Odd Future sound.  While this may seem complimentary, critically speaking the track could be accused of being derivative of Earl & co.  However, new track 'Every Move' clearly proves that Mykedies has many more strings to his bow.  Looking forward to 'Post Surgery', please feel free to send us the details via email.

Digital Slumber Party submitted media.

'Skip The Day' by Digital Slumber Party

Lewis Lister

Digital Slumber Party definitely evoke the kind of epic scale to this track that The Glitch Mob do so well; using light, lofty melodies over rough, raw bass/synths and classic Drum & Bass percussion to create a truly massive sound.  The only slight downside is that this is a sound that has been done time and time again around the demise of Dubstep in the early noughties, and 'Skip The Day' doesn't appear to bring anything fresh to the table.  Other than that, it's a very well-produced, monolith of a track!

Epoch Failure submitted media.

Lewis Lister

'Champion' succeeds in being genuinely uplifting and simultaneously hard-hitting.  While the strings and chorus vocals give the track that soaring stadium effect, hard-hitting energy exudes from the confidence of MC Nick Young and from the live percussion.  This combination is reminiscent of several tracks on fellow Detroit artist Eminem's 'Recovery', and while this brought him huge amounts of commercial/mainstream success, it disappointed many underground Rap fans.  Likewise, I see the success of this track lying in commercial radio, rather than appealing to fans of more classic Hip Hop.

Sam Morgan submitted media.

Better Days Are Gone by Vacant Windows

Lewis Lister

The eery, almost uncomfortable background effects and guitar on this track work really nicely, giving it a real edge.  The vocals are also perfect; delicate in an almost alt-j kind of way, but with a slight snarl in places making the performance ever so slightly reminiscent of Thom Yorke.  My only criticism, and it is a small one, is that the bassline gets a little tedious during the verses due to the fact that it's so simple and really quite prominent.  Having checked out the rest of the tracks on your SoundCloud page - the subtle 80s influence mixed with that airy Indie Pop sound works really well.  I look forward to the upcoming LP, but unfortunately your sound isn't really right for Province as we mainly cover Hip Hop.  Thanks for the submission!

Evan Jones submitted media.

Lewis Lister

We love this beautifully light melody, accompanied perfectly by shuffling percussion and shimmering synths.  It's such a pity our first encounter with Mecca:83 comes just as he "hangs up his MPC for good", as we'd love to hear some more.  Fortunately, we have his back catalogue and the rest of Expansions Collective to keep us busy!  This kind of Jazz-tinged instrumental Hip Hop is exactly the sort of thing we love featuring at prvnce.com, particularly when it comes from the UK!  We'll definitely be featuring the compilation over the next few days, so keep an eye out for it, and feel free to send us the vinyl/CD in the post!

Lance Coleman submitted media.

Nobie Black Society by We People

Lewis Lister

Fuze the MC thrives on this kind of classic beat where live-sounding drums and horns come together beautifully.  His delightfully complex rhymes are delivered with an almost tangible passion and aggression, without a hint of confrontation.  Ashley Joy's voice is smooth and powerful, but the short hook actually brings very little to the track.  Noble Black Society deliver conscious Hip Hop with a real message, without ever preaching or seeming corny, which is an art itself.

AWaking Dream submitted media.

Lewis Lister

This isn't usually our thing, but this is an incredibly pleasant listen.  The light, but almost mournful vocals against the arpeggios remind us of parts of The Maccabees' last album.