Alfie Templeman Forever Isn't Long Enough The new 8-track release from Alfie Templeman, following on from 2020's Happiness In Liquid Form. "the pains and tribulations of young love are all over Alfie Templeman's music, shot through a kaleidoscopic haze that recalls Kevin Parker if he was into lounge-jazz." - NME Chess Club Records / AWAL CD | LP Signed
Casi The Beast 7" single from Casi, alternative and urgent synth-pop. Check it out if you're into Halsey or Fyfe. Limited to 250 and includes a sticker sheet. “an otherworldly talent” – Clash. “rousing arena pop” – Dazed. “turning daydreams into gold” – Noisey Chess Club 7"
Beach Baby No Mind No Money [7"] Second single from London four-piece Beach Baby who supported Django Django at New Slang a couple of months back. New wave breezy indie-rock for fans of Teleman, Blur, Happyness and pavement It’s indie guitar pop, without wishing to damn it with faint praise. Somehow it manages to capture elements of the best of several genres/eras – post-punk, baggy, shoegaze and grunge – without sounding like a mess. Chess Club 7"
Alfie Templeman Happiness In Liquid Form A new EP from 17 year old indie wunderkind Alfie Templeman, who stopped by the shop in 2019. Chess Club 12"
Bloxx You / Your Boyfriend 7" single from Bloxx, indie-rockers from west London, candid vocals and simple production. You / Your Boyfriend makes for a neat debut offering from the young four-piece. Whilst the LP is enveloped in juvenile energy, a mature songwriterly spirit hints at a great future for the group. Chess Club 7"
Coach Party After Party Emerging Isle of Wight four-piece Coach Party have today shared their new single and video ‘Everybody Hates Me’ via Chess Club Records. The band have also announced a brand new EP After Party - featuring ‘Everybody Hates Me’ and previous single ‘Can’t Talk, Won’t’, which received rapturous support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Jack Saunders (who crowned the track a Next Wave) on BBC Radio 1, and Radio X’s John Kennedy. Written amidst the chaos of 2020, After Party focuses on themes of everyday life and was recorded, produced, and mixed by the band’s own Guy Page. Eastwood explains: “Each song on the After Party EP came quite naturally to us, many of them are about difficult people, whether that be work colleagues, family members, and even ourselves (like in ‘Everybody Hates Me’). In other tracks we talk about whether we’d be okay on our own and dealing with self doubt and lack of trust - it’s self deprecating but in a positive therapeutic kind of way.” “We wanted the sound of the band to come through in a more natural and raw way on this record, capturing a specific moment in time. It feels to us like a sequel which gets a bit more love than the original - like Bogus Journey to Excellent Adventure. We had a feeling that it might be a long time before we get to play live again so a part of us wanted to make this EP a bit like a gig and refrain from going mad with overdubs… face melting riffs over studio tricks. Rumour has it that Paul McCartney wanted to produce this one, but we told him we need a little longer to carve our own sound and told him to call back in 2021… he might have lost our number” Chess Club Records 10"