Bachir Salloum: These past months have really allowed me to dive deeper into my passion for music

Rising talent Bachir Salloum is rapidly establishing himself as a quality producer, releasing Beatport-topping cuts on labels like Balance Music, Sudbeat, Juicebox Music, Akbal and Do Not Sit (both hitting No1 in Beatport’s organic house & downtempo, progressive genres) and more. Inspired by his older brother who was a hip-hop and R&B DJ, Bachir started exploring electronic music aged 16 and was captivated by Beirut’s diverse music scene. With new EP on the horizon, The Fountain caught up with Bachir to discuss new music and his connection to Balance.

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The Surfing Magazines: I want to record as much as possible, I love recording

London-based The Surfing Magazines are a rock supergroup made up of members of The Wave Pictures and Slow Club, and are releasing their second album Badgers of Wymeswold via Moshi Moshi Records on October 22nd. Dave, Charles and the lads from the band spoke with The Fountain about their new music, and their plan to record as much as possible for the remainder of the year.

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Faodail: I had this abstract idea of wanting to be a musician from a young age without really knowing what it involved

Emerging Scottish multi-instrumentalist Faodail brings his deftness in producing expansive, affective sounds to a new EP via Enhanced Chill. Already racking up over eight million streams on Spotify and earning high praise across the BBC and US radio giant Sirius XM, his new collection of works is set to bolster his rising status as one of the most interesting new artists in the ambient world. Faodail spoke with The Fountain about the new music as well as how he got into it in the first place.

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Blushing Brydes: Who doesn’t love catchy dreampop with soaring choruses and heartfelt vocals about love and yearning?!

The dream-pop duo Blushing Brydes are releasing their debut album, titled The Breaking In Our Hearts. The  forthcoming 8-track project is the first musical collaboration between the two cousins Martin and David Bryde, inspired by a shared love of dreampop pioneers Beach House and the song-writing of Joanna Newsom, Low and John Grant. Using these influences as a foundation, the duo have crafted an album of tracks that reveal new depth and texture with each play. Out 22nd October on Iffy Folk Records, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the album and their plans for the rest of the year.

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Man of the Minch: There’s such an anxiety when you pour everything into music as to how it will be received

Man of the Minch has released debut album, The Tide is at the Turning, via Olive Grove Records and The Bothy Society. The queer artist who blends traditional Celtic sounds with modern pop, Man of the Minch, aka Pedro Cameron, has gained critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine, The Guardian and Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music), which has seen him quickly emerge as one of the most exciting names at the forefront of Scottish indie-folk music. With this and the new release in mind, The Fountain caught up with Pedro to discuss the new album and plans for the near future.

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JORDAN: Finishing the album is the main focus

Following on from his previous efforts earlier this year with EP Echoes: Volume One, Edinburgh-based musician JORDAN has shown wonderful progression with his song-writing and production capabilities. Eternal Nurture at its core is a love song that embodies a fuller sound from the previous material. He spoke with The Fountain about the reception to the new music as well as plans for later in the year.

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Review: Matthew E. White – K Bay Rating 85%

Review: Matthew E. White – K Bay

On the heels of releasing his obtuse collaboration with the legendary Lonnie Holley, Matthew E. White is releasing his long-anticipated solo album, K Bay, on September 10th 2021 via Domino. With the opener single, Genuine Hesitation, out already there are some flavours of the album already available for fans to taste and I doubt they will be disappointed.

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