The Light, The Mud & The Dark is out now on DEFDISCO/Warner and can be listened to on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Soundcloud, and all other digital outlets! Check it out below.
"It was the wrong sort of glow, in the forest after the show..."
Tea Boothby's "sinister" (Here Comes The Flood) video for Go Down is out now, and the song is an instant gratification download when you pre-order The Light, The Mud & The Dark on iTunes ahead of its official release on 28.04.17 via DEFDISCO/Warner. Click here to view the video and click here to pre-order the album!
To celebrate the lead-up to the album release on 28th April, Tea has created a YouTube-based, graphic novel-style, choose-your-own-adventure game soundtracked by clips from the forthcoming album. Premiering on House In The Sand in Germany, Colin: The Chicken & The Egg is a unique experience in which you get to decide what happens next after every clip. There are many paths, and many outcomes, and not all end well for Colin... Click below to begin!
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On Monday 17th October Tom Robinson played We Are Young on the flagship BBC Introducing Fresh On The Net mixtape on BBC 6 Music. The mixtape is downloadable for the next 30 days and features many other great acts - check it out below!
Well Done premiered on When The Horn Blows, describing the video as "psychedelic" and the song as "an empowering mantra of optimism seen through a kaleidoscope of funky colour and jaunty, vibrant sound," while Fifty Four Forever said: "Well Done is a fresh, feel good, pop song that will worm its way deep inside your head."
Meanwhile Rise Up premiered on Here Comes The Flood - "a song about light and dark... a smart yin yang tune that mixes complexity with accessibility," and House In The Sand said it "creates a super magical and mysterious vibe." Both tracks are available now on Spotify and iTunes / Apple Music.
Check out the brand-new video for new singles Honey B and We Are Young, produced by Tea Boothby and starring an awesome cat and some awesome children!
The months of waiting are over! BELLA LOKA's debut release on DEFDISCO - Honey B / We Are Young - has been released worldwide after premiering on US blog BreatheHeavy.com, who feature an exclusive interview with Tea & David about the writing and recording of Honey B. Check our Interviews and Features page for various other exclusive press articles on the writing, recording and making of the videos for these debut releases!
Reviews of Honey B:
"a snappy, soaring and fluttering, dreamy soundscape" - When The Horn Blows
"whimsical" - Breathe Heavy
"a vibrant stroll though simmering synthesizers, clasping drums and soaring melodies... on an unparalleled and sparkling pedestal all on its own" - IHouseU
"a slice of catchy, smart pop that will find its way to playlists labeled 2016 Summer Tunes" - Here Comes The Flood
"vibrant electro-pop, with lush melodies and expressive vocals, that has every potential to give artists like Marina & The Diamonds a run for their money!" - The Dutch Guy
"perhaps their most magical and enchanting video so far" - VENTS Magazine
"Bella Loka are coming and it’s time to sit up and listen... a strong confident video... stylish... Honey B has a mystical tinge to it" - Recentia
Reviews of We Are Young:
"adorable single and music video... hooky and upbeat... a grounded, gritty, conversational take on art pop" - When The Horn Blows
"a cheerful and abrasive one-fingered salute to the music industry" - Here Comes The Flood
"a carefree and gentle lullaby of acoustic guitars and breathy vocals... amplifies the pair’s love for a catchy hook and lush melodies" - IHouseU
You can buy double A-side single Honey B / We Are Young on iTunes for £1.49. You can also listen on Spotify.
BELLA LOKA's debut single on DEFDISCO is Honey B and will be released on 22nd July. Look out for previews and a video produced and directed by Tea Boothby in the lead-up!
SUMMER FESTIVAL SLOTS CONFIRMED
Check out our recently confirmed live dates for this summer, including the DEFDISCO stage at Tramlines in Sheffield, and a return to FollyFest in Faringdon.
DEFDISCO SHOWCASE GIG: "Soul Music on Steroids" - Music Around the World Blog
On Friday 8th April BELLA LOKA played a sold out show with DEFDISCO label-mates Lupa and Lovestarrs at The Black Heart in Camden Town. Blogger Daren Callow reviewed the show as, "tight and visceral, strains of Radiohead and Talking Heads fronted by angular guitar lines and Kate Bush-esque vocals... soul music on steroids, a truly 21st century rock music that lacks for nothing in power and noise." Check the full review here.
BELLA LOKA RETURN TO ABBEY ROAD
Tea & David Boothby – aka recent DEFDISCO signees BELLA LOKA – have returned to Abbey Road Studios to put the finishing touches to their debut album titled ‘The Light, the Mud, and the Dark’.
The pair have been working with in-house production team Cave Productions, which consists of seasoned producer Rob Cass and cutting edge electronic producer Pearse MacIntyre. The duo have recorded the final three tracks for the album at Abbey Road – the epic ‘Rise Up’, super-catchy alt-pop banger ‘Well Done’, and the poignant piano ballad ‘Julia’, featuring a guest turn from cellist Mark O’Connor and orchestral-inspired production.
‘The Light, the Mud, and the Dark’, the act’s debut album, is set to be mastered at Abbey Road Studios by top engineer Christian Wright and due for release on DEFDISCO later in 2016.
BELLA LOKA SIGN TO DEFDISCO
We delighted to be able to announce that BELLA LOKA have signed to UK/US-based label DEFDISCO. Label boss Barry Gilbey said:
"We’re pleased to announce the signing of the highly touted indie pop electronic duo, Bella Loka. Hailing originally from Trip-Hop capital Bristol in the UK and now based in London, Bella Loka spent the summer on tour and playing at several UK festivals as well as many of the UK’s finest night clubs. Currently finishing up their debut album at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, we’re thrilled and honored they have chosen DEFDISCO as their label of choice to be releasing their music in 2016…"
"vibrant... an infectious blend of indie pop and electronic vibes" - THE FLUX
"angelically-light vocals... a colourful fusion of 80s-esque indie pop and refreshingly-sweet electronic melodies" - New Lease Music
"alluring... synth dominated electro pop, layered by the distinct depth of vocal tones from Tea Boothby... quirkier and away from the expected" - A Higher Revelation
"catchy electro-pop tunes... a dark exploration of personal traumas" - Electric Women
"infectious blend of indie-pop tracks sprinkled with electronic vibes... a wide range of influences from Kate Bush and Blondie to Ellie Goulding and Pink Floyd... addictive electro melody... dynamic... powering vocals" - Mistree Magazine
"pop with an electronic twist... the back beat is irresistible... haunting" - Here Comes The Flood
"one ambitious project... sounds of pure pop and more exotic vibes... the perfect accompaniment to the end of summer... it blows me away!" - Room72
"indie dark pop... convinces with charming electronic elements and of course singer Tea's voice." - House in the Sand
"A powerful husky voice, sometimes almost classical, sometimes straight out of the 80’s... synth-pop husband/wife duo Tea and David Boothby combine wonderfully to belt out crazily beautiful winners in their musical avatar... Escape bounces Tea’s gorgeous voice against infectious vibrant melodies, sometimes almost satirically cheerful and at others appropriately ambient." - Instant Filter
"A fun blend of dreamy vocals and electronic pop. I wish it were longer!" - KUOI FM Moscow 89.3
"...a different arrangement and feel to their more normal electronic dance warmth... it marks out their wider range of style and the root of the compositions" - Emerging Indie Bands