WHAT'S £5 OR LESS THIS WEEK? 04.04.16

Money's too tight to stay in.

LONDON

NEW SHAPES: ALLIE X

Popjustice say "we should all cherish the existence of Allie X" and her latest track Old Habits Die Hard sums up just why. Plastered with CHVRCHES-esq synths and utterly infectious hooks, its a slice of juicy pop goodness from the Canadian-born hitmaker who came to everyone's attention on 2015's glittering Catch EP. Now set to support fellow pop crooner Troye Sivan on a huge US tour, she announces this date just after at Notting Hill Arts Club and you can be sure that the songstress will put on a spellbinding show. Get tickets.

SPHERE: TIDELINES, DAHLIA SLEEPS

SPHERE host artists from across the electronic scene. Whether its off-kilter hip hop, dreamy synthpop, or warping experimental dance, they'll bring it to you first. For this edition, Dahlia Sleeps will be bringing their achingly cool indie pop to Birthdays alongside sultry songstress Tidelines, atmospheric euphoria inducer Niven and more. Get tickets.

BABEHEAVEN

West London quintet BabeHeaven blend delicate and considered beats under luscious synth-pads and romantic longings to create a soundscape for heartache. Releasing debut track Friday Sky two years ago, they picked up love from the blogosphere before evaporating into it's ether. Resurfacing recently, they've been seducing crowds supporting the likes of Loyle Carner and Cigarettes After Sex. Announcing this headline date at Corsica Studios, it's their turn in the spotlight, and we know it'll be worth the wait. Get tickets.

ZERO FATIGUE IN LONDON: SMINO + MONTE BOOKER

Chicago's Zero Fatigue collective have been making waves across the pond for their slick, organic beats, and fresh lyricists that pack verses full of melody and wit. Two of the collectives founding members Smino and Monte Booker have announced their first European tour, and will be stopping at MOTH Club on April 7. Having already attracted the attention of eclectic tastemakers Soulection, who released Monte's White Label last year, he'll be providing the slick productions on the night. Smino, who's been lauded by The Fader and Pigeons & Plans, has been smashing USA with high octane live performances, and will be linking up with the beatmaker for this showcase. Get tickets.

WANDERLUST

London’s brand new hip-hop night with attitude returns this April at Miranda, Ace Hotel showcasing the very best of the city’s underground talent. This time round and bringing the heat, PYRMDPLAZA will drop skittering sample filled beats that trill and drill. Tracks like Pong will have you bouncing off the walls. DJ Complexion from Future Beats Records works the decks, plus Radar Radio’s Mr Ralph Hardy fresh out of utopia. With special guests Bonkaz and Barney Artist just announced, this one’s for the connoisseurs who like to party. Get tickets.

GAPS

Brighton duo GAPS have been slowly crafting their art over the last few years and released their debut album In, Around The Moments back in May through Maya Jane Coles label I/AM/ME. It's folktronica given a slick edge, with tracks like Inside Your Head and She Bears A Flower having as much in common with Jon Hopkins as it does with the likes of Tunng or CocoRosie. Live, they're as inviting and captivating, creating an atmosphere that draws you in. After a stunning 2015, you won't want to miss this headline show at Birthdays. Get tickets.

KLAVES & THE GOLDEN FILTER

Having already toured with Nicolas Jaar and delivered a stunning breakout EP with People/Oh No through the great PMR, Klaves is rapidly becoming one to keep a fervent eye on. Skream, Annie Mac and Tensnake have peppered Klaves all over BBC Radio 1 whilst SBTRKT, Catz n Dogz and Monki are among a series of A-Graders also quick to support the young Polish prodigy. On April 8th, Klaves touches down at MOTH Club alongside the jilted electronic brilliance of The Golden Filter. Get tickets.

WHITE HEAT CLUB: JERRY BOUTHIER DJ SET

It's been a staple of the week for longer than we can remember, moving to their new home of The Lexington and bringing Friday night's a new reason to turn the Netflix off. Resident DJs Marcus Harris and Matty bring the best in new and classic disco, leftfield pop, house and new wave edits straight through your soles to turn the dance floor into an exhilarating and unapologetically hot mess. Expect the occasional live act or guest DJ joining them on the decks. Counting the likes of Daniel Avery, Cyril Hahn, TEED, and Factory Floor in their alumni, this is one night that refuses you 'chill'. Get tickets.

CHAIN OF FLOWERS

Cardiff’s Chain of Flowers crushed on to the scene a few years back with swathing guitars that cemented over lamenting vocals with the pessimism of The Cure and the sonic onslaught of Eagulls. Add to that an incendiary live show that finds the band looming over every crowd, intimidation and nihilism in abundance, and an unrelenting rhythm section continuously driving every song forward, and you’ve one of the UK’s most underrated punk forces. After releasing their long-awaited self-titled debut album last year they announced a small UK tour. You need to be at this Shacklewell Arms gig in April. Get tickets.

KRYSTAL KLEAR

This April, Dalston's infamous basement welcomes the funk-infused house sounds of Krystal Klear to steer the ship. Taking over The Nest, the Irish producer who's blessed the likes of MadTech and Rinse with his work, will be slamming everything from dusty-crate disco to ruthless underground house bangers. With NVWLS on support, this is gonna be big. Get tickets.

HABIBI FUNK

After a few years hosting parties in the balmy climes of Sheffield & Manchester, Banana Hill are heading to London. To kick it all off, they're inviting Jakarta co-founder, Habibi Funk. With a specific focus on sharing & reissuing essential 60s & 70s music from the Arab world, his mixtapes span amazing funk, disco, soul & psych and take us on dusty vinyl journeys. Not only that, Heather Wall and Banana Hill's residents will join the bill for what you can guarantee will be a truly special introduction to Banana Hill in London. Get tickets.

BRISTOL

HERMITUDE

One listen to Hermitude's breakout banger, Searchlight, and it's clear the Sydney duo don't do things by halves. Orchestral strings, anthemic synths and pounding bass runs through the core of their productions, and was made to be played live. On April 6th, the high-octane Australian pair take over Start The Bus, for what you can guarantee will be a packed out, sweat-filled showcase of their unrelenting sound. Get tickets.

FIVE10 PRESENTS: SKEPSIS & SUPPORT

This April, a selection of the UK underground's finest lead the line at Bristol's Blue Mountain Club. Skepsis' productions are fueled by Sheffield sounding basslines, hammering kicks and infectious organs. Pitched somewhere between DJ Q and Scratcha DVA, the man is a production powerhouse. Not only that, the bass-heavy sounds of Barely Royal and Bunnie will join the attack for a night you can't be missing. Get tickets.

FEAR OF MEN

They've built a strong alliance across the Atlantic with firm champions in the likes of Gorilla vs. Bear and Pitchfork and released their debut album Loom through tastemaker wonders Kanine. Mixing blissful melody with swathes of soft guitars and sentiment, lead singer Jessica Weiss has the fey nonchalance of a superstar. They've won comparisons to the likes of Young Marble Giants and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, but there's also a darker undertone to their cryptic and echoing indie. Currently readying their second album, they announce this free show at Bristol's Start The Bus in April. Get tickets.

GAPS

Brighton duo Gaps have been slowly crafting their art over the last few years and released their debut album In, Around The Moments back in May through Maya Jane Coles label I/AM/ME. It's folktronica given a slick edge that has as much in common with Jon Hopkins as it does with the likes of Tunng or CocoRosie. Live, they're as inviting and captivating, creating an atmosphere that draws you in. After a stunning 2015, you won't want to miss this headline show at Start The Bus. Get tickets.

GOLD CLASS

Mixing vocals of a similar ilk to Ian Curtis and Morrissey with subversive lyrics a la Savages and Jawbox, Australian's Gold Class are gritty post-punk revelation that you have to hear. Angular riffs collide with driving percussion and on their debut LP It's You, Stereogum write that "these guys seem to have swallowed up an entire genre's worth of history and ended up titans of the form". Already a formidable live force, they play this free show at Bristol's Start The Bus in April. Get tickets.

GLASGOW

HQFU

Having toured the Scottish folk circuit for a number of years, HQFU has now turned her revered talents to production. Taking influences from 90's dance tapes, Death Grips, Nina Nastasia and more, she creates brooding electronica that showcases her folk roots and love for powerful house music. Her debut track Dust & Dirt received high praise from Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio and following the announcement of her forthcoming debut mini album in April, she plays this date The Glad Cafe in celebration. Get tickets.

MANCHESTER

ANTICS: THE VRYLL SOCIETY

If you want a night out filled with foolish, outrageous and amusing behaviour, the antics Clubnight is the one for you. Taking over Manchester's Night & Day Cafe with a whole host of live acts and DJs, it's an absolute must if you're in the North West. With psychedelic wavy guitar lines that will speak to fans of Tame Impala and a 90's attitude that hints at early-Stone Roses, Liverpool trio The Vryll Society create pumping alt-rock that's made to be heard on the dancefloor. They'll be playing live before antics DJs take over spinning cult-indie, psychedelic retro gems to keep you going long into the night. Get tickets.