“Manuel’s dewdrop vocals are front and center, spraying extra mist on the snatches of melody.”
“Next up is Oxford’s Chad Valley, who’s had our collective knickers in a psych-electronica twist for some time now.”
“The combination of solid beats and sumptuous sonics is irresistible.”
-The Guardian

A product of Oxford’s prolific creative community, Chad Valley has a catalogue that spans three studio releases– 2010’s self-titled debut EP which was a bedroom exploration in swirling synths and sunburnt melodies. 2011’s Equatorial Ultravox expanded that recipe, giving his downtempo productions a decidedly more popleaning twist. It was with Equatorial Ultravox that Chad Valley’s profile grew substantially, thanks in part to single‘Shell Suite’ being used by Alex Patsavas in the major movie, Warm Bodies, and a string of key touring slots supporting the likes of Active Child, Chvrches, Erasure, Friendly Fires and Passion Pit. In 2013, Chad Valley released Young Hunger, his first proper album and one that saw him further embrace his pop ambitions. The material was a modern collage of 80’s freestyle jams and 90’s radio singles, featuring an impressive list of collaborators including El Perro Del Mar, Glasser, TEED and Twin Shadow. In support of the record, Chad Valley toured the world, winning over fans with his stellar voice and impassioned performances.

Now, two years later, Chad Valley’s Hugo Manuel is back with his sophomore album, Entirely New Blue. The record is an exploration in identify and a return to the places that comfort us, especially when we return to them a different person. The album was written between London, where he lived for years with his long-term girlfriend, and Oxford, the town that he came home to when their relationship ended. That painstaking transition is evident across the record’s nine tracks, perhaps mostly on slow-burners “Labasa” and “Seventeen”. The former of which is the namesake village in Fiji where his grandmother was born. Unlike previous material, and embodying the spirit of the music, Hugo’s voice appears higher in the mix and rinsed clean of effects on most tracks. Similarly, the production is more stark, providing Hugo the space to do more with less. Working with producer Joel Ford, the ethos of stripping away everything that’s not immediately useful is apparent.

Entirely New Blue will be released on October 2 via Chad Valley’s longtime label home, Cascine. North American and European tours have been routed for fall.

Chad Valley has shared bills with Erasure, Twin Shadow, Foals, Active Child, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Com Truise, Keep Shelly in Athens and others.