Laurel, Blue Blood

Closing the year out with one of the best things I missed in 2013. Southampton via London singer songwriter Laurel is pretty incredible, I could easily spend all of NYE on her soundcloud.                                              
(Via HumanHuman)

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Until The Ribbon Breaks Remix - Sam Smith, Nirvana

His take on Lorde's Royals was inspired and now with this re-imagination of Sam Smith's Nirvana, the Cardiff man is turning me round to another of 2013's hit's-which-passed-me-by.

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Des McMahon x Louis Futon, Six Ten

The 500th post on Drums Eat Everything is from Philly's bass hungry tag team combo of Des McMahon and Louis Futon. Free download, loud volume, go nuts.

Broods, Never Gonna Change

Record Of The Week //

Bridges was good, Never Gonna Change is even better. Brooding synth pop with brains and soul. New Zealand is challenging Australia's new music dominance.


4e Remix - The Neighbourhood, Afraid

Los Angeles production duo '4e' work some dark, naughty-beat magic on Afraid. A brilliantly moody take on the original. Free download.

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Madeaux Remix - Beyonce, Flawless

"BOW DOWN BITCHES" couldn't be more appropriate for this cut as it completely owns every other Beyonce remix to surface this year, curtesy of Miami's finest purveyor of chopped and screwed electronic soul.

On Planets Remix - Bestie, Asleep On The Bus

So much fun, this should be the soundtrack to every Christmas party blow out. If you're not going to a party blow out then dance around your bedroom in your festive underpants to this.

Option 4 Remix - Great Good Fine OK, You're The One For Me

If this isn't on your December playlist then your party is shit. Sorry.

The Neighbourhood, Silver

So atmospheric and sultry and shady and AWESOME. God I love this band.

Hot New Stuff // Little Matador, Liar Liar EP

Little Matador's members have plenty of history in bands from Snow Patrol to Idlewild and beyond, come from Belfast, Dublin and Portland and collectively blow the shit out of rock music like seemingly only duo's have been doing lately. This little tour video is from their recent live shows with QOTSA, Jimmy Eat World and Nine Inch Nails and the track from the video, Boom Boom features in the Liar Liar EP below. Big, ballsy and creative rock music, this is pretty fantastic.

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SOHN Remix - Disclosure ft London Grammar, Help Me Lose My Mind

Holy shit this is incredible. 

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Hot New Stuff // Y N G C U L T, Sides of War

A mysterious LA band with some vowels missing from their name, no information available and some trippy Flume-style beats, Y N G C U L T are pant wettingly exciting and Sides of War makes you piss your pants.

Via MusicThatWeLike 

Burial, Rival Dealer EP

This new Burial EP is pretty relentless. Rival Dealer barely lets you catch your breath, storming from abrasive, mashed-up break beats to pounding techno intensity punctuated only by disorientating cinematic sound-scaping. If you like dark, focussed, electronic bass music with its balls in your face then you're in luck.

Rival Dealer is out now through Hyperdub (here).

Record of the year - 2013

No subjectivity here, just a mathematically proven list of the best non-Get Lucky songs of the year with a playlist of (most of) them. 

50. Action Bronson, Strictly 4 My Jeeps

49. Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Flatline

48. Barnaby, Bored

47. Raj, Ghost

46. Disclosure ft Eliza Doolittle, You & Me (Baauer Remix)

45. Bombay Bicycle Club, Carry Me

44. Kanye West, Blood On The Leaves

43. Bondax, Giving It All

42. Snakehips ft George Maple, On & On

41. Foxes, Youth

40. Royal Blood, Out Of The Black

39. Astronomyy, Drivin Me Crazy

38. Active Child ft Mikky Ekko, Subtle

37. Louis Futon, Dozing

36. Tinashe ft Travi$ Scott, Vulnerable

35. Laura Welsh, Unravel

34. Pusha T, Numbers On The Board

33. Gallant, Sirens

32. TOKiMONSTA ft MNDR, Go With It

31. Drenge, Bloodsports

30. Solomon Grey, Gen V

29. MMX, Tremor

28. Glass Animals, Black Mambo

27. Vaults, Cry No More

26. Jaymes Young, Dark Star

25. J. Cole ft Miguel, Power Trip

24. James Blake, Retrograde

23. The Hics, Tangle

22. ASTR, Operate

21. Cyril Hahn ft Shy Girls, Perfect Form

20. James Vincent McMorrow, Cavalier

19. Drake, Hold On We're Going Home

18. Kanye West, Black Skinhead

17. Foals, Late Nights

16. Chvrches, The Mother We Share

15. Local Natives, Heavy Feet

14. Gorgon City ft MNEK, Ready For Your Love

13. Thumpers, Unkinder (A Tougher Love)

12. MSMR, Fantasy

11. Panama, Always

10. SZA, Julia

9. Koda, Leaving

8. Banks, This Is What It Feels Like

7. Snakadaktal, Hung On Tight

6. Wet, No Lie

5. Kwabs, Last Stand

4. Arctic Monkeys, Do I wanna Know?

3. St Lucia, Elevate

2. Movement, Us

1. Rosie Lowe, Right Thing

And a special hat tip to the musical highlight of the year, THAT verse from Kendrick:

Dream Koala Remix - Banks, Change

Dream Koala somehow makes a sexy, mysterious R&B track even sexier and more mysterious. The Chainsmokers did a good one too (here).

Jaymes Young, Moondust (Stripped)

Jaymes Young can do no wrong. Gorgeous stripped back version of one of his best songs. Free download.

Ambassadeurs, Make Me

Brighton's Ambassadeurs has quite a talent for smashing samples beyond recognition and creating great sounds, Make Me is retro but cutting edge and I bloody love it. Free through soundcloud / his website.

Bad Suns, Salt

Bad Suns are from Woodland Hills, California and Salt is a glorious beam of warm indie pop sunshine with some cute plucking guitars, a smoooooooth vocal and a tropical Foals vibe. All. Over. This. 

Salt is taken from Transpose EP, out on 21st January 2014 through Vagrant Records.

James Vincent McMorrow, Red Dust

More pristine music from Dublin's man with the bang-on beard. He's going to have an amazing year next year if this is anything to go by. 

Pre order the album Post Tropical, out 13th January 2014 through Believe Recordings.
Artist link: James Vincent McMorrow

Hot New Stuff // Tomika, Everything (Will Come To An End)

From Leipzig, Germany Tomika's latest single is a rich, sweeping swell of electro chill, drawing from the softer side of Flume's half time groove, quietly driving things forwards with chattering hats. Gorgeous stuff.

Everything (Will Come To An End) is taken from the forthcoming The Picture EP, out on 20th December 2013 through Export Label.

Clams Casino and Vic Mensa, Egyptian Cotton

This tune is a commercial for HP who tasked Clams Casino and Vic Mensa with making a song, video and studio art in two days. The whole thing was streamed live, the result is a pretty impressive space bass bone shaker with a cooly-energetic vid.

Matthew and the Atlas, Out Of The Darkness

Record Of The Week //

If London Grammar got you excited this year but you yearn for a rustically rumbly, soulful vocal then Aldershot via London singer Matthew Hegarty, aka Matthew and the Atlas has got you covered. The beautiful Out Of The Darkness is taken from his forthcoming debut album which should be out next spring through Communion Records. 

2014: One's To Watch

It's end of year list season and I'm jumping right on the bandwagon. These are the acts who I think/hope will do good things in 2014. In no particular order:

[For 2013's tips go here]


The envy of many bands, London duo Thumpers are now signed to two of the best labels on the planet in Transgressive and Sub Pop and their soaring skyscrapers of alt pop tunes are likely to land them on a bunch of tip lists and radio playlists next year. Unkinder is a bulldozing monster of a record.


She's been steadily whipping up the worlds media into something of a frenzy with a drip feed of impeccable dark R&B tracks throughout the year, pairing her silky control with on-point production flair from the likes of TEED and SOHN, if anyone encapsulates the sound and feel of exciting music right now it's LA's Banks.


One of the standout scandinavian alt electro pop acts to emerge in 2013 (and god knows there's been some serious quantity and quality coming out of that place), Tove Lo is backed by glittery tastemakers to the world Neon Gold and the size of her chorus' have been wowing everyone from here to Lorde.


What Banks is to LA, Rosie Lowe may well be to London; a sultry, mysterious, brooding figure, effortlessly pouring out one of the best songs of the year and positioning herself for a full blown charm offensive in the new year. Along with Thumpers, she's one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the UK in a long time.


This year SZA (pronounced S(u)ZA) became the first ever R&B signee for Top Dawg Entertainment, played some award shows with now-labelmate Kendrick Lamar and channeled her experimental Bjork inspired soulful vision to create some colourfully progressive textures like this:


From a delightful little place called Hitchin, Rhodes has been one of the standout newcomers in 2013 with his encapsulating songwriting craft, perfectly controlled and honestly emotive voice and live charm. Now signed to Hometown Records, expect major play-listings and nice big glamorous stuff for him.


Brooklyn trio Wet make the most perfect music. A sublime balance between pop melodies that stay with you for days, effortless don't-look-at-me cool, irresistible no-but-do-look-at-me confidence, relaxed R&B x blissful sounds and refreshingly minimalistic-yet-full production. They'd better do well after that write up anyway.

Already pretty famous to be fair but for those who aren't familiar,  comes from Copenhagen and has already mastered the "electronic soul, street vibes indie pop" genre thus:


It seems like 2013 was the year for duo's and particularly guitar and drums rock duo's. Royal Blood are the best of the lot, so much power and purpose, such big songs, Brighton's got a fiery riot on their hands here.


London based Kwabs finished the year with one of the best songs of 2013 in Last Stand; if golden, intelligent R&B-soul with silky caramel, warm vocals from heaven and bomb ass monster hooks is your thing then heads up. If not, go away and reevaluate yourself as a human being.


Not sure I should really put him here given that this track is the only one anyone's heard but it's so good that I'm going to still my neck out and say that Ráj, LA's newest moody alt indie'&B singer songwriter is going to do more, equally awesome things next year.


Los Angeles is taking over a bit here isn't it (and we're not done yet...). It feels like Tinashe has been around forever and after a couple of mix tapes and slamming singles she's ready to launch a major assault. With major label backing she's got all the attributes to be bigger than a my love for cheesesteaks.


From seemingly nowhere (well, from surprise surprise, Los Angeles) Jaymes Young seemed to create an unstoppable online momentum through sheer quality of songs this year. Dark Star was hyped by Zane Lowe, he hit the road with London Grammar and next year his perfect songwriting deserves to be all over the alternative masses.


Ben Khan comes from London, is a mysterious psych indie guitar smith with copious amounts of creativity, melodies, talent and originality and his music sounds like a trippy glimpse of whisky blurred heaven.


Another solo artist, Cambridge born SIVU caught the eye with the incredible Better Man Than Me video which surface over the summer and was made using an actual MRI scanner. Likened to Gotye, Wild Beasts and Alt J, he's awesome.


And finally, George Ezra has some top notch tunes which roll with smokey folk - galloping country vibes, kind of a more interesting Jake Bugg if you will. For me his best quality is his incredible, deep husky voice which sounds more like a 65 year old Mississippi blues singer than a fresh faced 19 year old from Bristol.

Rosie Lowe, Right Thing EP

From the smokey ambience of slow burning but instantly stunning Right Thing to the disjointed, stammering beat of the glitchy Me & Your Ghost, Rosie Lowe's Right Thing EP is the statement of intent from one of the most exciting talents around. 

Just listen to it, for gods sake. Out now through 37 Adventures.

BMB ft GoldLink, Playah

I've been wondering which of the so-called new breed would start taking hold of things next and Viriginia rapper GoldLink may be grabbing hip hop by the balls soon if Playah is anything to go by. The rich beat is by Russian producer BMB and this is sick.

Premiered at P&P.

Bel Heir, Fame

The chorus on Fame sucks you in, imposes a choke hold and just won't let go and yet that voice sounds so innocent - why is this happening to me? Shit I don't know, son. However, I do know that Bel Heir are one of the best things coming out of Philly right now.

Oh, and this band are not just tagging B-sides on for novelty value, they're actually making really good ones.

Ben Khan, Savage

Everything Ben Khan has put out this year seems to have been an improvement on the last and Savage is a ravenously trippy, glitch alt-pop beat from the new music gods. You're damn right it's christmas.

Hot New Stuff // SLK, Ride

London's SLK follows the path laid by Jessie Ware, pouring atmosphere and silk (yeah I know) all over three minutes of moody alt-R&B richness. Lovely stuff this.

Via P&P

What So Not, Jaguar

Flume + Emoh Instead = What So Not

Jaguar is out next week through Sweat It Out / OWSLA.

Xodiak, My Soul To Take

Brooding, sultry darkness, Xodiak opted against importing their hometown LA sunshine and instead slow step their way through a sexy five minute black and white frown. So good.

(Via BangTidy)

Hot New Stuff // Stacey, Worst Part

Record Of The Week //

Stacey is from Toronto and Worst Part is the first single from her self titled EP. It's sultry, sombre, intimately stripped back and all kinds of wonderful.

Tinashe, Vulnerable ft Travi$ Scott

Record Of The Week //

From one of the most underrated singers out there, this Tinashe jam is dark, space age R&B with bass growling all over the place, twisting breathy vocals and a seedy guest verse from Yeezus collaborator Travi$ Scott. Filthy and awesome.

Lincoln Jesser, Something Right

LA's Lincoln Jesser makes rich soulful electronic beats, Something Right has just the right amount of synth growl, airy breeze and Roosevelt/Washed Out style haunting vocals. Very good.

Hot New Stuff // Lion Bark, Longhorns

Brighton four piece Lion Bark met at music college, started this band then dropped out to make sweet, melodic indie pop with shades of Wild Beasts and Dan Croll. Longhorns is immediately infectious and between their songwriting and the distinctive (and pretty fantastic) vocal they're onto a winner.

Emily Underhill, Dreamcatcher

Turn those lights down low gurrrl, Dreamcatcher is the sexiest silky chocolate R&B future pop you're getting this week. Well played Emily Underhill. Boss. 

Bodhi Glitch on the remix too, daaaaamn son.

Will Lister Remix - Pedestrian, Hoyle Road

Will Lister is a 16 producer from Dorset who's recently started making waves for his impressive remixes of first Jamie XX and more recently Pedestrian. Big talent.

Shout to DNNM.

Dustin Tebbutt, The Breach EP

Australian singer Dustin Tebbutt retreated to Sweden for a couple of years to live, work and make music and the result is a chillingly glacial EP about that experience and his consequent gains and losses. Lead single The Breach has already had influential support from Zane Lowe and Triple J and the crisp freshness of his Scandinavian experience flows right through this four track EP. The Wolves will tear straight into the heart of Bon Iver's fans while the harmonious Where I Find You and closing track White Lines seem to draw influence from Sigur Ros' patient and atmospheric builds, swirling textures and an unfaltering gaze which you can't help but hold. Expect to see a lot more from this cat in 2014.

The Breach EP is out now in Australia through Eleven. Stream in full here.

Rejjie Snow, Black Pancackes

Is Rejjie Snow already Cork's biggest rap export? Really digging this, kind of like a relaxed and hushed, more subtly menacing Tyler.

Flume & Chet Faker, Drop The Game

Flume and Chet Faker are definitely two of the better artists striding out of so-hot-right-now Australia so the fact that they're putting out more collaborative music with those beats and those vocals is a gift.

Drop The Game is the lead track from Lockjaw EP, available from 22nd November 2013 through Future Classic.

Sam Smith & Disclosure & Nile Rodgers & Jimmy Napes, Together

I have a long weekend out of the game and what happens? A crack team of talent springs out of the upper echelons of music and puts out a track with an artist tag as long as Miley's tongue. The title of this blog post will be a problem. Inconveniences aside though, great tune.

Breton, Envy

Breton channel the spirit of early Foals with this summery explosion of stabs, triplets, hooks and golden grooves. There's so much creativity in these guys and the build towards the end is just heaven.

Sega Bodega, Security

Rushing for a flight so I'll keep this brief; Sega Bodega reworks Heartbroken and it's sweeeeeeeeeeeet (listen to it).

Barnaby, Bored

Record Of The Week //

Behold; 4 minutes 29 seconds of silky, smokey, golden warmth from Southampton's main man in the R&B game, Barnaby.

Hot New Stuff // Saol Álainn, Nostroke

Saol Álainn is based in Los Angeles. Nostroke suggests Vampire Weekend to begin with but gives way to some messed up glitching and forward thinking discomfort, pushing conventional boundaries and taking you down a 22nd century musical rabbit hole.

Nostroke is out now through No Recordings. Order the 7" here.

Hot New Stuff // Looks, Everest

Looks come from London and they need more followers so like them here and follow them here. I don't say this in sympathy, I say it because it's what their Late Of The Pier x Friendly Fires blend of creative guitars and technology deserves.

Hat tip to Don't Need No Melody on another great call.

Battleships, Take Your Rest

FFS Australia, we get it, lots of good music over there, it's almost embarrassing blah blah… Well here's more Ausie gold, this time from Sydney four piece Battleships who rock the Panama/Local Natives vibe very well.

Solomon Grey, Firechild

Elusive UK duo Solomon Grey score a huge electro/R&B/pop crossover win with Firechild, thanks to some relentless, driving, train track shuddering synths. Love this.

Firechild is released on 18th November 2013 through Black Butter Records. Pre-order here.

Sway Clarke II, I Don't Need Much

An incredible introduction to Toronto via Berlin's Sway Clarke II, I Don't Need Much could have easily been sold to a major label artist but thankfully he kept it for himself to rival Frank Ocean's smart future soul.

Live // Nick Mulvey, Rhodes, Sam Fender - Manchester

Friday 8th November
Nick Mulvey || Rhodes || Sam Fender
The Deaf Institute

Manchester's historic Deaf Institute served as the perfect host to three of the UK's most promising singer songwriters on a dreary yet enthusiastic Manchester evening. Elevated stepped pew seating, exposed rafters and centuries old wood and stone offered the best acoustics you could demand for stripped back and rustic music. The talented trio were all lone rangers for the night with no hint of accompaniment for any of them. Just as well they were good then.

Sam Fender comes from the North East of England and isn't a name I've come across before and his songwriting was evocative of James Morrison's accessible and well constructed pop for the acoustic guitar romancers. His real strength though lies in his incredible voice which sits somewhere between Ben Howard and George Ezra, the raspy grit, emotion and power in those vocal chords is show stopping and he certainly made an impression tonight.

Rhodes appeared on staged dressed like he was in The xx and that in itself seems to indicate his place amongst singer songwriters. He's not from the usual mould; his songs are soulful and full, his voice gyrates between yearning tenderness and rip roaring intensity and most strikingly he plays the guitar with no band yet without sounding like a solo guitarist. The nights highlight was set closer Always which would have brought even the most hardened criminal bastard to his blubbering knees as the mood from his Raise Your Love EP was magnified and expanded live.

And so to our headliner, Nick Mulvey who received rapturous applause from an adoring full venue. I was curious to see how many of the turnout were there because of his recent Radio 1 playlisting but Nitrous was scarcely the best received song of the night and Mulvey's back catalogue was lapped up by an apparent hardcore of followers. His stripped down cover of Donna Summer's I Feel Love was unexpected and encapsulating and he delivered an hour long masterclass in being a guitar maestro. He expertly blends textures, swells and dips velocity and mood, flexes incredible control and coordination between vocal and guitar and did some transfixing, Spanish finger-fan strum thing to stunning effect. The set ending gratitude and audience photo opportunity was a nice touch too from a talent very much on the rise.

Kove, Lose You

Kove comes from London and makes great big beats. Lose You is shuddering the worlds bass bins for free, via the first lady of dance, Annie Mac.