Scene City // Los Angeles

The first in a series of looks into localised music scenes with good stuff going on, here's a group of musicians, in no particular order, who are the shit. 

Scene City part one kicks things off with the bulging talent bank of Los Angeles, California:

Sir Sly

One of the bands to really make a break through on the blog front in 2013, trio Sir Sly combine melancholic melodic pop with a sound more production heavy than you would associate with most standard issue indie-pop bands. More of their stuff is here.

Sir Sly

Possibly fitting into that vaguely monikered genre, 'Future Pop', Chance My Brother sound ambient, comfortably digestible and fun, mixing the back end of chillwave with R n B suggestions in pretty pop packages. Get their EP here.

Banks is no stranger to this blog, having made a strong debut with Lil Silva's Work  here before dropping this soulful, moody and meaningful piece of dark pop. Brutally honest lyrics and almost snarling attitude in the stunning delivery. Nod your head, it's fine.

Before I Ever Met You - Fall Over - EP

The Peach Kings

Their biog reads "The Peach Kings draw their sound and inspiration from the smoky smooth crackle of blues, folk, and soul vinyls". Couldn't have put it better myself. Formed in San Francisco but now operating out of LA, there's a rustic charm about their sound. 

Fisherman - Single - The Peach Kings

The trip hop duo's debut album was the first to be released on Odd Future's label, Odd Future Records. So technically I guess they're not really that new and they're already pretty famous, being part of Tyler's crew and having already nailed remixes for Mikky Ekko, Charli XCX and Lana Del Rey. They are however, very talented, very exciting and rapidly on the rise.

The Internet

With similarities to current hype lovies CHVRCHES, electro synth pop quartet Kitten seem to be well placed to capitalise on the world infatuation with intelligent, glittery pop. Nice video too, featuring an Ellie Goulding hair cut. Very fashionable.

Cut It Out - EP - Kitten

Rich, melodic and with an effortlessly chilled demeanour, Wildcat! Wildcat! sound to me like a cross between Washed Out and Miike Snow. Mr Quiche is a brilliant track and the video is inspired. Be prepared to fall in love with this band.

Wildcat! Wildcat!

By far the most famous members of this list and unashamedly loved by this blog, The Neighbourhood had one of the best songs of 2012 and are one of the most exciting new bands out there, mixing melodic pop, hip hop vibes and guitars seamlessly. Their debut album is eagerly awaited this year. 

The Neighbourhood

Ghost Loft is building a reputation for clean, polished electronic music with groove and atmosphere but he has surprising versatility. The brilliant Seconds first featured here but the track that brought him to many peoples attention was the remix of The Neighbourhood's Let It Go (here), which flexed more than a subtle hint of hip hop and trap.

Seconds - Single - Ghost Loft