Gossling, Never Expire


Record Of The Week //

Shit the bed I love great electro pop. If you do too, if CHVRCHES got their hooky little claws into you and if you don't mind the current global invasion of incredible Australian talent then Melbourne's Helen Croome, aka Gossling, has got something for you. Check the hypnotic remix from Oliver Tank too.

Never Expire is out now through Process/Universal Music (Australia only).


Chela, Plastic Gun


If you've missed Ladyhawke's infectious electro pop then meet Chela, a fellow Australian whose relaxed vocal delivery on Plastic Gun are laced with 80's effects to glorious retro pop effect.

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COIN, Atlas


Those hero's over at NeonGold coined this song (I know, terrible pun, I'm sorry) "Southern-fried indie meets Brooklyn dream-pop" whilst comparing the summery track by Nashville four-piece COIN to Local Natives and Vampire Weekend. Plagiarism aside, I fully concur. Great tune, lazy blog post etc etc.

Yuna, Falling/Rescue



Malasyan singer songwriter Yuna's first tracks since last years breakthrough album Yuna are trickling through, Rescue's playful positivity is an addictive ray of hope while Falling is a bouncy soulful slice of lush with vocals from the angels. New album Nocturnal lands on 29th October through Verve Records.


B A S E C A M P , BASECAMP EP


Opening track Emmanuel surfaced a couple of months ago and now the rest of the EP from Nashville's trio of sickeningly talented producers is out in the daylight. Get "BASECAMP" for free in all of its rich, pioneering R&B glory. Gorgeous, gorgeous music.

World's Fair, Your Girl's Here Pt. II


In a year where hip hop has probably never had more of the spotlight, the genre feels like it's gone stale and relentlessly copied winning (trap) formulas. Thankfully, Queens collective World's Fair are throwing out quality cuts with brains, balls AND style. NYC hip hop scores another win.

FTSE, St Trpoez (ft ForteBowie)


It's probably about time the UK came up with a forward thinking R&B leading man to take the fight to The Weeknd and Drake and in Leicester's FTSE is a deep, rumbling presence with late night tunes, drenched in alcoholic electro. Bass heavy, minimalistic, future-step, R&B; whatever this is it shows how effortlessly British musicians are getting on with the post-dubstep age of electronic music.

ST TROPEZ is taken from the FTSE II EP and is released on 30th September 2013 through Lucky Number Music.



glass gang, Waves


Moody, distant guitars and sparse, piercing electronic drum sounds don't seem to be the most compatible of musical companions but Brooklyn's aesthetically and sonically stylish glass gang smashed it with Waves. Dig in.

Szjerdene, Linger Well


If the new soul sounds of Solonge, SZA and Erykah Badu float your boat then Szjerdene is the new engine for said boat. Lush and haunting, this freebie will get its silky claws into you.                                        Via MostlyJunkFood

Hot New Stuff // Louis Futon, Alright Alright EP


Anyone who uses that beautiful Philly skyline in their artwork is on for a winner with me but that aside, if you want to know what the future of electronic music looks like then Philadelphia producer duo Louis Futon are a good place to start. 

Their Alright Alright EP is available for free and sounds like a delicious mash up of chill, hip hop and crunk beats with ideas coming out of everywhere. Kind of like what a Flume x James Blake x Cashmere Cat collaboration might sound like but with some vintage flair scattered amongst all that modern sparkle, these guys are worth following. 

Via P&P

No Ceremony///, No Ceremony/// (Album)


Manchester trio NO CEREMONY/// have featured here several times by now because their gravelly bass, ghostly guitars, analogue dance beats and ambient reverbs make for a hypnotic blend of heady euphoric  rave and human sensitivity so often lacking from electronic based music. 



Singles HURTLOVE and FEELSOLOW will bring many people to the band AND make for a strong start to their debut album but the real highlights of this whirlwind of a nine track record are in its surprisingly tender moments. Track four, WARSONGS slows the bands electro pulse slightly and the introduction of acoustic guitar and orchestral accompaniment gives an indication of the change of pace. The next track AWAYFROMHERE matches this same sombre depth with rich, almost Bon Iver-esq emotive vocals whilst the ambient and suspenseful effect trail blending PARTOFME and DELIVERUS in the records latter stages show how much more this band has to offer than singles and electro indie pop styling.



This is record full of moods and dynamics as much as it is Radio 1 ready hit singles. It's not formulaic, it's thought provoking, feeling like a body of work which has been loved and nurtured to showcase a creative force making a strong opening statement. The only complaint is that there isn't one more song to make it a perfect 10.

'No Ceremony///' is released on 2nd September 2013 through NOC///.

Hot New Stuff // Hero Fisher, You Can


You Can is some mighty fine, bluesy indie rock from London based Australian Hero Fisher. If The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Raconteurs are your bag then meet your new favourite artist.

Manor, Architecture


The intro reminded me of a Cold War Kids track and from thereon I was hooked by this track from Melbourne duo Manor. Mesmerisingly gentle vocals over a beautifully crafted song, get this into your life.

Architecture is out now through Manor/Gaga.

 

(Via ilovepie)

Hot New Stuff // Years & Years, TRAPS


Word is London, five piece Years & Years have been doing the rounds for a couple of years and their persistence seems to be finally starting to pay off. Killer electro indie pop with some king size hooks and an instantly seductive vocal, these guys are one of the finds of the year for sure.

TRAPS is out on 9th September 2013 through Kitsunè.

Via P&P

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Rango


I do love an intriguing band name and Catfish and the Bottlemen have certainly ticked that box. Furthermore, they can rock a pop song without sounding like U2 and the Llandudno (North Wales) quartet could be the leather jacket wearing, stadium conquering guitar band the UK has been desperately searching for this year.

Rango is released on 15th September 2013 through Communion Records. Go here to pre-order the vinyl.



The Preatures, Is This How You Feel?


The Preatures are keeping the Australian invasion going with some of the sunny, classic R&B influenced indie pop sound making Haim such a hit. Such a sunny breeze of a record.

Is This How You Feel? is available now through Universal.



Jaymes Young, Dark Star (Album)


Having burst onto the scene only a few short months ago with a drip-fed collection of impecable pop songs, produced with subtly bass infused post-chillwave textures, LA's Jaymes Young's silky and effortless vocals completed a package that has seen him stand out as one of 2013's most exciting and impressive new talents.

His 'Dark Star' project is being called both and album and a mixtape. Whatever it is it's an enthusiastic new artists collection of remarkably self assured and mature tracks, including the now infamous cover of What Is Love, the Zane Lowe supported title track Dark Star and the delicately lush ballads Fragments and Wondering

Genuinely essential listening.

Dark Star will be available through itunes but for now it's available for free through soundcloud. You should probably take advantage of that.

Nothing, Dig


Dark, grungy balls out rock from Philly, Nothing sounds like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for the modern, pissed off fan of oil tanker sized drone guitars.

Dig is available now through Relapse Records. Go here to buy.

Hot New Stuff // Redsparrow, A Different Kind Of World


Manchester via Sheffield deep house producer Redsparrow was snapped up by Hijacker Records earlier this year and A Different Kind Of World, his first official release, is packed with retro synth glides, percussive shuffles and ambient vocal sampling. Hypnotic post-summer party beats from a promising new talent.

A Different Kind Of World is out now through Hijacker Records.





If you've not already got it, pick up his vibey Lykke Li remix for free:

Claire, Games


Record Of The Week //

Screw it, this week is turning into the unofficial home of excellent dance music so if you're looking for variety then maybe check back next week? Munich group Claire consist of three producers and a singer songwriter who make glorious electro pop like Games, which sounds a bit like CHVRCHES x Duke Dumont x Bastille.

Games is out now through Polydor/Island.



George FitzGerald, I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)


Gorgeous deep house with a lush souldful hook, this is powerfully simple dance music at it's core, done very very well by London's George FitzGerald.

Arkon Fly, Through The Fire


Funky, bouncy house from a mysterious London duo, Through The Fire features recorded (not sampled) soulful vocals from Arkon Fly themselves and the comparisons to Disclosure are surely flooding in already. The purple patch of UK dance music goes on.

(Via P&P)

Buried Beds, Stars


I'm pretty sure this is the first time orchestral-artsy-indie-rock-chamber-folk-pop has featured here, well done to Philadelphia's Buried Beds for making all of those things work in one, lovely, indie flick soundtrack song.

brotherun, The Dissonance Between Us


brotherun are two brothers from Phoenix via Nashville who recently started working together after seperate rock and pop projects. The Dissonance Between Us shows their mutual love of heart melting chillwave and it's really bloody good. 




Brotherun EP is available now through bandcamp:

Hot New Stuff // F.U.R.S., Just Kids


Just Kids is way too cool to be a good song but somehow London trio F.U.R.S. have nailed the shit out of the style-substance balance. Sounding a bit like The Kills/Interpol/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they've got an artsy indie rock sound which could go stellar. 

Just Kids is available now from itunes or from the bands website on beautiful, clear vinyl.

YADi, Creatures


Creatures is possibly YADi's best track to date and would sit perfectly on Neon Gold Record's incredible catalogue of quirky alt-pop. Wonderful creativity and some heavy weight talent.

Jaymes Young, Moondust


In anticipation of his Dark Star project coming out on the 20th August, Jaymes Young just dropped this little beauty to further emphasise that he's one of the most consistent and exciting songwriters around right now. Oh, and his voice is amazing too. Decent work all round, really...




Hot New Stuff // Let's Away, Bloodrush (demo)


Sunderland/London band Let's Away made this demo in a converted dungeon for £40, you can almost smell the musk on the stone walls, this is packed with raw vibe and relaxed confidence. One to keep an eye on for sure.

SZA, Julia


Record Of The Week //


Shades of Solonge bleed onto SZA's soulful Felix Snow and Dave Free produced jam. It's soulful pop with an undeniably cool retro beat and the kind of artistic panache recently resurrected by the likes of Janelle Monae. 

orange gold red, Ink


Brooklyn duo orange gold red's Ink gives a quietly menacing first impression of the band with hushed tones and bags of mystiqueThis track sways in a breeze of distant guitar while deviously growing into a bubbling and pulsating electronic peak. A really promising new band.

(Via GoldFlakePaint)

The Chainsmokers Remix - Fenech Soler, Last Forever


Regular readers of this blog will by now be very familiar with these two talented producers from NYC. They feature here a lot because they know how to take a good song and make a face melting remix, on a very regular basis. This time Fenech Soler's upcoming single gets The Chainsmokers' friday night rave up treatment. 

Active Child, She Cut Me


With tribal drums and ghostly yelps, Active Child's She Cut Me is a deeply atmospheric, sparklingly ambient and (at just over two minutes long) pretty damn brief beat. Taken from his upcoming EP 'Rapor'.

Drenge, Drenge (Album)



Kicking your debut album off with a statement like People in love make me feel yuk gives an indication of the rawkus, no holds barred attitude which helped create Drenge's live shows so notoriously energetic (if not violently intimidating). But if live rock music has proven anything over the decades, it's that rowdy energy cannot always be recreated on record. No such problems for Drenge though.

Three tracks in and they're getting confrontational, throwing out a diamond of a catchphrase with "Make you piss your pants, I wanna break you in half", before their gruesome itch gets a masochistic scratch on Bloodsports, where the brotherly duo manage to show off their power/subtlety balance of playing with bluesy groove whilst smashing the living shit out of their instruments and being really, well, blood thirsty.



As with Bloodsports, their other singles Backwaters and Face Like A Skull don't shadow the rest of the album; the sound is huge throughout, the excitement never goes away and blues-punk attitude and grit never pales. Gun Crazy enforces Drenge's punk rock credentials in both pace and rawness while Dogmeat sounds like the rough and ready rock n roll tune the world's bourbon manufacturers will fight over to soundtrack their next ad campaigns.

Closing track Fuckabout provides a surprisingly somber and more low key dynamic with an honest, understated charm and punctuated flow, leaning slightly towards the Mardy Bum era of their fellow Sheffield noisesmiths. 

The hugely impressive Drenge roars along with frantic energy, a powerful, engaging intensity and the purposefulness of a steely gaze over the poker table through a smoke filled bar. Without question one of the finest and most compelling debut albums you'll hear this year. Stream it in full exclusively over at The Guardian.

Drenge is released on 18th August 2013 through Infectious Music.




New single Nothing is released on 11th November 2013.

BANKS, Waiting Game (Prod by SOHN)


CAPS LOCK fans take note; two of 2013's most exciting breakthrough artists get busy on this mesmerising, sultry bit of mood pop. BANKS flexes her brooding vocal talents over SOHN's richly ambient production skills. Genius.

Hot New Stuff // Phlo Finister, Coca Cola Classic


Banned from listening to urban music as a child, LA's unsigned singer songwriter Phlo Finister mixes dark R&B filth with ethereal, breathy innocence. Lana Del Rey x Banks x The Weeknd, it's not hard to see why the biggest suits are flying round the world to try to snap her up.

Coca Cola Classic is taken from the Poster Girl EP, out now on Night Beach Records.




The Chain Gang Of 1974, Miko


That monstrous bassline and anthemic vocal of the juggernaught chorus in Miko are certainly not predictable from the intro to LA's The Chain Gang of 1974's latest single. A hyper Bloc Party on alt brainstorming roll, this is big.

Premiered over at NeonGold.

Magic Man Remix - Atlas Genius, If So


The ever lovable Atlas Genius remixed by the fantastically sunny Magic Man, If So is definitely one for the summer playlist with this added sunshine and party feel injection.