Ann One ft Quinn - Love Junkie

Having already released a couple of albums in South Korea, Love Junkie is Los Angeles based Ann One's debut international release. Warm, soulful mastery.

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Ruelle - Big Guns

Nothing says Christmas like heavy beats and brooding, Nashville soul.

t Ruelle

Oyinda - Restless

Cinematic yet ambient electronic pop with hooks for days from Nigeria-via-London singer, songwriter and producer; Oyinda.

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Kate Miller - Feed The Light

Happened upon a gig that 19 year old Kate Miller was playing for Spotify in London last night and was completely mesmerised by her voice. Fantastic new artist. Free download:

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Gangly, Fuck With Someone Else

[ Hot New Stuff ]

Highly impressive, haunting debut from Reykjavík's Gangly.

f Gangly

Kevin Garrett - Coloring

[ Record Of The Week ]

Outrageously melodic debut single from Pittsburgh via Brooklyn's Kevin Garrett.

f Kevin Garrett

Black Honey - The Taste

Don't know anything about them but this tune is some serious bluesy guitar goodness alright.

t Black Honey

Moons Of Mars - Holiday

Consistently good tunes coming out of these guys right now.

f Moons Of Mars

2015: One's To Watch


It's that cold, expensive time of year again where every idiot with a broadband connection makes a fun list of bands and artists they hope and think will do well next year. So in no particular order, here's two playlists containing my 15 tips; Jack Garratt, Honne, Shura, Real Lies, Tala, Verite, One Bit, The Districts, Laurel, Panes, Tei Shi, Demob Happy, Cozz, The Hics and Fickle Friends:




Previous picks | 2014 | 2013

Sleeptalk - Cool

[ Hot New Stuff ]

The debut track from NYC trio Sleeptalk is Cool, literally and figuratively. Fans of Foals, feel free to foam at the mouth with excitement.

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NZCA LINES - New Atmosphere

[ Record Of The Week ]

Deep and dreamy synth-scape pop with an athletically snaking melody = bloody good.

NZCA LINES

Naomi Pilgrim - It's All Good

Song, hair and car... all awesome. Beat that.

f Naomi Pilgrim

Man Made - All Mine

[ Record Of The Week ]

Manchester three-piece Man Made make glorious, skuzzy indie rock and All Mine sounds like of like a Mancunian Nirvana-Arcade Fire lovechild. Hot hot hot. 

Nick a free download if you sign up to their mailing list here.

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Honne - Live

Photo credit - The Paper Penguins

HONNE

Live - The Sebright Arms, London – 24/11/2014

It’s fair to say that 2014 has been a pretty blistering year for London duo Honne, who emerged over the summer with Warm On A Cold Night, one of the standout debuts of the year. Fast forward a few months, a handful of soundcloud uploads and a whole bucket load of online excitement and suddenly their sold out first ever gig at The Sebright Arms is the place to be seen on a Monday night.

Having a three page long guest list and a basement venue rammed with industry reps and blaggers alike did result in a fair bit of chin stroking and cautious glances by the audience but to be fair to Honne, backed by a six piece band slicker than the post-2010 Gulf of Mexico, they took it in their relaxed, and admirably well bearded stride.

A softly-spoken marketing campaign, mass blog hysteria and a renowned east end venue packed with the capital's cool kids may have tended to suggest a band trotting out the next evolution of Somalian inflused-grime-punk, or whatever the next hot shit is going to be. Instead we got a polished, daytime radio 1 ready soulful R&B pop massage with funk, hooks, 3.5 minute songs with all the right bits in all the right places and a band which wouldn’t sound out of place supporting either Jessie Ware or Beyonce. They’ve got some serious tunes and they tore through them with a proficiency which vindicated the turn-out and suggested they're going to be on several of the excited attendee's new years tip lists. 

Perhaps their much-hyped rise to new music prominence hinted at a slightly more original take on popular music but nonetheless, one of the best new acts to emerge from the UK in 2014 can write damn good songs and play them very well. You can’t ask for too much more from your first year to be fair.

Jack Garratt - The Love You're Given

[ Record Of The Week ]

The dynamics, melodies and production on The Love You're Given are absolutely stunning.

f Jack Garratt

Rae Morris - Under The Shadows


f Rae Morris

Paperwhite - Gold

Lush analogue dream-pop with just the right quantity of 80's from Brooklyn duo Paperwhite.

f Paperwhite

Boots - I Run Roulette


f Boots

Disa - Sculpture

Bleak and desolate, intriguing and inviting, Sculpture from Reykjavik via Copenhagen singer Disa is this weeks absolute must listen. When those synths ramp up near the end too... damn.

f Disa  

XO ft Leo Kalyan - Pulling Me Under

Big house tune...

f XO | f Leo Kalyan

Remi Miles - I Want You

[ Hot New Stuff ]

Impressive debut single from Virginia via Brighton new-soul singer; Remi Miles.

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Ravi Gunslinger - I Wanna Touch Your Hair

[ Hot New Stuff ]

Explosive, youthful zest wrapped in an offensive garage rock ribbon, thrown in your face with the distain you deserve for not knowing who Birmingham's Ravi Gunslinger is. 
To be fair, until DNNM declared this "the #1 best kept secret on soundcloud" I too was unenlightened but, alas, now we can all bathe in the pool of new musical discovery together.

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Virgo - Virgo

[ Record Of The Week ]

Miami's Virgo has somehow managed to make a track which sounds relentless yet calm, thunderous yet dreamy and whilst instantly satisfying, Virgo is a song with enough depth to keep your finger on the repeat button. 

Naming your track after yourself is pretty unusual and perhaps it's the unashamed contradictions which makes this tune so fantastic. The juggernought of a bass line doesn't hurt though. Free download (!!!).

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Carlos Serano Remix, 2Pac vs Banks - Thugz Drowning

Time for something a little different. Free download.

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Great Pagans - So Pure

[ Hot New Stuff ]

Brighton four-piece Great Pagans have just released their debut album through Anti-Ghost Moon Records which features So Pure. With smokey, whirling, pulsating waves washing over some creative use of time signatures, it's definitely one to check out.

Via Hearty Vibes

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The Districts - 4th And Roebling

The Districts must already be the biggest export from the Pennsylvanian town of Lititz and for good reason. In what is perhaps their most exciting track to date, 4th And Roebling blends youthful vigour with the self assured confidence of a seasoned pro bringing down the curtain on their finest album.

f The Districts

Nao - Good Girl

[ Record Of The Week ]

Is it fair to call Nao the breakthrough artist of the year yet? Yet more impeccable pop music.

f Nao

One Bit - Won't Hold Back

[ Record Of The Week ]

Tropical indie-house pop which sparkles and evokes memories of the recently deceased summer, One Bit continue to build on their recent Radio 1 success with more pulsing beats, killer hooks and a nonchalant coolness in Won't Hold Back.

f One Bit

Moons Of Mars, Free To Fly

Big fans of LA band Moons Of Mars over here, Free To Fly is the title track from their forthcoming EP, out in January 2015.

Moons Of Mars

Run The Jewels - Lie Cheat Steal

Taken from one of the standout albums of 2014 (i.e. Run The Jewels 2 is the best album of 2014), blast this while you head over to runthejewels.net and get the whole thing for free. Nuts.

J Tropic - Who U Are

Who U Are is the third track from Brighton producer J Tropic's debut EP, Love Up.

f J Tropic

Opium Twins - Home

Home is the luxuriously harmonious introduction to Opium Twins, the project two friends started from opposing sides of America.

Opium Twins

Reso Remix, Becky Hill - Losing

Very probably the best remix of the year and if the music gods can rustle up enough justice, this should be bigger than Minaj's arse.

f Reso
f Becky Hill

Lion Babe ft Childish Gambino - Jump Hi

[ Record Of The Week ]

It's been almost two years since the pop perfection of Treat Me Like Fire shone a great big spotlight on NYC duo Lion Babe and they've finally followed it up with the soulful and infectious Jump Hi, which features generously buttery hooks and a verse from Childish Gambino. Did the weight of expectation on their second single crutch their creativity? Not on this showing. 

f Lion Babe

Talos - Bloom

Cinematic and dramatic but with enough darkness seeping through to suggest they're going to keep things interesting.

f Talos

Huntar - Bitter

[ Hot New Stuff ]

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Jake Hart - That Touch

New Jake Hart is always welcome and the brooding That Touch just surfaced with a fittingly lonely video, shot in Vegas. Excellent.

f Jake Hart

Halos - Dust

[ Record Of The Week ]

Is it a band, a person, a project or just a plain old milk carton with access to garage band? Who knows but as sure as eggs are eggs, this is one of the records of the year from Halos.

f Halos

Moons Of Mars - Life Is A Mystery

Moons Of Mars are a Los Angeles brother duo with a BIG arty indie-rock anthem.

f Moons Of Mars

Psychologist - Worlds Away

Weaving, mystical, odd-ball pop with enough creativity to sink a continent from London's Psychologist.

Psychologist

Tei Shi - Bassically

[ Record Of The Week ]

Sassy, breathy electro-pop from the new music gods with enough distorted quirks to keep you guessing, Bassically grows and builds every eight bars and by the time the first chorus hits you'll be in love with NYC's hugely under rated Tei Shi.

f Tei Shi.

Speelburg - Aubrey

[ Hot New Stuff ]

An American/Belgian singer and producer, French raised and now a resident of Brighton. Bathe in Speelburg's rich, mellow electronica.

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Logic - Under Pressure