Renee Dion & Jon Rogers, 51st & Cornell

Sometimes music comes along which makes you stop what you're doing an gaze at nothing, renders your eyelids incapable of moving and almost forces you to stop breathing. Swirling, hypnotic, utterly entrancing soul, this is seriously compelling stuff.

Via Don'tNeedNoMelody

Renee Dion
f Jon Rogers

Live // Wilsen & Matthew and the Atlas, Manchester

Saturday 26th April 2014
Wilsen || Matthew and the Atlas
Soup Kitchen

The Northern Quarter's Soup Kitchen has been playing host to some of the most eye catching line-ups in the city over recent months and tonight a buzzing, Ryan Giggs rejuvenated Manchester threw its northern hands up in the air like it just didn't care to welcome some more belting talent to this basement venue.

Wilsen started things up by carving open the belly of Manchester's intrigue; dazzling, entrancing and mesmerising onlookers with the subtle charm and ambient magnificence which has seen them win so many fans so quickly on both sides of the atlantic. Fronted by 24 year old Londoner Tamsin Wilsen and flanked by her fellow Berklee College Of Music grads Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt, the now Brooklyn based trio weaved their fragile, honest intimate silks with the most ambient of guitars backing Wilsen's impeccably controlled and emotive vocal to perfection. Touring in support of the forthcoming Magnolia EP and with a couple of slots at The Great Escape in a couple of weeks time, their seductive dream pop assault will only strengthen on this showing.


Headliners Matthew and the Atlas entered the well bearded and plaid-shirted fray with their triumphant brand of self-assured folky indie rock and even managed to make a few of the coolest looking hipsters dance. Matt Hegarty and his band of merry men flexed the venues impressive PA to the peak of its powers, thundering bass made us feel alive while the dynamic contrasts and audio mood swings flooded their melodic frameworks with life and vigour, the likes of Pale Rose Sun pounding ceremoniously and providing glowing highlights to their romantic and rustic sounding set.

And just like that, the hipsters rose from this Manchester basement, clutching their IPA and nonchalantly pretending it wasn't them furiously nodding their heads in approval. But they lapped it up, don't you worry. Some Americana, some folk some indie and some pop? I don't know what you wanna call it (I probably should to be fair) but these cats have some great, great tunes, this is one of them.

Matthew and the Atlas tour dates:

21st April - Cardiff, The Globe

22nd April - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24th April - Glasgow, Broadcast
25th April - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
26th April - Manchester, Soup Kitchen
28th April - Nottingham, Bodega
30th April - London, Dingwalls
1st May - Bristol, The Fleece
3rd May - Leeds, Live At Leeds
4th May - Dublin, Academy 2
6th May - Belfast, McHugh's
19th May - Frankfurt, Zoom
20th May - Berlin, Lido
21st May - Hamberg, Knust
22nd May - Cologne, Gebude 9

Wilsen tour dates:

21st April - Cardiff, The Globe* 
22nd April - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds* 
24th April - Glasgow, Broadcast* 
25th April - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s* 
26th April - Manchester, Soup Kitchen* 
28th April - Nottingham, Bodega* 
30th April - London, Dingwalls* 
1st May - Bristol, The Fleece* 
 6th May - London, Slaughtered Lamb  
7th May - London, St John on Bethnal Green  
8th May - Unification Church, Brighton (The Great Escape) 
 9th May - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (The Great Escape) 

 *supporting Matthew and The Atlas.

P A N E S , Bones Without You

Ethereal magic with twinkles and sweeps and batting eyelids. These guys are quality mate.

f P A N E S

Kill J Remix - Oceaán, To Lose

Dark and menacing and just the kind of thing you wanna lose your shit to. Feels like a 4am melting face. Heaven.

f Oceaán
f Kill J

One Bit, Not About You

Free dance pop with melodies and vibes and a pogo-like spring in its step. Shuffle shuffle shuffle.

t One Bit

RKCB, Baptize

First hooked onto these guys through their debut spell blinder Comatose and Baptize may just be better. So rich and addictive, RKCB are the real deal guys.

Plus, free download:

Flume Remix - Lorde, Tennis Court

Record Of The Week //

The lad's smashed this remix of Lorde's best song waaaaay out of the park, into space and in such a way that it turned into a crown? Dayum.

f Flume
f Lorde

Hot New Stuff // VEDAS, Ruin

Washington DC duo VEDAS remind me of Glass Animals, Wild Beasts and maybe a bit of The Neighbourhood and Washed Out (and definitely a bit of someone else whose name I can't bloody remember... sweet journalism, I know). Anyway, Ruin is creative, ambient, smokey, percussive, sparkly dream-pop of the most majestic kind and it sounds like a fluffy falsetto dream. 

Ruin is taken from the self released Exhume EP - stream and buy here.

Kudos to All Things Go


The Neighbourhood, #000000 & #FFFFFF

Shit, this band are awesome - #000000 & #FFFFFF is to be the indie bands take on a mixtape and these three tracks smoulder and seduce with more alternative intent than their radio friendly break through singles. They're also free. Check the Lurk video below too (courtesy of PigsandPlans).

f The Neighbourhood

LO ft /_\drian Daniel, Perfectly Numb

German producer LO stumbled upon Brooklyn singer /_\drian Daniel's Native EP on soundcloud, the formers bass background melted with the latters' soulful R&B silk and they made a sweet ass EP. Opener Perfectly Numb is my fav.

Thanks to Don't Need No Melody for the heads up, check out the full EP over there if you're into this.

f Lo
/_\drian Daniel

Reva DeVito, Friday Night

Reva DeVito

NAVVI, Speak

If you make a song which sounds like it belongs on the 'Drive' soundtrack then I'm already sold. Holaaaaa *wut wut*
(via P&P)


Bronze Whale Remix - Frank + Derol, Barely Love You Too

Bronze Whale
f Frank + Derol

Hockeysmith, But Blood

f Hockeysmith

Nightbox, Burning

If you like Passion Pit and the chirpy sounds of summer sun then you'll probably like Toronto's Nightbox.

f Nightbox

Hot New Stuff // John J Presley, Left

Hot New Stuff //

Nothing says happy easter quite like some filthy, grungy blues-tinged whisky rock. The bold Left has been getting some support from BBC Radio 1 and Xfm, for good reason.

f John J Presley

Blonde ft Ryan Ashley, Foolish

Neo 90's R&B influenced house from our new summer-vibe heroes Blonde, featuring PMR signee Ryan Ashley - Foolish is surely this year's inner city BBQ anthem.

f Blonde
f Ryan Ashley

Tourist ft Lianne La Havas, Patterns

What is this, Tourist week? The boy's absolutely killing it. This time featuring Lianne La Havas' outrageously effortless vocals. 

Tourist Remix - London Grammar, Sights

If you're one of those remixers who just adds a house kick and some reverse cymbals to a track then stab yourself in the face with a pencil and get your lazy ears around this. How it should be done. Glorious.

DP, Jabar (Prod by Brooklyn Taylor)

Record Of The Week //

Pull a mean face and flex those neck muscles as you bounce your big ugly head to these vicious lines from 20 year old Virginia rapper DP. Pummelling beat from Brooklyn Taylor. Keep those ugly eyes on this one. Oh, and it's free.

t DP
t Brooklyn Taylor

Frida Sundemo, Drawn To You

This has been kicking around for whole week now and the conclusion is that it's a catchy, infection little synth nugget from Stockholm's latest pop siren.

f Frida Sundemo

Chester Watson, Yetti

Prolific, talented and young (17), Chester Watson's deep tone and dry delivery evoke shades of Earl Sweatshirt but the real reason he's definitely one to watch is lines like “The new kid, but he’s archaic with usage/ Scarface of the future, but I be chillin’ with Shakespeare at Hooters”. Damn, he's got it together early. 

f Chester Watson

He also featured on that sick Glass Animals rework.

Monogem, Wait And See

Wait And See is the debut single from Los Angeles synth pop duo Monogem. Think CHVRCHES soundtracking Drive with orange stained skies, toffee ice creams and a sexy slo mo montage.

L'homme aux 4 lettres, Kimono

A percussive industrial electronic instrumental made by one of the Point Point guys. It's good and it's free.

f L'homme aux 4 lettres

Wilsen, Magnolia

Just as powerful as Dusk, the track which put NYC's Wilsen on our radar, Magnolia is a smooth talking bandit, waiting to seduce you and steal your time with its silky, breathy beauty.

f Wilsen

Hopium, Cut

Melbourne duo Hopium's debut release Cut is a strong bit of soulful electro pop with Old Boy-esq dark lyrical themes (self mutilation with good intentions, and so on). There is, however, quite a lot of bonafide naked flesh in the video and the song is an aggressive grower so you'll enjoy giving it a chance.

f Hopium

Hot New Stuff // Caitlyn Scarlett, Bad Love

Currently 18 views on the video (it did just go online) and 21 Facebook likes, 18 year old Caitlyn Scarlett is pretty new and pretty exciting. Bassy electro pop which erupts from nowhere. Big love for this.

f Caitlyn Scarlett
t Caitlyn Scarlett

Rhodes, Morning EP

The 2014 UK Blog Sound picked long time DEE favourite Hitchin singer songwriter Rhodes out as a top pick for this year and next month he releases his Morning EP to follow the success of 2013's four track Raise Your Love.

Morning opener Your Soul introduces some of the production nous behind London Grammar and Daughter to Rhodes' already haunting presence and the result is pretty, sorry  but I am going to go there, epic. Like the sound of a triumphant conqueror, standing at the top of the grand canyon having scaled its enormous cavernous walls as if they were the soft and sugary sides of a victoria sponge cake; Morning is a wide panned, cinematic view of Rhodes' journey to BBC1 Radio 1 plays, UK Blog Sound nominations and no doubt a summer full of the worlds best festivals.

Things peak for me with Bloom, a sparkling and ethereal tapestry which haunts and consoles in equal measure and before you know it there are breathy vocals reverberating all around you, drowning you in its beauty.

We went to Manchester to check out the new tracks on the Manchester leg of Rhodes' first ever headline tour and Oldham Street's Castle Hotel provided an intimate and impressive setting for all of these ambient gems to wash around. Stood beneath the peculiar timbre alter/sky light/spire above the cosy back room's stage recalling his recent Deaf Institute gig supporting Nick Mulvey, Rhodes seemed genuinely humbled that people all over the country were coming out to see his shows now and his enthusiasm was matched by the reaction from the well dressed early-twenties crowd who made up most of the audience.

Live, Your Soul sits perfectly alongside Run and Worry et al in highlighting Rhodes' biggest strength; the ability to make stripped back acoustic music which has intimate presence and huge scale sweeping purpose. He manages to stand out from the mass of boring Troubadour-by-Topman types, who go about their work armed with a battered acoustic,  some scribbled pretentious lyrics and an instantly hatable wankerish sense of self importance. Maybe it's because he plays an electric that helps Rhodes get away from the busker-turned-artist tag and gives his music more purpose, I don't know. But Morning EP is more proof that the early excitement around one of the UK's most popular up and coming singer songwriters is more than justified. 

Morning is released on 12th May through Rhodes Music (pre order below)...


...and his headline tour is still on the road:

28th Mar - Sheffield, The Harley
29th Mar - Glasgow, The Roxy
30th Mar - Manchester, Castle
1st Apr - Liverpool, Leaf
2nd Apr - Nottingham, Red Room
4th Apr - Bristol, Birdcage
5th Apr - Brighton, The Hope
6th Apr - Oxford, The Cellar
 8th Apr - London, Sebright Arms *SOLD OUT*
9th Apr - London, Sebright Arms (additional date) *SOLD OUT*
10th Apr - London, Sebright Arms (additional date)


Wolf Alice, Moaning Lisa Smile

Record Of The Week // 
Mmmmmmmmm so good.

f Wolf Alice

Pattern Is Movement, River

Been sat on this trippy indie electro melt from this twisted Philly duo for too long. It's kind of all over the place but with its shit perfectly together, creative bastards.

f Pattern Is Movement

Phoebe Bridgers, Coming Down

From Pasadena via Los Angeles, Phoebe Bridgers possesses that rare ability to hold your attention with just a guitar and words like "am I falling asleep or blacking out" which seem to strike a chord for the weekend.

f Phoebe Bridgers
t Phoebe Bridgers

Hot New Stuff // Siren, I Think I Like You

Stick CHVRCHES, Lykke Li and Little Daylight in a dreamy electro pop blender and LA duo Siren might just flow out and smother you with hooky choruses and nice sounds. Produced by Mike Del Rio, like this a lot.

f Siren

Loyle Carner, Cantona

South London's 19 year old emcee Loyle Carner skidded into the game with his silky smooth flow all over the jazzy cool of this bloody good tune.

via Self Blown

f Loyle Carner

If you're a fan then scout his verse on Rejjie Snow's 1992. Effortless.

Sevdaliza, Clear Air

Rotterdam's Sevdaliza is pushing things forward with Clear Air. Vocals which sound like they're coming at you from all angles, relentless bass to hammer your guts and a bad ass tribal video. Oh and a cheeky bum on the artwork.

f Sevdaliza