Mar, Man X Woman

Not sure why they wrote "John" on the artwork but fair play to Amsterdam's Mar, this is belting. SBTRKT / Friendly Fires / Jessie Ware vibes.

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Son Lux, Lost It To Trying


When are new music blogs supposed to share new music? When it's brand new, when it's fairly new, when we don't care if it's already been out for five months and had well over 400k plays because it's really really good? Bingo.

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Isaiah Rashad, Soliloquy

I dare you to not bounce to this.

Cash+David, Funn

These guys are a new alt-indie-electro-pop band from somewhere in Britain. Funn hints at Beastie Boys, Wet, Poliça and M83; at times sparkly pop, at times fuzzy and grunty. Big fans over here.




BANKS, Brain (prod by Shlohmo)

Record Of The Week //

BANKS' now-signature sensual and mysterious future-R&B-pop but with an almost anthemic like rasp. Shlohmo did good with the smoke machine effect production too. It's bloody sound this is.

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Khushi, Phantoms

Phantoms is more dream boat indie pop perfection from London's Khushi. File next to Panama and Local Natives.

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RedSparrow Remix - Little Dragon, Little Man

Visual interpretation: Little Dragon's best song, cruising over Beijing in a private jet with old-school house piano soundtracks, a boom box, break dancers, basket ball, Keenan and Kel and a block party dance off. All in a little plane. Yep.

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Tobtok Remix - Years & Years, Real

Is it summer yet? One of the best songs of the year so far from Years & Years (check it out here) gets the sexy tropical house treatment from Swedish  producer Tobtok. 

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Made In Heights, Mantis

This is smooth, silky caramel with a noodling guitar (in a good, Ben Khan type of way) from NYC via LA duo Made In Heights. The perfect balance of style and substance, the album is here to stream and buy.


Pile, Special Snowflakes

YEAAAH! We need more mad, creative bastards with real instruments to tear it up like this. I'm going to quote my old friend Pitchfork, who once described this as "7 1/2 minutes of unstable, antisocial sludge" and I like those words and this unstable song very much. They're from Boston and recorded this at The Sex Dungeon in Philly. Go pre-order the 7" over here you mad head, it's out on the 11th March 2014 through Exploding In Sound Records.

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Elsie, Crying (Silent Whisper)

One of the most delightfully written emails to ever land in my inbox introduced this quite wonderful song this week from Liverpudlian-in-London, Elsie. It's got a glitchy Flume type beat and a somehow metallically ghostly quality about it. Smashing vocal; all very good really. 

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Hot New Stuff // VÉRITÉ, Heartbeat

At the time of writing NYC's VÉRITÉ has only got three followers on Soundcloud (including me) but I wouldn't expect that to last for long. This is the kind of polished, melodically perfect pop The Sugarbabes (the original ones) would fight with knives over. Keep an eye on this one.
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Hot New Stuff // P A N E S , Choice Errors

P A N E S  are a three piece from London who you should be getting excited about. They ghost between contemporary R&B flavours, UK bass and soulful, almost jazz-rich melodies. I can't get enough of this band at the minute. 



This is usually a one-song-at-a-time kind of blog but this is amazing too.

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Last Lynx, Lacuna

These smashing Swede's made one of 2012/13's most smile inducing songs Killing Switch and recently popped up with Lacuna, another outrageously likeable bit of indie pop sun. Let it beat down on you and make everything better.

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ASTR, Blue Hawaii

Record Of The Week // 

The most pant wettingly incredible chorus of the year so far. Their Varsity EP drops tomorrow through Neon Gold. Now TURN YOUR BASTARD VOLUME UP.

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Kendra Morris, Concrete Waves

Concrete Waves has been getting some love from BBC 6 music and if you have a weakness for cinematic, soulful chocolate in your ears then it's going to get some love from you too. From Florida to NYC to everywhere (I hope).

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K. Rudd ft Jesse Rutherford, BLOW

BLOW is taken from K. Rudd's forthcoming EP which will feature production by Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Shlohmo and LA production duo 4e who produced this track. Jesse Rutherford from The Neighbourhood lends the dreamy hook to this and (obviously) appears in the video in black and white, blowing smoke and stuff.

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Hot New Stuff // One Bit, Cold

As far as entrances go, English production duo One Bit have made quite a splash with Cold, a TEED inspired vibey house pop tune which will slot perfectly next to Disclosure on your playlist. Very promising stuff indeed.
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Thumpers, Galore

Big year ahead for these two chaps, Galore is Thumpers' latest piece of pop perfection bringing some tropical falsetto to January's bullshit weather. Out on 24th February through True Say Recordings.

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Wize Remix - AYER, Circle Down

An understated slow burner which will quietly shuffle up next to you, give you the eyes and subtly claim your heart. Brooklyn's AYER, blissfully remixed by Parisian producer Wize.

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Years & Years, Real

Real is sexy R&B which you might associate more with Beyonce or JT with an almost Michael Jackson-y vocal. It's very very good. Incredible, actually. One of the tracks of the year so far.

Hot New Stuff // Rare Monk, Splice

Rare Monk are an experimental indie rock five piece from Portland, Oregon and Splice is a breathy, spacey, soaring masterpiece to soundtrack your finest skydiving montage.

The limited edition 7” double a-side Splice / Sleep Attack is out on 17th February 2014 through B3SCI Records. Pre-order here.

Etherwood Remix - Gorgon City ft MNEK, Ready For Your Love

The original (this way) was one of the best tracks of 2013, this d'n b remix from Etherwood is appropriately banging.

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Raleigh Ritchie, Stronger Than Ever

Record Of The Week //

Smart, slick and evocative, Stronger Than Ever is the motivator you need to get you bouncing out of your nice warm bed in the mornings. Cinematic strings, gut rumbling bass and moody hooks for days. Stream the Black And Blue EP right here.




Indi., Stay

Joel Little is credited as the production wizard behind Lorde and Broods and now Indi. (Indira Force), who continues New Zealand's impressive assault on the new music world with this first class shimmering, celestial synth-pop.

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RÁJ, Will You Love Me When I Die (Demo)

The second track from LA's RÁJ is a tender, stripped back piano moment. Pretty different from Ghost, it's captivating and beautiful and lovely. And free.

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Salt Cathedral, Rainy Days

This B-side featured on Don't Need No Melody a few days ago and has been on repeat over here ever since. There are bits of 'As Tall As Lions'-esq arty-indie-rock creativity in here but with a solid song as well as strong musicianship. Definitely going to be watching this Brooklyn 5-piece this year.

Ella Eyre, All About You

Probably should have won the Sound of 2014, here's why (outrageous talent):

The Chainsmokers Remix - Tove Lo, Habits

Trust these guys to start your Friday night off on the right foot; house piano, euphoric synths and one of 2013's best pop songs at it's core. Go get it.

The original is over here.

Wild Beasts, Wanderlust

Record Of The Week //

By the end of this you'll be utterly transfixed. Incredible.

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Hot New Stuff // Ed Thomas, On My Own

London newcomer Ed Thomas has previously written for Bondax and now he's making his front man entrance by giving away his debut track On My Own, a smooth, slow jam groove machine of which both Friendly Fires and Drake would be proud. Proper boss this is.

Francis Lung, A Selfish Man

Just over a year after WU LYF split, former bassist Tom McClung unveils A Selfish Manhis debut solo offering as Francis Lung. Sparkly and bright guitar pop with mournful lyrics. Thumbs up.

Feverkin ft Sir Bishop, Tea Leaf Tales

Atlanta beat master Feverkin dropped this future chill, cinematic hip hop beat into my inbox yesterday and it's been on repeat ever since. Sick poetry rap vibes from Memphis emcee Sir Bishop. Love this, a strong start to the week.

Hot New Stuff // Mansionair ft Revier, Hold Me Down

Hold Me Down sounds like the silky love child of SOHN and Wild Beasts (no bad thing at all) and Australian duo Mansionair enlist the help of Revier on this rich debut. Free Download.

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Samuel Truth, S.A.M.

Any excuse to share a Kendrick remix. This from New Zealand beatsmith Samuel Truth happens to be heavyweight gold though.

Hot New Stuff // Fickle Friends, SWIM

Tastemaker buds Don't Need No Melody described Brighton's Fickle Friends as what you might expect to hear if The 1975 had a female vocal. Agreed. Boss.

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SBTRKT, Runaway

Gah, I want this to be at least three times the length but this collaboration with Jessie Ware, Sampha and Tic is still other worldly.

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