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. f Son Lux
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.
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.
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.
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. f Elsie
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.
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. f P A N E S t P A N E S
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. f Last Lynx
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). f Kendra Morris
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. f K. Rudd t 4e t Jesse Rutherford
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.
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. f Thumpers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.