World's Fair, Uh Huh

Interesting production on this; Cody B Ware and Prince SAMO sound intimate, almost DIY with a 'leaky jail cell' reverb patch and yet, despite having a grimey crunch, the beat feels notedly big time. The whole thing just flows so perfectly though, uh huh...

World's Fair

Roses Gabor, RUSH

Hard week? Cans on, beer in hand, zoned out and this soundtracking your trippy daydream through wonderland. Co-written and produced by MNEK.

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SLK, Be


The standout track from SLK's Embody produced Form EP, Be snarls, glows and whistles all at once, effortlessly majestic yet somehow fiercely abrasive simultaneously. To call this alt R&B is a disservice to the earth shuddering production and genre bending innovation. Mind melting.

If you can spare a couple of minutes the full EP is available to stream right here, available to buy via Prism Tracks.

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Nao, Back Porch

Record Of The Week //

Mystical electronic new soul from 24 year old East Londoner Nao. She's been a working musician with the likes of Kwabs and is now breaking out as a solo singer-songwriter-producer in her own right with this stunning Back Porch being the first track from her forthcoming debut EP. Rich, layered textures, bursting with ideas and dripping with gorgeous vocals, you're looking at one of the most exciting new artists of 2014 so far.

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Hot New Stuff // Tep No, Promises

He comes from Toronto, 
his name is Tep No,
this dream-pop song Promises is really really really fantastic. And free.

Via Hilly Dilly

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Silent Lions, Runnin' Me Down

Detroit/Toledo two piece Silent Lions' Runnin' Me Down sounds like Jack White on a riffy wig-out with his head in an iron fish tank. Can't say fairer than that really.

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alphabet ft ILA, Just Another Day


Recently hyped by Radio 1, Leeds duo alphabet put this smokey, sensual affair out through The Vibe Guide and it's a massive grower. Jessie Ware x Wet x Jamie xx sounds and featuring ILA's sweet and jazz tinged vocals, the only thing wrong with this is that it's too short.

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BANKS, Drowning


BANKS

TATI ANA, MRI

Off kilter crunchy drum samples, skuzzy analogue synths, soulful vocals - Russian in NYC Tati Ana blends abrasive sharpness and velvet on a genuinely original 3 1/2 minute innovation.

TATI ANA

Hot New Stuff // TOTEM, Rich Girl

The Weeknd meets The Neighbourhood for some sensual falsetto moodfest. This track constantly feels like it could build up and snap in your face but whether or not it does is the thrill of the chase. Free download here.

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BRNS, My Head Is Into You

This track from Brussels four-piece knocked me off my bike - it's that good.

via Don't Need No Melody

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The Great Escape 2014

Last year I learnt two things about The Great Escape which I took with me to this years explosion of new music hype on the south coast: 1. You can't get into every show you want to and 2. You can eat fish and chips every day. With that in mind, for TGE14, Drums Eat Everything was both tactical in gig selection and scatty in enthusiastic dashes between venues. A highlights package of some of the best bits (5am fish and chips omitted) and disappointments follow thus:

Thursday



Kicked off strongly with Laurel's Komedia set of cinematic folky indie pop. Without the Florence-esq production of her records she charmed the room of charmlessly arms folded delegates with some stripped down and charismatic pop songs very impressively.
Having never come across Emilie Nicholas before I went from being pleasantly intrigued to utter entranced by the bags of atmosphere, relaxed confidence, truck loads of bass and smartly stripped, industrial glitches. Also the best damn singer I heard all weekend. Very good indeeeeed.


The Neighbourhood were great but got screwed by their sound guy and having hailed Rosie Lowe's Right Thing the best song of 2013 I was keen to dash over and squeeze into a packed Komedia Studio Bar to squint from the back and marvel at the smokey minimal R&B sass of (what I think was) Lowe and her all-female band. Just caught the end of Raleigh Richie, who was bouncing all over the place to the monumental Bloodsport. Needed more of this one though. And the rest of the night was a neon dance fest to Claire's basement gig which concluded with one of the best high fives of my life from Josie-Claire herself.

Friday


Friday kicked off with a set from Canadian indie rock band Alvvays who recently impressed with Marry me, Archie and set the whole festival in motion early on Thursday lunchtime with their opening set. Said hit-song brought the curtain down on their show and set me on my jolly little way. "To The Warren!" we bellowed, enthusiastically, "For pop music of the highest order!". And so it was.
Tove Lo's second set of the weekend was well received, basically because she's a frighteningly on-point pop star. Her band of two drummers and keys/synth man were tight and the tunes are great and Tove Lo has the naturally magnetic appeal of a total pop star who you can't take your eyes off for a second and that calibre of quality is rarer than rocking horse shit and supremely exciting. Definitely he musical highlight of the weekend and they were all sound as a pound when we met up over a beer afterwards.



Although not necessarily to my taste, Kiesza was very impressive (Jeff Buckley cover aside) but watching her and the two overall-clad dancing guys doing their 80's beatbox street routines to her number one smash hit record you could be forgiven for thinking you weren't at a pioneering new musical discovery event. Not her fault she broke so soon I guess. Still good though, don't get me wrong, son. And so the evenings events in this venue came to a close with Ella Eyre. The UK pop music scene has been getting all worked up and cray cray since that Rudimental record last year and as a singer, she definitely delivers. Fantastic singer, very watchable, really good pop star, great band...hopefully she won't be suffocated by the hype.

I then dragged my scraggly group of idiots through wind and driving rain through the Brighton streets, pretending to know where I was going and somehow making it to The Haunt for Fat White Family. This same (apparently deceiving) confidence managed to earn us a completely unwarranted queue-jump and thus, we were into one of the most hotly anticipated buzz shows of the weekend, buying overpriced drinks and getting psyched about a band none of us knew much, if anything about. That didn't stop us getting down in the thick of it though and the punk rock hysteria, lead by a greased up man wearing nothing but a loin cloth swept over these enthusiastic morons (myself one of them). People were pushing and jumping and screaming and everything! Some guys even laid on top of the crowd and allowed themselves to be passed from person to person until said people couldn't be arsed anymore and abruptly let them fall 6-7 feet to meet the very solid floor. Fat White Family was a lot of fun - intense, energetic and chaotic, lead by a guy who would intimitade even Mr T with his unhinged terror.

Exhilarating stuff indeed and if you think the evening was started by a Canadian indie rock band, illuminated by a Swedish electro-pop singer and finished with a London punk band wearing a bloody loin cloth - all emerging acts who are awesome in their own way - that's what makes The Great Escape absolutely essential.




Saturday

NME's gig at The Corn Exchange was the biggest and most grande of settings I experienced over the weekend, having bypassed the sold-out big name Dome shows. Philadelphia's hazy indie surf pop band Cheerleader suited the event, sounding like just the type of band the magazine has built its empire on. They had a real groove to their tracks and were definitely a good advert for guitar music not being dead just yet.

Enter Years & Years, the type of band the NME no doubt wants to be associated with to lose it's 'indie mag' tag. A constant confusion to me, this band. At first I thought they were an indie-dance band, then had to reconsider them as a dance group who make poppy songs and now I'm fairly convinced they're an R&B band with a shit load of bass and a penchant for sweet melodies. Conclusion: The most exciting UK band I saw all weekend. Creative, fearless, original and frighteningly young, they're a fizzy bag of sugary ideas and I can't wait for the next cola bottle.



Ear marked early on as a must see show to camp out for, National Anthem, Chess Club and the worlds finest record label Neon Gold put on a stellar line up at The East Wing and post hangover curing Subway, this weird convention centre-vibes venue was to be our galaxy of prosper. Sundara Karma were good with their sunny hook filled indie pop tunes which grew bigger balls than I was expecting live. Purposeful and confident, the Reading Chess Club signees made a strong case for being a hit at the more tropical of festivals this summer.

Young & Sick, a new one on me, had a singer with a stupid hat and a cute keyboard player but thankfully there was more to them than my crude initial observations. The singer sounded like Michael Jackson and was bloody amazing to be fair (shit hat aside), the cute keyboard player was also a great singer and their sultry slow jam R&B tunes converted this messed up corporate function room into a down-lit LA club. Which reminds me - the lighting in this venue was dire.





















Probably the band I was most looking forward to, Wet are a priceless entity. They completely seduced me with their sweet pop which sounds like a candle lit duvet day in their Brooklyn apartment with way too much uniquely cool decor for my tiny mind to comprehend. Drummer aside, they looked like they didn't give too much of a shit, standing around being all Brooklyn and stuff, and I totally buy into it. Emotionally charged, smokey pop songs all over the place and NY cool enveloping everybody, they did nothing but reinforce why Wet are so exciting right now. I could go on about these guys but I'll sound like their press agent so in the interest of impartiality (and finishing this damn review) I'll move on.



Last act of the weekend for this guy, whose body weight at this point was probably comprised of aprox 70% beer, 30% other stuff, was MØ. One of my moronic companions hated Wet so I wanted to hate MØ, despite liking some of her songs. But she tore that bit of inter-lad rivalry to pieces and set fire to it, completely slayed the place and sprayed infectious energy and beats everywhere. She was bouncing around on stage, crowd surfing, running through the crowd, generally making a nuisance of herself really. Pretty stunning to be honest.




Disappointments:

Not getting in to Jon Hopkins. Not seeing more of Raleigh Richie.
The queue for Rejjie Snow. Really wanted in on that one.
A seagull nicked my doughnut (there was no confusion about ownership either, it was firmly in my hand at the time of the incident).
The sound for The Neighbourhood.
Young & Sick's singers hat.
A couple of pints tasted a bit like soapy water. That's about it though.

See you next year Great Escape, you mystical new musical conjuror.

Spooky Black, Without U

Dark, twisted, sexy mystique. What a tune.

Via All Things Go

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Dream Koala, Earth. Home. Destroyed.

Saturn Boy is lush but the real money is in the second track Earth (let Saturn Boy play out but if you must, you can skip forward) and the build into the frantic, pulsing electro juggernaut that blind-sides you half way through. Genuinely magical moment.

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Deers, Bamboo/Trippy Gum

Deers are a Madrid duo with a romantically homemade indie flick sound. Free download of Trippy Gum below but since you're here, blast this treat too:



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The Hics, All We'll Know

Minimal-industrial-ghostly-electronic-soul-pop has done pretty well for itself since Jessie Ware tore the genre out of dubstep's corpse a few years back, has it not? To stand out in this now-saturated genre you've got to have some pretty TOYT skills, these here musical ninjas from South London certainly do that. 

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Roosevelt Remix - Truls, Out Of Yourself



Has anything ever sounded more like summer?

Canvas, Keeping Score

Record Of The Week //

Why do some people make this music thing so hard? Not Toronto band Canvas, who describe themselves as "Electro-Springsteen meets Grouplove" and blend making nice sounds (sweet drum sound mate) with an ability to write a barnstorming, infectious chorus which I guarantee you'll remember. And love. M O N S T E R  record.

Via Don't Need No Melody

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Nikes Remix - Sango, Me de Amor

I do love a polyrhythmic skizzy-beat free download. Incredible remix by Austin TX's Nikes.

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Tube & Berger Remix - White Lies, Big TV

White Lies remixed by Tube & Berger and it just all makes sense. 

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The Forest & The Trees, You're In My Skin

The Forest & The Trees are a Stockholm husband and wife duo and this track is a sun-drenched indie-pop beauty they wrote whilst living in Valencia, which Best Fit Recording are putting out on 16th June 2014.

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Shamir, I Know It's A Good Thing,

If you're looking for a house beat with some stomp and originality, I Know It's A Good Thing has a kind of "The Gossip x Jamie xx with falsetto vocals and no bass" vibe which spits in the face of the Ibiza house music by numbers formula and shimmies in with some genuine ice cool freshness.

19 year old Las Vegas originator Shamir's debut EP 'Northtown' is out on 11th June 2014 through the highly impressive New York label GODMODE.

Alvvays, 'Archie, Marry Me'

Just a sweeeeeet happy indie rock jam by Toronto's Alvvays which has been a constant on this weeks playlist. Such a tune.

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Rubee Rayne, DSYLM (Don't Say You Love Me)

The heavy side of bass with a huge chunk of sultry R&B. So soulful don't you agree. Free download.

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Cholombian ft Sangam & Gee, Shelter Me

Record Of The Week //

Free tip - don't listen to this through your iPhone speakers. You'll understand when that simple yet bang-on-the-money bass starts licking your face. So chilled and simultaneously purposeful. Mega stylish groove.


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Hot New Stuff // Cirroo, Something Good

That spasmodically stuttery machete of a kick drum when it starts going off half way in - it's just megasaurus.  Cirroo is a Toronto producer, check his soundcloud if you're into this Alt J flip. At least 100 of these plays are from me...

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