Posts tagged ‘female vocalists’

April 3, 2013

AlunaGeorge

alunageorgeThe London-based duo of singer Aluna and DJ George has grown on indie electro pop charts for about a year now – and keeps on growing. There hasn’t been another recent act who’s able to combine the contemporary genre blends of future garage and electro-rnb into one, and adding such a truly unique, stunningly sweet female voice!

Like the entire industry of internet-based newcomers tend to do these days (Rhye, Woodkid,…), AlunaGeorge tease their new-found web fans by releasing single, highly polished videos in regular intervals.

One of their best tracks feature another incredible new UK artist: White Noise by Disclosure.

Beware: This will definitely make you hit the repeat button for the rest of the week…

“You’re body is like music, baby, I wanna play it again.”

If their LP Body Music can keep up with this high quality, AlunaGeorge will have no troubles getting shortlisted for album/artist of the year.

Plus, their latest video for Attracting Flies:

Don’t forget to check out their tourdates which are coming up soon.

July 9, 2012

Full Album Stream: Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?

Today, 23 year old Lianne La Havas from London has released her highly anticipated soul/folk singer-songwriter album Is your love big enough?

About time to have a closer look at this promising new talent. Lianne’s style is a blend of soul, folk, pop and classic singer-songwriting pop. The multi-instrumentalist focuses on her guitar and virtuously perfected voice, telling stories close to her life, accompanied by choral backgrounds.

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The best news: Her entire album is available for streaming on The Guardian’s website.

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Most outstanding tracks: The album opener Don’t Wake Me Up convinces with strong acoustic chorals, gentle electronic guitar sounds and an orchestral yet intimate atmosphere.

Is Your Love Big Enough? – the title track – stands out for its energy, showing what Lianne’s voice is capable of:

Another energetic track is Forget, a break-up song supported by a colorful video:

The playful, blues song Age tells the entertaining story of being attracted to a man “old enough to be my father”, but “ready to love me as the woman that I am”. Watch a very good perfomance on Later…With Jools Holland:

Still want more? Watch a brilliant full concert for the anniversairy of BBC 6Music in London:

You can also get limited vinyls of her new LP on her website.

February 3, 2012

Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka feat. Abigail Wyles – Halo

Spheric minimal electronic tunes from Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, an English producer duo, born within Modeselektor‘s label 50weapons. Their collaborative long player They! Live  has just been released last week.

Watch their video for Halo with mysterious images within a dark setting (including the symbol for former Eastern German automobiles, a beige Trabant). Their distinct, light and drop-like beats and obscure soundscapes remind you of Modeselektor or Moderat just as much as of Burial and Four Tet. Overall, it achieves an interesting balance between sophisticated, ambient melancholy and dancefloor-ready techno. Abigail Wyles enriches this and two more tracks on the LP with her vocals, providing them with some higher pitches and a distinctively dreamy appeal.

Though Halo it the centerpiece of the album, many of its tracks are much more techno and house-affine, for example Creeper:

If you’re more into their smooth, obcure side and Abigail’s gentle voice, take Battleships as another great song:

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January 20, 2012

Emmy the Great – Paper Forest

Time to present a bit of another great, yet far too unknown singer-songwriter.

Hong Kong-born and London-based Emmy the Great (aka Emma Lee-Moss) released her first LP First Love in 2009. Her songs are sweet guitar tunes, yet terribly direct and honest in their words.

Paper Forest (In the Afterglow of Rapture) is the second single from Emmy The Great’s second album Virtue, released last September. Fast-paced lyrics, a moving rhythm and Emmy’s sweet voice dominate the song, while its video tells about the struggles of becoming older.

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Mistress England was recorded during The Observer Sessions – it’s a beautifully sad song of grief for all the English mothers who have raised their daughter to marry Prince William – and failed.

Finally, Gabriel is a song off her debut album. More playful, more childish, but maybe more orignal and certainly made to sing along, her first LP is definitely worth its time, as well.

For further recommendation, listen to the rather sad, but irresistable songs Absentee or Edward is Dedward, both are telling a touching story about coping with the the death of a loved one.

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November 26, 2011

Apparat feat. Soap&Skin – Goodbye

Collaborations between artists of different styles are in good fashion these days: The one between Berlin-based electronic artist Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) and Austrian singer-songwriter Soap&Skin (aka Anja Plaschg) can definitely be appreciated.

The result is a well-woven synthesis of experimental styles – his electronic ambient soundscapes and her uniquely dark, heavy and almost disturbing vocals.

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An instrumental version, included in Apparat’s latest LP The Devil’s Walk, was also used for the soundtrack to AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad. The following video was edited by Plaschg herself, using scenes from the movie Spione by Fritz Lang, the maker of Metropolis.


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For anyone interested in either of these artists, check out two more examples of their work:

Soap&Skin – Thanatos (from Lovetunes for Vacuum)

Apparat – Song of Los (from The Devil’s Walk)

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November 23, 2011

2:54 – Scarlet EP

Introducing another promising young band from London: 2:54.

Creating something in between psychedelic noise rock and lo-fi indie pop, with its smooth and creeping female vocals, 2:54 might just well be able to fill a musical niche.

The four band members around sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow have only played live for their first time last year, but have already been touring with stars like Blood Red Shoes, Melissa auf der Maur or Warpaint (and soon on stage with The Maccabees and The Big Pink).

Check out the clip for Scarlet, in its visuals perfectly matching the dark, foggy and haunting aura of the song (which itself seems to be missing a climax to release the built up energy, though).

2:54’s debut album is due to hit the stores next spring while the new Scarlet EP is hitting the blogosphere these days. For a lighter, but more straight-forward track, take their previously released Cold Front:

November 20, 2011

Friends – I’m His Girl

Ringing bells, repetitive drums, clapping hands. And what an irrestibly catchy, eargasmic bass line! It’s the other kind of relationship advice, wrapped with a cool indie pop number.

„When you see me walking around with him,
I’m not just another chick, I’m his girl.
So, If you love someone, let them be free.
I know I don’t want no one suffocating me.
Don’t settle for ownership, make it deep.
If you love some one, it should feel good to let them breathe.“
 

Brooklyn-based Friends will release their first, impatiently anticipated LP in 2012. Currently touring North America, they will be in Berlin, Hamburg, London and Amsterdam in February next year.


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Well yes… that was just another yellowed 90’s-style video. Check out the clip for first  single Friend Crush, too:

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November 16, 2011

Kimbra

Kimbra, 21 year old indie pop singer from Hamilton, New Zealand, released her debut album Vows in June this year. Her strong, quirky voice and its use for percussive sounds create a very unique style.

Reminiscent of artists like Florence and The Machine or Björk, Kimbra is able to release the same kind of energetic atmosphere on stage performances. The five videos recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne may be the best example for her skills and aura:

Collaborating with Australian artist Gotye for his highly successful song Somebody That I Used To Know gave Kimbra’s album a kick-start.

 

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November 13, 2011

New Look – Nap On The Bow

Part-time model Sarah Ruba and producer Adam Pavao have both united musically and romanticly. Together the Canada-based duo form New Look, creating crisp-clear electronic synthie pop. Their self-titled debut album has been released recently on K7, label of Chromeo and the DJ Kicks series.

The opening track Nap On the Bow clearly stands out – and has all it takes for repeated plays. Bouncing bass beats and bubbly synthie sounds combine with Sarah’s breathy, but secure voice. Its video was created with the touch-free Microsoft Kinect camera, perfectly visualizing that spherical underwater feeling.

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November 7, 2011

Oh Land

In case you still don’t know this one: Danish electro-pop singer Oh Land (a pseudonym for her name Nanna Øland Fabricius) has been around for more than 3 years already, but her success has only picked up speed throughout the last months. She certainly deserves it and should effortlessly get into 2011’s  top new artists.

Often compared to Lykke Li La Roux or Florence Welsh, Oh Land can certainly compete in points of innovation, quality – and looks. However, she is also just as unique. Her self-titled, second album was released earlier this year after she moved from Denmark to Brooklyn about a year ago. It’s filled with tunes to sing along, most of them quite danceable. Playfully using her voice and instrumenting it with a drum pad and soft percussions, her songs create energetic, colorful images of electronic fairytales, like in White Nights:

 

Besides these poppish and cheerful tunes (the most successful example might be Son of a Gun) there are slightly darker ones like Wolf & I as well as slower, seductive ones like Rainbow. Her songs  are generally, both in lyrics and instrumentation, contradictory. They are pending between two poles, between light spirituality and fairytales on the one side and obscure power and vulnerability on the other side. In that aspect her latest LP is very similar to her less known debut Fauna.

Not all of the album’s songs are that good, but these pearls are enough to compensate and create a great overall set. Oh Land promises good entertainment in concert, as she is currently touring Europe and beyond.

By the way, there are still spare tickets for her gigs in Berlin on November 20th and in London on February 23rd!

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(And no, didn’t chose that artist for her looks. Though might as well could have.)

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