Posts tagged ‘pop’

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.

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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.

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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January 5, 2012

Danger Mouse (feat. Norah Jones & Julian Casablancas)

Introducing another highly creative, innovative and versatile artist and producer: Brian Joseph Burton, aka Danger Mouse from New York. Having produced albums by Jay-Z, Gorillaz or The Black Keys, Burton has gained pace in music business.

One of the best albums of last year is the collaboration between Danger Mouse and Italian Hollywood-composer Danielle Luppi: A ‘soundtrack without a movie’ called Rome. Getting the voices of Norah Jones and Jack White (formerly performing with his sister as The White Stripes) onboard during a five-year period of production let this album rise into high quality.

Largely reminiscent of classic Italo-Western movies, it’s been produced with the help of many musicians originally playing on the scores for composer Ennio Morricone.

Listen to Season’s Trees, featuring Norah Jones.

Another recommendation is the incredible Two Against One with Jack White.

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Quite different from the collaboration on Rome, another track definitely worth listening to is Little Girl, involving a strong guitar solo and much more energy. Taking the well-known voice of the The StrokesJulian Casablancas and the instrumental expertise of the US-band Sparklehorse (who broke up in 2010…), this song lets listeners wait for more from the same menu.

“You tortured little girl, showing them what love is all about.
Where did all the time go? Everywhere it’s gone, gone, gone.”

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The third piece is the collaborative project Broken Bells, involving Danger Mouse and The Shin‘s singer James Mercer. Their self-titled LP was one of the best indie releases in 2010. Watch the sci-fi video for their song The Ghost Inside, starring Christina Hendricks, best known for her main role as a secretary in AMC‘s 50’s show Mad Men (By the way, this is a strong recommendation, too!).

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December 2, 2011

King Charles – Mississippi Isabel

This man is gonna be big! Perfect song to tralala along – from London-based indie pop newcomer King Charles! His formula for success (in that order!):

  • The most potent – his hair!
  • Lyrics that are just as crazy as they need to be to get stuck in your head all day,
  • happy electric guitar sounds and piano tunes,
  • sunshiny video clips in fields of ripe wheat fields.

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“I roll around on my bicycle all the way in the rain.
She kissed me once, I took her out for lunch and she never kissed me again.”

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More? Check out the video for the much more rock-ish track Love Lust, already talking about the infamous Mississippi Isabel:

” Never let a woman go even when you know
she can always be replaced, she can always be replaced.
Oh, lust only grows like anger and revenge
beauty comes and goes but love stays until the end.”

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November 30, 2011

SBTRKT, Sampha & Jessie Ware

Pardon my French, but: Oh my f***ing god, this is beautiful!

Jessie Ware and Sampha collaborate in the 2 minute short, but intense love tune Valentine. Both are best known for having provided their voices to one of this year’s best new artists, SBTRKT (see below).

Somewhat unsurprisingly, this track is much softer than the usual, bass and synth-focused stuff from SBTRKT. Sampha, with a voice smooth like silk, is one of the most important factors of SBTRKT’s latest success. Mandatory for a song with a name like this, it’s available on heart-shaped vinyl, on the label Young Turks.

SBTRKT (read Subtract) is symbolizing a musical identity independent from a single person. Hence, his alter ego, London-based producer Aaron Jerome, is always performing behind a charismatic mask. For anyone who doesn’t know his  self-titled album yet, check out a fan-made video for Hold On featuring Sampha and the track Right Thing To Do featuring Jessie Ware.

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SBTRKT’s style is combining electronic and distinctive R&B elements in a unique, innovative manner:

“The main thing are the synths, arrangement and syncopation. I tend to play around with chords or pads first, and then start applying some drums to it. Even though I guess I write ‘bass music’ I tend to add bass in last; rhythm and arrangement are most important for me. A lot of people seem to mention ‘2 step’ alongside my name guess it’s just because of the syncopation that genre entailed.”

In that sense it is much like The XX or even Little Dragon. After all, Little Dragon’s singer Yukimi Nagano has given her voice to SBTRKT’s best known track Wildfire:

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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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