Joey Bada$$ – ‘Waves’

The official video for Joey Bada$$ track ‘Waves’ was dropped today.  The single, a forerunner from his mixtape ‘1999’, is trademark Badas$$.  A nostalgic vein runs through the album, with classic hip hop sentiment woven around each track and ‘Waves’ is a prominent example of the stripped down beats that characterise the Joey Bada$$ sound. … Continue reading

ILLLS – ‘Teeth’

Mississippi duo ILLLS create a specific blend of progressive, swampy anglo-american rock, complete with scuzzy overlay and post-punk references.  Ok look, they’re just really, really good! The highly anticipated ILLLS EP is due for release in June, but if you’re itching for a bit of action while you wait, here’s ‘Teeth’ fresh off the forthcoming … Continue reading

UNSIGNED: The Adamski Kid – ‘Mowgli’

East London songwriter/producer The Adamski Kid (formerly of now defunct synth-pop outfit Dirty Disco) has recently released ‘Mowgli’ from his own label B!tch! Cassettes, following support from radio heavyweights Tom Robinson and Larry Flick. ‘Mowgli’ is is an expedition in eccentricity, without veering too far into the abyss of overt craziness.  Offbeat and incredibly listenable, … Continue reading

Purity Ring – ‘Obedear’

The first track from the anticipated Purity Ring debut album ‘Shrines’ (due out on 24th July from 4AD) is the dreamy ‘Obedear’.  There’s something in this song that reminds me of Grimes (another increasingly visible 4AD contender), perhaps it’s the ethereal little-girl vocals, but whatever it is, I’m seriously liking the current wave of future … Continue reading

UNSIGNED: Molly’s Lipps – ‘Scars’

Hailing from the depths of East London, unsigned sextet Molly’s Lipps conjure up a mix of grunge guitar sounds, synths and shady vocals.  Molly’s Lipps do trippy, anthemic songs brilliantly, with more than a hint of retro 80’s rock.  London hipsters these guys may be (all clashing prints and ironic grandad shirts) but they have … Continue reading

Seye – ‘White Noise’

This sunny side-up electro pop track from Seye (that’s Shey-ah) is all clattering drums and honeyed vocals. As the brother of Gbenga Adelekan, the bassist from Mercury-nominated band Metronomy, perhaps great music is in Seye’s blood. ‘White Noise’ is a pleasant side-step from the current plethora of predictably formulaic music and one that will get inevitably stuck in the heads of all that listen to it.

Islands – ‘Hallways’

When I stumbled across this a pearl of tune, it pretty much turned my day upside down.  Rolling drum beats collide with a thumping piano riff, whilst an overlay of slide guitar and softer melodies and harmonies evoke the feeling of warm sunshine beating down on pale skin.  If your desk job’s got you pining … Continue reading

Diagrams – ‘Tall Buildings’

Diagrams “Tall Buildings” had my ears prickling.  The driving pop beat lays the perfect foundation for a funky bass lick hook, which alone got my feet tapping and shoulders swaying.  On top of this solid underlay, we find the electronic, buzzing centre of the track that ignites the whole groove of the song. The vocal … Continue reading

SBTRKT – ‘Atomic Peace’

This track, recorded in 2009, has just been uploaded to SoundCloud by the almightly SBTRKT, and it’s definitely a bit tasty…

Angus & Julia Stone – ‘Big Jet Plane’ (David Dann Remix)

LA based, hot-to-trot producer David Dann has reworked Aussie brother and sister pairing Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane’, turning the track into an ethereal, electro track.  The indie guitars and melody lines of the original work have been mixed with house inspired nuances and synths, creating a hedonistic dance track that would sit … Continue reading