Yearly Archives: 2012

New: Rochelle Jordan – Impossible

Ending the year with a bang, Rochelle Jordan takes up this Lil Wayne beat and destroys it in the best way possible. Whilst 2012 hasn’t quite been the year that RoJo exploded into the mainstream like I initially predicted, the hype has been slowly but surely building, putting her in a fantastic position heading into […]

By Josh
on 31st Dec 2012
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New: Holy Girl – Young Love (Perfect Blue)

New Year’s naivety will get the best of us, hopefully. Sugar sweet Slowdive, drifting through various states of consciousness; Holy Girl, from California conjures up other-worldly dreampop capable of toppling the mightiest of hearts. With a clutch of tracks already to her name, it’s the alluring vocals that add poignancy to her music, diving headfirst […]

Introducing – Bermuda Ern

It’s cold and the stars are out over Summerstown, and I’m hanging out the skylight from my waist, dialing into this duo from Brighton, Bermuda Ern. Remember Autolux? Greg Edwards, guitarist from Failure? The incomparable Carla Azar on drums, she of Ednaswap, the band who wrote that tune Torn that we all know? Anyway, Autolux […]

New: Bobby Got – Without You

Set to a viral-ready video featuring scantily clad attractive young girls messing around with turntables, and Australia producer Bobby Got could have an internet hit on his hands. Without You, featuring a luxuriously simple, swirling beat and a repetitive synth section wrapping mystically around each other, has the makings of a Youtube hit. Walking the […]

Introducing: Pretty Heart

Quite how Pretty Heart isn’t a name on the lips of every self-proclaimed tastemaker heading into 2013 is completely beyond me. The project of the gorgeous twenty year old Morgan Holliger from Perrysburg, Ohio, she’s the perfect example of an artist who just needs that one stroke of luck, whether it’s a top A&R stumbling across […]

New: A Fire In The Woods – Tracks In The Snow

Straight out of the ‘Bon Iver How To Write Good Songs’ book, Sydney’s A Fire In The Woods may not have the best logo around, or indeed the most extravert online presence, but what they lack in commercial nous, is more than compensated for in the beauty of their debut outing, Tracks In The Snow. […]

By Josh
on 29th Dec 2012
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New: Happa – Freak

Like most sites, we’re playing catch up after the Christmas break. This new cut from Leeds wonderkid Happa, is perhaps my highlight. Freak, is a spine-rumbling odyssey, a soundtrack to darkness or a rattling display of madness. Or it could just be a killer house tune. You decide.

By Joel Chima
on 27th Dec 2012
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Introducing: Arbeia

As every year comes to a close, music seems to roll in at an almost unmanageable pace, almost as if bands and artists know that I’m in no fit state to post anything. Indie band, Arbeia are interesting to me for one main reason. They’re from South Shields, a town very close to the area […]

New: Palmistry – Shrimps Last Dance

Palmistry has been a friend of the site for a little while now, we dropped his last mixtape, I Swear, exclusively earlier this year and he later played Brainchild Festival, the festival we collaborate with. After that, the boy dropped off the face of the earth. Like completely, leaving me a bit scared that he’d […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

Introducing: IYES

It’s quite easy to be cynical these days. A big album drops; a million bands crop up that sound exactly like them. Earlier this month we saw the elegant debut track from London Grammar, a wonderful pop song, that just about managed to shake its comparisons with anything The xx has ever put out. This […]

Introducing: Spirits Of Leo

Why end of year lists are always published well before the end of the year continuously baffles me; how can anyone be so naive as to write off a fairly sizeable portion of the year? This new act from California (the project of Ryan Santos Phillips) goes to show exactly why you shouldn’t jump to […]

New: Matilda – The Lord

Following up the quite simply beautiful Blood, Matilda wows yet again with this movingly minimal new track, The Lord. Like an even more sombre version of everyones favourite new songstress Eddi Front; swirling piano sections and perfectly imperfect vocals form the background of the track. End your boxing day in style, check out The Lord […]

Video: Howl – Lost In The Snow

It’s Christmas, so what better than a mildly depressing present from lo-fi troubadour Howl? This gift in the form of new track Lost In The Snow is a willfully personal ballad, accompanied by visuals taken over the past twelve months. It may not be cheery yet what it lacks in festive spirit, it more than makes […]

By Josh
on 24th Dec 2012
in Music

Introducing: Voyager

With a new Youth Lagoon album expected early next year and his championing of the ‘lo-fi bedroom-sounding pop’ genre, it’s no surprise that more and more artists are attempted to replicate his unique sound. Alabama quartet Voyager combine the crippling honesty of Trevor Powers (No Hibernation) with the minimal melancholic swagger of The XX. Alright, […]

New: Solar Year – Magic Idea

Having recently signed to the No Fear Of Pop curated label Stratosfear, Montreal duo Solar Year have released the b-side to their single, Night & Day. The track is called Magic Idea, an at times futuristically baron wasteland, at others, a warm and wondrous affair. What’s certain is that the duo are making some seriously interesting pop […]

By Joel Chima
on 20th Dec 2012
in Music

New: Gucci Mane – Stupid (Lapalux Bootleg)

And so we come to the end of 2012, time for some established artists to sit back and think about their successes. In Lapalux’s case however, the end of 2012 inspired him to put together this thoroughly unexpected remix of the Gucci Mane track, Stupid. It sounds exactly as bizarre as it does in your […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

New & Video: AlunaGeorge – Diver (Teaser)

Alunageorge have had one hell of a year and it looks like 2013 is going to be even bigger. The experimental RnB duo have dropped the first snippet from their debut LP, due out on Island Def Jam this coming June, laying the foundations of what’s expected of them next year. The video was made […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

New: Wintercoats – Halogen Moon

There’s nothing like a Christmas meal with some of your closest friends to bring the sentimental side out in a boy, but the new cut from Cascine’s Wintercoats comes dangerously close. Admittedly, his debit EP, Sketches, had passed me by up until this point, but with music as somberly elegant as this new track, my […]

By Joel Chima
on 18th Dec 2012
in Music

Video Premiere: B L O O M – Schizophrenia

With a sold out Paris show under their belts and a rumoured release through the UK’s most exciting new label, Salford based Sways Records, this debut audio/visual from B L O O M is gloriously in-keeping with the aesthetic of the label. If three minutes of flickering flames, slightly unnerving samples and shrouded subliminal messages […]

Introducing: Western Lows

I’m a sucker for a good old bit of shoegaze inspired dream pop at the moment, and LA trio Western Lows fit that criteria perfectly. With two tracks to their name so far, the group, comprised of Julien Bellin, Jack Burnside and Michael Orendy display the sort of trance-inducing sound that will have all the […]