Monthly Archives: August 2012

New: Hold Your Horse Is – Frimley

Strung out loosely along the Surrey/Hampshire border there’re all these sleepy towns where not a huge amount ever seems to happen. One course of action is to hunker down in leafy Farnham with a bunch of cold stubbies, tell yourself isn’t-it-lovely-and-besides-it’s-not-Aldershot and live vicariously through other people’s noise. Unhappy with or unaware of this option, […]


By Rob Hollamby
on 28th Aug 2012
in Music

New: Moses Gold – Powder And Blood

Manchester stands head and shoulders above the rest of the UK in so far as new music goes, yet there’s an underlying feeling that the Northern city almost needs a martyr; a icon to stand for what they believe in and to pour their heart over the downtrodden streets. While he may only have two […]


By Josh
on 24th Aug 2012
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Video: Nude Beach – Walkin’ Down My Street

Channeling the spirit of Springsteen and 60′s beach-pop, Washington D.C. trio Nude Beach released on of the essential records of 2012 in the form of II. Chaotic, frenetic and unashamedly catchy, they’re a band that are nigh on impossible to not love, as shown by the new video for recent ‘single’ Walkin’ Down My Street. […]


By Josh
on 23rd Aug 2012
in Music

New: Young Montana? – (ina)whurl(d)

After several months of having to endure the torment of only one ipod earphone working, it’s rather fitting that on the day I splash out on a snazzy pair of Sennheiser’s, both Gold Panda and Young Montana? drop new tracks. Two of the finest producers when it comes to visualizing intricate, vivid soundscapes, as Gold […]

Introducing: Sore Eyelids

“Shoegazing was originally a slag-off term. My partner, who was the guitarist in Moose, claims that it was originally leveled at his band. Apparently the journo was referring to the bank of effects pedals he had strewn across the stage that he had to keep staring at in order to operate. And then it just […]

New: Gold Panda – Trust

From the sounds of this new cut from Gold Panda, he’s been digging hard on Flying Lotus recently, with Trust showcasing the UK beatmaestro’s most choppy production to date. Far less hook based than his debut LP, Trust is taken from his as yet untitled forthcoming EP, and was premiered on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show […]

New: Southern Shores – New Love

Having impressed with their debut EP The Atlantic, Canadian duo Southern Shores are set to return with a new seven track release titled New World, out 2 October. First cut to be taken from said EP is the luxuriously vibrant New Love, showcasing the eclectic range of influences that make up their sound. Check it […]


By Josh
on 21st Aug 2012
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New: Orange Red – Crush

When it comes to dreamy shoegaze inspired pop, Scandinavia seems to have the entire genre pretty locked down. Whether it’s the long, cold, dark nights or the constant state of intoxication many of their inhabitants are in (I’m looking at you, Norway), Northern Europe does wallowing and languid better than any other part of the […]

Interview: Y LUV

Y LUV are a funny bunch, as you’ll see reading on, but there’s nothing laughable about their music. Merging ‘Hot Fuss’ era Killers with the Edge’s enveloping melodies, this Californian five-piece (Freddy, Sam, Marcello, Evan and Luke) sat atop the Hype Machine chart when producer Gazzo decided to remix their track ‘Never Touch the Ground.’ […]

Interview: Two Wounded Birds

“All the records I love are analogue recordings. Digital sucks the life out of records and you miss out. It’s all sleek and slippery and feels like there’s a sheet of glass between the music.  We make rock ‘n’ roll music. I don’t like to put a tag on it but that’s how I see […]

New: EDDI FRONT – Texas

Having discovered (yeah that’s right, I said it) EDDI FRONT way back in April, it’s been hugely pleasing to witness her spreading her wings onto the pages of numerous other blogs, including Pitchfork. Now with the entire blogosphere hooked, as so happens when P4k get hold of something, EDDI FRONT captivates us once again with […]


By Josh
on 17th Aug 2012
in Music

New: Labrador Van – Helmet

Having caught my eye/ear with their debut track Opal a couple of weeks back, Vancouver quartet Labrador Van have unveiled an even better new cut. Helmet appears gritty and unkempt on first listen, yet with repeated plays it develops an elegant, angelic angle, centred around the fantastic delicate vocals and sugary vocal harmonies. Check out […]


By Josh
on 16th Aug 2012
in Music

New: Fawn Empire – I Love Her Films

After a more than emotionally testing evening, this gorgeous instrumental affair from Fawn Empire (Aka Louis Reeve) is proving the ideal antidote to those mercenary thoughts. I Love Her Films is the dreamscape in which demons patrol, wistful yet strangely apologetic with it’s desire. This is for you AM.

New: Yuno – Thingamajig

The most confusing name in music is no more, as unouomedude ditches the moniker under which he made his name (pronounced You Know You Owe Me Dude), taking up the far simpler yet just as effective Yuno. New track Thingamajig is an atmospheric take on his former sound, less centred around pop-hooks and playing to […]

Review: Wooderson – Let the Man Speak

By the time I first heard In On The Kill Taker I was fifteen years old, and it had been around for nearly a decade. In the eyes of the people who document that sort of thing, D.C.’s buzz had largely burned out, and writing about bands in baseball caps or masks or face paint […]

Introducing: The Delphines

What is it with my sudden infatuation with riot-grrrl inspired pop-punk bands? First PINS, then Maggie Moon, followed by last week’s debut track from Silkies, and now Milwaukee duo The Delphines. With a scuzzy 60′s sound and lyrics just calling out to be bellowed back to them from the confines of a sweaty, writhing mosh-pit […]

New: Egyptian Hip Hop – SYH

Having waited for what feels like seven years, it’s finally happened, and now all those involved can take a step back and give themselves a hearty pat on the back. No, I’m not talking about the Olympics, but the long-awaited return of Mancunian group Egyptian Hip Hop. With superlatives being thrown at their early demo […]

New: Astronauts, etc. – Mystery Colours

So the chillwave bandwagon may well have lost a couple of wheels along the way, yet that hasn’t stopped numerous musicians extracting the parts of the sound worth saving, and manipulating it into their own brand of electronic pop. Anthony Ferraro, aka Astronauts, etc. from Berkeley, CA has done just that, with debut single Mystery […]


By Josh
on 11th Aug 2012
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New: The XX – Chained

The most overhyped band of 2012 The XX announced their return last month with the beautifully understated new track Angels, and now the recently Pitchfork premiered Chained picks up where the aforementioned song left off. Ever so slightly more upbeat, and mixing the male / female vocals, Chained isn’t too far from the sound of […]


By Josh
on 9th Aug 2012
in Music

New: Silkies – Like One

What’s more attractive than a girl who can play guitar? Well, a girl who can play guitar with the same sort of attitude as Austin’s Silkies certainly shoots up in my estimations. Debut track Like One is two and a half minutes of blisteringly addictive garage-pop, complete with soaring riffs and squealed choruses. So it’s […]


By Josh
on 8th Aug 2012
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