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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour. Hour one – awaiting listen links Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Sunday Candy Beirut  –  ‘No No No’ #aotw: Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  ‘Like Acid Rain’ Jake Houlsby  – ‘Yannina’ Ciaran… Read more »

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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From psychedelic rock outliers to pop flirters, New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra have decided to dispense with the weirdo Captain Beefheart lo-fi disposition and give us something with clarity and heart. Portland-based Ruban Nielson’s third album shows what can happen when you stop hiding behind colourful noise and focus on making songs that resonate. The… Read more »

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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One of the strongest lyrical songs released this year, Braids’ ‘Miniskirt’ from their recent Album Of The Week is a direct and uncompromising song about the male gaze. “You feel you’ve the right o touch me because I asked for it,” Standelle sings set to growing synth line. Once the song breaks into percussive mode,… Read more »

Posted on June 4th, 2015

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I’ve been supremely calmed by the music of Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby, who formerly called himself Suntrapp. His most recent tracks have had a reflective and harmonic effect that eases you. ‘Yaninna’ with its Graceland-style reverbed-harmonies and plaintive guitar is so at ease, it’s been my wake up song this past week. It features on… Read more »

Posted on June 4th, 2015

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Fresh out on Rinse FM’s record label, Laura Clock is an artist who formerly released an album under the name Butterclock and collaborated with oOoOO. The followup is an EP of electronic dub and half-step club music with Laura Clock’s melancholic icy vocals atop. On the new four track EP Baby Part One, ‘Fantasy’ stands… Read more »

Posted on June 4th, 2015

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Calling herself Lady Esmerelda Felicity S. Von de Beaks, the singer/musician behind the Northern Irish project called BEAKS prefers to stay anonymous for now. She’s previously covered Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with an electro pop version and with ‘Good Friday Agreement’, the masked singer releases an original track that has… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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For a while there, it wasn’t clear if the Dublin-based band Tomorrows were a side-project or a friendship project. The band, featuring members of Biggles Flys Again, The Chapters, Jethro Pickett and Woodheart have answered that with the regular appearance of new music that’s been the kind of thing worthy of a main event. They… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Odd Future affiliated group The Internet, Syd Bennett, Mat Martians and band are back with a new album called Ego Death on June 30th and it sounds like the start of something clean, focused and real from them. Ego Death will feature guests like Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Kaytranada, Tyler, The Creator and more. ‘Special… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Watch Jamie xx perform ‘Loud Places’ for French TV with the rest of the xx & Warpaint’s drummer

Jamie xx along with his old bandmates and a coterie of performers including Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa appeared on France’s Les Grand Journal last night to perform a full-live version of ‘Loud Places’ from my album of the week and probably yours. There was even a small choir to sing the Idris Muhammad ‘Could Heaven Ever… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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