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Watch the video for the R&B vocoder pop track from this Swedish/American singer.

‘Don’t Wait’, the debut single from American/Swedish singer Mapei which came out last year was supported by remixes featuring Chance The Rapper, Giraffage and Kingdom. The lady also appeared on Flying Lotus’ recent Ideas + Drafts + Loops mixtape. The video for the R&B vocoder pop track just dropped. Peek above.

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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A fine free download from the re-emerging Kildare duo.

Planet Parade returned with two great new tracks earlier this year promising more. Here is more from Kildare’s Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd in the form of ‘Before & After’, a track with synth-delay notes, brittle percussion and a fine vocal delivery that leaves a wash of nice sounds over your ears.

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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New album Reachy Prints out on Warp Records this month.

Plaid were one of the acts that brought me into the world of electronic music. They played regularly in Dublin at festivals like DEAF and in the Temple Bar Music Centre and they always had a strong visual aesthetic (courtesy of Bob Jaroc mainly) to match their melodic and unique music. It’s been over three… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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#NewAmericana: Chvrches' style electro-pop by a New Jersey singer.

If you’re a fan of Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry’s pitched vocals you’ll be thrilled to hear ‘Ghost’ by New Jersey singer Ashley Frangipane aka Halsey, a dark electro-pop track with vocals as bright and big as that band. It sounds like the kind of track that will be swept off its feet by a label if… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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All about this rising 25 year-old singer.

New York-based singer Niia (pronounced “Nye-a” ) came to my attention through the wonderful hazy track ‘Generation Blue’. Her debut single ‘Made For You’ had a video directed by Tony Kaye (American History X and a Johnny Cash video amongst others) which featured lots of sex dolls and she does a wonderful cover of Majical… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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Alt-J R&B? Whatever you call it, it's good.

Glass Animals were one of my favourite bands at SXSW this year. I liked them so much I went to see them twice. They feel like a band on the brink, they already have great songs, they are already great live and they already have something a bit special going on – namely supremely constructed… Read more »

Posted on April 1st, 2014

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Wobby electronic pop produced by Micachu on the Greco-Roman label.

Fans of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard’s electronic chops and Micachu’s lo-fi wonky-pop will find plenty to like in Tirzah, a new singer from London who featured here last year with ‘I’m Not Dancing’. ‘No Romance’, the title track from Tirzah’s EP, was produced by Micachu and displays the same wobby electronic pop. The two are… Read more »

Posted on April 1st, 2014

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The slick R&B pop band get their debut album release date.

After the news that Woman’s Hour signed to Secret Canadian, today comes the news that the London/Kendal band will release that debut on July 11th. The album is called Conversations and the band have shared the silky smooth title track. The four-piece’s debut will feature previously-released tracks ‘To The End’, ‘Our Love Has No Rhythm’,… Read more »

Posted on April 1st, 2014

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The band play 'Prisoner' live for the cameras.

Princess are the latest band to perform for the Trout Records live session. This one was shot at Asylum Studio at Bow Lane. The video was shot by SecondFrame and the song is called “Prisoner”, a melodic indie alt-rock track which switches up the tempo halfway through for a more involving outro.

Posted on April 1st, 2014

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