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You’ve all seen Game Of Thrones the ’90s version but what about music? Am I right guys? Canadian based composer and arranger Jerry Shen aka Tronicbox did something amazing with Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Love Yourself?’ and turned them into authentically eighties pop hits complete with dripping chords, lo-fi synths and brass… Read more »

Posted on June 17th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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Shura makes the kind of pop that I can get behind, it’s fun, melodic, it’s got an energy rush and it sounds like its throwback palette is drawn from the eighties. Even the album artwork recalls the carefree swing of that Aha video. Last year’s ‘White Light’ was one of my favourite tunes of 2015…. Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016

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Despite all its problems with trying to keep users and labels happy at the same time, Soundcloud is still very good at recommending tracks to me once the track I’m listening to ends. ‘Faultless’ is one of those songs. I know I shouldn’t compare a female artist to Kate Bush as it feels lazy but… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2016

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The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop. Last night, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track just before it. That song was largely… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Metronomy are back. It’s hard to believe that Love Letters was released in 2013, such was the constant rotation the album has had on playlists, radio and elsewhere. For their fifth album, Summer 08, out on July 1st on Because Music, Joe Mount took two weeks in Black Box Studios in France on his own… Read more »

Posted on May 12th, 2016

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Well. It was so long ago now that I had forgotten the news but back in 2014, James Vincent McMorrow revealed he had collaborated with Duke Dumont, Tourist and Kygo. Kygo is perhaps the most prominent exponent of tropical house / EDM. Some of the music that made him famous is absolutely offensive in its… Read more »

Posted on April 23rd, 2016

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album Emotion was a  hit with more independent-driven music sites when it came out last year. ‘Run Away With Me’ was one of those songs that brought new audiences through its M83 ‘Midnight City’-style sax dynamics. The album executive produced by Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, who has recently been steering the unknown at home young… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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