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Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson, Ardyn, appeared earlier late in 2015 with a nice debut EP of smart indie pop music. Then came ‘Over The River’, a song which shared some parallels with London Grammar in tone. Now, the Pearsons have a new four-track EP out called The Valley, which features production… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2016

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Skott is a new artist out of Scandinavia (who apparently “grew up in a remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians”) whose debut single ‘Porcelain’ was featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World and was approved by Lorde. Grand job. Her second single, ‘Wolf’ is a finger-clicking-assisted composition of bright… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2016

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Having recently released a reworked collection, VCR & Chill of their electro-pop project New Portals’ songs on an EP in the style of the alt-folk pop band The Jepettos, Ruth and Mike Aicken are back focusing on New Portals‘ music. The Belfast brother and sister continue their run of fine electronic pop with ‘Cage’ ,… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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Hvmmingbyrd are a Dublin band that recently reappeared as a duo and a new sound with the atmospheric alt-pop song ‘Out Of My Head’. Suzette Das & Deborah Byrne’s new song pushes them further down that new road with a beautifully-executed song which was produced by the band and Aisling Jarvis. It will feature on… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

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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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