You may have heard this tune on my New Music Spotify playlist this past week. From Norway, Kappekoff’s ‘All Day Long’ is a strutting dreamy electronic pop track with funk bass and retro synth action. The band are Rasmus Thallaug & Magnus Falkenberg, augmented by Vebjørn Moen & Jørgen Apeness live. The band are signed… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2016

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Here’s a promising listen to the first single from Dublin singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. ‘Blindfolded’ is a fine singer-songwriter-style pop song which serves as the Dubliner’s opening gambit. Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow have been cited as comparisons. To me, ‘Blindfolded’ sounds like the work of an artist heading for a large radio-friendly audience regardless… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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Kiiara was working in in a hardware shop in Illinois when she put her best track ‘Gold’ up online. That track, a modern earworm with production by Felix Snow featured mangled catchy vocals and finger-clicking percussion and It racked up over 7 million plays. As a result, she was one of my artists of 2016… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

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The music of Anthony Gonzalez, M83, over his discography has transformed from ambient electronic pop to the kind of large-scale electronic compositions that work well juxtaposed with Hollywood blockbusters. Sitting in between, was an 80s-inspired synth electronic pop that brought the former to the latter. Nostalgic grandiosity has always been key to M83’s music. On… Read more »

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

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Update: Charli XCX has announced this is being released on her own label Vroom Vroom on Friday. The label “focuses on experimental and futuristic pop music”. Sounds like a compromise between the label and artist (she calls it “my favorite music i’ve ever made”) so that she keeps making big pop tunes for a while yet…. Read more »

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

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With each passing song, Wyvern Lingo show a new facet of their developing sound, especially on their forthcoming EP release on March 4th through Rubyworks. ‘Letter To Willow’ has them giving a Dirty Projectors-style vocal to a 90s-style song, ‘Subside’ also recalled a 90s feel, specifically the work of Fiona Apple with a jazzier influence…. Read more »

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

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I first heard ‘Love On Top’ at Daithí’s incendiary Body&Soul Electric Picnic set last year. At that time, Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead White was known for a pleasant debut album of bright songs. Paired with Daithí’s electronic pop sensibilities though, White’s voice became a powerhouse on that day, in a dance music context. I’m delighted that… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2016

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