‘Destiny’ is the second track off the excellent new John Talabot album ƒin to feature Pional. ƒin is defined by expansive intoxicated Mediterranean sun-kissed house and electronic productions. You’ll be hearing a lot more from Barcelona man Talabot this year.

Posted on February 1st, 2012

Tags:

Artists: ,

Quarter Inch’s Quompilation is back for #2 in the series of Irish artists covering their favourite songs of 2011. For my money, Volume 2 is a better collection of covers all round than Volume 1 there are some cracking versions. Cloud Castle Lake cover Jacques Greene’s ‘Another Girl’, No Monster Club do Jedward’s ‘Lipstick’ an… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

Tags:

Artists: , , , , , , , , ,

Darren from Last Days of 1984 put me onto this compilation seeing as I’ve shared a love of Shangaan cassette tapes recently (a few are available in Elastic Witch). The nine-track compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones on the SahelSounds label, as the title suggests, is music that comes from cellphone memory cards. Cheap mobile phones… Read more »

Posted on January 2nd, 2012

Tags:

Artists:

It’s a path that occurs way too often in pop. A promising young artist gets noticed for their idiosyncratic take on pop and then proceeds to be stripped of each interesting trait until nothing but a sanitised blandness remains. Back in 2009, Anita Blay aka CocknBullKid impressed with a series of singles (‘I’m Not Sorry’,… Read more »

Posted on January 1st, 2012

Artists:

I spent all of Monday afternoon listening to the first two mixtapes from The Weeknd, House of Balloons and Thursday. There’s enough quality material there that I really didn’t anticipate the final part of the trilogy would come before the end of the year but Echoes Of Silence is here and downloadable. 2011 has sure… Read more »

Posted on December 22nd, 2011

Tags:

Artists: ,

From Arbutus Records, the home of recently featured TOPS, comes Paula who is actually a dude called David Carriere who eh, is also in TOPS. The lo-fi eight-track album Relaxed Fit is released today is rugged and raw and teeming with retromania influences of ’70s punk and ’80s synthpop, sort of like finding an unknown… Read more »

Posted on November 22nd, 2011

Tags:

Artists: ,

Idaho-based Trevor Powers’ dreamy, brittle and emotive songs have been getting increased buzz on music blogs over the course of the year. His debut album The Year Of Hibernation on Fat Possum was recorded in his bedroom but sets its sights far beyond those four walls. As an example, ‘Seventeen’ is intimate but supremely widescreen…. Read more »

Posted on November 7th, 2011

Tags:

Artists:

As well as Florence + The Machine, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Tom Waits, Laura Veirs, Kuedo, Buraka Som Sistema, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kuedo, Phantogram, Beach Boys, Cass McCombs, Little Xs For Eyes, Wild Flag.

Posted on November 1st, 2011

Tags:

Artists: , , , ,

The Colours Of Darkness is the third album from John Cowhie aka Goodtime John but now just GOODTIME (previous albums and an EP are here). If you read this blog regularly, you’ll have heard ‘One Shot’ or ‘Behind This Sun’. At a succint 33-minutes, The Colours Of Darkness has a warm-toned comforting night-shade feel to… Read more »

Posted on November 1st, 2011

Tags:

Artists:

Twin Sister’s In Heaven has been my most-played most-inviting record for the last while: hardly off the stereo, iPod or turntable so it’s really album of the month. It’s a sonic space where dream pop, synth pop, new-wave, indie-pop, disco and funk co-exist and are interchanged in a barely noticeable fashion. That the five-piece New… Read more »

Posted on October 25th, 2011

Tags:

Artists: ,

The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. The Ambience Affair – Burials Body Language – Social Studies Civil Civic – Rules The Golden Filter – Syndromes M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (alt stream) Marketa Irglova – Anar Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do My Brightest Diamond – All Things… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2011

Artists: , , , , ,

The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. Bjork – Biophilia Death in Vegas – Trans-Love Energies Feist – Metals The Field – Looping State Of Mind Future Islands – On the Water Iceage – New Brigade Jeffrey Lewis – A Turn in the Dream-Songs Joakim – Nothing Gold Leyland Kirby –… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2011

Tags:

Artists: , , , , , , ,

“I had thought that the follow up to Ritual was finished about three times so far, but I kept getting drawn back to writing more and more songs, trying to push my songwriting as hard as I could and see how many different styles and moods I could try out, to feel out the album…. Read more »

Posted on September 30th, 2011

Tags:

Artists: