Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Top 50 Songs of 2011: 10- 1

10. Korallreven - As Young As Yesterday
9. New Look – Janet
8. Friends - I'm His Girl

7. Wavves - Nodding Off (feat. Best Coast)
6. Gucci Mane - Dollar Sign (These New Puritans Remix)
5. Lykke Li - Get Some (Remix by Beck)
4. A$AP Rocky - Wassup
3. Anna Calvi - Suzanne & I
2. M83 - Midnight City
1. Niki & The Dove - The Drummer

And there it is: my one-track heart belongs to Niki and the Dove this year, with their perfect pop on "The Drummer". To listen to most of these tracks all at once on Spotify, click here for my Top Fiddy playlist.

A bunch of the songs weren't available on Spotify, but I just replaced them with other gems I loved that ended up on the bench when I was making my final cuts. I'm now in South Africa, then Botswana with my grandma's dial-up internet connection, so am going to go quiet on the blogging front for a while.

Have a great holiday season errbody, and I'll be back soon with more New Things To Like for 2012.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sprawl II by Arcade Fire

Last week the Arcade Fire dropped a series of ridiculous and hilarious videos via their Facebook, showing them voicing over footage of some lovely Haiting people dancing or hanging out wearing giant Arcade Fire member 3D masks. It sounds creepier than it was, promise.

Anyway, it was all part of a teaser trio for their new interactive "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" video. You can interact with it in two different ways, either with dancing hands in front of your web cam or clicks, and also watch a standard version. I went hand dancing all the way and it was great.

The mental image of different Arcade Fire fans all over the world doing jazz hands in front of their screens while giggling uncontrollably just stands as another example of how special this band are. I'll leave you with the traditional version below, then implore you to head to Sprawl2 and go wild on the interactive ones yourself.

Top 50 Songs of 2011: 20- 11

Top 20 time. My housemates probably never want to hear any of these songs again, pulsing through the walls/floor. Awkward.

20. Stay + - Fever
19. Active Child - Hanging On (White Sea Remix)
18. Jamie xx - Far Nearer
17. Clams Casino – Gorilla
16. Metronomy - The Bay (The 2 Bears Remix)

15. Braids – Lammicken
14. tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
13. High Rankin - The Things You Do (Toronto Is Broken Remix)
12. The Drums - Money (Chad Valley Remix)
11. Icona Pop – Manners

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Top 50 Songs of 2011: 30- 21

We're hitting the halfway mark with this bunch, so go ahead and have a listen to see if any of your faves from the year are on the list. Picking top songs often means cutting offerings from artists who released albums that as a whole were amazing, but didn't necessarily have one stand-out track; for that, Wild Beasts, I hope I am forgiven.

I mean we all know Year End Lists are just a bit silly anyway, but I figured it would be my totally on-the-cheap Christmas gift to anyone who reads this blog. Happy Holidays?

30. Ghostpoet - Longing For The Night
29. Bonjay – Stumble
28. Masterface - Excuse Me Girl
27. Sleep Over - Romantic Streams
26. Chelsea Wolfe – Moses
25. Pandr Eyez - Little Bit

24. SBTRKT feat. Yukimi Nagano - Wildfire
23. Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle
22. Summer Camp - Better Off Without You
21. TEETH - U R 1 (Friendly Ghost Remix)

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Top 50 Songs of 2011: 40- 31

Here's the next ten, which I hope you all enjoy. Feel free to drop me a line on Facebook or in the comments section about the tracks that made your ears happiest in 2011 too.

40. Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours (Passion Pit Remix)
39. YADi - Sahara Heart
38. 2:54 – Got A Hold

37. Big Deal – Chair
36. PS I Love You - Get Over
35. James Blake - I Never Learnt To Share
34. Purity Ring – Lofticries

33. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Niggas In Paris
32. Feist - How Come You Never Go There? (Beck Remix)

31. Friendly Fires - Show Me Lights

Listen: Sleigh Bells - Born To Lose

Born To Lose by Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells shared this new song with us earlier in the week, but I was selfishly uninterested in posting it until I could find a non-Spin-Magazine-affiliated link. And here it is. Apparently this record's going to take more of a melodic turn, with Alexis having a stronger writing role than on Treats. And it sounds like it's gonna be pretty guitar-heavy too.

The Reign Of Terror LP drops on Valentine's Day, 2012.

And 'cos I love you that much, here are the official lyrics to this track.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Top 50 Songs of 2011: 50- 41

And so begins the first of my 'End of Year' posts. It's been a really strong year for new music, and whittling my options down to the fifty you're gonna hear over the next few posts involved a lot of hair grabbing, actual cliche lip-biting, and body-rolling (while going back to my favourites).

Each of the songs listed here formed a big part of my year, and will always be my soundtrack to 2011 when I look back. Those that were made available for free download when originally released will be up for grabs, and for the rest I'll be sourcing videos or Soundcloud links.

For now, let's kick things off with numbers fifty to forty-one:

50. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
49. Echo Lake – Young Silence
48. Gold Panda – MPB
47. Moths – Jimmy Francis
46. Still Corners – Into The Trees
45. Nero - Promises (Skrillex Remix)

44. Kurt Vile - Baby's Arms
43. TV On The Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness
42. Bilal – All Matter
41. Little Scream - Heron And The Fox

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Watch Wavves - "Bug"

Wavves have a new video for single "Bug" off their Life Sux EP from earlier this year. I think I'll always have a soft spot for this band after they sound-tracked my summer of 2010, so I'm pretty excited to hear their next full-length.

In the meantime you can get the EP on iTunes and keep up with their general sillyness on their Tumblr and Facebook. And yes, just in case any of us forgot, they are massive stoners: hence the mermaid-cop-pill extravaganza you see above.

Q & A with 2:54

2:54 - Scarlet by 2:54 Band

I met up with Hannah and Colette Thurlow of 2:54 in a North London pub a while ago, and we giggled about Mastodon and lame people who don't dance/move at gigs. Sadly I had to keep it semi-professional for the final edit, which you can now read in this week's Don't Panic mag.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Bos Angeles debut video for "Days Of Youth"

The boys of Bos Angeles have this little gem to give to us: a super-saturated and stonerific video for "Days Of Youth" (I in no way know whether these kids smoke weed, and don't assume they do). Richard Board's voice has a richness in this which I love, though his low drone delivery won't be for everyone.

Personally, I'm saying yes to this.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Black Tie Experiment

Far Too Long by BlackTieExperiment

Black Tie Experiment are a Brighton-based soul/hip hop/generally awesome outfit, with a member or two at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM). I was played this track by a friend of mine a while ago, then reminded myself of these boys' talent when she sent me over a new teaser song below (which she laid down some backing vocals for).

Interstate (Sneak Peek) by BlackTieExperiment

Their nods to neo-soul, Chicago rap and jazz guitar show the type of versatility that hip hop hungers for at the moment. I also love that they play live instruments and incorporate delicate guitar picking with well thought-through harmonies and that sort of Jill Scott vibe that I still don't think UK audiences have heard enough of. And let it be known that there's probably no-one over the age of about twenty-one in this band either. If you like what you hear, I'm gonna do my darndest to find out when they're next gigging in the windy city by the sea.

Ominous Creep by BlackTieExperiment

In the meantime, go vote for them to get through to the next round of MTV's Brand New Unsigned to show your support. I just want the full tracks, already!

Disclaimer: regardless of how much I'm gushing in this post, they haven't asked me to write about them nor sent me their music. This is just one of those happy accidents that keep me in love with writing about music.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Watch: Korallreven - As Young As Yesterday

Korallreven dropped this video for "As Young As Yesterday" about two weeks ago, and just discovering it now means I have another excuse to play this really really loud again. Seriously, this song is just so well produced, I feel like I'm in love with it.

The 14-year old me would have totally been in love with little skater boy here, too. As far as music videos go it's not massively inspired but it touches on youth and the songs lyrical content in a way that just about works.

"Sa sa samoa" is also one of the best lyrical hooks of 2011.

Tennis sign to ATP Recordings

Cutesy-pop trio Tennis have just been picked up by the awesome ATP Recordings, who'll be putting out their second full-length record on February 13th, 2012. Originally just hubby-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Aliana Moore on their first critically-acclaimed album, Tennis have now enlisted the help of drummer James Barone to become a proper, like, band.

They've worked with the Black Keys' Patrick Carney on Young And Old, and released the two songs in this post as a digital download you can get on iTunes. They've also beefed up their sound a little but still hold onto that whimsical sort of innocence (mostly oozing from Aliana's voice) that hooked listeners the first time round.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

FREE SHIT PART 32: Bear Driver

Bear Driver - Never Never by Bear Driver

Bear Driver are a new London five-piece I just got sent, whose list of influences reads like a fantasy of mine circa 2006. And I mean that in a good way: they've got all that Yo La Tengo-ness and lazy, sunny delivery that epitomises that end-of-high-school feeling without sounding contrived.

I'm excited to hear more from them and hear about their story. If you are too, check out their site here and grab this single "Never Never" as a free download above, for as long as Soundcloud allows it.

M83 adds US 2012 spring dates

Intro (ft Zola Jesus) by M83

Anthony Gonzales, everyone's favourite synth-blasting Frenchman of the moment, is set to embark on a hectic US spring tour. And since I'm always rambling on about things happening in London I thought I'd share these dates with any readers who happen to be based on the other side of the pond.

Tickets for the LA shows at Club Nokia in January are already sold out (and seriously, Club Nokia? As in the phones? Someone tell me it's shaped like a phone) but you can already book ones for the later shows, by clicking here. He's also passing through the UK at the end of next month, so get on that if you haven't seen him yet but are keen to.

US dates:

22/4 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Auditorium

25/4 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre

26/4 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune

27/4 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

29/4 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

30/4 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

1/5 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre

2/5 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant

4/5 – Chicago, IL – The Vic

5/5 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre

6/5 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy

7/5 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

9/5 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

10/5 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

11/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

12/5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

17/5 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

18/5 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater

19/5 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

Trailer Trash Tracys announce Europe & UK tour details

London four-piece Trailer Trash Tracys have just shared their new video for "You Wish You Were Red", as well as some rather exciting news for the people who want to see them live. They'll be touring Europe later this month with The Vaccines (fingers crossed they outshine them), and then heading back to our shores for a set of London dates. Boom.

Check out tour details below, and listen to the Ital remix of the single here too. He's another one of them 100% Silk artists, so is pretty adept at showing us the weird and dark side of disco-trance (that's a genre I just made up).

14 - Amsterdam Paradiso
15 - Copenhagen VEGA (w/ The Vaccines)
16 - Stockholm Debaser (w/ The Vaccines)
18 - Berlin Postbahnhof (w/ The Vaccines)
19 - Brussels AB (w/ The Vaccines)

9 - London Rough Trade East
12 - London Lexington
13 – Leeds Session
14 - Manchester Kraak Gallery
15 - Glasgow Captain's Rest

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sleigh Bells Plot Their Return

I am so excited about this. Sleigh Bells were one of my top acts of 2010, and it'll be great to see what they've got in store for us in 2012. PS: Alexis Krauss is likely to make you jizz yourself when she's on stage.

That's just a gentle warning.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Watch: Still Corners - Into The Trees

The London-based four-piece just tweeted about their latest video, which I thought I'd share too. It's been ages since I saw them play, but this video for "Into The Trees" perfectly captures their scuzzed-out sound and the atmosphere they beautifully create live.

Enjoy it, and click here to find out about their upcoming American tour dates. 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Echo Lake unveil video for "Buried At Sea"

Echo Lake - Buried at Sea from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

Okay, this actually happened a week ago but somehow slipped under my radar. Echo Lake have been one of my favourite dream-pop London bands for a little while now, and it's great news to hear that their debut LP will finally be hitting our ears early next year.

Enjoy this new video for "Buried At Sea", and grab a vinyl offering of theirs made as part of an exciting Marshall Teller project. Their tune is placed alongside tracks from The History Of Apple Pie, Novella and Gross Magic, and is available to order as a 7" here. Be warned: clicking on that link opens up an autoplay site so if you don't think your co-workers or dog will appreciate Gross Magic blaring out at them full-blast, turn the volume down, eh?

Song of the Day: "Egyptian Wrinkle"

BOY FRIEND - Egyptian Wrinkle by HellYes

What happens when two Texan girls have a messy break-up with their previous band, then start writing songs as the separation happens? The murky and hazed-up sounds of Boy Friend, that's what. Once of Sleep ∞ Over fame, Sarah Brown and Christa Palazzolo have broken off to craft their own project without Stefanie Franciotti and I'm loving what I've heard of it so far.

I was sent over this track a few days ago, then started exploring the rest of their past work to tighten up the background research for my Addict news post on them. So far their archives are just as strong, all about the whispery vocals and textured samples that I've been drawn to recently. Their debut album drops on Hell Yes! Records in February, so keep an eye on them if you enjoy this track. I'd be really interested to see what kind of live show they put on, so hope they're planning to pass through London soon.


Masterface "Excuse Me Girl" by Bleek Records

Masterface is the musical alias of Brooklyn's Cedar Apffel (and sometime collaborator Rory O'Connor), and is my new thing to like today. Having worked as a part of Seattle band House On A Hill for eight years, the producer broke off to do his own thing and really flexed his sonic muscle when he had the space in which to do so.

He somehow mixes crazy Panda Bear-like synth squelches with sounds as diverse as those from dub, ambient electronica and (dare I even mention it) reggae. But not in a shit way. Seriously. When I first heard his most recent single "Magic Dragging" I couldn't even begin to understand how someone had taken a concept I usually hate (white dudes playing with reggae) and turned it into something beautiful. Step one to mad props, taken.

Masterface "Magic Dragging" by Bleek Records

Then when I dug through my emails, saw that I'd already been sent "Excuse Me Girl" and found myself body-rolling in my chair at work and hitting repeat one time after the next, it was clear that I was just straight up into Masterface. So now it's up to you: go have a listen to album Freedom Tower on his Bandcamp page and if you like it, I'd really recommend buying it. It's a total steal at about £5 anyway.

The album came out on New York label Bleek Records as a digital download on the 15th of November, 2011. Have a look at the rest of their roster if these tunes pique your interest, as Apffel's currently producing label-mate Natureboy's new stuff and is probably going to make it sound awesome.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


I'm just loving this Friendly Ghost remix of the TEETH single so much, I figured I'd share it. I would still prefer if TEETH fans bought it as part of the single package (ahem, just doing my bit here) but I can understand if you want a little sampler first.

There doesn't seem to be much known about Friendly Ghost besides the fact that they're possibly New Yorkers, a duo and capable of using both dubstep and 90s rave breakdowns in a synth-heavy track without making it sound like a total mess. Scroll to the 2-minute mark to see what I mean.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Q & A with The Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean - Everybody Get Close by DFA Records

I spoke to John Maclean about working with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, staying committed to Death From Above Records and why London's awesome to play in. I'd never actually listened to his stuff before, but it was still fun to chat. He's more sort of disco-housey than stuff I'd normally listen to but was a great interviewee nonetheless and clearly knows his shit.

Check it out on the Don't Panic site,

Monday, 21 November 2011

TEETH release "U R 1" today

U R 1 by moshi moshi music

The cover art has already horrified two guys at work, but here it is! Get the single on Moshi Moshi Records now. In their own words:
"U R 1" is about being raised from birth by computers and the internet, being taught everything we know by something other than a biological parent. It's a love song to the digital nannies- who raised us up into who we are and kind of playing with the idea that Artificial Intelligence might be capable of emotional attachment.

Fair enough. Enjoy their usual synthy madness.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Watch: Suuns - Red Song

Suuns "Red Song" from Topher Manilla on Vimeo.

Here's the new semi-gross-out video for "Red Song", by Suuns. There's something so comforting about the thick wall of sound most of their music builds, and this track is no different. Vocalist Ben Shemie gets his face tugged at and slow-moed all over the place before a (spoiler alert) totally horror movie ending that you should make sure children avoid.

Reviewed: Tribes at the Electric Ballroom

I went to see Tribes play in Camden ages ago to a roomful of teenagers and old people. They were shit. Here's that opinion, rather more eloquently stated, for Addict Music:

And this was the nice version, since my original might have meant the PR behind this gig never contacted me again. Had to be relatively diplomatic innit; luckily their entire roster doesn't suck as much ass as these guys.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Song of the Day: "Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix)"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix) by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

I ignored Dale Earnheardt Jr Jr for so long because I thought their branding meant they'd only make dry folk. It's not exactly what they do, but they're still a bit too sweet-reverbed-indie for me at the moment.

HOWEVER this remix by Tiger and Woods brings them back into the realms of awesome for me, and have thus given them Song of the Day today. That reads like a bit of a back-handed compliment but, hey, it's happening. Enjoy this synthy blissed-out reworking of their single. I'm still going through my Family backlog, and have unearthed yet another gem, so thanks Keong and Chris!

Bos Angeles

I'm a little late to the game with these guys, but am pretty glad their music landed on my desk last week. The awesome people at Family PR sent me over their upcoming single "Days Of Youth" (with B-side "Beach Slalom") and it's been making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside this afternoon.

The trio are from Boscombe (hence the adorable name), near Bournemouth and quite clearly wear their small town, teen nostalgia influences on their sleeves. You'll hear everything from Wavves and Male Bonding to The History Of Apple Pie on these two tracks so if that's your kinda thing do grab them when they're out next Monday (Nov 21st) via Roundtable Records.

The band are currently playing a few UK dates, details of which are on their Bandcamp page. They just passed through London, opening for Cults at XOYO and I'm now extra bummed I was busy that night. Still, I'm pretty excited to catch Summer Camp at Efes tomorrow so all is not lost.

Keep up with Bos Angeles news and ting via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Salem release new video for "Better Off Alone"

And it's mostly Gisele found footage cut and pasted in a way that turns flash gun lights almost into strobes. Nice. Their version of the Alice Deejay track is amazing too; I still love this band, no matter what all the witch house haterz say.

Somehow they make seven minutes feel like about three. Here's the original for you to enjoy too.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Lizard Kisses

Lizard Kisses are Cory Siegler (on vocals) and Marc Merza (on guitar), a Brooklyn duo who sent me over some music this week and won me over. Though one of the most twee acts I've listened to in a good couple of months, something about their sparse and bare approach to song-writing totally charms me.

The band have released Tiny Island Teeth, an EP with self-designed artwork, on tape via label Cakes & Tapes and also as mp3s for those of us who don't have access to tape-players any more. Their seemingly simple melodies are layered beautifully, and they use their musical friends to great effect on the record. You can hear Sea Oleena (of Wintercoats fame), Mutual Benefit and some other New York musicians on the EP and its sister release of demos, Tooth Notes.

Lizard Kisses - Pinch from Jessica Amaya on Vimeo.

Lizard Kisses are streaming both records on Bandcamp, but also selling them on a pay-what-you-like basis. I'm pretty excited to get my hands on the EP and indulge in some late evening, quiet-times-with-tea listening throughout this week. Also, how weird is it to not listen to something brimming over with synths? I haven't done that since about June (and yesterday, when I listened to lots of the latest Kurt Vile record on a road trip).

photo by Jessica Amaya

Friday, 11 November 2011

Q & A with Pandr Eyez

Little Bit by PANDR EYEZ

Pandr Eyez are a London-based synth & vocals duo whom I interviewed for both Addict Music and Don't Panic. The Addict q & a is up and live right hurr, so check it out. They are such lovely people, and we spent a lot of time giggling about nineties r'n'b, honey badgers and drunken musical performances.

More importantly, their music is awesome.

Song of the Day: "Got A Hold"

2:54 - Got A Hold by 2:54 Band

I'm interviewing 2:54 this week and looking forward to chatting to them about their new EP (out on Monday, on Fiction). Here's their latest teaser single off the record. It's their usual hazy, alt sound with a bit of that nineties sound a la PJ Harvey but is still as good as all their previous tracks.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Reviewed: Niki And The Dove - The Drummer EP

"The Swedish duo are back with their second EP of the year, pounding our eardrums and any resistance to their charms to a pulp with ‘The Drummer’. This seven song collection boasts some of the first wholly instrumental work we’ve heard from the band, while exploring new sonic terrain for them in other ways.
Together Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf weave a series of different tales on the record but never stray too far from their electrifying pop roots".

I love this Niki & the Dove record, unsurprisingly. Read the rest of my review for Addict Music on the site:

Friendly Fires share new video for "Hurting"

And it's rather silly.

As ever Ed McFarlane is wearing a print shirt and moving his body in ridiculous ways, but it's a formula that I don't mind. This is one of my least favourite tracks from the album to be honest. Still, I think the whispered vocal refrain sort of saves it towards the end.

Props to the stylist for finding what looks like a patent version of the JS Dany shoe too; haven't seen that one yet.

Stream 'Feelings 4 U' by Dreams


Jesse Pimenta aka Dreams does not mess around. Where most people are throwing out three song EPs like there's no time in the world, this young West coast beatmaker has just put out a NINE-track EP on indie label Absent Fever. I mean dude, that's basically an album.

It's all throwback funk samples chopped over his own beats, with the sort of eighties revival sound that fans of Star Slinger and Com Truise will love. To be honest, I clicked this link by mistake when on Facebook this morning (goshdarn touch-screen laptop/tablet thing) but am pretty damn glad I did. This is a New Thing to Like in the 'old' sense that first made me start this blog: a random treat found online from unexpected browsing.

Listen to the rest of the EP on Bandcamp, and pay whatever you like for it. Happy listening.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bye London, Hallo Berlin

I'm going to Berlin for a couple of days, and so my usual weekend posting won't be happening. If I were a better blogger I'd have loads of posts queued but I don't: I've been running the whole mag at Don't Panic again so life is teetering on the edge of manic right now.

If you know of any hotspots I should hit when I'm there, drop me a line! I'm going in a group of about twenty people, and I'll be armed with about four different cameras. Can you tell I'm excited??

In the meantime I'll leave you with this brilliant and gros video from La Shark, for their single "Magazine Cover". You can get it as a free download for a limited time only, so hop it if you like what you hear. I tried to watch this while eating a red petter & tomato soup the other day and that didn't end well. You'll see why. Bon weekend à tous, and be safe.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

FREE SHIT Part 31: The Whendays

The Whendays - 01 Untru Love II by CASCINE

Hello to another freakin great release from Cascine. The Whendays are Serge and Simon, two Swedish multi-taskers who make 80s-flavoured tunes that are heavy on the synths and easy on the ear.

If you like Com Truise, old Super 8 films and remembering how awesome the early 90s were then you're probably going to love these guys. Their four song EP drops on the 15th, and although I can't yet share it with you here, I can honestly tell you it's rad. That's come consolation, right?

Grab this freebie for the minute though.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween from Echo Lake

Echo Lake - Alisa from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

Here's their aptly gross video for their cover of Ariel Pink's "Alisa". A remastered version appears on their Young Silence EP re-isssue coming out to Japanese audiences in two weeks. For the rest of us, the unmastered version is grabbable via this Pinglewood Ariel Pink special mix.

Happy Day of the Death everybody, and stay safe whether you get tricks or treats.

EDIT: Just heard from the band that you can still enjoy the remastered version even if you won't be buying the reissue in Japan. Click here for a free download:

Alisa (Ariel Pink Cover) by Echo Lake

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Stream League's 'How Do I Know' EP

League are a London & LA two-piece, who make textured, semi-psychedelia with just right doses of Yeasayer, MGMT and Beach House. This, their latest EP, rings out with syncopated drum rhythms, beautifully lifting guitar lines and intelligent instrumentation choices.

It's always refreshing to hear a band who don't try to hide their influences behind too many layers of mish-mashed confusion but just put their own honest stamp on things. The three tracks that make up How Do I Know are all well worth a listen and a sign of even better things to come from the band.

You can also hear their previous Golden Maps EP on their Bandcamp. Now we've just gotta get them to play London.

Reviewed: Chase & Status at Brixton Academy

I forgot that I went to this, reviewed it, then didn't share it on this ting. Felt pretty hilarious having someone from the PR company hand-deliver the tickets on their bike, while I wasn't even at work. I think my boss reckons I'm someone really important now. Not really.

Anyway, my friend Bruce and I were moshed about, had entire pints spilled down our backs and counted more than thirty Fred Perry shirts, all within the first half hour of getting into the show (we didn't really keep count). Chase & Status were great, Tinie Tempah's surprise performance made people go ape-shit and it was fun overall. Read the full review on Addict Music now.

Song of the Day: "Call Me An Animal"

This track, by new band I Am In Love, grabbed me within the first twenty seconds of playing it: always a good sign. And luckily the band delivered for the other four and a half minutes that make up my song of the day today.

I Am In Love are a four-piece apparently from Leicestershire and their brand of power-pop indie has that instant dance-a-bility that's always attracted me to the strong players in the indie game. Plus, that synth sample at the beginning of the track sounds like new M83 and that's always gonna be a good thing.

The band are giving this track away via their Facebook tomorrow, in the weeks before their Robot Needs Home EP drops on the 21st of November. Get involved now and if you've got the chance check them out at one of their live shows below. I'm goona aim for the EP launch party at Catch.

Tour dates:
Wednesday 23rd November - Shoreditch, Catch London
Thursday 24th November – Brighton, Pav Tav
Friday 25th November - Leicester Firebug
Saturday 26th November - Leeds Cockpit 3

Friday, 28 October 2011

I'm DJing Guilty Pleasures at KOKO

Dan & I being silly behind the decks at the London Fields night we played

For a nineties-themed Halloween party on Saturday (October 29th). As far as I know it's all sold out in advance, but they'll be releasing 100 on the door and if you wanna come down hit me up on the Facebook page: I'll see what I can swing, guestlist-wise. I was up for ages last night intermittently getting really excited about the tracks while feeling really sleepy chopping and pulling them together.

Here are a few gems I'll be dropping, if time allows. Danielle and I only have an hour to play but between us probably have about three hours of incredible nineties hip hop, pop and r'n'b to throw down. Kissing a bunch of tracks goodbye tomorrow night's gonna hurt.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Summer Camp share new video for "Down"

And it's entirely made up of cinemagraph gifs. Stuck in some weird time trap, the duo can't seem to escape the small-town blues at their creepy Halloween party. It's been directed by Chris Doyle and is already one of my fave music videos of the year. Probably.

Enjoy. Their album's out on Halloween, aptly.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

2:54 debut video for "Scarlet"

Here's the new-ish 2:54 video for "Scarlet". This sister-centric foursome have already been making a name for themselves around London and put on a pretty good show at the Great Escape earlier this year. Though they wear their influences openly on their sullen sleeves, there's still something about their vocals that makes the Thurlow sisters stick out in my mind.

They're embarking on the latter half of an autumn tour in November (they've already been on the road with the Maccabees), dates for which you can see below. I'd recommend seeing them if that whole sexy-sulky PJ Harvey-loving thing gets you going. Last time I saw them you could practically smell all the hipster boy boners growing in the room throughout their set. It was hilarious and awkward.

Their EP Scarlet drops on November 14th, via Fiction.

November Dates:

1 – Village Underground, London+
2 – Trinity, Bristol+
4 – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth (headlining)
6 – Louisiana, Bristol (headlining)
9 – Corsica Studios, London (headlining w/ Bos Angeles, Novella)
11 – Classic Grand, Glasgow*
12 - Constellations Festival, Leeds
14 – Academy 3, Manchester*
15 – Academy 2, Liverpool*
17 – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth*
18 – Digital, Brighton*
19 – HMV Library, Birmingham*
21 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham*
22 – Thekla, Bristol*

* = with The Big Pink
+ = with The Maccabees

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Song of the Day: "As Young As Yesterday"

Korallreven - As Young As Yesterday by Addict Music

This Korallreven single is in no way a completely new thing to like, but I just can't seem to shake my love for it. It didn't make it onto the blog when it first dropped cos I was pushing it on Addict Music and got all caught up in that.

The soul claps, bombastic synths and overall tight production make it such a joy to listen to. That use of strummed acoustic guitar transitioning into a manipulated vocal and wild bass sample is just so subtle and well thought through. I am in love with this song (and gushing).

The blog's going quiet for the weekend because I'll be away in Brighton, then with the fam in London and Hertfordshire. Check out the Facebook for the latest videos from M83, Friends and New Look though. There are always fun little things happening there. Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Q & A with Summer Camp

I've been listening to the new Summer Camp record pretty much non-stop for the last week, and was pretty damn psyched when I grabbed them for an interview on Don't Panic. Welcome To Condale drops on Halloween, but til then why not enjoy the words we exchanged on cookie-baking for fans and why being in the Arcade Fire must be kinda awkward?

Song of the Day: "Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)"

Right, well it looks like the whole Lana Del Ray thing is actually becoming a thing. When "Video Games" first appeared a few months ago, I was instantly in love with the simple piano line and her smoky vocals.

Then I watched this. Then this. And I realised that while she may sound lovely on the record, this girl can't sing and can't really perform with much confidence. I don't want this blog to be a space for hating, so I'll keep this brief: Jamie Woon's remix of this song makes it worth listening to again.

Enjoy. And if you think I'm wrong about her, tell me why.
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