#25 The rise of male singers and the best of the rest.

Let’s start by saying Jacob Banks ‘Worthy is a stunning song. A young man from Birmingham who used to keep his singing a secret from his mum because he was worried she’d tell him to get a proper job. I can’t stop listening to that track.

And secondly, in a vaguely similarly vein let’s introduce Kwabena Abjepong aka Kwabs. A soul singer who’s taken the whole Michael Kiwanuka legacy and brought the tempo up a notch. A beautiful voice which has strong hints of Luther Vandross, (thanks mum for that knowledge). As an introductory track ‘Spirit Fade’ is stunning.

DOLDRUMS – a 23-year old DJ who makes some fantastic beats. ‘Golden Calfs’ is the latest splurge from this guy. With off-beat out of tune turns and tweaks. But it works…

Now SolCal rockers Tero Melos have been a bit quiet over the past two years, but this started popping up online over the last few days and it’s got my excited again to hear their crazed indie pop rock sound. From the forthcoming album “X’ed Out”, available April 16th, it’s got riffs and math rock builds and chord progressions to keep you interested for all 3minutes 30.


I hadn’t heard of Purling Hiss before today, but I’m glad I stumbled across this awesomely easy on the ear Philly rock. Want to hear a bit more of theres. If anyone knows any good tracks I should head for, all recommendations would be gratefully received!


And leaving you with some great European turntable masters C2C. There’s a very vibrant and unique dance scene coming from France and Coups2Cross (C2C), has taken no less than 15 years to make a full-length album. And it’s been a great thing to wait for.  Hints of Papa Deluxe, Daft Punk, but under it all good bass and a beat. Check out ‘Tetra’, the full-length in all it’s glory, but here’s a little sample for you ears.

And join me for more new music and classics from the alt. music scene every Thursday from 7pm via DIY Radio for Alive And Amplified


Elise x

#24 Across the genres and from all the corners…

…of the world that is. We’ve had a good spread this week. 

Swimming In Speakers – initially I thought it was a London Grammer style sound, but if you want to browse their soundcloud page it’s a varied thing. From New York and in their infancy as an artist it’s quite a nice alt. indie electro vibe going on. 

Next up some homegrown talent from London town. A dance, dub, indie, electro, pop, moohmbaton…every genre artist Stark Dangerous reminds me a little of Robert DeLonge who’s going out to eager ears at this years SXSW and being supported by some world class DJ talent at the moment. Try ‘Kiss Chase Theory’ for starters…

Rival Schools popped back into the rock limelight this week by announcing their next album ‘Futures’. When guitarist Ian Love left the band they spent some time recording with their new guitarist and finding their new sound. This resulted in several songs leaking on the net which was dubbed the ‘lost album’ by hardcore fans. I for one completely missed it! But am pretty happy it’s come to my attention, starting this week with the release of ‘Indisposable Heroes’. If you’ve not heard of this band before, it’s post-hardcore, American rock at it’s best.

I’m not sure what to think of KooKoo House, but it’s interesting. A British artists with a funky dance sound. ‘Bubblegun’ is the introductory track we think, but there’s a few to go through if this takes your fancy on the soundcloud page.

And leaving you with a heads up on a new punk rock artist. Supported by the punk kings of the world already and with a promising debut album this is Axis Of

So join me from 7pm or on listen back on DIY Radio for Alive And Amplified. We’ll play alt. music, bring you some gig news, some big interviews with artists and the next generation of new music.

Elise x