#49 Stop The World

Sometimes music can make you stop dead in your tracks right? The first time you hear a bass line drop or an incredible riff. Still waiting for the new Arctic Monkeys stuff to hit me with something incredible, but there new tunes are very catchy. Give ’em that. Next from the ‘AM’ album that’s due out imminently is Stop The World, I Wanna Get Off With You’. Awful lyrics. Nice instrumental. Overlook the words and you’re looking at another hit. 

MØ – Just as we thought the hype had died Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted gets Diplo on board for her new track. The chants and brass in the background are a Diplo giveaway, but a new platform for MØ to show off her vocal talent. Taken from her 4-track EP that’ll drop next month.

Before you click off at the first sign of Icona Pop in this blog, imagine M.I.A. meets a Diplo beat with a hint of trap. It’s actually brilliant. My Party takes on the rapping skills of New Yorker Zebra Katz who has elements of early Snopp Dogg. On beat alone, this song is a hit. 

I remember first hearing As Elephants Are earlier this year with ‘War Cry’ which fit in very well with the upcoming indie unsigned scene. They’re back no with ‘Crystal’ filling a very apparently and desperately needed gap where the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club have gone on a break. Let’s hope the Buckinghamshire 4-piece keep this momentum up.

Really loving the sound of unsigned Nottingham duo Kagoule. Giving my goosebumps over their double A-side Monarchy / Mudhole release. Bringing back all the things I loved about 00’s grunge revival and  rock. My Vitriol / (elements of) Babylon Zoo  , Silverchair to name a few. 

For the heavier rock fans amongst us you’ve probably heard of The Safety Fire – London 5-piece who release their album ‘Mouth Of Swords’ on Monday. I’d recommend the first and title track, but you can stream the full thing ahead of release here. Melodic, yet full of angst and raw emotion throughout. A great showcase of British rock. 

And leaving you this week with  the incredible Jaymes Young. After featuring this incredible LA artist on the blog I’ve just found out he’s been signed to Atlantic in the US / UK! Amazing! His debut LP ‘Dark Star’ is up on his soundcloud for free so you can browse an ear without guilt. Besides the tunes we’ve featured on the blog (‘Dark Star’, ‘Wondering’ and ‘Hold You Down’) this is a beautiful way to wrap up the EP. Jaymes Young is coming people. Remember where you heard him first….

Elise x

#48 Things that sound like other things, but a bit different, which is good.

Arguably all things sound a little bit like something else, but a little bit different. You can spend hours talking to other people about how this band sounds like that band with a bit of this artist in for the finishing touch. BUT…it is those little things that do make it a new song, a new style, a new way of doing things. Unless you’re One Direction…

First up, a new producer to my ears who has a wide platter of talent from filmic scores to dance anthems. Remixing Mancunian band ‘Glass Ankle’ is London producer Legomec, (via Leeds with origins in Switzerland), taking on the new wave indie pop sounds of Two Door Cinema Club, Dan Croll and Fun Adults, but doing something different. In fact, making this song a whole ‘nother level appealing by infusing electro and indie in one.

Wolf Alice remind me of a time when London was teeming with amazing bands like Hell Is For Heroes and My Vitriol. Female fronted, but not a shoegazer genre tag in site. Taken from the ‘Blush EP’ out in October.

So Sam Phillips, (a girl that is), reminds me eternally of The Bees – A Minha Menina, but also of so many happy moments associated with American drives and end credits I’ve seen in films.  Back after a two year absence from the world of music, she’s done us proud with this early 00’s American indie-alt rock throwback.

This band are the new FIDLAR. They come from LA, they make amazing scuzzy rock’n’roll music that I adore. They’ve toured with Wavves in the USA so they’re in with the right crowd, and their new album comes out tomorrow. Let me introduce Together Pangea to your summer mixtape.

Now this next one is rather interesting. Wymond Miles. A titan in the San Francisco area if you’re reading from thatta way, but to my ears, I hear Interpol. ‘Obstacle’ in particular if you’re a fan. That track is very reminiscent in this new track ‘Passion Plays’ we have below. But again, something tweaked and something new for the new music fans to discover.

So I guess you have to decide whether it’s more of the same or a new kind of different with all these recycled styles and indirect mimics in the music scene going on.

Leaving you with one definable pop-rock-emo anthem of a band. Who live in the same Fall Out Boy vein but to me have always done a better more twee job of it. ‘This Is Gospel’ will be another big hit for them to take out on tour with said FOB. Sing along now…

Elise x