#51 SxSW 2014 is happening

SxSW 2-14 is definitely going ahead, but this time yours truly will be gracing the streets of Austin, Texas taking in all the new music and seeing old friends perform in a different part of the world. Very excited. Will do a few summary shows towards the festival bringing you the best of the SxSW line-up and of course, a SxSW wrap-up so you get all the goss.

But for now just making sure you’ve heard the new James Blake track? So he’s not only a nominee again at this years Mercury Music Prize, he’s rather tall…and did a stunning set earlier this week live in London town. Such a talented artist teaming up with some new friends for ‘Life Round Here’.  And still so young. Incredible artist.

Next up is Chase & Status showing off their prowess in the dance scene with another big vocalist (Pusha T) on the next sample we have from their new album ‘Brand New Machine’. Having heard the album sampler and seen them at Reading Festival this year there are definitely some ABSOLUTE tunes and suprising slowing jams that you’ll either get into or perhaps avoid a little. With a slight trap feel on this tune, it’s still going to sound epic in headphones and on systems around the globe. ‘We dance together, rave together, Chase & fucking Status’ MC Rage 25/09/2013 9pm-ish, Reading Festival.

Brighton’s starting to scare me a bit. It’s getting rather good at being a hot spot for making music. Soon Austin and Nashville will be a thing of the past and Brighton (and The Great Escape fest) will rule the musical world…maybe. But if Royal Blood is anything to go by, I’ll be stopping by there a fair bit. Two guys making a well formed racket, will some great melodic (but in no means pop) alt. rock tunes.

 Knytro is a London rapper. But unlike 99.9% of the other emerging rappers out there in the big smoke this one is shit hot. Having heard ‘Still Standing’. Having browsed through his ‘Project Haarpoon’ mixtape (which you can download for free), I’ve got hip-hop vibes, sick beats and sampling. The British Kendrick? We might have him right here.

I don’t really do gaming…but Clams Casino has written a new track that’s been featured on the new GTA game and it’s gone sky high. From being a name I’ve not heard of, I jumped on Facebook to find over 82k of you do know exactly who it is.  New Jersey at it’s finest and offering as a free download! Beats bosses like Benji B will be going mental for this and it sounds incredible if you like the sound of Burial and the like, or if you just like etheral late night music.

And sticking with the same style, worth giving you all a quick ear to the new Vessel track…

I really don’t understand Sleigh Bells. I get it – arguably Green Day have made a whole career out of playing about 6 chords in different set ups making hits for decades. The Hives have a sound so distinguishable it’s hard to place a track on a specific album over their discography, but still…Sleigh Bells actually do the same thing. Again and again. I wish they’d be more creative.

Bah! Nevermind – the reason I’m popping this one up is that I think it sounds very much like Infinity Guitars which is the first track of there’s a heard properly and got into.

Cakes Da Killa looks like he could be a crazy bitch. Luckily for me I don’t need to know, but he does make killa tunes. He also runs this club did you know. This has the potential to blow up like Azealia Banks 212 did if it gets under the right ears.

Can I throw one last ambient track in for the week? Ok cool – Machinedrum. Straight out of Berlin’s great underground dance scene and signed to the boss that is Ninja tunes. Highly recommended to listen on your best headphones or speakers (if you’re lucky enough to have a sound system). Late night car driving is also a great companion to this tune.

Elise x


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