#70 I gotta stay high…

All the time. Said Tove Lo of a previous relationship end. But music is definitely a high for me a lot of the time. Having previously heard the Hippie Sabotage remix of the Swedish alt. pop singer I was thoroughly surprised to hear the original was just as great in it’s own way. Based on the dark effects of a one-way break-up, this is strong track from all angles. The video is well worth your time.

Upon hearing The Bedroom I instantly thought of Tom Vek. Experimental electro-pop lead by a dulcet male vocal. Since this is only the first song I’ve heard from the artist I’m not sure if this will be something I sign up to for the full EP, but as a single this is definitely worthy of a purchase.

The first time i heard Glass Animalstwo years ago with the emergence of Cocoa Hooves I was extremely grateful for a decent alt. pop / electro act (that wasn’t alt-J), that brought a really special sound back to the blogosphere.  Fast-forward to present day and after one or two questionable tracks they’ve come back with ‘Holiest’. Teaming up with Brooklyn vocalist Tei-Shi, they’ve signed it off with their signature sound, but by bringing a complimentary female vocalist into the mix, have almost made it sound like a completely different artist. A poppier SZA perhaps? Although it is a great song, and collabs are all the rage these days, the Oxford boys must be careful that guest features remain that…and don’t take over the song.

Just wanted to draw your attention to this prime remix of Jaymes Young ‘Habits Of My Heart’. Sampling Sufjan Stevens “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” we’ve got a refreshing guitar introduced to a summer vibe song. Jaymes’ has really shone out of the drivel that is saturating the LA market at the moment and this is another shine to his discography.

4 New York  mates, (each happening to play an instrument) get together in September. 8 months later we have ‘This Time’. Taking on the waves that the likes of MsMr have put in place Prinze George (are they taking on the future British Monarch’s name perhaps?) have a very strong first single to lead with here:

One of my fav. Aussie artists, the punk pop alt collective Velociraptor are back with a blusey, slower tempo track ‘Ramona’ to ease you into the spring days. Although there’s a lot of repetition in melodies I think even those not in the know about this band will appreciate it’s strengths and build a new fanbase for future tracks.

And leaving a lasting impression with Colours. A fresh new artists in the form of Tom Crandles. An Aussie born, London resident who’s again brought a Tom Vek-esque sound but nailed the shoegazer, indie mass appeal element that will catapult him into the NME / Radio 1 world before he knows it.

Elise x


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