#74 Peace Of Mind

As a listener of the BBC Introducing team, I hear hundreds of tracks a week from artists who are hoping to gain airplay or make their break into  the music scene. But it’s not good enough to have a well mixed track anymore. Everyone can do it on their home PCs and playing a simple chord or adding a drum beat doesn’t require the talent of a percussionist anymore. But it takes real musicians to make interesting, good music and a great vocalist to stand out from the rest. Leks River from London has delivered this perfect raw display of talent…hidden for a year in the vastness of the internet. Thankfuly making it’s way to our ears to enjoy a moment.

This racous loud number wouldn’t sound out of place on a Clarence Clarity record nor on a new DFA 1979 manifestation. But it’s actually from FTSE and Jakwob aka Get Hot. Jakwob embracing his music love of rock and metal whilst encompassing all the sounds embraced from his dabbling in the EDM / dance scene. RARR!

 

Following on from The Great Escape it would be a crime not to shout about Thief. Sydney’s allstar music hero ticking the mass appeal box as well as appealing to those a little dissatisfied by the mainstream pop fodder. ‘Closer’ is a perfect anthem for summer. Imagine Sohn meets Tom Vek and a bunch of sunshine and real life reflection in the lyrics and TA DA! Fantastically catchy with huge international promise.

 

It could have all gone to shit for Sleigh Bells after the latest bunch of tunes which failed to impact. But there’s a glimmer of hope with ‘Young Legends’. In the same with RDGLDGRN didn’t change the future of music with ‘Lootin In London’ they made a simple pop song and put their brand of alternative on it. Exactly what Alexis and Derek have done with this. And a good video to celebrate the young legends of our time.

On my browsing of the net I found myself ear to track of Young Widows – Kentucky based, with one hell of a drive in this track ‘The Money’. Stick with it for the 4min31 of playtime. You might just love it by the end.

 

Tom Vek’s attitude to music writing has been described as ‘stoner’. 3 albums in 9 years (to be fair one was 5 years in the making) isn’t that shocking and I believe it’s been welllllll worth the wait. I’ve struggled to go hand in hand with many of the alternative artists that came to the forefront of the scene in the mid-00’s and are now developing a new sound. That or they’ve gone way too pop for me. But Vek is someone who has grown into a more mature sound for sure, but still retains the excitement of a new artists, with fresh ideas and a tenacity to producing his music that is few and far between these days. ‘Broke’ is the next single from his 3rd album ‘LUCK’, release early June 2014.

Very cool and trendy Coucheron also came onto my radar this week thanks to my music conocers out in New York. Beautifully on trend with electro 80’s vibes and indie mass appeal ‘wo oh woooh’s’ in the chorus.

Despite having three meaty paragraphs for a bio, Ivory Hours  are in their simplest form a splendid mix of indie pop. Appealing, catchy and strong in sound. The band themselves cite influences from pretty much all stronghold guitar based genre of the last 50 years and they have blended it very well in ‘Mary’…the new must have on your summer compilation.

 

Elise x

 

#73 Scuzz, ethereal and more Aussie greatness :-)

In a beautiful opening melody that isn’t too far removed from Funeral Suits ‘Colour Fade’ let’s meet Crooked Colours; three mates from Perth who claim to have been “Selling bum notes to the people since 12′”…whatever that means. Playing alongside the likes of The Naked And Famous at all the big Australian festivals this year, the Brits have yet to become accustomed to the electronic ambient sounds of this trio. 

Next up, right here in my hometown of London, an artist that I first heard on the BBC Introducing Uploader, Looks. I’ve literally heard nothing more since that point, but 9 days ago they posted a nicely mixed and mastered version of this instant indie hit. Think Foals meets early Everything Everything.

I’m not usually into RnB. Well…I said that until The Neighbourhood and Sir Sly turned up. Then I had to admit that it definitely was the sound of future or alternative RnB. Whichever one suited the palate that day. I found another one that is definitely one and both of them. Jack Garratt straight outta London rather than LA this time. Interesting!

I’m not sure what to make of the next track. Is it hot? Or more for 40+ year old men. It straddles a fine line for me from being a festival hit / indie anthem to a dad’s tune. Escapists. Let me know what you think!

Close your eyes as you listen to this one. Imagine Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers singing on a Bombay Bicycle Club tune. That’s what I hear in South African gone Canada / London band Little India. Remember this is only demo form! So don’t go dissing the quality of the track so early. This is super early for this band and already I love it!

I think sometimes with ‘hype’ artists it takes that one track to hook you into the buzz. Most artists I get quite early on, but I have to admit Banks is someone I never really understood. Despite being part of BBC’s Sound of poll and supported heavily by the big names, I didn’t really see the huge fuss…until now.

Coming out of the same way as pretty much every hot shit artist right now (L.A.) and established in her own right, ‘Goddess’ is a brilliant future RnB / electro/ pop tune to suit the warming summer evenings and delivers one of those moment listens that I grasped the first time I heard London Grammar. But this is more demanding, more atmospheric. Finallly (Passmore if you’re reading this…hands up I was SLOW AS SHIT), I think Banks is awesome.

Time for some mandatory scuzz. The last week has seen a few bands reach out to me via my email (epcobain@gmail.com) from around the world and I love that! I find some incredible music and am put on the scent of my next favourite new band to put up here for you to check out. It saves you time right? A band that has a Facebook description as follows…and therefore needs no further introduction ❤ Billy Moon is a band that currently operates outside/inside/kind-of general-area of Hamilton. Stop listening to bad music, and listen to ShittyRocknRoll.

And secondly a band that emailed me in the last handful of hours. *drools* Someone who read one of my blogs online and knew exactly what I was about. Respect. Everyone meet Dylan Fox and his brother Sean aka Dylan Fox And The Wave. That and their damn fine rarrrrk out of California. Fans of early The White Stripes and the like should also check the back catalogue out. Bloody awesome: http://www.dylanfoxandthewave.com/

The trip hop soul electro vibes of Bok Bok ft Kelala on the vocals really captured my attention – not just for being so odd and stand out, but for being rather damn good. Suiting the young trendy ravers and clubbers of today and even suiting the tastes of slightly older less adventurous music lovers alike. This is like…what the future sounds like.

And leaving you with possibly my favourite most on repeat song since I first heard Tove Lo “Habits” (The Hippie Sabotage remix that is). People used to laugh at me when I said music sounded ‘magical’ or ‘sparkly’…but that’s all music is right? That’s what responses, emotions and feelings sound like. This Seattle duo make music that makes the hairs on my arm stand up and something that completely transports me out the sweaty, shite trip home on the tube each afternoon to a much happier place. See! It’s totally like magic.

Elise x