#79 What a voice

Not Adele… got over that one. Meet James Bay –  the latest thing out of Hitchin that you will need to take notice of. With a hint of crooner/ Buckley in his voice, this stripped back performance of ‘Let It Go’ is a moment

Sounding like a meld of Arcade Fire & Cold War Kids, with a female vocal, try out MisterWives ‘Vagabonds’. Another strong vocal introducing. 

Next up, what I was sold as The Orwells on the beach. Straight up from Chicago this is Modern Vices, who absolutely sound like they’ve been drenched in sunbeams and sent into the studio to sing and play to their hearts content. Love this…and really want someone to make this the end credits number of a cool cult film. 

Vessel sounds to me like something Aphex Twin could be doing if he were still making music now. The record label says: “In the past 12 months Vessel, aka, 22 year old Sebastian Gainsborough, has been introducing people to his sound via a series of 12” releases on a number of forward thinking, underground labels with each release confounding the expectations of those trying to get a grasp on what exactly he was doing” which sounds about right. But I like it…whatever it is. 

Meet New Delhi duo Ritwik & Subhadra  aka The Yellow Bucket who have sampled street beats and put their own sound on top to deliver something very souful. Something a bit Israel Kamakawiwo’ole with the ukelele in there too. 

As a note, let’s check in on the next member of alt-J to doing their own remixes well…bit jelz, but here’s Thom reworking Phantogram

And leaving you with the newest video from Kasabian…not only a bloody good song, but bang on with the squabbling dogs likeness to a mosh pit. A haunting but essentially true analogy. 

Elise x




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