#92 Nights In The Dark

…obvious when you think about it, but still a great thing. Nights wouldn’t be so cool with light and California X have picked up on this and made a killer second album with said title track being a bit of an anthem.

Looking at song names that make sense, “Hello” is a great one for new Glaswegian band Jim Valentine who (2 songs into their Soundcloud profile) have released something early Arctic Monkeys fans can drool over. This songs so better with every listen and it won’t be long before some big name band has nabbed them for a UK support tour slot. SXSW 2015 too should pay attention.

WILLS is what I call the Bronx interpretation of Jai Paul or Ben Khan. Electro, ambient, tropical, woozy, whatever you want to call it, this sound is addictive and will stick both sides of the Atlantic. Cast your ears over this as a priority new music hounds. Don’t be left out…

Is it bold to say SZA is my Mary J Blige of alternative R&B? Not at all if this brand of cryptically romantic brand of pop-inspired stuff keeps being brought out. Since hearing “Ice Moon” 18 months ago I’ve been hooked.

Clarence Clarity is another one we started early on, reminding me non-directly of The Child Of Lov (RIP buddy), but with his own odd yet great concoction of funk, indie and pop, he’s back with another cult hit. If you’re going out to see Jungle turn out early for the support act – he’s worth it.

Seems like southern soul has crept it’s way up the states to Michigan in the form of Curtis Harding. Love a bit of scuzz with a soulful voice!

Two Buffalo boys made an indie hit. X Ambassadors pick it up and turn it into a club smash. With under 300 likes on Facebook the duo Royal Tongues are about to sky rocket with a trap treatment.

Aside from my love of the Aussie music scene I’ve also got a soft spot for Canadian alt. rock. Billy Moon through Waterbodies have been on the blog list since it’s formation with a big splash of love from me. Meet Viet Cong – my latest love from Calgary with Arcade Fire influence for sure.

And leaving you with fresh meat in the form of Zibra, originating from near Peterborough and claiming influence from the likes of Depeche Mode (who were bloody cool back in the day), this is loud and different. In a great way.

Elise x


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