#164 Hyper splurge

I want to start this week with a track from an artist who I’ve been a massive fan go since before he set foot on our shores here in the UK: Flume. After taking on the world piece by piece, he’s back again and returning with a great new artist from Australia under the name of Kučka (pronounced kush-ka if you’re wondering). This one is unlikely to chart high due to it’s very lefty sound, but “Hyperreal is one beautiful production 👌

There are some mandatory (aka very Elise-sounding) tracks to get out there. First – Nothing But Thieves came back with something rather catchy and mass appeal rock. Something we desperately need in todays washed out playlists.

Don Broco also made a return ahead of their Slam Dunk Festival dates and announcement of their headline show at the Ally Pally (Alexander Palace) here in London later this year. Another solid return!

After being a bit late to the party I took the time to sit down with the latest Incubus album (aptly titled “8” as it is the number of released albums). Their opening track “No Fun” will be a welcome return to riffy-form for fans of Morning View or A Crow Left Of the Murder. Overall it’s a mixed body of work, but fans new and old should definitely invest a commute to check it out and make your own call.

Atlas Wynd are a new name to my ears. Hailing from the NE of the UK, but chilling out in Brighton (the current hub of loads of great alt. artists). Combining a nice mix of garage rock and Brit indie.

Love the darkness that runs through new Table Scraps. From Birmingham they’ve actually just released a 3D video for this track. Lovely to see a rather new band investing in some pretty snazzy digital stuff.

Like your post-grunge tunes? Then you need to hear Projector. So much throwback essence in their new single “Just The Once”.

Estrons – from Cardiff – smashed it into the world of alt. rock with a few corker tracks a little while ago, but this one is fresh off the last couple of weeks.

If you’re lacking scuzz in your life look no further. Wavves are back with a very strong track 👍🏼

And bringing the compass back home for me – Demob Happy. Another set of rockers settling in the southern town of Brighton. Back after a lengthy break to recharge and write new tunes.

And lastly if you want some rich alt rock out of Adelaide then take the time to click here and give Towns some love. Fresh to the Triple J Unearthed site.

Elise x

#93 If you thought Ariana Grande could hit the high notes.

She ain’t got nothing on Kacy Hill. Los Angeles singer who’s taking on the realms of Banks and Indiana with this future R&B flow. An American Apparel model, whose freckles are worn as proudly as the clothing in her shoots, hits high notes beautifully without the cringe that you may experience with Sia’s “Chandelier”.

Oh hello Savoir! Found you in kicking up the internet this weekend. Female fronted Jai Paul sound meets souls with a MSMR vocal straight outta Perth.

Do love a bit of dark grime now and then. Now he’s stopped making music with Robbie Williams to reach out to the mainstream, I am proud of Dizzee Rascal. This East London boy has come back with a ‘pay attention’ sticker warning (same as Wiley) with some hard-hitting, dirty basslines.

Next up is Will Butler (Win’s bro in Arcade Fire) who’s brought some butt-shaking rock n roll from the deep south with his new material. Album written and soon coming, this isn’t a bad teaser to keep us  interested.

And it’s not all across the water that the talent is bubbling up either – Liverpool’s very own Glue Moon popped up on my radar this week. With sticky thuddy bass in the mix and undemanding vocal performance I reckon artists like these are to tweens what Radiohead was to my generation Y.

And love a good demo quality track from a huge artist. One of my favourite songs of all time is the durgey, unmixed demo of “Tired Of Sex” by Weezer. Rough and grizzly as Rivers intended. Paramore have shown their rock roots in the recently shared demo “Tell Me It’s Okay” that is what I imagined all American garage bands to sound like when I was a teenager. Fun, raw but with fine-tuned talent waiting for the mixing desk to do it’s radio friendly work.

I remember meeting Don Broco for the first time a few years ago and talking about (amongst other things) their ‘dancing’ on stage. Some of the things I love about this band is that they take their music seriously, they love acts like Incubus and Papa Roach (for those of you that have read this blog or know me, you know this is a very good thing), and write killer tunes. But they are still fine to fanny around on stage in perfectly timed formation entertain and mobilise the crowd. Still serving one of the best atmospheres at a gig I’ve experienced in my life, Don Broco are back.

And leaving you with one of those songs that makes you smile. Warm and bluesy for the dark nights drawing in – meet Leon Bridges –Fort Knox’s answer to audio honey.

Elise x