#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

#139 Everyone in the UK has a cold…

…so everything I’m listening too has a slightly dubbed sound as I listen through catarrh-filled ears. Yummy I hear you comment. Well yeah, but whatever.

Stephen is to Californian what Matt Corby is to Australia. He’s made an incredible track that’ll attract fans of that artist through to state buddies The Neighbourhood.

Flume is trailing ahead to the release of his second album “Skin” this year with some bloody great stuff. The latest “Smoke and Retribution” is part Disclosure, part AlunaGeorge (thanks to the vocals of Kučka) but still very much Flume. It’s great to see the future of dance coming out of down under. EU/UK/USA has a lot to learn!

Ok, so back to something a little more standard for this blog, meet Pennsylvania’s Slingshot Dakota whose durgey grunge sound is perfect on their latest track “Paycheck”.

I feel like I’ve heard Milk Teeth before in life. This track “Brickwork” is exciting yet familiar. Fans of post-hardcore – particularly the current scene coming out of Ontario – will love this emerging artist.

A pretty sweet discovery courtesy of Australia’s Triple J here. Introducing Bad Pony with a great mix of indie, funk, pop and dashing of wonk (yes, this is a genre thing now).

I mean, technically this is the biggest FIDLAR handover you could ask for, but I’m enjoying the raw shaking-booty style garage rock style here on repeat. Meet Bad Kids.

Changing the style a little bit – Gnarls Barkley vocal fans need look no further – great soulful pop from straight out of Manchester. The home of northern soul is slowly finding a new badge of honour with the likes of JP Cooper and now Jordan Max coming out of this wonderful city.

And finishing up with London’s latest electronica offering from TRUCE – “Turn Of Time” is a ridiculously promising start for this new band.

Elise x