After putting the world wibe web on fire with a pair of demos earlier this year, Brighton duo IYES are properly lighting their fire with debut single 'Til Infinity. Even though the first seconds hint to the drum pattern of Sleigh Bells, the rest of the song is far more slick, detailed and non-stereo-breaking. The slickness is at odds with the ecstatic feeling 'Til Infinity gives you on its first (and many more) listens, a thing that makes you scream their name out loud (AAAH-YES).
London vocalist Syron has gone quiet after the big buzz moment earlier this year, only to re-emerge today with one of the most solid pop tracks we’ve heard this year. Backed by hollow but warm, balearic bongo’esque beats, the now long-haired blonde puts herself on top of all sound of 2014 lists with new single Colour Me In, a bright pop jam that just does all things a pop song should do (and more).
PMR’s latest golden boy Dornik delivered quite the joy with debut offering Something About You, a glacial ’80s inspired steaming hot thing. Follow up song Rebound is quite the jam, up-tempo and alt-dancefloor-filling with the nod to those typical ’80s synths still present. This could easily be the theme song to something like Miami Vice, which is probably the direction he is heading both musically and aesthetically.
Last week, Sincerely Yours teased new music from their darling ceo (Eric Berglund of The Tough Alliance) with a (of course) cryptic teaser. Today the Swedish wunderkind has unveiled a proper new song titled Whorehouse of his forthcoming sophomore effort Wonderland (out in February 2014). His already iconic, uplifting and typically Swedish sound is back, brilliant as ever. There’s something childish but also experimental to his pop sound, a thing that Whorehouse showcases perfectly. Of course it comes with artwork that you just want to put on your wall right away.
Sam Smith takes things down a notch (again) for Not In That Way, a new demo (yet “demo” doesn’t do the thing justice as it’s sounds near-perfect) from the rising star. We’ve said it again and again: what a talent. This is again so different from more electronic things like Nirvana and Safe With Me, but backed by a just a piano or a sophisticated and rich production, Sam Smith does just the same: pierce right through your soul. The opening lyric says it all: “And I hate to say I love you / when it’s so hard for me / and I hate to say I want you / w hen you make it so clear / you don’t want me.”
I’m always surprised by the amount of people that’s producing good music in their bedrooms, but Falling Away from North London producer Tev’n makes me want to go there too and jump on my bed for a little while. It’s slick, typically London, contemporary r&b with a staggering beat that keeps you going, with that slight DIY-flair yet club-appeal. It’s the second offering from the 20-something guy, premiering right here at DN, who has a mixtape in the works and is destined to cause some more trouble in 2014.
Shara Gibson posing with a blanket on her first press shot basically says it all: it’s soft, comforting and you wanna wrap yourself in it all the time. On debut single Singapore, the Toronto-based vocalist that also happens to co-own a 500 acre ranch with her family, specializing in sustainable agriculture (how fitting) and that also happens to run a horse sanctuary (how fitting yet slightly scary) delivers a bit of pure magic. At moments it reminds us of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, when Karen O opens up and shows us her most fragile side. ”Mamma pulls my hair and slaps my cheeks” - lovely.
Bedroom producer Leo Kalyan has literally mastered the art of mash-ups. No, not “let’s take two songs and deliver one terrible remixes”, but the kind of glossy thing where you take two songs and have them blend perfectly together into one entirely new, glorious affair. With things like Duke Dumont x Jessie Ware and Tina Moore x Disclosure on his resume, the 20-something London kid mixes up Arctic Monkeys and The Weeknd in new jam why do u only call me when you’re high for this. On paper it may sound a bit odd, yet it’s quite the contrary when you hit play. Fans of Mnek (who he happens to be good friends with), rejoice for Leo Kalyan.
Even though we’ve seen stills of it, the full video for Baby Alpaca's Wild Child literally just stunned us for little over five minutes. The curly-haired, soft romantic rock sellin’ singer strolls around the desert, an orange, smokey place full of pure beauty. He is not alone though, as a mysterious, magical woman somehow brings quite the crowd to the party.
Clare Maguire makes us weep once more (she owes us a full box of tissues so far) with new demo Half-Hearted Love, another taste of the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming, much-teased new record. Co-written by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, it could have easily been released late ’70s/early ’80s, as it just breathes vintage pop from start to finish. Fierce yet toren down, the London starlet is set to make us re-live that glorious period - at least musically, that is.
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