London based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli got the idea for her video for Sleep Sound by Jamie xx on the train: while she sat there listening to music through her headphones, feeding her brain and body with the sound, a deaf woman came up to her and told her that she could almost feel the music by her movement. With this chance encounter, she came up with a touching and beautiful video that somehow perfectly matches the rich palette of Sleep Sound, highlighting the fine beauty of music.

Bayou's soft, harmonized melodies are accompanied by an abrupt, distorted production on new song Airlock, which is an interesting turn the London artist takes after the rather sweet ear candies Cherry Cola and Varsity Jacket. "And it’s too far away" he sings soothly, in all peace, without being disrupted by the stuttering 2k15 hip-hop production beneath all of the harmonies.Hoping to see more of these experiments on Loopback, the forthcoming mixtape from Bayou via Double Denim (the label he co-founded.

Presenting you, in our on-going series of DN-hosted shows in Belgium, what is probably our biggest show to date (and not only in terms of venue capacity). A four-billed show at the Botanique’s yearly festival Les Nuits Botanique, all taking place in the outdoor’s and festival-specific Chapiteau tent. 

Acts involved are Samaris, the Icelandic trio that is bending the walls of indie pop with their typically odd Icelandic pop; DN darlings Say Lou Lou, the deadly/drop-dead gorgeous *big* dream pop duo; Thomas Azier, falsetto-voiced angel electronica from the depths of Berlin; and last but not least We Have Band, DN alumni and proper 2k pop/indie/rock/etc trio destined to break through with their new Tim Goldsworthy-produced LP.

All of this is (really!) happening on May 18th at the Botanique - tickets are on sale right now!

Artwork by Thomas Vanhuyse (so so pretty).


We knew the Silverdale boy-boy duo had the capacity to pleasantly surprise us, but this morning Aquilo literally silenced us with their self-titled debut EP. The light dream pop the boys capture on the 4-track wonder is so delicate and so detailed, the beauty is imminent. It All Comes Down To This is our personal favorite so far (it’s like a cloud hovering over which you find yourself staring at), but EP closer I Don’t Want To See It is a close contender with the Active Child-esque production. It’s the mutual interest for production that brought these neighbors together after being rivals in guitar bands for some time - it’s that same production that will now highlight them as a duo to watch.

Following the release of her debut EP on CHVRCHES’ Goodbye Records and a tour through Europe along with them, songbird SOAK pays a tribute with the song that put her in contact with them: The Mother We Share. She strips down the song to barely nothing, putting lyrics like “I’m in misery where you can seem as old as your omens” in an entirely different perspective. It’s a far cry from the energetic approach from CHVRCHES but shows SOAK’s capacity to truly tell a story through (her, or anyone else’s) music.

It’s pretty inevitable one day Florrie is going to be a proper pop star - in the build up to yet another EP (which is apparently the build up to a proper (!) full-length record), the blonde unveiled a second taste of it with new song Free Falling. The chorus is big (as usual), the beats are somewhat nasty with these guitar twitches, plus the lyrics are quite simple so you’ll find yourself singing along by the second time you hit replay (and believe us, you will).


Following up recent single Words I Don’t Remember, How To Dress Well has announced a proper full-length What Is This Heart? - his third LP since 2010 debut Love Remains. His key sound remains unchanged: ethereal, vocal r&b drenched in a bath of often hazy, always emotional beats, like new song Repeat Pleasure shows. His sound is clearing up though, allowing the listener an almost clear view to his heart, without having to hide it anymore behind a curtain of lo-fi effects. What Is This Heart? is out on June 23 via Weird World.

Female producer TĀLĀ (or just TALA if you like to keep things simple) (based in London, of Iranian descent) stands firm with her first solo effort The Duchess, which combines a steady bass with a very contemporary, lifting production. In a way it’s dark, but there’s a certain ray of light shining through the brooding beats - think that Kaytranada remix of Banks, FKA Twigs on 160 BPM or SOPHIE locked away in a dark room for about a week or so. Out soon on Aesop, home to more of today’s cutting-edge producers like SOHN, Gent Mason and Wayward.


Savior! Savior! Excuse us, we’re chanting along to Raury's incredible God’s Whisper, the first output from the 17 year old Atlanta-based rapper. “Rapper” is probably not the right word to use in this case, as he creates a stuttering, unusual flow (word. by. word.) backed over grand hymns, as if he’s sacrificing some kind of animal to a beast in exchange for his life. Or something like that. He may be young but it certainly feels like he knows what direction he’s heading into: won’t take long until he has his own cult - God’s Whisper serves to be an excellent soundtrack to one of their rites.

After garnering our attention with debut offering City of Sin, a lush piece of modern day indie rock with a touch of r&b, a couple of months ago, Linus Young have been quite busy: support slots for The 1975, ZZ Ward and more. With b-side Sister we now have one more song from the LA duo B-side to obsess over - with its rather peaceful peaceful, more melodic and less sinister tone than City of Sin it shows a different side of a promising band.

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