Symphonic pop mastermind Stay Bless went quiet for some time, thankfully to record more music. On his new track Girl he duets with London-via-Sydney diva Holiday Sidewinder and brings us to a Bollywood state of mind, with the swelling production paired with a swooning, ethnic rhythm that will just make you belly dance within seconds. He warps his own vocal in several ways to create a self-duet effect that re-calls Metronomy at moments, but the production is far more playful, with Holiday Sidewinder perfectly complementing the feeling.
Rising star TĀLĀ strands somewhere in between her eastern heritage and a contemporary, Tron/Drive-like synth sound on Black Scorpio, a new track taken from a forthcoming new EP for Aesop. The key rhythm is like The Chemical Brothers messing with the iconic bit of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name (took us about 10 minutes to spot that one), with that subtle synth backing around 1:50 heating up the entire track, as if the 7 layers of hot mess didn’t turn you on just enough yet. If you listen closely you’ll hear her sing “I’m comin’ for ya” - you just got stung, folks.
T.O.L.D. (which is apparently short for The Order of Life and Death) is the thing that would come out of a back-to-back El Guincho x Jamie xx dj set on some desert island with the sun setting and an infinite amount of cocktails available. Since there is no further info on the project, you’re free to make the rest of it up. His debut track Lucifer’s Eyes may sound all copacabanga, if you listen closely you’ll notice the despair and hopelessness - a beautiful contrast.
Hardly five hours on the internet and already likened to Solange and Jessie Ware, it’s quite the day for new London artist Jones. She makes a splash with debut Deep, a spectacular pop track that easily fills the big shoes the world wibe web already put ready for the singer. The light-hearted production recalls Dev Hynes’ greatest moments, with her charming voice elevating the track to the level every human being with a pair of ears falls in love. She may sing about “going deep / deep down”, to us it feels like the talent is right there on the surface. From 37 Adventures, the team that brought you Rosie Lowe, Fantastic Fantastic and all your other newbie London pop acts.
Pistols At Dawn has Seinabo Sey at her greatest moment: think Tina Turner fucking with GoldenEye, grand and dark but right in the bullseye. “I’d rather die tonight / if I have to / why would you ever think that I’d take a bullet for you” she sings near the end, confident as ever, yet again assisted by a powerful Magnus Lidehäll production. Pistols At Dawn is also the center piece of the songstress’ forthcoming debut EP For Madeleine, which is named after her number one fan (her mother, but we’re number two) and out on October 13 (w/ two new brand new tracks).
Apart from the likes of Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Blood Orange and Devendra Banhart, Robyn made a song of Arthur Russell her very own for Red Hot's forthcoming Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell compilation for AIDS awareness. Technically it’s a song from Loose Joints, a horn-heavy 80s disco gem from the band Arthur Russell formed to record the White Album. Robyn gives it a contemporary twist, playful as ever with that whistling. She may be only singing a couple of lines, but in our heads she’s dancing along to the entire song.
Even though she may still be in the very early stages of her career (read as: this is her second song and first video), SVĒ pretty much delivers a perfect pop video (that comes with a perfect pop song) with Riot: there’s synchronized dancing, pink (!) face paint, some glitter and pretty colors - all we’re missing is a couple of extra Illuminate references. Lyrically, it’s all pretty amazing too: “we must be stars cause we can’t stop reaching the sky”, “your heart is a bomb / set it off, let me light it” , and that chorus basically calls for a riot (quite literally).
San Francisco duo Cathedrals deliver the perfect soundtrack to your 2k14 Q4 swoon moments, right on that balance between beautiful and punchy, with their much buzzed self-titled debut EP. While opener Harlem and Unbound are all about that “oh let’s all wave hands and enjoy this beautiful moment”, the duo walk that fine hip-pop line (à la The Neighbourhood) on In The Dark and OOO AAA . Basically, it ranges from grand ballads to the kind of stuff you’d expect the Haim sisters wildly wave their hair along with. Listen to the entire EP below and cop the deep purple 10” over at our Neon Gold buddies.
A sax sets the tone for This Is Not About Us, the second track to be unveiled off Kindness forthcoming new record Otherness. No guest vocalists on this track, but Kindness shows he can do it perfectly on his own with some help of his cowbell that simply makes the song with the constant, rhythmic clinging. “Say it’s you and me for life” he begs, with his vocal loooong and swinging’. Can’t help but love the laid-back spirit of the song, even though we’re absolutely sure every bit of instrument was carefully thought through.
HAERTS fulfill all our hopes and pop dreams with Giving Up, the lead single off their forthcoming self-titled full-length (out October 28. The structure and potential sounds very high-budget and chart-worthy, but the small details confirm the band-feel and heartfelt (or should we say heartfelt) approach of the four piece. Also, that layered pre-chorus vocal at 3:00 that builds and builds into this wonderful climax is pretty much everything.
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