MUSÉE 10: SET 3 Band: DARK HORSES Album: Black Music
The excellent debut album of one the new bands you need to hear about. Teaming with Death in Vegas’ producer Richard Fearless results are lyrical and pleasantly claustrophobic at once.
Band: GIRLS NAMES Album: The New Life
For their second album, Girls Names took a departure from their low-fi garage style towards a lusher open sound that still evokes their Irish grey surroundings. Both high spirited and shadowy, The New Life is one of the best releases of 2013.
Band: ROUGH DAYS FOR THE DIAMOND TRADE Song: Anywhere
A touch of goth with Scandinavian pop sensibility is what comes to my mind when I hear the project of Danish filmmaker Frederik Sølberg, a dark and cinematic homage to early 80’s synth bands.
Band: LUXURY LINERS Album: They’re Flowers
Carter Tanton created his sole debut album on his laptop while touring with his band Lower Dens. The result is a twinkling, electronic, sunny pop sound with a standout cover of John Cale’s Caribbean Sunset.
Band: JAMES BLAKE Album: Overgrown
It was a pleasant surprise to see mass audiences embracing James’s debut album, which makes Overgrown to be one of the most anticipated releases of this spring. Here is the BBC radio premiere of the first single Retrograde on Blake’s official soundcloud.
Band: MYKKI BLANCO Album: Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss Mix tape
Mykki Blanco is one of the most impressive artists in the New York rap scene. He crosses genres and gender flawlessly, mixing poetry, punk rock, psych-noise, an eclectic sense of fashion and a filthy mouth that got his twitter account closed for a while. Listen and download his most recent mix tape.
Band: JED NAYEF Song: Freaks
With only one song Jed is creating a lot of buzz in the web. Often compared to a Berlin era Bowie, Freaks is a timeless brilliant pop song. I cannot wait hear more from this Brooklyn resident.
Band: DOM LA NENA Album: Ela
Dom La Nena is a Brazilian cellist and singer who teamed with Piers Faccini for her stunning and delicate debut album. Sparse and minimal in their approach, it shows elements of classical music and bossa.
Band: JUNIP Album: Junip
Jose Gonzales’s side project, Junip, returns with a second album in which his signature skeletal sounds grows fuller, this time backed by pulsing baselines and synths.
Band: BEATRICE ELI Album: It’s Over Ep
Sweden cannot stop creating pop chanteuses. Beatrice Eli’s voice stands out in a classic way, some compare her to Amy Winehouse. Her production is more modern. That makes up for a great formula.