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Pedestrian - Ultramarine // I like Pedestrian a lot. I’ve long been a fan of his floaty yet tight production. I’ve also long been a fan of dark old school electronic music, the kind of stuff that puts you in mind of bopping around a dark room not quite knowing where your friends are but being vaguely aware that they are probably next to you somewhere. Ultramarine shows a tough, dark side to Pedestrian’s musical abilities, managing to somehow be wavy and hard at the same time. 

East India Youth - Looking For Someone // Hype has been buzzing around East India Youth, alias William Doyle, for months. I have only just got myself around to listening to Total Strife Forever, his debut album, which made the Guardian’s 10 best albums of 2014 so far list. You should make some time to listen to it too. This track was released in 2013, but is my favourite one on the album. Common comparisons include Baths, James Blake and Son Lux but ​I think East India Youth’s music has a yearning and intensity that distinguishes him from other artists. 

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HNNY - Most Really Pretty Girls have Pretty Ugly Feet // Imagine the most delicious cocktail you have ever had - not too sweet, not too strong, not too watery, a blend of all your favourite flavours. Now imagine you’re drinking it on a perfect summer’s day, in your favourite place, surrounded by beautiful people (but maybe not so beautiful they’re intimidating). That is what this tune by HNNY sounds like. Nuff said.

Jess Glynne - Right Here // Jess Glynne shot to fame over the last few months as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be and Route 94’s My Love, both of which lasted a fair few weeks in the number one spot in the UK. Having a couple of hits under your belt as a featured artist puts the pressure on for a solo release, and Right Here doesn’t disappoint. Produced by Gorgon City, it’s a fairly straightforward bit of pop-house which features some tasty balearic brass stabs. I can see this one set for commercial radio domination.

Alt-J [∆] - Hunger of the Pine // Here’s the new Alt-J release from the upcoming album ‘This Is All Yours’. This track is genuinely amazing, with a slow and intriguing build through various textures and instruments, including a Miley Cyrus sample. This Is All Yours is available as an instant download with all iTunes pre-orders: smarturl.it/TIAYitunes
and also available to pre-order on Double Vinyl: smarturl.it/TIAYvinyl

Jessie Ware - Tough Love // One of the most beautiful women in alternative British pop is back at last. Tough Love is replete with all of the lyrical craftsmanship and slick electronic production we’re used to from Jessie Ware. It’s a quietly thumping little tune which speaks to the troubles of everyday relationships, and I can’t wait for more material to follow.

Caribou - Can’t Do Without You // Caribou is back! ‘Nuff said. This is an incredible summer tune full of gentle vibes for pumping up the dance floor. Definitely an essential listen. 

Rae Morris ft. Fryars - Cold // You might recognise Rae Morris from great Bombay Bicycle Club tunes such as Luna and So Long, See You Tomorrow. Here she is on her own in this powerful piece of alternative pop, and she sounds great. Check out more from Rae Morris on her soundcloud here

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Bipolar Sunshine - Fire // Bipolar Sunshine is the working name for Adio Marchant, who used to be a vocalist in ska band Kid British. Whilst I was pretty nonplussed by Kid British, I can’t get enough of Bipolar Sunshine’s floaty, lazy day tunes. He’s got a newer release than this out in the form of Deckchairs on the Moon, which you can listen to on his soundcloud here. It’s British rap with all the best elements of pop and electronica, perfect for Pimms in the park on your day off.

Talking Heads - Burning Down the Acid House [Late Nite Tuff Guy Remix] // Something old but good here in the form of the Late Nite Tuff Guy version of 80s classic Burning Down The House. If you’ve been hovering around the waters of acid house for a while, wondering when you’re going to dip your little toe in and see if you like the temperature, this could be the tune to get you belly flopping in to the trippy and entertaining genre that is acid house.

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