SBTRKT - New Dorp. New York [ft. Ezra Koenig] // Sbtrkt is back with this experimental banger that has roof party written on all over it. This track is a development of the vibes last heard on Transitions, the interactive EP which was released earlier this year. Deep bass, a rollicking beat and dark industrial sounds jive along with various modified sequences of vocals from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. New Dorp. New York is taken from Sbtrkt’s upcoming sophomore album Wonder Where We Land which you can hear a sample of here.
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.
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.