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yvynyl: For 7 years I have been writing about music nearly daily as a hobby, as a passion project. I don’t get paid, I don’t do it for glory. I do it because I love music. I do it because I love musicians. I do it because I love being swept away into other worlds. I do it because I love feeling…
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Filthy Boy - Jimmy Jammies
London outfit Filthy Boy recently signed with Stranger Records and are set to release their debut album ‘Smile That Won’t Go Down’ this April. I’m guessing the band are in a celebratory mood as they’ve just released a video for the album track ‘Jimmy Jammies’. Really liking it.
Local Natives – Heavy Feet
Here’s the studio version of Local Natives ‘Heavy Feet’ which they recently premiered live on KCRW. Hummingbird, their new album is due out January 29.
TORRES - Honey
Every once in a while a song comes along and leaves such an impact on you, you are literally left speechless and the only thing you still manage to do properly is to hit repeat over and over again. TORRES is the moniker of 22 year old singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, she hails from Nashville, Tennessee. This evening I stumbled upon ‘Honey’ and I’ve got to be honest, it has...
Octo Octa – So Lux
Brooklyn artist Octo Octa just dropped this really sparkling, warped House number on his SoundCloud page. It’s called ‘So Lux’ and I will be playing it on repeat for the rest of the night. Too fresh.
Active Child - His Eye Is On the Sparrow
Active Child’s Pat Grossi has recorded a beautifully sparse version of the gospel hymn ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’. The song was originally written in 1905 and has been covered by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Whitney Housten. The song does shimmer through the sparseness with Grossi’s falsetto sending chills.
Bastille – Pompeii
Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’, which is due out on March 4, is already one of the most anticipated upcoming releases of 2013. The London-based pop band, fronted by their phenomenally talented producer Dan Smith, are really living up to the hype on their glorious new single ‘Pompeii’. The track is wrapped with one of the most infectious hooks I’ve heard in quite some time,...
Born Ruffians – With Her Shadow
Paul Simon/Vampire Weekend vibes all over this new Born Ruffians track ‘With Her Shadow’. The Ontario four piece are set to release a new album at some point this year, but in the meantime check out their very summery and very catchy new single below.
Troumaca – Lady Colour
Introducing Troumaca, another in the wave of excellent new bands flooding out of Birmingham at the minute. Perhaps, easy to overlook with Swim Deep and Peace signing to major labels and generating a hell of a lot of blog buzz. Troumaca are about to drop their debut EP, ‘Virgin Island’, on January 28th. The lead single is ‘Lady Colour’ and it’s like a fusion of Indie...
Toro y Moi - Say That
Toro y Moi has created a huge following for his ability to release irresistibly danceable and infectious tunes, time after time again. He recently dropped the video for the ridiculously smooth ‘So Many Details’ and now he’s back again with another quality cut. ‘Say That’ is the latest single from his forthcoming album ’Anything in Return’ and surprise...
Ryan Hemsworth – BasedWorld
Here’s a new cut from Ryan Hemsworth, one of 2012’s most promising new producers. He’s already gearing up for a massive 2013, and dropped ‘Baseworld’ as a New Years gift. Stream and download below. Much appreciated Ryan! Facebook Twitter
Happa - Freak
‘Freak’ is the new cut from Leeds wonderkid Samir Alikhanizadeh, aka Happa. While most fifteen year old’s were probably tearing open there iPhones/iPads over the xmas period, Happa kindly dropped this absolute gem on us. ‘Freak’ is dark and eerie, with one seriously killer house beat. Stream and download below. Facebook Twitter
Raekwon - 'Never Can Say Goodbye' & 'Neither One...
Raekwon just dropped two new tracks, one a freestyle, the other taken from his upcoming LP ‘The Jewelry Store’, due next week. ’Never Can Say Goodbye’ sees The Chef laying down some bars over a really smooth beat. ‘Neither One of Us’ sees the Wu-Tang Clan member making good use of the Gladys Knight hit of the same name.
Swim Deep – The Sea
One of my favourite new bands, Birmingham’s Swim Deep, dropped two absolute diamonds last year with the release of ‘Honey’ and its B-side ’Orange County’. BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephen’s premiered their latest single ‘The Sea’ on his slot this morning. It’s another totally infectious piece of indie pop with some great ‘ooh ahh’...
Azealia Banks – BBD
Azealia Banks releases her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, later this year (no confirmed date yet). She preps us with her first leak of the year, the Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle-produced ‘BBD.’ Check it out.
Atlas – Feel Me
Having dropped their debut EP ‘Cities’ last year, Leeds-based outfit Atlas are relatively new to the scene. I should mention that along with ‘Cities’ they dropped an ultra smooth cover of Franks Oceans ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’ which is a must hear. Their latest release ‘Feel Me’ has left me simply blown away, I was not expecting this song to be as...
Moods - Love Is Real
‘Love Is Real’ is the smooth new instrumental cut from Netherlands-based producer Moods. That old school hip-hop style beat had my head bopping instantly and vocal samples used here are very slick. Good vibes all round. Check out more of his sounds over on his SoundCloud. Facebook Bandcamp
Au.Ra - Sun
Some really nice, laid back surf-rock/dream-pop for you to enjoy courtesy of Sydney outfit Au.Ra and their new song ‘Sun’. While the comparisons to Tame Impala will be hard to avoid, there are similarities to bands like Beach Fossils and DIIV too. ‘Sun’ is completely enjoyable from start to finish and it seems to just float along over an ultra chilled-out melody and...
Ecstasy - White Limos
Ecstasy are an electronic/indie group hailing from London who only just formed in September of 2012. I just stumbled upon their latest song, ‘White Limos’, and it’s really good. It could easily be mistaken for a M83 or MGMT track with its euphoric vocals, hypnotic synths and beats but they’re definitely doing their own thing here. Ecstasy are currently unsigned. Expect to...
Pretty Heart - Toy
Pretty Heart (aka 20 year old Morgan Hollinger) has been recording music from her bedroom since she was 16 years of age. Morgan has released two EPs under the Pretty Heart name, “Blood/Body” and “Half Asleep.” Still currently unsigned, and yet to make a splash on the blog scene, it’s impossible to imagine she’ll remain a secret if she keeps dropping music like...
Josh Ritter – New Lover
The excellent Josh Ritter has just announced a March 2013 release for his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, it will be his 7th full-length album. I’ve been a fan of Josh Ritter ever since I was introduced to him by a friend at Electric Picnic a couple of years ago. An extremely likable character who’s songwriting has gotten better and better with each release. ‘New...
Laces - Screens
London-based Laces new song ‘Screens’ is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of bands like Grizzly Bear and Portishead.
Low - Plastic Cup (Produced by Jeff Tweedy)
Minnesota Indie rockers Low have recruited Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy to produce their 10th studio album, The Invisible Way. ‘Plastic Cup’ is the first offering from that album, which was recorded at Wilco’s Chicago headquarters, and it sounds just great. The harmonies here are really lovely as is the gentle guitar playing and warm, yet dark toned melody. The Invisible Way...
Palmistry - Way Beyond
British electronic producer Palmistry dropped three new tracks on his Soundcloud recently; ‘Shrimps Last Dance’, ‘Vapor’ and ‘Way Beyond’. I’ve chosen to post ‘Way Beyond’ as I think it’s the pick of the three. Palmistry mixes warped vocals with synths and an atmospheric, ambient beat.
Flatbush Zombies - MRAZ
‘MRAZ’ the new cut from Hip-Hop group Flatbush Zombies. They caused quite an amount of noise this year and look to be ending 2012 on a high. I’m expecting this Brooklyn rap collective to blow up in 2013 after grabbing the attention of everyone in Hip Hop. Stream the track below.
Shy Girls - Under Attack
Stream the premiere of Portland based crooner Shy Girl’s slow burner “Under Attack” below. This mellow R&B jam sits somewhere between Frank Ocean and How To Dress Well and it has absolutely floored me. Just wait until the sax kicks in. Going to try my hardest to catch this guy live as I heard he performs with a 7-piece live band setup. Download his previous EP ‘Sex in the City’...
Streets Of Laredo - Girlfriend
Brooklyn-based New Zealand indie-folk outfit Streets of Laredo have just released their new single ‘Girlfriend’ and it’s pretty damn catchy. It’s a high energy indie-pop track with a great jangly guitar riff and strong percussion throughout. The lyrics are simple enough but are bound to get stuck in your head. Really liking this one.
Dom McLennon - MAAD World
19 year old up and comer, Dom McLennon just dropped a new cut called ‘MAAD World’. This is shamefully my first introduction to the Rap artist, but the lyrical deliverance on this track makes it a truly memorable affair. On ‘MAAD World’, Dom gives us a glimpse into his thoughts and life with a notably high amount of energy within his vocals. Expect to hear more from this...
Wardell - Opossum
I just stumbled upon this little nugget of an Indie-pop tune called ‘Opossum’, the excellent debut track by Los Angeles-based duo Wardell. Their Facebook bio reads “Wardell (formerly Brother/Sister) is a band that consists of one brother and one sister who met during a play date set up by their parents. One’s black and one’s white. They remain brother and...
Laurel Halo – Sunlight On The Faded
Laurel Halo’s experimental debut album ‘Quarantine’ was one of 2012’s most gutsiest releases. It was a brilliant album that pushed the boundaries of using “machines” to express emotions, while Halo stretched the limits of her vocals in a very unique way. ‘Sunlight On The Faded’ is Laurel Halo’s first release since ‘Quarantine’....
Wild Beasts - Stray
It’s always a strong testament to how a good a band truly are when they release songs that didn’t make an album, yet turn out to be just as good as anything you’d hear in its place. This is definitely the case with Wild Beasts’ latest offering ‘Stray’. It’s a previously unreleased track that failed to make it onto their most recent album, the brilliant...
L'Orange - Imaginary Friend
L’Orange is a Trip-Hop/Instrumental producer and musician from North Carolina who has very unique and creative style of music production. ‘Imaginary Friend’ is taken from his most recent album ‘The Mad Writer’ and at just over two minutes in length it is a rather beautiful track that mixes influences of modern hip-hop beats with the feel of Film Noir. Worth checking out. ...
Pulp - After You (Prod. James Murphy)
Britpop legends Pulp hit the studio with none other than James Murphy and dropped a new(ish) track yesterday. The LCD Soundsystem mastermind teamed up with Jarvis Cocker and co. on their new track ‘After You,’ which was originally a demo track that was released over 10 years ago. Naturally, Murphy funks it up with his classic DFA production style and it sounds just brilliant. Happy...
K. Sparks - Wonder Years
Just stumbled upon this really solid cut from Queen’s rapper K. Sparks called ‘Wonder Years’. Earlier this month, he released ‘Read Between the Lines’, which you can download over at DJbooth.net. I’m really digging ‘Wonder Years’ chill beat, and Sparks flow throughout is with ease.
Tribes – Wrapped Up In A Carpet
Tribes have announced their new album, ‘Wish To Scream’. It’s out on the 20th of May and you can already download a track from it called ‘Wrapped Up In A Carpet’. Grab the download over at Tribesband.com
Frank Ocean – Wise Man
Frank Ocean, who released my favourite album of 2012 with channel ORANGE, recorded a song for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film ‘Django Unchained’ but it didn’t make the soundtrack. Here’s what Tarantino himself had to say about it, “Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could...
Temple Songs – I Can’t Look After You
Shamefully, this is the first time I’ve ever listened to new Manchester band Temple Songs, but it definitely won’t be the last. ‘I Can’t Look After You’ is their latest tune, and it’s a little cracker. At just over two minutes long, it’s a really thrilling offering of fast paced psych-rock that sounds like a mash-up between Thee Oh Sees with The Stooges. Make...
TalkFine – She Never
TalkFine are an electro-pop duo from Brooklyn. Their latest track ‘She Never’ grabbed my attention instantly for two reasons. 1. It’s very catchy and 2. The video is absolutely brilliant. Check it out below. Their album ‘Lesser Known Hits’ is out now.
Blessin’ – Here Anymore
‘Here Anymore’ is the last track from Denton quartet Blessin’ debut LP ‘No’. It’s just a really smooth piece of chilled out guitar pop that I thought was worth sharing. So give it a listen and let me know what you make of it.
MF DOOM – Doomsayer
MF DOOM dropped a new track on his Soundcloud page yesterday titled ‘Doomsayer’. It’s a pretty fitting song for that supposed end of the world thing, but it’s also a pretty dope track. Remixed by Young Guru. Dig in.
Detective Novel – Tall Ships
Detective Novel are Chicago-based duo Brian Bennett and Jimmy Chrzan. ‘Tall Ships’ is their latest track and it’s a really, really nice tune. Check it out.
A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP
A$AP Rocky will finally released his debut studio album Long Live A$AP on January 15. It’s without doubt one of the most highly anticipated rap albums of past ten years. He’s just dropped the title track ‘Long Live A$AP’ and if the rest of the album is this strong it’ll be the first solid rap release of 2013. If you didn’t get the hype surrounding A$AP...
Grouper – Vital
Grouper, aka Portland-based artist Liz Harris, has released a haunting song entitled “Vital” that will appear on her new album ‘The Man Who Died in His Boat.’ It is an album of previously unreleased songs recorded around the same time as her 2008 album ‘Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill.’ ‘The Man Who Died in His Boat’ is out February 14.
Jack Robert Hardman – Plymouth
Good morning! I was just dossing about on Soundcloud this morning when I stumbled upon this little gem by Jack Robert Hardman called ‘Plymouth.’ It’s after cheering me up to no end after looking out of my window earlier and seeing the dark and gloomy day ahead of me. ‘Plymouth’ sounds like it could have been left off Fleet Foxes debut album. The song slowly builds...
Mitzi – All I Heard
If Cut Copy, The Rapture, Passion Pit and Holy Ghost! all got together and collaborated on a song, chances are it would sound like “All I Heard”, the new song by Australian electro-pop outfit Mitzi. Made up of Dominiqe Bird, Jad Lee, Charlie Murdoch and Cale Suesskow, they’re another in a long line of fantastic new bands coming out of Australia this year. Mitzi plan on dropping...
Silver Soundz Top 20 Albums of 2012
20. Death Grips - The Money Store 19. Joey Bada$$ - 1999 18. How To Dress Well - Total Loss 17. Crystal Castles - III 16. Actress - R.I.P. 15. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city 14. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions 13. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel… 12. Purity Ring - Shrines 11. Blondes - Blondes 10. Nicolas Jaar - Don’t Break My Love 9. Grizzly Bear -...
Wintercoats – Halogen Moon
‘Halogen Moon’ is the really lovely new track by Melbourne-based musician James Wallace, aka Wintercoats. This song will feature on his ‘Heartfelt EP’ which is out early next year and I’ve just spotted that he’s supporting Beach House on their tour of Australia so 2013 could be a massive year for him. ‘Halogen Moon’ is just a really pretty song,...