I mean, Rationale has been one of the biggest hits of the year, without a doubt. Something of a surprise arguably, given his unusual sounding voice, and his tendency to refuse to adhere to the rules of one particular genre. Case in point, his new single ‘The Mire‘. Perhaps his most ‘pop’ moment to date, the new single bounces along, with some 80’s disco-esque sounding drums providing the perfect backdrop for Rationale’s thick, warbling tones. It’s another huge step up. (btw, that chorus – “Fire in your heartbeat / a hesitance in your tongue / you tire but you don’t sleep / you’re sinking in the mire ire ire ire ireeee“. Huge.) ‘The Mire‘ is the final track to be lifted from his debut EP ‘Fuel To The Fire‘ – out this Friday (Sep 18th). Give the new one a stream below.
When Jamie Woon triumphantly returned a month or so back with ‘Sharpness’ – it was mentioned that this new material was built, with a live vision – moving away from his earlier incarnations as a more electronic, arguably one-dimensional/laptop based producer. Lo and behold, Mr Woon has now shared his vision, with this totally and completely incredible live version of the aforementioned track. It’s absolutely everything I wanted from it, and much more. Everything is so on point. I mean, why am I still typing. I should be watching it again. Have a look below, with the original track a little below that.
Now this is very cool. Admittedly I’m a little late to the party here, but Norwegian outfit Broen are here to shake things up. Genre-bending new single ‘Boy’ is stupendously hard to define. Bringing in elements of African music, to a palette of Scandinavian pop, all tied together with some irresistibly skewed songwriting touches. Apparently the song is “about an ex-boyfriend that [lead vocalist- Marianna Røe] had a strong love/hate relationship with,” going on to divulge that the relationship turned out to actually be “just hate. – It’s basically about feeling so taken aback by someone’s actions that you feel like a cartoon.” An interesting story, behind a very interesting song. Very excited to hear more from this bunch of Norwegian experimentalists. Get lost in ‘Boy’ below.
Some bold funky vibes coming straight out of Los Angeles here, courtesy of the superb Freedom Fry. New track ‘Tropicana’ showcases a really enjoyable amalgamation of nostalgic 70’s funk, with a modern indie-pop slant. There’s certainly something about this duo which sets them apart from the crowd, and it’ll be interesting to see if they eventually do cut the mustard – so to speak. Give ‘Tropicana’ a listen below.
20-year old Londoner ROCH has delivered one of the most hauntingly beautiful, and arresting tracks of 2015, in the shape of ‘Closer’. Simple, ghostly guitar lines guide ROCH’s striking vocals, as the song glides along – never failing to lose the attention of the listener. A very strong start. Stream ‘Closer’ below.
Estonian-born Iiris has been thrust into the limelight this past 24 hours, with her new single ‘Iridescent Love’ – a striking noir-pop track, which sits in a very chilled-out, dreamy zone, before kicking into a shuffling dance number around the half way mark. Now based in London, Iiris (surname: Vesik) is preparing to release her new EP ‘Hope’ on the superb Hand In Hive. Citing the likes of Björk and Debussy as inspiration, Iiris’ sound is one that is pretty tricky to pin down. No doubt all will begin to become clear over the coming months. In the mean time, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of ‘Iridescent Love’, below.
It’s rare to find a London based artist who doesn’t have connections to some much sunnier shores these days. On that note we’d like to introduce you to Desta French, based in London, but with ties in Italy, and Colombia. A moment ago she shared her second track ‘Like No Other’ – perfectly encapsulating the finest aspects of 90’s R&B, and putting it all in a blender with pinches of off-kilter alternative pop, and South-American percussion. It’s a mighty concoction. Another really exciting step forward for young Desta.
Marking the first release on new singles label House Arrest Records, Oakland based artist Day Wave has just revealed his new single ‘Come Home Now’. A spellbinding recipe of lo-fi, sun drenched instrumentation, catchy oohs and ohs, and Day Wave’s (aka Jackson Phillips) reverb laden swirling vocal melodies – this is another superb addition to his ever-expending catalogue. Stream the new one below.
After their big arrival a few months back, The Big Moon are back, in a big way (sensing a theme here). New single ‘The Road‘ finds them really hitting their stride. Not quite as ferocious as their debut ‘Sucker‘, but equally as hard-hitting and enjoyable. It’s another bold step for a band who are probably/definitely on their way to bigger things. Big.