Archive | November, 2014

Andy Bull – Nothing Is Wrong

24 Nov

Mr Bull’s Sea Of Approval is going to feature somewhere near the top of my albums of the year list when I finalise it. Here’s the most recent single ‘Nothing is Wrong’ which is a good representation of the album – managing to sound futuristic, classical and retro all at once. There is nothing else out there like this album this year – there are other great albums, but Sea Of Approval is peerless category-wise. A top listen.

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Grace – Pluto

24 Nov

Was having a quick look at Triple J’s playlist (sort of the equivalent of BBC6 in Australia) and came across Grace and her tune ‘Pluto’. Vocally Grace reminds me a bit of Marina and the Diamonds but just a bit more sinister (in a good way). ‘Pluto’ simmers away before bursting into life with a monstrously big chorus.

I Break Horses – You Burn

23 Nov

At this time of the year my attention turns to compiling my albums of the year list. It’s important to remember those which impacted upon you early in the year and which have continued to be worthy of repeated listens throughout 2014. One such record is ‘Chiaroscuro’ by Sweden’s I Break Horses. It’s a brooding album – both dark and warm, evidenced perfectly here on the track which pulled me in when I first heard it and which remains my album highlight.

Tiga – (Far From) Home (The Speed of SEXOR Reprise)

23 Nov

Rediscovered my love for this track recently. Tiga’s ‘Sexor’ is one of my favourite dance albums of all time. It’s an album with a lot of depth both musically and lyrically which is what lifts it above a lot of dance music for me. Tiga himself seems an incredibly articulate and intelligent fella and he’s someone whose work I have really come to admire.

Lemonade – Orchid Bloom

23 Nov

One of the contenders for electronic album of the year is Lemonade’s ‘Minus Tide’. I loved the sound of it so much I imported the Japanese-only CD version with bonus tracks. Turns out as well as making an incredible album they are super nice guys as well after conspiring with a friend of mine to send me a t shirt of the album cover for my birthday. What amazing fellas. Anyway, here’s one of the more upbeat tracks from ‘Minus Tide’ – the rather epic ‘Orchid Bloom’.

Paperwhite – Magic

22 Nov

There have been some astounding EPs this year – vying for the pick of the bunch is the just released ‘Magic’ EP by Paperwhite. I fell in love with their track ‘Pieces’ last month and can confirm the quality across the whole EP is marvellous and definitely one for fans of the 80s power pop sound also done incredibly well by Haerts and Little Daylight this year. Here’s the title track from ‘Magic’.

Robyn Sherwell – Love Somebody

22 Nov

This gorgeous late night vibe comes courtesy of the best thing to emerge from the Channel Islands since Nerina Pallot and Heather Watson (love my WTA tennis action!). Robyn has a tone to her voice which will draw comparisons to Banks or perhaps even Lucie Silvas. Robyn has a new track ‘Islander’ on the way but for now settle back and wrap yourself around this beautiful, soulful song and video from her EP which came out in September.