Archive | December, 2014

Ronya – Flame

30 Dec

This is not new but it’s new to me thanks to another year end poll in which I noticed it. I can now add Finland’s Ronya to my growing army of awesome Scandi-ladies. ‘Flame’ is a bit of a stormer – strong vocal, big beats – and distinctly Scandinavian. The video comes with a bit of a warning – scenes won’t be suitable for all!

HOLYCHILD – Running Behind

30 Dec

I do love me a boy/girl duo and my latest find is HOLYCHILD. On ‘Running Behind’ there’s a shade of TuneYards’ ‘Water Fountain’, a dash of Sleigh Bells and more than a hint of Gwen’s ‘Hollaback Girl’. Those ingredients make for quite a tasty little year-end treat.

Chela – Handful Of Gold

29 Dec

I loved Chela’s work with fellow Aussies Clubfeet and have similarly enjoyed her solo output. This recent track took a bit longer to grow on me but I am there now!

Sofi de la Torre – Vermillion

29 Dec

Here’s a track I found via one of the recent best of the year lists published by a poster on Popjustice. I hadn’t heard of Sofi but fell in love with this instantly and can’t believe I wasn’t aware of it previously. It starts off as a electronic pop ballad but there is a pulsing synth heart which forms an almost non-lyrical chorus. Love the structure.

The Staves – Blood I Bled

29 Dec

This has strings, horns, harmonies to die for – just about everything that a gorgeous bit of indie folk should have. These siblings have been working with Bon Iver on their soon to be released album which is just a mouth watering prospect. Here’s the epic Blood I Bled.

Ana-Tole x Jonah Christian – Turn

21 Dec

Kick Kick Snare featured cellist and trombonist Ana-Tole in their best new artists feature recently. Justifiably so. Thanks to the KKS guys I was signposted to a wonderful Bandcamp-only long form EP by Ana-Tole which is just stunning. It’s a blend of almost classical sounding electronics with a very cinematic, dramatic feel. Hard to define but incredibly effortless to listen to. Definitely one to watch in 2015.

Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

21 Dec

Lion Babe just released their Childish Gambino-featuring debut EP in the UK and it includes this track which launched them yonks ago but remains as fresh as a daisy. The musical equivalent of an open log burning fire this song does exactly what it says on the tin – it will actually make you feel warmer by listening to it! Oh and the singer is Vanessa Williams’ daughter.