Archive | March, 2015

Salt Ashes – Raided

9 Mar

It’s been yonks since I blogged about Brighton’s Salt Ashes and her stunning piece of electropop ‘Somebody’ which was the best thing Kylie HASN’T done in years (I mean this as a compliment to both – it’s so very Kylie in all the best ways). ‘Raided’ doesn’t quite hit those heights but is still very likeable all the same.

San Cisco – Too Much Time Together

9 Mar

The latest additions to my growing list of super fun Aussies are the guys and gal from San Cisco. They are about to release their second album ‘Gracetown’ which has some gorgeous and very colourful artwork (as evidenced here). ‘Too Much Time Together’ is a jangly bit of indie pop which brings to mind a less twee Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and with the eloquence of the Long Blondes.

https://soundcloud.com/san-cisco-music/too-much-time-together

Kim Wilde – European Soul

8 Mar

Couldn’t let International Women’s Day pass without mention of the woman who has inspired me the most outside of my personal and professional life. Not really recognised in the way she should be as a songwriter, ‘European Soul’ demonstrates why the image of Kim Wilde created by the media is at odds with the reality. Have we ever had a song by another pop princess¬†about the work of a Russian-French artist? I think not. ‘European Soul’ is a love letter to Marc Chagall, one of Kim’s favourite artists. Similarly unafraid to take on topics one wouldn’t expect from a hugely marketable female pop star Kim dealt with the aftermath of Chernobyl in her songs ‘Schoolgirl’ and ‘Stone’. So here’s to Kim, who still knows how to rock and roll and who one day I hope will eventually be recognised for the depth of talent she possesses. Happy IWD 2015.

Shawn Colvin – Diamond In The Rough

8 Mar

It’s International Women’s Day and therefore here is one of the greatest songwriters, the purest of voices and one of the most inspirational women I could imagine. This track comes from Shawn’s debut album ‘Steady On’ from way back when (1989). It’s an album I still play regularly – the same for the rest of her incredible back catalogue. Dip in anywhere you like and you will find some gold. Well before it became Kanye West’s trademark to rush the stage at awards shows if he disagreed with the outcome, Shawn was the victim of a similar incident in her triumphant Grammy year when ‘Sunny Came Home’ ¬†won Song Of The Year (ODB stole the microphone and took to going on a bit of a rant).

Florrie – Too Young To Remember

8 Mar

Always good to wake up to new Florrie in your iTunes. ‘Too Young To Remember’ is out today and sees our drumming popster looking back to 1990 and sneaking in a little Madonna “Justify My Love” reference. These single releases are super fun but it would be great if we could finally get that Florrie album. Would fill that Girls Aloud shaped hole in our hearts.

Madonna – Ghosttown (live on Le Grand Journal)

7 Mar

Days after the Brits Queen M delivered a lovely understated live version of Rebel Heart highlight ‘Ghosttown’ on French TV. This could still be a huge radio hit for her. It’s gorgeous.

The Chromatics – Cherry

7 Mar

Beautiful work by Alberto Rossini.

Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter

7 Mar

I have made today an Italians Do It Better day and so will be spinning Glass Candy, The Chromatics, Desire, Farah, Symmetry and After Dark compilations all day. This label and these guys are just all sorts of amazing. The way ringmaster Johnny Jewel connects with fans is to be admired. The artwork associated with this label is second to none. I want to decorate my whole house with it. Enjoy.

Coasts – Modern Love

6 Mar

Great to hear some British guys successfully achieve the sound our Stateside friends are so accomplished at (The Knocks, Junior Prom, Foster The People, Magic Man, Walk The Moon etc). Rollicking bit of indie electro pop from these chaps. Love it.

Honne – Coastal Love

6 Mar

Vocally sounding more and more like Chet Faker with each track, here come Honne with another stellar track which adds to their growing reputation as ones to watch in 2015. There’s a bit more BPM than on previous tracks which sound like an all night soundtrack to a Midnight Caller-type LA radio show. ‘Coastal Love’ could also be described as a loved-up more romantic Hurts perhaps?