Archive | March, 2016

Johnson & McAuley – Illuminated Dream

31 Mar

I’m about a month late on this one but Alexz Johnson’s new project is blooming stunning. Her voice is just gorgeous on this heavily 80s influenced EP and tye fella’s voice works very well with her. Like a synth pop She and Him.

Clare Maguire – Elizabeth Taylor

31 Mar

Another incredibly hotly anticipated sophomore album is that soon to be delivered by Clare Maguire. The stunning ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ is now accompanied by this video clip.

Emma Louise – Talk Baby Talk

31 Mar

THE most anticipated album of the year from my perspective is Emma Louise’s sophomore album. The 2nd taster from that album ‘Talk Baby Talk’ now has a video and a very stylish one at that. Loving the darker slightly more electronic feel to this track – perhaps influenced by Emma Louise’s almost accidental detour into dance music via THAT remix which extended the life of her first album era by some way.

So Below – Far

30 Mar

Am pleased to hear that acts haven’t finished with the influence of the Drive soundtrack nor the Italians Do It Better stable as a whole. New Zealand’s So Below has a stunning track called ‘Far’ on her recent EP (thanks to the I Heart Moosiq bl0g for this one) which is so very Chromatics in all the right ways.

Hailee Steinfeld – Rock Bottom featuring DNCE

30 Mar

No word on a debut album as yet but Pitch Perfect 2’s Hailee Steinfeld aims to build on the lasting success of her ‘Love Myself’ single by teaming up with DNCE (so pleased to see ‘Cake By The Ocean’ finally taking off) for this version of EP track ‘Rock Bottom’. Talking of perfect, could there be a better match up in young Hollywood than Steinfeld and Mr Joe Jonas.

Hips – Get Up

29 Mar

Nice bit of early 80s Madonna with some modern day Ekkah and a hint of the Italians Do It Better/Johnny Jewel vibe. Most promising debut from this duo.

Ofelia K – Cinco

29 Mar

Big fan of Ofelia’s ‘White T Shirt’. ‘Cinco’ is a different proposition entirely – a rather genre evasive tune but perhaps filed under quirky (a bit like Quigley?). Very enjoyable all the same.

Christie and the Dream Beats -Wasn’t My Fault

29 Mar

Mr Popjustice was on this one nice and early. Dream Beat were previously responsible for pop monster ‘Love Stuck’ but then disappeared from the scene, apparently. However this tune with Christie is both bubblegum and stadium level adult pop.

 

Grand Pavilion – Roads Like Veins

29 Mar

This track was recorded in Berlin, London and Byron Bay – three of my favourite places I have ever visited. There’s a little bit of each of them in this dreamy electronic tune. Grand Pavilion are definitely ones to watch this year. For fans of Honne, Miami Horror and SOHN and there’s even a bit of Poolside.

 

Brendan Maclean – Hugs Not Drugs

29 Mar

One of the most relevant and talented future pop stars on the planet just shared his new rather saucy video for ‘Hugs Not Drugs’ in which our Aussie fella has one heck of a party in a hotel (and in a bathroom specifically!). This and previous track ‘Tectonic’ confirm him as a superstar in the making and Australia really ought to be celebrating his artistry right about now.