Archive | December, 2019

Friday Night Firefight – Time Zones

14 Dec

Label mates of the fabulous Nina, please say hello to Friday Night Firefight. New tune ‘Time Zones’ is a bit Owl City meets The 1975 with some bubbly synthwork too. Promising stuff.


Saffari – Dial Up

14 Dec

Mexico’s finest retrowaver is back with a delicious and dreamy new tune – say hello to ‘Dial Up’. The synths have a vaguely exotic feel to them and ‘Dial Up’ will be a welcome addition to our sun lounger playlist for holiday season in 2020.

Ora The Molecule – Here Comes The Hotstepper

12 Dec

Ora The Molecule have been exploring all sorts of sounds and styles across their releases over the past year or so. That experimentation continues in the form of an entirely unexpected disco cover of Ini Kamoze’s ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’ – it’s ridiculously good fun. Get down.


Now, Now – Lonely Christmas

12 Dec

Loving the synthtastic festive single from Now, Now. ‘Lonely Christmas’ has hints of Muna but with the sax and guitar solos at the end it also recalls The Midnight. It’s quite lovely.

Kids At Midnight – Can I Come Home

12 Dec

From the first few icy synth sounds we knew we were going to enjoy the latest single from Kids At Midnight. ‘Can I Come Home’ is emotronica of the highest order – like Cyndi Lauper taking on the ‘Drive’ soundtrack.

Madonna – I Don’t Search I Find (Honey Dijon RADIOMIX)

9 Dec

Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ placed third on our albums of the year run down we published at the weekend. So excited for the live show at the London Palladium next month – we just know it’s going to be an incredible night of theatre. Folks have not been paying enough attention to the dazzling remix sets M has been putting out for this record. Just last week the Honey Dijon remixes of ‘I Don’t Search I Find’ arrived and boy are they good. The one we include you for here could have come from the ‘Deeper And Deeper’ era – loving the 90s house feel.

Teases & Dares – Top 50 Albums of 2019

7 Dec

Yep it’s that time again. We have been putting this together for a few weeks now and the final order changed yet again at the last minute (although the top two was locked down some time ago). It’s always a challenge to pick 50 and there are some great albums which just missed out. However, here’s our list for everyone to love, hate, pick apart, marvel at etc. There’s a Spotify playlist too with our favourite track from each of the records. Here’s to more great albums in 2020. Best non-LP tracks of 2019 coming soon.

  1.  Lana Del Rey, Norman F***** Rockwell
  2.  Grace Lightman, Silver Eater
  3.  Madonna, Madame X
  4.  Jenny Lewis, On The Line
  5.  Seb Wildblood, Sketches Of Transition
  6.  MUNA, Saves The World
  7.  Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising
  8. Holiday Sidewinder, Forever Whatever
  9.  Bat For Lashes, Lost Girls
  10. Chromatics, Closer To Grey
  11. Octo Octa, Resonant Body
  12. Bella Boo, Once Upon A Passion
  13. Sui Zhen, Losing, Linda
  14. Jessica Pratt, Quiet Signs
  15. Noah, Thirty
  16. Shura, Forevher
  17. Self Esteem, Compliments Please
  18. Isle Of You, Party Until We’re In Love
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated
  20. Hannah Cohen, Welcome Home
  21. New Arcades, Returning Home
  22. Maud Geffray & Lavinia Meijer, Still Life
  23. ROOM8, Transduction
  24. James Blake, Assume Form
  25. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  26. Cub Sport, Cub Sport
  27. Blue Hawaii, Open Reduction Internal Fixation
  28. Satin Jackets, Solar Nights
  29. Cassius, Dreems
  30. Haelos, Any Random Kindness
  31. Men I Trust, Oncle Jazz
  32. Taylor Swift, Lover
  33. Vast Hill, More Than You Imagined
  34. Leon, Leon.
  35. Lou Rebecca, Restless
  36. Morabeza Tobacco, Morabeza Tobacco
  37. Hatchie, Keepsake
  38. Ainslie Wills, All You Have Is All You Need
  39. Bananarama, In Stereo
  40. Caroline Polachek, Pang
  41. Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow
  42. Boy Harsher, Careful
  43. KLP, Giver
  44. Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
  45. Ali Barter, Hello, I’m Doing My Best
  46. IDER, Emotional Education
  47. Broods, Don’t Feed The Pop Monster
  48. Lisel, Angels On the Slope
  49. Tove Lo, Sunshine Kitty
  50. Savoir Adore, Full Bloom

Frida Sundemo – Gazelles

6 Dec

That icy clear vocal is back, and so soon after recent single ‘Nothing Can Hurt Me’ – don’t get us wrong we are not complaining. More new Frida is perfectly fine with us. ‘Gazelles’ is a beautiful slow burn with delicate orchestration – it would fit very nicely onto Emiliana Torrini’s legendary ‘Fisherman’s Woman’ record – it has that level of pristine loveliness.

Jason Winston – All In

6 Dec

Here’s our 2nd feature this year for this up and coming Aussie. We loved his track ‘Yarra’ and new one ‘All In’ is a claustrophobic yet dreamy electronic soundscape. I’m sure he sings ‘like Prince you’re scandalous’ which, if he does, is quite wonderful.

FaltyDL – New Lover

6 Dec

The delightfully named Drew Lustman is FaltyDL. He’s just dropped a three track single on Studio Barnhus and ‘New Lover’ blends the warmth of label mate Bella Boo with the pulsating throb of Octo Octa.