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Alice Gray – Double Decker

19 Jun

‘Pink Cadillac’ (not the Natalie Cole song) by Alice Gray is one of our top pop bops which flew under the radar in recent years – check it out if you haven’t already. She’s back with a woozy, sun drenched sound – ‘Double Decker’ has ‘Born To Die’-era Lana isms but with a unique swagger all of its own.

Sabina Ddumba – Coast (featuring Cherrie)

19 Jun

Sabina Ddumba is another artist we became smitten with following our attendance at Stockholm’s delightful Popaganda festival a few years back. Her tune ‘Coast’, featuring Cherrie, is gorgeous and warm summery soul – think Frank Ocean at his smoothest and with Ashanti vibes too.

Isle Of You – Ears Ringing

19 Jun

This Scandi duo are seasoned veterans of T&D now. We are so pleased they continue to bring the bops. ‘Ears Ringing’ is a bit darker and heavier than some of their bubblegum moments but still rather marvellous. We are definitely here for tunes about playing music loud and drowning out life in general in so doing.

Tomode – Synergy

19 Jun

Swedish sophisti-disco! Yes please!! Tomode just shared their debut EP and it’s a smash. The title track is on repeat for us this afternoon. It has that classy Client Liaison sheen to it with hints of yachtpop too and a bit Jake Shears on the vocals at points. The whole EP is a blast so give it a spin.

Best of the new remixes – SG Lewis/Kapote, Lauren Aquilina/MUNA, Sigrid/Paul Woolford, Mila Smith/Tensnake

19 Jun

This week the New Music Friday release schedule was packed with even more T&D approved goodies than usual. As a result we have decided to group these stonking remixes together for your listening pleasure.

SG Lewis’ ‘Feed The Fire’ (feat Lucky Daye) is funked up to the max thanks to Kapote. MUNA put their stamp loud and poptastically clear on Lauren Aquilina’s ‘Empathy’. Paul Woolford takes Sigrid’s ‘Mirror’ from pop bop to dancefloor house banger. Finally T&D regular Tensnake adds some electro throb to Mila Smith’s ‘Liars And Fakes’.

Sally Shapiro – Fading Away

18 Jun

Johan Agebjorn sure knows how to keep a secret. We’d chatted on line with him a few times this year and he never mentioned he WAS GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER!!!!! We aren’t a bit sorry for shouting because Sally Shapiro have returned!!! Not only are they back, they’re back on Italians Do It Better. This is surely the most incredibly fitting new home for them. ‘Fading Away’ is electrothrob of the highest order with flecks of Nina’s ‘Automatic Call’ (the Synthian influence in full effect!) and landing at the dancier end of the Sally Shapiro sound. Sublime pop.

Annie featuring Jake Shears – Neon Lights

18 Jun

A genuinely gorgeous surprise was delivered by our Norwegian pop pixie today when she confirmed more new music in follow up to her outstanding 2020 album ‘Dark Hearts’. We are being spoiled with a fresh EP this summer and the first taster is the charming and sugary pop perfection that is ‘Neon Lights’ featuring the one and only Jake Shears. It’s a nostalgic little pop nugget.

Tanzer – Deep Fried Disco

18 Jun

She’s been teasing this one for weeks and it’s here at last! ‘Deep Fried Disco’ might be the boppiest, poppiest thing you’ll hear all week. It combines Abba (and therefore Eurovision), continental summer holiday pop from the 80s, Studio 54 channeling elaborate and exotic disco and a squillion things in between cranking the synths, sax and italo. It’s really quite stupendous.

Moodoïd & Say Lou Lou – French Boy

16 Jun

Oh we have missed those Say Lou Lou lovely ladies. They add their usual whimsical charm to this delicious bilingual slow burner. Moodoïd has a 5 track EP ‘PrimaDonna Vol 1’ which has other guests including Melody’s Echo Chamber. Thanks to our internet music bud Darren for the tip off on this one.

Rasmus Faber x David Harks – Never Enough

16 Jun

So good to hear David Harks again (love Rasmus too – especially when working with Frida Sundemo). There’s a George Michael feel to the vocal on this one which starts as a cool nu-disco/yacht workout but flips into an acid jazzy jam towards the close. Definitely the sound of summer.