I love it when you get home from a really bad day at work, open your emails and get introduced to something that just lifts you up in three minutes… Aaron Wright is some colourful and charming pop. Soon to be supporting The Charlatans and Eliza Doolittle on tour (not at the same time, obviously). Check out here.
This four piece band including BBC Radio 1’s – Dev have been doing the rounds live wise. Pretty good- they look like they make good gigs! Check out here.
Right, I must confess that I thought I’d already written about Oh Land but scrolling through some of my stuff on here I realise I haven’t and it’s slightly embarrassing. Since first hearing her fantastic song ‘Sun Of A Gun’, she’s gone on to raid American TV shows while causing a crazy stir on the web. So actually, it’s not very new at all but it’s still exciting. Quirky, inventive and very well done Danish pop. She’s coming to London in May and I can’t wait for it. Check out here.
The Danish pop invasion continues. This tune by Jasmin, roughly translating to ‘My element’ is very infectious. Check out here.
Hugely amazing Norwegian electro pop band. Gets my hurt pulsing like mad, and it’s a very sexy video too. Check out here.
Good, honest American pop/rock. Check out here.
Each primarily a solo artist, Peter and Kerry have joined under the auspices of boutique label Tape Club Records to release ‘Clothes, Friends, Photos’ (out 4 April). Youtube videos of Kerry’s solo tracks came to the attention of Tape Club’s founder, and her subsequent signing to the label brought her into contact with stablemate Peter Lyons. Something of a musical odd couple on paper- she, motivated by influences as eclectic as Erykah Badu and Why?, and him a producer gun for hire with a tendency towards samples and loops- their collaboration took form over a startlingly short few days of sessions in the modest surrounds of Peter’s bedroom. Check out here.
This is a very cool band, with a surf/pop/rock sound. Formed in the late, sultry Summer of 2008, Two Wounded Birds are kids by the sea, making music inspired from the haze of their childhood. Long drives with Beach Boys compilations in the tape decks. Dad dropping Chess Records and Link Wray on the record deck of a Sunday morning. Afternoon showings of Grease on TV. Check out here.
So I’ve suddenly seen loads of posters on the Underground this last week advertising this guy. I had no idea who he was, as I hadn’t seen any word of him on the sites that I go on. A bit of research via BBC tells me ‘Emin is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune and the son-in-law of a president. But all he really wants to do is sing.’
Impressive. The music is pretty good pop, I’ll let the BBC give you a good picture of the sound… ‘think Enrique Iglesias and Chris Isaak, with a smattering of pre-Progress Take That – would fit comfortably on the BBC Radio Two playlist.’ Check out here.
New girl group from London with a very dirty song. I like it though, I don’t know if they’re actually doing this for the long run or whether it’s just one song but whatever, enjoy it! Check out here.
I like this very much, it’s French electropop and it’s playful. Check out here.
Indie dance with a bit of a dark yet uplifting vibe about it. Check out here.
I always get excited when British hip hop artists like Maverick Sabre come on to the scene- this reminds me of Plan B (from his ‘I’ll stab you in the eye, yo, With a fucking biro, The same fucking biro you just used to sign your giro, You fucking wino‘ days). Check out here.
Beautiful, stylish indie/pop/dance. This is the sort of thing I would have playing at the back of a catwalk show. Check out here.
This is very Jason Mraz/ Olly Murs: super catchy, happy pop from a former Australian Idol contestant. Check out here.
I instantly fell in love with their track ‘Club Night’, it’s epic in a subdued kinda way. Check out here.
Filthy, sleazy electro. Check out here.
Major hype surrounding this young rapper, people’s opinions seem to be divided but I think it’s pretty good. Check out here.