Make sure you listen to this on some decent speakers. There’s nothing out of the ordinary with this guy, but the sounds he make scream youth. It’s easy to listen to, and lifts you up a bit. Check out here.
Tipped to be huge later in the year, Foe is a throwback to that 90’s, dark/ dirty power sound. It took a couple of listens to get into this, but I can see the appeal. Fresh. Check out here.
Breezy, indie rock that reminds you of the shore. Check out here.
Pop rap from Canada along the lines of 3OH!3 and Asher Roth. Fun to listen to. Check out here.
Already getting loads of buzz, this is sort of Florence & The Machine but with a more chilled electro vibe to it. Check out here.
You know that type of rock where the singer makes really angry growly noises? It’s really hard core. Anyway, this band mixes that but changes gear to more mainstream rock when it all gets a bit too much. Check out here.
This band isn’t actually new – they’ve been around for a few years now, and have already released a couple of albums in native Sweden. It’s happy soul-pop with a harmless rock edge to it. Check out here.
This duo don’t say much about themselves on the web, which is just as well because I don’t really know how to describe their sound. Make your mind up and see if you like them. I think they’re cool. Check out here.
Since I started watching True Blood (and consequently getting absolutely hooked on it), I’ve started to develop a deeper appreciation for that American southern blues sound that features so heavily on the show. ZZ Ward’s sound has a very raw, deep south sound but is still very easy to listen to and actually pretty enjoyable. Check out here.
Fun and edgy pop. Her PR reads, ‘Alice Gold’s journey has been dedicated to music from day one. Her desire for adventure and for living life to the full led her to buy a one-way ticket to America, winning a 1978 Winnebago in a poker game and spending the next six months weaving across the US, just Alice and her guitar!’ Check out here.
Swedish housey pop- makes me want to be in the middle of a big dancefloor in Stockholm rubbing with hot Swedes. Check out here.
Norwegian trio Ungdomskulen are back with ten free tracks – part of a new campaign they’re calling GIMME TEN, the band are releasing 10 one-minute tracks for free, every Monday and Friday, until June 3rd. From June 6th the tracks will be available as a vinyl mini LP. Each track has a video to accompany it, courtesy of Berlin based arts collective Blank Blank. Watch it all unfold here
A little lesson in Swedish… ‘Snart’ which is the title to this lovely track you hear above, means ‘Soon’. ‘Lilla Sällskapet’, the act that are responsible for it, means ‘small society’- although I could be wrong- I’m still very new to the language. You don’t need to speak Swedish to enjoy it though. It’s the kind of music that lifts you up and takes you somewhere lush. Check out here.
Right, when I first heard this I thought it was rubbish. Then I watched the video and I don’t know, I started liking it. Maybe its seeing the words pop up in a swishy way or something. I’m not sure. They’re getting a lot of buzz in any case, and they look good. Check out here.
Lana del Rey weaves cinematic dark pop music wrapped in smoky, sultry and glamorous overtones. The memory of faded stars like Bette Davis, Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Elvis are the chorus line for her music. Check out here.