It feels like a lifetime since I blogged about any Swedish stuff- this is fantastic new dark pop from Mercedes and I. Check out here.
Out next week (5th December), here’s a preview of all the tracks featured on the Hidden Treasures album along with stories of how they came about.
Sometimes you listen to something and you can imagine it hitting the radio stations almost straight away. Like this. It’s always exciting round this time of the year because you start getting hints on what will be big in 2012 and chances of this group being unheard of next year are slim to none. Check out here.
Big things are tipped for this lad. Think Chris Brown but more badass. Check out here.
I’ve just come back from this Rizlab event I’ve been writing about, where they got Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. (formerly known as Mike Skinner from The Streets) to create a song called ‘Trouble’, then shoot the video in real time by giving fans online a choice of what kinds of trouble the three of them should go through while filming.
It ended up with some cheerleaders, a bad disco scene and a boyband miming to the words. Yet somehow the whole thing didn’t feel camp…
I had the chance to check it out while it was being filmed in Shoreditch and it was so good. I mean, the whole thing didn’t last more than four minutes but the DJ sets inbetween were immense. These Rizlab kids know how to throw a midweek party.
Retro/ soul. I think this will be fun to see live. Check out here.
Think of a darker Gym Class Heroes sound and you get these guys. They record inside a bespoke studio with all instruments rigged up to create a sound ready for live stages. Check out here.
Indie pop that reminds me a bit of Chromeo. Check out here.
I like this- it’s sort of Corinne Bailey-Rae but with an even more innocent sounding voice. This track to me is the standout from what I’ve heard so far but I definitely see loads of potential for this lady. Check out here.
I call this indie-disco. It’s amazing and very addictive, but make sure you listen to it on big speakers for maximum effect. Check out here.
This is probably one of the best songs I’ve come across in the last couple of months. Mix 50’s sounds with hip hop from someone that looks a bit like James Dean and you get this. It’s fucking good. Check out here.
Quirky electro-pop from Manchester. Check out here.
This track made me smile, which is a change from all the serious electropop being thrown around my inbox these days. Fresh UK rnb. He’s been working with Neyo, Mario Winans, Jamelia, Wretch 32, Harmony [Chris Brown, Chipmunk, Maroon 5], Hypertone [JLS, RD, Mike Hough], and Fullerfix [Sway, Snoop Dogg]. Check out here.
I see this as the new Röyksopp. Sweetly addictive Norwegian electropop. Check out here
Nothing out of the ordinary from this bit of Swedish pop. It’s just fun. Check out here.
Everyone loves The Sound of Arrows. This Swedish electropop duo have been causing huge stir since dropping their debut album earlier this month. This is them putting their own magic touch to The Know’s ‘Brightside’, and as expected, it cheers you up to no end.
Swedish pop/ funk that’s really easy to listen to and really easy to like. Check out their little bi-lingual video clip. The singer’s got a killer smooth voice. Check out here.
To celebrate the release of his new single, Bla Bla, out on Plump DJs Grand Hotel Records now, ninja techno feline, Bonsai Kat. has put together this slick little mix. Just click on the little arrow on the Soundcloud above and download!
1. BEYONCE – COUNTDOWN (HERVE REMIX) – RCA
2 THE SUBS – DECONTROL (BLACK STROBE VERSION) -LEKTROLUV
3. BONSAI KAT – BLA BLA – GRAND HOTEL
4. CROOKERS – DR GONZO ANTHEM (MUMBAI SCIENCE REMIX) – SOUTHERN FRIED
5. TJR – ACID NATION – BROOKLYN FIRE
6. WETNESS – 1983 – CHEAPER THRILLS
7. TOMMY SUNSHINE AND BART B MORE- BODYWORK – FLY EYE
8. ADO- AGE- BLOOD MUSIC
9. FREAKS – WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT? (ADRIAN LUX AND BLENDE REMIX) – U BOOT
10. BLATTA AND INESHA – DADDY’S HOME – CRUX
11. ROY ROSENFELD – PSYKOTIK EXPERIENCE – RUSTED
12. JUSTICE – HELIX – ED BANGER
We’re less than a week away now from the live-streamed, one-take video shoot for Ghostpoet & The D.O.T.’s collaborative track for RizLab, ‘Trouble’. Fans have been voting for ways to make trouble for the artists during the performance, and on the night online viewers will be able to vote and effect what happens on stage in real time. The footage will then be used to create the music video for the single.
Meanwhile, the incredible Damu – who recently released a debut album ‘Unity’ on Keysound – has put his stamp on ‘Trouble’ with a euphoric reworking. The track can be streamed here.
So it’s Saturday, and life wouldn’t be right without a little French disco. Download this freebie and get your booty ready. Roman D’Amour is talented Parisian teenager Benoit Villemont, already making big splashes within the fêted French disco/house scene.