Friday electro courtesy of Gesaffelstein

So it’s Friday, and it’s almost lunch time. Here’s some French electro by Gesaffelstein to keep you going through the next few hours! Best enjoyed with some big-ass speakers.

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Live: Man Like Me at Relentless Garage

Firstly, sorry for the shit pics again. I think I’m just going to start getting press passes and risk it with my Sony NEX from now on…

I’ve just realised that I haven’t been to a proper gig in months. This scares me a bit as I usually go at least once a week to something. I guess I’ve just been either super busy or super skint. But anyway, Man Like Me are an amazing band and I was excited to catch them live tonight (to launch their new single, Peculiar’) because I just knew that they would blow the roof off. And they did. I don’t really know how to sum it all up other than there was lots of sweat, brass, face make-up and mad dancing.

Think Madness mixed with The Streets and you get Man Like Me. Biggest moment was ‘London Town‘ playing at the end, and the start and finish when the whole brass band raved it through crowds to get to the stage. I caught a bit of Caan who was playing support- amazing as always.

New Music: Azealia Banks

Be warned, don’t be tricked into thinking this is a cuddly song from the picture- this song is a bit filthy. If Missy Elliott was current, this is what she would sound like. There’s a very strong, fresh, dirty New York beat to this. Check out here.

New Music: Schlachthofbronx

I REALLY, REALLY, PROPERLY HATED THIS when I first heard it. It just looked like a bunch of bored twats raiding a cornershop trying to look cool. But I don’t know, somewhere down the 1:10 mark into the track I just switched. The beat is sick. So I take back what I said. This is annoyingly amazing. Check out here.

New Music: Elodie

Born in Sweden, raised in the US and now back in Stockholm, Elodie is your typical electro-pop. I still think there’s a long way to go before this sound gets to be perfect but it’s still good. Check out here.

New Music: CJ Holland

Right then, this one I’m predicting will blow up big time within the next year. Signed to Lava/Universal (the same label behind Jessie J), and with a random track featuring Lady Gaga titled ‘Luv U Sum’, CJ Holland is being primed to be the next Justin Timberlake (or something). And from experience, knowing how hard it is to currently track a decent picture of this guy, or a decent video tells me there’s some big bucks being thrown around behind the scenes. Which is exciting. Check out here.


New Music: Bernhoft

Bernhoft is one of those ‘one-man-band’ types from Oslo who’s able to sound a whole song using his voice. It’s nothing short of amazing when I hear stuff like this. Check out here.

New Music: Young London

They’re not from London but they do look awfully young. This is as sugary as bubblegum pop gets and I just can’t help but share it with you. Check out here.

New Music: Tashaki Miyaki

Well crafted lo-fi/ shoegazey kinda sound- reminiscent to some of Lykke Li’s current stuff. Check out here.

Free Download: Bombs & Bottles ‘When The Lights Go Out’

You’ll thank me for reading this post. New York-based newbie Bombs & Bottles is getting ready to release a 5-track EP titled “Tonight” in the next few weeks, which chronicles a night out on the town from both a man and woman’s perspective, their chase through the club and a passionate fling at the end of the night and encompasses many musical genres from House, Pop, Electro, and Dubstep to name a few.

To get a taste of what to expect, here’s a free download to the lead single, ‘When The Lights Go Out’, and I think it’s genius. Check out here.

MP3: Bombs & Bottles – When The Lights Go Out

First Watch: Visions of Trees ‘Sirens (Novocaine)’

One of my favourite songs by this duo. They’ve announced a tour for the autumn (so like… now). Check out here.

New Music: NOVI

This took a few moments to kick in. It’s sounds like an innocent little pop ditty, til you realise the lead lyric is ‘I seen blackbirds f****** on the side of the road’. It’s the sort of random lyric which doesn’t really fit in to the tune itself (I guess they used it to try and add an edge to what is a pretty normal pop song, in my view), so I don’t really know how I feel about it but it’s kinda good I guess. Check out here.

New Music: Oxymorrons

Well crafted, rich RnB/ hip hop sounds from this two New Yorkers, with some really excellent lyrics. Check out here.

New Music: The Amends

The Amends are a Boulder/Denver, Colorado-based indie rock band, formed in January of 2010 and have recently independently released a pretty good self-titled full-length album. Check out here.

Grenades for the Wall release new EP

Cute up and coming Swedish band Grenades for the Wall have released a new EP, ‘7’. There’s a couple of preview tracks above. I previously mentioned them earlier this year. It was self released, written and produced by the band themselves with the cover painted by Casey Wilson.

I’ve had a listen to it and I have to say, it’s pretty awesome- a really good set of tracks for a duo to create from scratch. I can’t wait to see where they lead to in 2012. Anyway, find out more about these guys and get the EP here.

Some Finnish nuns in a pop video

I couldn’t quite believe what I was looking at here, but then again this is what makes Europe such a fun place for music. Anna Abreu is one of those kids that got famous from Pop Idol (Finnish version). The song is actually really good in my opinion. It. The video is from another planet though!

Interview: Quickfire with MNEK

You probably know who MNEK is by now, I’ve mentioned him on here a couple of times because he’s pretty awesome. He’s basically like a pop child prodigy. I had the opportunity to shoot some questions at him, and he had the opportunity to shoot some answers back…

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MNEK… hello… how are you right now?
Dandy

How’s the response been to your new single?
Good, thankfully. I got mistaken for Paije Richardson again, though.

When did you start writing your tunes?
I was 9.

How did you end up working with the Saturdays on ‘All Fired Up’?
Two words. Brian Higgins.


Are you writing stuff for any other stars?
I write for moons :)

What’s next?
Much more!!!!
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And that’s it. Told ya it was quickfire. On another note, his twitter gives me jokes.