Hoosiers are Back!

Check out a clip from their new single, Choices, over on Popjustice right now. Very different to their old stuff- love the electro riff!

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Live: Penguin Prison at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

I managed to catch Penguin Prison in London last night in Shoreditch (this gig was meant to happen last week but because of that volcano cloud thing it had to be put back). He was amazing. Really really amazing. I don’t know how else to put it. I thought he would be headlining the night but turns out he was supporting a band I’d never heard of, which is a bit ironic. Or maybe I’m out of touch. I also saw another lady called Jennie Abrahamson who was also really good. I’ll put up a post on her in a little while- she’s a sort of Kate Bush/ Lykke Li hybrid with a smile.

Live: Alan Pownall at Borderline

I only heard of Alan Pownall last week, so I thought it would be cool to check him out at the Borderline in London last night. It felt like there was a big buzz around the venue, and it was pretty much a packed house (too packed- and I I’m not a big fan of the Borderline), but he was really really good! Chasing Time will be huge. Above is a clip from the night. Go see him if you can!

New Music: Alan Pownall

I heard ‘Chasing Time’ ages ago and never got round to finding out who was behind it, then tonight on the way home from the gym I saw a really cool poster for Alan Pownall on a derelict wall and thought I’d google him. I love when stuff like this happens. Check out here.

New Music: Jenna Andrews

Definitely one for the future- Jenna Andrews has a lush voice and some beautiful melodies. She’s so new I couldn’t even find a decent pic of her on the web! ‘Tumblin’ Down’ is a great tune. Check out here.

New Music: Florrie

Florrie is from the British Xenomania camp of hit makers- Girls Aloud are probably their biggest success yet (and Alex Gardner later in the year I reckon!). I don’t know much about Florrie, so I’ve stolen her bio from Last.fm…

Florrie Arnold (b. 1988) is a drummer, singer and songwriter. As the drummer in Xenomania house band JFK, she has performed drums on Girls Aloud’s “The Promise” and Alesha Dixon’s “The Boy Does Nothing”.

Give ‘Panic Attack’ a listen. Check out here.

New Music: Francheska

Sometimes you stumble across an artist who’s still so new that you wonder how amazing they would sound with a bit of extra production. Francheska is one of those artists! Hailing from New York (I think). My fave track is ‘Luv Sux’. Check out here.

New Music: Smurfie Syco

Signed to Dizzee Rascal’s label- grime at it’s best. He won’t be releasing anything huge until the summer. Check out here.

New Music : JJ

This Swedish duo make the most beautiful bits of music. Makes you imagine you’re up in a forest cabin on a spring dawn smelling pine trees… Anyway, they’ve just released their second album but it’s only stating to make an impact now. They don’t have a website, Myspace or Facebook- so the only place you can sample their tracks is on their record label’s site. Check out here.

New Music: Beduk

Fancy some cheesy Turkish electro? Beduk is your man. It’s not amazing (if you listen to his album sampler, some of it is pretty terrible), but it’s really fun. And I admire how far Turkey’s gone with it’s pop scene. Check out here.

*** UPDATE*** I’ve just noticed I’m on Beduk’s Twitter! Love you really Beduk!

Kylie’s Back

I won’t lie to you, I thought Kylie was launching a new fragrance when I saw the above cover for her 11th studio album, Aphrodite. I think this will be an extension of her 2007 album X, which wasn’t too bad. Looking forward to hearing her new single, ‘All The Lovers’.

New Music: Lady Chann

From NW London (where all the coolest people come from… ahem…), her Myspace calls her the ‘UK’s number one Dancehall Queen’. Look out for ‘Sticky Situation’. Works best with a dose of English sunshine and an ice cream. Check out here.

New Music: Japayork

Currently unsigned it seems, reminiscent of Human League a little. I like ‘I Need It All’. Pretty good. Check out here.

New Music: Dandy Andy

I don’t know much about this guy, other than the fact that he’s signed to the same label as Same Difference. But don’t let that put you of- ‘My Lonely Valentine’ is a slice of happy funky pop. Check out here.

For the band that has outgayed itself…

… the only thing left to do is to create copy Frankie Goes To Hollywood. I mean, where else can you go? Above is the new Scissor Sisters track. It’s very different to what they’ve done before, for which kudos are deserved. I would rather listen to the real thing though. Just my opinion!

New Music: Sky Ferreira

She makes me feel soooo old (she’s only 18), but it’s good music! Bloodshy is producing her stuff, along with Paul Epworth so album should be good! Check out here.

New Music: Christian TV

Just been signed to Motown. Will be massive. ‘When She Turns 18’ is perfection. Love! Check out here or click here for a free download.

New Music: Penguin Prison

OK, so not very ‘new’ (he’s been causing havoc on the blogs for a good few months now) but I’ve just realised that I haven’t bigged him up, and he’s one of my most listened to artists in the last 3 months according to my Last.fm

Anyway, this is nothing more than fresh, forward looking electro that’s a bit too cool to be pop but is easy to fall in love with at the same time. He’s coming to London later in the month which is nice as it seems he’s been stuck in his native New York for ages! Check out here.