First Watch: Brookes Brothers ‘In Your Eyes’

Brookes Brothers self-titled debut album is out now digitally (click to buy from iTunes) and released on CD on Monday. Check out the brand new video for the radio hit single ‘In Your Eyes (feat. Johnny Osbourne)’.

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Flashback: Plan B and Example (London 2006)

I saw Plan B at London’s Mean Fiddler in July 2006, with Example supporting. The place was packed but at the time neither of these guys were well known- Plan B didn’t release his multi-platinum selling ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ and Example didn’t release ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ til 2010.

At the time, both were promoting their debut records, which sounded completely different to the stuff that made them big in the end, but which I preferred. I know they look like foetuses in these pics – I had a camera which looked amazing but sadly did anything other than take decent pics. But anyway, a couple more pics on my Flickr if you want.

New Music: Big Black Delta

Raw, atmospheric electropop that makes a very big statement. Check out here.

MP3: Big Black Delta – Huggin and a Kissin

New Music: Niels Nielsen

Swedish solo indie rocker Niels Nielson’s most recent solo album, Cmon Vultures: Part 1 includes folk-inspired pop tracks drawing inspiration from the likes of The Radio Dept. and Modest Mouse. The album also features more upbeat, danceable tracks, such as “Tell Me Now” and “Absolutes,” along the lines of Peter Bjorn and John.

MP3 – Niels Nielsen – Tell Me Now

Free Download: Wakey!Wakey! ‘Feral Love’

Wakey!Wakey! is the chamber pop product of Michael Grubbs’ eclectic musical education- formative years spent listening to an improbable mix of Gershwin, Brahms and Zeppelin were followed by a stint in NY in the company of ‘Anti-Folk’ contemporaries including Regina Spektor and The Moldy Peaches. The most surreal point in Grubbs’ backstory came when cult U.S. show ‘One Tree Hill‘ synced a series finale to a Wakey!Wakey! track (past contributors to the soundtrack include Iron & Wine, Frightened Rabbit and Bon Iver). So enamoured was the show’s producer that he gave Grubbs a recurring acting part as a bartending musician, in a surreal case of life imitating art/art imitating life…

The band will be headlining London Scala on June 14th (having sold out the Garage last year) which follows on from sets at SXSW earlier this year.

MP3: Wakey!Wakey! – Feral Love

First Watch: Alex Clare ‘Treading Water’

Aside from the sick beat and amazing video, I’m seriously envious of Alex Clare’s beard. Album’s finally out 11th July.

New Music: Kaka

Yea, he really does go by the name of Kaka, yet his music is anything but. Swedish pop that is kinda happy and sad at the same time. It’s a grower for sure and I love it. Check out here.

MP3: Kaka – Worth Waiting For

New Music: Alex Boyd

I’m very excited about this guy. Soul pop done very well indeed. Even though this is obviously mainstream and commercial, there’s a serious sincerity in the music which you rarely come across, and I think that’s what makes Alex Boyd special. Check out here.

The truth about buzzbands…

“The truth is, a buzzband is a lot like a human. A buzzband has hopes. A buzzband has dreams. A buzzband has desires. A buzzband has insecurities. Every buzzband wants to be the best buzzband that they can be, but tons of other buzzbands are standing in the way. Buzzbands want to be friends with other buzzbands. Buzzbands get in fights with other buzzbands. Buzzbands make up. Buzzbands eat, poop, live and die. Buzzbands experience high highs and low lows.”

– via Hipster Runoff

First Watch: Mr Fogg ‘Moving Parts’

I mentioned Mr Fogg on here ages ago for an amazing little videohe made in the middle of London. Last year he released his debut album, also entitled ‘Moving Parts’, and is currently working on new material with Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork and Feist), this video marks a stepping stone between his debut and new music set for release later this year.

The video was directed by American History X director, Tony Kaye and was shot at various locations around Los Angeles, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, and consists entirely of several thousand stop-animated still photographs.

Free Download: Baby Monster ‘Mr Success’

Baby Monster are giving away a track each week in lead up to the release of their album on 27th June. Download Mr Success here!

MP3: Baby Monster – Mr. Success

First Watch: Robyn ‘Call Your Girlfriend’

I love Robyn (as you might have guessed if you’re a regular on here). Video’s great, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the song when I first heard it but watching this makes me change my mind. Gonna dance like her next time I’m rockin’ the discotheque.

First Listen: Nicola Roberts ‘Beat Of My Drum’

I know, a lot of people will look down on this single but for what it’s worth, this is about as edgy as mainstream pop is in the UK right now- and it’s actually a lot of fun. Produced by Diplo and Dimitri Tikovoi. She was always the odd one out from Girls Aloud, and this single is pretty left field compared to what the other girls have done with their solo stuff. And dare I say, I see small hints of Robyn in there too. Check out here.

First Listen: The Kill Van Kulls ‘Lost and Found’

I just adore this new single by The Kill Van Kulls, who I’ve featured on here before. Visit the band’s website to hear more, or download a remix of ‘Lost and Found’ right here!

MP3: The Kill Van Kulls – Lost and Found (Swansong Remix)

First Watch: Liam Bailey ‘It’s Not The Same’

You may know that I’m a bit of a fan of this guy. Now signed to Amy Winehouse’s label, Liam Bailey’s back with a new single and video. Love.

New Music: Teachers

AKA Benjamin Bronfman (the man engaged to M.I.A), this is an eclectic bit of music that’s edgy and interesting at the same time. It’s been around since last autumn but I only got round to appreciating it properly tonight. Really good. Check out here.

New Music: The Jezabels

I’ve mentioned what, maybe six or seven new acts today – all of which are pretty good. But nothing tops finding a band at the end of the day who completely blow you away. These are The Jezabels: and their songs are just about as close to perfection as they can get. Full of big, epic rifts and emotion. Just outstanding! Check out here.

New Music: Airbird

Edgy and airy sounds. Obviously done with a lot of computer work but you forget that once you immerse yourself in it. One to watch for sure. Check out here.

Good Swedish Hip Hop: Alexis Weak – Släpp Taget

You don’t need to understand it, just give it a go. Check out more Alexis Weak here.