New Music: The Ultra Girls

When can you every get enough of girl bands? Never! That’s what I think anyway. But you do see a lot of awful acts out there pretending they’re Girls Aloud before they’ve even managed to string a harmony together. But I like The Ultra Girls because they can string a harmony together, and they look like loads of fun. ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ sounds really good. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from these ladies! Check out here.

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New Music: Encore

Three London boys making fresh grime/ hip hop/ rnb. I’ve got a feeling these kids will be one of the big ones to watch for 2011. Check out here.

New Music: James Vincent McMorrow

This is pure, haunting, sexy music.  Listening to ‘If I Had A Boat’ made my heart melt. Check out here.

New Music: The Tunics

I’m not usually a fan of indie man bands but these guys are pretty interesting. ‘Low’ is a lush bit of music. Check out here.

New Music: Max Gold

Having collaborated with the Invisible Men to lend his amazing skills to their productions for I Blame Coco and Gabriella Cilmi, he is now leaving the booth behind to emerge from the shadows of the studio. Taking the films he grew up with as inspiration and armed with a keytar, laptop and an all girl band, having created & self-produced a collection of distinctive songs: a smooth darkness underlying his unique combination of shimmering synths and style.
Max has been making music his whole life. Now he’s ready for the world. Invest in Gold. Check out here.

MP3: Max Gold – Hold On

The Radio Dept. ‘Heaven’s On Fire’

As one of the kids on YouTube said, ‘This makes me forget all my worries for 3:36 minutes’. The Radio Dept. have been one of my favourite bands for a really long time, but I selfishly kept it to myself. I don’t think I told anyone how good I think they are. Sometimes you just have to keep some things that make you happy a little secret, but then, life’s too short to keep things in. Enjoy.

PURPL PoP cover some Marvin Gaye

My favourite, care free Swedish hip hoppers have done a bit of a spin on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get It On’. I see a bit of Chromeo when I look at these two… Fun times.

It’s Christmas time, and The Streets want to give you something (free music!)

Titled ‘I Don’t Want It To Be Me’, it’s just what you would expect an Xmas song by Mike Skinner to sound like.

MP3: Scrooge & Marley – I Don’t Want It To Be Me

Robyn’s gone off and done something amazing with a computer and one of her songs again

A while back, when Robyn’s first Body Talk album came out, she had this virtual music video thing which customised some graphics depending on what people typed it. It was hot. Now she’s done it again, only hotter. ‘Build your own beat, based on Robyn’s track We Dance To The Beat (from Body Talk), then publish your custom beat and share it with the world via Facebook and Twitter!’ Click here to access the amazingness.

 

BBC Sound of 2011 list revealed

This is always an exciting bit of news every year for me. The ‘BBC Sound’ poll is often the most accurate forecaster for next year’s biggest music acts, having predicted 50 Cent, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mika and Little Boots as ones to watch in the past. Visit the website here for more info. Full list is:

I’ve managed to clock 6 of those in the last year… not bad going if I do say so myself! The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 3 January.

New Music: Treefight for Sunlight

Danish indie/pop sound, reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic. Check out here.

New Music: Ace Reporter

The first song I’ve heard from Ace Reporter, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ got me hooked within seconds of playing. It’s got a folky, poppy, indie kind of vibe happening, but sounds so good without trying hard. Check out here, or download the free EP, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ here. If there’s one thing you must do right now at the very least though, it’s to give ‘ Caught In The Middle’ a listen. It’s my favourite song right now.

New Music: Mr Fogg

This video was done on a shoestring budget in one take apparently. Very good. And the song is lovely. Go Mr Fogg! Check out here.

First Watch: Robyn ‘Dancehall Queen’

This song originally featured in Robyn’s first Body Talk album. I have to say though, this whole M.I.A VHS-retro mashup video thing is maybe a couple of years out of date now in my opinion. But song is good!

The ultimate ‘It’s Over’ song

David Jordan never got the recognition he deserved. This song sums up ‘the end’ with colossal epic tragedy.