How to make a Daft Punk helmet in 17 months

This is so cool it makes my head hurt.

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Beach Boys – Will They? Won’t They?

All these rumours about the Beach Boys reuniting are getting my hopes up and squashing them right back down again. It’s like being in a bad relationship. This is one band with some seriously f***ed up history- but there’s no denying that their music is amazing and timeless and great. I think we all need to send them some good vibrations (gettit?). That might make them get back together for sure.

First Listen: Robyn ‘Hang With Me’

If you’ve listened to Robyn’s Body Talk Pt1 then you would have heard a ballad version of Hang With Me. This new remix acts as her next single, out in September, and will also be available in the next album (Body Talk Pt2). I like it. Dancey.

Body Talk Pt 2 Tracklist
01. In My Eyes
02. Iinclude Me Out
03. Hang with Me
04. Love Kills
05. We Dance to the Beat
06. Criminal Intent
07. U Should Know Better feat. Snoop Dogg
08. Indestructible (acoustic version)

New Music: The Sleeping Bags

If you’ve stumbled across this blog looking for actual sleeping bags- sorry. I refer to a new band that make a really good sound. Check out here.

New Music: Rosanna

Carrying along in the same vein as Ellie Goulding, Rosanna (signed up by the web’s greatest blog PopJustice’ new label, HiFi), has that trademark Swedish sombre vibe mixed with an amazingly uplifting kind of beat. Check out here.

Wiley’s giving away 100 songs to you for free!

Yea, I think he’s lost his marbles. If you like Wiley, then click here to download all 100 songs that he’s decided to give away for free- I’m not sure I can deal with all that much Wiley! For those of you outside of the UK, Wiley is one of the masters of Grime music: you either love it or you hate it. Zip file 3 has a new song featuring The Streets called ‘Don’t Hide Away’ which I kinda like.

New Music: Monarchy

If you are clued up on your new music, you’ll know that Monarchy have caused havoc on the blogs for months now- but seeing as this blog is still a little baby, I forget to mention some bands from the past who will no doubt be big in the future.

Monarchy launched their sound with a mysterious image around them- no one knew who they were or what they were doing. Their songs were out of this world, and eventually, they were revealed to be a repackaged version of Milke. They cancelled their first proper gig ages ago and since then I’ve been a bit frowny with Monarchy, just because I got so excited when I found out about them and it seemed like they were just… being a bit strange.

But I’m over it now, and I’m totally loving their debut video (which is actually an old Milke track). I always felt that Milke never had the break they deserved, and rebranding as Monarchy seems to have done the trick, with them now getting a big record deal. Check out here.

Kylie is number 1!

In the UK, Kylie’s new album Aphrodite is number 1 this week. Woo! It’s a really, really good album folks- get to your record store and buy it!

New Music: Portecho

I’ve been asked to feature this band by a reader in Turkey… Portecho are sort of mellow, and their stuff is pretty easy to listen to. It’s kind of electro but rocky as well, I don’t really know how to describe it. Check out here.

New Music: PURPL PoP

Just when you thought Swedish pop was too cool to be silly, PURPL PoP come along. I don’t know how to feel about them, but I’m drawn to it. Make your own mind up…

I hope she cheats on you

You know how there’s some things you really like, but never make enough time to enjoy? Floetry is one of those things, and it took me to hear this track by Marsha Ambrosius (one half of Floetry) to force me to indulge in some more Floetry. Check out here.

New Music: Geographer

A little easier on the ear than Sufjan Stevens, but still pretty edgy stuff with some really sad undertones. This guy had a pretty rough childhood, and it comes across in some calm order on his tracks. Check out here.

New Music: Samuel

Happy pop music. ‘I Heart NY’ is becoming a bit of a hit in the blogosphere. Check out here.

First Listen : Kylie Minogue’s ‘Aphrodite’ in full

NPR are streaming ‘Aphrodite’ in full til the 6th July. Click here for some poptastic perfection. It’s definately an improvement from ‘X’, although I can’t fault any of her stuff…

Don’t F***ing Tell Me What To Do

If you brought Robyn’s new album you would have heard the first track, titled ‘Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do’. Now she’s only gone and outdone herself by launching an interactive video of the song. Here’s how the website puts it…

It’s like everyone wants you to be perfect and you’re dreaming of a world where you can do what you want. I guess it’s about the modern world and the stress I think most people in it feel sometimes. It´s a pretentious message so I tried to make it as simple as I could. I´m talking about how I felt when I came off my tour” she explains.

Now you know what’s killing Robyn, she wants to know what’s killing you! Let her know by adding your complaints to her new interactive 3D video for Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do. Just head here http://robyn.com/killingme and use the Twitter button to post your message or just add the tag #killingme after your message!

Check out the 3D video of the song here– it’s pretty rad.

New Music: Ben Montague

I’m a sucker for solo dudes with guitars- I know they can be incredibly boring sometimes but Ben Montague is pretty great. ‘Haunted’ is lush, I think it’s my favourite song right now. Check out here.

New Music: Liam Bailey

This guy is a cross between Amy Winehouse, Nate James and some Daniel Merriweather. And he reminds me a bit of Otis Redding, don’t know why. It’s good. Check out here.