New Music: Left Step Band

This four piece band including BBC Radio 1’s – Dev have been doing the rounds live wise. Pretty good- they look like they make good gigs! Check out here.

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New Music: Calais

Calais present a sound influenced by the likes of ColdplayOne Republic and The Killers. Check out here.

New Music: Oh Land

Right, I must confess that I thought I’d already written about Oh Land but scrolling through some of my stuff on here I realise I haven’t and it’s slightly embarrassing. Since first hearing her fantastic song ‘Sun Of A Gun’, she’s gone on to raid American TV shows while causing a crazy stir on the web. So actually, it’s not very new at all but it’s still exciting. Quirky, inventive and very well done Danish pop. She’s coming to London in May and I can’t wait for it. Check out here.

New Music: Jasmin

The Danish pop invasion continues. This tune by Jasmin, roughly translating to ‘My element’ is very infectious. Check out here.

First Listen: Friendly Fires ‘Live Those Days Tonight’

First single from my favourite band’s second album, out in May, called Pala. Nothing Friendly Fires does is wrong right now. So good. So good. Much as I love my job I was GUTTED to have missed out on pre-sale tickets for their comeback gig later in the year when I couldn’t get near to a computer. Anyone wanna be a lovey and give me a ticket?

Free Download: The Weeknd ‘House Of Balloons’

Click here to download The Weeknd for free- it’s very good. Lo-fi RNB from an as yet unidentified artist. Drake himself approves.

New Music: Blackroom

Hugely amazing Norwegian electro pop band. Gets my hurt pulsing like mad, and it’s a very sexy video too. Check out here.

New Music: Peter and Kerry

Each primarily a solo artist, Peter and Kerry have joined under the auspices of boutique label Tape Club Records to release ‘Clothes, Friends, Photos’ (out 4 April). Youtube videos of Kerry’s solo tracks came to the attention of Tape Club’s founder, and her subsequent signing to the label brought her into contact with stablemate Peter Lyons. Something of a musical odd couple on paper- she, motivated by influences as eclectic as Erykah Badu and Why?, and him a producer gun for hire with a tendency towards samples and loops- their collaboration took form over a startlingly short few days of sessions in the modest surrounds of Peter’s bedroom. Check out here.

Spot the hip hop difference

One’s a huge MC from the UK, the other from Sweden. Both have massive followings and raid the charts in their own countries constantly. Both released albums last year. Both signed to the same label ( I think). Petter and Professor Green.

Win Nicki Minaj & Drake albums!

I’m giving away a Nicki Minaj and Drake album bundle to one lucky person. There’s two ways of winning:

1: ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking on this link or

2: Email us at alfitudecomps@gmail.com with ‘NICKI DRAKE’ on the subject bar (but note, applying this way will put you on our mailouts)

between 26th to 31st March 2011. Winner has to be a UK resident. Good luck!

First Watch: Metronomy ‘The Look’

Check out the new video for ‘The Look’, the next single from Metronomy released in the UK on April 18th.

Free Download: Jon Fratelli ‘Santo Domingo’ (The Knocks remix)

Taken from his forthcoming new album “Psycho Jukebox”, it is at once strangely familiar, lyrically obtuse and so catchy it’ll make your head swim.  It follows the free download of ‘Rhythm Doesn’t Make You A Dancer’.

MP3: Jon Fratelli – Santo Domingo (The Knocks Remix)

New Music: Two Wounded Birds

This is a very cool band, with a surf/pop/rock sound. Formed in the late, sultry Summer of 2008, Two Wounded Birds are kids by the sea, making music inspired from the haze of their childhood.  Long drives with Beach Boys compilations in the tape decks.  Dad dropping Chess Records and Link Wray on the record deck of a Sunday morning.  Afternoon showings of Grease on TV. Check out here.

New Music: Emin

So I’ve suddenly seen loads of posters on the Underground this last week advertising this guy. I had no idea who he was, as I hadn’t seen any word of him on the sites that I go on. A bit of research via BBC tells me ‘Emin is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune and the son-in-law of a president. But all he really wants to do is sing.’

Impressive. The music is pretty good pop, I’ll let the BBC give you a good picture of the sound… ‘think Enrique Iglesias and Chris Isaak, with a smattering of pre-Progress Take That – would fit comfortably on the BBC Radio Two playlist.’ Check out here.

New Music: Stooshe

New girl group from London with a very dirty song. I like it though, I don’t know if they’re actually doing this for the long run or whether it’s just one song but whatever, enjoy it! Check out here.

Thomas Holm ‘Lidt for Lidt’

My obsession with Thomas Holm continues. This is his latest single, ‘Lidt for Lidt’ – something to do with being too little, or such… There’s so much good music coming out of Denmark right now, very exciting. I wish people wouldn’t get put off by enjoying music that isn’t in English!

A big box of joy came in the post today

 

I don’t care- this box made me yelp. It’s cost me a fortune but you can’t put a price on your passion- no matter how camp it can be. This 6 CD box set has pretty much every Melodifestivalen track since the show was launched in it’s current format in 2002. There’s a book that comes with it. I didn’t get a chance to buy this when I was Stockholm last week (when I went to watch the real thing) so I had to order it via import. Just as well- it’s a massive box. This is definitely gonna keep me out of trouble for a few weeks…