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.
Happy pop music. ‘I Heart NY’ is becoming a bit of a hit in the blogosphere. Check out here.
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…
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.
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.
Such an addictive song, this gave me a bit of a Kylie moment just now… Check out here.
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.
Great new track by Jenny Wilson. Check out here.
I’m don’t really know much about Dyno other than they’re a Swedish trio that make cool pop tracks. Their video for ”I Don’t Speak Love’ is wickeed, don’t you think? Check out here.
I stumbled across this randomly on Myspace. A little haunting. ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ is like a mesh between Lykke Li and The Knife. amazing. Check out here.
Swedish rocknroll. ‘Tongues of Fire’ is a particular pleaser. Check out here.
I feel like I’ve been hiding under a stone now that I’ve listened to this album. This is just about the best album I’ve heard all year- PERIOD. Seriously, every song… just flawless. Flawless. Going through this album reminded me of how I felt when I listened to Amy Winehouse’ Frank for the first time. Rox is without doubt the British Lauryn Hill. Check out here. Buy it here. This girl deserves points!
OK, I know they both look cacky online- but that’s why they’re so great! In the real world where you buy real CD’s from real record shops, both of these albums are so special when you remove the plastic rappers. Uffie’s album comes packed in a denim pocket- with a working button and stitching and her logo screen-printed on and everything.
And Robyn’s new album could pass off as a pirate copy of an original album- yep, she made her own album look like someone copied it and sold it to you at the back-end of a dodgy street at 3am, as you do. The CD itself has Robyn’s logo written in marker pen on a blank CD interface, and the sleeves look like the ones you get when you buy those multipack empty CD’s from PC World. Even the case looks cheap.
Don’t forget to support your record stores folks!
Eric Solomon is a remixer to the stars, and much as I’m not a huge fan or remixes, Eric’s own stuff is pretty good. Antarctica is a great tune. Check out here.
Dull to Pause by Junior Boys.
The great thing about Jack Johnson is that you know you’ll get exactly what you were expecting, every time. I like Jack Johnson a lot more than I let people believe, because I get a bit tired of hearing the ‘he’s boring… all his songs sound the same…’ dribble. But there’s no denying that his music can cheer up the grumpiest monkey around.
Looking at ‘To The Sea’s album cover, it took me a while to figure out that what he was building was a big surf (or is it a ship?). And when you open up the sleeve, the first thing you see is a dedication to his dad. So you’re led to think that this will be a sad collection of songs- but they’re the complete opposite. I prefer this album to ‘Sleep Through The Static’ and the one he did for the Curious George movie.
A new girl band from the RedOne production team (the guy who makes Lady Gaga’s stuff). It’s fresh, makes you want to dance a little. Check out here.
The Beach Boys have returned to the 21st century in the form of… The Superimposers. Check out here.