New Music: Imagine Dragons

This band has just signed a deal with Interscope Records. I can see why- there’s a lofty feel to their rock sound that’s plays a bit with my heart when I listen to it. Check out here.

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First Watch: Bekele ‘Popstitute’

Almost a year ago I featured one of New York’s hottest up-and-coming starlets, Bekele. Now she’s come back with this, and as far as début videos go, this is pretty spectacular. The new Gaga? Very, very possibly. A glitter micro/cock is just genius. But what’s even better is the song’s available as a free download on the site- check out here.

Free Download: ZZ Ward ‘Better Off Dead’

I talked about ZZ Ward back in May this year and must admit I forgot about it all until now. This is a free download of her vocals over Tyler The Creator’s ‘Yonkers’, which is pleasant enough.

MP3: ZZ Ward – Better Off Dead

Is this the most bizarre music video involving knitting?

I’m not sure but I think it probably is. I started watching this thinking ‘attention-seeking hipsters’ and ended up not only liking the song but wishing I was covered in wool and wriggling around from side to side. This is bizarre. But it’s also good. Check out more here.

Listen to Aeroplane’s ‘In Flight Entertainment’ in full!

This is very exciting to me because this is the final result from Aeroplane’s new compilation. Nothing Aeroplane does fails to make me happy on the inside. This is how disco should be. So put this on, get ready and go and have an amazing Friday evening.

First Watch: Friendly Fires ‘Hurting’

The first 30 seconds of this track are so painfully vibey and cool. This is the new video from my favourite band of recent years, Friendly Fires. Don’t leave, don’t leave, don’t leeeeeaaaave…

Cosmo Jarvis ‘Gay Pirates’

So I mentioned in a post on here Cosmo Jarvis, and it turns out he’s something of a hit on the web for a couple of years already- mainly for this track, called ‘Gay Pirates’. I’m pretty sure he isn’t gay himself, which makes this all the more fun to watch.

Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner collaborate for RizLab

RizLab today announced its third project of 2011 with Ghostpoet and The D.O.T., the new band formed by Rob Harvey and Mike Skinner.

This is very exciting- as you may know, I might just be one of The Streets/ Mike Skinner’s biggest fans, and this sounds awesome.

Over the course of the last year, Ghostpoet has quietly and quickly become recognised as one of the most exciting new artists in the UK. His laconic flow, razor-sharp lyrical observations and a raw yet melodic approach to beat-making led to a Mercury nomination for his debut album (‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’) on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and an army of fans, including Mike Skinner.

Mike Skinner’s admiration for Ghostpoet’s work had brought them into the studio together to work on some demos. Following RizLab’s approach, Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. went back into the studio and created the track ‘Trouble’ – a synth-heavy, up-tempo beat from Mike that features Ghostpoet’s trademark lethargic rhymes and Rob Harvey’s distinctive vocals on the chorus.

With the track complete, the next step is the video. Ghostpoet has already created spectacular videos for ‘Liiines’ and ‘Survive It’, while Mike Skinner has long been known for his self-directed videos. Given both their history, RizLab is expecting something truly off the wall.

Click here to watch the first in a series of trailers from Ghostpoet and The D.O.T.; the first being an 80s-style science film shot in Mike’s studio. Learn about the track, the collaboration and the project, and stay tuned for further details over the next few weeks.

New Music: Cosmo Jarvis

I was really confused when I started to watch this but I realised by the end that there’s something about it which is actually kinda cool- it’s not what I was expecting. His blurb reads…

Cosmo is probably best described as a polymath/space-cadet hybrid with a talent surplus. A 21 year old accomplished film maker and musician (300 songs written to date), multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been praised by Brian ‘God’ Eno and sometimes models on the side, he’s certainly no slouch.

Check out here.

New Music: Serenades

This is probably my favourite band of the week so far. Swedish duo that make blissfully beautiful melodies that are so easy to listen to and enjoy. Check out here.

New Music: Ice Choir

I adore this. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is something from the 90’s- this is very new stuff. There’s an innocent yet dirty kink to their sound, and it’s polished off with some slick beats. And most of all, it’s free for you to download which is the icing on the cake. Pun intended. Check out here.

MP3: Ice Choir – Two Rings

Norlie & KKV ‘När Jag Går Ner’

I’ve been listening to this for the last couple of weeks and it’s one of my favourite songs on my iTouch right now. Do I understand it? Not completely. But who cares… good songs are good.

New Music: Collin McLoughlin

This guy’s already drawn out a name for himself on YouTube for his pretty spectacular covers of pop tracks. This is an original piece of work though and it’s very impressive- there’s some 90’s dark garage vibes to it. Check out here.

Bubble POP

I haven’t written about any K-Pop in a good while so here’s one infectiously camp bit of candy pop for you from HYUNA. Don’t hate- it’s just fun. The fact that this video’s been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube since July amazes me.