First Watch: Alex Clare ‘Treading Water’

Aside from the sick beat and amazing video, I’m seriously envious of Alex Clare’s beard. Album’s finally out 11th July.

New Music: Kaka

Yea, he really does go by the name of Kaka, yet his music is anything but. Swedish pop that is kinda happy and sad at the same time. It’s a grower for sure and I love it. Check out here.

MP3: Kaka – Worth Waiting For

New Music: Alex Boyd

I’m very excited about this guy. Soul pop done very well indeed. Even though this is obviously mainstream and commercial, there’s a serious sincerity in the music which you rarely come across, and I think that’s what makes Alex Boyd special. Check out here.

The truth about buzzbands…

“The truth is, a buzzband is a lot like a human. A buzzband has hopes. A buzzband has dreams. A buzzband has desires. A buzzband has insecurities. Every buzzband wants to be the best buzzband that they can be, but tons of other buzzbands are standing in the way. Buzzbands want to be friends with other buzzbands. Buzzbands get in fights with other buzzbands. Buzzbands make up. Buzzbands eat, poop, live and die. Buzzbands experience high highs and low lows.”

– via Hipster Runoff

First Watch: Mr Fogg ‘Moving Parts’

I mentioned Mr Fogg on here ages ago for an amazing little videohe made in the middle of London. Last year he released his debut album, also entitled ‘Moving Parts’, and is currently working on new material with Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork and Feist), this video marks a stepping stone between his debut and new music set for release later this year.

The video was directed by American History X director, Tony Kaye and was shot at various locations around Los Angeles, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, and consists entirely of several thousand stop-animated still photographs.

Free Download: Baby Monster ‘Mr Success’

Baby Monster are giving away a track each week in lead up to the release of their album on 27th June. Download Mr Success here!

MP3: Baby Monster – Mr. Success

First Watch: Robyn ‘Call Your Girlfriend’

I love Robyn (as you might have guessed if you’re a regular on here). Video’s great, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the song when I first heard it but watching this makes me change my mind. Gonna dance like her next time I’m rockin’ the discotheque.

First Listen: Nicola Roberts ‘Beat Of My Drum’

I know, a lot of people will look down on this single but for what it’s worth, this is about as edgy as mainstream pop is in the UK right now- and it’s actually a lot of fun. Produced by Diplo and Dimitri Tikovoi. She was always the odd one out from Girls Aloud, and this single is pretty left field compared to what the other girls have done with their solo stuff. And dare I say, I see small hints of Robyn in there too. Check out here.

First Listen: The Kill Van Kulls ‘Lost and Found’

I just adore this new single by The Kill Van Kulls, who I’ve featured on here before. Visit the band’s website to hear more, or download a remix of ‘Lost and Found’ right here!

MP3: The Kill Van Kulls – Lost and Found (Swansong Remix)

First Watch: Liam Bailey ‘It’s Not The Same’

You may know that I’m a bit of a fan of this guy. Now signed to Amy Winehouse’s label, Liam Bailey’s back with a new single and video. Love.

Flashback: Amy Winehouse (Manchester 2004)

From a gig she played in 2004 at the Manchester Academy while on her first album – Frank, with support from Tyler James. This was the first time I saw her live, and it was the first proper gig I ever brought tickets for.

I nicked a poster for this gig when I was at uni and it’s been on my walls ever since. A few years later, Back to Black was released and well… rest is history!

New Music: Teachers

AKA Benjamin Bronfman (the man engaged to M.I.A), this is an eclectic bit of music that’s edgy and interesting at the same time. It’s been around since last autumn but I only got round to appreciating it properly tonight. Really good. Check out here.

New Music: The Jezabels

I’ve mentioned what, maybe six or seven new acts today – all of which are pretty good. But nothing tops finding a band at the end of the day who completely blow you away. These are The Jezabels: and their songs are just about as close to perfection as they can get. Full of big, epic rifts and emotion. Just outstanding! Check out here.

New Music: Airbird

Edgy and airy sounds. Obviously done with a lot of computer work but you forget that once you immerse yourself in it. One to watch for sure. Check out here.