New Music: Club Smith


Already picked up on radio plays from indie arbiters of taste Steve Lamacq (who came to see them play in London) and Tom Robinson, who had the band in for interview after their shows on the BBC Introducing stages at Leeds/Reading 2010.

They’ve also had plays from Huw Stephens, Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio), Rory McConnell (Radio 1) and have supported The Naked and Famous, Iliketrains, The Sunshine Underground, The Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club, The Neat and Hockey.  Check out here.

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New Music: Somersault

Kind of stargazing electronic mixed with some surf influences. There isn’t much on these guys online yet so check out their Soundcloud above!

New Music: Brookes Brothers

Good British drum & bass that doesn’t dive in too dark like others- it’s pretty uplifting actually. The album’s out in June. Check out here.

New Music: Christoffer Skoug

This is a bluesy/ poppy sound that feels light and fresh. Has been signed by Universal Records so world domination is likely to ensue shorty. Check out here.

New Music: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Very late with this one but they’re just too good not to mention. Excellent electro power pop! He’s playing London’s Scala in June. Check out here.

New Music: Michael Kiwanuka

Listening to this guy takes me back to walking around Portobello Market in Notting Hill on dusty sweaty summer days in the 90’s as a kid. It just oozes class and soul and dreamyness all together. Check out here.

New Music: Tyler The Creator

This dude is only 20 but he’s already got over 6 million hits for this video. So good. Check out here.

New Music: Berri Farley

Sometimes the classics are the best – from the Motown of the Isley Brothers and Smokey Robinson to soul legends like Gladys Knight and Etta James, there is a timeless appeal to beautifully crafted songs performed with soul, verve and above all, honesty – Berri Farley is a singer who clearly understands this power.

Already hailed by the likes of industry barometer Music Week and declared as ‘one to watch for 2011’ by the Irish Times alongside the likes of James Blake and The Vaccines, Berri Farley is set to conquer ears and hearts with her remarkable debut E.P, available from June 6th. Check out here.

New Music: Dane Rumble

The video’s racked up quarter of a million views on YouTube, and is platinum in his native New Zealand. Check out here.

New Music: Downside

With a sound that mixes dirty beats with a catchy chorus, Downside have created the perfect sound that has seen them perform to fans all over the UK including supporting 50 Cent at Birmingham NEC to a crowd of over 30,000. Made up of Dean Moxam and Sean Mcleod, Downside made their mark on the music scene in 2006 with their underground classic Moneyman featuring on MTV Base and reaching number one on the Channel U charts, staying in the top 20 for 3 consecutive months. Since then they have received airplay on national radio stations Kiss FM and Radio 1 xtra as well as being broadcast on stations in the US, Germany and France.  Check out here.

New Music: Ollie Wride

One of the most talented and charismatic young men in pop today, Oliver Wride will be hitting the Kings Cross Water Rats on April 19th to showcase his unique brand of effervescent and deliriously uplifting music. This show follows on from a sold out spot at Koko’s club NME where he wowed a packed crowd. He has already been the recipient of ‘next big thing’ press clamour and is set to blow up in 2011. Check out here.

New Music: Beldina

This is a very dancey little song- it took a couple of listens to get in to but it’s actually pretty good. It has a bit of that lovely Ed Banger French disco vibe that was so huge a few years back. Check out here.

New Music: D/R/U/G/S

22-year-old Callum Wright spent his early years, in his words, in “London council estate shitholes” and moved to Manchester in his teens. D/R/U/G/S’s early tracks quickly found their way onto the blogs and soon were being written about by Q, NME, The Fader, Dummy and XLR8R and played by Rob da Bank and Steve Lamacq on radio. Along the way, he’s found himself standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a new group of brave DIY electronic artists that include Gold Panda, Teengirl Fantasy, Becoming Real, Dam Mantle, Hype Williams and Blondes. Check out here.

New Music: Shallow Sense

I get asked sometimes how I pick who to feature on this blog. Most of the time I’ll listen to all the music I get without knowing who’s behind the songs, and pick the ones I like the most. Then I’ll find out who they’re by and do a bit of research.

The thing that amazes me the most is that whenever I do this, I end up with one or two songs every time that are outstanding and most likely to be by Swedish acts. That’s why I’ve set up a Swedish Music page on here- they just get it right! This is Shallow Sense. They have a very strong sound, mixing some electro in a Miike Snow (another Swedish talent) style with indie. Check out here.

New Music: YACHT

This band has been around for a few years actually, but it seems like they’re getting a name for themselves now. They’re in the same bubble as LCD Soundsystem and Architecture in Helsinki. I love their website. Check out here.

New Music: The Daylights

“Known for their giant melodies and cinematic sound, the band has just released their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album, recorded in London with super-producer Youth (Paul McCartney, U2) and an all-star cast of engineers and mixers. As an indie band, The Daylights’ opportunities have been nothing short of extraordinary, securing coveted spots on sold-out tours with Katy Perry, OneRepublic and NeedtoBreathe. Touted as LA’s most underrated band, in the past year they have played for more than 10 million viewers on national television and in front of over 100,000 people live.” Check out here.