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.

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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.

New Music: Vanbot

If you like Robyn then you’ll probably love Vanbot. Makes me wanna go back to Stockholm so bad. Check out here.

New Music: Frida Sundemo

This is just so beautiful and fragile and cute. New electro synth from Sweden. I can’t wait to put this on my iTouch to ease the pain of travelling to work tomorrow at 6am! You can download a couple of tracks for free here, and check out her myspace here.

New Music: Ayah Marar

You’ve probably heard Ayah Marar on tracks by Calvin HarrisToddla T and Jack Penate. Her solo effort, ‘Follow You’ is so good- the Yogi remix is immense. Check out here.

New Music: Tim & Jean

Unusually for ones so young, Tim & Jean don’t listen to much contemporary music, instead citing the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac as their musical heroes. Check out here.

New Music: Aaron Wright

I love it when you get home from a really bad day at work, open your emails and get introduced to something that just lifts you up in three minutes… Aaron Wright is some colourful and charming pop. Soon to be supporting The Charlatans and Eliza Doolittle on tour (not at the same time, obviously). Check out here.

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.

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.

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.