New Music: Blackroom

Hugely amazing Norwegian electro pop band. Gets my hurt pulsing like mad, and it’s a very sexy video too. Check out here.

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New Music: Peter and Kerry

Each primarily a solo artist, Peter and Kerry have joined under the auspices of boutique label Tape Club Records to release ‘Clothes, Friends, Photos’ (out 4 April). Youtube videos of Kerry’s solo tracks came to the attention of Tape Club’s founder, and her subsequent signing to the label brought her into contact with stablemate Peter Lyons. Something of a musical odd couple on paper- she, motivated by influences as eclectic as Erykah Badu and Why?, and him a producer gun for hire with a tendency towards samples and loops- their collaboration took form over a startlingly short few days of sessions in the modest surrounds of Peter’s bedroom. Check out here.

New Music: Two Wounded Birds

This is a very cool band, with a surf/pop/rock sound. Formed in the late, sultry Summer of 2008, Two Wounded Birds are kids by the sea, making music inspired from the haze of their childhood.  Long drives with Beach Boys compilations in the tape decks.  Dad dropping Chess Records and Link Wray on the record deck of a Sunday morning.  Afternoon showings of Grease on TV. Check out here.

New Music: Emin

So I’ve suddenly seen loads of posters on the Underground this last week advertising this guy. I had no idea who he was, as I hadn’t seen any word of him on the sites that I go on. A bit of research via BBC tells me ‘Emin is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune and the son-in-law of a president. But all he really wants to do is sing.’

Impressive. The music is pretty good pop, I’ll let the BBC give you a good picture of the sound… ‘think Enrique Iglesias and Chris Isaak, with a smattering of pre-Progress Take That – would fit comfortably on the BBC Radio Two playlist.’ Check out here.

New Music: Stooshe

New girl group from London with a very dirty song. I like it though, I don’t know if they’re actually doing this for the long run or whether it’s just one song but whatever, enjoy it! Check out here.

New Music: If The Kids

I like this very much, it’s French electropop and it’s playful. Check out here.

New Music: Maverick Sabre

I always get excited when British hip hop artists like Maverick Sabre come on to the scene- this reminds me of Plan B (from his ‘I’ll stab you in the eye, yo, With a fucking biro, The same fucking biro you just used to sign your giro, You fucking wino‘ days). Check out here.

New Music: King Jacks

Hard British rock and roll. I like his style- it makes me want to punch something soft. The video features Danny Dyer, who’s known in the UK for his roles in gang films. In my view he is also pretty hot but anyway… check out here.

New Music: First Rate People

Beautiful, stylish indie/pop/dance. This is the sort of thing I would have playing at the back of a catwalk show. Check out here.

New Music: Barry Southgate

This is very Jason Mraz/ Olly Murs: super catchy, happy pop from a former Australian Idol contestant. Check out here.

New Music: Diamond Doves

I instantly fell in love with their track ‘Club Night’, it’s epic in a subdued kinda way. Check out here.

New Music: Mac Miller

Major hype surrounding this young rapper, people’s opinions seem to be divided but I think it’s pretty good. Check out here.

Until Amy Winehouse comes back, Dionne will fill the void in my soul

Dionne Bromfeld hit the headlines last year when she became the first signing to Amy Winehouse‘ record label, Lioness Records. I didn’t think much of it back then, despite Amy being the one singer who’s held my heart since the early noughties. Now Dionne has a proper single that is actually pretty good. Check out here. Dionne, you’re amazing. Ask Amy to make uncle Alfie happy and chuck a new album for him yea?

New Music: 4 Guys From The Future

”Just as the track is a multifaceted pop song we wanted tomake a multifaceted video. We were compelled about thiscertain space in which the abstract and the human emotionalare brought together with symbols about the universallife. The future, we believe, holds a new form of communityfor all people and this we will soon begin to encounter. Thatis why we want to explore symbols about the universal.” Check out here.

New Music: Matthew P

I’m not sure how long Matthew P has been around but I only just received an email about him today. This is the sort of laid back music I imagine someone writes up by the beach, which is very cool and makes me a bit jealous of being stuck in Shepherd’s Bush… Even though this isn’t the sort of think I would have on my iPod, I still think it’s worth mentioning. Anyway, check out here.

New Music: Wonderland

The revival of girl pop groups with big label backing continues in the shape of Wonderland, who are supporting Boyzone on their current tour. Their début, ‘Not a Love Song’ took a couple of listens to kick in, but I think it’s a pretty well crafted bit of pop. Check out here.