When can you every get enough of girl bands? Never! That’s what I think anyway. But you do see a lot of awful acts out there pretending they’re Girls Aloud before they’ve even managed to string a harmony together. But I like The Ultra Girls because they can string a harmony together, and they look like loads of fun. ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ sounds really good. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from these ladies! Check out here.
Three London boys making fresh grime/ hip hop/ rnb. I’ve got a feeling these kids will be one of the big ones to watch for 2011. Check out here.
This is pure, haunting, sexy music. Listening to ‘If I Had A Boat’ made my heart melt. Check out here.
Synth powerpop than grabs you by the balls and rips you to bits. Really excellent. Check out here.
I’m not usually a fan of indie man bands but these guys are pretty interesting. ‘Low’ is a lush bit of music. Check out here.
Having collaborated with the Invisible Men to lend his amazing skills to their productions for I Blame Coco and Gabriella Cilmi, he is now leaving the booth behind to emerge from the shadows of the studio. Taking the films he grew up with as inspiration and armed with a keytar, laptop and an all girl band, having created & self-produced a collection of distinctive songs: a smooth darkness underlying his unique combination of shimmering synths and style.
Max has been making music his whole life. Now he’s ready for the world. Invest in Gold. Check out here.
This is always an exciting bit of news every year for me. The ‘BBC Sound’ poll is often the most accurate forecaster for next year’s biggest music acts, having predicted 50 Cent, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mika and Little Boots as ones to watch in the past. Visit the website here for more info. Full list is:
- James Blake
- Anna Calvi
- Esben & the Witch
- Jessie J
- Clare Maguire
- The Naked & Famous
- Jai Paul
- The Vaccines
- Jamie Woon
- Wretch 32
I’ve managed to clock 6 of those in the last year… not bad going if I do say so myself! The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 3 January.
Danish indie/pop sound, reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic. Check out here.
The first song I’ve heard from Ace Reporter, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ got me hooked within seconds of playing. It’s got a folky, poppy, indie kind of vibe happening, but sounds so good without trying hard. Check out here, or download the free EP, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ here. If there’s one thing you must do right now at the very least though, it’s to give ‘ Caught In The Middle’ a listen. It’s my favourite song right now.
This video was done on a shoestring budget in one take apparently. Very good. And the song is lovely. Go Mr Fogg! Check out here.
I have a feeling this band has been around for a while but I’ve only just stumbled across them and was simply blown away by what they were making. A collaboration by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver, who I’m not a massive fan of as it goes…) and Collections of Colonies of Bees. ‘Island, IS’ is a surprisingly upbeat yet numb track which makes you feel a little warm inside. The video to said track is also very clever, see is you can spot why here. Check out here.
This band fits into the Washed Out and Active Child scheme of things- stunning lofi melodic sounds coming from Virginia. ‘Palm of Your Hand’ is gorgeously crafted genius. Their remix album, Paradise Falls was released earlier in the autumn and had the touch of Diplo within. Download ‘Glimpse of the Future (Remix)’ here and check out their music here.
Stunning dramatic slow dub with a big voice. The undertones on ‘Limit To Your Love’ are mind blowing. Something about James Blake reminds me of Jamie Woon. Check out here.
23-year-old triple threat Danielle DeLaite has been on the stage since the age of three-years-old. She has travailed through the trials and tribulations of failed recording contracts and unscrupulous agencies yet she has never given up on her dream of being a performer. Result? ‘Nothing to Wear’ is a TUNE- specially the Israel remix below.
Some brand new stuff for you here. I love this girl’s look- so hot. New York Based Bekele carries that polished NY club sound well- I forget that I’m stuck on a wet Sunday afternoon in London when ‘Popstitute’ comes on. What is a Popstitute? ‘In the context of the song, a Popstitute is someone who takes charge of the party and seduces the crowd to get up and dance, giving everyone a sort of a musical hard-on’. LOVE IT! With almost half a million hits on her Myspace, she’s not going to be unsigned for very long. Watch out for the upcoming debut EP, “Confessions of a Popstitute”. Check out here.
I got a bit excited when I heard this – best of British! ‘Up All Night’ just sounds so so good. Produced by Diplo and Switch. Check out here.
Up and coming singer from Sweden- contains all the classic Swedish perfectpop ingredients. Check out here.
A beautiful, sexy sound from a group of Essex boys (have you been watching The Only Way Is Essex..? Amazing!) Anway, Under The Stars is so so so good. They compare to Friendly Fires and Delphic a little. Check out here. You can also get a free download on that link called ‘Youth’.
You can just tell this girl is going to be massive when she gets proper promotion. Would she beat Lily Allen in a fight? Probably not, but she’d probably leave a few nasty scratches… Check out here.
Nice rockyness. ‘Yours to Fear’ is great. Check out here.