Damn, I simply can’t get enough Honeyblood. The Glasgow based two-piece made up of Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale, call themselves “noisy Scottish girls” and say they’re “making songs about things they really hate, and things that are okay.” With lyrics like, “I don’t think he would hurt me, I know he would. It’s in his blood,” It’s certainly working in their favor.
The foxy rockers refer to their genre of music as, “garage rock, crunch pop,” and it results in some incredibly catchy rock jams tinted with just a hint of sweetness. The name Honeyblood suits them perfectly. The duo is currently on tour with Courtney Barnett, which is an excellent combination of rockin’ girls on guitars who sing about intriguing things. Today, they’ve released a video for “Killer Bangs” which can be found on their debut album due out July 15th via FatCat Records. Enjoy Honeyblood – Choker Honeyblood – Bud
Sylvan Esso, the new North Carolina-based duo made up of Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn has been one of my (and many others’) biggest obsessions of 2013/14. Their sweetsy-soulful electro-pop is ridiculously catchy, and it appears that everyone’s catching on.
Sylvan Esso‘s tracks have been hitting top spots on Spotify’s viral streaming charts, are some of the most requested on Sirius XMU radio, continuously top Hype Machine charts and after SXSW, the duo received reviews from the New York Times, People Magazine, Spin, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, etc. They’re blowin’ up, y’all!
Story has it that Amelia and Nick met in 2012 in passing at a show they both happened to be playing w/their respective bands and/or projects. Amelia asked Nick to rework her first song, “Play it Right,” and turns out, he did just that. The two then realized they could make sweet, sweet music together and Sylvan Esso was born. On May 13th, Partisan Records will release Sylvan Esso‘s highly anticipated debut, self-titled album.
The two have just three tracks, “Coffee,” “Play it Right” and “Hey Mami” that people like myself have played an ungodly amount of times. And, if you ever tune in to Cuckoo for Coco’s Pop Underground, (yes, I’m plugging the radio show right now – It’s every Sunday at 11 am – noon PT on BFF.fm), you’ve most likely heard all three. Just this week, in anticipation of the debut album, Sylvan Esso has dropped two new videos for “Coffee” and “Play it Right,” that both “get up, get down.” After the album release, the duo will also embark on a tour with Tune-Yards May – June. What an eclectic and stellar combination! Enjoy:
Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami
PHOX, the 6 piece indie-pop band based in Wisconsin has been charming the music world hard. The group describes their sound as “music that straddles Feist and Monty Python,” and their playfulness shines.
Since the 2013 release of their debut EP, Confetti, the group was donned “Madison’s musical success story of 2013,” by The Daily Page. They also took the festival circuit by storm playing SXSW, and iTunes Music Festival in London. PHOX is also already highly beloved by NPR and has been popping up in publications like The New York Times, NY Mag, Salon, and Vogue, all with adoring reviews.
The group recently signed with Partisan Records and will be releasing their highly anticipated self-titled, debut album June 24th complete with a massive US tour in May. It’s easy to hear and see why the group is so lovable, especially with the re-release of their soulful single and official video for, “Slow Motion.” Have a listen and watch this “bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants.”
MØ baby has a new video for us y’all. The up-and-coming Copenhagen-hailing electro-pop princess also known as Karen Marie Ørsted has released a new video for her single “Never Wanna Know.” It’s made in typical MØ fashion – Black and white with a hodgepodge of old random clips, and her seemingly dancing around in her room somberly. The new pop song has a sad Lana Del Rey-esque beach vibe to it, and it’s dig-worthy. Not sure if this entirely makes up for her cancelled San Francisco show yesterday, but it helps.
Have a listen and watch the video for “Never Wanna Know,” which can be found on her forthcoming EP Bikini Daze due out October 20th.
Sometimes you need some seriously sweet, soulful, groovy, get-down, funky jams to reassure you that everything in life will (probably) be all right. Luckily, I’ve come across a slew of new groovy jams that’ll get you vibin’ in no time. So let’s cut to the chase:
George Evelyn is the house, trip-hop, electro producing Brit behind Nightmares on Wax. He’s back with a new EP, Feelin’ Good, and it’s FUNKAAAY! “Be, I Do” a single from the LP will have you hooked for dayz, and there’s a psychedelic video to match featuring behind-the-scenes tour and studio footage. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the listening addiction you’re about to ensue:
Nightmares on Wax – Be, I Do
Lady is the smooth, 60s soul-inspired, modern R&B group and moniker of Nicole Wray (who, at 17 was the first person signed to Missy Elliot’s Goldmind Records) and Terri Walker. However, as BrooklynVegan recently reported, Lady lost a lady and Walker is no longer part of the group, as she’s working on a solo album. But, the show must go on, and though Lady is minus one, Wray is currently on tour belting out soulful gems from their recently release self-titled debut album. Now ride this soul train… c’mon ride it:
Lady – Tell the Truth
Lulu James is the 21-year-old, Tanzanian-born, UK-based vixen who packs a punch with her powerful voice. Her latest sultry, pop single “Sweetest Thing” embodies her self-proclaimed “21st century soul” sound. The funky break-out artist is also supporting Ellie Goulding in October during her UK tour – Now that is sweet. Have a listen:
Lulu James – Sweetest Thing
The extremely talented Montreal-hailing electro-pop artist, Mozart’s Sister has released her first video. Caila Thompson-Hannant, (formerly of Shapes and Sizes) is the electro-pop Queen claiming to be #2, however, she’s slowly but surely making big waves in the blogosphere with her undeniably catchy beats and soaring, soulful vocals. Donning just a handful of songs via her 2011 self-released EP, Dear Fear, Mozart’s Sister has since teamed up with Merok Records (Crystal Castles, Majical Cloudz, Active Child, Giza) and re-released her EP as Hello back in February.
Today, we’re graced with a video of the quirky songstress with the sweetest beats belting the song that started it all, “Mozart’s Sister.” At SXSW this year, while Caila bounced around on stage, she exclaimed that “Mozart’s Sister” was her very first track (though not her first release) and the inspiration for her project’s name, for which we’re ecstatic!
London Grammar is a new emotionally driven band hailing from, you guessed it, London. The trio consisting of Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman, released their debut single, “Hey Now,” back in December of last year, resulting in a flurry of blogosphere buzz. The group released their EP, Metal & Dust, back in February and has since been drawing comparisons to Massive Attack, MS MR, Jessie Ware-like vocals, and “a better The XX.”
London Grammar is once again stirring buzz a plenty with a simplistic but powerful new music video for “Wasting My Young Years,” an impeccably beautiful and somber new single from the group, due out June 16th. In a shaky black and white video taking place in what appears to be a warehouse, front woman, Hannah Reid sings lyrics like, “I don’t know what you want. Don’t leave me hanging on…” amongst various humans and confetti frozen mid-air. Enjoy:
London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years
HAERTS, the hype-worthy Brooklyn-based group with a unique blend of pop, folk, and beauty has made some seriously impressive waves for a band with just one jam. The group consists of Nini Fabi, Ben Gebert, Garrett Ienner, Derek McWilliams, and Jonathan Schmidt – All who hail from the likes of Germany, England and the US. The collaboration makes for a timeless sound and HAERTS‘s first single, “Wings,” is proof of just that. “Wings” was such a strong debut for the group, it even landed them a slot at PORTALS‘s Hype Hotel SXSW showcase this year.
Now, the band has a nostalgia-inducing video to accompany “Wings” which premiered on Gorilla vs. Bear today. The video was directed by Emily Kai Bock, who’s certainly making the rounds, as she just produced Majical Cloudz‘ latest video release for “Childhood’s End.” The video for “Wings” takes place in Nashville, Tennessee, and if you grew up in suburbia, specifically somewhere “unglamorous,” it’ll spark the remnants and simplicities of childhood. Bock’s work for HAERTS is playful, moving and quite beautiful, especially when things take flight. Enjoy:
Cat Power may have graced our ears with her latest LP, Sun back in September, but today, she’s gifted us with an airy, playful music video for the beautiful, hypnotic and slightly somber track, “Manhattan,” (my personal favorite from Sun).
In a stunning, brisk urban scene, Chan Marshall aka Cat Power is seen traversing and dancing (backwards) through the beautiful NYC cityscape, participating in playful subway antics, and kickin’ it with the people who make NYC so magical.
The video was directed by Greg Hunt and Chan Marshall herself. Enjoy:
Majical Cloudz, the alias behind Montreal-hailing Devon Welsh, recently released a powerful, somber, yet beautiful electro-based ballad, “Childhood’s End.” The track, Welsh’s strongest one yet, can be found on his upcoming spring release, Impersonator, and follows his impressive 2012, Turns Turns Turns EP, proving that Welsh is indeed a lyrical whiz.
According to Pitchfork, “Welsh says, with this new material, his goal is ‘to communicate a lot with as little as possible.'”
Today, we’re treated with the release of a chilling b&w music video for the “Childhood’s End” directed by Emily Kai Bock (Grimes’s, “Oblivion,” Doldrums’s “She is the Wave” and Grizzly Bear’s, “Yet Again”). Enjoy: