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By CoCo Wong
on Monday, 18th April 2011 at 10:00 am
‘Misfit Sugar’ is the latest release from Islington Boys Club, one of our Bands to Watch in March. They’ve done it right this time, with more fascinating guitar riffs getting stuck in my head. The single was released earlier this month with remixes as B-sides. You can listen to ‘Misfit Sugar’ below and add it to whatever brand of mp3 player of your choosing by click the buttons below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 10:00 am
Matt Abbott, aka the voice and brains behind Skint and Demoralised, is gearing up for the official release of his second album, ‘The Sporting Life’, coming in late spring. Matt’s feeling rather generous this week and is offering up an absolutely free download of the track ‘Hogmanay Heroes’ from the forthcoming album. It’s got a bit of a folky feeling like Frank Turner, I think? Just a less political: this one’s all about having a good time. Perfect for a Friday, really!
You can get ‘Hogmanay Heroes’ here.
Moon Duo’s psychedelic twosome of Wooden Shjips Erik Johnson on guitar and Sanae Yamada on keyboards have produced their new album in the unfamiliar territory of Germany, in stark contrast to San Francisco where their first album was created.
The first single from it, ‘Mazes’ (also the title of the album) is a sweet little, trippy pop tune. It’s difficult to follow of course, but if you are listening to Moon Duo you are hardly expecting easy listening with epic arena choruses. No, instead you are offered up a mix of subtle melodies and gently floating vocals and noodling guitar riffs. At first ‘Mazes’ sounds like a bit of a mess, like if you threw Animal Collective and David Bowie at each other. It grows bigger, though, morphing into a catchy dance floor beat.
If Moon Duo were thinking of good times to release this song though, there is no time like the present, with the UK bathed in glorious sunlight and this song sounding like if Vampire Weekend and the Drums put all their warm summery energy together. It’s a perfect fit; I can just hear it as you sprawl out in your garden while a barbecue sizzles in the background. The perfect background to a lazy April day. Watch the promo video for it below and while you’re at it, you can also listen to the audio of the song and download it for your personal collection below as well.
Moon Duo’s single ‘Mazes’ is available now. The album of the same name will be released on the 18th of April on Berlin label Souterrain Transmissions. The band will be touring in the UK in May – details here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 14th April 2011 at 10:00 am
White Denim will be headlining TGTF’s stage at the Great Escape this year (more information here). So why not have a listen to their track ‘Anvil Everything’, from their forthcoming album to be released on 6 June in the UK? You can hear and download it below.
By CoCo Wong
on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 10:00 am
I have been keeping my eye on Is Tropical ever since a friend shared ‘Tan Man’ with me on Facebook. ‘The Greeks’ is their newest release and will appearing on their debut album entitled ‘Native To’ (to be released on the 13th of June) and one month earlier on on ‘Kitsune Maison’s 11 Compilation’ (released on the 16th of May). I can’t wait to hear their debut in full! But in the meantime, you can listen to ‘The Greeks’ and download it below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 8th April 2011 at 10:00 am
Norway’s Royksopp hasn’t released an album since last year’s ‘Senior’ (the record that understandably followed 2009’s ‘Junior’). ‘Keyboard Milk’ is the new track from them and it’s got a heavenly vibe to it. That is, you would expect such chill music to be coming out of the gates of heaven if, you know, God liked electronica. Listen to and download it below.