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Artist To Watch: Shura

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

Shura

It’s hard to believe that hot on-the-rise pop singer Shura is only 23-years-old. Earlier in the year the London native got the attention of music bloggers and journalists alike with the release of her debut single “Touch.”

She’s followed that up with the equally impressive offering “Just Once,” which dabbles in the construct of 80′s pop-minds such as Phil Collins, while also adding an atmospheric modern spin to create her own feel. She delivers her vocals in a soft endearing sort of way that is brought home by a great natural pop sense. The songs are straightforward enough (in a good way), but Shura adds enough variety to her sound allowing her to stand out from the rest of the pack. Considering the amount of female pop artists that we have on the pop chars, that’s saying something.

I’m calling Shura an artist to watch, and urge you to check out both “Just Once” and “Touch,” both of which are posted for your enjoyment below.
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SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

SBTRKT will return with new album Wonder Where We Land on September 23 via Young Turks.

“New Dorp. New York” is the album’s fantastic first single, and it features vocals from Ezra Koenig, of Vampire Weekend. It’s a tight funky track which uses Ezra’s distinctive vocals to its advantage. It’s a wonderful collaboration that is oddly seductive and a shit ton of fun. I’m loving it.

Stream it below, along with a live version that they performed live at Maida Vale for BBC.
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Kele Okereke – Doubt

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

Kele

When Bloc Party frontman Kele releases music as a solo musicain, it’s seen as a way for him to get out some of his more electronic and dance music out to the world.

This was the case on his 2010 debut The Boxer, as well as on his new single “Doubt.” It’s the led single of his new album Trick, which will be released on October 14 via Lilac Records.

“Doubt” is a house-influenced dance track which is laced with a very late-night British vibe. It’s enjoyable enough, but it doesn’t captivate me as much as it probably should.

Stream it below.
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The Raveonettes – Sisters

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

The Raveonettes

Last month The Raveonettes came out of nowhere and dropped a new album on the world titled Peʻahi (which is a part of Hawaii). We get so much new music constantly, but random album drops will always be something that we can all appreciate.

Below stream “Sisters”, the very fuzzy lead track from the album which is really The Raveonettes in typical form, with a bit of Christmas melody going on. Or is that just me? Either way, the track changes paces, and volumes, and constant speed, constantly keeping you on your toes.
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Banks – Beggin For Thread

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

Banks

Banks set at Governors Ball this summer served as my introduction to the up-and-coming L.A.-based pop star. After checking out her recordings, I’m quite excited for her debut album, Goddess, which comes out on September 5, 2014 via Harvest Records.

“Beggin For Thread” is one of the album’s singles, and it’s a good one. She knows how to submerge you within her atmospheric world, delivering smart, seemingly effortless pop hooks that suck you in completely.

Stream it below.

Animal Flag – St. Cecilia’s

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

Animal Flag - St. Cecilia's

Animal Flag are a group from Boston/New York who have just released a wonderful new song titled “St. Cecilia’s.”

Imagine if you had the sound of old school Bright Eyes mixed with the alt-country ideas of contemporary Conor Oberst. That’s one way to describe “St. Cecilia’s”, a folk-minded tune that explores different avenues, creating a song with a distinct and memorable vibe.

It’s the lead single off a new self-titled EP which will be out on September 9. You can stream it below, and then grab a free download at the song’s bandcamp page. Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Napping – Weak Knees

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Alex Napping

Alex Napping are a group out of Austin, Texas, led by Alex Cohen. They’re about to release their debut album This Is Not A Bedroom (even at 6 songs, they’re saying it’s an album) on September 23 via via Punctum Records.

Lead single “Weak Knees” starts off slow but gradually builds into a very nice groove that is hard to resist. It’s built off a simple riff but it’s the way it utilizes that riff and the vocals of Cohen to its full advantage that makes it a pretty special track.

Stream “Weak Knees” below.
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Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me

Jessie Ware’s 2012 album Devotion was one of my favorite albums of that year, and one of my favorite pop albums of recent memory. It’s great to see her back at it again so soon, with her follow-up album Tough Love due out on 6th October via Island Records.

We already heard “Tough Love,” and she’s since followed that with “Say You Love Me.” It’s a bit of a slow-jam, but it shows a great deal of growth from Ware, in a short period of time. It’s a fragile love song, one that she actually co-wrote with pop star Ed Sheeran.

Stream it below.
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Junius Meyvant – Color Decay

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Junius Meyvant

Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson is a Icelandic singer from Reykjavík who goes by the moniker Júníus Meyvant when releasing music. Iceland-based label Record Records just released a new compilation called This Is Icelandic Indie Music (Vol. 2), and it features “Color Decay”, the debut single from Meyvant. And what a debut single it is.

With gorgeous strings and a warm set of vocals, he is able to tap into something comfortable and familiar. If this is the man’s debut single, what other treasures does he have in store for us?

Enjoy “Color Decay” below.
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[new]: Blake Mills – Shed Your Head

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Blake Mills

On September 16 Blake Mills will release his new album, Heigh Ho, via Record Collection/Verve Records.

He’s just released a insane instrumental track featured on the album titled “Shed Your Head.” Sitting tight at nearly 8-minutes, it’s a impressive journey filled with immaculate guitar work, cinematic strings, and perfectly placed percussion. It’s the sort of song that will bring out new treasures with every listen, with new items jumping out of you that you didn’t notice before.

It’s available to stream below, along with the previously released “If I’m Unworthy” and “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me”, which features Fiona Apple.
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