1. Artist_ Haerts
Moments of_ Wild Nothing, Washed Out, Zola Jesus, Florence Welch
Hugely radio friendly single Wings from international band Haerts doesn’t shy away from its instantly recognisable pop tune. Bordering too friendly, this is a soaring track and a standout from their most recent self-titled album
2. Artist_ Royksopp
Cut_ Running to the Sea
Moments of_ Pet Shop Boys, Air, M83
Royksopp released Melody A.M back in 2001, heading towards its 15 year anniversary, the Norwegian duo continue to churn out some not bad tunes and although heading down the commercial path, still lead the way in electronic music.
3. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Cut_ Her Hands
Moments of_ Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails
Eccentric and extremely talent Australian singer/songwriter Jack Ladder took some time out and returns having dusted the Nick Cave references away for good, instead, turning all electronic on us. Stick with it, this is a real grower.
4. Antony & The Johnsons
Cut_ You Are My Sister
Moments of_ Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Nina Simone
Taken from his wonderful passionate album I Am Bird Now, originally sung with Boy George, this orchestral rendition is touching, beautifully and so heartfelt. All we could find was the complete album, so enjoy the whole thing.
5. TV On The Radio
Cut_ Could You
Moments of_ Prince, Kele, (well TV on the Radio really)
TV on the Radio release Seeds a big album that sees the band take a more commercial approach. Nothing has yet come close to the first single from the album, Happy Idiot, but this one comes close.
6. Silk Rhodes
Cut_ Could You
Moments of_ Prince, TV on the Radio, Blood Orange
Silk Rhodes is made up of Baltimore producer Michael Collins and vocalist Sasha Desree, together they make soul music with a difference, slightly minimal and stripped its quite a winning combination.