Well, with two of our picks this week heading to Splendour this year, it’s good to know they have earned their spot. James Blake, featuring the undeniable Bon Iver along with the deceptively talented Peter Bjorn and John are smashing the hits again. Oritz shows his geeky anime love. Indi record label, Deaf Ambitions, are showing the world that quality pop isn’t an oxymoron while hip hop classics, De La Soul, remind us why they are so loved by many. What A selection!
Prime Cut: I Want To Know What Love Is
Cut From: Stockholm, Sweden
Reminds Us Of: The XX, Lykke Li
Trust the swedes to take a soppy, classic karaoke song and smother it with heart-felt emotion and indie warmth. Amason brings together some great talents of the alternative music scene, Miike Snow, Dungen, Little Majorette and Idiot Wind and sets them against an equally beautiful video clip that depicts a mans quest to seek out the Yeti, crafted with excpetionally beautiful cinematography.
Artists: Speedy Oritz
Prime Cut: Death Note
Cut From: Northampton, Massachusetts
Reminds Us Of: Waxahatchee, White Lung, Sleater-Keeney
Speedy Oritz release another catchy and gritty pop track as part of an EP, following on from their well-acclaimed album, Foil Deer. The track is actually named after the anime, which is about an evil supernatural notebook that causes the death of anyone whose name is written inside of it. The band maintain their grunge college rock sound but offer a more accessible approach.
Artist: James Blake ft Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Prime Cut: I Need A Forest Fire
Cut From: London, United Kingdom
Reminds Us Of: Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, Boards of Canada
James Blake’s new album, The Colour in Anything, is a slow burner, literally, and although no great break away from his trademark sound, he continues to pave his own way in melancholic, dark and introspective electro-soul. This collaboration with Vernon is exquisite, gentle in its pace, soaring in its beauty. Set against this mesmerising video, Blake has a knack for going to dark, musical, places of mixed up beats, blurry samples and haunting vocals, like no other.
Artist: Peter, Bjorn and John
Prime Cut: Dominoes
Cut From: Stockholm, Sweden
Reminds Us Of: Broken Bells, Bee Gees
Peter, Bjorn and John continue to battle their status of one hit wonders with their classic ear worm, “Young Folk”. You may not be aware, but the band have released some of the most underrated music in the last 8 years, from some impeccable albums. The thorn of writing a commercial hit single wont get in the way of this trio, releasing more catchy cuts, like “Dominoes”, a disco fuelled number armed with falsetto vocals, soaring synths and a good dollop of Bee Gees groove.
Artist: De La Soul
Prime Cut: Sho Nuff
Cut From: Long Island, New York
Reminds Us Of: Gorillaz, Outkast, Mark Ronson
To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of De La Soul is Dead, the hugely influential up-lifting rappers, have delivered a rare track from the archives, ‘Sho Nuff’. Sounding as cool now as it would have been when it was created 25 years back. The simple sample mixes, clever rapping and good vibes that made so many fall in love with De La Soul are revitalised and remind us that true hip hop is a timeless affair.
Artist: Pure Moods
Prime Cut: Blurb
Cut From: Melbourne, Australia
Reminds Us Of: The Lemonheads, Real Estate, Teenage Fanclub
Melbourne based record label, Deaf Ambitions, are collecting a great mix of young Australian aritsts who capture the dreamy sounds of innocence and infectious lo-fi pop bands. Along with fellow label mates Crepes, Pure Moods have delivered a sweetly harmonious cut. Capturing all the glorious moments of the early 90’s, when pop felt a little more innocent and less contrived.