ft. Florence & The Machine, Le Couleur, The Ocean Party, The Album Leaf, Blossoms

Prime Cuts this 32nd week of 2016 proved challenging,  settling on five cuts is never easy, the ones that don’t make the ‘cut’ you can still find on our Facebook Feed or even our new daily post, ‘The Daily FEED’.  Florence & The Machine surprised us with a 3 track EP, written by the band for the virtual computer game Final Fantasy, and despite the oddness of all this, the music is beautiful. French-Canadian duo Le Couleur deliver one of the most infectious bass grooves of 2016, Melbourne’s The Ocean Party celebrate the release of their latest album, ‘Restless’ and it’s a gem.  Twenty years in, we have Jimmy Lavelle aka The Album Leaf, continue to break new ground in modern pop music compositions and finally, Stockport’s Blossoms, release their number 1 British self-titled debut album, a band that may well reach beyond British shores and break the US market. 

Artist: Florence & The Machineflorence

Prime Cut: Too Much Is Never Enough

Cut From: London, United Kingdom

Flavours Of: Adele, Bat For Lashes and FLORENCE

With the gentle strum of her trademark harp and feeling that you are about to venture into The Lord of The Rings reprise, Florence Welsh instantly captures as her vocal soar in true fashion.  It’s good to have Ms Welch back, as she writes 3 songs for Final Fantasy XV.  Layered with succulent harmonies and beautiful arrangements, ‘Too Much Is Never Enough” takes us yet another majestic adventure of uncompromising musical euphoria.


Artist: Le CouleurLe Couleur

Prime Cut: Starlite

Cut From: Montreal, Canada

Flavours Of: Deep Dish, Alpine, M83, Sebastien Tellier

Le Couleur take us on 3 minute 40 second time warp through the funk and soul of the early 70s, step into bass grooves of 80s New Romantic and settle somewhere down in th 90s deep house scene with this impressively cool cut, ‘Starlite’.  From the delayed 90s keys and then the roll out of one of the best bass lines of 2016, this French Canadian duo have to be the soundtrack of our Aussie summer.  So hot.


Artist: The Ocean Partythe ocean party

Prime Cut: Restless

Cut From: Melbourne, Australia

Flavours Of: High Highs, Keane, The War On Drugs

The Ocean Party have really grown up, their debut album was received warmly, deservedly for its musical strength and songwriting, but with new single ‘Restless’ we hear a band who are dressed up to move on up the Summer Festival schedule.  With delicate keys and beautifully placed saxophone that takes ‘Restless’ to dizzy emotive heights.  This cut is luscious, warm and delicate.


Artist: The Album Leafthe album leaf

Prime Cut: Lost In The Fog

Cut From:  San Diego, California

Flavours Of: Sigur Ros, Beirut, Polyphonic Spree

With a career spanning 20 years, The Album Leaf is pretty much Jimmy LaValle, an accomplished musical artisan. LaValle writes music that paints musical landscapes that wrap in beautiful melody from the stipped back minimal to the orchestral sublime.  Lost in The Fog is an instrumental full of heart, while the composition inspiring, the new album will cement this master of modern composition in to our hall of fame, if no other.

Artist: Blossoms

Prime Cut: My Favourite Room

Cut From: Stockport, United Kingdom

Flavours Of: Oasis, First Aid Kit, Catfish & The Bottlemen

When Blossoms opened the main stage at Splendour in the Grass on the Sunday, there were a few of us perched hillside knowing that we were watching the most hyped band in the UK.  They didn’t disappoint and nor does their debut album.  ‘My Favourite Room’ delivers at the acoustic cut on the album, it is heart-felt, sensitive balladry about uncertainty and love lost (isn’t it always), it has just enough warmth to make us believe the hype about these Stockport lads.