Ft. Stars, Belle and Sebastian, NAATIONS, Airiel, Lime Cordiale

Prime Cuts this week delivers the return of Toronto’s pop outfit Starsreaffirming their place as Canada’s most consistent indie pop group.  We also welcome back lesser known shoegaze band Airielas they deliver their first album in nearly 10 years. Belle & Sebastian are also back with their own brand of melancholy pop and we have Sydney’s Lime Cordiale, finally delivering their debut to great applause.   NAATIONS may well have delivered the club anthem of the summer, a cut that draws upon the classic sounds of the 90s to, perhaps, become a classic in its own right.  Tune out, and listen in.


  • Artist: Stars
  • Cut: Fluorescent Light
  • Label: Last Gang
  • Field: Toronto, Canada
  • Flocks: Chamber Pop, Indie Pop
  • Flavours Of: Architecture in Helsinki, Beautiful South, Los Campesinos!

Fans of Broken Social Scene (who delivered one of their best albums this year) will know of Toronto’s, Stars. Here is a band who has mastered the art of the perfect and unadulterated POP song, the duet focussed lead vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan marks the bands flavoursome sound, the harmony of a band who release consistent great pop albums again and again.

  • Artist: Belle and Sebastian
  • Cut: I’ll Be Your Pilot
  • Label: Matador Records/Remote Control Records
  • Field: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Flocks: Perfection Pop
  • Flavours Of:  Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, Donovan

There is no mistaking a Belle & Sebastian cut, partly thanks to lead singers Stuart Murdoch’s vocal and poetic and vulnerable lyrics.  What makes Belle and Sebastian hang about more than 20 years is the diversity and ability to explore new ground, but ALWAYS sounding like themselves.  Again the band explore deeper 60s vibes in their upmost tranquility, this cut is a complete ear worm, so delicate and vulnerable. Ill Be Your Pilot will be delivered from a trio of EPs under the name How to Solve Our Human Problems.

  • Artist: NAATIONS
  • Cut: Want Me More
  • Label: Unknown
  • Field: United Kingdom
  • Flocks: House Music, Dance
  • Flavours Of: Freemasons, Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim.

Dripping in 90s nostalgia dance club music, NAATIONS capture the sound of yesteryear, hands down.  Tipped and pushing for the dance track of next Summer in Ibiza, Want Me More, ticks boxes of what makes the ultimate dance filler, bringing together uplifting vocals, punchy keys, gospel vocals and crescendo uprise to the most “hands in the air” finale.

  • Artist: Airiel
  • Cut: Molten Young Lovers
  • Label: Shelflife Records
  • Field: Chicago, Illinois
  • Flocks: Shoegaze, Indie drone pop
  • Flavours Of:  Psychedelic Furs, Slowdive, The Cure

Airiel delivered their debut back in 2007 so some time between albums, the band finally return with Molten Young Lovers, a swirling dreamy cut that will capture anyone who is fond of Slowdive and the like.  Perhaps well timed to deliver such an album with distinct sound, thanks to Slowdive reforming to bring out one of the best albums of the year.  This album should sit proudly next to it, listen to this title track and youll know what we mean.

  • Artist: Lime Cordiale
  • Cut: Up In The Air
  • Label: Chugg Music
  • Field: Sydney, Australia
  • Flocks: Indie Pop, Chilled Vibes
  • Flavours Of: Supergrass, Phoenix, MGMT 

Lime Cordiale are a hardworking duo, spending a good few years touring and playing festivals in lead up to their much anticipated debut Permanent Vacation.  Brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach have used this time to cleverly craft a collection of well-defined pop tunes, Up In The Air, shares sweetly harmonious vocals, a effortlessly danceable grooves.