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Join The Riot – Clint Eastmode

April 22, 2014

It seems like pop music nowadays is coming at us from every which direction. I wouldn’t have a problem with that if most of it were good, but that more often than not isn’t the case. Frankly, I feel there are just too many new bands emerging with the same exact generic alt-pop sound. It’s for this reason that I am grateful for the existence of bands like Join The Riot who have proved with their new Buckle Up EP that they are more than capable of putting together a pop album with substance. Tracks like “Louis” from last year got me aware of this up-and-coming four-piece from Stockholm, and it seems like now is the time for Join The Riot to really take off. And with tracks as awesomely impressive as “Clint Eastmode” I don’t foresee that taking much time at all.

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Only Real – Cadillac Girl

April 21, 2014

There’s something awfully catchy about Only Real’s newest track “Cadillac Girl”. The first couple listens it came across as a pleasant and engaging jam, but as the repeated plays kicked in I got to see this track for its full worth. I’ve been a big fan of this emerging lo-fi, pseudo-hip hop sound coming out of the UK the past couple years with acts like Only Real and King Krule leading the charge. And in the case of “Cadillac Girl”, it’s the instance where Niall Galvin sings “but the world has moved again since then” as the sleek guitar riff kicks in that really gets me. I’m glad to see people are starting to take notice as he recently signed to Virgin/EMI and is said to be working on a new record with renowned producer Ben Allen.

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Colourmusic – Silvertape

April 16, 2014

Colourmusic’s “Silvertape” seems to vary between shoegaze and dreampop as it effortlessly rolls along from beginning to end. Forming way back in 2005, they’re now coming off the release of only their 2nd LP in that time titled may you marry rich. I had trouble figuring out whether this track was more haunting than it was beautiful, but as the two aren’t mutually exclusive I think it’s fair to say this unique track features elements of both. So as we’re a bit late to the game in discovering Colourmusic, we’re excited to hear more about this band as more people get acquainted with their compelling work.

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Teen Men – Hiding Records (So Dangerous)

April 15, 2014

As I gear up to attend a much anticipated Work Drugs show tomorrow, I figure it’s a good time to showcase a track from their tour buddies Teen Men. Teen Men is a side project of another group we were just getting familiar with last year, The Spinto Band. Well their debut EP as Teen Men is out now and it features warm, refreshing uplifters like “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)” which we feel have the fun and originality to get this group established within an ever-expanding indie pop scene.

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Duologue – Traps

April 11, 2014

Duologue’s new track “Traps” took me by storm academic help the first time I heard it earlier this week. And to say there is a Radiohead/Thom Yorke influence ingrained in this song is almost an understatement. Now I have no idea if that was intended or not, but I don’t presume the band will mind being compared to the UK’s finest alt-rock collective. This 5-piece also based out of London has already received some decent press for their previous work, but as folks catch on to this new EP (and a subsequent new record in August) I wouldn’t be surprised to see Duologue in the national spotlight by the end of the year.

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Germany Germany – Run (feat. Brothertiger)

April 10, 2014

Germany Germany’s newest record Reconnect continues to fly further under the radar than I would have hoped by this point. We featured the brilliant track “All Of Your Love” in early January in hopes of gaining him some more exposure, but just like his downright-incredible previous record Blank Mind Empty Heart, this one hasn’t yet gotten the attention it so well deserves. It’s for this reason I am neglecting some of the wonderful newer releases to showcase another one of my other favorites off Reconnect. This one features up and coming synth pop producer Brothertiger, and together these two create a slick and surprisingly funky jam in “Run”. The synths and percussion are great, but it’s when that killer guitar melody kicks in that this track really gets going. I really can’t emphasize this talented Victoria, BC-based producer enough, so if you’ve yet to jump on the Germany Germany bandwagon now’s the perfect time to check out what this budding star has got to offer.

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Betty Who – Lovin’ Start

April 9, 2014

Betty Who is exactly what the mainstream dance-pop genre has been in need of in recent years. At a time when the generic sound of the Gaga’s and Perry’s of the world have over-saturated the market, I’m grateful for acts like Betty Who that can create fun electro-pop with substance without comprising their values.

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It’s the unique, seemingly out of place screwed sampling work intermixed within “Lovin’ Start’s” killer melody that really wins me over on this track — but the whole new EP is worth at least a couple listens. Hopefully we’ll be seeing much more of acts like Betty Who in the mainstream spotlight as her sound continues to catch on.

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Incan Abraham – Tram

April 8, 2014

Incan Abraham’s “Tram” is a deceivingly heartfelt pop song. At first listen it comes across as a pleasant but relatively lighthearted dream-pop tune. But what the chorus quickly reveals is an underlying sincerity to this track that can’t be forged. I hadn’t given Incan too many listens before this album, but with this fantastic debut LP they’ve solidified themselves as a promising new act to keep a close eye on in the years to come.

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Boy In A Movie – Change You

April 3, 2014

You’d think my biggest music discovery day would tend to fall on Tuesdays, but that seems to never be the case. Perhaps I’ve got a bias for the underdog, but the general theme for this year seems to involve the big names falling short while the lesser known acts step into the spotlight. Acts like Boy In A Movie whom I discovered only a few hours ago has been blowing me away all morning with his debut Feel EP. This London producer seems intent on blending an array of different genres and sounds together, but what he forms is one of the more complete EPs I’ve got my hands on this year. “Change You” is the kind of track that’s filled with a sort of unconditional positivity. The kind of song you come back to when nothing else seems to lighten your mood. If you’re reading this blog daily then you’re probably aware that I tend to hype up every act I come across, but in cases like Boy In A Movie all you’ve really got to do is press play to see for yourself why I’m so high on this emerging talent.

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Novo Amor – Cold

April 2, 2014

Like Dustin Tebbutt featured last week, Novo Amor is another one of those melancholy, falsetto-driven acts that I have to assume Bon Iver had at least a partial influence on. Perhaps in a few more years I might make the case that this sect of the folk genre has become congested, but as of now I can still very much appreciate Novo Amor’s fresh take on what’s become an increasingly familiar sound. He first made his appearance with a few lovely singles in 2012, but people really began to take notice with his “From Gold” single a year or so back. We’re glad to see he’s back at it again with his second, four-track EP and in my opinion his best work yet. My personal favorite, “Cold”, is anything but as its warm and uplifting spirit becomes most evident during its grand climax. If this excellent EP is any indication, we might be lucky enough to see a debut LP sometime this year from this star in the making.

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