Copenhagen’s Indians (AKA Soren Juul) is bucking the current trend for upbeat Scandinavian indie-pop with ‘Magic Kids’, a gloriously elegant slice of melancholic electronica. Filled with ethereal vocals chanting desolate lyrics – “your eyes do not see anymore” is a particularly haunting moment – and delicate twinkling synths, this track is almost heartbreakingly beautiful and will win over fans of darker synth-pop. If you’re in the States, then Indians will be playing a few shows later this week. You can find the tour dates here.
Incredibly talented songstress Natasha Khan AKA Bat For Lashes is back with a sensational new single, ‘Laura’. The track is a simple yet poignant piano ballad that allows Natasha’s powerful vocals to take centre-stage, creating an intimate feel to accompany very personal lyrics. Bat For Lashes has also dropped a wonderfully shot video for the track, which sees Natasha singing in an empty theatre and dancing. ‘Laura’ is out now, and is featured on the album ‘The Haunted Man’, out October 15.
French and Australian brands Le Coq Sportif and Future Classic have teamed up to release a collection of Australian covers of French hits, creating something truly innovative and global. Sydney quartet New Navy have taken on ‘Breathe’ by the legendary Télépopmusik and have updated it for a more fast-paced experience. Tropical synths and jaunty guitars take the place of the original’s chilled vibe, making this version of ‘Breathe’ a summery dance hit set to soundtrack many a day at the beach.
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The wonderfully named Jethro Fox has only been performing solo for a few months, but his inspiring style of epic pop has taken the indie tastemakers by storm. The Liverpudlian musician takes his influences from classic pop such as The Beach Boys and The Hollies, and latest single ‘Blinding Light’ is a near-perfect example of his harmony-rich style. Of course, it’s impossible to review Jethro Fox without mentioning his incredible voice – ‘Blinding Light’ shows off his beautiful soaring vocals to perfection, making this track a potentially massive hit. ‘Blinding Light’ is released on 7″ on August 20.
You’re sitting at a stop light, stuck in traffic, zoning off on your ride home from a long day and for a split second the universe you find yourself in is completely in sync. The blinker is your metronome, the girl running down the street pounds the pavement with every kick drum, the windshield wipers sway with every guitar strum. The moment is short, however, and as quickly as it all fell into place, the moving pieces break into a off beat distraction. But for that minuscule speck in time, the connection to the part you play in the scheme of your entire lifetime actually makes sense. A tick of consciousnesses that makes everything seem simple, even if for a brief, yet highly enjoyable, millisecond that just happened to break through all the other hours of your day.
As pedigrees go, Brooklyn collective The Babies have a pretty impressive roll call of members – their leaders are Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls and Woods‘ Kevin Morby, two of the best-loved indie outifts of the recent past. Their latest single ‘Moonlight Mile’ takes noise-pop and adds a large helping of psychedelia to the mix, creating a short but very, very sweet slice of summery garage rock. If you’re looking for a band to fall in love with this year, then The Babies could be your new musical soulmates. Their sophomore record ‘Our House On The Hill’ is out in the fall.
2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, has had quite the interesting come up in the last few months. Although I am still somewhat skeptical, his verse on Mercy put him on my roadmap of artists to follow. He has already worked with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Curren$y, just to name a few. The College Park native certainly has a unique flow that is raw, unfiltered and full of bravado. At times he delivers flawlessly and at others can come off as almost obnoxious. However, the more you listen, you can’t help but nod your head and feel way cooler than you probably are. When I first heard this in my crappy headphones, I was far from impressed. I am currently on my fifth consecutive listen, turned all the way up on these Bose speakers, with a heavy head nod going. In his verse, Kanye West, who also assisted on the beat, matches the rawness of Deuce, but with the grace and confidence that only he can pull off.
The rise of this kind of coarse, hard-hitting hip-hop is interestingly parallel to that of electronic trap music. A combination of the two styles could be explosive and today’s release of the TNGHT EP further confirms the convergence of the genres. Birthday Song is the second single off 2 Chainz’s upcoming album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, due out on August 14th, and the explicit version can be purchased on iTunes. Don’t listen to this unless you can slap it on full blast.