Up and away

Thursday, 30 June 2011, 17:05 | Category : Video
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These fresh-faced kids may look like they’re fresh out of high school, but they’ve also created one of the sparkliest pop tunes of the year. Now they’ve got a suitably sparkly video to go with it.
Londoners - Givers hit our town next week for their first UK shows. Check them out at the following dates. [...]

Michael Kiwanuka

Saturday, 11 June 2011, 1:12 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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If you know Communion records at all, you’ll immediately think folky acoustic types, and that would be fair enough, most of their stuff is like that. You probably wouldn’t think retro soul though. But here’s Michael Kiwanuka on Communion with his sepia-tinged soul songs. In keeping with other Communion music, there’s nothing particualry groundbreaking , [...]

At last, a new Beirut album

Friday, 10 June 2011, 8:10 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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The past week has brought plenty of good news about new albums. For me, receiving press releases for St Vincent, She Keeps Bees and new faves King Post Kitsch has been pretty exciting, but then these were all eclipsed on Tuesday with the news of the new Beirut album Rip Tide, due out on 29 [...]

Oh Minnows

Friday, 3 June 2011, 16:50 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes, Songs
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I remember Semifinalists. Back in the heady summer of 2006, I saw them a couple of times, including a performance at the very first End of the Road Festival where I was quietly blown away by their woozy psychadelic pop. A sort of low-budget Flaming Lips, with all the tunes, but no massive props or [...]

The return of The Miserable Rich

Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 12:47 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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The Miserable Rich’s second album Of Flight and Fury sort of passed me by last year while I was looking elsewhere, but now it’s time for me to get excited about their third album. And this time they’re going cinematic. As if their previous work didn’t have a suave sweep to it, 2011 sees James [...]