Listen: Only Girl – ‘Heights’

The follow up to previous single Fortune, Heights once again sees Only Girl’s soulful vocals shimmer over sparse snares and euphoric, sporadic piano chords.

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Listen: Violet Skies – ‘Jealousy’

You might know Welsh electro-pop artist Violet Skies from her appearance on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, or perhaps her mighty late-2013 single ‘How The Mighty.’ Across the past year she’s been working on new material and what she’s emerged with is something a bit more restrained and much like many of her female…

Listen: Benedek – ‘Coolin’

LA has produced some great musicians who like to toy with the fabric of genres. Yes, Flying Lotus is one of them, mashing together jazz and hip hop into a blend that’s hard to resist. But very few artists from there tackle pure funk and you usually have to look elsewhere to get that fix….

Listen: Charlie Cunningham – ‘Blindfold’

If you’ve ever heard of Charlie Cunningham before you’ll know that despite looking like an R&B star in the making, he’s actually a dab hand at the Spanish guitar. How? He spent time studying in Seville, which has made him a finger picking master, something he put to great use on his first two EPs….

Listen: Cash + David – ‘Alright Now’

Londoners Tim Ross and Liz Lawrence got together to create a dance duo one day and decided to call themselves Cash + David. Sounds a bit like a cheesy 70s comedy group doesn’t it? Even the title of their latest track makes it sound like they’re going to be covering Free. But don’t let any…

Listen: SOFI TUKKER – ‘Hey Lion’

A couple of months back we talked about only the second single to be released by New York based addict-pop duo SOFI TUKKER, ‘Matadora.’ It was the one inspired by Brazilian culture, remember? Of course you do. It was a track by the ridiculously infectious SOFI TUKKER and it’s now permanently lodged in your brain….

An Interview With… Baywaves

Hailing from Madrid and brandishing a unique blend of tropical vibes and indie angst that they call ‘Hipnopop’ (think the Beach Boys tangoing with Yeasayer and our own indie upstarts The Hunna), Baywaves have become one of the most talked-about and hotly tipped bands to come out of Spain since Hinds. They’ve just released their…

Listen: Weaves – ‘One More’

Toronto quartet Weaves have been working ridiculously hard putting together their debut album, so much so that we haven’t heard too much from them recently. Well, there was that cover they did of One Direction which was, you know, frankly amazing. And their single ‘Tick,’ which was… well, there aren’t enough superlatives really. So it’s…

Listen: Meadowlark – ‘Paraffin’

I saw Bristolians Meadowlark playing at Tramlines last year and for the longest time before they came on, I swore they were going to be a cutesy, folky duo (they have the words “meadow” and “lark” in their name). And yeah, there was a little folksiness in there but on the whole I was surprised…

Listen: Summer Heart – ‘The Forbidden’

Last year we played some tracks by Malmo-based group Summer Heart and basically got a little blown away by their ethereal yet vibrant guitars and Indian Summer vibes. It was the end of the summer, for the record, so it seemed pretty apt. The band, masterminded by David Alexander, are pretty prolific, releasing a string of…

Watch: Kayla Painter – ‘efa’

Experimental soundscapes that catch the ear of electronic music guru Mary Anne Hobbs? Yes please! Bristol-based Kayla Painter impressed earlier this year with her first release on Turnstile Records, ‘Revert,’ a slice of ambient electronica. But her latest, ‘efa’ is a much more challenging listen, which is filled with reverberating basslines and handclaps before building…

Listen: Morly – ‘If Only Chords’

Born in Minneapolis, based in Los Angeles, Katy Morly, known professionally only by her last name Morly, has been working up towards the release of her new EP Something More Holy. That means she’s locked herself away and collaborated with Stint, but her labours have produced something magical in the form of her new song….