Listen: Tsar B – ‘Myth’

Last year, Belgian singer Tsar B released her debut track ‘Escalate,’ a brooding and captivating single that showed off her steely yet beautiful vocals against an exotic and luscious backdrop of synths, beats and Eastern influences. It’s been a case of radio silence since then though, leaving us a whole few months with no new…

Listen: Half Waif – ‘Turn Me Around’

Nandi Rose Plunkett, the frontwoman of Brooklynites Half Waif, has an Indian mother and a father with Irish, Swiss and American blood. That’s quite a combination. It’s perhaps little surprise that the unique cultural blend in Nandi’s veins gave rise to some of the themes and sounds on Half Waif’s upcoming record Probable Depths; after…

Listen: MUNA – ‘Winterbreak’

Fans of Chairlift, Chinah and Wet take note: Los Angeles trio MUNA might be your next favourite band. Describing themselves as ‘dark pop,’ the group’s latest track is filled with the type of soft electronic production, R&B and funk-inspired basslines and intimate grooves that would make their predecessors blush. It’s a carefully constructed piece of…

Listen: Thea Stapnes – ‘Follow The River’

I saw the take that Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe did on the Robin Hood story and you know, it wasn’t all that bad. But I didn’t think it would actually go on to inspire a song. Yet Norwegian Thea Stapnes was struck by one of the lines in the film: “rise and rise again…

Listen: Babeheaven – ‘Heaven’

Image: Lily Bertrand Webb In the coming months, five-piece Babeheaven will be supporting Loyle Carner, Beach Baby and Baio. That’s quite a little roster, and a diverse one at that. The different artists wanting Babeheaven to support them on tour is testament to the group’s ever-shifting attitude towards sound and their mutual appreciation for a…

Listen: Pieces of Juno – ‘Valentine’

Earlier in the week, when covering one of the latest tracks from Dream Wife, we apologised for missing the boat a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day-related musical material. Well, we have to apologise a second time (shame on us). Though to be fair, the latest track by Pieces of Juno isn’t exactly, directly,…

Listen: Mafalda – ‘Run’

London-based singer-songwriter Mafalda starting catching everyone’s attention with a small handful of minimal yet grabbing tracks at the back end of last year. Striking a balance between smouldering and emotive, she let her vocals glide over some minimal beats that were all lovingly atmospheric. On ‘Giving Up’ two months ago she even managed to pull…

Watch: Yaeji – ‘New York 93’

Anyone familiar with the underground electronic scene might be familiar with the name Yaeji. The alter ego of Big Apple-based producer Kathy Lee, Yaeji has been putting out a steady stream of tracks for the past year but recently signed to GODMODE, one of the cornerstones of that very underground scene. Yaeji’s debut track for…

Listen: Miles From Kinshasa – ‘KAYA’

Have a look on Miles From Kinshasa’s Facebook About page and you’ll find a cheeky little message posted next to the ‘genre’ section: “ha nice try.” The simple message conveys everything you need to know about Miles’ attitude towards making music. He’s determined not to be pigeonholed, instead taking inspiration both from the sounds of…

Listen: Ayelle – ‘Machine’

If you like Kelela or the more recent output of Rihanna then you might well be attracted to the steely yet sensuous music of Londoner Ayelle. Her latest track ‘Machine’ is built on an icy cold, synth-centred instrumental that occasionally stabs and occasionally echoes military drums. There’s a good reason for that though; Ayelle’s latest…