Monthly Archives: March 2013

BANDS: SOPHIE MADELEINE – RUN WITH US

We first came across ukelele songstress Sophie Madeleine with her beautiful Take Your Love With Me. We promptly bought ourselves a ukelele and learnt the chords. You know the score.

We double dare you not to press play on the above video and not instantly fall in love with Sophie’s perfectly toned voice. How has she not had more exposure? One would think that with the success of people like Dan Croll, Mumfords and Dan Howard, artists like Sophie would have had more of a look in?

Here’s ‘Run With Us’ from her side project Runaway Orchestra, which appears to have finally got a release in April through Mr Bongo here. We haven’t heard it yet, but if it has Sophie’s trademark mix of soaring melodies over masterfully simplistic chords, then it’s sure to be a winner.

For fans of: Jason Mraz, Cliff Edwards, Isreal Kamkawiwo’ole, Gotye, Dan Croll.

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BANDS: DEAF CLUB – BREAK IT SLOW

Forget Slow Club, here’s Deaf Club.

We caught these guys down at Fake Club’s awesome clubnight in Holloway, North London last week and out of nowhere, they blew us away.

Absolutely loving the mellow guitar work lilting behind sweet uplifting female vocals. The band have just been featured by Jen Long on Radio 1 and have just returned from South by Southwest so it’s looking like things are going super well for them. Watch this space.

For fans of Peace, Foals, Cat Power, Feist, Radiohead, Lucy Rose.

Download their new EP for free here.

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BANDS: ACTIVE CHILD – EVENING CEREMONY

Following the success of ‘Hanging On’, Active Child (aka LA-based Pat Grossi) leaves us literally hanging on for more (sorry) with his latest slice of electro pop. ‘Evening Ceremony’ sees Grossi’s signature soothing vocal layered in a way that won’t get out of our brains. Listen, and try not to fall in love.

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BANDS: PHOENIX – ENTERTAINMENT (BLOOD ORANGE REMIX FT MUTYA KEISHA SIOBHAN)

Not going to lie, I’ve been following the super cool Instagram life of Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) for a while now. Not only was this due to his many hangs with Solange, Mickey Mouse and overall swag rating of like, A MILLION, but also because during the visual stalking of said profile I noticed he was having several bro-outs with the Sugababes.

Having been a fan of the newly named ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’ since the ‘Overload’ days, I was eager (along with the rest of the world) to see what this comeback would bring. Would Heidi be sourly missed? Would Mutya still have the lip piercing? Would Siobhan EVER speak?

All my worries were silenced when a MKS re-work of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’ surfaced a couple of weeks back, and the three part sugary harmony was still there in all it’s glory. This second installment from the new SB line up is a Blood Orange remix of Phoenix’s ‘Entertainment’ where the girls get all sassy on the vocals. Check it out, and love it.

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BASS: POGO – PROP MY SKY

We’ve loved the mysterious Pogo ever since he dropped his joyous Disney-sampling ‘Bloom’ back in 2011. Bizarrely it appears that Pogo still has time to drop banger after banger whilst being exiled from the US. We’ve all heard mashup videos before, perhaps most famously from Cassette Boy, but Pogo is taking is one step further, by vocoding all the vocals and making a genuinely amazing song out of it all. Sounds shit. Is brilliant.

Along with Disney films, Pogo has almost made great mashups of iCarly and Bill Gates.

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BASS: SHOLA AMA – BOYFRIEND

After a stint of collaborations with the likes of Toddla T, Wiley and Diplo, Ms. Ama’s first solo single since 2007 comes in the form of sultry R&B ballad ‘Boyfriend’.

Infectious beats provide the perfect backdrop for Ama’s gorgeous vocal, leaving the track simple, understated and in my eyes; a producer’s wet dream. Along with the sexy black & white artwork (and the fact that I’ve had it on repeat for the past two days) I for one can definitely say that Sho, you didn’t fuck this up.

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BANDS: URBAN CONE – URBAN PHOTOGRAPH

I was hanging out at the European XGames in Tignes last week and got friendly with the nice boys in Swedish electro/pop/indie types Urban Cone.

This mega summery track ‘Photograph’ was released back in 2011, but the band are virtually unknown in the UK (and are super keen to come over). The keyboard led hook works perfectly with the band’s relaxed dream pop vocals and the head bobbing beat. And the Swedish people’s accent when they speak English is awesome. I really want to go to Sweden.

So do them a solid – check them out and send them some love!

For fans of Matt and Kim, Niki & The Dove, M83 and The Virgins.

Urban Cone’s album Our Youth is out now on Universal Sweden.

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BASS: A$AP Rocky featuring Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – Wild For The Night

A$AP Rocky drops his new video for his much hyped collab with Skrillex. The video depicts the two of them as some of City Of God style druglords who are also kind of ninjas as well as rave promoters. Sounds ridiculous, which of course it is, but the tune is a banger and they look like they are having fun so fair dizzle to them.

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BASS: ROX – I DON’T BELIEVE (DON DIABLO REMIX)

We’re not 100% what happened to this remix – was it unofficial? Why has it been taken down from all the official channels? It is SUCH A BANGER.

Either way it was one of our fave remixes from 2010 – kick ass vocals from London soul upstart Rox and Dutch remixer extraordinaire Don Diablo results in a total toe tapping 100% bandsxbass approved bangarang.

Don Diablo has recently been remixing for the very awesome UK electro poppers The Other Tribe, including the remix from the rather good track Skirts.

Rox? She appears to have released two albums since this track. We’ll give them a spin and get back if they are any good.

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BANDS: SIVU – BETTER MAN THAN HE

Rumoured to be working with Alt J producer Charlie Andrew, Sivu is the latest to step forward in the current wave of trembly-vocal man pop. Better Man Than He is out now on ASL records.

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