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Shortly before she heads out on tour with Years and Years, the much hyped Tkay Maidza is doing some headline UK headline dates. The Australian rapper / singer has picked up love from the likes of The Guardian and Noisey and has been compared to MIA and Azealia Banks, although we’d also chuck in some MNDR and Angel Haze comparisons.

She played The Great Escape in Brighton last night and heads to London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen tomorrow night (Sunday). We’ll be down the front and we urge you lot to do so too! She also plays Vice’s Party on 29th may at the OBL.

Here’s her recent banger M.O.B:

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BANDS: Papa – I Am The Lion King

This duo from LA make infectious pop-rock influenced by Modest Mouse and early Kings of Leon goodness. Plus they’re so hot you could fry an egg on their faces. We give you, Papa. 


Hailing from LA and sounding like The Killers and KOL had some sexy babies, Papa are the perfect mix of summertime blues meets road trip rock. Listen to them with the wind in your hair and a beer in your hand and you won’t be disappointed. 

Having sourly missed their sneaky show in London two weeks ago before heading back to the US, we’re pleased to inform that this beard brigade are returning to Madame JoJo’s on August 21st, and we’ll be in the front row. 

Check out the wonderfully named ‘ I Am The Lion King’ and the infectious little fucker that is ‘Put Me To Bed’ below. 


BASS: Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Remix)


Back in March, the mighty Major Lazer dropped their remix EP Lazer Strikes Back Vol 1. We’ve been revisiting the EP recently, and re-remembered this absolutely overlooked Hot Chip remix. Diplo and co deliver their trademark wob wob bass, sitting perfectly behind Alexis Taylor’s soothing voice. This is one of the reasons we Love Major Lazer so much – the club bangers are obviously amazing, but it’s these more laid back jams that really set him out from the crowd. Who would have thought that Trap could be so mellow? Fave bit – 3.00 mins in when it breaks down into a Reggae skank.

Download the full Lazer Strikes Back Vol.1 for free here: Lazer Strikes Back Vol 1 (download)

Also check out Major Lazer’s killer remix of Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Can’t Hold Us’:

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BASS: Disclosure – You & Me feat Eliza Doolittle (Baauer Remix)



It only seemed a matter of time before the two powerhouses of new Bass music, Disclosure and Baauer, teamed up on something. Here’s the suitably timed remix of Disclosure’s new single You & Me by Mr ‘Harlem Shake’ Baauer, complete with rolling basslines, house breaks and a sprinkling of the sparse atmosphere of Trap.

Disclosure released their debut album ‘Settle’ this week to much critical acclaim.

Expect to hear this remix melting your face in all the clubs this weekend. We’ll certainly be playing it in our set at West London Bass Club this weekend.

Here’s the original if you haven’t heard it yet (where have you been??) – in our opinion, one of the best tracks on the new album:

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BASS: Lady Leshurr – Upset


UK MC Lady Leshurr drops a new jam with filthy basslines and spitting grime vocals. Reminiscent of early Dizzee and already tipped by The Streets’ Mike Skinner as ‘One To Watch’ in The Guardian. Instant love.

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The very excellent CHVRCHES have dropped the third track to be taken from their super hyped upcoming debut album. Run is perhaps poppier and synth heavy than previous offerings The Mother We Share, Lies and Recover, but equally awesome. It’s been a while since we have heard a band have come out of nowhere with such strong singles, so it’s we’re going to go ahead and stamp CHVRCHES with the official BXB ‘Next Big Thing’ stamp.

Remind yourself of previous singles LiesThe Mother We Share and the mighty Recover.

And their remix of MS MR’s Hurricane:


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MMX – Ritual

Having missed their somewhat secret show at The Great Escape, we’ve settled to listening to the spellbinding Ritual from mysterious pop foursome MMX on repeat in the BXB office. Above the insanely catchy melodies a stunningly dark vocal is what sticks with this track, almost reminiscent of an early Chris Martin with edge. As the chorus slams in, awash with indie pop goodness, you find yourself tripping over each beautiful chord and heartfelt lyric. We don’t know if it’s just us feeling a bit emotional after the weekend’s frivolities, or this is something truly special. We favor the latter.

Check out the video for Ritual below, and listen to their 4 track EP ‘Child’.


Stream ‘Child’ below:

BEATS: Banks ft Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Warm Water

The ever-illustrious BANKS has teamed up with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to produce her latest slice of trip-hop pop ‘Warm Water’. A surprising polar opposite to her  previous single ‘Fall’, Banks lays down an alluring mouse-like vocal on Warm Weather, further making her mark as one of the most versitle singers around right now. An unlikely yet seemingly perfect pairing, TEED and BANKS’s Warm Water will have you swooning for days. Enjoy.


Robot Koch – Supreme Sound From Berlin


After Supreme Sound From Paris featuring Onra and Walter Mecca, and Supreme Sound From London featuring Deft and Flako, Skullcandy launches Supreme Sound from Berlin EP featuring legendary Berlin producer Robot Koch.

Skullcandy’s ‘Supreme Sound From’ series forms part of many new exciting Skullcandy music projects coming up in 2013, collaborating with the brightest young talents from the current European electro scene and beyond. This project focuses once again on production quality, true to its Skullcandy Supreme Sound mantra – attacking bass, precision highs, natural vocals.

Koch has picked up critical acclaim for his past releases, picking up the attention of Dazed and Confused (“A gothic galactic aesthetic of ten ton beats and space age melodies”),XLR8R, (“A middle ground between the far-out experimentation of Brainfeeder and the futuristic pop of artists like Jamie Lidell, The xx, and Jimmy Edgar”) and even the late great John Peel of BBC Radio 1 fame (“Wonderful and strange – pop music from the future”).

For the Supreme Sound From Berlin EP, Koch has calibrated killer bass with intricate instrumentals, teaming up with his friends from Arcadeon and with Project Mooncircle labelmate Sieren. The EP also includes a new solo track called ‘Starfish’ as well as two collaborative tracks: ‘Corridors of Time, created with his friends Arcadeon (aka Sneaky from UK Nu-Hip Hop pioneers Fingathing & US multi instrumentalist Dan Stetich) and ‘Melville’, a team effort with Berlin producer Sieren, recently signed to Project Mooncircle for his debut split 12 inch vinyl.


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BANDS: The Mispers – You Hold

Having only played 4 shows together as a full band, London-based The Mispers have aroused the Capital with their infectious brand of folk pop. Trembling male vocals soar over soothing strings and pounding drums, reminiscent of a youthful Foals or very early Mumford & Sons. A sure fire band to watch for 2013, check out the track ‘You Hold’ filmed at the beautiful Lightship 95, and try not to fall in love with these new kids on the block.


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