Category Archives: BANDS


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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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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.


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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BANDS: Daughter – Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

A mellow, understated vocal paired with electronic XX-esque beats makes Daughter’s rendition of the Daft Punk smash the best we’ve heard yet. Get some.



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BANDS: Crystal Fighters ‘You & I’ (Official Video)

Following the success of their debut record Star Of Love, Crystal Fighters have unleashed the second track from their upcoming second studio album Cave Rave. The single ‘You & I’ is a beautifully written heartfelt number, complete with signature jangling guitars and pounding drums amidst the comforting grumble of lead singer Gilbert Vierich’s vocal . Check out the official video below, and pre-order the album HERE.


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BANDS: MS MR – Hurricane

Hurricane is taken from the eagerly anticipated debut album Second Hand Rapture, set for release on May 14 via Columbia Records. Follow MS MR on Tumblr HERE

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BANDS: M83 ft Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion

Anthony Gonzalez heads over to Jimmy Kimmel to perform the skin tingling new M83 single ‘Oblivion’. Taken from the new Tom Cruise blockbuster of the same name and featuring the astounding Norwegian singer Susane Sundfor, we’ve been listening to this on repeat at the BXB office – and you should too.




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BANDS: Haim – Forever on Later…with Jools Holland

We’ve been big (slightly obsessive) fans of Haim here at BXB since we received their first ‘Forever’ EP in the summer of 2011. Three EPs and a BBC Sound of 2012 win later, they’re set to release their debut album this summer, and about bloody time. Ahead of their sold out show at Heaven in London next week, the girls began what we imagine will be an endless week of promo on Jools Holland last night, performing their first single ‘Forever’. Undoubtabley one of the best live bands around at the moment, the girls’s stage presence and sheer love of what they’re doing make for another stellar performance. Complete with little shouts of ‘hey’ from the lead singer Danielle and some gurny bass playing from Esme, the band prove even more that they’re about to set every festival on fire this summer. Check out the Jools performance below, and try and bag one of the last tickets to their Heaven show HERE.


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BANDS: Empire Of The Sun – Alive

Australian duo Empire Of The Sun are back! They dropped ‘Alive’ yesterday, the first track to be taken from their second album ‘Ice On The Dune’ (out June 14th, the follow up)and it’s gooooood.

It seems the band have lost none of that trademark big synth pop sound that sold over a million copies of their 2008 debut album ‘Walking On The Sun’. One of the best things about Empire Of The Sun was their mysterious aesthetic, and it looks like this album is going to be no different – check their teaser trailer below.



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BANDS: NONONO – Like The Wind

We do love a slice of Swedish electro pop here at BandsxBass, and our latest obsession are Stockholm-based three piece NONONO. Signed to Best Fit Recordings, the threesome (two of which have already worked with Icona Pop and Beatrice Sli) are currently writing their debut abum. The lead track ‘Pumpin Blood’ has alot of whistling all over the place and makes you feel a little bit like you’re in ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, but our favourite of the band’s tracks so far is the shrill call and response number, ‘Like The Wind’. Stina Wäppling’s vocal lies somewhere between Lykke Li and Frankie Rose, mixing soft breathy notes with sharp feline cries against the pounding beat. Check out ‘Like The Wind’ below, and the official video for ‘Pumpin Blood’ where a couple argue over a bunny and the band dance in the sand wearing impressive knitwear.


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