Bipolar Sunshine - Rivers
Rivers is a song that craves attention and pushes your expectations.
No doubt, there is something enchanting about Bipolar Sunshine's music. And it is apparent on the first listen that his EP Aesthetics is rad and the production is also bonkers.
The tempo of Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant's vocals changes several times throughout Rivers and the raw upbeat drums contrast the rollercoaster melody of the chorus. Fittingly, the vocals bellow “been low but I’ve been higher" in an inverse fashion to what you’d expect and the listener is taken on the emotional ride without any dragging moments or seconds to spare.
Expect to hear more brilliant work from the British vocalist in the future.
Sir Sly - Miracle
Today the internet is buzzing with the release of a new single by Sir Sly.
The new group have been compared to the likes of groups as diverse as Local Natives, Foster The People and The Neighbourhood. Such high profile comparisons are sure to bring sceptics, but the song is a strong lead single from the group and so far the reception to their music has been strong.
If you’re happy to divvy off your email address willy nilly, you can download this for free
Matt & Kim - Daylight
In 2010, this song was more infectious than swine flu.
In 2013, it still hasn’t lost its instant effect on people. Much like the rest of Matt & Kim's catalogue, it is attention-seeking and in your face. You will definitely form a love or hate track relationship with this track fairly quickly, but after 3 years, there is still a lot to love about the brash, jaunty and repetitious melody that perpetuates Daylight.
Irie Office Music - Indie Mindie
After being introduced to this track via Hillydilly, I was instantly captivated. The guitar and bassline are catchy and the it changes up enough in the short 2 minutes and 8 seconds to keep you anticipating what is about to come next.
Josiah Panella, aka Irie Office Music chose the final version to remain an instrumental, however it is only a matter of time before someone ‘borrows’ the beat to take it to the next level. Irie Office Music is based in San Diego, just a few miles south of the a similar sounding group, Foster The People.
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk's appeal. I've loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk's Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
Cayucas - Cayucos
After discovering the surf rock group Oregon Bike Trails in 2011 and falling in love with their joyous song Cayucas, (I even declared it song of the year) I have been fixated on finding more music than the four tracks they had available in obscure places on the internet. So when I revived my hunt this week I was still scouring hopelessly for new material and not getting far. Their Bandcamp page had been taken down and all traces of the band seemed to have vanished since 2011.
I did realise that after listening to Oregon Bike Trails on Youtube, several of the recommended songs were from a band called Cayucas. You’ll never guess what happened next… (just kidding) it turns out that the band sneakily reformed as Cayucas, signed a record deal, rerecorded all their old material and released it along with some new songs on April 30th this year. Bigfoot is the name of the record and it sounds like beach music, with a nod to The Beach Boys and 60s Californian surf music. It is extremely good.
Recommended for fans of The Sea of Cortez, Opus Orange and Real Estate.
Always Like This
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
BBC are no strangers to the ill chill pill. We have been following the group’s movements since, well, since we discovered this song really.
The 2009 single launched the British band into worldwide stardom and won them a huge fanbase which has been propped up by three consistent album releases. Always Like This is still regarded a favourite and with very good reason.
If you haven’t already fallen in love with this tune, now is your chance.
The Ting Tings - Soul Killing
The Ting Tings, who could have been easily dismissed as a pop throwaway group after releasing the irritating single That’s Not My Name in 2008. The British duo consists of Katie White and Jules De Martino and they have more skill than many casual listeners might have known. I admittedly had no idea who they were until I heard this track from their second album Sounds From Nowhereville which came out around this time last year.
To be perfectly honest, since downloading Soul Killing upon its release, I haven’t properly explored their other work together and I am dubious whether there will be a song I like better than this one. It has an upbeat reggae beat and enough variation to make it a worthy of plenty more listens one year on.
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