Wednesday, 27 April 2011


There are elements of Punk, Blues, Garage and Funk in Nashville TN's Heypenny's sound, but ultimately the unifying factor is that it rocks...hard. Water is four a half minutes of pure energy. Frontman Ben Elkins has a unique, contructively erratic vocal, while DJ Murphy and Aaron Distler provide equally stand-out, techinally accomplished instrumentals. Is it even possible for so many elements of a track to be stand-out, or does that negate the whole concept of stand-out?? Meh. They released A Jillion Kicks in February, which can be streamed via Spotify here.

Heypenny - Water

Chad Valley // Equatorial Ultravox EP

One of the more prominent members of the currently outstanding Oxford scene, Balearic Dream-Pop artist Hugo Manuel aka Chad Valley drops his new EP, Equatorial Ultravox via US/UK label Cascine on June 20. With Hugo's band Jonquil having signed to another US label Dovecote Records last year, it seems thats where his focus is....UK labels step it up!     

Chad Valley - Fast Challenges

Monday, 25 April 2011

Bravestation // White Wolves vid & remixes

New Bravestation content! This is probably the starkest illustration of my editorial laxness over the past few weeks, that I'm just getting to mentioning this now.

The new video for White Wolves was shot deep in the thickets of the Canadian wilderness, and depicts a changing of the times and a modern civilization decimated by strife and uncertainty, resulting in the division of society into tribes.

Remix wise, Vancouver electro/chillwave blog sensation Teen Daze and the hugely talented up'n'coming Brisbane producer Youth give the track two very different treatments. All three tracks, including the original, can be streamed and downloaded for free below.

Sunday, 24 April 2011


These past few weeks have been mental. Apologies for the lack of posting, but I just feel like I haven't really had the time. Maybe I need to sharpen my time management skills. Maybe I just need to man up. Either way, here is what I probably would have posted, had I not been not posting.

New Acts

Of Monsters & Men
Little Talks
Getting a serious amount of web lovin' at present, Of Monsters & Men are yet another great Icelandic band of late. They use the male and female vocal combo extremely well, almost reminiscent of the XX, and have an overall Folk leaning with Gypsy elements.

Another artist who I've had my eye on for longer than this recent post suggests, I was reminded of Daughter the other day by the ever brilliant Battery In Your Leg. Landfill is off her new EP His Young Heart, and is one of the most eerily beautiful songs you'll hear all year. How she didn't make the BBC Sound of '11 list over Claire Maguire et al is beyond this humble blogger.

Hype. When I first heard Vactioner the other day through The Wounded Jukebox the other day, there was no other mention to be found on them and they seemed a completely unknown entity. Fastforward 24 hours and it seems you can't hit up a blog without coming across the chilled, blissful, slightly psychedelic vibes of the wonderful Trip. Except big tings from this lot.

Chancellor Warhol
All Alone (feat. Jim Wes)
I'm not sure whether Nashville's Chancellor Warhol is an original beatmaker as well as sampler extraordinaire, but with manipulated cuts this solid, I couldn't be less bothered. Massive summer jam.

The Glass Canoe
First Ideas
These guys remind me plenty of Mad Notes 'Ones To Watch' Lord Huron, via their experimental marriage of both folk and synth, with plentiful dreamy, harmonised vocals. Such a great combo if excecuted well, and these guys have it down to a tee. Debut full-length Chimera is available for free off their Bandcamp. Go.

A Sad Pair of Gloves ft. John Moreland
The National's Green Gloves may just be one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and due to it's downbeat nature, not exactly an obvious selection for a rapper to sample. Oklahoma's Algebra has absolutely killed it however, exhibiting both his emcee skills and creative ear.

We Will All Be Changed
It's not hard to come across a good Folk-leaning band nowadays, but groups as talented as Seryn are few and far between. Paste Magazine picked We Will All Be Changed in their top 10 tracks of the year so far, and I'd tend to agree, if nothing else but for that exceptional gang-vocalled chorus.

Young Dreams
Young Dreams
The 'Young' prefix strikes again! And guess belongs to another exceptional band. Young Dreams join the list of extremely talented Scandinavian bands currently bossing the blogosphere, with their Tropical Indie Pop sounds. They've apparently got an EP surfacing in the next couple of months, which I'll cover as soon as I get wind of the deets.            

New tracks

Royal Bangs - Fireball (from Flux Outside, out now)
A Lull - Water & Beasts (from Confetti, out now)
The Shivers - Used To Be.mp3 (from More, out May 10th)
Alexander - A Million Years (from Alexander, out now)
Yeasayer - Phoenix Wind & Swallowing the Decibels (both from End Blood, out now)
Dry The River - Bible Belt (from their debut album, on Transgressive, currently being recorded)
Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise (from Make Some Noise, out May 3rd)
Apparat - Ash/Black Veil (from upcoming album, on Mute Records, out this summer)
Childish Gambino - Break (random drop)


isosine - Psychosocial Baby (Justin Bieber vs Slipknot
Tumblewolf - Armillistice (Phoenix vs. Lil' Wayne)
The Hood Internet - Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) [R. Kelly x Major Lazer]


Lord Huron - When Will I See You Again (White Sea Remix)
Britney Spears - Till the World Ends (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill (Clique NewTrends Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs A-Trak - Heads Will Roll (DJ Icey's Bass Mix)
TV On The Radio - Will Do (XXXChange Dancehall Mix)


Toots and the Maytals - Still is Still Moving to Me ft. Willie Nelson

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Nickstape - March '11

March has been an eventful month by all accounts. Chaos in Libya, destruction in Japan, budget cuts and subsequent smashing of shit over here in London. However, all of that has been somewhat paled into insignificance but the discovery in Swansea of a house that looks like Hitler.

It's been an evenful month in music too, with releases(/leaks) from heavyweights such as The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Lupe Fiasco, The Low Anthem, and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Plenty of great singles around too, as well as the promise of upcoming albums from many other big players and hugely promising up'n'comers.

Checks my musial highlights of the month below.

Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist
Jack Steadman - I Will Change You
Kyla La Grange - Walk Through Walls
Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn (Daytrotter Session)
White Denim - Anvil Everything
Mad Rad - The Machine
Fucked Up - The Other Shoe
Ra Ra Riot - Too Dramatic (The Morning Benders Remix)
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix)
The Good Natured - Wolves
Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks
Givers - Up Up Up
Janelle Monae - Tightrope Wondamix (ft. BoB and Lupe Fiasco)
H-Town - They Like It Slow (Star Slinger Refix)
Okkervil River - Wake and Be Fine
Auction - Statues
Avicii - Street Dancer (Original Mix)
Memory Map - Sunburnt And Blown
High Highs - Open Season
Black Light Dinner Party - Older Together
Sam Friend - Part of the Show
Friendly Fires - Live Those Days Tonight
Blind Pilot - One Red Thread (iTunes Session)
The Morning Benders - Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
Glassjaw - Gold
Joan as Police Woman - The Magic
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak
Hollerado - Juliette
Rise Against - Disparity By Design
Childish Gambino - Lights Turned On
Funeral for a Friend - Sixteen
The Strokes - Taken For A Fool
U.S. Royalty - Vacation Vacation
Go Radio - Kill The Beast
Big K.R.I.T. - Country Shit (Remix) [feat. Ludacris & Bun B]
Don Diablo - Animale (Ft. Dragonette) (Why Are We Whispering Remix)
Clock Opera - Belongings
GOBBLE GOBBLE - Boring Horror
TV on the Radio - Caffeinated Consciousness
The Smiles - Cala Cola
The Head and the Heart - Down In the Valley
Bear Driver - Enemy
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix)
San Cisco - Golden Revolver
Lovett - Heartattack
Bibio - K Is For Kelson
Polarsets - Leave Argentina
NewVillager - Lighthouse

And a few randoms from Soundcloud: