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.
Of Monsters & Men
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.
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
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.
The 'Young' prefix strikes again! And guess what....it 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.
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