New tracks today from:
Mt. Wolf, NoNoNo, Skin Town, Blisseyes, Eleanor Dunlop, Blackstreet/The Polish Ambassador, Broken Bells and Oh Land.
EMix! Radio is Cool Music. Commercial Free. My broadcast is a little on the mellow side and always easy on the senses. Mostly SFW. It’s great through headphones while you work or while enjoying a rainy afternoon.
Think: The xx, London Grammar, POLIÇA and Lorde.
Mt. Wolf – “Swarm”
It’s a gut reaction to declare it ‘criminal’ that Mt. Wolf aren’t signed yet. Here stands a band headlining nights in the near 2k capacity London Heaven without bagging an album deal. Without wanting to go all boring and ‘industry’ though, this is a group waiting for their moment. They’ve been flooded with offers, no doubt. They’re just proving they can do things on their terms before penning some ludicrous deal. Their standalone single release ‘Midnight Shallows’ is out on Third Rock Recordings next Monday (4th November). Its b-side ‘Swarm’ stays true to its title. Senses are flooded from the get-go with sweet, sweeping strings and Kate Sproules’s heavenly vocals. Words aren’t strictly pronounced – they float over the surface like skimming stones. ‘Swarm’ is a warm, comforting escape, delivered via a dose of aqueous, all-encompassing grace.
- Review Credits: DIY
NoNoNo – “Scared”
Unfortunately, the Scandinavian electropop trio NONONO are dropping their new track “Scared” the day after Halloween, but that’s okay – it’s a fun, catchy listen that’s pretty appropriate any time of year. Singer Stina Wappling’s airy, light voice hovers over her band’s of-the-moment electronic backdrop, all shimmering textures and deep waves of underlying bass. Check out the track below – it’ll figure on Kitsune Maison’s new compilation, 15.
- Review Credits: Pretty Much Amazing
Skin Town – “Midnight Lover”
The latest single from Zola Jesus instrumentalist Nick Turco and vocalist Grace Hall is synth-heavy R&B brimming with dubby, strobe-light beats. “Midnight Lover” (from their debut album The Room, out November 5 via Time No Place) is a nimble and heavy-hitting ballad, with lithe melodies and willowy vocals that recall The-Dream’s drifting falsetto. The L.A. duo nods at 80s dancehall: Turco holds down a spacious, stammering groove while Hall sieves through the song’s best hook (“comebacktomebaby/ comebackcombacktomenow”) with impressive dexterity. It all gives “Midnight Lover” a distinctly modern feel—the production is sleek and unhurried, but that doesn’t make the message sound any less vital.
- Review Credits: Pitchfork
Blisseyes – “Hold”
Blisseyes may have only been roaming around the zone of obscurity for a couple of months, but after a sudden burst onto the live circuit earlier this year they’ve generated quite the buzz around them. Following in the footsteps of many ‘buzz bands’ they’re ready to explode onto the blogosphere and we’re pleased to announce them as our ‘Track of the Week’. Well we say that, but we’re in love with their AA-side single so much that we’re breaking the mould and having BOTH tracks as the feature this week. Having recently supported rising Indie favourites LOOM, Kilto Take, Coasts, and Casablanca they’re now ready to over-take them and be even bigger, and it all starts with their début release. “Manson” starts out very gentle as a guitar and Cook’s vocals welcome you into the track, a bit deceptive really as it then explodes into an epic Post-Punk track with captivating vocals, big and bold guitars, and rushing drums. The sudden euphoria of the chorus is just the beginning of their compelling track, if you imagine the vocals of Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts) combined with Ian Curtis then you’re right on the money. The track ends on a high with the chorus being played out one last time before everything stops and you’ve just got the wash of noise coming to a stop.
- Review Credits: It’s All Indie
Eleanor Dunlop – “Disguise”
‘Disguise‘ is the first track taken from Eleanor Dunlop‘s forthcoming self-titled EP; fluid and haunting, thinkAinslie Wills with a touch of Sia circa 2004. Dunlop has all the makings of a successful Australian artist and export. A classically trained pianist who kept in touch with contemporary pop growing up, she’s already seen her fair share of producing and touring. In 2008 she formed Cameras with Fraser Harvey, which saw them tour Australia for festivals likeBig Day Out, Southbound and Peats Ridge, and in support of artists like Roxy Music. They were considerably successful overseas too, touring in the US and playing at Culture Collide and the CMJ Festival, one of their tracks even making it on to the soundtrack of MTV’s The City. In 2012 she turned her focus to producing solo work and if ‘Disguise’ is anything to go by then we’re expecting an impressive EP. Legato rhythms, a slightly cabaret feel and powerful, mystical vocals are bound together by pockets of percussion and a piano-driven melody that runs beneath, subtly pushing through the piece’s leitmotif.
- Review Credits: The Ripe
Blackstreet – “No Diggity (The Polish Ambassador Remix)”
Fare Soldi gave us an epic remix of Blackstreet classic a while back but if you need to dial things back a bit then this Polish Ambassador flip is just the kind of laid back funk for you. Just the kind of Ambassador-ing I like to see for Poland!
- Review Credits: The Burning Ear
Broken Bells – “Holding On for Life”
Broken Bells have shared the first track from their forthcoming album, After the Disco, their first release in three years. Titled “Holding On For Life”, it’s a shadowy, groove-laden number that sees James Mercer and Brian Burton channel the Bee Gees, both in ’70s sound and late-night swag. Listen below.
- Review Credits: Consequence of Sound
Oh Land – “Bird in an Aeroplane”
If your mind’s in the gutter like ours is, the term Wish Bone conjures up all manner of images. And having looked at the album cover for Danish electro-pop merchant Oh Land’s (Nanna Oland Fabricius to her mum) new album, we think she’s probably on our page. It’s playful, seductive, fierce, and basically everything we enjoy in a popstar; it’s also the perfect description for the album itself. The opening track, Bird in an Aeroplane, should be enough to convince you of an investment. There’s a swooning, soaring chorus like an avian itself, a low-key start but at least a refreshing whiff of something that isn’t EDM or grotty faux-electro. Lead single Renaissance Girls’ machine-gun delivery is pure charm, balanced immediately by the slow beauty of Cherry on Top and 3 Chances, which are all about Fabricius’ vocal strength (though it doesn’t quite work on the disappointing Sia co-write, Green Card). There are few acts who can successfully balance the drama of Kill My Darling with the acoustic, almost Nashville style of Love You Better side-by-side.
- Review Credits: Press Play