28 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 37

NIKI AND THE DOVE - "TOMORROW"




The duo maintain momentum with this cosmologically grandiose track of sweeping galactic starstruck beats, floating vocals and stampeding synths; swedi-lectro-pop bliss.







CLEAN BANDIT - "UK SHANTY"






These Londoners create a mesmerising plethora of computational bleeps, synth slides and quizzical lyrics, forming an intrepid, genre distorting alternative pop gem.






STRANGERS - "SHINE ON YOU"




With a concoction of indulgent synthscapes, merciless bass warps and soaring vocal optimism, the London lads perfect shadowy electro-pop with graceful aplomb.








POLICA - "AMONGSTER"




Rising star from Minneapolis latches her swarthy silken vocals to grated bass zooms and crackling synths to evoke docile meandering pop dreams.






NEON HITCH - "F U BETTA"




The smoking starlet ups the temperature with this provocative slice of seductive lyrical wit, thrashing choruses and electro-heavy beats to generate edge.





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27 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 36

SWISS LIPS - "U GOT THE POWER"



The Mancunians vent sizzling electro sweeps over quaffled vocals and cumbersome beats to create charming lazy pop throwbacks with uplifting mood appeal.




KIDS AT MIDNIGHT - "LET IT SLIDE"



This whimsical and gentle thoroughfare from the Melbourne natives is pristine yet kaleidoscopic; faceted with shimmering synth jewels and sincere, untarnished vocals.




KAVINSKY - "ROAD GAME" (F.O.O.L REMIX)



This exaggerated neon-tastic array of exuberant French electro glam-tronica mates whizzing keys with thumping beats into a crescendo building eighties-esque musical journey.




VANBOT - "NUMB"

The Swedish darling produces this sparkling platter of succulent bass warps, frozen vocal rigidity and stark electro purrs; Scandi-pop at it's best.




TULISA - "YOUNG"




The urban starlet goes Balearic-happy in this commercial slab of shimmering synth echoes, euphoric choral build ups and breezy atmospheric feel-good vibes.




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19 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 35

THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND - "THE RIGHT ONE"



This offering from the New-Yorkers delves into mysterious synth shadows and ghostly vocals which weave between jaunty beats and psychedelic hooting choruses.




MEG MYERS - "ADELAIDE"




With watery keys cascading over sultry vocal layouts infused with raw femininity and emotion, the American creates greyscale reflections of darkened indie-pop.





GEMINI CLUB - "BY SURPRISE"





With morose keying soaring into astrological electro sparkle-waves and placid monotone vocals leading to perky choruses, the three Chicagoans dexterously perfect astral-charm-pop.





SAVAGES - "CITY'S FALL"



Compelling siren vocals drip intoxicating noir acid into the rambunctious smattering of grinding guitars and hypnotic beats. London alternative indie has returned.




MNDR - "#1 IN HEAVEN"



This delightfully pop-savvy number has a suave Manhattan nature; bubbly, breezy and welcoming. With bopping beats, razored vocals and bleeping solar synths.



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SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT: 5

VUVUVULTURES - "SAFE SKIN"



There is nothing more exciting than a fellow ornithological-sounding band to get the feathers ruffled, especially when the band in question are entrepreneurs in reviving the lacklustre and slightly tepid UK indie scene. The glory days of Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys, Blur and The Strokes seem long gone; a sepia toned memory and drowsy reminiscence of noise engulfed by often bawdy commercial mainstream. However when four talented musicians named Harmony, Nicole, Paul and Matt congregated in the cosmopolitan arena that is London and jostled concepts and ideas, fate dictated the formation of Vuvuvultures. Consequently, an accordance of musical sparks whose vision of producing diligent and storming tracks was born, aimed at spicing up the lethargic indie world with refreshing poise and taste.

The band's EP "VVV" provides an eclectic miscellany of variant soundscapes and cavernous wholesome affairs draped in artistic noir darkness. "Safe Skin" is an ember-hued collective of intertwining smokey vocals brushed across drum beat thickets and morose guitar flicks. The almost dishevelled undertones of "Safe Skin" feel earthen and natural whilst the melodic vocals enchant and elevate the track to an almost atmospheric sense of purity, bringing contrasting elements into a neatly unison package. As the track progresses guitar pangs become entangled amongst siren-esque synth whirrings that agitate the constructive beats allowing the instrumental battle to effervesce with excitement and perpetual sound building. As the towering compositions of shimmering electro and nocturnal traditionalist indie collide, the resultant chorus is surreptitious and quietly mysterious. Emerald guitars pool around liquid electronica creating a resplendent blend of instruments and vocals, perfect for hazy beach gigs under rustic sun scarred skies. Vuvuvultures compose dynamic tracks with faceted depth and sublime professionalism that help pave the way for intuitive, revitalising indie to return to the fray once more, "Safe Skin" is one such track which should help this outstanding band achieve success.


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SMITH AND THELL - "KILL IT WITH LOVE"



This blog makes no secret in believing Sweden is the epicentre of wave after wave of superb and phenomenally gifted musicians. The quality of music stemming from the Nordic haven is on a level that occasionally embarrasses the UK and general world music scene. The relative ease at which artists start at a grass roots level and ascend the musical ranks is astonishing and inspiring. The country has a way of filtering through bands and individual artists rammed with creativity and electro-pop genre mashing capabilities. The latest duo to traverse North Sea waters and snap at the ankles of proverbial newcomers Niki And The Dove are Smith And Thell.

Maria Jane Smith and Victor Alexander Thell are the twosome who have become saturated with Swedish pop producing finesse after ten long years of grafting and composing. Only now are they ready to be squeezed and let the crystalline droplets of sheer musical bliss rain down into our eager ears. Their sound is effortless, untarnished and pristine, blending the pillowed nurturing of Smith's vocal range with the celestial invigoration of Thell's electro intelligence. The combination feels cleansed and minimalist, echoing musical traits of Bjork, Bat For Lashes, Ask Embla, Krause and Royksopp. "Kill It With Love" is the epitome of their musical direction. Not surprisingly, both the key elements of feminine vocals and technologically derived electronics work in a beautifully refined manner with smooth sequential compositions differentiating the latest single from usual electro-pop slices on the market. The satin vocals of Smith soar high with crisp clarity and breezy imagination whilst the juvenile twinkling of keys and the Baltic infused bass creates an effortless beat enlightened by strobing electro synths and Scandinavian vitality sliding through into the sweet chorus. "Kill It With Love" melts down opposing elements into a serene concoction of pop beats and electronic cascades making this track perfect for the approaching summer. Keep an eye out for Smith And Thell, the UK should soon be welcoming the duo, with love.

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TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 34

BRETON - "INTERFERENCE"



The outrageously innovative band showcase intimidating instrumental conflicts with exhausted vocals to create a noir indie package of extravagance and sharpened tones.




ALPINES AND DARK SKY - "TREMOR"



Haunting female vocals serenaded by a rippling bass and spectral electronica string this song along at a giddy pace by the Londoners.




COMBOSTAR - "STRAIGHT IN THE EYE"



With explosive fission, these three Parisians reawaken the French house genre with this fabulous slab of swirling disco flavours and sassy vocals.




MORGAN PAGE FT TEGAN AND SARA - "BODY WORK"



Silky indie vocals give a distinctive shard of character to this pop-savvy dance number that is peppered with energetic beats and synths




MONSTER! MONSTER! - "STREET FIGHTER" (RYU REBOOT)



The Worcester producer creates a fun dubstep track with concrete beats, zorbing bassline and the perfect dose of arcade nostalgia thrown in.



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AVAN LAVA - "IT'S NEVER OVER"



This extraordinary Brooklyn band rejuvenate sanguine pop with their infectious amalgamation of funktastical swinging beats, avantgarde synth yelps and excitable lyrical wit.





CLASS ACTRESS - "BIENVENUE"



Another refreshing Brooklyn act emerging here; dulcet tones sprinkled over cascading pools of everyday indie-pop beats to generate a fluffy indulgent track.





DRAGONETTE - "THE RIGHT WOMAN"



The Canadians return with a vivacious collection of sultry beats that envelope the vocals with serpentine dexterity, creating a menacing volting chorus.





GRIFFON GREEN - "ORPHAN SOULS"



Untarnished juvenile bedroom-pop that caresses the ears with dolphin bleeps, a wobbling bassline and a sparkling sense of fragility from Melbourne's newest.





FROGG - "SHUT THA F**K DOWN"



A hypodermic injection of Anglo tribal mantra notes stuck to grinding dub beats and satanic electro pits of dark Germanic genre fusion.



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THE GOSSIP - "PERFECT WORLD"



Blending Ditto's raw "deep-south" vocals with undulating beats and a gentile ascension of stubborn drums and guitar pangs, the reinvigorated band return.




PICTURE BOOK FT GRETA SVABO BECH - "SUNSHINE" (JUSTIN FAUST REMIX)



Spiralling electro gusts swim elegantly alongside Bech's uplifting vocals in this sleek Italo-disco club number by the Liverpudlian duo and Munich producer.




SHREDDIE MERCURY - "ORBANGUTAN"



Lung-shaking bass layouts superseded by overwhelmingly warped keys, galactic synth pulses and digital chirps create a volatile mix from the Missouri maestro.




KASABIAN - "NARCOTIC FARM II"



The indie heavyweights release this disjointed blur of labouring vocals, woozy drum beats and intoxicated choruses; a refreshing and captivating sound shift.




MRTN FT LOVISA NEGGA - "SLOW"



Stockholm's finest DJ creates a dreamscape wedge of bopping electro tweets and spacious beats conjuring up hazy inebriated nights and neon lights.



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16 March 2012

SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT: 3

ECHO RAIN - "A MILLION LITTLE PIECES"



These days it has never been easier to form a band or become a music artist. The era of "bedroom" artists who compose entire albums on a computer using easily obtainable software systems is flourishing and shows no signs of stopping. It is now a formality for homegrown talent to infiltrate the charts and pepper the Top 40, think Little Boots, The Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J, Adele, Chiddy Bang, Labrinth. Electronica, pop and indie all emerge as key genres yet there some areas that are left lagging behind. Ska, punk, rock; they all seem to have taken a minor back seat. Perhaps it is harder more than ever, in a increasingly self reliant and competitive market to stand above mediocrity and sameness. A band resourcefully nudging the general mainstream music zeitgeist are Echo Rain; four lads living in the picturesque Victoriana wonderland by-the-sea that is Brighton who are on a mammoth push to advertise themselves to the world with youthful diligence and good work ethics.

"A Million Little Pieces" immediately begins by tearing apart your ear canals with energetic shouty vocals that possess skittish angst charm and guttural strength. This animalistic venture leads onto a steamroller surge of frenetic guitar madness, vicious bass strides and brilliantly maniacal drumming. The leading instrumental and vocal layouts offer an eclectic array of rebellious noisia which evokes broad similarities to a range of established progressive rock artists; Taking Back Sunday, Feeder, Rancid, 30 Seconds To Mars, Proceed. However, the subtle dose of commerciality should suite those less experimental listeners with compositional leanings to Kids In Glass Houses and dare this blog suggest it, Elliot Minor.

The whole thoroughfare continues with explosive supernova prowess leading into the chorus build up. The vocals become screechy and laboured, pouring emotive lyrical complexities over seismological drum beats and clattering guitars. Instead of plateauing out, the ballsy and cataclysmic array of sound has the continued ability to unleash a skulking emo crowd into one of all out dancing and mosh-bouncing. The dynamic instrumentals offer a multi-faceted take on the genre, splashing murky guitar twangs over saturated sweaty drums and expressive sparkling lyrical potential. The quintessential flippancy of Brighton and it's "anything goes" approach has allowed the band to creatively mould themselves into a genre splicing bundle of differentiating musical talent with gusto passion and collective drive. The hooky compositions of Echo Rain's latest single are savvy and competent, offering alternative prog-rock to a broader audience which is both intelligent and a bold move. With a metallic behemoth of a track in the form of "A Million Little Pieces" it shouldn't be too hard for the Brightonian quartet to gain further popularity and deserved recognition.

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13 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 31

ALPHABEAT - "VACATION"



Bubblegum Scandinavians Alphabeat serve up sweltering beach-pop with charismatic hooky beats, infectious tempo drives and candyfloss lyrical pep to produce a stormer.




CHILDISH GAMBINO - "HEART BEAT"



The Los Angeles actor-turned-rapper uses city slick vocalities and glistened nineties grooves to highlight the goliath electro beats that underpin this record.




HEAVYFEET AND NATE JAMES - "BACK FOOT"



Manchester-Suffolk-collaboration that diligently fuses Balearic trance synths with Germanic electro stabs and intelligent genre splicing Britannia dub-dance compositions to produce a floorfiller.




YOU.YOU.YOU. - "REACHING FOR THE SKY"



Minimalistic Danes who hook haunting vocals with contemporary airiness parralleled with charming grooves, keys and enticing synths building to a indie-lectro climax.




THOSE DARLINS - "SCREWS GET LOOSE"



Delightfully warm slow-rock with sixeties style compositions blend lazy spaced guitar twangs with rich vocal pitches, recreating those bygone beach summer jams.



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MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS - "PRIMADONNA"



Welsh power vixen Marina Diamondis served up a tasteful array of electro-pop that reinvigorated the charts back in 2009-2010 along with fellow female comrades Little Boots, La Roux and Florence And The Machine, stamping her unique take on contemporary music. After infecting the charts with alternative pop that was deviant, forward and gritty the first time around, Marina is back after tantalising fans with "Radioactive" last October. With the first single off the new album "Electra Heart" titled "Primadonna", the connotations offer no surprise that the second album delves into the materialistic and commericalised world of Hollywood. Casting aside glamour, fame, unscrupulous beauty and charm, the listener is given an opportunity to hear Marina's vocalised opinions of the industry with barren sincerity and audible prowess.

"Primadonna" harks back to the eclectic bolshy attitude and blunt assertiveness of "Hollywood" by starting off with Diamondis' stereotypical sharp vocal display; whimsical and enchanting yet contrastingly piercing. Produced by Dr Luke (Jessie J, Britney Spears), there is no lacking of pop expertise and competency on the opening single. Fuelled by eruptive emotional streams of pitch perfected audio jewels, the candid lyrics are dissected by abyssal bass lines and aggravated electro intrusions. The two elements work in surprising unison, garnering a need to start shaking body parts and dance wildly as the track develops a solid underlying beat with gnarling electro waves superimposed on top. The chorus is a mammoth culmination of Marina's expressive vocal layouts sprinkled sweetly over hooky bass warps and supersonic electro zaps. The result is a spiritedly pop-tastic tune composed of just the right amounts of clubby electronica and sassy vocals which will certainly springboard Marina back into the limelight and deserved chart success.

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08 March 2012

SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT: 1

TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN - "LITTLE QUARTERS"



Australia has a growing tendency to produce some eclectic, invigorating and forward-thinking electronica and alternative pop, which certainly gives those rival Scandinavians a proverbial run for their money. In recent years we have witnessed the likes of Pnau, Gypsy And The Cat, Tim And Jean and a plethora of electro-pop artists seeping through the confines of the distant land from "down under". The hub of such genius creativity is often pinpointed to the cosmopolitan streets and clubs of Melbourne, but flying the flag for fellow city Sydney are the new band Tokyo Denmark Sweden.

The somewhat bewildering name has absolutely no attachment to Australia which can be slightly confusing to those lacking geographical knowledge but subjects and artist names aside, this band are beautiful. They possess a delicate sparkle of imagination and talent that only now is being honed and sculpted for ears to hear. Amy Pes, Chris Vasyli and Tom Sheldrick make "music your ex has sex to". Not Owl By Night's words, theirs. The allusive three-piece's latest offering "Little Quarters" is a simplistic thoroughfare of dazzling stargaze nostalgia. Altitude soaring synths thrust the listener into ethereal realms of monochrome bliss that drip glistening keys and reverberating bass twinges into a neon mire of darker hollows and cavernous soundscapes. Amy's voice delivers a haunting, spectral association, siren-like and mythic, bringing together the heavier background electronica into a smooth metallic finish. A shimmering pool of electro bleeps and bass thuds gives momentum through the chorus and leaves the final product feeling pristine and glacially cleansed. Keep an eye out for these newcomers, your ex might be listening to them, (Amy, Tom and Chris will know what that means).

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06 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 30

SKY FERREIRA - "LOST IN MY BEDROOM"



The latest demo strings along a gargantuan bass line that's warped and menacing against the starlet's silky eighties-inspired vocals; shimmering, metallic, nonchalant.




SAID THE WHALE - "HEAVY CEILING"



The Canadians splatter glistening guitar compositions over stabbing vocals and animalistic electro claws that sink deep into the ear, producing a firecracker.




RITA ORA FT TINIE TEMPAH - "R.I.P"



Forging together her outstanding powerhouse vocals with pulsating synth spikes, chart savvy tempo tweaks creates a hefty overarching chorus and dynamic anthem.




WILD BELLE - "KEEP YOU"



The ambitious Chicago band inject viscous lackadaisical brassy ska into a thought-provoking mellow pop vein; think Lana Del Rey meets Santigold, genius.




DEVIN - "YOU'RE MINE"



A refreshing return of schizophrenic New-York-indie; rapid guitar clangs and clashing drum beats create a hyperactive melange of jarring energetic audio delights.



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02 March 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 29

BIGKIDS - "DRUM IN YOUR CHEST"



Sassy summer instrumentations delivered in a frightfully skittish and haphazard manner with brazen vocals and eclectic funk-jazz noisia from the Camden duo.




SWISS LIPS - "GROW"



Crackling guitars collide with whooping electro twirls and squeaky electro beats into a vivacious summerscape tune of pleasing audio delights and indie twangs.




SMILER FT LANA DEL REY - "SPENDER"



Del Rey offers majestically twee vocal chords that juxtapose the grittier neon exuberance of Smiler's industrious rapping over a frenetic audio composition.




CAROUSEL - "KNOW IT'S RIGHT"



The San Francisco band puzzle together dreamy synth sparkles with cystalline vocal peaks and oscillating bass zorbs to create astro-electrical haze pop.




CHARLEY MAE - "4 YA QUEEN"



A powerhouse vocal display from the latest Jessie J doppelgänger. Gusto lyrical layouts solidly built over urban-pop beats and indulgent bass lines.




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