Teen Mom are a three-piece from DC who describe their sound as “fuzz-pop love ballads”. Chris Kelly, Tom MacWright and Sean Dalby dropped their ‘Mean Tom' EP last week which houses six tracks of shoegaze-tinted, mellow & moody magic.
Lead single ‘You And Me' is full of melancholy, bathed in sweet guitar riffs and driven by catchy melodies. At points, Teen Mom sound like energetic surf-poppers, The Drums. ‘I Wanna Go Out' is a pumped-up number that bursts into life from a standstill and is a pummelling, jangley, danceable number. The whole EP is available to stream through Soundcloud and is well worth a listen.
New Releases This Week // Monday 3rd
So, bet you didn’t expect to see Ke$ha sandwiched between Johnny Cash and Nick Drake on this miserable Monday morning huh? Well, look no further and check out the new albums out this week. Lots of classics to fill up those stockings from the likes of Bee Gees, Blur, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Nick Drake.
This week’s new album releases
Andre Rieu - December Lights
Bee Gees - Mythology
Bloody Hammers - Bloody Hammers
Blow Monkeys - Limping For A Generation
Blur - Parklive
Bob Dylan - A Long Time Growin’ Box Set
Bruce Springsteen - On The Crest of The Airwaves
Damned - Damned Damned Damned Box Set
Del Shannon - Home & Away
Fine Young Cannibals - Fine Young Cannibals
Front Line Assembly - Airmech
Hinder - Welcome To The Freakshow
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights 10th Anniversary Edition
Jackie Ross - Jerk & Twine: The Complete Chess Recordings
James - The Gathering Sound
Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Collection
Ke$ha - Warrior
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Only Boys Aloud - Only Boys Aloud
Robert Palmer - Heavy Nova/Don’t Explain
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Skepta - Blacklisted
Spys - Behind Enemy Lines
Streetheart - Drugstore Dancer
Willy Mason - Carry On
There’s no denying it now folks, December is upon us and no matter how much of a Scrooge you fancy yourself as, Christmas is fast approaching! And blinkin’ chilly it’s got too, so how about some of these winter warmers… Super Christmassy and sugar-coated festive fun from Oxford’s emerging Alphabet Backwards (check out the super-cute video here). Bristol’s brilliant Seafire release their stunning 'We Will Wake EP' and once again Mumford & Sons soundtrack winter with ‘Lover of the Light’.
This week’s new single releases
Alanis Morissette - Receive
Alphabet Backwards - Dearest Santa
Angel - Time After Time
Chase & Status - Big Man
Ciara - Sorry
Florence and the Machine - Lover to Lover
Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath
Lianne La Havas - Age
Little Nikki - Intro Intro
Major Lazer - Jah No Partial
Meek Mill - Dreams And Nightmares
Mumford & Sons - Lover Of The Light
Ne-Yo - Forever Now
Plan B Feat Labrinth - Playing With Fire
Seasfire - We Will Wake EP
Sinhead O’Conner - Silent Night
Willy Mason - I Got Gold
Boasting members of both Yuck and The History of Apple Pie, Parakeet are somewhat of a supergroup, or more accurately a super-duo. Mariko Doi who plays bass with Yuck started playing around with fuzzy riffs and, with the assistance of drummer James, Parakeet was born into the world. As the pair continued to jam and create sounds, they met strat man Jon and welcomed him in allowing for a more dimensional sound. The super-duo became a super-trio.
With the self-release of their debut EP entitled ‘Shonen Hearts’ on Rough Trade only days ago, we are treated to six tracks of fuzzy distortion and raw, hypnotising vocals. With the talks of an album in the pipeline and new tracks already recorded it seems that the members in this band are going to be very busy over the coming months.
Wiki, Hak, Sporting Life and Ramon. No these aren’t new generation Pokemon, but in fact, the members of new Harlem rap-outfit Ratking. Independent record label, XL, who have worked with Prodigy, The xx and Tyler, the Creator have recently taken Ratking on and released their debut EP ‘Wiki93’ earlier this month.
Unlike Odd Future’s destructive and shocking vibe, Ratking bring a surreal and experimental vibe to the metaphorical ‘rap table’. Swirling, jarring electronic noises are cut over block-rocking beats all created and produced by Sporting Life and Ramon. MC Wiki aka Patrick Morales nasal and scratchy tone draws immediate comparisons to Eminem, and at the young age of 18, he has a long road ahead, let’s hope he sticks to his bizarre, experimental style of rap instead of going down the Marshall Mathers road of seemingly needless melodrama.
Having recently played the Electric Ballroom in Camden, Ratking have now returned to the East Coast. Those lucky enough to be in New York this December, head down to Webster Hall on the 18th to catch one of their energy-fuelled performances!
Clementine Creevy’s pop-infused grunge is one of the most recent sounds to travel across the seas from LA, hitting our ears with tidal waves of distortion and sweet, youthful vocals that seem to play with the rolling drums and guitar like an inquisitive child who’s just discovered a new toy. Creevy plays guitar and sings under the name Clembutt and seems to favour the rather more bizarre and unusual spectrum of things, both lyrically and when it comes to naming her tunes, take ‘Grilled Cheese’, a strangely seductive and lurid track about, well, grilled cheese.
Creevy also teams up with two other girls to form the band Cherry Glazerr, their Sub Pop sounding tracks can be heard under Clembutt’s personal Soundcloud. Have a listen here!
Apparatjik, Scandinavian supergroup combining members of Mew, Coldplay and A-ha have recently formed a connection with Canadian singer/songwriter/visual artist and enchanting feminine, Lowell. She tells us her music is Alt Pop/Folk however her vast musical repertoire isn’t brought justice with so few words said. Her ethereal noises are made with synths and keyboards creating an electronic, fuzzy world where her voice can be heard echoing and calling from every corner.
The lead track, ‘Shake Him Off’ from her debut EP ‘If You Can, Solve This Jumble’, tells an intimate tale about her getting over someone- ‘I’m not going to let him hurt me anymore’ she sings over booming drums that, surprisingly, considering the sound quality, is actually the banging together of pots and pans from her kitchen. The song was recorded in Lowell’s bedroom in Toronto and amazingly, the whole EP was recorded in just four days and released into the world only weeks ago. There is still a shrouding sense of mystery and enchantment to Lowell and we can’t wait to see what she brings next.
Eaux consists of three quarters of the deceased cult band Sian Alice Group. The threesome have delved into their electro passions and the consequences are quite outstanding.
For this band, improvisation is key. The experimental trio only half wrote the songs on their new EP in order to let them grow organically during their live sets. Using synths, drum pads, electronics, guitars and samplers, Eaux build atmospheric and ethereal beats which allow front woman, Sian Ahern’s, effortless and enchanting vocals to wash over. At many points, Ahern’s voice acts as another instrument with her yearning tone taking the tracks to another dimension.
Eaux released their debut EP, ‘i’, this week which hold five tracks of blissful intrigue. The band have also recently been supporting none other than the Mercury-nominated Django Django over their European tour dates.
New Releases This Week // Monday 26th
Released into the world this week, we have a bit of a girl fest. Alicia Keys returns with her comeback album ‘Girl On Fire’, which is up against competition from fellow females, Solange, Kelly Clarkson, Girls Aloud and Tulisa. Meanwhile, Born Blonde release their debut album ‘What the Desert Taught You’ featuring their stonking single ‘I Just Wanna Be’.
This week’s new album releases
Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
Blood on the Dancefloor - The Anthem of The Outcast
Born Blonde - What the Desert Taught You
Carter Burwell - Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Score
Cerys Matthews - Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Eberhard Weber - Resume
FM - Only Foolin’
Girls Aloud - Ten
Grateful Dead - Winterland
Katherine Jenkins - This Is Christmas
Keith Hudson - Torch of Freedom
Kelly Clarkson - Kelly Clarkson Greatest Hits
McFly - McFly Memory Lane - The Best of McFly
Olly Murs- Right Place Right Time
Prince - Rock & Roll Love Affair
Punch Brothers - Ahoy!
Saint Etienne - Casino Classics
Sean Price - Mic Tyson
Solange - TRUE
Sonic Youth - Smart Bar Chicago 1985
The Blow Monkeys - Animal Magic
The Lovely Eggs - Wildlife
Tulisa - The Female Boss
Violet Bones - Decline of Vaudeville
Following their performance on Later… With Jools Holland, the ever-brilliant Band of Horses release ‘A Little Biblical' from their album 'Mirage Rock'. Colour the Atlas release their beautiful self-titled single and Yeasayer put out the incredibly danceable track ‘Reagan’s Skeleton’. This week’s new single releases
Band of Horses - A Little Biblical
Bullet For My Valentine - Temper Temper
Clement Marfo & the Frontline - Last Night
Colour the Atlas - Colour the Atlas
Cornershop Feat Sinhead O’Conner - Posing As An Angel
Delilah Feat Devlin - Never Be Another
Imagine Dragons - Hear Me
K. Koke Feat Maverick Sabre - Turn Back
Ke$ha - Die Young
Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath
Lower Than Atlantis - Go On Strike
M83 - Steve McQueen
My Chemical Romance - Ambulance/Gun
P!nk - Try
Yeasayer - Reagan’s Skeleton
Young Guns - You Are Not
Somebody order some bubbly indie pop? Well enter: San Cisco. The Aussie four-piece bring bundles of upbeat, jangley guitars, teamed with big sing-along choruses and boy/girl vocals - and probably some candy floss too.
The bubbly band met at school in Fremantle and were previously called King George. After deciding the name was too traditional for their pop-friendly sound, San Cisco was born.
Perhaps the name was a good omen for them, as San Cisco have recently bagged themselves a major label record deal with Columbia/Fat Possum. The band are currently touring in their native Australia and have recently released their ‘Beach' EP in the UK. It has four tracks including title track 'Beach’, ‘Golden Revolver’, ‘Reckless' and 'Lover’. We recommend giving it a listen to brighten up an chilly Autumnal morning.
Boy/girl quartet Carousels met about 8 years ago in Cambridge and through no conscious decision, began to make music together. 8 years later, the duo have a collection of tracks that can be found online, existing somewhere in the internet’s virtual universe. Their music could be called shoegaze, it combines ambient layers of distorted feedback with massive, crunching riffs reminiscent of The Pumpkins when they were in their prime.
. With a few shows around London booked and a free gig at The Old Blue Last tonight with Die! Die! Die!, Carousels are certainly beginning to get recognition and with the prospects of a debut album out sometime in the near future, we look forward to hearing more from the pair.
This seventeen-year-old is flying up the ranks in the world of hip hop and rap. Having started out rapping in high school as a member of the Pro Era project, the young star has become a global sensation. The video for his single ‘Survival Tactics' has already had over a million hits on YouTube and The Roots feature on one of the tracks from his ‘1999' mixtape, called 'Waves’.
The Brooklyn-born youngster played at the recent CMJ Music Marathon in New York and had his début television appearance earlier this month on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
The future is looking pretty bright for this young man and we reckon it won’t be long until he’s the name on everybody’s lips in the UK.
This Cardiff-based band are something of an enigma,they’re a relatively new set-up and only played their début live show in May this year. The boys may be new to the live scene under the Chain of Flowers moniker, but their line-up includes members of punk rockers Brutality Will Prevail and metal-heads, Crossbreaker.
The band have two tracks up on their Soundcloud page, ‘Chained' and 'Spit’. They’re guitar-heavy, a bit 80s and a bit shoegazey. There’s elements of The Jesus and Mary Chain and a blunt nod to The Cure, which we assume is the reference in the band name.
Chain of Flowers have recently been supporting Pure Love and will be playing London’s Old Blue Last with Die! Die! Die! on 22nd November. It’s a free gig so there’s no excuses not to be there!
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