All We Are - Keep Me Alive

Day 107 All We Are – Keep Me Alive

After landing completely unknown to me on the UK Blog Sound Of 2015 long-list, Liverpool-based trio All We Are have seriously impressed me upon first contact with their wonderful new single Keep Me Alive. Hard to define on first listen, the trio’s complex “psychedelic boogie” is an inspired amalgamation of unusual sounds and genres that written down on paper…

Seafret - Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene

Day 106 Seafret – Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene (Live Hozier Cover)

One of 2014’s most exceptional new talents, Bridlington via. London duo Seafret have just unveiled a marvellous cover of Hozier’s dark and twisted beauty Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene. Recorded live at Maida Vale in Zane Lowe’s final BBC Radio 1 session of the year, the cover is a soulful and complex reinterpretation that pays particular…

MGMT - The Youth

Day 103 MGMT – The Youth

First released on MGMT’s debut album ‘Oracular Spectacular’ back in 2007, I rediscovered The Youth last night whilst watching American coming-of-age film ‘The Kings Of Summer’. An endearing and amusing watch, the film also had a masterful soundtrack that perfectly suited its purpose, with MGMT’s dreamy, psychedelic delight The Youth perhaps the most fitting musical moment of them all.…

Billie Marten - Ribbon

Day 102 Billie Marten – Winter Song

Having released one of my favourite tracks of the year in Ribbon, 16 year old singer-songwriter Billie Marten has frostily blown me away again with her acoustic cover of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s Winter Song. Performed with an irresistible grace, the mystical and enchanting cover is undoubtedly the best festive song I’ve heard so far this year. If you…

Mikky Ekko - Song To The Ruin

Day 101 Mikky Ekko – Time

It feels like an absolute age since I first heard Mikky Ekko’s name (courtesy of his vocal contribution on Rhianna’s Stay), so the fact that he is only just looking to release his debut album is really quite a shock. First unveiled last week, Ekko’s latest single and album title-track Time is a glorious, uplifting ballad that’s raw emotive beauty…

Meanwhile - Apples & Oranges

Day 98 Meanwhile – Apples & Oranges

Back in May this year, I shared Fiction Records signee Meanwhile’s brilliantly bonkers track Bigger City. After a small lay-off from the blog, the 23 year-old returns with the sublime Apples & Oranges, a vast and expansive, mellow-pop juggernaut. Carried aloft by Meanwhile’s (Tom Andrews) unusual vocals, Apples & Oranges soars with a shimmering style and elegance that I’m utterly fascinated…