Day 153 Chlöe Howl – Rumour

Only 17 years of age, the UK’s new pop darling Chlöe Howl has had a fruitful start to her music career. Already signed to Columbia Records, Howl has just released her second single Rumour, a charming, youthful pop-song that focuses on the permanent struggle to understand ones own identity. Full of spark, Howl’s chorus croons ‘I’m just…

Day 152 Washington Irving – Bealach-An-Righ

Invoking the sounds of traditional Scottish music, Glaswegian band Washington Irving’s brash, electric folk is full of hearty energy and fight. Although most of their music is accompanied by a lead singer, Bealach-An-Rich doesn’t need vocals at all to tell its story, using thundering guitars, drums and a fiddle instead. Twanging away with a free spirit Bealach-An-Rich pastoral heart…

Day 151 British Harlem – Ride

Almost invisible online, British Harlem’s debut single Ride appears to have emerged from absolutely nowhere. Opening with a mellow, drooping guitar riff, Ride‘s initial serenity slowly rides a gathering momentum which is hounded by the lead singers rousing, gritty vocals. Amongst resolute stabbing guitar chords and crashing drums appears a chant-worthy, festival craving chorus that roars…

Day 150 ON AN ON – Every Song

Maintaining the crooning vocals and buzzing synths that made their first two singles Ghosts (Day 47) and The Hunter (Day 84) stand out so brilliantly, ON AN ON’s Every Song is an incredibly rich and dreamy track that features on the bands debut album ‘Give In’ which is released this week. Drenched in reverb-heavy synths, Every Song‘s hazy soundscape melts…

Day 149 Local Natives – You and I

With Local Natives second album ‘Hummingbird’ released in a couple of days, fans have finally been gifted with a lead single to accompany the impending album. Both melancholic and euphoric at the same time, You and I‘s ailing vocals and heavy pondering guitar chords permeate twinkling motifs and a shuffling tropical beat that create a curious…

Day 148 The Royal Concept – World On Fire

World On Fire is brilliant party fuel. Formed around a pumping synth/guitar riff, The Royal Concepts latest release houses an energetic vibrancy and party-pop feeling that makes every inch of your body want to groove. Not simply a colourful party-piece, World On Fire simultaneously combines sugar-coated pop with quieter, guitar influenced interludes that nicely pad out the…

Day 147 Sivu – Better Man Than He

With some seriously big backing, Londoner Sivu’s debut single, Better Man Than He is a calm, brooding release that flutters by with a youthful tranquillity. Padded out by a chirpy melodic accompaniment, Better Man Than He ebbs and flows with an intimate delicacy that gracefully enamours Sivu’s (Villagers-esque) vocals. Not available to download yet.

Day 146 MS MR – Fantasy

Fantasy is a brand new edition to the ‘potential hit’ conveyor belt that is emerging from New York duo MS MR. Maintaining a pop-infused immaculacy that is noticeable in all their previous releases, Fantasy’s triumphant vocals and roaring chorus is both aggressive and beautiful at the same time. With heavy tribal drumming, intermittent hand clapping and a twinkling glockenspiel, Fantasy is…

Day 145 Electric Guest – Holiday

I have been impressed by Electric Guest before but have never previously fully investigated what they are all about. Suddenly flashing across my screen earlier today I spied the words ‘Electric Guest produced by Danger Mouse’, which thanks to my love for pretty much anything Danger Mouse has ever done, forced me to find out more. Formed…

Day 144 Laura Mvula – Green Garden

As for exciting female artists in 2013, Laura Mvula has to be quite high on that list. I first posted Mvula’s stunning choral number She on Day 49, however we now have more activity from her with the appearance of a lively new single entitled Green Garden. With a shuffling groove, Mvula combines awkward/quirky rhythms and vocal harmonies…