Saturday, 27 February 2010

Exclusive: Broken Lovelorn On Your Rocks

Having previously sung the praises of London's {Psychologist} not three months ago, we certainly needed no further convincing of his sublime talents.

We didn't need it, but we got it.

I'm not going to attempt to talk his cover of Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren up - no hyperbole, no spin, no hard sell. I'll only say that, if you do nothing else this weekend, download this track, and let the music speak for itself...

{Psychologist} - Song To The Siren (YSI) EXCLUSIVE

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

2010 Who's Who: Andrew Davie

We're now nearing the end of our Who's Who feature (which has admittedly taken a little longer than expected), leaving behind the electro/synth-pop that has so far dominated proceedings and confidently striding in to more mainstream territory whilst simultaneously taking things up a gear.

There aren't many better candidates for this than 21 year old Andrew Davie, whom seemingly raised on modern American greats such as Tom Waits, Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith, is sure to be competing with more established chart behemoths before the year is out.

The industries on both sides of the Atlantic are currently fighting tooth and nail for his signature and rightly so, combining a voice that sounds as tortured as it does delicate with a repertoire that most singer/songwriters would kill for even at this early stage, it seems to be less a case of "if" and more a case of "when".

For now though, I'll leave you with Elysium.

Andrew Davie - Elysium (stream only)

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Exclusive: Just One More Dance

So we've posted the Entrepreneurs remix of Marina and the Velo remix of Ellie Goulding, it's now time to unshackle the final part of the trinity of earth shattering remixes that I've been cryptically rambling on about on Twitter for the past month or so.

So here we have it, The Aspirins For My Children has surpassed himself yet again in what I think is his best remix to date, an absolutely huge reworking of Gold In The Fire by Monarchy.

Spacious, climactic, deadly.

Monarchy - Gold In The Fire (The Aspirins For My Children Remix) (YSI) EXCLUSIVE

It's no suprise that all three of the original artists have had releases on Neon Gold, and the latter's debut single was unleashed with B-side Black The Colour Of My Heart on Monday. Cop it from Puregroove here or straight from the Neon Gold HQ if you're in the US.

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Monday, 1 February 2010

2010 Who's Who: The Shimmer

Surfacing from the dark subterranean-like abyss that is... Isle Of Sheppey, Kent are the next band in our 2010 Who's Who series The Shimmer.

Comprised of sibling duo David and Jade Hanks, they channel the sounds and influence of Devo, The Human League and Suicide and it's David's unconventional yet instantly recognisable vocal in particular that really draws my attention.

Now, your average band may work on an early session in a dark, dingy and decrepit studio in the basement of some crack den that a friend of a friend let them use for a tenner, or if they're really lucky they might be able to hook up with some bedroom whizz-kid living off of premature inheritance.

Not The Shimmer though, they like to do things a little differently. They've just finished up recording with ex-Clor mastermind Luke Smith (the heir to the Paul Epworth throne?) in a Napoleonic fort. Seriously, a fort.

No Suprise At All is an unmixed/unmastered snippet of things to come. Having had the privilege of hearing some of their more polished and preened material and the fact that they have a debut single already in the pipeline (on the constantly mercurial Hit Club); I'm in no doubt that The Shimmer are going to have a serious impact in the not so distant future.

The Shimmer - No Suprise At All (stream only)

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