Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The Deer Tracks

An epic cut from The Deer Tracks new album slated for release in August. Oddball glitchtronica gives way to widescreen scale as it builds. Stunning stuff.

Deer Tracks - Dark Passenger by CMJ Network

Monday, 27 June 2011

Cuckoo Chaos

Cuckoo Chaos sound very unchaotic. Smooth, super melodic, afrobeat influenced rhythms. Closest brethren of recent years are probably Vampire Weekend and Local Natives, not a bad lineage to continue.
An Album is upcoming in September in the UK.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hotel Mexico

Beach side jangle pop from Kyoto, even conceptually it is enticing. But musically this doesn't disappoint, shimmering harmonies, falsetto and brilliant 60s style police procedural instrumentation. Strong work.

Hotel Mexico - Dear Les Friends by Hypetrak

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Fighting out of the Make Mine stable, home to Gold Panda amongst others, comes Antwerp. Not a million miles away from Gold Panda in sound either, but certainly exhibiting some of the more delightful primitive futurism of the likes of 808 State. Definitely one to watch.

Antwerp - Equinox by make-mine

Still Corners

Following up from last years superb Remember Peppper EP, Still Corners release their first single for Sub Pop next month. Its more breathy, sepia tinged dream pop of the highest quality. A live version of Cuckoo can be heard here.

Still corners - Cuckoo (live in Bloomington) by neatlittlerows

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Palpitation, who we first featured in February, released a new album earlier this month in their native Sweden. This first single from it could have come straight off a Shout Out Louds record, which in my book makes it worthy of attention.

Palpitation - ‘We Don't Need To, We Don't Have To' by The 405

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Pontefract isn't famous for much other than a 'cake' which isn't actually a cake and a few low grade race meetings. The unheralded town should rejoice at the birth of Elephant (one half of which hail from Pontefract) who release their second single via Memphis Industries in July. There's just a hint of Beach House here,which is always a good sign.

Elephant - Allured by elephanttheband


Another sublime release from Vondelpark is upcoming, following on from the superb Sauna ep. More sun kissed wist-step, frankly it is irresistible.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Helado Negro

A while back we featured Forest, a superb Willow the Wisp electronic act from Sweden who produce otherworldly songs which really evoke the deserted forests of the north. Helado Negro is the latino answer to Forest as evidenced on this beautiful closing track from his new album for Sufjan Stevens' label Astmatic Kitty. Its the type of music which could only be made by a man who bathes with owls.

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Familys strung out greco-tropical acoustica is pretty powerful stuff. The best track of the three here is Ava but each packs its own ramshackle punch. Listening is almost like intruding on someones private grief, possibly in a taverna somewhere on the outskirts of Salonika.