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Introducing Bokito *London Tropical Indie

April 21st, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem |

“Better At Getting Worse” by Bokito, their debut single, is an all over the place song that is impossible to classify into one genre. The London-based five-piece Bokito have coined a phrase for their unique genre mashup: tropical indie. Bokito take inspiration from such diverse sources as J Dilla, Jeff Buckley, Fela Kuti, Justin Timberlake and Queens of the Stone Age to bring a little of the rousing Celtic spirit of lead singer Moses’ Irish homeland to London’s global soundscape. The thrilling results proved irresistible to Lost In The Manor Records, which added Bokito to its roster as a signing sure to put a rocket under 2017.

Stream “Better At Getting Worse” below.

Can’t wait for more weird music from them, definitely an intriguing sound, probably in big part to producer Brad Spence who has worked with some big names like Alt-J, Sigur Rós, Radiohead and Take That.

Introducing Polaroid Summer *uplifting electric indie pop

April 20th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop, synthpop |

Happy to introduce Houston indie pop band Polaroid Summer with their debut single, “The Giant”. It’s a fun uplifting track that is easy to sing along to and leaves me wanting more from these guys. I can’t wait to hear what’s next and think they have a really strong debut that should get them on some good local shows. I can’t wait to read about them doing big things at SXSW 2018 as I imagine a year from now the number of people that are fans of these guys will grow immensely.

The upbeat and catchy track is the first official release from Polaroid Summer, the new project from members of Houston bands Lost Element and VerseCity.Stream “The Giant” below.

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Club Kuru – Waiting For Me EP *sounds like Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco

April 17th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Rock |

The new EP from British five-piece band Club Kuru dropped last month, Waiting For Me, which has this psychedelic rock vibe that reminds me of one of my favorite contemporary psychedelic rock bands, Tame Impala.

Collectively, the band cites influences from modern day artists such as Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala and Connan Mockasin, to classic greats including Shuggie Otis, Vangelis, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. There’s a summer west coast vibe to their sonic output, mixed with some sleazy Americana, but ultimately the band is spearheading something unique; they’re putting their British take on a US heritage sound – and it works.

The new EP ‘Waiting At The Corner’ is an introduction to Club Kuru and you can stream it below! (more…)

Introducing Louam – “BabyBaby” *R&B/funk/pop fusion

April 7th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

This is the second single from Oslo based songwriter and artist Louam, following her debut single “Freaky Things”. The sound of “BabyBaby” is a fusion between old school R&B, funk and modern pop. The song is one of several new singles she will release in 2017 – all to be included on her debut album due in October.

“BabyBaby” is produced by the young and talented German producer LO. The single is now out on Soundcloud as a sneak preview: listen below! (more…)

Watch: Speelburg – “Pulse Of A Million” *alternative psychedelic pop

March 16th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

When I first heard this song, I thought it was weird yet grabbed me because of its upbeat nature and I like the alternative, almost psychedelic vibes with uplifting lyrical content. Speelburg is intriguing, cool, strange, awesome and exciting! I really want to hear more from them and catch Speelburg (real name Noah Sacré) live!

Watch “Pulse Of A Million” below.
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Watch: Magic Giant – “Set On Fire” acoustic *mesmerizing!

March 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

My favorite emerging band Magic Giant. Yes, my favorite emerging band who continues to climb higher and higher in the mainstream music scene and whose tours are lasting longer and longer have released a new video and I love it!

They were couch-crashing at a friend’s farm in upstate NY and woke up to this beautiful scene outside their window. It was so serene that it inspired this acoustic arrangement of Set on Fire which you should watch below.
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Introducing Shane Henry *rock blues infusion

March 15th, 2017 by | Hidden Gem, Rock |

Today I want to introduce you to acclaimed blues rock musician Shane Henry. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Henry has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments opening for such artists as BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Edwin McCain and the Destroyers. His new album is produced in part by in part by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Santana) and Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow). Henry’s music has been heard on NBC, CBS, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and the E! Television network.

Here’s his new single, “Save Me”, off his upcoming album, Light in the Dark (due for release April 28). According to the person who reached out with the song, the upcoming album “boasts songs that effectively reflect an upward gaze while offering hope and comfort in a world where challenges abound and confusion often reigns. A mix of the occasionally dark underbelly, some instantly accessible grooves, a host of ready refrains and fiery fretwork, it carries a persistently uplifting theme throughout.”

Stream “Save Me” below and be on the lookout for Shane Henry’s upcoming album. (more…)

Stream: KYKO – Dive In *super vibrant pop

March 4th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

New KYKO is out and I can’t stop moving around and bobbing my head listening to the latest from the rising South London musician that has this silky smooth pop vibe with vibrant instrumentals that grow as the song whirls into something quite special.

I love that there is African pop vibes, lyrics that are easy to get into and just a fun smooth attitude that builds wonderfully!

“Dive In” to this song below.

If you like this, listen below for a few more of my favorites from KYKO. (more…)

Hidden Gem: The Yugos *infectious quirky lo-fi pop/rock

February 23rd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

Cincinnati based band The Yugos will release their album Weighing the Heart on March 10th via Old Flame Records. When I heard their song “Ingenue” back in early February, I was hooked! I can’t wait for their album as I think this band has influences from bands like The Talking Heads, The Psychadelic Furs and The Cure. You might not love it on your first listen but once you listen again, you won’t want to stop as it’s got this dark infectious lo-fi rock/pop vibe that sounds fresh!

Stream “Ingenue” below.

If you like that listen to “Steve French” and “Take Some Time” below. (more…)

Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth fun

February 8th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Nashville-based Los Colognes have just announced their third album The Wave, out May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. Last month they released the first track “Flying Apart,” which has such a tropical smooth sound I’m hooked on! The band has a run of shows in the US, including opening slots for St. Paul and the Broken Bones and an appearance at Sasquatch Festival.

Guitarist/singer Jay Rutherford opines in “Flying Apart” – ‘Nobody believed / We’re all just hoping / Floating down streams.” It’s a song that invokes “the wave” metaphor of the album’s title, while churning through its own sonic sea of shimmering keyboards and guitars anchored by drummer Aaron Mortenson. The music evokes any of the best moments of late seventies or mid eighties FM radio while never being weighed down by the specter of influence. Los Colognes are a young band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past.

Stream “Flying Apart” below and find out more info on the upcoming album and Los Colognes upcoming tour dates!

Unlike the live approach used to record the group’s previous records, The Wave was built from the ground up with attention to each part. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feel’s deliberate, while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while Mortenson propels the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving.
The journey to finish recording The Wave was its own quest for Rutherford and Mortenson, a more deliberate process of creation and craft that shows a band becoming fully aware of its voice and its vision. Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes held together by philosophical reflection and damn fine rock and roll chops. The Wave is coming.
The Wave is out May 12th, preorder the album HERE.
Read the full bio by William Tyler HERE.

Tracklisting:
1. Sneakin’ Breadcrumbs
2. Flying Apart
3. Unspoken
4. Molly B Good
5. Forever In Between
6. The White Whale
7. Man Over Bored
8. Hope Not Too Long
9. A-OK
10. Can You Remember?
Tour dates:
2/25 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
3/16 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/17 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/18 – Columbia, SC @ St Pat’s @ 5 Points *
3/23 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater *
3/24 – St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL @ Jannus Live *
4/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs for the Cause Festival
5/20 – Richmond, VA @ Dominion RiverRock Festival
5/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
8/24-08/27 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
*with St Paul & The Broken Bones
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