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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.

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…)

Stream: Franc Moody – “Dopamine” *disco funk similar to Daft Punk

March 15th, 2017 by | Disco |

North West London collective Franc Moody announce their new single “Dopamine” following in the footsteps of their 2016 instrumental EP1. “Dopamine” takes this same lithe funk sensibility and adds a deft vocal and lyrical content that plays with the physical and emotional effects of the song. I love the funky basslines, the smooth melodies and the lyrical content keeps me into the song very much. I think Franc Moody is onto some low-fi dance music.

Stream it below. (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…)

Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

The latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Py *London electronic pop

October 25th, 2012 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop, Hidden Gem |

While Py is slowly starting to gain some popularity in her native UK, she is relatively unknown in the United States. This is a shame though, as her talents and potential are both very high.

Take “Lungs” for example. She gets a beautiful beat courtesy of George Fitzgerald and absolutely kills it with her sexy vocals. I’m excited to see more of her work in the future. “Lungs” can be found on Py’s recent mixtape, Tripping On Wisdom.

Watch the video to “Lungs” and her latest song “These Strings” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Phonat *Electronica/Dance

October 12th, 2011 by | Dance, Hidden Gem, Music Video |

Phonat is a rising DJ from London who makes real catchy electronica/dance tunes. Rather than give you a whole description of his music I will say his music reminds me of Justice mixed electro-house music, here’s two of my favorites from him.

Phonat – Love Hits The Fan


Phonat – Set Me Free

By the way Phonat released a music video for each of these songs. Watch them below the visuals are real abstract and interestingly colorful. (more…)

Too big for Hidden Gem: Feed Me *electronic variety

July 24th, 2011 by | Dance, Dubstep, House, Remix |

A rising UK DJ who has a electronic mix of sounds is quite talented. He already has over 60,000 fans on facebook, is playing all over the world and has a real catchy electronic sound with a little bit of dubstep, electro, house and overall real upbeat. Here’s my three favorites from Feed Me who kind of reminds me of Deamau5 or Skrillex.
Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) by robyn


Feed Me – Green Bottle


Feed me – Blood Red

For more on Feed Me, follow him on: facebook / soundcloud / twitter

(too big for) Hidden Gem: Chase & Status

February 27th, 2011 by | Dance, Electropop, Pop |

Chase & Status are an electro duo who hail from London, UK. It consists of Saul “Chase” Milton and Will “Status” Kennard. The duo have a very unique electronic/pop sound to their music and have quite catchy tracks. They have actually been quite popular in England for a while and currently have over 3,000 fans on their facebook page. They are just now starting to become mainstream. I actually just heard them on XM radio the other day. Their first album, More Than Alot, debuted in the UK album charts at number 49 on October 19, 2008. Since then they have been up to a lot with tours all over England and many other parts of Europe. They just released their second album, No More Idols, on January 31st and it’s a good one. Expect a lot from this electro duo in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy two of my favorite tracks by them “Streetlife” (featuring Takura) and “End Credits” (featuring Plan B).

Download: Chase & Status – “Streetlife” (featuring Takura)

Download: Chase & Status – “End Credits” (featuring Plan B.)

To hear more music and learn more about Chase & Status, check out their official site and become a fan on facebook and twitter pages.

Hidden Gem: Wolf Gang *rock with awesome piano

February 8th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |


Continuing the trend of providing a dope rock song like I did yesterday with Polarsets, above is the music video for “Lions In Cages” from UK rock band Wolf Gang. They have some really great instrumentals and nice lyrics and I just love the use of the piano in their songs. This is for Jon, who was asking for some good indie rock music today, I hope this fits the bill!

Below is “Lions in Cages”, which just builds so well and all the instrumentals make for a wonderful rock track.
Lions In Cages
“The King and All Of His Men” is another track with excellent instrumentals, lovely harmonized vocals (which I love) and great pickup in the song. For fans of Wolf Gang, sorry I posted a dope song from 2009.
The King and all of his Men
Lastly, “Back to Back” is a more soft rock song with interesting vocals.
Back To Back
If you like Wolf Gang, follow them on facebook and twitter.


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