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Hidden Gem: Tors *folk harmonies like British Fleet Foxes

May 12th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video |

It’s folk music Friday and I got a fantastic up-and-coming UK band in Tors. If you like Fleet Foxes then read on as this four-piece band from the UK have excellent pitch and harmonies with their sonic abilities in single “Merry Go Round”.

Stream it below and watch their live video for it as well.

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Hidden Gem: Jordan Mackampa – “Battlecry” *thoughtful folk-pop

April 27th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop |

After hearing “Battlecry” and “Saint” and the songs from his Physics EP, I’ve become a huge fan of Jordan Mackampa and am happy to share his music!

He’s got this unique gospel-tinged vocal that is mesmerizing and he pairs that with soulful folk-pop instrumentation, and delivers a track in “Battlecry” that is motivating and I could see it getting licensed on a ton of media (commercials, TV shows, films, etc.). I love the handclapping instrumentals that move along as Jordan Mackampa delivers his soulful voice.
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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…)

Review: Star Slinger live at The Echo

October 2nd, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Dance Music |

Last Friday night I won tickets to see UK beatsmith Star Slinger at The Echo courtesy of Thrillcall. His live sets occupy some interesting area between UK electronic and American hip-hop, where his own intricate productions sounded right at home alongside Juicy J’s “Who Da Neighbors”. His set consisted of a slew of his intricate remixes including his “We Found Love” Rhianna remix and his Hundred Waters “Thistle” remix as well as his own original productions, “Chain Dumbin” with a verse from Juicy J and his latest release “Ladies In The Back” featuring Teki Latex.

I highly recommend seeing Star Slinger live as he got all the hipster kids at The Echo dancing.

Stream his three latest releases below.


NSFW Video: Charlotte Devaney – Nice *sexy dance time

April 4th, 2012 by | Dance, Music Video |

Everything about this video is “NICE!”. Here’s up-and-coming UK DJ, model and actress Charlotte Devaney with her first hit, “NICE”. Watch this sexy NSFW video below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: The Chevin *UK alternative rock

April 1st, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Rock |

The Chevin are an up-and-coming alternative band from the UK. Once I heard their hit “Champion” I knew these guys were going to become real big famous acts. It’s only a matter of time until America embraces their upbeat rocking sound.

Watch the video to “Champion” below and look out for Best You Never Heard 6, dropping April 8, which may feature this song! (more…)

Kate McGill *the next Ellie Goulding?

November 9th, 2011 by | Music Video, Pop |

This is for fans of Ellie Goulding and the people loving how cute female British singers are these days. Kate McGill is an up-and-coming pop artist from the UK with a catchy single in “Replaced”.

Listen and download Kate McGill’s latest single, “Replaced”.

Kate McGill – Replaced

Watch the official music video to Kate McGill‘s “Replaced” to see the cute-ness I’m talking about regarding singers like Kate McGill, Ellie Goulding, Lily Allen, Leona Lewis and many more. (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…)

Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed (Star Slinger Remix)

July 29th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

In the DJ game, there is no one who can touch UK DJ/producer Star Slinger. He has carved out his own path, and there is absolutely nobody near him in terms of combining originality, creativity, and fat beats. His latest track, a remix to Washed Out’s “Eyes be Closed” transforms the mellow indie campfire swaying into a breakbeat dance track.


Download: Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed” (Star Slinger Remix)

Right now, Star Slinger stays slaying dance-floors overseas in Europe, but rumor has it that he’ll be touring the US in the late fall/early winter. Follow him on Twitter for updates. If he comes to your city, go catch him live. I promise, you’ve never heard anything like this dude.


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