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Currently Listening To: Cash+David

Currently Listening To: Cash+David

Tim Ross (Cash) and Liz Lawrence (David) are London electronic duo Cash+David, who are about to release a new single (“Bones”) on December 8 2014, through their own label.  “Bones” is the follow-up to previous single “Pulse”, which topped Hype Machine’s charts (which I evidently missed the boat on).   Better late than never.

Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

“Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, off the album Club Meds (available January 2015).

Of the video, director Ben Clarkson says: “It is complicated to open a conversation about the way we depict our history and our identity. Stories are powerful, and the way histories are told often reinforce the power of the powerful. How we tell the story, how our oral, written and visual traditions transmit interpretations of the past affects our behaviour, our ontology, here in the present. I would love to discuss how there are different histories. I believe that the quiet stability that many of us enjoy is a phantasm. I believe we have a great deal of work to do in order to live with one another in a way that agrees with our values (or the values we’d like to have). History is not finished and we must take ownership of it, or others will do it for us.”

Fall At Your Feet

Fall At Your Feet

Here’s a new track from 19 year old Nottingham, UK artist Saint Raymond called “Fall At Your Feet” (out November 30th).  Just like the previous track I featured from him, this guy know how to write a poppy song.

Saint Raymond is currently working on his debut album, out in the spring of next year.

 is 19-year-old Callum Burrows from Nottingham, UK
Supported HAIM across Europe at the end of 2013

Currently Listening To: Ajimal

Currently Listening To: Ajimal

For fans of Asgeir or Fink, check out “Nothing Touches Me” from Newcastle based singer/songwriter Fran O’Hanlon (aka Ajimal).  In his own words “Nothing Touches Me” is about the idea of ‘self’ and the inability to imagine anything outside one’s own sphere of existence. It’s about fearlessness and inability to imagine death. It looks at repetition; the fact that everything that we do, or that future generations do, has arguably been done before – and how to come to terms with this.

“Nothing Touches Me” will be out on December 1st via Mono as part of a split 12′ release with Tessera Skies.  The label will be hosting a launch party for the single at Ernest, Newcastle on 29th November and Ajimal will be playing a free show for Communion on 21st October at The Islington, London in support of the release.

Also, check out another one of his older songs, which came on afterwards when I was previewing the track.  The soundcloud recommendation engine strikes again!

New Music From Kate Boy, “Open Fire”

New Music From Kate Boy, “Open Fire”

I love seeing Kate Boy in the feeds I check, meaning there’s probably a killer new tune or video (that I’m probably going to like).  This past week, I noticed the Stockholm trio’s name coming up again, this time on news of a new single called “Open Fire”.  I love the juxtaposition between the punchy, off beat, underlying bassline, the layered synths in the chorus, and Kate’s melodic chants.

Take a listen.

Vaults – “Vultures”

Vaults – “Vultures”

For fans of Florence & The Machine, Banks, or London Grammar (who the band is currently supporting on tour), Vaults’ first track off their new EP is a piano-driven stunner of a pop song.  Simultaneously dreamy and grand, the tune is carried by lead singer Blythe Pepino’s haunting vocals.  This London-based trio is one band I will be keeping a close eye on in the coming months!

Catch them on their current UK tour, or join me in hoping for some North American dates in the new year.