You know what they say about Sweden – there’s something in the water when it comes to music and Tove Lo is the latest new light in an illustrious pop galaxy. Singer/songwriter for herself and others, Tove Lo’s ‘Habits’ – the rather poignant snapshot of a love affair turned bitter – and its Hippie Sabotage remix has brought her into the spotlight, sending her top ten in the UK.
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Tasty, the Chinese born and raised twins Jung Daeryong and Soryong, debuted in 2012 with the sweaty, shoulder popping, EDM racket of ‘You Know Me’ (너 나 알아) which, besides sending new fans into a spasm of “which is which?”, gave them a standout moment in what was a very busy rookie year. Strange then that after a strong start it took almost 12 months for them to be seen again.
A two family affair, Marmozets feature the MacIntyre siblings Becca (vocals), Sam (guitar) and Josh (drums) with the Bottomley brothers Jack (guitar) and Will (bass). Their latest single ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ caught our attention for Becca’s skin-peeling snarl. It could literally body slam you. We’re volunteering.
Born from J-Pop idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal are Suzuka Nakamoto, Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno. They’re tiny, teenaged and wear cute, gothic, anime friendly outfits while layering their helium pop vocals over, yes, you guessed it, metal. And they’re coming to blow the already strained eardrums of the Sonisphere crowd.
Raleigh Ritchie, who chose his monniker from The Royal Tenebaums by combining two character names, isn’t too keen on being known as an “actor turned musician”. Previously seen in Kidulthood and Game Of Thrones, Raleigh (real name Jacob Anderson) has been penning songs since in his early teens, finally settling on a sound that might be lend itself to being called neo-soul or electronic R’N'B. Whatever the case, Ritchie’s two EP’s – ‘The Middle Child’ and ‘Black and Blue’ – are evocative, thoughtful pieces that he uses as letters, confessionals and a method of soul searching.
Returning with ‘Himalayan’, their third studio album, Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) have brought their meaty, densely swaggering rock n roll back, this time with a what they see as a rediscovered faith in their sound.
It feels like an eternity since this band graced the public conscious but they return with ‘Down’ – a hip-shaking reboot on their sound, with a Rolling Stones meets funk pyschedelia undercurrent. Watch the excellent video, which sees director Davis Silis getting The Kooks to bust out their dance moves.
LA based singer/songwriter Conway made the video to her strident single ‘Big Talk’ completely under her own steam. With its meaty basslines and sneering chorus the track gathered pace organically, making Conway one to watch without the usual pop rigmarole and volcanic hype. The Big Talk EP mirrors the title track – confessional lyrics, layers of resounding, driving percussion and instant melodies.
Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe are Copenhagen’s Reptile Youth, the band that see expectations as something to be broken, played and fucked around with. Their self-titled 2012 debut sounded pop but they played shows dripping with the raw energy and noise of punk. For their new album – Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone – they’ve changed tack once more, taking a trip through a darker period of their lives.
Those tracking shots look familiar…. yes, it’s another sequel for the robot franchise and this time dinosaurs and Mark Wahlberg get in on the action. Say hello to the first trailer for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. T-Rex as a huge, steel exo-skeleton or a perodactyl bigger than a building? Sure, why the hell not!
This song (and its very simple accompanying video) moved us almost to tears. Stripped back to showcase MNEK’s vocals, it wouldn’t be too far for comparisons to Stevie Wonder to creep through. That’s a big claim and we’re sticking by it. MNEK is one of the most talented singer/songwriter/producers out there and this goes beyond proving it.
Sean Teale, the 21 year old Londoner, burst onto British TV screens as Nick Levan in Skins in 2011 and since then he’s been keeping himself with busy in roles that run from biblical to the sci-fi. Recently he garnered a place in the ITV show, Mr Selfridge, which you can catch, along with a staggering 7 million other viewers, on Sunday nights.
If, like me, you thought 21 Jump St was going to be an unmitigated disaster only to then choke on popcorn and have soda come out your nose as you pounded the armrests with laughter, then come hold my hand. Let’s call a prayer circle and chant for 22 Jump St being as amusing as its predecessor.