Tag Archive: UK

Syd Arthur – “Hometown Blues” (Psychemagik Remix)

  The UK’s Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney aka Psychemagik first had me with the slow disco and cosmic chunk-funk of their remix of Quentin Quatro’s “Disco Quatro” last year. It was number 5 on my… Continue reading

Leon Vynehall – “It’s Just (House of Dupree)”

  Portsmouth, UK’s Leon Vynehall is creating some of my favorite music right now.   His latest mini-album, Music for the Uninvited, is seven tracks replete with grooving house beats, analog hiss, vinyl crackle,… Continue reading

Fyfe – “For You” (Deptford Goth Remix)

  “Everything little-little-thing-little-thing-I-little-thing-little-I-do…”   I first became a fan of 24-year-old London producer and singer Fyfe when I heard his track “Lies” last year, which I thought was a beguilingly disenchanted song that recalls… Continue reading

Paper Tiger – “Make It Through” (Werkha Remix) (Free Download)

  Manchester’s Tru Thoughts-signed producer Werkha brings his signature bass bruises and clipped claps to this remix of Leeds, UK space jazz and otherworldly hip-hop outfit Paper Tiger‘s latest single, “Make it Through.”… Continue reading

Andrea Balency – “You’ve Never Been Alone”

  Sounding somewhat like an especially chilled AlunaGeorge, 22-year-old Mexican-French producer and singer Andrea Balency introduces her first single, “You’ve Never Been Alone,” a futurebound, striding cut of metallic R&B and glimmering electronic soul.… Continue reading

Hawk House – “Chill Pill (Experiment 2)” (Official Video)

  “Seven billion residents of the Earth…”   How are London hip-hop trio Hawk House not massive?   Brothers Eman and Sam and their friend Demae’s track “Tidal Tendencies” was number 42 in my Top… Continue reading

SBTRKT ft Sampha – “Temporary View”

  One of this decade’s best partnerships in electronic music.       A very, very welcome return for Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT and Sampha, here with a brand new track called “Temporary… Continue reading

Cash+David – “Pulse” (Official Video)

  Diggin’ the indie-disco-funk-pop of “Pulse” by UK duo Cash+David.       Cash+David – “Pulse” (Official Video)       You will also find me doing similar ballet moves in deserted and… Continue reading

Moleskin – “Turnt On”

  Sounding like Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 after nineteen cups of coffee, “Turnt On” by London producer Moleskin joyfully pummels your head into nodding and your limbs into wildly flailing.      … Continue reading

TEMPLES INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE ROXY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     “We wanted to create a world for people to fall into…”   British psychedelic rockers Temples recently came to Los Angeles to play one of the best… Continue reading

Kidd Feather – “Sirene” (Official Video)

  Switzerland’s Kidd Feather creates kaleidoscopic, refracted, psychedelic electronic pop.       Now living in East London, he says that his homeland was instrumental in influencing his musical style.   “I grew up… Continue reading

Until The Ribbon Breaks – “Pressure” (UNKLE Reconstruction)

  Until the Ribbon Breaks‘ original version of “Pressure” and his most recent album, A Taste of Silver both shine thanks to a surfeit of musical talent and willingness for sonic experimentation from Cardiff, Wales’ Pete… Continue reading

Grenier Meets Archie Pelago – “Phosphorent”

  Brooklyn trio Archie Pelago create lush, bass-bouncing, live instrumental electronic music with drum machines, cellos, trumpets, and saxophones.       Their track “Avocado Roller” was number 25 in my Top 100… Continue reading

Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (Live at Toe Rag Studios)

  North London’s Wolf Alice set the guitars to “overdrive” and “early 90s” on the fantastic “Moaning Lisa Smile,” whose ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah refrain will get lodged in your brain for days.      … Continue reading

Lone – “Aurora Northern Quarter”

  Taking the stomp of his fantastic “Airglow Fires” (which made #50 in my Top 100 Songs of 2013 list—listen and download the DJ mix of this list here), Lone returns with a… Continue reading

Benjamin Yellowitz – “Treatise”

  Strongly diggin’ these strong shades of two of my very favorite artists Fink and Bonobo that surface on this brand new soulful acoustic jam from Birmingham, UK’s Benjamin Yellowitz.      … Continue reading

Skepta ft JME – “That’s Not Me” (Official Video)

  Grime innovator and Boy Better Know head honcho Skepta steps up with “That’s Not Me,” a brand new cut with an aquatic, bleepy and bloopy sample that sounds like Spongebob Squarepants’ ringtone.… Continue reading

Anushka – “World in a Room”

  So in love with this tune.   Brighton, UK future-facing dance duo Anushka take house music forward by bringing it back to my favorite elements: celebratory piano stabs, uptempo bass notes, a delectable vocal line,… Continue reading

Until The Ribbon Breaks – “A Taste Of Silver” (Free Download)

  Cardiff, Wales singer and producer Pete Lawrie Winfield aka Until The Ribbon Breaks has newness for you.       I first got switched on to UTRB’s (as he was known back in February 2012)… Continue reading

All the People – “Don’t Think”

  “My heart feels full…”   Mightily diggin’ this new rhythmic basement soul jam from South London trio All The People that features the Sampha-tico vocals of Curtis Dennie, Ashley Arnold on drums, and Simon Arnold on… Continue reading

Mo Kolours – “Mo Kolours” (Free Album Download)

I first heard about the Mauritian-English producer Mo Kolours back in 2011 via the eternally entertaining writing talents of Mr Alex Chase and his One Handed Music record label missive. (You really should subscribe… Continue reading

Ben Khan – “Youth”

London’s largely unknown singer and producer Ben Khan melds guitars from the 1975 with some 80s sheen and croon on “Youth,” while weaving the famous Lyn Collins “Think” hip-hop drum break sample in… Continue reading

The Weeknd – “Wanderlust” (Snakehips Remix)

Vibe to London producer duo Snakehips’ remix of the Weeknd in all its housey, side-chained glory!     The Weeknd – “Wanderlust” (Snakehips Remix)       More slinky sounds from Snakehips here.… Continue reading

GoGo Penguin – “Hopopono” (Official Video)

This Manchester, UK jazz trio reminds me of a less rambunctious Bad Bad Not Good. GoGo Penguin‘s influences include “Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST,” which means… Continue reading

Bibio – “Dye The Water Green” (Live) (Official Video)

Warp Records, you are good to us. This live version of “Dye the Water Green” by West Midlands, UK musician Bibio is some much needed Friday afternoon chill.       From Bibio… Continue reading

Royce Wood Junior – “Nuff”

Really cannot get enough of this latest wave of late-night electronic soul transmissions that seem to be dominating my headphones at the minute. Ed Thomas, Erik Hassle, Perera Elsewhere… all of these mightily… Continue reading

Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man” (Official Video)

My favorite song of today. British Berliner Perera Elsewhere turns the volume down to two and delivers a hushed, intimate, ghostly transmission of understated indie-soul.       Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man”… Continue reading

Fatima – “La Neta” (Produced by Flako) (Official Video)

Sweden-via-London singer Fatima recently partnered with “soul documentarian” Flako to produce this tempo-shifting, uplifting, singalong synth beat jam.   Fatima – “La Neta” (Produced by Flako) (Official Video)         More from… Continue reading

Ed Thomas – “Hurt” (Free MP3 Download)

London’s Ed Thomas weaves gentle vinyl crackle, orchestral strings, and pitter-patter drums on this excellent, soulful serving of 2014 R&B.     Ed Thomas – “Hurt” (Free MP3 Download)        … Continue reading

Kwabs – “Wrong or Right” (Official Video)

While I’ve written about the versatile vocal talent of Kwabs before, and while his name may remind you of Tweety Bird announcing his favorite seafood in plural form, London’s Kwabena Adjepong’s latest release deserves… Continue reading

Outfit – “Thank God I Was Dreaming” (Official Video)

On new song “Thank God I Was Dreaming,” Liverpool outfit Outfit employ a gently clicking garage beat to back a blend of sunny indie falsetto, tropical guitar, and cloudy yet warm synth washes.… Continue reading

To Be Frank – “Half the Man”

To be frank, Suffolk, England’s To Be Frank‘s intensely dreamlike video for “Half the Man” looks like Darren Aronofsky had a go at directing a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk commercial. The beat for the… Continue reading

Why Goldie’s Timeless is the Perfect Winter Album

It is fast becoming a yearly ritual of mine to listen to Goldie‘s Timeless album in full, straight through, every winter, because it is the perfect winter album.     Cueing up the… Continue reading

The Chemical Brothers – “Life is Sweet” (Daft Punk Remix)

Inspired by this brilliant piece I read today on the life and times of the Chems‘ “Setting Sun,” a song that sounds as vital and compelling now as it did when it shot… Continue reading

Jean Deaux – “Find U” (Produced by Sampha)

Anything that features even a few bars of Sampha‘s production or vocal talent deserves an automatic click of the play button. Here the English falsetto wizard teams up with Chicago’s Jean Deaux (correctly… Continue reading

Burial – “Rival Dealer” & “Hiders” & “Come Down to Us” (Rival Dealer EP)

Earlier today, at around 10am, the nocturnal and bristly beats, clicks, and hiss from the brand new Rival Dealer EP from the unidentified, mysterious, and highly-acclaimed UK producer Burial were freshly streaming from the Internet… Continue reading

Sub Focus – “Turn Back Time” (Paul Woolford aka Special Request Remix)

I cannot get enough of Paul Woolford‘s Special Request project; inspired by the glorious heyday of early 90s jungle and UK pirate radio transmissions. After remixing Lana Del Rey, London Grammar, Tessela, and Friend Within under the Special Request… Continue reading

Ben Westbeech aka Breach ft Andreya Triana – “Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)” (Official Video)

I first got switched on to the English singer and dance producer Ben Westbeech in the spring of 2007. He’d just signed to tastemaker’s tastemaker Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and the label was releasing… Continue reading

Maribou State – “Blue Sunday”

I’ve always enjoyed Maribou State‘s musical output. All of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory’s sonic productions maintain a steady, consistent groove throughout, but what sets them far apart from other electronic acts in… Continue reading

Frameworks – “Patience” (Free Download)

I was elated this morning when I found a free download of one of the best compilations of 2013 by a country mile. Not a bad start to a Wednesday. The first track,… Continue reading

Dive In – “Let Go” (Official Video)

Dive In hail from Glastonbury (the actual town, not the festival) in the west of England. Their song “Let Go” is happily planted at the musical crossroads of indie, rock, dance, and sunny,… Continue reading

Phaeleh – “Tokoi” (Official Video)

If you like Bonobo, you should definitely listen to Bristolian beatsmith Phaeleh (pronounced “fella”).   Phaeleh – “Tokoi” (Official Video)       Phaeleh‘s first ever North American tour begins this week. Catch… Continue reading

10 Ways in Which Your First Time at Bikram Yoga Is Pretty Much Identical to Taking the London Underground at Rush Hour in July

The only way to mentally and physically survive both hot yoga and taking the tube through the belly of London in the sweltering summer heat is to keep calm and not allow yourself… Continue reading

Kasket – “Warm Regards” (Official Video)

Ambient atmospherics from British producer Kasket aka Charlie Baldwin. The best part is when that Cinematic Orchestra-esque beat comes in at 1min 59sec. It makes the song. Some nice Spanish guitar in there,… Continue reading

Sam Smith – “Safe With Me” (Tourist Remix)

Brighton, UK’s Will Phillips aka Tourist turns in a dizzyingly good remix of Sam Smith’s latest.     Sam Smith – “Safe With Me” (Tourist Remix)       More from the talented… Continue reading

Lost Midas ft Taylor O’Donnell – “Love Undone” (Official Video)

My new favorite tune from Lost Midas, the very talented beat producer and songwriter, sporting an impressive mustache and an even more impressive, next-level, Minority Report-filmed-in-Silverlake, hipster edition of Google Glass in the video… Continue reading

Laura Mvula – “She” (MJ Cole Remix)

  Mathematical fact alert! MJ Cole = summer.   Loving these Todd Edwards-esque vocal scissorings of Laura Mvula’s melody, those swinging UK garage beats, these regal strings, and the electronic piano treble jazz-fill… Continue reading

Barbarossa – “Turbine” (Official Video) (Free Download)

Fresh from supporting José González‘s band Junip in New York last week, East London’s suitably red-bearded James Mathé, otherwise known as Barbarossa, combines a large, simple Black Keys-ish garage rock-soul guitar riff and tussled… Continue reading

Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep – “Sacrifice” (Official Video)

Future-funked acid house all day. Watch the accompanying video that resembles the 3D graph blueprints on the 4D desk of some 5D cosmic alien architect.   Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep – “Sacrifice”… Continue reading

Bibio – “À Tout à l’Heure” (Official Video)

West Midlands, UK producer Stephen Wilkinson bka Bibio returns with Silver Wilkinson, a new album of his lo-fi, 70s-soaked, indie electronic soul sound. Lead single “À Tout à l’Heure” couldn’t be more organic… Continue reading