Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Music: HVOB and Winston Marshall - The Blame Game


Leave your preconceived ideas at the door for this one. If you saw the name Winston Marshall and thought ‘he’s in Mumford & Sons’ you’re right. What you’d be wrong about though was if you had assumed that this collaboration with Austrian electronic production duo HVOB was going to sound something akin to the vomit inducing techno-folk of Wake Me Up by Avicii. For The Blame Game, the first single from HVOB’s upcoming album Silk, is a thing of absolute beauty rather than something shameful, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Taking you on a journey from sedately intimate XX-like reverb laden guitar chords to dark whirlpools of warped wavy techno this is a song that needs all of the six minutes it occupies to expand fully outwards whilst immersing you inwards. Yet those six minutes never feel long. In fact they seem to pass far too quickly.

The song came about simply because Marshall emailed HVOB telling them that he liked their music and that he’d like to work with them. The duo didn’t take the email seriously at first, believing it to be fake, but a year and a half later, this unusual meeting of minds has produced a stunning piece of music that deserves your attention, whatever your thoughts on Mumford & Sons.

HVOB and Winston Marshall - The Blame Game


Monday, 20 February 2017

New Music: Sofi Tukker - Greed


Total banger alert!

Take one call and response chant, a pumping house backing, some crafty guitar licks and some smooth lyrics about keeping you up all night and there you have it. Ten imagine throwing in a dancefloor, darkness, strobes, dry ice and a whole bunch of people ready to go batshit mental and you’ve got yourself A MOMENT. 

Actually, you’ve got yourself A MOMENT even without the dry ice and strobes. Just turn this one up and add it to your best bangers in the worlds ever playlist.

There's a hint of Sleigh Bells with this one, as Sofi Tukker bring the noise. "This is one of the first times Sophie has ever screamed," say the duo. "Unfortunately there's a lot to scream about right now."

Sofi Tukker - Greed 


Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Music: Introducing - Emma Jensen


With its liquid gold synths and soft beats, Closer, the debut song from Norway’s Emma Jensen, sounds a tiny bit like Grimes on downers.

A hypnotic ode to wanting to hold on to someone who is drifting out of your relationship, this tune has a relatively sparse musical simplicity that in lesser hands could just float away to nothingness. Jensen does better than that though – it’s as if she is wiggling her musical finger at you beckoning you to be drawn in, then once you’re there she adds a surprising bluesy guitar riff just to prove that this isn’t just electropop balladry by numbers.

A soft sounding yet musically strong start from Jensen, it's probably not surprising that over the last week or so Closer has been picked up by quite a few new music blogs, Certainly it's my favourite song to come from Norway since we last heard from Aurora - and that's pretty decent company to keep. 

Emma Jensen plays by:Larm festival in Oslo this March.

Emma Jensen - Closer


Saturday, 18 February 2017

New Music: Lana Del Ray - Love


When it comes to end of decade best of lists, I’m afraid I won’t be taking any notice of yours in 2019 if it doesn’t contain Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.

Thankfully, whilst Video Games made Lana a star she’s managed to sustain herself with a series of records that have kept a consistency both in terms of quality and style whilst influencing many wannabee Lanas along the way.

Now, after a series of posters appeared in L.A last week, with their photos cropping up all over social media feeds, she returns with a song simply called Love (surely this should have been released on Valentine's day? Her label missed a trick there) and it’s a right old fan pleaser.

“Look at you kids, you know, you know you’re the coolest. The world is yours and you can’t refuse it. Seen so much you could get the blues, but that don’t mean that you should abuse it,” she coos in that effortless languid tone of hers. It's a song that deals with the mixed emotions and confusions of youthful love; not knowing where the ride is going to take you, but you’ve got to go on that journey anyway. “Doesn’t matter if I’m not enough, for the future or the things to come, ‘cause I’m young and in love.” 

It's romantic, dreamy and perfectly Lana. 

Lana Del Rey - Love