Monday, 31 December 2012

Bat For Lashes - A Wall (Video)

"A Wall" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Video directed by Noel Paul.


Blood Red Shoes - The Water EP

Brighton Rock n’ Roll duo Blood Red Shoes are set to return in 2013 with a brand new three track EP, titled Water. The EP was recorded in Dallas, Texas by John Congleton who has also worked with The Roots, The Walkmen and /Explosions In The Sky. One of the EP's tracks, "Black Distractions", is available to download for free by clicking here! will be released on 21st January and you can Pre-Order it now on iTunes UK.

Blood Red Shoes will also be playing a headline gig at the 02 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush on 22nd January, with support from Rolo Tomassi and Wet Nuns. Head to gigsandtours.com for more information.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mixtape of The Year 2012

Click the title of each mixtape to be taken to the download link and stream (if there is one for each mixtape).


Mya - Mr. Incredible (Video)

Here's a little known fact: Mya is still making good music! "Mr. Incredible" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Video directed by Derek Brown.

Velvet Stream - The Honeymoon Period (Demo)

I had the luck of coming across a female-led, Alternative Pop/Rock band from London by the name of Velvet Stream this week. Like many newly weds, I didn't want "The Honeymoon Period" to end. So I was even happier when I stumbled across Velvet Stream's acoustic version of "The Honeymoon Period" which you can watch below. Definitely a band to keep an eye on based on this performance!

Marie Dahlstrom - Twice (Little Dragon Cover)

Marie Dahlstrom's cover of Little Dragon's "Twice" to end the year. Marie Dahlstrom has also released a short new video which you can watch below. It is from a photo shoot that turned into an impromptu video shoot!


Saturday, 29 December 2012

Coust - P​/​AA EP

Coust's P/AA EP is out now via independent UK Bass record label Disturbing Noise Records. The EP features original ambient electronic Bass music from French based producer Coust as well as remixes by Loam Fields, FREnchfire and The Blank. If you prefer your music mixed then you can listen and download a  mix of the full P/AA  EP on Disturbing Noise's Soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/DisturbingNoise.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Jakwob - Detox

Not content with giving us one gem this week (check out Jakwob's remix of Laura Mvula "She" if you haven't already!), Jakwob is back with a banger. Like his previous remix "Detox" is a free download, enjoy.

Twigs - Twigs EP

The intriguing and mysterious artists known simply as Twigs recently released her debut self titled Twigs EP. The project includes her previous gems "Ache" and "Hide" as well was two new songs, "Weak" and "Breathe" which you can enjoy below. You can purchase the Twigs EP now from Twgs' Bandcamp page TwigsTwigs.bandcamp.com.


"Weak Spot"

"Breathe"

Chet Faker - Archangel (Burial Cover)

Chet Faker's brilliant cover of Burial's "Archangel", live in the Newstead Butter Factory.

Jade Alston - Missing You Lately (Video)

Jade Alston's visuals for "Missing You Lately" which is taken from her brilliant Single On A Saturday Night EP which you can download by clicking here. Jade will be following that project with the release of Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night Pt. 2 in the new year and you can preview a song from the project by clicking here.

Video directed by Walu.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

J Marie Cooper - Closure (Acoustic Video)

Another acoustic performance from J Marie Cooper and she smashed it to pieces once again!


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Midian - Bitter (Video)

Midian stunning performance of her former Song of The Day "Bitter". The song is the title track from Midian's Bitter EP, which will be released on 8th January 2013 and is available to Pre-Order now on iTunes UKiTunes US.

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Duologue - Push It

When done right, live music sounds better than recorded music. Duologue's new single "Push It" is a good example of this - the studio version is in no way bad, but the live version is so much more better. You can watch Duologue perform "Push It" below, which will be released on 21st January 2013 via Killing Moon records. The recorded version is also available for your listening pleasure via the band's Soundcloud page Soundcloud.com/Duologue.

Linda Harrison - Be With You (Video)

Linda Harrison is releasing her brilliant new single "Be With You" in support of NSPCC (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children). You can read more about the song on Linda's website http://lindabyharrison.com/be-with-you/ and the song is available to buy now on iTunes UK.

Video directed by Nate Camponi.

Phlo Finister - Poster Girl (Mixtape)

Since hearing Phlo Finister's Crown Royale EP, which was one of last year's EPs of The Year, I've been looking forward to hearing Phlo's next project. The wait is over and you can listen to the mixtape above, enjoy.


Austin Peralta - Lapis (Moduloktopus Remix)

I am not the most familiar with Austin Peralta's work, but I can definitely tell you that Moduloktopus's festive remix of  Austin "Lapis" is amazing! 

Burns - Lies (Video)

Burns flipped Niche's Dance floor classic "You've Been Cheating & Telling Me Lies" and the result is not bad, until the drop! "Lies" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Video directed by Allistair Legrand.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

B.Traits - Best of 2012 (Mixtape)

Delve Into The Twelve is a brand new mixtape featuring B.Traits' favourite songs from the past year. She's got pretty good taste and if 'Urban Music' (I hate that term, I prefer Hip Hop/ RnB/ Bass Music) is your thing then you'll love this. Oh and it's a free download!

Labrinth - Atomic EP

Out of the blue Labrinth released his Atomic EP, featuring Plan B, Lady Leshur, Marger, Luna C, Faiz, Maxsta, Devlin, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran, Shezar & Etta Bond! It's a gift from Labrinth to you, shame there isn't a download link though.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Rubee Rayne - Pause Cocaine (Interlude)

Rubee Rayne's new is probably the closest we'll ever get to a white Christmas in the UK!

Previously: Rubee Rayne - Numb


Various Cruelties - If It Wasn't For You (Acoustic Video)

You can download Various Cruelties' lovely acoustic version of "If It Wasn't For You" for free by clicking here. This tune's definitely a grower!

Video filmed and edited by Jade Clarke.


ASAP Rocky - Long Live A$AP (Video)

ASAP Rocky's visuals for the title track from his major label debut album Long Live A$AP, which will be released on 14th January. You can Pre-Order the album now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Video directed by Sami Lecca & ASAP Rocky.


The Night - Like This

The Night are a six piece Indie band from Sydney, Australia that have just released their debut single "Medicate Me". The band are preparing to release thier debut album I Am, and Say in early 2013 and it is one of the album's tracks that needs your attention. The song is brilliant and is today's Song of The Day.

Angel - In Between Time (Mixtape)

Angel just dropped his In Between Time mixtape, which includes featured appearances by Wiley, Giggs and Tinchy Stryder. Angel produced the whole mixtape himself and you can preview it below. is available to download now from Angel's Facebook page Facebook.com/angelofficial. Click here to watch Angel performing an acoustic version of "Just Sayin".

Previously: Angel - #JustSayin

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Josephine - Sequins and Society

2012 was a big year for Josephine; she released her debut album Portrait, performed on Later....With Jools Holland and supported both the Noisettes and Michael Kiwanuka on tour. To celebrate she is giving away "Sequins and Society" for free on her Facenook page Facebook.com/thisisJosephine.

Tanika - Goodbye (Acoustic Video)

Say hello to Tanika, who smashed this acoustic performance of her track "Goodbye" for Dropout UK.

Enigma Dubz ft Trilla & Screama - We Make It Work

Enigma Dubz is joined by fellow Brummies and Grime Mc’s Trilla Jermaine Trilloski & Screama for his new banger and Song of The Day. "We Make It Work" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Very Americans - Back From The Dead

"Back From The Dead" is the debut release from new Indie Rock band, Very Americans. The single is available both digitally and as a limited edition hand numbered 7" vinyl from Very Americans' bandcamp page VeryAmericans.bandcamp.com.

Saintseneca - Mallwalker

A not so typical Christmas single from Ohio based Folk band Saintseneca.

JoJo - Agápē (Mixtape)

JoJo's back and let's hope she's here to stay this time if she can continue to make music this good!

FREE DOWNLOAD: JoJo - Agápē (Mixtape)

Previously: JoJo - Demonstrate

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Emma Blakk - Turn My Life Around (Video)

"Turn My Life Around" is the stand out track from Emma Blakk's new Council Block Dreamer EP, which you can download for free from EmmaBlakk.bandcamp.com. Keep a lookout for the East London based Singer/ Songwriter as she has more releases planned for the next 12 months..

Video Directed, shot and edited by Chas Appeti.

Alicia Keys - Brand New Me (Video)

The old Alicia Keys was great and the new one might just be better judging by her new single! "Brand New Me" is available to buy now on iTunes UK and iTunes US.


Mahalia and Ed Sheeran - Goldrush (Video)

Ed Sheeran and Mahalia practice and perform Ed's song "Gold Rush" in Birmingham. Sounding good!


Lili K. and Peter Cottontale - A Christmas Song (Video)

Lili K. and Peter Cottontale's visuals for "A Christmas Song" which features a medley of holiday jingles. You can download the song for free from soundcloud.com/lilik.

Video directed by J Frank Visuals.


Shakka - Sooner Or Later (Video)

Shakka's debut single "Sooner Or Later" is today's Song of The Day and it's out now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Directors, Editors, Visual Effects and Video Concept: Jamell WIlliams and Ricky Robinson for The House Of Alt.

The Deer Tracks - Bucket of Sunbeams (Video)

As a song and video, "Bucket of Sunbeams" starts off as quite a sombre affair. But they come to life almost half way through the song, transferring it from an emotional acoustic song to a brilliant upbeat track! You can download "Bucket of Sunbeams" for free by clicking here.

Video directed by Salomon Paulo.


Juliyaa - Hey Ya (Outkast Cover)

While Andre 3000's "Hey Ya" was an RnB/Pop song with a retro feel to it, Juliyaa's rendition of the song is a softer acoustic affair. The two almost sound like different songs which makes Juliyaa's cover even more enjoyable. You can download the song for free from soundcloud.com/juliyaa.

Filmed by Joel Bennett.


Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah - Drinking From the Bottle (Video)

Drinking From the Bottle can be quite dangerous, as shown in Calvin Harris' video for his new single featuring Tinie Tempah.

Video directed by Vince Haycock.


Scorcher ft Loick Essien- I Don't Care (Video)

"I Don't Care" is taken from Scorcher's new mixtape Simply The Best 3, which features fellow Movement members Wretch 32, Ghetts and Mercston as well as the likes of Sincere, Krept & Konan, and Loick Essien. Simply The Best 3 will be released on 25th December and you can Pre-Order it now on iTunes UK.

Video directed by Kalvadour Peterson.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dido feat. Kendrick Lamar - Let Us Move On

It's been a while but Dido's back, and she brought Kendrick along for the fun. Glad that while alot of things have changed since Dido last released a single her ability to make good music hasn't. "Let Us Move On" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Big Sean - Guap (Video)

Tune! "Guap" is available to buy now on iTunes UKiTunes US.

Video directed by Mike Carson & Mike Waxx.


The xx - Last Christmas (Wham Cover)

Christmas is just over a week away, so I guess that it's only right that The XX went festive with their cover song in the BBC Live Lounge today.  Press play to enjoy a performance of Wham's "Last Christmas" XX style.


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Album Review: Game - Jesus Piece

Game’s fifth studio album’s previous title was F.I.V.E.: Fear Is Victory’s Evolution (which makes no sense at all) but Trey Songz thankfully released an album by the same name so Game had to change the title. Game later announced the album would be called Jesus Piece and after he revealed the album’s artwork, interest surrounding the project increased. If you haven’t seen the album’s deluxe cover it features a dark skinned Jesus Christ, wearing a red bandanna (typically associated with the Piru Bloods gang) with a tear drop tattoo; interesting to say the least.

The album doesn't really get going until the fourth track, “Pray”. Jesus Piece begins with the most average of songs “Scared Now”. Game speaks on his beef with 40 Glocc as well as the possibility of reuniting with 50 Cent and releasing a joint album. Surprising since he also speaks on his split from 50 Cent’s G unit crew, “All this coming out of the mouth of the nigga you used to know as being 50's dog/ but I got tired of being 50's dog." Meek Mill brings some much needed energy to the track, but can’t stop it being skippable at best.
“Ali Bombaye”, the album’s second song features good production from Black Metaphor but suffers from its lack of concept. What a  missed opportunity. Game and 2 Chainz exchange verses which is nice but they just deliver the standard rapper verses about bragging, as does Rick Ross.

"Lord willin', I see a billion
'Til then, I let my nuts hang (Something like my Jesus Piece)" – Game on “Jesus Piece”

Continuing on from the album’s controversial artwork, the album’s title track “Jesus Piece” contains a chorus with lyrics which might not provide the most comfortable listening for some (see above). Again the song is nothing more than ordinary and Game is out shined by Common, who is probably the only artist contributing something valuable on the song.

“Pray”, the albums stand out track, is head and shoulders above the rest of Jesus Piece.  The song is one of Cool & Dre's best pieces of work and could easily find a place on a Drake album. J Cole's entrance is superb and improves an already decent track.

"I'm a thug but I got a heart like Kevin & them" – Game on “Pray”


Cool & Dre also do a nice job on “All That (Lady)”, which is another of Jesus Piece’s highlights. The song has an old school 90’s feel to it with Jeremiah doing his best D'Angelo impression. Big Sean continues to show his improvement with a decent contribution and Lil Wayne provides another stellar verse. Fabolous pops up on the outro with 8 bars that can barely be heard because the song is fading out. Why he is even on this track needs answering.


El Perro Del Mar - Hold Off the Dawn (Video)

Not heard of this band before, but will be checking more of their stuff out after hearing "Hold Off the Dawn". You can buy the song now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.

Beatie Wolfe - Make it Up (Video)

Beatie Wolfe's back with an acoustic treat; not sure when it will be released so enjoy the video for now.

Video directed by Robin Fraser Pattinson.