Charleston

Charleston

Charleston are a London based three-peice who are drawing in a range of eclectic influences for their moody début single, released next month.

If ‘Peice By Peice’ is an introduction to Charleston’s sound, then they will definitely be a group to keep an ear on in the coming year. Initial comparisons, both musically and vocally, would be to Portishead, but there is something more contemporary going on here too. ‘Peice By Peice’ is a deep, soulful tune that has it’s roots in Trip-Hop but displays a more experimental attitude, even including elements of Dubstep and ChipTune in the mix to create something that, despite it’s low groove, is pretty majestic sounding. The smokey, sultry vocals don’t hurt either.

♫ Charleston – Piece By Piece

‘Piece By Piece’ is released 6th February via Good Bait.

Check out more from Charleston on SoundCloud.

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SolarSolar

SolarSolar

‘Walking Like Children’ is the first single from Canadian ElectroPop duo SolarSolar’s début album for Binary Entertainment.

If this track is any indication of what to expect on the full length record then we’re in for a dreamlike treat. ‘Walking Like Children’ seems to dwell at the point where the laid back retro beach party sounds of Dreamwave meet the deep moods and beats of Trip-Hop (and being a Dreamwave fan from Bristol, that kinda’ appeals to me!). With some interesting instrumentation and an attractive quirkiness to the music, SolarSolar new single is definitely one of the better chill out tracks to be released for a while.

♫ SolarSolar – Walking Like Children

SolarSolar’s début album ‘Pilot’ is out 21st February 2012

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Monsieur Adi reMixes Paper Crows

Paper Crows are a UK duo who incorporate elements of Dub, Trip-Hop, Electronica and Dubstep to create a haunting and atmospheric, yet soulful, sound.

Which, of course, is taken apart and put back together with strips of ElectroPop and Nu-Disco by the awesome Monsieur Adi for their forthcoming début single ‘Stand Alight’. Adi, who literally makes the track sound like a different song, manager to work the melancholic ballad into an upbeat floorfiller.

Paper Crows – Stand Alight (Monsieur Adi reMix)

Paper Crows – Stand Alight

‘Stand Alight’ is released October 11th, until then check out Paper Crows at their MySpace.

Paper Crows @ MySpace

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Broken Bells’ ‘The Ghost Inside’ video

 

Broken Bells (being Danger Mouse and James Mercer from The Shins) premiered their new video, ‘The Ghost Inside’ today over at The Guardian.

The song is quite a cool, laidback, Big Beat/ElectroPop tune that really grown on you with repeated listens, but the video is awesome as hell! A cool and quirky Sci-Fi story starring the smokin’ hot Christina Hendricks (Firefly/Mad Men) with a punch-in-the-gut ending. Just watch it:

Broken Bells self-titled first album is out now.

Broken Bells @ Juno

Broken Bells @ 7Digital

Broken Bells @ Amazon

Major Lazer & La Roux partner up to release mixtape

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While in the studio in Jamaica, Electro-Dancehall masters Diplo & Switch A.K.A. Major Lazer put together a mixtape for La Roux, dubbing it ‘Lazerproof’.

Consisting of 14 mash-ups of La Roux’s SynthPop gold with various Dubplates, Blends and Diplo & Switch’s beats featuring the likes of Amanda Blank, Candi Redd and Matthew Hemerlein. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a Dancehall/Electro/Dub/ElectroPop/Hip Hop/SynthPop/Dubstep/Ska collision album then this is the one for you. The whole album works amazingly well and handled masterfully by Major Lazer and all given to you for free via ‘Lazerproof’s mini-site. It’s defiantly different and a perfect way to kick off the summer, in fact in the first 24 hours of release 200,000 seemed to agree and crashed Diplo’s label, Mad Descent’s servers forcing the label to backup the album download at this zShare link!

Here’s some of our favourites from the mixtape:

Major Lazer & La Roux (Feat. Matt Hemerlein) – Bulletproof (Nacey reMix)

Major Lazer & La Roux – Colourless Artibella

Major Lazer & La Roux (Feat. Amanda Blank) – Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub)

Major Lazer & La Roux (Feat. Candi Redd) – Independent Kill

Oh, and the mix has an awesome cover featuring an Iron Man armour clad Elly!

Head on over to the Lazerproof mini-site to pick up the mixtape.

Major Lazer @ Beatport

Major Lazer @ Juno

Major Lazer @ 7Digital

Major Lazer @ Amazon

La Roux @ Beatport

La Roux @ Juno

La Roux @ 7Digital

La Roux @ Amazon

Massive Attack & Martina Topley-Bird’s ‘Psyche’ reMixed

It looks like ‘Psyche’ might have been chosen as the next single from Massive Attack’s ‘Heligoland’ album.

Good choice too, Martina Topley-Bird is one of my favourite vocalists. Here she is stepping in on vocal duties on ‘Teardrop’ during Massive Attack’s US TV début on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

And here’s the video for ‘Psyche’.

Massive Attack (Feat. Martina Topley-Bird) – Psyche (Van Rivers And The Subliminal Kid reMix)

‘Heligoland’ is out now!

Massive Attack @ Beatport

Massive Attack @ Juno

Massive Attack @ 7Digital

Massive Attack @ Amazon

She Is Danger out-Dub Massive Attack

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Massive Attack’s long awaited new album, ‘Heligoland’, drops on 8th February. Normally a new Massive Attack album is something to look forward to, but I think I am more so this time as it features a couple of tracks featuring vocals by Martina Topley-Bird, one of my favourite vocalists.

‘Girl I Love You’ isn’t one of them, but it has been given a heavy, heavy, Dub reMix by She Is Danger, who we have featured a couple of times before. Our favourite Dubstep girls play an almost flawless Dub game with slight Industrial overtones. Horace Andy’s recognisable vocals just ride what could be and old school Massive Attack track itself (albeit slightly more Electronic sounding). London? Are we sure these girls aren’t from Bristol?

Massive Attack – Girl I Love You (She Is Danger reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

If you’re into heavy beats and bass in any way She Is Danger are defiantly one outfit to keep an eye on!

Massive Attack @ Beatport

Massive Attack @ Juno

Massive Attack @ 7Digital

Massive Attack @ Amazon