Monday, March 2, 2015

CHOON OF THE STORY: "DREAM STORY" - Laura Groves


London songstress Laura Groves just delivered her 2nd EP "Committed Language" for Deek Recordings. This collection of exquisitely produced Dream Pop songs lies somewhere cosily between the sounds of Nite Jewel, M83, Jenny Wilson and iamamiwhoami. "Dream Story" stands out the most among all 4 tracks, beguiling its listeners with a charming profusion of vocal harmonies, unexpected melody twists and unassuming, gentle arrangement of all the impeccably selected instruments. It's a little sonic escapade I don't want to end... A sheer aural delight...



Thursday, February 26, 2015

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: Midnight Magic's Top 10 Most Magical Cosmic Disco Anthems


I have been following Midnight Magic's sounds almost religiously since they dropped their bombastic and instantly anthemic debut 12" "Beam Me Up". The one that included that legendary Jacques Renault remix. This Brooklyn cosmic disco ensemble with the charismatic and vocally sensational Tiffany Roth then continued to spoil us with numerous records, EP's and an exuberant debut LP via a whole array of cult labels, the likes of Scion Audio/Visual, Soul Clap and Permanent Vacation. Now that Midnight Magic are starting their mini tour in Europe and the band is in the middle of recording their 2nd album I thought it would be rather fitting to go over their vibrant catalogue of songs so far and cherry-pick the ones I admire the most.

Hidden Agenda are bringing Midnight Magic to Opium Rooms, Dublin this Saturday. Buy your ticket HERE.

Here's the latest in the series of my very subjective list: Midnight Magic's Top 10 Most Magical Cosmic Disco Anthems:

#10 "Vicious Love"



#9 "I Found Love" (with Tommie Sunshine)



#8 "Midnight Creepers"



#7 "Night Flight"



#6 "Calling Out"



#5 "Beam Me Up"



#4 "Someone's Watching Me"



#3 "Walking The Midnight Streets"



#2 "Drop Me A Line"



#1 "Trouble T"





CHOON OF THE DAY: "SIRENS" - Young Karin


One can never have enough of talented, up and coming Icelandic acts, right? Young Karin - "Debut of the Year" at the Icelandic Music Awards the other week, are celebrating the award and the release of their first EP with a video for "Sirens" an instantly haunting urban flavoured synth-pop moment. Ridiculously catchy and absolutely flawless!



Here's the whole "n°1" EP with a remix by Múm:



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SHREM'S NEWBIES BUT TO-BE'S: "GREET ME" - Anya


Anya comes from Denmark. "Greet Me" is an elegantly produced slice of soothing electronic R&B. What an understated and classy way to open up the latest compilation in the always reliable "Sound of Copenhagen" series. Anya fits right in somewhere between the lush sounds of Jessie Ware, Beady Belle or Rosie Lowe.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "CATASTROPHE" /// "SONG FOR ZOE AND GWEN" - Yumi Zouma


Yumi Zouma, New Zealand's most appetising musical export in years (or ever?!?), are back with "EP II" out on 9th March via Cascine. Lush indie pop served in a dreamy, sophisticated yet unpretentious way. "Their music is timeless, honest and direct" as we read in the official statement but it is also charmingly blissful. Among "Top 10 Hottest Newcomers in 2014", as chosen by yours truly back in December, Yumi Zouma are already proving I was completely right about them.





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

LA MURPHY SAGA CONTINUES: "GONE FISHING" - Róisín Murphy


Róisín Murphy is back with a rather surprising first teaser taken from her upcoming 3rd studio LP "Hairless Toys" which drops via Play It Again Sam on 11th May 2015. The unpredictable "Gone Fishing" shows La Murphy's impressive palette of vocal capabilities and sounds like an electronic medley of Moloko's final studio album "Statutes", her jazzy excursions with Matthew Herbert on "Ruby Blue" while remaining hugely independent and intriguing. The layers of melodic twists, sonic quirks, wall-of-sound effects and productional tricks (Eddie Stevens?) make this one of her most original songs to date. In her own words:

"This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film. 'I had to run this far from home' - it's about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag 'Ball' scene of New York in the ‘80s. 'Will we live on? The children of La Beija' refers to the 'house' of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren's song on the same subject 'Deep In Vogue'. The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys."

Tracklist:

01 Gone Fishing
02 Evil Eyes
03 Exploitation
04 Uninvited Guest
05 Exile
06 House of Glass
07 Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)
08 Unputdownable

Pre-order from iTunes now!