The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix)

The Go! Team released their fine third album Rolling Blackouts a few weeks back. UK beatmaker Star Slinger has given ‘Apollo Throwdown’ taken from the album, a lush and tranquil makeover.

The Go! Team play The Black Box, Galway on March 3rd and The Academy, Dublin on March 5th.

Mp3: The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix)

Video: Rubberbandits – I Wanna Fight Your Father

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‘I Wanna Fight Your Father’ is the new single from Rubberbandits who will no doubt be hoping to capitalize on the massive success of ‘Horse Outside’. It’s that well versed eternal love story of boy meets girl, boy fights father.

‘I Wanna Fight Your Father’ is out today – They play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 21st.

Download Wavves ‘Horse Shoes’ & ‘Tv Luv Song’

Long standing favourite of the blogosphere Wavves has been further endearing himself to fans of late, dropping free tracks via twitter.

The two in question, ‘Horse Shoes’ and ‘Tv Luv Song’ are both sharp shots of distorted lo-fi garage-rock. The former is a pretty hectic fuzzed-up four minute blast while the later, a demo of ‘Tv Luv Song’, is slightly more economical at under two minutes but is equally as enjoyable.

Give them a spin/download ’em below.

Wavves – Horse Shoes via Thisisfakedly

Wavves – TV Luv Song via Rolto3

Steve Mason for Dublin Show+Acoustic Downloads

Former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason has been confirmed for a show Dublin’s The Button Factory on Saturday April 16th (Tickets €17).

Great news, Boys Outside was one of the finest albums of 2010. He also recently shared some amazing footage from his album launch in London via his website. The full set which includes four tracks from Boys Outside, two Beta Band songs and a Madonna cover.

The live acoustic versions are just as captivating, intense, and touching as the full band recordings. Anyway, have a gander at ‘Simple’, ‘Am I Just A Man’ and ‘Boys Outside’ below before hopefully watching the whole lot.

That’s not all, he’s giving away Mp3’s of ‘All Come Down’ & ‘Boys Outside’ his website too.

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Mp3: Steve Mason – Boys Outside (Acoustic)

Introducing: Gorilla Warfare Tactics

As the blog approaches it’s first anniversary one thing in particular has been bugging me. There hasn’t been near enough hip-hop featured on here over the past 12 months, something I’m hoping to remedy.

Gorilla Warfare Tactics are an exciting hip hop trio based out of New York City who have a rather simple chemistry; Kid Dilla throws down verses over some super honed beats from CakeXCrumbs.

Judging by ‘Temptation’ and ‘The Tale of Mr Street’ it’s working very well indeed. Both cuts are slick, smooth and crisp feel good hip hop tunes, with just a smidgen of a old-school sampling.

It is no wonder they already caused quite a stir, it kind of reminds me hearing the early Mos Def or J5 stuff for the first time.

I’m very excited to hear their forthcoming 7-track EP which is out on March 2nd.

 Gorilla Warfare Tactics – Temptations via Isaidahip

Gorilla Warfare Tactics – The Tale of Mr Street via  Clarkwill47

Video: Pete & The Pirates – ‘Come to the Bar’

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Pete And The Pirates announced their welcome return some time ago with free album teaser ‘Winter 1‘.

‘Come to the Bar’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album is a sublime cut of ditsy, easy on the ear and infectious indie.

It sounds as though they will serve up an exciting record full of catchy, quirky indie later in the year – I previously tipped them to supersede Mystery Jets in this vogue and I’m sticking with it.

‘Come To The Bar’ is out on March 14th

Video: SertOne – ‘Riviera Part 1 + 2′

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Portadown prodigy SertOne‘s excellent debut EP The View From Above went down a treat on the blog two weeks ago.

The EP was released on Monday and we’re treated to a superb brand new video for ‘Rivera Part 1+2′ directed by Amy Johnson.

The View From Above is out now via ‘Melted Music’ and it’s launched this Friday, February 25th at Morrisson’s, Belfast.

Free Music: Nowonder – Color The Concrete EP

Nowonder is the pen name of LA-based electronic artist Danny Choi.

Choi is not afraid to dabble in a bit of experimentation, something Color The Concrete is testament to.

It is a genre hopping broad blend of styles, from the Gallic fervor and Justice-esque hooks of ‘Manic’ to the juddering electro-pop that is ‘White Light’ this is an EP that doesn’t wait around in one place for long.

You can give ‘Manic’ and ‘Bright Spell’ a spin below and download the EP for free via bandcamp.

 Nowonder – Manic

Nowonder – Bright Spell

Majorette – Overflow

Swedish London based trio Little Majorette are set to release their debut album Rifle Heart this coming April.

The first single to be taken from the record ‘Overflow’ and oh my what a tune. It’s a splendidly inoffensive ditsy piano pop song with plenty of oohs and ahs thrown in for good measure. This wouldn’t normally be my kind of thing but in ‘Overflow’ we’ve unearth a real pop treasure.

You can stream it below and download it from here.

Little Majorette – Overflow

Free Music: Guards – Covers EP

Guards self-titled EP was one of the best EPs released last year. This fabulous introduction to Richie James Follin’s breezy, lo-fi garage pop comes highly recommended.

Guards have returned with a free three-track covers EP of reverb-laden versions of Metallica’s ‘Motorbreath’, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Taxi Cab’ and M.I.A’s ‘Born Free’. The M.I.A. cover is the stand out track, simply because of the three it’s most similar to the best bits of last year’s EP.

Pop over to bandcamp and pick it up for FREE.

Guards – Born Free (M.I.A. Cover) via Sendera

Guards – Taxi Cab (Vampire Weekend Cover) via Nialler9