Our Krypton Son – ‘Gargantuan’

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You probably know the score already, Our Krypton Son have been one of my favourite acts on this Island for some time now; impressing with the stunning ‘Catalonian Love Song’, the wonderful ‘Plutonium’ and of course their eponymous debut album.

Anyway, the Derry outfit are set to release their brand new single ‘Gargantuan’, the third from taken from their eponymous debut LP, which is great by the way. It is piano led stomper with plenty of punch for sure, but anyone familiar with their LP will know that already. McConaghy’s vocals are impeccable as usual, as they are on the two brand new accompanying tracks; the autumnal acoustic led ‘Bring The Flood’ and somber, meandering ‘How Long Must I Dream’. Chris McConaghy & company are in flying form once more, which certainly bodes well for the second LP and if rumours are to be believed, it maybe with us later this year. Here’s hoping.

Watch the excellent video for ‘Gargantuan’ directed by Tristan Crowe below and cop a load of the two accompanying tracks too. ‘Gargantuan’ is out on June 28th through Smalltown America.

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Spectrals – ‘A Heartbeat Behind’

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Spectrals popped up on the radar back  in 2010 with A Spectrals Extended Play, an extremely enjoyable blend of 1960s-inspired lo-fi guitar pop flirting with the punkier end of the British indie. 

Where as the former was an exemplary example of velvety smooth pristine pop, the album that followed, Bad Penny, was a bit of a let down. It was loungey and felt a bit lifeless, and left a lingering feeling that it could have been so much more. That is all purely subjective of course, and pretty redundant, especially considering Louis Jones and company are back with a smashing new single ‘A Heartbeat Behind’, suggesting the good times are set to roll on. Jones’ voice is superb, his mellow Yorkshire croon takes centre stage, no longer are the vocals in the background. ‘A Heartbeat Behind’ jangles and it sways, over a rollicking guitar riffs, snapping drums and a little rockabilly flavor. It’s a really great single, and on first impressions the new LP Sob Story, sounds rather promising too. All’s good.

You can give ‘A Heartbeat Behind’ the once over below & Spectrals’ new Sob Story LP is out now.

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Trojan Warriors 2 Mixtape (Ska, Reggae, Dancehall & Rocksteady)

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Last summer I put together the ‘Trojan Warriors‘ mixtape, which was basically a selection of Jamaican sounds ala Ska, Reggae, Dancehall, Rocksteady etc. It was a whole lot of fun putting it together and as it proved far more popular than I had expected, I decided to do a sort of follow up. 

So yeah, I can’t guarantee that all these featured on Trojan Records (I’m pretty sure quite a few didn’t) but ‘Trojan Warriors’ just has a great ring to it, that and in the interests of continuity, I’m sticking with the Trojan handle. Between that and bouts of boredom over the weekend ‘Trojan Warriors 2′ was born.  The premise is the same once again, I listen to all this stuff quite a lot and regularly add to my collection yet it rarely features on the blog. The mix is compiled from favourites off the various albums, compilations and box sets I have acquired throughout the years. Some are fairly well known, others less so.

I got a real kick out of putting this together and hopefully people enjoy ‘Trojan Warriors’ mark two as much as the first incarnation. Well, that’s enough waffling from me, give it a spin below and the tracklisting is after the jump. Also, credit for the image goes to my very talented cousin(t), Kevin Squires.

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Sweet Baboo – ‘C’Mon Let’s Mosh!’

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Following on from the release of his brilliant album Ships, Sweet Baboo is to release his next single ‘C’Mon Let’s Mosh!’. 

The album is an absolute joy, filled with some of the most perfectly crafted indie-pop you’re likely to hear all year. Nowhere is this more perfectly demonstrated that on the gorgeous ‘C’mon Let’s Mosh!’. Touted as a concept album about the sea, and yes, there are plenty of sea related moments but the songs are mainly concerned with love and relationships, usually with a bittersweet edge. ‘C’mon Let’s Mosh!’ is no different, it’s an upbeat ode to love with that aforementioned bittersweet edge. The North Wales native is an idiosyncratic artist with an ear for a sparkling melody and a gift for an evocative lyrical turn. 

There are plenty of other highlights throughout Ships, an album guaranteed to bring sunshine into the dullest of days. ‘If I Died…..’ opens the album perfectly and features one of the best lyrics – “Daniel Johnston has written hundreds of great tunes, and I’ve got six, so I guess there’s some catching up to do” – and a delightful melody and irresistible swirls of brass. That’s followed the startlingly perky ‘The Morse Code For Love’ and ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’, shrouded in a woozy veil of melancholy before bursting into life with a brass-filled chorus that won’t leave your head anytime soon. Although it may not be enough to plant Sweet Baboo into the public consciousness just yet, it might not be to far far off. Ships is a wry take on lost love and heartbreak, sliding from darkly funny to piercingly tender, this is one of the most perfectly crafted indie-pop records for a long time.

‘C’Mon Let’s Mosh!’ will be released on July 29th and Ships is out now, both through Moshi Moshi. Check ‘C’Mon Let’s Mosh!’ & some other choice cuts below.

Pinkunoizu – ‘Second Amendment’

Pinkunoizu released their debut album Free Time! last year, a mixture of blissful, beautiful psychedelic sounds and pop-punk melodies. 

The Danish four-piece are back with a new EP, Second Amendment. It is a wholly more experimental half hour of assorted drones, instrumental freakouts and weird noises, with a focus on creating atmosphere. Recorded over the course of one day, the EP falls somewhere between the studio and a live performance, such is the seemingly unfettered organic exploration of sound. Although the EP comes highly recommend in it’s entirety, the two high points are ‘Moped’ and ‘Tin Can Alley’. Both are capable of sucking in even the most unwilling of ears. The melody on ‘Moped’ lulls you in with a repetitive loop and washed out drums, before raining down a swirling vortex of hypnotic, pulsating sound. ‘Tin Can Alley’ meanwhile, unleashes a swirling barrage of off-kilter psych-surf rock riffing

Having only discovered the first record recently, which is also worth your time, I couldn’t believe my luck when lo and behold this little treat popped up. ‘Moped’ & ‘Tin Can Alley’ are below for you listening pleasure and is out now through Full Time Hobby.

Introducing: Koloto


Koloto is the pseudonym of Canterbury based electronic producer Maria Sullivan (also bassist with math rock outfit Delta Sleep). She has been releasing tracks under her newly assumed alias since January this year, and there are some mightily impressive tracks in the bunch.

Koloto has a preference for home made, hand crafted sounds, which are intricately interwoven to create a unique, complex and often hard to define sound. Her latest release, ‘Antares’ is profoundly magnificent as a swell of chiming xylophone melodies are joined with bouts of frenetic glitched out beats. This is the juxtaposition of calm tranquility and chaos. ‘Sinope’ is an equally enchanting piece of playful beat work, a masterful ear for sound manipulation and glitch. This is very promising stuff from an artist whose free flowing imagination is matched in equal measure by her talent.

Koloto will release her debut EP in late summer and will be hitting the gig trail in the coming months too. Until then, get stuck into the tunes on offer below.

The Big Sun – ‘Pants!’

thebigsun2013Following on from the release of their Sticklebacker EP, Oxford group The Big Sun, fronted by angelically voiced singer Berry and backed by members of Ride & Candyskins, have released their latest single.

The song, entitled ‘Pants!’ is a sparkling slice of sweet indie pop – it is as an adorable tune as you’re likely to hear. It subtly drifts along through a sugar-coated kind of melancholy and offset by bouncy and chipper chorus, and her voice, well, that’s just stunning. I’ve been keeping tabs on The Big Sun for a while now; from their early demos, Sticklebacker EP and now ‘Pants!’, and they haven’t dropped the ball yet. Apparently former Creation boss Alan McGee has taken an interest in the band, if true, things might be beginning to fall into place but only time will tell.

‘Pants!’ is available to download for free below and if you fancy leafing through some of their other tunes, you can do so here.