Gang Starr – ‘Bad Name’

Back in September, we got the first new track from Gang Starr in 16 years, ‘Family And Loyalty’. A few weeks ago, this was followed a whole new Gang Starr album called One Of The Best Yet. DJ Premier started working on the record in September 2017, and comes almost a decade after Guru’s death in 2010.

While the circumstances of the album’s creation remain a point of contention, it is a little strange but very good to hear the duo back together again – a rather unexpected surprise. The album, while not to the level of say Daily Operation and Hard to Earn (two of my all time favourite records), is a nice tribute to, and reminder of, how great Gang Starr were. IMO there is never a bad time to share anything Gang Starr related, with that in mind, we have latest single ‘Bad Name’. Backed by Premier’s trademark production and iconic scratch choruses, without missing a beat, Guru bemoans the lack or real hip hop talents, as he spits: “Word to God, if Big and ‘Pac were still here/ Some of these weirdos wouldn’t act so cavalier”.

It is undeniably great to hear the two artists together again, check out ‘Bad Name’ below:

PODGE – ‘What Happened’

Beginning life recording in his bedroom at the age of 15, PODGE is the creative tour de force of (now 20 year old) Adam Charo. 

Armed with a synthesizer and a laptop, these sessions gave birth to his self-released debut album The Hero Appears, setting out his predication for the whimsical aesthetics of Japanese pop culture, and all wrapped up in a playful, joyful and colourful confection of catchy electro-pop. The latest record, Eatmore Fruit EP, follows a similar trajectory and is fronted by magical single ‘What Happened’. A big smiley ray of sunshine, ‘What Happened’ is joyous, giddy and uplifting as it playfully flutters along a jaunty beat and and glitchy synth through a beautiful imaginative world filled with colourful ideas and kaleidoscopic sounds, and bound together in hypnotic majesty. It’s an eccentric, off-kilter and Technicolor pop adventure of playfully experimental arrangements and sounds that are gentle whirring together and filled with breezy vibes and sense of joy. A magical, sunshine filled slice of pop perfection.

Tune into ‘What Happened’ below.

Kastane – ‘Tangalle’

Kastane is an electronic music project from Irish producer and drummer Alan Walsh, who is back with another elegant, transfixing and alluring slice of electronica in the shape of ‘Tangalle’.

With two EPs to his name – Tunnels EP (2017) and Trang EP (2018) – a third expected in the future and with the latter in mind,’Tangalle’ follows on nicely from bewitching previous single ‘Shimmers’. Like its predecessor, ‘Tangalle’ is elegant, graceful and sophisticated but the glue that binds them is rhythmic precision and percussive power, unsurprising given that he is a card carrying member of drummers union. A bewitching, graceful and melodic electronic excursion, as synths shimmer and electronics glisten to create a warm and lush environment for the rhythmic allure to grow and thrive. Kastane is emerging as a master of his craft, creating bewitching melodic sophisticated electronica that will leave an indelible mark on your soul and you under the spell of it’s tempting allure.

Listen to ‘Tangalle’ below:


Kid Indigo – ‘What To Do’ (with DNTST)

Kid Indigo is Los Angeles-based producer and musician Aubrey Ella Hart, who under this moniker, crafts dreamy, hazy and beautiful electronic-pop that delves into a dreamworld of rich melodies and waves of lush tones.

Drawing from a deep well of influences – electronica, hip hop, electro-pop and folk – Kid Indigo’s beautifully sculpted brand of electronic pop is created, as evidenced by latest single ‘What To Do’ (with DNTST). It is an exquisite and utterly transfixing track built on a reverb heavy hip hop inspired beat that carries us through this enchanting, hazy atmospheric wold of fuzz, shimmering synths and harmonious layers of chanting vocals. Crackling electronics twinkle and flicker amid the subterranean haze, illuminating a path for her vocals to float elegantly overhead. ‘What To Do’ is a transfixing, dreamy,and beautifully hazy electronic-pop song that whisks us off to a dreamworld of rich melodies and waves of lush tones.

Listen to ‘What To Do’ below:


Slow Riot – ‘Heaven’s Daughter’

Irish post-punk outfit Slow Riot have finally released their much anticipated debut album G.A.D but the release is bittersweet.  It is a record that more than delivers on the huge promise of their early singles & EPs but having disbanded in 2018, it is hard to believe this is likely the last we’ll hear from the Limerick band.

The album, like previous releases, channels classic post-punk influences – Gang of Four, Television, Wire – combined with more contemporary bands such as Interpol. Girl Band and Future of the Left; into a bold, peerless and sometimes seething sound that unrepentantly reside on the darker side of post punk. ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ is the lead single and one of many highlights on G.A.D. It is intense, epic and driven as stunning layers of burning guitars keep pace with the unrelenting rhythm as Clancy’s passionate brogue delivers a layer of lyrical darkness which soars above. It is a massive, massive tune that wields a mighty power, and is quintessentially Slow Riot.

It is such a shame that this will likely be the last we’ll hear from them but on a positive note at least we have G.A.D to console ourselves with and just in case it hasn’t been clear enough already; it is a superb record and a hell of way to bow out.

Listen to ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ below and then head over here to listen to the album.

The JUNGLES!!! – ‘Roller Coaster’

The JUNGLES!!! are Japanese noisemaking outfit comprised from members of Red Bacteria Vacuum.

Together this trio make one hell of a noise as evidenced by furious new single ‘Roller Coaster’. Released as part of a new Japanese compilation called Tokyo Chikatetsu Vol 2, ‘Roller Coaster’ is wild! It is just under four minutes of furious, unrelenting energy and thunderous noise as pounding drums fearlessly keep a frantic tempo as scintillating riffs, meaty guitars and screeching vocals wield a furious and powerful spell. The potency and pace never lets up, it is an absolute riot, and all cloaked in layers of fuzz and distortion. 

Listen to ‘Roller Coaster’ below – and turn it up loud!

Mayfly – ‘Selfish Girl’

London’s Mayfly (aka Elena Garcia) captivates and transfixes with deceptively sad but spellbinding electronic pop songs.

Debut track ‘Losing You’ and follow up ‘Breathe’ served as a breathtaking introduction to what the 22-year-old Londoner has to offer – and with ‘Selfish Girl’, conjures up another truly glorious single. Written and produced by Garcia, ‘Selfish Girl’ ratchets things up a gear or two. While retaining the icy, steeliness of her previous work, this glacial excursion is anchored by a propulsive groove and steady beats that drive the track forward as simmering synths and pulsing electronics illuminate a path for Garcia’s exquisite and steely vocals to mesmerise. Mayfly has already proven a reliable source of spellbinding sounds but this is her finest yet, and demonstrates a knack for crafting infectious alt-pop but with bite.

Check out the stunning new single below:


Milly – ‘People Are Forever’

Centred around songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer, Milly is an Los Angeles outfit that blends elements of shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-fi indie into an intense brew of singular musical impression.

Milly have a succinctly titled EP, Our First Four Songs, out on November 6th which promises a feast of the aforementioned attributes and is preceded by lead single,  ‘People Are Forever’. It is slowly enveloping blitz of yearning, slow-burning guitars and smouldering emotion. Dyer’s voice rides along a wave of fuzzed-out guitars, gently uttered forward upon an off-kilter, stumbling but alluring melody, as the fuzz, distortion and raw emotion swells to climactic explosion. It is many things at once; raw yet beautiful, tense yet free and hard-hitting yet dreamy but one thing is for sure, it is phenomenal tune.

Check out  ‘People Are Forever’ below and keep an eye out for the EP coming on November 6th.


Mandalai Lamas – ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’

Mandalai Lamas are a bustling, buzzing and spirited psych-rock outfit from Halden, Norway.

Currently prepping the release of their debut LP – expected in early 2020 on Big Day Records – they have ramping up expectation levels with a series of singles, the latest of which is the superb, ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’. It is a sub-three-minute blast of high energy garage-rock, laced with psych radiance and ragged, raw power. While ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’ trashes, screeches and rumbles rumbustiously along, it is supremely catchy,melodic and mashed with hooks you could hang your hat on. It is here the brilliance of their sound lies, as they traverse the space between brash and beautifully catchy they create perfection through imperfection.

Get yourself acquainted with ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’ below and keep an eye out for their debut LP come the new year:

Introducing: Frantik Krantik

Frantik Krantik (aka Krantik Banerjee) is a Sydney-based musician / producer whose music is inspired by people and places, and artists like Bonobo, Caribou and Four Tet.

The result is a sound that goes large of emotional draw as he marries the exquisite elegance of electronica, dancefloor focus and seductive grooves of house music with the melancholy heart melting allure of dream-pop. Frantik Krantik has just released a new EP called Myson, and it is wonderful. ‘Distance’ takes all those aforementioned components and creates a rich and alluring soundscape. Lush synths fizz with life and effervescence, gushing over soft beats and sparkling electronics, amid the warm allure of sunny tones and dreamy vibes. ‘Time’ meanwhile is chilled and meditative as a tick-tock drum beat runs beneath an electric guitar strum, ambient vibes, lush synth and atmospheric swirls; more subdued, ethereal and contemplative yes, but just as lush and elegant.  Both tracks – and the entire EP for that matter – are bound together by a sense of joy and happiness as the lush surroundings are peppered by bouts of euphoria.

You can check out ‘Distance’ & ‘Time’ below – and the entire EP is here.