The Winter 2011/12 podcast is online and available as a free download below:
1. Binary – Prisoner
London four-piece Binary have only been around for a year or so, but are already crafting some excellent tracks. With a steady shoegaze rhythm and dark swooning vocals, comparisons could be drawn to The Cure. Mixed by Nine Inch Nails collaborator Sean Beavan, Prisoner is out on the fantastic London indie label Luv Luv Luv.
2. Serenades – Oceans
Adam Olenius and Markus Krunegård, aka Serenades, have already created a stir in their Swedish homeland and are gaining crediable exposure in the UK with their brand of chilled electronic pop. Similar to all releases by Serenades, ‘Oceans’ is a blissful track full of rich vocal lines and crisp production.
3. Oliver Tank – Embrace feat. Fawn Myers
2011 has seen Sydney based Oliver Tank making a name for himself on Triple J Unearthed, with tracks from his ‘Dreams EP’ constantly lingering, for good reason, in the electronic chart. The whole EP encapsulates Oliver’s haunting minimal synth sound. Perfect night-time listening.
4. NZCA/LINES – Okinawa Channels
Here’s a fantastic track from Michael Lovett moniker NZCA/LINES. ‘Okinawa Channels’, featuring tight beats, analogue syths and layered vocals, is taken from the debut album ‘Nasca Lines’ which will be released 27th February.
5. Jamie N Commons – The Preacher
Unbelievably, although sounding like he’s spent his life smoking and drinking whisky with Mark Lanegan and Tom Waits, Jamie N Commons is only 22 years old. The opening track from ‘The Baron EP’ is gutsy, dynamic, and gaining approval from music journalists and bloggers alike.
6. Foxes – Youth
London duet Foxes create quality electronic pop. Louisa Rose Allen’s vocals go harmoniously hand-in hand with Sam Dixon’s polished productions. ‘Youth’ is taken from Foxes’ debut release, the double A-side ‘Youth/Home’ which is out on Neon Gold 16th January.
7. Filthy Boy – Naughty Corner
‘Naughty Corner’ is a quirky, catchy little number from South London alternative band Filthy Boy. Comparable to new Arctic Monkeys material and Our Mountain, ‘Naughty Corner’ is available as a free download from their Bandcamp page.
8. Y Niwl – Undegsaith
Y Niwl’s latest installment of fast paced surf rock comes in the form of ‘Undegsaith’. This 1 minute 8 second track available from the band’s Bandcamp page.
9. Friends – Friend Crush
New York indie stars Friends have been gaining fantastic momemtum on both sides of the Atlantic over the past few months. Their first release, ‘I’m His Girl’, got terrific support from the likes of BBC Radio, which has led to the band being hotly tipped for 2012 by dozens of music blogs and publications. ‘Friend Crush’ is an equally brilliant chic-indie track.
10. Gabriel Bruce – Sleep Paralysis
Closing the podcast is ‘Sleep Paralysis’ by Gabriel Bruce, the brilliantly brooding second release from the Off Modern label. Definately worth a listen if you enjoy music from the likes of The National.