Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest - The Babe Rainbow

The psychedelic-rock renaissance is upon us. With bands like Temples, Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma, psychedelic rock has come to the fore over the past few years. The Babe Rainbow follow suit and have given us a song reminiscent of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and earlier work of The Byrds. I like it. It’s a pretty cruisey song. The Babe Rainbow are a trio from Queensland in Australia. 

Contributed by @SchweppsRocka

  • Dark Star - Jaymes Young.

    L.A.-based Jaymes Young shudders and reverberates onto the scene with a dark blend of R&B and pulsating dubsteppy pop. Young’s vulnerable vocals are supported by shimmering, clean arrangements to form a smart and intriguing package. Having already contributed to the soundtrack for The Fault In our Stars, and in heavy rotation on the major music streaming services, I’m excited to see what he does next. 

    Jaymes Young has made his full debut available for download here.

    Contributed by @orchidhunter.

  • Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy.

    We featured Vance Joy’s excellent debut on here a year ago, and it’s time to feature him again. Why? Because his first LP, Dream Your Life Away, is finally coming out in September, and because "Mess Is Mine" is an incredible song.

    Pre-order it here, I have.

    Contributed by @rowaneva.

  • Poetry – The RH Factor featuring Erykah Badu and Q-Tip

    Roy Hargrove is one of my favourite jazz trumpeters. Even more so because of his project the RH Factor’s album, Hard Groove. The RH Factor combined elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music through the help of artists such as Q-Tip, Common, Erykah Badu, D’ Angelo and Marc Carry among others. The album is laced with freestyle rap poetry, sultry hip-hop and soulful yet moody R&B vocals. Looking forward to experiencing Roy and his quintet live at the upcoming Joy of Jazz in Jo’burg this September.

    Contributed by @rhodemarshall

  • Two Weeks - FKA Twigs

    I had been planning to post the new Interpol single this week, but John beat me to it. *shakes fists at sky* However, a recent visit to London has thrown something altogether different into the mix. British artist (Formerly Known As) FKA Twigs is a beguiling blend of moody trip-hop and subversive seduction. This is a lead single of her forthcoming début album. The lyrics are rather nsfw, but delivered with such demure innocence that you’d hardly notice.

    Contributed by @grant_mcdermott.

  • Tongues - Joywave.

    I listened to this song about ten times in a row when I heard it for the first time earlier this week. It came to me via this amazing dance compilation video - both that video and this song are perfect for a Friday. PERFECT.

    Contributed by @miss_moss.

  • Detroit Baby - Habibi

    If you like The Vaselines, you’ll like this. Habibi are from New York, and they play a stripped down, yet mysteriously effulgent rock that seems impossibly old and new at the same time. It’s kind of a combo of psychedelic rock and girl group harmony, with a Middle Eastern tinge thanks, in part, to lead singer Rahill Jamalifard, who is of Iranian descent. This is their debut album.

    Contributed by @chrisroper.

  • Nile - Douglas Dare.

    Douglas Dare is a London based singer-songwriter from Bridport, South West England. Whelm is as much of a concept-album as it is a collection of singular and distinctive songs. On his first full-length attempt, the London based singer furthermore developed himself as a songwriter into impressive regions. The album is a thing of multidimensional, free-floating beauty.

    Contributed by @fictionfred.