Gooey - Glass Animals

Glass Animals are a four-piece band from Oxford, England. In the last year alone the band has toured with St. Vincent, played at SXSW and released its debut album, “Zaba”. Reminiscent of trip hoppers like Tricky, the band also makes bizarre and beautiful videos. “Gooey” is the first single from “Zaba” and serves as a perfect introduction to what looks set to be one of my favourite releases of the year.

Contributed by @craigwilson.

  • Repeat Pleasure - How To Dress Well.

    With bright guitars and a breezy pace, “Repeat Pleasure” is a surprisingly upbeat-sounding song about being disillusioned with love. How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell wears his heart on his sleeve, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s what he meant with the name of his musical endeavour.

    "Repeat Pleasure" is a pleasure on repeat. There’s much to mine from studying its crystalline composition, and it’s just a taste of the aural pleasures that await on its parent album, “What Is This Heart?” which is available now on digital and physical formats.

    Contributed by @orchidhunter.

  • From The Night - Stars.

    I’m declaring it now. This is a hit!

    Canadian band, Stars are back with the first single from their forthcoming eighth album, “No One Is Lost”. Stars have been around since the turn of the century (isn’t that a funny term to use in modern times?). They’re one of the most celebrated Canadian indie bands of the past 15 years and have been twice nominated for Juno awards (Canadian Grammys) and twice nominated for Polaris awards (Canadian Mercury Prize). Various of its members sometimes play with fellow Canadian band, Broken Social Scene. Anyway, now that you’re caught up, listen to the song. It’s neo-disco (I think I made that genre up) and it’s super melodic. It’s fantastic!

    Contributed by @SchweppsRocka

  • There’s a Girl in the Corner - The Twilight Sad.

    Scottish shoe-gazing-via-post-punk outfit The Twilight Sad is gearing up to release their much anticipated followup to the brilliant exercise in sonic rebranding that was their third studio album, No One Can Ever Know (less walls of sound, more subtly textured soundscapes), and we should all be very stoked. I mean, just listen to this first single!

    Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave is set for a 27 October 2014 release date. Follow the band on Soundcloud here.

    Contributed by @lancedaniels

  • Helios - Rival Consoles.

    This is what happens when you head down a Soundcloud rabbit-hole. This song, called “Helios”, played shortly after my original selection for today and, well, my original selection will have to be shared with you on another day.

    Rival Consoles will release the Sonne EP next month.

    Contributed by @rowaneva.

  • Spottie - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

    The other day I was listening to “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” by OutKast, off their album Aquemini, released in 1998. If you know “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” then you would agree that there is something powerful and sexy about that infectious beat that is complimented by the smooth voice of Andre 3000.

    It all had me wondering whether “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” had ever been sampled by other artists. I then discovered that OutKast had actually included excerpts from “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight”by British rock band Genesis. But it has been “Spottie” by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) that has been on repeat. HBE is an eight-piece brass ensemble / family affair. The band is made-up of the eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. With only drums and horns, their music style ranges from jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock.

    Contributed by @rhodemarshall.

  • A Heartbreak - Angus & Julia Stone

    A confession: Aussie siblings Angus and Julia Stone have always left me slightly cold. It’s hard not to blur the lines between earnestness and sentimentality, and I just felt their music was lacking some… spine. Until now. Crafted under the guidance of heavyweight producer, Rick Rubin, this eponymous album possess a delicious edge and grit that was heretofore lacking from their sound. By the time the opening riff segues into Angus and Julia (channelling Billy Corgan and a young Stevie Nicks, respectively), chanting: “I met your parents // They were lying // About falling in love”, I can’t help but find myself nodding along in grim satisfaction. About bloody time.

    Contributed by @grant_mcdermott

  • I’m Callin’ - Tennis.

    I’ve always enjoyed Tennis, but this new track is more upbeat and fun than their previous stuff, with a kind of disco vibe? So I REALLY love it. Perfect for a sunny Friday.

    Contributed by @miss_moss.