Class Historian - Broncho.

This is probably the catchiest song I’ve heard this year.

Broncho are from Oklahoma and their new album, called Just Enough Hip To Be Woman will be released in September.

Contributed by @rowaneva.

  • Cold - Rae Morris feat. Fryars.

    Rae Morris has an impeccable record so far, releasing some of the years best pop tracks. Her latest single, “Cold”, from the Cold EP, features Fryars with whom she co-wrote the track. 

    The track is a dark duet about the bitter ending of a relationship:

    (Your voice isn’t kind when you talk)

    You walk away when we talk

    (And yours lips go blue with your thoughts)

    You never really cared what I thought

    But it still makes for a great dancey pop tune. I’m sure we’ll be hearing great things from Morris when her debut album drops in September this year.

    Contributed by @johnpienaar.

  • Anthems - Newtown KNIFE Gang.

    With the legendary Oppikoppi Festival coming up early August, I thought I’d feature some local South African talent this week. I was actually put onto these lads by my girlfriend and I must admit that I am mightily impressed.

    Newtown KNIFE Gang’s sound is somewhere between Armour For Sleep and Funeral For A Friend, which means that they pretty much had me at hello. “Anthems” is a little more toned down than some of their earlier work, but strikes all the right chords of a solid, and incredibly well produced, progressive rock track. These guys do not sound like your average local act. Spencer Martin delivers strong vocals, supported by some incredibly powerful instrumentals from the rest of the band on all of their tracks and I personally cannot wait to see them live.

    Contributed by @hashtagdyl.

  • Violent Shiver - Benjamin Booker.

    This weekend fans will discover Benjamin Booker at the Newport Folk Festival.

    "Audiences will be witness to a sound that’s urgent, emotional and ball-breaking" said Jon Salter via the Festival’s website.

    "Violent Shiver" is the first single from the self title debut album.

    Contributed by @johannvdnest.

  • Truth - Alexander

    "Alexander" is the solo project of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman, Alex Ebert. Much like when one buys a new car and suddenly notices that car everywhere, or when one learns a new word only to encounter it online or in print days later, I first heard “Truth” when my girlfriend played it for me, only to have another friend recommend it a week later.

    The trippy accompanying video is worth a watch, and the lyrics are worth a read. Somehow, despite the track’s inherent darkness, it always leaves me feeling happier. Perhaps my darkness is shining.

    Contributed by @craigwilson.

  • Black Out Days (Future Islands Remix) - Phantogram.

    I always get more than a little excited when I hear that a couple of my favourite musical artists have collaborated on something new, but let’s be honest, sometimes it can work quite nicely, and sometimes it can be a bit of a dog’s breakfast.

    So it is with great pleasure that I can report that Future Islands’ reworking of Phantograms’ Black Out Days, all dark and synthy and, well, Future Islandsy, works rather bloody well.

    Contributed by @lancedaniels

  • 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.