January new music playlist

Listen: January 2014 playlist – all the best new music from January in one handy playlist

Although January tends to be a bit of a depressing month – Christmas is gone, no-one has any money, the weather is dreary etc. etc… – it does have one thing going for it: new music.

January is typically the month where everyone starts the ‘big in 2014’ scramble – so there’s always a lot of cool new music floating around to get into on those dark nights.

I’ve put together the below playlist featuring the best of what’s come out in January, which includes new stuff from BANKS (who is definitely going to be big in 2014), Bombay Bicycle Club (already pretty big I think!), Yuck, Metronomy, James Blake, Blood Red Shoes, Elephant, Blood Cultures and loads more. There’s also a couple of tasty remixes in there as well. Read more about Listen: January 2014 playlist – all the best new music from January in one handy playlist

November Playlist

November playlist – all the best new music from the month in a handy playlist

November turned out to be a bumper month of new music, and I’ve collated the pick of the new releases into the below playlist for you to enjoy as we head into December. The November playlist includes new tracks from the likes of Temples and Broken Bells as well as a fair sprinkling of remixes […]

Mercury Prize

James Blake wins the Mercury Prize Album Of The Year

James Blake’s Overgrown has won this years Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. In the days running up to tonight’s announcement the bookies favourite for the prize traded hands several times – first Disclosure were tipped for the win, before Laura Mvula and then a late surge for the Arctic Monkeys. But at no […]

Let It Rain single

This Week’s New Single Releases (13th October 2013)

My round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. The Aston Shuffle – ‘Can’t Stop Now’ Australian house duo The Aston Shuffle release their pop-house number ‘Can’t Stop Now’ which at least puts a slight twist on the familiar and overused formula of 2013 with an enjoyable lead male vocal and […]

Mercury Music Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this years Mercury Music Prize album of the year has just been announced, and it turns out my prediction from yesterday wasn’t too far out – I’m counting 7 out of 12 as a success anyway! Here’s the full shortlist: Arctic Monkeys – AM David Bowie – The Next Day Disclosure – Settle […]

James Blake

Mercury Music Prize 2013 – 12 albums that should be on the shortlist

Whatever your thoughts on the annual music industry love-in that is the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year, you can’t deny it creates a bit of a talking point in the music world. The shortlist for this years Mercury Prize is announced tomorrow evening (5.30pm, 10 September), so prepare for a few weeks of […]

James Blake announces UK tour in September

Fresh from his well-received second album Overgrown (read my review here), James Blake has announced six live dates in the UK this September. James Blake will play: September 18 – Glasgow, O2 ABC 20 – Manchester, Ritz 21 – Birmingham, Institute 22 – Oxford, O2 Academy 24 – Bristol, O2 Academy 25 – London, O2 […]

Watch: James Blake – ‘Overgrown’ video

‘Haunting’, ‘moody’, ‘atmospheric’. All words that are heavily associated with James Blake’s music, so this new Nabil Elderkin directed video for the title track of Blake’s new album is right on the money: Read my 4-star review of James Blake’s second album Overgrown here.

James Blake

Album review: James Blake – ‘Overgrown’

James Blake – Overgrown {rating} Buy: Overgrown Who is James Blake? He’s a London born singer-songwriter who also happens to be a pioneering electronic music producer. He almost single-handedly created the ‘post-dubstep’ movement a few years ago before understandably trying to distance himself from such a horribly reductive pigeon-hole. What do I need to know […]