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The release of Canadian indie-rock group Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ exposed fans to a more experimental, dance sound. Although, what stood out more than their new sound was the brilliant ‘We Exist’.
Steered by bass grooves in a similar vein to that of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’, the track isn’t especially ground-breaking – although it makes a fine addition to their arsenal of knockout tracks.   
As well as this, Arcade Fire, who are currently touring under the name of ‘The Reflektors’, have blended slick and funky instrumentation with melodic brilliance that allows the track to soar. 
The group have done it again – creating a dreamy, funked-up track that lingers in listeners’ minds for hours on end.
By Lauren Wade

What We’re Listening To

When it comes to breaking boundaries; Peace are no strangers, which is exactly what they’ve done on their latest release, a cover of Disclosure’s ‘White Noise’. Originally recorded as part of a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge back in June, Peace’s take on the chart anthem went down a storm at Reading & Leeds Festival in August – as a treat for fans it’s now available on their Soundcloud account.
B-Town’s finest incorporated rip-roaring guitars and subtle, seductive vocals from Harry Koisser, leading listeners to the revelation that their version is far superior to Disclosure’s original cut. 


Peace certainly have a natural talent for rescuing floundering sub-standard chart tunes and rustling up unstoppable forces beyond their reckoning. The only question that lingers is: What’s next?

By Lauren Wade

What We’re Listening To…

Back with a new cut that’s already sent the internet crazy in anticipation for their forthcoming album, Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ surfaced online a day prior to its planned unveiling in New York. The Canadian band feature backing vocals from David Bowie on the track, however representatives for the band commented stating they can “neither confirm nor deny” the rumours, whilst Bowie’s reps put an end to the debates a day later confirming the news.

 The track opens with crackling embers before a disco groove beat kicks in, and we come to the realisation that this track is unlike anything else the group have done before. Their combination of sounds is so strange on this offering, you wouldn’t think it works but oddly it does.

Out on October 29th – this major tune with circling refrains and catchy hooks won’t leave your head for quite some time. Get on it.
By Lauren Wade

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Following their storming Reading set over the bank holiday weekend, Foals proved they’ve got what it takes to tackle festivals bigger than Latitude. Although, they were contained to an evening slot on the main stage festival, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were to be announced as one of next year’s headliners.

The Oxford quintet released their third studio album ‘Holy Fire’ in February; their stand-out performance made us revisit the album.
With talk of being ‘An animal just like you’, ‘Providence’ is by the far the best track to grace their latest record. They’re looking to go stadium and its tracks like these, with drummer Jack Bevan’s unrelenting assault on the ears that has us believing it won’t be long before they achieve stadium-filling success. 
Frontman Yannis Phillipakis sets Foals’ musical bar high with blunt edged and frenzied riffs, which sounded even better live at Reading when Yannis delivered a masterclass in glitzy showmanship and how to wow crowds even when they’re dragging you into their mosh pits. Praise the Lord, Foals have rocketed themselves into another stratosphere and we’re enjoying the fruits of their labour.

By Lauren Wade

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The Vaccines have risen through the ranks pretty quickly since 2010. Their debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’ was sealed with the initial charm that attracted fans, but on the follow up they kicked it up a gear, elongating the short, sharp bursts of intense pop rock that appeared on their debut effort. Second album, ‘Come of Age’ disappointed some fans, but you’re never going to please everybody. 
The London four-piece announced details of their latest EP ‘Melody Calling’ recently, and the title track from this has been rattling around our minds ever since the first play. Recorded in LA, the American influence is tangible but this is a band who has not allowed themselves to lose their heads in LA.

The track is different from what we’ve heard before, and it certainly boasts palm trees and exotic vibes. The hooks may be more laidback, but still as catchy as The Vaccines never fail to conjure up. Whilst die-hard fans will dig this, others may be quick to dismiss it. Here’s one word of advice; put your doubts to one side, The Vaccines may have taken a more scenic route but they will still reign victorious when they finally release a third album. Mark our words.

By Lauren Wade

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It was back in 2006 that our love for Arctic Monkeys began both musically and visually (we’re pretty sure there was some of us out there who took a fancy to their Northern charm), but sadly they seem to have quietened down more recently and have become little more than pleasant nostalgia.
This hasn’t necessarily been because the Arctic Monkeys lessened in talent, it was really more that they had entered the music scene so vibrantly, with their songs that had that ‘let’s go out and dance’ vibe from their first album Whatever I Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, that when their later albums came out, much slower and less gripping, many of us quite simply lost interest. 
 Yet away with the doom and gloom because they are back with a track that will suppress your weekly audio appetite with the new single Do I Wanna Know? They’re still projecting that Sheffield twang and we are digging it for sure, not to mention the video to accompany this dashing new song is simply genius. 
 Don’t be fooled by the line, see it through until the end and you’ll see what a beauty this video is. Watch on ladies…

If you’re a lucky squirrel and happen to be at Glastonbury then you will be seeing them there, otherwise you’ll have to travel further afield… 

Their new single can be purchased on iTunes but you’ll have to wait until September for the arrival of their fifth album AM.

By Melodie Walter

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Icelandic twin sisters Jófríður and Ásthildur form the band Pascal Pinon. The name itself is a subtle variation of Pasqual Pinon, known as the Two-Headed Mexican, a circus performer from Texas in the 1900s who was basically a bit of a freakshow. Yet there’s nothing freaky about Pascal Pinon and certainly there’s no link between that and their music, but it does show their sense of humour that they play on the fact that they are just so closely linked together as sisters. 
The girls who are from Reykjavík in Iceland are eighteen and are in school studying classical music. Though they have expressed their love and talent for writing from a very early age, apparently they used to dictate poems, songs and stories to their parents who would then record them and started writing and producing music together aged fourteen. 
Twosomeness is their second album. Using each others strengths and weaknesses, Jófríður excels at the song writing and Ásthildur concentrates on the arrangements, backing vocals and playing instruments. And both their skills combined they make some pretty special songs. 
Take a look at their talent here in their video for Bloom taken from Twosomeness.
They’re next playing live at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London on May 29. Buy tickets here and download their music on iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

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After a long and stressful week, the May Bank Holiday weekend that we’ve just had was just a treat to lie back and relax and rest a while to this melt into your skin music by Bibio. Bibio is Stephen Wilkinson’s alias, one of our own musical talents from the West Midlands, UK.

Wilkinson is an experimental and electronic music producer influenced by foreign language (as is evident), phonemes (google it), and bands like Daft Punk and Boards of Canada. The song A tout à l’heure taken from his seventh and imminent album Silver Wilkinson, to be released on May 14, epitomises the essence of summer. 
 He produced the song in his back garden on a warm summer’s day using a 12-string guitar, an MPC sampler, a microphone and a cassette recorder, not forgetting the uncommon watering can and gardening shears. His sole intention was to portray this sun-kissed moment through the sitar-like drones, folk-chilled vocals, beats and claps. 
 Here is Bibio’s official video to A tout a l’heure. We admire his use of footage of sky and fields layered with various silhouettes on top which have been inspired by the self-entitled album cover of 1960’s band Free. 

If this track lifted your week’s drudgery and you’d like to hear more of his calming summertime music then purchase his new album on Bleep, iTunes  or Amazon.

By Melodie Walter

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Oh the elusive season that is spring! That is, perhaps, until now. We are finally able to finish our working day with a sprinkling of sun rays and a little warmth, which means we start to think of brighter and happier times spent in the sun listening to good music. Who better to be this week’s choice than the splendid Laura Mvula.
For a while now this contemporary singer has been rated as being one to watch for 2013 and of course the posters infiltrate the London underground, so those of us that live in London at are no strangers to her name. But when we take notice of the hype and  really sit down to give her music time and appreciation we are not disappointed by any means. 
Mvula, influenced by other soul singers such as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, is an accomplished composer and singer with a style that is original and uplifting. Her debut album released last month Sing to the Moon is just gorgeous. 
Watch our favourite video of the single that preceded her album which is full over beautiful spring time quirk and vocal brilliance.

She’ll next be playing live at Marlay Park at Longitude Festival in Dublin and you can purchase her music from iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

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This week for our listening choice we have the BBC’s sound of 2013 CHVRCHES. 
This trio come from Glasgow and formed not that long ago back in 2011. They are Lauren Mayberry (main vocals), Iain Cook (vocals, synthesizers) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, vocals). These guys have an electro-pop sound and Mayberry’s charming vocals and audible Scottish lilts add to the charm even further.

 Despite a somewhat unoriginal appearance, these guys have bucketloads of originality; themes of belief, self-discovery, devotion and wonder plus their wonderful electronic accompaniments (synths) then the mix is simply colourful and the result – electro sunlight. Still quite a young band, they’ve certainly impressed us, and we are sure that in time their sound will become even more splendid. We patiently await their debut album later this year. 
Here’s their latest single release Recover. It is within this song that Mayberry’s wondrous voice really takes hold of us; it is the centerpiece of the song and captures its listening audience. 

Chvrches are next playing live in London at Village Underground on Monday 29 April and their music can be downloaded from iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

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