Arrivals: Django Django – Reflection


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The Scottish dance punk quartet, Django Django are set to release their second LP in May and they have yet another track to prove that (listen to the previous single, First Light here). The band had made some serious waves with their 2012 self-titled debut and even bigger ones with its lead single Default (which snatched UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer that year). It might be hard to beat the youthful energy and precise symmetry of Default but their new track, Reflections, is a different kind of animal. It’s a mature indie dance track, shapeshifting between the bands previous festival sized personality (vocal harmonies, house piano stabs and post-punk rhythm session) and a whimsical, moonlit entity complete with smoky sax and synth arpeggios. 

Reflections taken from Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn, out May 4 on Because Music.

March 17, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Double Talk


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You might not have heard of Jaakko Eino Kalevi yet, but apparently in Helsinki he already can proud himself with cult status. Self taught multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, Kalevi, is an artist definitely worth checking out. His soft and mature material made up of equal measures of dream pop, funk and folk is a true listening pleasure. This mixture of indie pop charm, love for the vintage instruments as well as electronic sound, old-fashioned songwriting and crooning with a healthy dose of eccentricism puts him in a long line of self-made Scandinavian artists such as Jimi Tenor, Jens Lekman and El Perro Del Mar.

Jaakko (Eino?) is also not shy to go out outside the borders of his familiar genres, as he already borrowed his vocals to Kasper Bjorke’s album and has released a remix version of his standout, debut EP, Dreamzone. 

 

This summer will see (Eino?) Kalevi debuting his first international full-length release. Heralding the LP is Double Talk, a  summery and nostalgic, krauty-dream pop track, crowned with Kalevi’s vulnerable croon. The self-titled album is out in June.

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Also, recently the Helsinkian worked his magic on the latest single from the promising, Swedish songstress, Alice Bodan. Her sweetly indolent vocals glue so well with Jaakko’s musical vision.

 

 

March 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. 1 comment.

NSA’s Top 25 Albums of 2014


 


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25. Jesse Boykins III – Love Apparatus (Jesse Boykins III Music) (electronic, soul, USA)


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24. Goat – Commune (Rocket Recording) (experimental, Sweden)


jessietoughlove23. Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Island Records) (electronic pop, UK)


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22. Onuka – Misto (Enjoy Records) (electronic pop, Ukraine)

Mr.-Twin-Sister-608x60821. Mr Twin Sister – Blush (Twin Group) (indie pop)


francois-atlas-mountains-piano-ombre20. Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains – Piano Ombre (Domino Recordings) (indie rock, Uk)


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19. Foxygen – … and The Star Power (alternative, indie rock, psychedelic rock, USA)


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18. Snowbird – Moon (Bella Union) (alternative pop) (US/UK)


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17. Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi Records) (dance, house, USA)


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16. Skalpel – Transit (electronic, sampled, jazz, Poland)


 

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15. FKA Twigs – LP1 (electronic, soul, urban, UK)


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14. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell (folk, electronic, indie, USA)


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13. Wooky – Montjuïc (electronic, techno, Spain)


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12. Aphex Twin – Syro (electronic, techno, UK)


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11. Curtis Harding – Soul Love (Burger Records) (garage rock, soul, USA)


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10. Tycho – Awake (electronic, ambient, USA)


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9. Katherine – Magnum (house, pop, France) [listen here]


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8. Jungle – Jungle (indie, urban, UK)  [listen here]


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7. Real Estate – Atlas [listen] (indie rock, USA)


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6. Król – Nielot (indie pop, Poland)


 

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4. Sébastian Tellier – L’aventura (electronic pop, France)


 

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3. Gus Gus – Mexico (house, electronic, pop, Island)


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2. Sinkane – Mean Love (DFA/City Slang) [listen here]

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1. Caribou – Our Love (City Slang)

(electronic, Canada) [listen]


Honorable Mentions:

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Jerz Igor – Mała Płyta

Music Go Music – Impressions

Smashing Pumpkins – Momuments To Elegy

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Chromeo – White Women

Wye Oak – Shriek

Chet Faker – Built on Glass

January 1, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Selection box, The Best of 2014. Leave a comment.

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