Top 20 EP’s of 2014


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20. Skalpel – Simple (electronic, jazz, sampled) 


 

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19. Shivum Sharma – Flicker [listen here]


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18. V/A – The Very Polish Cut-outs Sampler vol 3


 

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17. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again (dance, electronic, pop)


 

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16. Panes – Panes (post-dubstep, soul)


 

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15. Hypoluxo – Feelings (alternative, indie, shoegaze)


 

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14. Sasha Keable – Lemongrass & Limeleaves (electronic pop, soul) [free download here]


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13. Pale – The Comeback (electronic, post-dubstep, dark urban)


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12. Spooky Black – Leaving (singer-songwriter, acoustic, electronic)

[listen and free download here]


 

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11.The Mary Onettes – Portico (indie rock, scandinavian, retro pop)


10. Nancy Whang – The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks (nudisco, electronic, covers)


 

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9. Róisín Murphy – Mi Senti (electronic pop) [stream here]


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8. Willow Smith – III (electronic soul) [stream via Google Play]


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7. Movement – Movement (electronic, post-dubstep, dark urban) [Movement’s soundcloud]


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6. Nao – So Good (electronic, post-dubstep, soul, urban)

 


 

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5. Daniel Wilson – Boy Who Cried Thunder (new soul)


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4. GL- GL (synthpop, 80’s revival) [stream, info, download here]


 

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3. Juce! – Taste The Juce!

(urban, soul, 90’s revival) [Juce!’s Soundcloud]


 2. Ben Khan – 1992

(electronic, post-dubstep, dark urban)


 1. Shamir – Northtown

(future soul, electronic, urban)

Honourable mentions:

Royce Wood Junior – Rover

Monsoonsiren – Falstrati

RSS B0YS – Fly

Jon Hopkins – Asleep Versions

Lxury – Raid

Fiance – EP1

Mokadem – EP

December 31, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Playlist, The Best of 2014. 1 comment.

NSA’s Selection Box: Future Skool


Not trying to create yet another meaningless buzz word here. Leave it to the guys at NME. And ‘cos they haven’t done so yet, for own convenience, I’ll use the term Future Skool to describe the contemporary sound of the electronic r’n’b and soul delivered by an increasing number of artists clearly influenced by Jamie Blake, Jamie Woon, Burial, Jamie xx and the murky aesthetics The XX. A small legion of new talent infusing 90’s influenced electronic music with the urban sensibility, exhausting a minimal formula made up of scarce beats, bouncy drum’n’bass basslines, minimalistic production, soulful vocals, often creepy or incredibly hollow. Their output is as sparse as the beats they lay out in their tracks, mostly limited to EP or single releases or Soundcloud uploads. And you can hardly call it a scene as these artists aren’t unified by a label or location but enough unifying elements not to ignore there’s something in the water.

There’re any shades to this wave, from the comforting and sexy to plain creepy, from tracks based purely on restrained vocals and vague melodies to near-club-bangers and everything in between, unified by their simplicity and influences.

Selection Box: Future Skool will collect these tracks from the near past and the future. Here’s the first serving of tracks by these very young and very talented people. 

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Shamir – If It Wasn’t True

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RAJ – Let Me Love You

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BOOTS – Dreams (feat Beyonce)

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FKA Twigs vs inc.

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Movement – Ivory

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Ben Khan – Savage

May 22, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Playlist, Selection box. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Ben Khan – Youth (Nu Urban, Future Soul)


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London’s Ben Khan, one of the most interesting emerging talent the moment, is as enigmatic and economic with his output as another Internet superhero, Jai Paul. The four tracks posted on his soundcloud page are insanely well constructed, self-contained sonic micro universes. By serving a patchwork of bassy beats, synth stabs, samples, 80’s r’n’b references and his own surly delivery, Khan introduces a minimalistic, half withdrawn, yet ear pleasing, urban music of the future. And he’s newest tune and the first official release is all that. This is the sound of 2014.

1992 EP containing all four cuts is due May 5th. Youth is available on Itunes.

March 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Arrivals. 2 comments.