Somehow I’ve managed to find myself as the most senior figure in the office at work today, frightful I know, so I’ll have to once again leave you in the capable Tuesday hands of the folks over at Rormix. It’s a great app, download it if you haven’t already, more selling spiel… Here are their picks for this week;
Pariis Opera House – Hearts
This week’s featured artist – Pariis Opera House – are an electronic music duo based in London. After launching in late 2011 they have gone on to remix for the likes of Island Records (The Wanted – Chasing The Sun) and Infectious (Local Natives – Breakers), as well as clinching sync-deals with Channel 4 and E4. They also appeared on Hollyoaks to coincide with the deals.
After featuring on BBC Introducing, Tom Robinson advised they were “definitely an outfit to keep track of in 2013”. This was a wise premonition, as the single DRAGNDROP, released at the end of the year, was picked up by Lauren Laverne, racking up numerous plays on 6Music at the hands of Tom Robinson, Nemone, and Lauren herself.
The Familiar – Dark Eyes
The Familiar are an alternative electropop duo made of Ruth Mirsky and Mads Martinsen. The duo created these intimate and lush soundscapes paired with pop hooks without the duo ever working together in the same room. Ruth is based in Brooklyn, NY, while Mads lives in Norway. They describe the group as a conjuring of strangers– polar opposites who find inspiration in the uncanny darkness of winters with no sun, the unyielding lightness of summers with no night, and a city that never sleeps. They released their debut EP Rooms in May 2014, which is now available on Bandcamp and iTunes.
Pretties For You – Talk
Led by powerful and dramatic vocals, Pretties for You gives you melodic, dark pop with atmospheric guitars and bombastic drums and a definite 80’s influence. Pretties For You are a five-piece from Gothenburg, Sweden, and their offering ‘Talk’ is filled with powerful vocals, seamless production and a huge chorus. Well worth a listen.
Crystal Stilts – Star Crawl
Crystal Stilts formed in 2003 in New York City by Brad Hargett (vocals) and JB Townsend (guitar) and are currently joined by Andy Adler (bass), Keegan Cooke (drums), Kyle Forester (keys). Their debut album ‘Nature Noir’ is filled with lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment. The video for ‘Star Crawl’, fits well with the EP’s title – featuring nature images shot along the Hudson – but they wouldn’t be as interesting if they didn’t feature the psychedelic hues…
Plug&Play – Brand New Day
Plug & Play is a Polish band known for blending melodies deriving from the better part of the eighties with modern dance rhythms. The hallmarks of Plug & Play are broadly understood electrical and electronic sound, unclichéd instruments, male-female vocals and brief stylistic affairs, which make the style of the group clear-cut and unmistakable.
Don’t forget, all you have to do is click on the images to hear the tracks! It’s that simple, even I could do it!
I’ll be back tomorrow!