KHUSHI – Magpie [Listen + News]

I first heard this track on Adam’s blog, songsfortheday a few days ago and it’s since gained a high play count on my iTunes. It’s also become quite popular since I posted it on Listen Up! a cool new website from the creator of the brilliant BIRP monthly playlists. Now that I’ve given away where I find all my music, let’s bring our focus back to KHUSHI.

Khushi is launching his long overdue EP next Tuesday (8th October). The event is happening at the Hoxton Bar & Grill, click here for details. I recommend anyone who’s free that evening to come by and check it out. As you can tell from the track below, it’s going to be very good.

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Nils Frahm – Says [Listen]

‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano’s action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’ Nils Frahn

Hailed as neomodernism; the soft repetitive sound of Nils Frahm and his antique piano is as beautiful as the likes of Goldmund or Eluvium. I bought his LP Felt (2011) a couple of months ago after discovering his music on Erased Tapes website – which by the way is a fantastic source of ambient and classical music.

The first track I heard of his was called Familiar which was an instant hit for me. The organic sounds reminded of Helios‘ track Dragonfly Across An Ancient Sky. I especially like the irregular breaths of air Nils takes as he plays, It brings a realism to it and draws you in, as if you where watching him play the piece right before you.

His newly released track, Says conjures a slightly different sound to his usual piano based compositions. An electronic backdrop is created for this piece, which sets a slightly eerie and futuristic atmosphere, while the soft pattering of the piano makes itself known sparingly throughout the piece. The sci-fi sound is unexpected of Nils Frahn, but works so damn well.

How Sad – Indian Summer [Listen]

It’s shamefully been 2 months since we post. Sorry for the absence, but I think we all needed time to absorb some music, and what better way to kick back into gear with this fantastic artist.

How Sad released their debut EP Indian Summer on the 20th of August. I had previously had their early release track Indian Summer on repeat and have been eagerly awaiting more from the Canadian indie pop group. This is feel-good music, the kind you can’t help but share around with your friends. I can’t stress enough how much I think you should spare £3 from your pocket and download it. I’m going to post my two favourites from the EP, Hot Blur and Indian Summer, but make sure to check out the rest if you feel it’s your kinda thing.

AOU – Demo EP [Listen & Free Download]

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I usually have the music that is submitted to us playing in the background while I work, and once in a while I stop, turn it up and go, ‘wait who is this?‘. I’ve just finished listening to AOU’s new demo EP and didn’t want to waste a minute in sharing it with you.

AOU, are a new musical collective based between London and Paris. Their style is described as indie/electro/tropical and they’re influenced by groups ranging from Kraftwerk and Joy Division to Metronomy and Air. Personally I feel they have a similar sound to Lower Dens with their progressive rocky beats and melodic vocals.

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AOU are William Moreau, Guy Stevenson, Quentin Sarda and Mattis Moviken. The group came together in 2012, each member hail from different musical backgrounds which contribute to their unique sound. Their EP is currently available to stream and free to download for a limited period from thier website, get it while it’s hot: www.aouband.co.uk

Cayucas – A Summer Thing [Listen]

No explanation needed for this post. I actually tanned on the weekend, I didn’t know such thing was possible in England. To contribute to this weather I’ve chosen to start the week with Cayucas, I feel like this artist has exploded this summer. Their album Bigfoot which was released in May has done very well, and for good reason too. Their feel-good pop vibes are just what everyone wants right now.

These guys are currently touring the US, and are thankfully making their way to the much anticipated End of The Road festival this year – and then continuing through Europe in Autumn. Check out the whole album, it would go well with a BBQ by the sea, a smokey bonfire in the woods, or just your headphones on a sweaty bus.

Mark Isham – The Bliss of Evil (Bad Lieutenant Suite) [Listen]

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It’s probably been about four years since I saw this film, and I enjoyed it as much – if not more the second time last night. Werner Herzog is one of favorite directors, his ability to make great narratives as well as documentary films is something I admire greatly. Last night watching The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, I picked up on something I hadn’t noticed before, the suite composed by Mark Isham. It’s very subtle in the film, and only comes in a few times in the film .

Mark Isham is probably best known for the score he did for Crash (2004), which had some of the most heartfelt, tear jerking tracks, (remember that scene with the little girl and the cloak?). I didn’t know that Mark Isham had written anything for Bad Lieutenant, but now I know it makes sense. This suite is called This Bliss of Evil, and this segment is so beautiful and so fitting for the reflective scenes in the film – I just had to share it with you all.

Just in case your eyes are a bit dry…

Way Yes – Tog Pebbles [Listen]

Suddenly I have a new favourite band. I love playful music; anything that sounds like fun to make, which is why artists like Animal Collective and Kishi Bashi were instant hits for me. Way Yes are a 5 piece band from Columbus, Ohio, and boy do they know how to produce great sounding music. The first song I heard from them was called Cinnamon, I instantly sent it to my friend and was like, ‘Oh my god it’s Kermit the Frog singing’. The song couldn’t help stretch a smile across my face, but at the same time I was thinking, ‘this sounds bloody good’.


I proceeded to checking out all their other releases. Cinnamon came from their first EP Herringbone, they released a full length album in 2012 called Walkability, and now they have just released their latest album, Tog Pebbles. Like good cheese; their sound has matured from Herringbone (2010), to what is now a cool combo of upbeat and chilled tracks that employ a mix of jungly beats and synthy-pop sounds.


The vocals have taken a step back in the mix too, adding greater importance to the instrumental parts in the songs. Two tracks from Tog Pebbles really stick out for me, Holy Drop and Colerainbecause besides the feel-good crescendos, the lyrics carry an unexpected, meaningful weight . They also have the best album art designed by John Malta. We don’t rate music on Universal Wax, so i’m just going to give this artist my most prestigious seal of approval. Now go check them out!

Typhoon – White Lighter [News + Listen]

Typhoon, the 11 piece band known for creating a big sound while maintaining an intimate level of storytelling have just announced their new album, White Lighter set to be released August 20th. Their previous album Hunger and Thirst released last year stirred a lot of excitement, in particular their track CPR / Claws Pt. 2 was greatly commended, and is a personal favorite. They have pre-released a track from the new album called Young Fathers which is very enjoyable and hints that the new album is going to be a goodie.


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Holden – Blackpool Late Eighties [Listen]

James Holden talking about writing Blackpool Late Eighties:

‘Ah! I wrote this one in an airport hotel in Schiphol. I couldn’t catch my flight because of snow, so I took the train, bought a big bag of weed, came back to the hotel for the night and wrote that. I told you about Blackpool already. This song has the warmest kind of VHS-nostalgia.
Normally I don’t write on the road, but now since I had a bag of weed it seemed like a good idea. Otherwise a hotel room is just a low-oxygen environment and then I don’t really am in the mood for it. I started Ableton Live and found all the free VSTs (Virtual Studio Technology – digital music instruments ed.) I could download with the hotel room internet. Afterwards I touched it up in the studio.’ www.trouwamsterdam.nl

Get it on triple vinyl here: Norman Records

Koñoko – Raisa [Listen]

This crazy Spanish band have been seriously entertaining my ears with this track, Koñoko. The progressive psyadelic and flamenco style of it sounds as though it should be in a Tarantino film. I love how this track starts and finishes as something else. It’s Asia meets the Wild West. Don’t be urged to stop listening before you reach halfway as that’s where it really starts to kick off.