thecocknbullkid

•April 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

thecocknbullkid

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/thecocknbullkid

Label: None

Anita Blay (a.k.a. thecocknbullkid) is a Londoner falling into a genre of music that was once ruled by M.I.A. but has recently seen Santogold enter the fray. Where Santogold provided British hip-hop that was readily prepared for the masses to digest and accept, thecocknbullkid will rely on a growing cult following. This, potentially, could see the development of a more credible and widely respected artist; following in the footsteps of M.I.A. herself. A British female rapping over hip-hop beats infused with electro is not a totally new concept, but the timing seems right for thecocknbullkid and her brand of music is undeniably top-draw stuff.

Listen to: There’s a Mother in Our Bed, On My Own

Sounds Like: M.I.A. and Santogold, but with an underlying edgyness

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Pete and the Pirates

•April 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Pete and the Pirates

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/peteandthepirates

Label: Stolen Recordings

Pete and the Pirates are a brilliant from Reading in the south of England. Signed to Brighton-based Stolen Recordings, they are seemingly being pushed forward as something to behold, and not without reason. Their songs are pacey and at the same time melancholy, with glowing choruses that ooze quality. Refreshingly, this edgy punk/pop band don’t rely on band members with ‘issues’ and ‘attitudes’; why bother when the music speaks volumes?

Listen to: Bright Lights

Sounds Like: The Arctic Monkeys without the ‘too cool’ attitude.

Soko

•April 25, 2008 • 3 Comments

Soko

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/mysoko

Label: None

Soko is the owner of a beautifully innocent voice, which is completely juxtaposed to her almost comically dark and bitter lyrics. Her songs are clearly an expression of her personal life, but are easy to relate to and get stuck in your head; if not because of their poignant message, then because of their catchy tunes. The music is firmly rooted in French-folk and provides a great backdrop for the childish voice that spits bullets of opinionated aggression and irony.

Listen to: I’ll Kill Her, Ali Gator, I Think I’m Pregnant

Sounds Like: France’s calmer, yet somehow more venomous, answer to the likes of Lily Allen and Kate Nash.

Pnau

•April 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Pnau

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/pnaupnau

Label: etcetc

Pnau are based in Sydney and are friendly with the other up-and-comers from that side of the glove such as Ladyhawke (who is also someone to watch out for). Using aggressive angular electro coupled with snappy drumming they somehow come out with a smooth sound that may well find itself on national radio in the not-too-distant future.

Listen to: Baby, Come Together

Sounds Like: A mixing pot of various electro styles including aspects of Daft Punk and Justice.

Mystery Jets

•April 24, 2008 • 1 Comment

Mystery Jets

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/mysteryjets

Label: sixsevenine

Mystery Jets aren’t exactly newcomers, but they’re included here because of the quality of their new music. An album produced by the semi-deity that is Erol Alkan includes some amazing music that really deserves more plays than Mystery Jets are used to. A remix of their track ‘Hideaway’ by Switch could well be one of the best electro/dance tracks since the epic ‘Body Crash’ by Buy Now and it’ll be interesting to see whether its picked up by the top DJs. Mystery Jets have an uplifting sound that gets by simply due to the fact that it is quality stuff interspersed with up-to-the-minute genius. That said, I can’t stress enough just how brilliant the Switch remix is.

Listen to: Two Doors Down, Young Love, Hideaway (especially the Switch remix!!!!)

Sounds Like: Easy going yet credible tracks with the Erol touch that means they would be right at home at a rave.

The Cool Kids

•April 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The Cool Kids

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/gocoolkids

Label: C.A.K.E Recording

The Cool Kids are two guys from Illinois that have a great back-to-basics hip-hop sound. Their album ‘The Bake Sale’ is set for release on May 20th and should be sufficiently impressive to thrust them into the limelight if their early tracks are anything to go by. Listening and not nodding your head along to the solid beats is nearly impossible.

Listen to: Black Mags

Sounds Like: Old school hip-hop the way it was born to be.

Late of The Pier

•April 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Late of the Pier

MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/lateofthepier

Label: Zarcorp

These guys have been around for quite a while now and are steadily setting themselves up as major players, having already been played on major radio stations across the UK, so if you’ve not had a listen yet – get onto it! Their pacey brand of electro is cutting edge, front line stuff that some people argue is an acquired taste. Their track ‘Focker‘ has the best final 24 bars of electro music written in 2008 and spells great things to come later on from this band.

Listen to: Bathroom Gurgle, The Bears are Coming, Space in the Woods, Focker

Sounds Like: 80s electro getting a solid kick up the arse and dragged into a new era