Mozart’s Sister – Mozart’s Sister

Well, this is just fucking brilliant! Mozart’s Sister is the solo project of Montreal-based musician Caila Thompson-Hannant. What caught my attention instantly while I was listening to her new self-titled track was the charisma/confidence in her vocals, reminiscent to artists like Robyn and Kate Bush. ‘Mozart’s Sister’ is truly addictive track. It’s a modern ode to 80’s pop with some really great, sparkling synths, and a melody so infectious it’ll be a miracle it doesn’t get stuck in your head. Great lyrics too.
Her ‘Hello’ EP is released February 25 through Merok Records, a label who discovered the likes of Crystal Castles, Klaxons and SALEM.

Only Real – Blood Carpet

One of London’s brightest newcomers Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, posted a new track called ‘Blood Carpet’ today. I absolutely loved his previous single ‘Backseat Kissers’ (out January 28th) and this is another absolute diamond. Technically ‘Blood Carpet’ is an old song but it’s getting the 7″ treatment and is set to feature on his debut album. His rapping on this track sound so smooth and I’m digging that breezy guitar as well as the choruses of ‘ooh I can’t forget you at all.’ Fresh.

f y f e – Solace

“Solace”  is the debut song from 23-year London-based singer/songwriter f y f e, and what a promising start it is. “Solace” is packed with soft pop melodies, perfect guitar lines filtering in and out and some understated electronics. But it is undoubtedly f y f e’s vocals and that pretty irresistible chorus that grab my attention the most.
His debut is out March. Can’t wait for that.

Beach Fossils – Generational Synthetic

Beach Fossils can do no wrong in my eyes, everything I’ve ever heard by this band is reverb-drenched gold. They have just released the second single from their forthcoming album Clash The Truth, and it’s another excellent slice of sun-soaked lo-fi indie. The Brooklyn-based group have been incredibly consistent over the last couple of years with albums like their self-titled debut Beach Fossils and their full debut What A Pleasure making waves on the blog scene and in the process damaging my ‘repeat’ button. ‘Generational Synthetic’ is the groups hazy yet bouncy new single and for the bassline and drums alone it’s worth checking out.

Clash the Truth is out February 19th on Captured Tracks.

Desert – Desert

I just stumbled upon this new duo from Barcelona while I was doing my daily rounds on SoundCloud. The duo, consisting of Cristina Checa and Eloi Caballé, go by the name Desert and this is their new track. Self-titling a song after yourself is always a pretty ballsy statement, but I’ll let it slide this time as I’m digging this track. There’s a lot going on on ‘Desert’, with a collection of hazy synths and pop melodies, and the vocals sound just perfect throughout. Worth a listen.