Cayucas – East Coast Girl

Californian indie-pop outfit Cayucas, the project of Zach Yudin, have unveiled their sunny new single East Coast Girl. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut LP Bigfoot.
Songs like this really make me love this time of year, they really do. East Coast Girl is a simple enough track really. But Yudin’s knack for a melody shouldn’t be overlooked, and this track has an addictive little hook. Fans of Local Natives and Vampire Weekend should check this song out.

The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap

The National only shared Demons a couple of days ago, but the New Yorkers have kept the buzz for Trouble Will Find Me going with the release of their second single in the space of week, Don’t Swallow the Cap.
Don’t Swallow the Cap is a classy, Alligator era style number, and the band sound like they’ve found their groove on this one. I’m not fully sure who is doing the backing vocals here, but St. Vincent and Sharon Van Etten are guesting on the album so my guess is it’s one of those two exceptional ladies.
The tune sounds great, check it out.

Trouble Will Find Me drops May 21 through 4AD.

Daft Punk & The Creators Project: Nile Rodgers

I’m counting down the days until Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories drops on May 20. Tiding me over until then is these series of episodes from The Creators Project interviewing contributing artists on the album
The latest episode of The Collaborators features legendary producer Nile Rodgers, the man behind Like A Virgin, Let’s Dance and Le Freak.

Random Access Memories is out April 20 through Columbia Records.

Jay-Z – Open Letter

What I like most about Jay-Z is that when he has something to get off his chest, he doesn’t take to Twitter like most other rapper, instead he writes a song about. On Open Letter, Hova doesn’t hold back on setting things straight about his recent trip to Cuba, his part ownership of the Nets and new deal with Universal.

“Idiot wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music. You’re an idiot, baby, you should become a student.”

Ottilia – …And Then He Said

Isn’t it great when you stumble upon an artist you’ve never had the pleasure of encountering before and they hit you for six? That was the case earlier this morning when I came across …And Then He Said, a “rough teaser” by Swedish singer/songwriter Ottilia.
Like Gambles recent song Far From Your Arms, Ottilia has left quite an impression on me with …And Then He Said, as her voice is enough to send shivers down your spine. It reminds me of Laura Marling and Lykke Li at times. The message on this song is a poignant one and the final lyric is the one that hits the hardest, “I only needed proof, that I was something.”

On her Facebook page Ottilia says there’s “a bigger & better recording boiling”, but the magic is all here in this “rough” version.

Soulmates Never Die – Love Me Like A Comic Book

Love Me Like A Comic Book, the latest offering by Leeds-based musician Soulmates Never Die is an absolute treat.
The fact that Josh McCarthy is a comic book nut makes the sentiment behind this track is really rather sweet. Love Me Like A Comic Book has some absolutely gorgeous string arrangements (something I’ve noticed on most of his other tracks) and I instantly found myself warming to it. This is a really great pop song.

Stream and download it for free below:

Wolf Alice – Bros

Since they first arrived back in February with their debut single Fluffy, and its excellent b-side White Leather, Wolf Alice have quickly become one of Britain’s most promising new bands.
In terms of sound, their latest single Bros sits somewhere between Fluffy and White Leather. Ellie Roswell’s vocals and the now distinct guitar playing sound as energetic as ever, and I reckon this song is going to sound quality on the big stages this summer.

Wolf Alice play Longitude on Saturday the 20th of July. I can’t wait.