Azealia Banks – BBD

Azealia Banks releases her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, later this year (no confirmed date yet). She preps us with her first leak of the year, the Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle-produced ‘BBD.’ Check it out.

Atlas – Feel Me

Having dropped their debut EP ‘Cities’ last year, Leeds-based outfit Atlas are relatively new to the scene. I should mention that along with ‘Cities’ they dropped an ultra smooth cover of Franks Oceans ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’ which is a must hear. Their latest release ‘Feel Me’ has left me simply blown away, I was not expecting this song to be as addictive. The subtle production here is wonderful, reminiscent at times of The xx, with Emily Harris touching pleas stealing the show for me.

Moods – Love Is Real

‘Love Is Real’ is the smooth new instrumental cut from Netherlands-based producer Moods. That old school hip-hop style beat had my head bopping instantly and vocal samples used here are very slick. Good vibes all round. Check out more of his sounds over on his SoundCloud.

Au.Ra – Sun

Some really nice, laid back surf-rock/dream-pop for you to enjoy courtesy of Sydney outfit Au.Ra and their new song ‘Sun’. While the comparisons to Tame Impala will be hard to avoid, there are similarities to bands like Beach Fossils and DIIV too. ‘Sun’ is completely enjoyable from start to finish and it seems to just float along over an ultra chilled-out melody and impressively laid back vocals. Really, really liking this one.

Ecstasy – White Limos

Ecstasy are an electronic/indie group hailing from London who only just formed in September of 2012. I just stumbled upon their latest song, ‘White Limos’, and it’s really good. It could easily be mistaken for a M83 or MGMT track with its euphoric vocals, hypnotic synths and beats but they’re definitely doing their own thing here. Ecstasy are currently unsigned. Expect to hear more from them this year.

TORRES – Honey

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Every once in a while a song comes along and leaves such an impact on you, you are literally left speechless and the only thing you still manage to do properly is to hit repeat over and over again. TORRES is the moniker of 22 year old singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, she hails from Nashville, Tennessee. This evening I stumbled upon ‘Honey’ and I’ve got to be honest, it has absolutely floored me and I’ve been struggling to stop playing it ever since. “This cannot happen again,” she begins, “twice in a year is too much.” she sings over a single guitar strum before lashing out the lines “Honey, while you were ashing in your coffee, I was thinking of telling you’ve what you done to me.” Some heavy lines, and an overall brilliant track. Check it out.
Her debut album drops January 22.