Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats

One of 2013’s most hyped new bands, Palma Violets, dropped a new single today. ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ may be slightly out of season with the lyrics “you got me dancing in the sun” but it’s still a pretty decent jangly indie track from a band who could probably get away with murder right now. It’s a bit of a slowburner this one and it seems like it’s only getting into gear just towards the end.

Keaton Henson – Lying To You

Keaton Henson has a rather unfailing ability to tug at someone’s emotions, with his deeply personal songs and heartbroken tales of failed relationships or lost love. Anyone that hasn’t already should check out his beautiful album Dear…. Keaton Henson will release his new record, entitled ’Birthdays’ on February 25th. ‘Lying To You’ is the second single taken from the record and it’s another stunning track with some pretty raw lyrics.

Ryan Hemsworth – An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You

Ryan Hemsworth dropping a dope new cut is beginning to become about as frequent as the rain. Seriously, is there no end to this guys talent? Time after time, he’s thrown out some seriously fresh material and he’s let loose again on this new track, ‘An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You’. It’s only a matter of time before certain rappers start to pick up these tracks and turn them into mega-hits.

The Men – Electric

The Men have debuted a new song from their upcoming album, New Moon, titled ‘Electric.’ The Brooklyn-based punk rock outfit will be releasing the album on March 5 via Sacred Bones.

Bleached – Next Stop

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard anything new from Bleached! ‘Next Stop’ is the extremely sunny new number from garage-punk sister-duo, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin. Fans of Best Coast should check this out right away.

Bayou – Cherry Cola

Bayou, a new London-based producer, dropped an absolute gem today called ‘Cherry Cola’. There’s echoes of everything from Jai Paul to The Weeknd to S O H N on this very smooth and sultry pop track. Seriously diggin’ this one.

Willow Smith – Sugar and Spice

Willow Smith, 12-year old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, has sampled Radiohead on her new track ‘Sugar and Spice’ and surprisingly it’s worth a listen. She’s samples King of Limbs standout ‘Codex’, and to be honest it’s pretty much that the tune itself with Smith’s angst-ridden lyrics over it.

Album Stream: Christopher Owens – Lysandre

I was gutted when I heard Girls split as a band, but I was consoled in the knowledge that their frontman Christopher Owens was intending on releasing a solo album. For some time now, Owens has been one of my favourite songwriters around. His own life story could fill a book or two but his writing style has always remained unpretentious. On Lysandre, Owens writing at times becomes even more personal than it did on previous releases with Girls. The jury is still out on the flute as a key instrument though.
Lysandre is released January 15th. Stream it here.