Ben Browning’s solo career is off to a wonderful start with the release of ‘Friends Of Mine’, the follow up to ‘Make It Easy’ as the second single off his upcoming debut album. The song itself is a glorious synth-pop number that is a must add to any Memorial Day playlist. Stream below and pre-order Ben’s LP, Turns, which comes out June 16th on Yellow Year Records. Also be sure to check out dates for a summer tour that kicks off July 22nd in Chicago.
July 22 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
July 23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
July 24 – El Paso, TX – Club 101 (Live Show), Basement S7 (Afterparty)
July 25 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage
July 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambridge Room
July 29 – Washington DC – Black Cat
July 30 – New York, NY – (Le) Poisson Rouge
July 31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Aug 1 – San Francisco, CA – Neck of the Woods
Leeuw (pronounced Lay-u) is the moniker of Los Angeles newcomer Lauren Maust who just released a great debut single titled ‘Waters’ that shows a ton of potential and talent. She handles everything the electro pop production throws at her, making sure her vocals float above the noise and into your soundscape. Stream below or purchase on iTunes.
Friday calls for exactly the type of music London duo Antony & Cleopatra are making with their new single, ‘Take Me’. Following ‘Sirens‘ as their second original release, the tune brings an array of house, garage and soulful vibes that should get the blood flowing for the long weekend ahead. In their own words the pair explain ‘Take Me': “exists in the liminal space between remix and original, between 90s and future, between bass and rave.” Stream below and / or download on iTunes via Vitalic Noise / + 1 Records.
An exciting new act came across our radar yesterday that we feel should be shared with those interested. Elohim is a Los Angeles based singer whose debut single, ‘She Talks Too Much’, is electro pop at its finest: it will move you, it will groove you and, well, it will probably make whoever is talking too much listen. You can pre-order the AA-side single on limited 12″ black vinyl, which comes with yet to be released ‘Xanax’ as well as an acapella / instrumental of both tunes (via B3SCI Records).
London six piece, The Night VI return with ‘Just Words’, a brilliant new single that feels almost conversational in the songwriting, as they sing of love, or perhaps love lost, in this slow burning R&B tune. Their six track EP will be released on vinyl September 30th and includes ‘Just Words’ as well as previously released ‘Too Late To Lie’ and ‘Turn The Light On Me’. With a pre-order, you will receive those 3 tracks mentioned above on digital format, plus each new single as it is released.
I enthusiastically wrote about Shannon Saunders single ‘Sheets’ at the end of last August and am happy to report back, nearly 9 months on, with another brilliant tune from the London singer. ‘Electric’ follows ‘Bodies & Beats‘ and ‘LO-FI‘ as the third release from her Instar EP, which came out earlier this week. Its grooving, melodic and just plain cool sounding with an epic tempo Saunders’ utilizes to create one of the most interesting pop songs of late. The song (and EP) are available on Shannon’s own Lovejoy Records (via YUP!/Caroline International) and available on signed 12′ vinyl (here) or digitally on iTunes (here).