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New Music: Stereoshock, Ibeyi, Sasha Siem, Sinead O’Connor, The Barnum Meserve, The Written Years - LISTEN

Sinead O'Connor - 8 Good Reasons

New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

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Stereoshock: ‘The Letter’ and ‘The Messenger’

StereoshockStereoshock is New York based producer, composer and songwriter Josh Cohen.

Under the Stereoshock name, Josh has been releasing EDM for a number of years but he has taken a change of direction with his new work.

Two recent tracks ‘The Messenger’ and ‘The Letter’ are companion concept pieces.  Both are emotionally raw cinematic pop tracks, more spoken word soundtrack than actual songs. 

In Josh’s own words, “‘The Letter’ is a musical story about a protagonist, who leaves his family in order to regain a sense of direction in his life. However, throughout his travels, he realizes that time is not always the best resolution. This record represents a valuable life lesson, and provides us with a greater understanding of the power that time truly holds. Life around us will move on, whether we choose to participate in it or not.”

Tearing up Soundcloud for the past few months, Stereoshock could well blow your tiny mind.

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Ibeyi: ‘Mama Says’ and ‘River’

Ibeyi is French/Cuban twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz.

The sisters sing in English and Yoruba and play Díaz’s signature instrument, the Cajón.

Watch the video for 'River' and their stunning performance of 'Mama Says' on the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland

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The OXD Mirror: New Disco and House Tracks for Your Halloween Celebrations

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Disco's influences can be heard in many different genres today, but probably none greater than house music. In fact, the lines can often be blurred between the two genres, and this track by Vienna-based producer LeSale falls somewhere in between.

Lesale feat. Mavin: 'In Command'

'In Command' is the title track from his upcoming EP, and features vocals from Mavin. The track has already built up a nice buzz amongst critics and peers, with Jacques Renault contributing a remix for the record as well. Check out Mavin's falsetto around the 2:55 mark, which to me at first sounded a little like Florence Welch.

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New Music: Sportsman, LemuelG, Black Coast, Beans On Toast, Half Man Half Biscuit, Cash + David - LISTEN

Sportsman - Taylor Swift - Begin Again (cover)

New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

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Sportsman: Begin Again (Taylor Swift Cover)

SportsmanI never expected to write about Taylor Swift for Towleroad but when Sportsman - aka Per Magnusson from Sweden, an already-proven maker of beautiful, often downtempo electro pop - drops such a beautiful cover of "Begin Again" you’d be a fool not to.

Magnusson calls himself a “pop melody whore.” This proves he’s not joking.

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LemuelG: Life Cap

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Just occasionally you’ll hear a track from a new artist that even on first listening is miles above the rest and suggests something seriously exciting.

This first in quite a while to reach those dizzy heights is LemuelG aka Lemuel Wilcox.  

Currently recording his debut album his debut track "Life Cap" is an obviously very personal downtempo indie pop track that comes on like a heady mix of early Radiohead and Modest Mouse with a little bit of potential Martin Grech-level misery thrown in.

A genuinely stunning debut.

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Black Coast: TRNDSTTR (featuring M Maggie)

Black Coast TRNNDSTTRStan Rappaport used to be a member of New York-based electro pop outfit Prinze George but has recently branched out into a new solo project.

His first track as Black Coast is a collaboration with New York poet and songwriter M. Maggie.  

A downtempo, tender electro pop number with a wash of warm synth sequences, this is an instant classic that’s up there with the likes of Wet, Naomi Pilgrim and (tried to get through a week without mentioning them) CHVRCHES.

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Beans On Toast: The Chicken Song

Beans-on-Toast-The-Chicken-SongBeans On Toast is an English singer doing what he calls "drunk folk" and what generally fits into the burgeoning mini-genre of anti-folk, which also includes the likes of Ha The Unclear, The Vinegar Tits and Half Man Half Biscuit (who probably invented the genre really).

Beans On Toast is something of a scene legend, having recorded with Emmy The Great, Mumford and Sons and Frank Turner among many others.

With a new album The Grand Scene Of Things out in December, he’s just dropped the lead track "The Chicken Song," a sing-along pub folk anthem about man’s enslavement and torture of chickens.

Potentially NSFW.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Jacques Renault & The Emperor Machine, PJU & Robert Owens, Deejay Deer, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

A few weeks ago, when I first stumbled upon the names of local favorite Jacques Renault and British producer The Emperor Machine together, I could tell something great was on the way. Luckily for us, the wait is over and their work together is out. Hear the snippet of their new track below, and head to XLR8R for a free stream of the full EP.

Jacques Renault feat. The Emperor Machine: ‘I Like It’

The collaborative track, 'I Like It,'  is the opener of Jacques Renault’s brand new EP, Out of Sync, which releases next week. It combines the house grooves from Jacques’ production with the outstanding analog synth work of Andy Meecham, the man behind The Emperor Machine and member of Chicken Lips. The result is a powerhouse track for late night moments on the dancefloor.

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NEW MUSIC: Owen Duff, Sasha Siem, Machines In Heaven, Warning Light, Morning Smoke, Merchandise - LISTEN

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New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

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Owen Duff: Songs from The Falls: Testament of Love

Irish native Owen Duff is a “singer-songwriter-videomaker with a tendency to prioritise unusual chord progressions & extended metaphors over most other things.”

Owen makes highly literate and remarkably well constructed songs influenced by - among many others he mentions - Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom, Steve Reich, Charlie Kaufman, Jean Genet, Roman Polanski, Werner Herzog, The Smiths, Sufjan Stevens and David Lynch.

Coming out most obviously from those influences on his latest track "The Magic Mountain" are the classics from Nyro and Mitchell and the experimental artsiness of Sufjan, Lynch, Kaufman, Herzog et al. The track has an incredible warmth to it, wrapped as it is in genius song construction on a mini-epic scale. 

There’s more to Duff than meets the eye though, as best evidenced in his work on the soundtrack for last year’s gay-themed movie The Falls: Testament of Love. 

Duff’s two offerings from the soundtrack - available on Bandcamp on a name-your-price basis - are beautiful piano-based pieces that fans of Antony and the Johnsons and Michael Nyman’s orchestral/chamber pop work with David McAlmont will adore.

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Sasha Siem: My Friend

"My Friend", the latest track by Anglo-Norwegian musician Sasha Siem, comes with some serious pedigree, having been produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist).

Boasting such an impressive background and listing among her influences Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Antonio Vivaldi, PJ Harvey, Florence and the Machine and Leonard Cohen, you come to expect something special from "My Friend" and it delivers in spades.

A beautifully constructed chamber pop piece to a friend on the edge, "My Friend" is starkly unsentimental as well as intimate and heartfelt.

Real artistry making the best use of Siem’s training, "My Friend" will instantly appeal to fans of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Michael Nyman, Hildur Gudnadottir, Antony and the Johnsons, Zoe Keating and more.

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The OXD Mirror: New Tracks by Kindness ft. Robyn, Jessie Ware, Karen Harding, and more.

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

After a string of production and remix credits this year,  British singer and producer Adam Bainbridge, also known as Kindness, released Otherness, an album of disco-inspired pop tracks earlier this week. 

Amongst other album guest stars such as Dev Hynes and Kelela, Kindness enlists Robyn's sparkling voice to shine through the stuttering beats on his upcoming single, 'Who Do You Love?'. While the lyrics border on banal, Kindness keeps it interesting with ethereal tones juxtaposed with staccato, funky basslines.

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