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NEW MUSIC: Swedish Gothic Post Punk, Goodly Thousands, The Assist, Public Service Broadcasting, Seafret

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

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 post.

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RA: “These Days”

With a name even more anonymous than Merchandise, Swedish act RA make dark, brooding gothic post punk / alternative rock influenced by The Cult, the dark, brooding version of Depeche Mode and the pure energy of Scandinavian proto punk act Iceage.

Have a listen to two track from RA‘s forthcoming album Scandinavia which is out on Swedish label Adrian Recordings on March 3rd.

 

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Goodly Thousands: Sunshine Hair EP

Goodly Thousands is a band based in Dublin, Ireland and signed to Portland, Oregon label Shelflife.

The trio make indie pop guitar music for fans of 90s English acts like early Primal Scream, The Bluetones and The Charlatans.

The EP Sunshine Hair is the follow up to the nearly sold out debut 7″ “Honest” / “I Wish,” and continues right where that release left off with four irresistible guitar pop classics.

A 2011 EP including the original versions of “Honest” / “I Wish” is also streaming below.

 

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out and Feel the Love with Music by Frank Ocean, Satin Jackets, HNNY and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

My last column delved into the realm of deep house, showcasing the darker elements of house music. Today we take a significant departure and invite you to relax and chill out with some dreamy soundscapes by house music superstars.  

Frank Ocean paid tribute to the late Aaliyah last month on what would be her 36th Birthday, by covering her remake of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit, 'At Your Best (You Are Love).' Ocean's haunting, stripped-down version gets a futuristic, cosmic makeover by L.A.'s starRo, a producer and DJ known for his downtempo tracks that fuse "beats with jazz, R&B, soul, chill, emotion, and love."  It's the perfect track to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, which is right around the corner.

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NEW MUSIC: Courtney Barnett, Pinkshinyultrablast, To Be Frank, Hot Cops, Patawa, Korsairs

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

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 post.

You can sign up for weekly updates from Deadly Music! at the end of this post.

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Courtney Barnett: “Pedestrian At Best”

CourtneybThe amazing Courtney Barnett released one of the best albums of 2013 and one of our top ten songs of the same year in still mesmerising “History Eraser”.

Just out is “Pedestrian At Best” taken from new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Think, which will be released on March 23rd.

Classic written all over this one. Ignore at your peril.

RIYL: Waxahatchee, Sleater-Kinney

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Pinkshinyultrablast: Everything Else Matters

PSUB-7aNamed after a 2002 Astrobite album, St Petersburg, Russia-based shoegaze outfit Pinkshinyultrablast are everything that you would expect of a band that’s been charged with spearheading the revival of a genre.

Pulsating and shimmering with the best of 1990s shoegaze acts, Pinkshinyultrablast have been compared to Lush, Ride and my bloody valentine among others.

A love at first listen affair for fans of 90s noise pop, Pinkshinyultrablast are happy to court comparisons with the likes of the Cocteau Twins, especially given the washed-out fuzziness of the Liz Fraser-esque vocals.

However, the Russian quartet say they are eager to push the electronic side of their sound, citing electronica, modern classical and krautrock among their influences.

 

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The OXD Mirror: Andy Butler Goes Solo, And Other New Music For The Week

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Andy Butler is the mastermind behind the rotating disco house act Hercules and Love Affair, and the man behind the group's three full studio albums released between 2008-2014.  The group, comprised mostly made of LGBT performers (Butler himself, Antony Hegarty, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman and Nomi Ruiz to name a few) brought back a  very queer sound to mainstream house music.  Though Butler has always acted as the "lead" for HALA, every song has always been a collective effort of the many artists that make up the group.  In 2015, Butler has set to break off on his own and produce under his own imprint.

Andy Butler: 'You Can Shine (Feat. Richard Kennedy)'

Debuting his first solo EP next month, Butler leads with recent tour mate Richard Kennedy, who acted as male vocal lead for the last Hercules and Love Affair world tour.  I had the pleasure of seeing this very sassy vocalist perform during that tour and his vocal chops and stage presence are combinations you don't see too often.  'You Can Shine' is an excellent club track, with some sounds reminiscent of Butler's HALA days as well as some new flavor injected.

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NEW MUSIC: St. Vincent, Kate Tempest, SOAK, Colour of Spring, Brash Flair, Girl Detective

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

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 post.

You can sign up for weekly updates from Deadly Music! at the end of this post.

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St. Vincent: “Bad Believer”

St. Vincent (above), aka Anne Clark, unexpectedly scored the most successful album of her career - and a Grammy nomination - with last year’s release of her self-titled 5th album. Unexpected because Clark remains something of a fringe artist, not so much when you actually hear the album, undoubtedly one of the stand-outs of 2014.

Just released is a brand new song “Bad Believer” which will be featured on a forthcoming deluxe edition release of St. Vincent, which features four new songs and a DARKSIDE remix of “Digital Witness”.

The new tracks include recent US Record Store Day only single “Pieta” and “Sparrow”, and the previously Japanese-only track “Del Rio”.

 

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Kate Tempest: “Bad Place For A Good Time”

A56a0f40-fbcb-4906-b0a2-b69edc0a25e7-620x372London-based rapper, singer, poet, novelist and Mercury Music Prize nominee Kate Tempest is back with a haunting, stripped back new piano-led track about life in the city.

Last year, on top of releasing album Everybody Down - each track correlates with a chapter in his novel The Bricks That Built The Houses - without a doubt one of the best albums of the year, Tempest was selected for the Poetry Society’s Next Generation Poets. In 2013 she won the Ted Hughes prize for Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem set to a live score.

Rap but not as you know it, Tempest oozes the brooding confidence that came from nowhere on Everybody Down.

 

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The OXD Mirror: Tin Man Remixes Erol Alkan & The Return of Paradisco

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Originally conceived by Erol Alkan as an exclusive track for his FabricLive 77 Mix, ‘Sub Conscious’ received a new acid treatment by ones of my favorite producers in 2014, Tin Man, which is coming out as a 12” on the Phantasy imprint.

Tin Man’s experience with neoclassical and ambient work can definitely be seen in this re-work, but it is the added piano riff towards the end of the track that really makes it stand out as a hot record for the dancefloor.

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