Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Jonathan Boulet

Jonathan Boulet is everything you'd want to be: young, incredibly talented - and Australian. His grammar though, leaves a lot to be desired, as evidenced by the appalling syntactic error on his latest track entitled You're A Animal. No doubt he'll tell you it was a purposeful mistake; I have my doubts.

Although Boulet, signed to Modular Recordings, is best known for making laid back, colourful folk-pop music, You're A Animal sees the Sydney native take a new direction. At the song's heart is a frenetic percussive riff, atop of which sits an anthemically shouty vocal hook; a sweet-sounding symphonic war cry to galvanise every misunderstood skinny indie-kid in the land. Add to that a blast of punchy guitar power-chords and you've got yourself some of what I'd call Tribal Rock - and I love it!

You're A Animal is taken from Boulet's as yet untitled sophomore album which is due for release in mid 2011. If you're in the Brisbane area and find yourself at a loose end on New Year's Eve, you could do worse than to head to the Powerhouse No Years Festival which features Jonathan play alongside Shout Out Louds and Neon Indian. A snip at $85?

MP3: Jonathan Boulet - You're A Animal DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Cut Copy - Take Me Over (Tim Goldsworthy Remix)

Continuing with their steady drip-drip of Cut Copy/Zonoscope related news, Modular Recordings have sent out a re-work of Cut Copy's tropical-slash-Men At Work inspired track Take Me Over, featuring Tim Goldsworthy, producer of In Ghost Colours and all round legend, on remixing duties. Also confirmed is the track listing for forthcoming album Zonoscope, which will hit European shelves on 07/02.
Zonoscope Tracklisting:
1. Need You Now
4. Pharaohs & Pyramids
5. Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution
6. Strange Nostalgia for the Future
7. This Is All We've Got
8. Alisa
9. Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
10. Corner of the Sky
11. Sun God

MP3: Cut Copy - Take Me Over (Thee Loving Hand Remix by Tim Goldsworthy) DOWNLOAD

MP3: Bag Raiders - Sunlight (GLOVES Remix) DOWNLOAD

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Ruby Frost - Moonlight Video

Although Slough band Brother feature highly on my hypothetical list of ones to watch for 2011, it would be New Zealand Popsicle Ruby Frost who would top it. Whereas the former has been described as potentially "the most polarizing band of 2011", I believe Miss Frost will unite all peoples and bring about world peace with her utterly adorable looks and cool electro-infused pop hooks. Above is the promo vid - released yesterday - for Ruby's song Moonlight, directed by one Veronica Crockford-Pound.

MP3: Ruby Frost - Moonlight (Leno Lovecraft Remix) DOWNLOAD

MP3: Mt. Eden - Oh That I Had (Feat. Ruby Frost) DOWNLOAD

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Florrie - Sunday Girl

Perfume adverts, a perennial bane of my life, seem to increase exponentially as we approach Christmas. Out of the over-the-top, faux artsy mire has come Nina Ricci's effort; an advert which I found was sound tracked by none other than British drummer-turned-pop-up-and-comer Florrie, performing a cover of Blondie's multilingual classic Sunday Girl. Very pleasant indeed.

MP3: Florrie - Sunday Girl (Blondie Cover) DOWNLOAD

Monday, 13 December 2010

Eye Emma Jedi

Eye Emma Jedi are a band in-complete. Despite having already released single Crucified back in early November, and being B-listed on Norway's equivalent of Radio 1, this talented multinational outfit made up of Andrew Murray - no, not that one - and Alexander Pavelich are only now searching the capital's streets for additional band members.

Influences include the likes of Phoenix, Passion Pit and The Killers, though, from the little I've heard, I'm inclined to describe their sound as a cross between the heavier edge of Foo Fighters, and the power pop of Orson - perhaps with a splash of emo.

The band landed the job of remixing The Wombats' forthcoming single Techno Fan, which is set for online release early in the new year. I'm told we can expect to new materiel of their own after the Christmas break.
MP3: Eye Emma Jedi - Crucified DOWNLOAD

Monday, 6 December 2010

Brother - Live At London's Met Bar

A new video of Slough band Brother has been posted up on their Acid Love website. It's a promo vid of a gig the band played at London's Met Bar last month. It was only their second show in the capital and appears to have been an industry/press junket following the band's contract signing with Geffen a little while back. Features songs False Alarm and New Year's Day.

Sunday, 5 December 2010


Grouplove. Do they take their name seriously? Yes. Yes they do. They're sharing a t-shirt for God's sake! That's one step away from a band orgy and an outbreak of the clap.

The band, now based in L.A., are the product serendipity. Band members Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi met via a chance meeting in a New York bar. A strong bond formed between the two and it was from there the friends moved to the Mediterranean island of Crete as part of an art residency. There they met future band members Sean Gadd; a London born guitarist and singer; pro-surfer and musician Andrew Wessen, and his long-time friend and drummer Ryan Rabin. The resultant sound can be heard in single Colours, a track that is equal parts The Pixies and Canadian rockers Born Ruffians - bouncy and eerie in one gulp.

For Grouplove, after featuring at number 10 on NME's mid-year 50 Best New Band's of 2010 round-up, it would appear things are starting to get serious. I would have to agree, these guys are, to use a term, ones to watch. If you're lucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand (...or both) then you can download the band's debut E.P. through itunes. For the rest of us, I hear we'll have to wait till after Chrimbo.

Grouplove: a group-you-can-love?

MP3: Grouplove - Colours DOWNLOAD

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Does anyone remember the Vacanti Mouse? No? Allow me to jog your memory. It was the mouse that researchers controversially grew what looked like a human ear on the back of. Now you remember? The reason I bring it up is because it was one of those things that you'd never think possible. The same thought crossed my mind when I first heard Newcastle based trio, Polarsets - a band who have successfully blended the seemingly incompatible sounds of indie-rock and anthemic Euro-trance. Polarsets? More like Polar Opposites.

Single Leave Argentina was released back in April this year. Catch the band's latest release, Morning, over at their Bandcamp page.

MP3: Polarsets - Leave Argentina DOWNLOAD

MP3: Polarsets - Leave Argentina (Thomas Sagstad and Hawkins Remix) DOWNLOAD