ROCK & RAW 2014: Jakwob, Cuckoo Lander & The Montauk Project


Jakwob. Photo: Jakwob.

He fed my love of house music with this new track. It’s pounding beat paired with Tiffani’s seductive vocals are perfect for the dancefloor.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Jakwob


CuckooLander Press Shot

CuckooLander. Photo: CuckooLander.

This female has incredible bite with fierce yet delicate debut single ‘Dum Dee Diddy Dum’. Big thanks to Charli XCX for pointing me in the direction of this one as CuckooLander’s her touring drummer. She’s bloody cool already and her track sure puts her in the ranking for 2014.

ROCK & RAW 2014: CuckooLander


The Montauk Project. Photo: Effective Immediately PR.

The Montauk Project. Photo: Effective Immediately PR.

Huge thankyou to a friend for pointing me in the direction of these psychedelic rockers. ‘Lady In White’ has some brilliant 80s infused guitar riffs and with these five American punk rockers pulling together influences from some the legends including Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana, they make an incredible racket!

ROCK & RAW 2014: The Montauk Project


ROCK & RAW 2014: Ida Maria, King Deco, Call It Off, Fabienne & Secret Company


Ida Maria. Photo: UMusic

You must remember this rocking songstress from her ‘I Like You So Much Better When Your Naked’ days. She’s back with an intoxicating raw rock track for 2014. Listen to ‘Sick Of It’ and you’ll realise why she’s always been bloody brilliant.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Ida Maria

King Deco

King Deco. Photo: House of 27 Press.

Another young female putting her firm stamp on dream-infused dance-pop. Sounding similar to Canadian singer Lights, Brooklyn-based singer King Deco has made one killer debut single ‘The One ft Kinetics’ to kick of her career for 2014.

ROCK & RAW 2014: King Deco

Call It Off EP cover

Call It Off. Photo: Domino PR.

These punk pop rocker from the Netherlands will well and truly take you back to the hey day of Green Day and Blink 182. Couldn’t help myself with new track ‘Stuck With You’ from EP ‘Liars’.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Call It Off

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Fabienne. Photo: House of 27 Press.

Bringing jazz and soul right back to fore for 2014, Fabienne gifts us with her luxurious vocals and incredible talent. EP ‘City of Shadows’ brings gets us one step closer to those hazy summer afternoons.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Fabienne


Secret Company. Photo: Secret Company.

So proud that these indie lads are from my home town and sound bloody amazing. Creating a sound far beyond their young years, 80s indie never sounded so good with a sprinkling of pixie dust to finish it off. Listen to ‘Saviour’ after the click!

ROCK & RAW 2014: Secret Company

March Playlist 2014

Hi all!

Huge apologies for the monthly silence! Things have got rather busy working weekdays and weekends! But that has by no means meant the music has stopped!

This month as always the genre’s are all over the place from the dance dub-step of Jakwob to the electrifying Scandi-pop of Katzenjammer (who are fucking brilliant by the way). It’s a crazy mix but in I think it’s all pretty killer stuff!

So without further ado here’s the March playlist!

Jakwob – Somebody New

This Londoner comes on stronger and stronger with each track. With a bouncing house beat added piano chords and seductive downbeat vocals from emerging artist Tiffani, the track speaks volumes, placing Jakwob firmly as one of the most talented producers around in 2014.

Katzenjammer – When the Laughter’s Gone

This song put me in an amazing mood. It’s country vibes and catchy warming chorus are infectious. You can’t help but want to get yourself into a rowdy Scandinavian pub with all the misfits and hooligans.

Linkin Park & Steve Aoki – A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)

I hate to admit it, but this remix by Rick Rubin sounds better than the original by Linkin Park and Steve Aoki (BLASPHEMY!). But with it’s primal drum beat mixed with the tracks original piano chords it’s hard to hate. This is the type of track that shows just how well classical instruments sound mixed with contemporary rap and house music. Love running to this one.

Syron – Three Dreams

I’ve already ranted in other posts how much I love Syron. This is another incredible dance track from the feisty blondie. Welcome to the dancefloor. Ohohohohohohahhohhahhohh….

Nathaniel Rateliff – Don’t Get Too Close

Nathaniel Rateliff’s vocals are all you need to know about for this folk-indie track. You won’t hear anything that sounds as amazing as him over some simple guitar strums. The result is a real feel-good track from the Canadian. Real love for this beautifully bearded guy.

Nick Mulvey – Curcucoru

Another laid back guitar led track, taking me back to the days of Jack Johnson. Nick Mulvey has created a beautiful track with a brilliantly catchy melody. I can’t help listening to this, putting you right into the spirit of summer.

Tycho – Spectre

Sanp-Francisco’s Scott Hanson has hit the nail of head by creating a track taking you straight to back seat of Cadillac in the middle of the dessert. Echoing, cascading riffs mixed with electronica take you  to new highs of euphoria. With not a single vocal to speak of this is one wicked track.

The Fresh Dixie Project – Break, Bend and Fold

Already in love with these guys for completely modernising jazz music for 2014. The fast, intense swinging grooves in this track get you well on your way to a 1920’s prohibition party in some spangly dress. So refreshing.

Tiesto – Red Light

I’m a complete sucker for a mainstream dance track. This one just get’s me ready for a night out on the town. It’s a shallow reason but I can’t help myself!

CuckooLander – Dum Dee Diddy Dum

This little lady was a diamond find. Fierce femininity and darkness never paired as well as they do like CuckooLander and this track may be just the start of a new female frontier for 2014.

Secret Company – Saviour

80s indie four piece from my hometown that take you right to the heart of an Alice in Wonderland-esque valley. These guys are killer.

Peace out!

Sam :)

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Rock & Raw 2014: Tycho, EMA & Tokyo Police Club

Tycho - Spectre Press shot

Tycho. Photo: Stereo Sanctity

With echoing, cascading riffs, San Francisco- based Scott Hansen takes you too the rolling hills of California with track ‘Spectre’. That summer feeling is getting closer and closer.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Tycho

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Tokyo Police Club. Photo: Enganche Press

It’s hard hitting indie-rock electro at it’s best with Tokyo Police Club. Taking you back to the energetic and colourful sound of the 80s in track ‘Tunnel Vision’, it could mean big things for their upcoming album at the end of March!

ROCK &RAW 2014: Tokyo Police Club

EMA Press shot

EMA. Photo: Stereo Sanctity

I can’t help myself to a hard rocking female and EMA kicks true Rock n’ Roll ass just like The Runaway’s did in the 70s. ‘So Blonde’ has bite with it’s message on the pitfalls of modern tech culture accompanied with a nostalgic video. Move aside men.

ROCK & RAW 2014: EMA

Rock & Raw 2014: The Notwist, Ugly Love & Lolawolf


The Notwist

A pinch indie-folk, a dash of electronic and you have the incredible sound of  The Notwist. Taken from upcoming album Close To The Glass, the band have created a truly captivating sound with added animated visuals from  Japanese filmmaker Yu Sato in new track ‘Kong’. Take a listen a look after the click.

ROCK & RAW 2014: The Notwist


Lolawolf. Photo: Freeman PR.

This trio are a true Barbadian treat with drumming beats and synthesisers layered under Kravitz’s gold soaked vocals, track ‘Chainz’ is infectiously catchy with it’s pop undertones.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Lolawolf


Ugly Love. Photo: Ugly Love.

UK rock just got punked for 2014 with Kent lads Ugly Love. New track ‘No Model’ will have you wanting to rebel against the man with it’s trash-pink vibes.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Ugly Love