APRIL 2014 PLAYLIST

So the weathers getting warmer and we’re getting ever so close to the summer and yep you guessed it.. festival season!

I for one am incredibly excited with many a festival etched in the diary, so in sticking with that, the April playlist has a tonne of good feeling summer vibes. It’s all a little chillwave with a bit of rock and rap chucked in for good measure.

I Got U ft Jax Jones – Duke Dumont

It’s probably embarrassing the number of times I’ve played this track on my iPod already, but I don;t care as it’s puts me in the best mood! I love the Jamaican steel drums over the house beat it just works so well!

Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – Mr.  Probz

Another one with far too many iPod plays but again another amazing combination of a classic instrument with a house beat. The vocal in this are gorgeous as well! Get me to the beach!

Cinderella (She Said Her Name) – Bob Sinclar

This song is actually kind of romantic and beautiful which I think it was makes it even better. But it’s techno vibe break down and vocal sample are a perfect pair in this one. It’s a total game changer for Sinclar and he should stick with it.

Changes – FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau

Another chillwave track that uses the classix saxaphone to give it a jazz edge. It just works okay?

Hideaway – Kiesza

Seriously where did this girl come from!? She’s just suddenly appeared and grabbed the no.1 spot with her debut track and it’s pretty darn good! 

Summer – Calvin Harris

I can’t help but like this guys stuff. A great dance track as always from the newly transformed DJ hottie.

Gonna Make My Own Money – Deep Vally

Yeah I know it’s a year old but these two ladies still fucking rock. This has always been one of my favourite tracks and get me in the mood to rock out at a festival.

The Edge – Tonight Alive

My current obsession is the new Spidey. Seriously go and see it. IT IS THE BEST FILM YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR. FACT. So naturally as Tonight Alive (a band I love purely because they fit nicely into the female-led punk pop genre) have done a track I love that too. Can’t help myself to a bit of punk-pop under killer female vocals.

Sweetest Thing – The Pretty Reckless

As always these guys along with the viper that is Taylor Momsen have produced a hard rocking track from one bloody good album. Warning: the riffs in this track could make your eyes water.

Cry – The Used

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to these guys, but as there new album ‘Imaginary Enemy’ came out not too long ago I thought it was about time they got my attention again. Yeah it sounds like The Used but I still can’t help but love them. This tracks got a pretty sweet catchy vibe too it as well.

100 (ft. WatchTheDuck) – Iggy Azalea

Oh Iggy how my love of you grows as you fill my obsession with strong females. The New Classic was by no way a let down and this track has become one of my favourites with its summer guitar vibes. 

Peace out!

Sam :)

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

JAKWOB SINGLE COVER PRESS SHOT

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

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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February Playlist

So we’re already a week into February! Crazy how the time seems to fly! Thought it was about time I did a playlist for this month though!

Things have got more mish mashed with a tonne of different genre’s flowing through my ears lately! I seem to have re-visited a lot of older tracks this week. I think that had something to do with Paramore releasing their video for ‘Ain’t It Fun’.

Paramore – Ain’t It Fun

This has always been my favorite song from their latest self-titled album. I love the added soul choir in the chorus and it’s just an all round uplifting kinda beat that makes me just want to sing along to this.

Iggy Azalea – Fancy (feat Charli XCX)

My obsession with Iggy Azalea is hard to explain as I hate artists like Nicki Minaj. But there’s something about Iggy, she’s far more raw and spits pure venom in all her tracks. ‘Fancy’ brings back her original sound, verging away from the more commercial stuff she’s been doing lately. The fact she got Charli XCX on this as well makes me love both these lovely ladies even more.

Anna Lunoe – Breathe

Only stumbled across Anna the other day and wished I heard her sooner. Love the dance-house vibes in her track with its thudding beat. Makes a great track to dance too.

Ella Eyre – Deeper

Gorgeous voice, great lyrics and a great soul house-esque track, much to the same as her fellow pals Rudimental.

Black Stone Cherry – Like I Roll

Been listening to old Black Stone Cherry all week. Been really in the mood for old school American rock sounds which I’ve always been a sucker for. This is a great track that puts you in a Cadillac on Route 66.

The Pretty Recklass – Going To Hell, My Medicine

Still can’t stop listening to their latest single ‘Going To Hell’, the heavy driving guitar riffs are to die for. Cannot wait for the album! ‘My Medicine’ is one of my old favorites so thought it deserved a place in here.

Syron – Colour Me In, Three Dreams (feat Horror Stories)

This girl is definitely my new obsession for 2014. Great voice and she’s all about the house which I am in love with at the moment. Plus she gorgeously edgy. Keep an eye on this one. 

Peace out!

Sam :)

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Rock & Raw 2014: Salt Ashes, Syron & Villians

Salt Ashes. Photo: House of 27 PR

Salt Ashes. Photo: House of 27 PR

This one was a great find with a sound that is very close to the dark techno of Daft Punk combined with the voice of Kate Bush. Take a listen to Veiga Sanchez’s slick electronica in ‘Somebody’.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Salt Ashes

Syron. Photo: House of 27 PR

Syron. Photo: House of 27 PR

When I stumbled across Syron I couldn’t believe I hadn’t realised she did guest vocals on Rudimental’s ‘Spoons’ with MNEK. This one is a real talented fire-ball to keep your eye on for 2014. Her crystal clear vocals layer perfectly over house-electronica tracks and she is reaching the heights of singer-vocalists like Ella Eyre. Plus she’s signed to the same record label as Rudimental, MNEK and all the others who’ve taken the music industry by storm with their house infusions. This girl is definitely a new obsession. Take a listen to a remix of single ‘Colour Me In’.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Syron

Villains. Photo: Domino PR.

Villains. Photo: Domino PR.

Went a little more with my inner  punk rocker when I came across this band. The chorus in their latest single ‘The Fall’ in full of angsty, shredding guitars and ripping vocals. No wonder the likes of Kerrang! are digging these guys.

ROCK & RAW 2014: Villians

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