The Playlist: Blood Orange / Ghost Mutt / Barnaby
The songs that are hot on our playlist this week
Blood Orange - You're Not Good Enough Dev Hynes (pictured) is now firmly established as one of the most innovative and exciting musicians around. “You're Not Good Enough” employs his trademark soft-focus funk-pop while hinting at increased lyrical sophistication. Hynes's new LP Cupid Deluxe will surely rank among 2013's best.
Ghost Mutt - 33 10 Stop-start beats and sub-woofer belches abound on this Donkey Pitch Records released, experimental EDM single. Ghost Mutt's Rumble Pak EP, from which this track is taken, is released on Monday.
Barnaby - Bored The richness of Barnaby's vocal tone sets this Southampton-based singer-songwriter apart from the dozens of other musicians adding elements of 1970s AOR to their neo-soul.
Visuals - Slowed Down Very little information can be found on this brand new, dark and brooding indie act. Early reviews describe them as a New York-based band, but their Soundcloud page says they hail from Berlin. Whatever the case, the group's music has a decidedly Germanic flavour; stark and minimalist with a grown-up, unpretentious bohemianism.
Say Lou Lou - Beloved There are plenty of female-fronted, synth-led acts around these days, but this Scandi-Australian twin-sister duo really nail the cool, detachment key to their dream-pop sound. At just 21-years-old, it feels like there could be a lot more to come from this band.
Echoes - Fight The Feeling Mid-1980s electro pop makes a comeback on this track from the London-based trio. As well as the obvious Depeche Mode and Human League influences, elements of contemporary acts such as Ou Est Le Swimming Pool can be heard.
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