After a short teaser video The Antlers have released details on their upcoming fourth album Familiars to be released June 16. The album will be their first full length release since the brilliant Burst Apart and ‘Palace’ sounds like it’ll be picking up from where their [together] and Undersea EPs left off, with smooth and mournful melodies.

Teebs who resides on Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ label) has an album out next week called E S T A R A. He makes shimmery electronic music which is a lot less dense and challenging than some of the other Brainfeeder guys.  'Holiday' was released about a month and is typical Teebs, you can stream the album in full over at NPR.

An old-ish band and a new-ish remixer. East India Youth, fresh from releasing his acclaimed debut LP remixes ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’ from Wild Beasts similarly acclaimed fourth album - Present Tense.

SZA is one of the newer signings to Top Dawg Entertainment, the label that is home to Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and the rest of Black Hippy. ’Child’s Play’ is taken from SZA’s forthcoming Z EP which will be released on April 8 and features one of last year’s hottest new talents in Chance The Rapper. The production is a re-jig of XXYYXX’s ‘About You’ with additional input from Dae One. The track itself is a laid back, woozy and nostalgic jam which suits both voice perfectly.

My Five Favourite… #6: Josh Record

It’s time for another My Five Favourite, in which we ask musicians to suggest their five favourite songs on a theme of their choice. 

This time it’s the turn of singer-songwriter Josh Record, whose new tune For Your Love is currently playlisted on Radio 1 and Radio 2. He’s picked an excellent smorgasbord of Scandinavian musical fare. Below, he explains why… CS


I am absolutely in love with everything Scandinavia. Ive been travelling there for the last 5 years or so, including driving to Norway and stopping off everywhere in between. As well as this, working with many artists from the area I have grown so fond of! Still when you say Scandinavian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Abba, but there are so so many artists old and new that amazing. Say Lou Lou, MO, The Knife, Beatrice Eli, and Kings Of Convenience to name a few that I love!

Choir Of Young Believers - Why Must It Always Be The Same

Having found some fame over here through the success of the Danish/Swedish drama the Bridge (their song Hollow Talk is the theme tune), Choir Of Young Believers are a success in their home country Denmark. Beautiful folky quirkiness with dark vocal melodies drenched in glorious reverb! 

Tingsek - World Of Its Own

I was a huge fan of Sweden’s Tingsek since I was 16 years old. He ended up supporting Adele in Amsterdam and I managed to get backstage tickets for the show. After meeting him and subsequently ‘fan girling’ him we actually became close friends and have worked together on a number of projects since. He is an incredible musician and vocalist, and is the biggest reason I am still making music. His songs have a amazing pop punchiness and sensibility whilst whilst retaining depth and respect with his awesome songwriting.

Little Dragon - Twice

An absolute obvious choice I know, but I am overly obsessed with Little Dragon. It’s effortlessly cool, endlessly interesting and what I’ve found so incredible about all the Scandinavian artists that I love is that their lyrics are so real, and poetic, considering English is a second language to these amazing nations! Twice is a beautiful example of song that is oozing class!

Ane Brun - Words

Norway’s Ane Brun for me has one of those timeless sounds. Having released six albums - of which I own six - I often put these on and get totally lost in it all. It’s beautiful, haunting, and powerful. Put this on and lose yourself!

Mikhael Paskalev - I Spy

This Norwegian/Bulgarian singer songwriter, who studied in Liverpool, first caught my eye with the unique and mesmerising video for his single I Spy. I was surprised that this song didn’t take off more in England at the time as I think it’s so fresh, and his character from all his videos seems so intriguing. I remember spending hours on the internet watching all his videos after seeing this! Another a highlight being his song Susie.

Check out Josh Record’s new single, For Your Love, is available now. Listen below…


This sparse Superstition remix is causing quite a stir online at the moment. Worth a listen. CS


This is for Stay With Me and it shows Smith showing a blatant disregard for pavements. (There’s definitely a “middle of the road” pun in there too.) CS

My Five Favourite… #5: Sivu


Here’s our latest My Five Favourite, in which we ask musicians to suggest their five favourite songs on a theme of their choice. 

Today’s is from rising Cambridge singer-songwriter Sivu, who’s picked his five favourite songs to listen to while travelling. CS

Eels - Novocaine For The Soul

I only recently discovered this album (Beautiful Freak): it’s such a great travelling record, and this track especially just remind me of 90s America. It’s full of melancholy, and a regular in my playlists.

Beck - Blue Moon

I’ve been waiting for a new Beck album so long: he’s a huge inspiration to me, and I love his ability to immediately set a tone and mood with a track. Blue Moon in particular is one of my favourites from Morning Phase, which has been on non-stop since its release.

The Kills - Monkey 23

This song soothes a tired mind perfectly, so is perfect for travelling. The opening guitar riff gets me straight away, and the track just moves along slowly and enchantingly. It’s beautiful.

Ramona - Night Beds

I had the pleasure of meeting this band on a random night out with my bassist Cyrus, as he had toured with them previously. Listening to the song for the first time was quite a moment: I find the lyrics so beautiful and the way it makes you feel generally works perfectly when touring.

Bombay Bicycle Club - Overdone

The new record is my favourite of theirs: I adore the production, and this song in particular (there’s a great string sample at the start, and an amazing bassline). Perfect.

Sivu’s new single, Can’t Stop Now, is out this week


A new video from the Super Furry Animals frontman is never a bad thing. This one is for the title track from his upcoming album, film, book and app project, which was inspired by John Evans, an 18th century explorer who traveled to America in 1792 on a mission to find a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe. The song, meanwhile, is just lovely. CS


In which the Belfast-born, Liverpool-based brother and sister duo run around New York while their stomping, blues pop song Where The Wild Are plays. CS


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