This week features Castelle, George Taylor, The Nectars, Run Maggie Run, Blow, Holly Rees, Dana Fuchs, Eloïse and James Bay
COME FOLLOW ME DOWN
A Bulwick boy with a Daptone soul, George Taylor’s latest single is a brooding masterpiece. Piano droplets cascade alongside his formidable delivery as listener and performer are united in the darkness. With music this evocative we won’t just follow him down, we’ll be leading the charge.
Big Top Records
I’m a sucker for a good beat that makes me want to dance, and this Detroit-based 21-year-old gives me that in abundance with his forthcoming debut EP. I am definitely a fan.
WE WILL RUN
Umbrella Artist Productions
With the sun finally donning some headgear and revealing itself, New Jersey’s The Nectars have come up with the essential indie anthem of the summer. Channelling Blondie and The Strokes, there’s an infectious feel to this track which makes you yearn to be young and free once again.
RUN MAGGIE RUN
Youthful group Run Maggie Run offer an indie take on Mumford and Sons’ style, with their soaring vocals, brooding harmonies, and purposeful melodies. While their unlikely to gain the fame of Marcus Mumford’s band of not so merry men, they’re a thoroughly entertaining listen that fans of early career Wild Beasts will enjoy.
YOU KILLED ME ON THE MOON
Dreamy and melodic, the French group’s hypnotising beats create a mesmerising song. I can’t wait to hear more from them.
Newcastle upon Tyne based songwriter Holly Rees plays a brand of choppy indie-folk that comes across like a less broken Pete Krebs. She backs her cutting chords with a delicate voice that will rip through your ears and leave a lasting impression on you once Magpie has ended.
LOVE LIVES ON
Get Along Records/Membran
The title song from Fuch’s latest album does a great job of whetting the appetite. With the raw power of Janis Joplin and a backing track exploding with soulful horns, there’s something here for everyone – particularly if the sounds of Stax/Volt loom large in your life.
Velvet Something Records
Suckers is a throbbing track by noir-pop prodigy ELOÏSE. With a cinematic quality and R&B influences, it jars with the onset of summer and all the better for it. If you’re looking for a song to fill the later hours of your summer evening then look no further than Suckers.
The hat has gone and with it Bay’s original sound. In its place is a mixed up album that can’t decide what it wants to be.
Words: Damien Girling, Duncan Haskell, Fern Dunn