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Music can be live or recorded, it doesn’t matter how it finds us. What matters is if it has the ability to stir us, make us think and make us feel. We search for the different, the new, the inspiring, the upcoming and the underground. If it makes our knees tremble with excitement and our skin shiver with pleasure, we’ll share it.

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Worthy: a soulful song by Jacob Banks

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By Hameed Adigun in New Music on Thursday 31 October 2013

I’m kind of infatuated with the unique, soulful sound of London-based Jacob Banks. I was procrastinating on YouTube one day, going from music video to music video (I really didn’t want to do any work that day) when, all of a sudden … BAM! My speakers hit me with a song – the appropriately named […]

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Bill Callahan finds a garden escape from the loud city

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By Louise Rosenkrands in New Music on Wednesday 23 October 2013

The artist formerly known as Smog, has recently released his fourth album. And I’ve always been a huge fan of this introvert barytone singer. Full of warm analogue tones, flutes and fiddles, and softly-tapped hand drums. But it’s not all smooth sailing: like dreams themselves, Dream River has deep undercurrents, some of them quite disturbing.

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New Business Casual EP trailer by We Are Scientists

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Tuesday 22 October 2013

This video for Business Casual, the new EP by We Are Scientists, is so cool. The broken images flipping across the screen are so atmospheric and old-school. The video just oozes nostalgia and classic cool. It makes me wish I could go back to the eighties and lounge on a beach somewhere with the band.

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Illustrated music video for The Dead Pirates song, Wood

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By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Thursday 3 October 2013

I discovered The Dead Pirates a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Check out their music video for country/rock inspired track, Wood. The animation is outstanding and the black and white illustrations are created by French illustrator and band guitarist, Matthieu Bessudo (Mcbess). The pen and ink style has an old […]

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Amazing guitar video: Preston Reed performing at TED

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By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Preston Reed, the legendary percussive guitarist who has influenced the likes of Kaki King, Andy McKee and the most watched guitarist from South Korea on YouTube, the young Sungha Jung, was invited to TED last year, where he performed. Reed invented this unique style where he uses his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands, which sounds […]

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Memoria: Minimalistic electronic music by Murcof

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By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Saturday 28 September 2013

Murcof (aka Fernando Corona) had been around for some time in various electronic multimedia groups before emerging with his own debut album, Martes, in 2002. He’s signed to UK label Leaf, home of Four Tet, Susumu Yokota and Caribou, among others. I was lucky enough to meet him in a town called Sligo on the […]

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Lorde’s Tennis Court remixed by Auckland’s Cymbol 303

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By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

Teenage Kiwi music sensation, Lorde, is generating a lot of buzz right now, particularly in the US, and I’m not surprised as she’s only 16 years old and a very talented singer-songwriter. Her highly anticipated debut album, Pure Heroine, is due out on September 27 through Universal Music. While you’re waiting for the release of her album, check out […]

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Play music with your prosthetic spine

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

These prosthetic body parts allow the wearer to create music with their body. The futuristic digital instruments are designed for dancers to wear as they move. The pieces are built as single, smooth prostheses that can attach or detach from the human body throughout a performance. Not only are the instruments eerie to behold, but […]

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Ever wondered what the universe sounds like?

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By Rajeev Basu in New Music on Friday 13 September 2013

Luke Twyman is an designer and sound artist. His project, Solar Beat, creates music based on the the orbital frequencies of planets in the universe. Ever wondered what the universe sounds like? Have a listen here and below.

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Mr. Stellakis: a track by UK producer Theo Bass

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By Micha Hilliard in New Music on Thursday 12 September 2013

I was listening to one of the excellent mix tapes that MS MR puts out periodically (see below) when I first heard UK producer Theo Bass’s music. The track was Mr. Stellakis and I instantly fell in love. Bass layers a fast and clattering drum beat on top of the soothing melody of a piano […]

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Organ Eternal: new music video for These New Puritans

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By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Tuesday 10 September 2013

London-based art rock band, These New Puritans, have recently shared a clip for Organ Eternal, off their third studio album, Field of Reeds. The clip alternates scenes between an aerial footage of the band performing, natural scenery, and a disturbed woman. The track is arguably the best track off the album, and I’m surprised that it […]

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Time To Say Goodbye: new music video by PAWWS

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By Micha Hilliard in New Music on Tuesday 10 September 2013

Lucy Taylor has a way of taking sorrow and turning it into something sweetly addictive. With her distinctive high voice and dejected lyrics, the classically-trained pop singer is setting out to woo us all. Time to Say Goodbye and Slow Love are the first two tracks to be released by her solo band, PAWWS. For […]

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Girl: new music by Japanese artist Cuushe

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By Caitlin Sullivan in New Music on Thursday 5 September 2013

Japan’s Cuushe, has created yet another series of melodies counteracting the chaos of her hometown. The Tokyo-raised artist writes songs for flying; for floating in the landscape of soft twinkles and barely distinguishable words that fade into the notes behind her. Girl by Cuushe

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Phoenix perform at the Le Chateau de Versailles

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By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Monday 2 September 2013

French outfit Phoenix recently performed a session for the website La Blogothèque’s long-running Take Away Shows series, in which the band perform a stripped-down rendition of their track, Entertainment, off their fifth studio album Bankrupt!. The video was filmed at dawn in the empty gardens of Le Chateau de Versailles. It was filmed with a drone, in one continuous […]

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Indie-Grees of Separation

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Saturday 31 August 2013

Restless as they are, indie musicians often collaborate with each other or play in more than one band. Paste Magazine looked at about a hundred musicians and came up with a chart that shows how they are connected to each other. Evidently they had a witty way of terming these degrees of separation: the ‘indie-grees of separation’.

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