Friday, May 03, 2013
Disclosure can do very little wrong these days. After being denied their all-but-guaranteed spot on the BBC's 'Sound of 2013' list due to the premature success of their single 'Latch', Surrey-based brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence went on to score an even bigger hit earlier this year with their AlunaGeorge collaboration 'White Noise'.
For latest single 'You & Me', they've recruited English popstar Eliza Doolittle, swathing her vocals with a pacey 'nu-garage' backdrop. The results are impressive, with Ms Doolittle coming off like an on-form Katy B and Disclosure consolidating their position as UK dance music's new wunkerdkinds ahead of the release of their debut album 'Settle' next month.
Also worth a listen is Auckland singer Ruby Frost's version of 'White Noise'. Recorded for what seems to be New Zealand's answer to 'Live Lounge', Ruby strips the track back to a keyboard ballad and it really works.
Occupying a point on the musical spectrum somewhere between Ms Mr, Ghost Loft and Until The Ribbon Breaks, it was never going to take long for New York duo to nuzzle their way into my affections.
Backed by one of my favourite new music sources, Neon Gold, the 'mysterious' New York duo (groogh) produce pop music that's doused with shimmering synths and underpinned by punchy hip hop beats. Latest release 'Operate' is probably their 'piéce de resistance' but a clutch of their other tracks, including a sprightly cover of Beck's 'Gamma Ray' are similarly impressive.
Today, a friend of mine introduced me to 'Dance With Me', the latest single from Dublin chamber pop duo Maud in Cahoots, and I've had it on loop for the past couple of hours.
I'm feeling a little silly that this fantastic act has been sitting more or less under my nose for the past couple of years, without me realising. Combining luscious instrumentation, gorgeous harmonies that remind of a softer Heathers and melancholy melodies worthy of the most lovelorn of Scandinavian chanteuses, sisters Zoe and Maud Reardon make music that stands apart from anything else I've encountered on the Dublin music scene.
'Dance With Me' is one part of a double A-side single taken from their new EP, on which they worked with Max Heyes. The other part is 'Make Me Right', which you can hear below.