Another synth-inclined duo who have been blowing up my, er, earphones are South London's Alpines. Their signature 'night pop' sound sees frontwoman Catherine Pockson's sweet yet sonorous vocals offset against glacial electronic beats provided by keyboardist Bob Matthews.
Alpines are what I imagine the musical lovechild of Portishead and James Blake might sound like. Their last official release was in June 2011, but a new remix of Emeli Sandé's 'Heaven' serves as a timely reminder of their considerable potential.
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A lot of energy seems to be also invested into the band's aesthetic, as evidenced by the video for Cocoon and their fashion-heavy blog.