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HOT CHIP. I can’t think of any other British band since New Order who have so straddled the indie-dance divide so successfully; and with such love from us listeners. They have a way with a sweet melody that gets ya, even if synthiness isn’t really your thing. And they’ve announced they are curating the latest instalment …

THE much-heralded Cardiff outfit Private World have just released their debut album, Aleph, on Dais Records. They embrace the 1980s’ soundscape of new romantic folklore such as Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and early Talk Talk. As lead single “Blue Spirit” suggested, this is a band which is keen to share a specific sound that will …

PALACE WINTER, the Australian-Danish duo comprised of lead singer and guitarist Carl Coleman and classically trained pianist and producer Caspar Hesselager, are leading up to their upcoming third long player of intelligent pop with the single “Won’t Be Long”, which you can hear below. “I’m staring into the mirror, hoping she might appear, feels like …

THE GREEN CHILD is the musical avatar of Mikey Young and Raven Mahon, who met, hung out and started to spark when their previous respective bands – Mikey’s Australian synth outfit Total Control, and Raven’s Grass Widow, played a show together in Oakland, California; Raven’s home state.  Formerly collaborating long-distance, they released their self-titled debut …

IT’S been a quite a journey that’s led Kelly Lee Owens to the place where she is now, garnering critical praise from all quarters and Welsh queen-elect of that sweet spot where halcyon pop meshes into intelligent dance music with a deft touch. I really don’t think there is anyone else who has such nuance …

IT MAKES absolute sense, when you think about it: take the art-synth-pop of Metronomy, take also further intelligent pop experimenta via the futurist J-pop and shoegaze-informed stylings of Kero Kero Bonito, and put ‘em together. Why had no one thunk of that before? Metronomy haved shared a new remix of “The Light”, the cool, detached, …

VINCE CLARKE and Andy Bell, better known to all and sundry as electropop legends Erasure, have just released the video for their latest single, “Nerves of Steel”: watch with us, below. The none-more-glamorous video clip features more than 20 LGBTQIA+ stars, including several best known for their appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Andy said: “This is …

OVER the past couple of years and one very warmly received LP, Duke Spirit member and Bella Union solo artiste Liela Moss  – watch your vowel placement with care, folks – has carved herself something of a niche for a strong and dark pop draught, heady with intensity, 80s’ melodicism, courage and a complete willingness …

WHAT started as a side-project for Newcastle’s premiere exponent of passionate out- and wyrd-folk, Richard Dawson, to find an outlet for other musical stylings, has come to take on a wonk-pop life of its own.  Originally a side-salad duo with harpist Rhodri Davies, the addition of Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington has fleshed it out …

COMING at you out of Hackney – that dialling-code epithet giving away their inner London roots- synth-pop duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare, who record as 0171, have shared their vision for a retro-future pop form with “Photograph”, the fast-cut video montage for which you can watch below.  “Photograph” has this pure pop yearn, set …