“You have me so frustrated waiting for your love.”

“Flipside” by the Keymakers | Last item on the inbox. For the year! I mean, I have to close the inbox at some point, especially since next week is our last week (for the year, for now). We’ve written about the Keymakers a couple of months back: brothers Rome Alexander and Rederic have impressed us with an old-school sound that doesn’t press on it too much. This one also has that vibe, but it’s considerably different from “Good For You”, in that it builds into some sort of 90s groove, but with some modern whistles on nonetheless. The brothers are doing good things – consider that I’m not really into R&B – and I’m looking forward to what they do next. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)


“I still got my eyes on the prize.”

“Cell Dilution” by Gus Harrower | This song was sitting on my inbox for a couple of weeks, which triggered my “I have to catch up with everything” mode. Here’s how it goes. I click on the link, and read a bit about the act, all while the song plays. There’s piano. This seems straightforward. And then the keys go a bit upbeat – that upswing, that uptick. Hey. It settles down for a while, but then it kicks up again: drums, a bit of guitar. Do I say this gives me a bit of Jack Garratt feel? Sure, it’s different – Gus Harrower does not have a husky voice, but there’s that uplifting quality that’s common between the two. Only, without the husky voice, he does not sound like he’s trying to hard to be world-weary (not that I’m saying Jack is; it’s just a trope in such songs). I find my feet tapping. This guy is from Edinburgh. That place doesn’t get much credit musically. I decide I’m liking this. A new EP drops next year, perhaps. The press release did say winter. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“I don’t care about the rest.”

“Wild Child” by Manchado | Still on the inbox, but this time, it’s something from Colombia. Well, Manchado is based in New York but he is Colombian, and that says a lot about how borders are irrelevant when it comes to music cross-pollinating. (That, or the Americans just take everything over.) This one’s off his debut album Pegasus, released a while back – the video for “Wild Child” has a July stamp – and it’s a fun little thing: subtle, yet still wriggles its way into your head. Actually the three music videos accompanying the album are interesting – a weird romp through New York, with a story I could not quite get a full grip of, interspersed with those dance routines. I think it says a lot about Manchado’s sensibility: tight yet loose, just like this song. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“…another one I will take from you.”

“Fenestra” by By An Ion | I may have abandoned the inbox a bit. Busy, one; stressed, two. Sitting there, on top of the pile, is this new single from By An Ion, who we’ve just written about last month. I’m going to assume this one’s still off their upcoming EP, but it’s got a different character and flavor: it’s the romantic kind of 80s, meandering with those big (big) doosh-dooshes that often spell climax. “Why did you leave me waiting for so long in your inbox, Niko?” it seems to say. I’m sorry! It’s been really hectic and all I want is to plop in bed, to say the least. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“How do you feel? How do you feel right now?”

“Feel” by Mono Mono | Parking itself nicely just before we work on Denmark week for our Nordic pop series, here’s, well, a Danish band. And, just like the swimming pool this music video revolves around, this one is languid, placid, and lazy. In a good way. I must clarify that. The band is named Mono Mono, (although technically they’re “mono mono”,) and they’re a duo: one (Jakob) doing the beats and the other (Karoline) doing the vocals… and as they’re keen to point out, the saxophone. They’ve just released “Feel”, in anticipation of a new EP some time next year, and this one feels like when you plop yourself on a beach lounger and you realize the sun is a little too hot… but then you persist anyway. And you enjoy it, somehow. This song, well, I’m not saying it’s not completely enjoyable, but you know that niggling feeling of discomfort hovering over by design? That’s it. Bring on Denmark. Even if summer isn’t really coming until, well, next year. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)