Embrace reinvent themselves as Nine Inch Nails

90s indie band Embrace have reinvented themselves as industrial titans Nine Inch Nails in a sinister promo video. Embrace used to sound like this in 1997. Now they sound like they want to be Downward Spiral era NiN. There’s a good chance Embrace will end up sounding like little remembered 90s band Headswim. They were … Continue reading

New pop song: Samsaya – Stereotype

This is Samsaya, not MIA. She is a Norwegian pop singer and actress who really wants to be MIA in her new photo, but hasn’t hung out with Madonna yet. Samsaya has a single out called Stereotype which isn’t a cover of the Blur song Stereotype, but has the same poppy twinge as the popular … Continue reading

New Pop remix: Disclosure ft London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford

Mercury Music Prize nominated pop  duo Disclosure have released a remix of forthcoming single Help Me Lose My Mind to internet users. The remix is by Paul Woolford. Woolford is a DJ and producer who had spun the discs in Ibiza, which is apparently still popular with clubbers who like the sun. Help me Lose … Continue reading

New pop song: Pawws – Outside

A good new song by Pawws – Outside

Ones to watch: Deap Vally to Joey Bada$$

  Originally published: THE INDEPENDENT, 18 June Our weekly look at the best new acts to follow and fall in love with features grit spittin’ rock duos and underage rappers with cool names. Deap Vally Sending the interwebs crazy this week, making everyone forget about Savages, were two bad ass Californian girls who sweat liquor-bar … Continue reading

Exclusive: Mary Epworth, Dream Life

Originally published: The Independent, 12 June Having made her name following a Sandy Denny tribute concert in 2008, Mary Epworth spent four years revitalising the kind of psychedelic pop singer the late 60s created so well. The resulting feral stomp of ‘Black Doe’ was play-listed at 6 Music and Radio 2 and introduced a fiery … Continue reading

First Cloudcast

HiDavidNewbury mix #1 by Hidavidnewbury on Mixcloud

This week’s best album streams March 13, 2012

Originally published on The 405, March 13, 2012 “Just be nice.” Even in 1995 Dave Grohl was staking his claim to the nicest frontman in rock, as he appealed to the 20,000 crowd in a 10,000 capacity tent at Reading Festival. I was there, at the front barriers, for what is the best and scariest … Continue reading

The Staves Interview “We’re just dickheads to each other and wait until the dust settles”

Originally published: Londonist March 12, 2012 Watford’s The Staves are arguably the most deserving additions to our Ones To Watchlist. After hearing their debut release, The Mexico EP, it was obvious these three sisters had a rare talent, one which combined traditional harmonies with a cutting edge insight into modern song-craft. Recent folk has meandered … Continue reading

Yeti Lane – The Echo Show: Album review

Originally published: The Line Of Best Fit, March 6, 2012 Psychedelic rock. Two words which strike fear in the heart of anyone with a punk mentality. Spinning synthesisers, mega organs, and five hour light shows which make orphaned polar bears cry should be kept indefinitely rendered in the BBC vaults– only allowed out for the … Continue reading