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East India Youth is back with his new record Culture Of Volume. Win tickets for his concert in Berlin at Berghain Kantine in May 2015.
With his debut Total Strife Forever William Doyle, the man behind East India Youth, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. At the end of last year he played a show at the legendary Heaven Club in London, a club that’s played host to Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Lady Gaga and Adele, amongst others. Not too bad for the 24-year-old. With Culture of Volume the British musician returns with his second record as East India Youth, and again comes up with a smart combination of Electronic Music and catchy Pop Melodies.
We’re giving away 2×2 tickets for the East India Youth concert at Berghain Kantine in Berlin on May 19th 2015, presented by AUPEO! Just write an e-mail to community (at) aupeo (dot) com with the subject East India Youth and just give us your name. Deadline is May 17th.
Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for April 2015!
Christine & the Queens
Yes, we’re late! This pearl of Pop was already released last year and it was a hit in France. Now the rest of the world begins to understand what is so charming about this bilingual singing in English and French. Thanks to Christine & the Queens for this euphoria!
This Singer/Songwriter comes all the long way from Australia to tell her stories and transports a nice nonchalance with her songs. Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit is what Courtney has titled her debut record. And now it is our turn to sit down and to listen.
The Go! Team
Go away winter, your time is up! There’s nothing better to indicate that the time of suffering is over than a new The Go! Team album – enter “The Scene Between”. As always, the six piece from Brighton guarantee to hit you with the sweetest musical whiplash you can imagine. And we’re in for the sugar rush.
Talking about sugar… There might not be a sweeter voice out there in indie-land than Megan James’. The only problem with Purity Rings singer is that all the sweetness is poisoned. There is always that morbid touch in the duo’s etheric anthems – but actually that’s what makes them so enthralling.
The 2014 album Unbreakable, which was only four tracks, debuts one of the strongest new female voices in Country Music. Since unleashing her hit single “Better Than You Left Me”, everyone has been waiting to hear what’s next. She actually wrote that song about moving to Nashville. So if she just recently got to Nashville, there ought to be a lot more Mickey Guyton songs coming soon.
Why does Jason Eady sit down when he plays live? Maybe because he’s super serious about his songs. Eady’s new concept/traditional-country album Daylight & Dark shows clear intent, both stylistic and introspective. This is A+ Traditional Country songwriting.
New Yorker Iyer returns this year with his third album for the ECM label, Break Stuff. This trio has been working together for a decade now, and it certainly shows in the music, which is a fine and technical blend of influences from a broad spectrum, from the minimalism of Morton Feldman to hip-hop-esque drum breaks to the Detroit techno of Robert Hood.
A highly skilled Jazz singer, James has often found popularity within the crossover sphere of Jazz and R&B or Hip-Hop. His new record, however, is a tribute to the great Billie Holiday, and while he retains the grooviness and bubble of his previous work, he also presents a very tender and intimate portrait of the late Lady Day.
Hooray! Finally, a major label debut from Mr. Nice. It’s no mean feat to pull off a very credible Hip Hop album full of tongue in cheek one-liners, punchlines, storytelling and deliver them over booming East Coast beats which nod heavily towards psychedelic rock! Yes, there’s a guitar solo too.
Fresh from delivering heat for Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar is back with what is likely to be the most progressive Hip Hop album all year musically. Or the last couple of years, or more, or for the next couple of years. That’s not all, however. The lyrics are impossible not to pay attention to. To Pimp a Butterfly probably deserves the often over-used term Instant Classic!
The man behind We’re New Here, a remix album by American recording artist Gil Scott-Heron, and one third of The xx, will release his first solo album in June. Don’t miss it with Aupeo!
With a new EP and his face on the current cover of groove mag, Shed shows no sign of slowing down. Check him out on Aupeo!
Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for March 2015!
Kelly Clarkson, again! If you’re still wondering how a casting show winner can make a sustainable career, you might have missed Ms. Clarkson as the prime example. Her formula for success seems to be pretty simple, but it’s effective enough to keep her running for seven albums and a 13 year winning streak in the music biz: release a quality Pop album about every two years. Maybe throw in a christmas album from time to time.
Life In Film
Are you looking for the right soundtrack for the first sunny days of the year? Here It Comes – the debut record of Life In Film. Just listen to Get Closer, the first single of these indie pop rockers from the UK, to put you in the perfect mood for spring.
Ok, featuring a band who released their last album in August 2014 doesn’t make us look too fresh. We ashamedly admit that it took some time to peel the “boyband for indie girls” label off Twin Atlantic and appreciate the overproduced power of their latest opus. What did we find under that label? Big melodies, tender hooks, a very intriguing Scottish accent and, ahem ok, some good-looking guys too.
The Soft Moon
The third strike of Luis Vasquez, akaThe Soft Moon, is called Deeper, and there is no better name for a record like this. A frigid sound of post punk and (dark) wave hammering to the bone.
Young and talented composer Nicolas Jaar has just finished his first soundtrack for a vintage Russian movie called The Color Of Pomegranates. Find his most beloved songs on AUPEO!
This coming spring sounds exciting already as Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, has announced his new album is finished. If, like us, you can’t wait to hear it then find comfort with AUPEO!, tune in to listen to his best tracks.
A saxophone player well established on the Jazz scene, Chris Potter just seems to go from strength to strength. He returns in 2015 with another album on ECM, Imaginary Cities. This record features an 11-piece band, demonstrating the creative prowess of Potter not only as an incredible player, but as a versatile and masterful composer and arranger.
On the 21st February this year, the Jazz world said goodbye to one of the few remaining great pioneers of the genre. Clark Terry’s mastery on the trumpet, and his popularisation of the Flugelhorn in jazz, made him legendary to brass players and other Jazz musicians alike. His effortless swing and blistering chops set him above anyone of his generation, and he even taught Miles Davis back in the 1950s. He played with the greatest names in the history of the music, and will be hugely missed by many.
Ashton Delilah Shepherd is an independent singer/songwriter from Coffeeville, Alabama.The most emotive songs on her albums are the ones she’s written. Her melodies are inventive, passionate and coloured by her legitimate southern accent. She also has a cooking show called “Cookin Country” on her website.
A twenty-something-year-old from Oklahoma. His 2014 album Songs will help shape Americana for the future. Fullbright compounds obvious outlaw influences into something really intimate and simple.
Crowning his 50 year career by receiving a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2015 for his final album “Step Back”. Johnny Winter and his Gibson Firebird can be listened to on AUPEO! 24/7
Do you like Drake? Do you? If you’re reading this, it’s not too late to find Drake in fine form on AUPEO! Go on, have a slice of Drake.
Your Old Droog
It’s rare someone makes it in the rap game relying only on beats and rhymes. Even rarer is an MC throwing out an endless stream of rock references over eleven tracks, each one a winner. Hit “Underground Hip-Hop” for Droog.
Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for February 2015!
How to deal with a break up of a 13-year relationship? Well, there is no answer for that. With her new album Vulnicura, Björk documented her own story – from the break up until the recovery. It shows Björk at her best and it’s up there with the great moments of her discography. A masterpiece!
Years & Years
They’ve been all over the usual suspects’ “Bands to watch in 2015″ lists, so we thought you might want to know what British Synth-Poppers Years & Years actually sound like. Enjoy a glittery updated mix of everything that made the 90s worthwhile.
Diana Krall returns in 2015 with an album of songs she first heard on vinyl, from Elton John to the Mamas and the Papas to Bob Dylan, they’re all covers of iconic songs treated to her husky, rich vocal stylings.
Barron, now into his 70s, is one of those musicians who has been around for a long time and played with pretty much everyone from the Jazz sphere. His collaboration with bassist Dave Holland began in 2012, and they return with a beautiful, considered duo album that features some fantastic interplay between these two giants of the genre.
No Cities to Love, the first record after ten years from these indie-rockers, is filled with hits, hits, hits! Sleater-Kinney showing the right way to manage a reunion.
Yes, Bilderbuch are from Austria and sing about Austrian things and they won Austrian music prizes and everything, but come on, their genre-defying musical blend and undeniable nerdy coolness can be understood anywhere. And you can brag about being the Uber-Hipster at your next party if you know about Austrian Indie bands. A win-win-situation.
Since contracting Alzheimer’s Disease and thusly going on his “Goodbye Tour” in 2011, the great Rhinestone Cowboy has put out some of his most authentic work. Living at a Memory Care Facility and singing “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” has a circumstantial tone that his songs never had before. On the album See You There and the I’ll Be Me Soundtrack, the country legend sounds as old and farewelling as he is. This is brilliant and affecting music.
Chris Thile is always up to something edgy and amazing. This week it’s Phosphorescent Blues, the new Punch Brothers album, which is really beating at the hinges of Contemporary Bluegrass.
The tracks Arca makes rarely cohere to normal ideas of structure or rhythm. Nothing about the way Arca tackles sound is traditional. His music is somehow always more complex than it sounds. This talented young artist also co-produced Björk’s new album Vulnicura.
The man behind some of the most lauded UK techno ever pressed to wax, Luke Slater has announced details for his next single under the moniker Planetary Assault Systems. The Eyes Themselves will land in February on Slater’s label, Mote-Evolver. While waiting for this release enjoy some of his best tunes with AUPEO!
Boom Bap! Necks are broken here from constant head nodding to B4.DA.$$. Call it Golden Age revival, Classic East Coast, Underground or Real Hip-Hop, the pressures of carrying much of the weight of the future of New York hip-hop are nowhere to be heard on this long awaited debut studio album.
Keeping Detroit firmly on the rap map, Big Sean blesses us with “Blessings”. With Kanye West once again handling most of the production on Big Sean’s third album we will expect him to keep Detroit firmly in the charts also.
The Weeknd adding to the Fifty Shades of Grey hype seems natural. Never the artist to shy away from saucy subjects, and knowing the film’s theme, it comes as a surprise “Earned It” is very much a soul ballad, a love song of the traditional kind. We like surprises
Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for January 2015!
Everything is laid out for the arrival of Mark Ronson’s fourth strike. “Uptown Funk” – which we consider a monster single – tops the charts, Ronson took five years to find the best guest singers for his records and now it’s funkytime. “Uptown Special” will hit the stores this week.
It’s a little weird to write about Echosmith in the beginning of 2015 since the four “siblings-gone-band” youngbloods have already been part of our guilty pleasures in 2013. But it seems they were for a good reason. Their hit single “Cool Kids” actually made them cool kids last year and now it’s time to give the guilty pleasure with the silky melodies a second spin. And a third. And a fourth.
D’angelo & The Vanguard
Fourteen years he made us wait, but holy cheese wasn’t it worth waiting for?!
Is K. Michelle an exception of a reality TV star? She makes good music. Seriously, she does.
These Canadian guys unveil a strong debut record of black pearls by mixing post-punk with bittersweet, poppy melodies.
How loud can two people get? Loud enough to end up on the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list. Slaves, from the UK, have filthy riffs and enough power to beat every other band this year.
Konono No. 1
Congolese junk and scrap metal groove merchants Konono No. 1 will be making a rare trip to the UK later this month in order to play a 3-day residency at London’s Cafe Oto. Distorted thumb pianos and beats played on old car parts, their music is as hypnotic as it is groovy, a sound that is curiously futuristic and primeval at the same time.
Grammy award winner Bill Frisell’s discography is certainly a diverse collection, and he returns in 2015 with a curious idea for an album, but like all of his output so far it just seems to work. On “Guitar in the Space Age!” Frisell has decided to pay homage to the pioneering guitar-led music of the 50s and 60s that inspired him to take up the instrument in the first place. Unsurprisingly with Mr. Frisell, there’s a bit of everything on here, from surf-rock to country and western, all with his own musical vision and mastery underpinning the whole project.
A constant fountain of great Country songs, Lucinda Williams simply does not quit. The 2014 album Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone boasts 20 tracks spread over 2 CDs. Blues and Rock & Roll nuances continue to colour her artistic progression and it’s fair to say that Lucinda Williams is gradually defining her own genre.
The Secret Sisters
The Secret Sisters make harmonizing seem effortless. Their writing is catchy, especially on the newest release Put Your Needle Down. On paper, these are traditional standard songs of Country. However, the sound smartly carries both a reverent southern tropology and a kick-your-shoes-off hoedown vibe.
I love Makonnen
From being remixed by Drake to the top of the charts. 2015 has begun well for ILoveMakonnen.
Be good, people! A very merry Christmas to all you lovely human beings.