As his name suggests, New Zealand-based artist Rainy Piano has a knack for creating slightly downbeat, piano-lead pop songs. There’s nothing wrong with that, though, especially when the melodies are as strong as they are in this track called Special.
Cornwall-based production duo Kinds. (aka Karen Warner and Mark Morrish) have sent us a great new track called Run.
Structurally ambitious, with interesting rhythms that build up and drop out in unexpected ways, the song is held together by Warner’s effortlessly catchy vocals that are a delight throughout.
London producer Ketan Jogia has remixed Welsh folk singer Novo Amor’s track From Gold, augmenting the lush, Bon Iver-like vocals of the original song with more punctuated bass and percussion. A great summer track.
This experimental pop song by London artist Yodashe is very musically ambitious, combing glitchy beats with brash, dissonant vocal harmonies in a free-flowing arrangement. But the key is the variety of catchy melodic hooks, which pop up in unexpected places and keep the track engaging throughout.
Blue Room won't make easy background music, but listen carefully and there's lots to enjoy.
This electronica-tinged track by London producer and singer The Slow Revolt has a wonderfully effortless charm that belies the tight structure and attention to detail evident throughout. Understated and unassuming, the song achieves the feted balancing act of feeling both fresh and familiar at the same time.
Desired Effect is a wistful pop song by Glasgow band Atom Tree. With plucked strings and what sounds like a glockenspiel driving the track, it has a much more analogue feel than 45, the previous Atom Tree track we featured on Dezeen Music Project.
Here's a brand new track by east London musician K H U S H I, set to be the lead track on the singer/songwriter's forthcoming debut EP.
Phantoms is a slow-burning, wistful pop song packed with lush vocal harmonies and delicate keyboard lines, which builds up masterfully to a driving, rhythmic crescendo.
K H U S H I enlisted the in-demand talents of Alt-J's producer Charlie Andrews to record the track, which suggests his short musical career is very much on an upwards trajectory.
Only Girl, aka Ellen Murphy, is a London-based singer with a dreamy, distinctly 90s R&B sound.
This track called Mountain combines simple, sparse percussion with lush, soaring vocal harmonies. Comparisons with fellow south-Londoner Jessie Ware immediately spring to mind, which suggests commercial success could be just around the corner for Only Girl.
Here's the latest single taken from New York indie-rockers Giga Herbs' debut album Mad Weird LP. Solaris starts off much more stripped-down than previous tracks we've featured by the band, but it doesn't take long for a nice dose of fuzzy, distorted guitar to kick in.
It's good to know there are still bands out there who know how to make a great-sounding guitar-based pop record.
Jungle have toned down the intensity of MØ's original track here, sacrificing the singer's raw energy in favour of a mellow-but-funky groove.
UK singer-songwriter Sivu, aka James Page, seems to have spent most of 2013 on the verge hitting the big time and is surely set to explode in 2014. Working with in-demand producer Charlie Andrew, the man behind Alt-J's critically acclaimed debut album An Awesome Wave, should certainly help.
It features Sivu's typically ethereal vocals, with a guest appearance from singer Marika Hackman, all accompanied by a melancholy blend of pianos, guitars and a dark underlying electronic bass.
We featured debut single Magpie by East London musician K H U S H I a few weeks ago on Dezeen Music Project. This stripped-back track called Never Never is the B-side to that release and is available now, together with the main single, on Laissez Faire Club Records.
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