Singer-songwriter Manic After Midnite, or M.A.M for short, has a sound that can only be described as warm. You want to strip down to your tank top, take off your shoes, and kick back in front of a fan when you listen to it. And no, I’m not talking about in a “hot and steamy” kind of way but in a relaxing, inviting way. M.A.M.’s Soundcloud is mostly full of acoustic covers and a few original tracks that show off a more icy, celestial sound. But “The Chase,” her newest single, shows off a more fully evolved sound, one that belongs on radios, not sitting idly by in a Soundcloud playlist. With breathy soft vocals reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope era, M.A.M. has captured a song that’s both familiar yet original. On Soundcloud the song is tagged as “planetary,” and to be honest, that explains it far better than I can.
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I know it’s a little unusual to write about two Icelandic bands back-to-back, but this track was too good to ignore once it cartwheeled into my inbox last week. Mammút are a five-piece band from Iceland who have been making music since 2003 and are pretty popular in their own country. Their last album, Komdu til mín svarta systir, won the Icelandic Music Award for Best Album along with their song “Salt,” which won Best Song of the Year. To commemorate signing to British label Bella Union, the band re-released “Salt” in English, which is what you’re listening to right now. With booming production, an alt-grrl spirit, and a cathartic build-up, you would have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy this. Mammút’s career trajectory? First Iceland, then the world.
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Too often when I recommend a song I like, I lazily use catchiness as the sole arbiter on whether it’s good or not. Yes, “Happy Tim” is pretty damn catchy, but right away, from the rapid, sing-talky lyrics to the obvious cynicism, the song has a lot to say about the lives of corporate commoners, the ones who value mediocrity and happiness by how little they step outside their own bubble. This debut single by London newcomers TEDDY shows a lot of potential. For one, it shows their penchant for commentary, and two, it proves they can construct a solid pop song. Here’s hoping other happy “Tims” can heed their message.
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Mideau (pronounced “Mid-doh”) is an indie pop duo that consists of Libbie Linton and Spencer J. Harrison. Their name is constructed from two words that loosely translate to “middle of the water,” a phrase I’m sure music journalists are gonna love trying to decipher. But I’m less interested in forced meanings and more interested in demonstrable talent. “Maude,” a single that appears on their upcoming debut, is one of those tracks that entice you with its familiarity before switching gears and going in a different direction. In a genre already saturated with too many boy/girl duos, Mideau proves they can stand out from the pack with a sound that’s as original as their name. For more, check out their EP, Way With Words.
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I don’t listen to much reggae, but this track by London quartet The Skints was too hard to pass up when it came through our submissions inbox. I’ve always loved the original track by Katy B, but The Skints’ cover version slows things down and creates a nice juxtaposition to the fast-paced over-production of Katy B’s original, revealing its hidden, accidental soulfulness. If you want to check out The Skints’ original work, check out singles like “The Cost of Living Is Killing Me” or “Ratatat.”
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