SYLVAN ESSO – DEBUT LP (Folktronica – US)

North Carolinian duo Sylvan Esso is the new project from Amelia Meath of Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun. Together they make addictive tunes packed full of crisscrossed harmonies, dramatic bass drops and perfectly layered vocals. Check out their recent HypeMachine number 1, and current single, “Coffee”!

Sylvan Esso have signed to Partisan Records for the release of their debut album this spring, a collection of 10 songs recorded in Sanborn’s bedroom over the last year. Glitchy pop with a folksy twist, the pair’s music is utterly modern and yet extremely soulful. Unfortunately, you will have to wait till May 13th to get your hands on the album but in the meantime you can sample another track below…

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FRAU MAI + LOVINSKY – STARS (NuDisco/House – Russia)


Frau Mai is a young Russian band with a real knack for catchy hooks and glitzy pop melodies. Hailing from the industrial city of Tolyatti, about 600km southeast of Moscow, they released their first album, Masquerade, back in 2012, clearly showing their ambition to provide the kind of tropical-flavoured indie pop that earned fellow Russian outfit Pompeya a great deal of much deserved attention. Their new single however shows a radical change in direction, with a lot less indie and a lot more disco!

The Stars EP, released a few weeks ago on Parallel Galaxy, is a collaboration with Moscow-based italo-disco virtuoso Lovinsky. It features the title track, as well as a solid collection of remixes from Kid Goodman, Anton Romezz, Yaaman and Armulik. Do yourself a favour and grab it now!

Find Frau Mai on Facebook. You can buy the Stars EP on Beatport or

CUT COPY – FREE YOUR MIND (SynthPop – Australia)

Fresh off their sold-out Australian tour, Cut Copy are packing their bags and setting off on a cross-country US, followed by a few gigs across the UK and Europe in April and May. They also recently revealed their latest single, the celestial “We Are Explorers”, and a slew of remixes, including one by Greek sample wunderkind and DFA affiliate Larry Gus, now available as a free download!

Cut Copy – We Are Explorers (Larry Gus Remix)

This track is taken off Cut Copy’s new album, Free Your Mind, which follows from the Grammy-nominated and ARIA Award-winning Zonoscope. Produced by Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford and mixed by sonic wizard Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Flaming Lips), the record creates a vivid fantasy world of psychedelic fun.

More info on Cut Copy’s official site or Facebook. Buy Free Your Mind on

PEGASE – DEBUT LP (Indie/DreamPop – France)

Pegase is the solo project of Raphaël d’Hervez, former member of synthpop trio Minitel Rose. He started working on his own compositions a few years ago, unleashing a few demos onto the interwebs, and released his first EP, Without Reasons, in 2012 on his own label FVTVR. His subtle mix of new wave and nostalgic dream pop quickly caught on but Pegase decided to take his time to polish his sound, releasing only a few tracks over the following couple of years.

Fast forward to 2014 and the young musician long-awaited debut album! Somewhat reminiscent of M83‘s bounciest moments or a more contemplative version of Phoenix, Pegase is set on proving that the French music scene still has a lot to offer beyond these two underdogs-turned-household-names.

Sending the listener on an intergalactic journey, this electro-tinged album is like a dream, with a beginning, a middle and an end, that oscillates between soft waves of synth perfection, bewitchingly wistful vocals and pulsating dance floor beats.

Check out their official site or Facebook for more info. Buy the music on

CLUB 8 – ABOVE THE CITY (Indie/Pop – Sweden)

Swedish duo Club 8 consists of vocalist Karolina Komstedt and multi-instrumentalist Johan Angergård (also known for his work with Acid House Kings or The Legends). Ever since they started making music together back in 1995, the pair have embraced musical genres ranging from chamber pop to disco chic, from bossa nova to trip-hop and pretty much every thing in between.

Club 8 – Hot sun

Their eighth album, Above The City, released on Labrador, is just as stylistically diverse as their previous works. It incorporates, among other things, a children choir, Russian field recordings, samples from erotic movies and constructions sites, recorded in various places such as basements and staircases to get the right sound.

On the album, Club 8 largely maintain their distinctive elegance and familiar low-key reserve, but without ever losing focus of those vibrant yet melancholic pop melodies that strike straight at the heart.

For more info and music check out Club 8′s Facebook or visit the band’s official site. You can buy Above The City from Labrador’s online store or download it on

MR LITTLE JEANS – GOOD MISTAKE (ElectroPop – Norway)


Many of you may remember Norwegian singer songwriter Mr Litlle Jeans, aka Monica Birkenes, for her amazing cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” back in 2011, or maybe for her RAC-remixed underground hit “Angel”. It had been a while since the young songstress released any new tune, but the wait is now over with the darkly catchy “Good Mistake”, which is now streaming on her SoundCloud.

Featuring a super funky bass line, bouncy beats and Mr Little Jeans’ unique vocals, “Good Mistake” is the centerpiece of an EP which also includes “Runaway”, “Oh Sailor” and “The Suburbs”. But more importantly it is also the first taste of a long-awaited (and often delayed) debut full length album, Pocketknife, which is set to drop March 25th.

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saturday nite with… HAERTS

Haerts is a five member indie pop group based in Brooklyn. Founding members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert grew up in Germany, meeting as teenagers when they were on a swim team together. They moved to the US to study and ended up settling down in New York to make music, like many other young musicians who seek out Brooklyn as the backdrop to their musical dreams.

Ever since they wrote their first song, the band’s creative core have been moved by the same passion and unwavering desire to find their own sound. “Benny is still the guy that’s the foundation in the songwriting, he’s on that composition element and I’m still the one more interested in melody and words,” Fabi says. Gebert agrees. “I would literally never write lyrics. It wouldn’t occur to me.”

Haerts released their first EP, Hemiplegia, in October 2013 and has toured with bands such as Shout Out Louds, Washed Out and Atlas Genius. You can get tour dates and more on their official website or Facebook.

THE PRESETS – GOODBYE FUTURE (House – Australia)

Following up their 2013 hit album Pacifica, Aussie dance heavyweights The Presets return with their brand new single “Goodbye Future”, a euphoric electro thumper, with a distinctively spiky late 90s tech house sound. Written and produced by the duo, the track is the first of a series of singles to be released across the coming year.

The Presets enlisted talented duo Worldlife to produce the first official remix of “Goodbye Future” and the result is a gripping house anthem that takes you straight back to the smokey sweat-soaked dancefloors of bygone decades.

The remix is part of an upcoming package set for release next month, also including reworkings by The Aston Shuffle, Ilan Bluestone and an extended club edit by The Presets themselves.

Check out the band’s official site and Facebook. Buy their music on

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