If you were looking for some fresh tunes to finish off the weekend, here comes Hoodlem, a new and exciting act from inner-city Melbourne. Hoodlem is an anonymous project who first showed up on our radar in July 2013 with their understated yet soulful debut “Through”.
The song received a fair amount of love from music blogs at home and abroad, but that’s nothing compared to their newest single “Old Friend”, which has already racked up almost 200,000 plays on SoundCloud. Blending delicate vocals, pulsing minimalist beats, and plucky guitars, all tightly held together with unassuming elegance, “Old Friend” is just the kind of slow-burning killer track that will play on repeat in your head for hours after you first heard it.
If you like what you hear, you should definitely check out Hoodlem’s recently posted cover of NSYNC’s early noughties hit “Girlfriend”. This grown-up version of the boy band’s classic tune is available for streaming and free download now!
Hoodlem - Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)
Hoodlem will be performing live at HillyDilly’s CMW showcase in May, sharing stage with fellow Aussie four-piece Sons et Al. and Nashville’s own Basecamp. Show your support on their Facebook. Buy the music on Bandcamp.
After months of anticipation, young electronic music genius James Blake recently premiered his new single “Retrograde” to rave reviews and overwhelming fan response. This very restrained, yet soulful, downtempo showcases Blake’s incredibly clear and powerful voice nestled in wooly electronics, hinting at a slightly new direction for his sophomore album, Overgrown, due next April.
Best know for his epic cover of Gonzalez and Feist’s timeless classic “Limit To Your Love” and a handful of equally mind-blowing productions, James Blake released his self-titled debut album in 2011 and quickly became one of the brightest new names to watch in British music today. A couple of years down the line, his new single “Retrograde” doesn’t disappoint one bit and it’s already getting a lot of love from remixers around the world.
Listen to more tunes on SoundCloud and follow James Blake on Facebook. Buy James Blake’s music on
AM & Shawn Lee is a collaboration between LA-based indie-pop auteur AM and London-based groovemaster Lee, who pooled their talents to create a unique brand of jazzy electrofunk. For their debut album, Celestial Electric, AM and Lee worked from their respective hometowns, trading ideas and tracks via email. Combining a broad array of influences, their heartfelt, warmly melodic soundscapes underline the artists’ love of vintage genres, encompassing soul, funk, jazz, Brazilian tropicalia and more.
The pair are currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, which should hit the stores before summer.To help fund the project, they are asking their fans to pitch in by pre-order the album on PledgeMusic.com. It goes without saying that all “pledgers” will exclusive perks and receive the album before everyone else… For the time being, why don’t you check out a couple of cool remixes from the duo’s debut?
AM & Shawn Lee - Somebody Like You (Fort Knox Five Remix)
AM & Shawn Lee - Promises Are Never Far From Lies (Rob Garza Remix)
Connect with AM & Shawn Lee on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy their music on BandCamp or
Based in Philadelphia, Icebird is the result of a collaboration between renowned beatmaker Rjd2 and singer-songwriter Aaron Livingston. The pair released their debut album The Abandoned Lullaby last October on Rjd2′s label Electrical Connections.
Icebird - Wander
The project was born after Livingston contributed vocals on a track off Rjd2’s previous album The Colossus. The two artists totally clicked and decided to write more songs together, exploring different influences and building bridges between genres. From the first beats to the last notes, The Abandoned Lullaby runs the gamut of emotions, with producer and singer each bringing their distinct touch while staying in synch throughout.
Icebird - Charmed Life
Find plenty more info and news on Rjd2′s on Facebook or check out the official site. Buy the music on
A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match, Ladi6 is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s leading hip-hop soul artist and her international aura is also growing at a dizzying pace. After the sweeping success of her 2008 debut album Not Is Not Much, released her highly awaited sophomore album in early 2011. As a statement of intent, The Liberation Of… clearly grounds Ladi6 as willing to dive head first without fear into the sea of creativity with her collaborators (fellow Kiwi producer Parks and German hip hop artist Sepalot), without ever forgetting where she comes from.
Ladi6 - Like Water
Recorded mainly in Europe, over the six months Ladi6 spent touring with Parks, The Liberation Of… was certified gold in New Zealand in July 2011 and single “Like Water” spent 22 weeks on the charts and was certified platinum. Now available on beautiful vinyl is Ladi6’s Tait Music Prize winning album keeps attracting lots of attention in NZ and abroad…
For news and tour dates, head over to Ladi6’s official site or MySpace. Buy the album on