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Tom and Kris's Favorites
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This spring’s Favorites highlights some amazing music from around the world by bands that are currently at the top of our playlists. Some artists may be familiar to you, but we hope to also introduce you to some incredible talent emerging from the US and abroad. If you would like to hear more music from any of these artists please contact us.

Thanks,

Tom & Kris


1. BAD HANDS – “Northern Lights”

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Per Nordmark from the band Fireside teamed up with well known Swedish artists to create his solo debut as Bad Hands - Take the Money and Run. The result is a collection of cool electro-pop tunes, including "Northern Lights" which sounds like The Knife at twice the speed with an anthemic techno kick.

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2. GOLDHAWKS – “Keep the Fire”

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Channeling 1980’s U2, this quintet out of West London has created a bombastic epic rock debut. With ringing guitars, stirring piano and Bobby Cook’s charismatic lead vocals, Goldhawks’ upcoming album Trick of Light is big, catchy and commercial ready.

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3. THE IRONWEED PROJECT – “Making All Kinds of Music”

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Electro-bluesman Aniff Akinola, aka Ironweed, couples blues and retro funk to create an eclectic sound that is at times both modern and vintage. With drum and heavy bass propping up his smooth bluesy drawl, Ironweed has unleashed an exciting new collection of tunes including this growling foot-stomper.

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4. ELIZA DOOLITTLE – “Pack Up”

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Cut from the same sassy cloth as fellow Brits Duffy and Kate Nash, Eliza Doolittle’s pop gems are harmonious, cheerful and genuine. Spanning a variety of musical genres including pop, soul and folk, this UK songstress has hit the ground running. This standout track from her upcoming album exhibits a star in the making.

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5. THE COURTEENERS – “Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips”

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The London-based quartet’s rock swagger is a nod to their 60's and 70's influences, earning them comparisons to Franz Ferdinand and the early days of The Smiths. After an exuberant run opening for Morrissey on his 2009 US tour, The Courteeners are back with their sophomore LP Falcon – full of bombastic mod-rock sing-alongs, highlighted by the anthemic pulse of “Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips”.

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6. JÓNSI – “Boy Lilikoi”

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Go, the stunning solo debut of Sigur Rós’ lead vocalist, covers an expansive musical palette featuring strings, brass, off-the-wall piano and joyous percussion – all an undercurrent to his signature clear-as-a-bell vocals throughout. With Nico Muhly (famed for his work with Björk and Grizzly Bear) as a collaborator, Jónsi has emerged with a gorgeous album full of wide-eyed wonderment, exemplified by the first single “Boy Lilikoi”.

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7. LITTLE MAJORETTE – “Little Dance”

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The forthcoming LP from this Anglo-Swedish band is packed full of quirky pop tunes. It's a charming blend of Bossa Nova, electro beats, and the innocent hushed vocals of Zoë Durrant. “Little Dance” sounds like it was plucked from a beach party film from the 60’s: perfect hip-shaking, twisty pop.

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8. PETTER & THE PIX – “Good as Gold”

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The six-piece Swedish shape-shifters Petter & The Pix have created a complex second album, a multi-layered, cross-genre collection confident in its own style. The title track “Good as Gold”, reminiscent of early days of The Cure, is a harmonious slice of pure electro-pop.

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9. MUMFORD & SONS – “The Cave”

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Combining folk, bluegrass and rockabilly, Mumford & Sons’ songs are full of authentic passion and soul. Their debut LP Sigh No More harnesses all the energy of their legendary stage performances - rollicking banjos, runaway drum rolls, sweeping orchestrations, and sing-along choruses – into an impressive collection of earnest and heartfelt sonic gems.

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10. A SILENT FILM – “Driven By Their Beating Hearts”

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This anthemic rock band out of London has earned comparisons to the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and Keane for their sweeping debut album The City That Sleeps. Bombastic drums, stirring piano and Robert Stevenson’s striking falsetto create hopeful anthems that should place A Silent Film amongst the piano pop mainstays.

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11. LAST DINOSAURS – “Honolulu”

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Australia’s quartet Last Dinosaurs have released a debut EP brimming with breezy melodies, crackling rhythms, calypso flavored guitars, and lyrics jam-packed with hope and new beginnings. Bouncing between shimmering atmospherics and shiny pop, this tune kicks the doorway to Spring wide open.

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12. MAIKA MAKOVSKI – “Lava Love”

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No, you didn’t hear this song in a Tarantino film but yes, it would fit right in! Its meandering groove and wailing guitar layered with Maika’s sleepily purred vocals sounds like Portishead meets Nancy Sinatra.

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13. THE GLAMOUR MANIFESTO – “Sunlight vs. Moonlight”

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These four friends from Italy first started playing together as kids, slowly crafting the powerful and fresh sound that explodes on their debut LP. Blending pop, indie rock, and R&B influences into a unique and catchy electronic sound, their tunes are full of sing-along choruses and anthemic energy.

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14. THE MOB – “Give It to Me”

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One of the first soul funk horn outfits out of Chicago, The Mob were legendary for their live shows. They spent years traveling the country playing hotels and lounges before being scooped up by Colossus Records. “Give It To Me,” which is best described as having a Blood Sweat & Tears sound with a brassy soulful kick, was one of many radio friendly singles they released throughout the 60’s.

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15. TURIN BRAKES – “Sea Change”

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For over a decade this duo has been gracing us with gorgeous soundscapes that somehow invoke melancholy and hope at the same time. Using strings, acoustic guitars, and their hallmark vocal harmonies, Turin Brakes have created a brand new collection of sweeping electro-folk melodies.

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16. FINDLAY BROWN – “I Still Want You”

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Findlay’s Roy Orbison-esque croon and inspired orchestrations chronicled on his sophomore LP Love Will Find You transport the listener back to the golden era of 1960’s soulful pop. In his own words: “I wanted to make something completely unashamed of where it was coming from without trying to put any sort of indie slant on it, without trying to be cool.” We are all the luckier for it.

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17. AQUALUNG – “Thin Air”

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Aqualung (moniker for singer/songwriter Matt Hales) is back with a gorgeous new album Magnetic North. His sparse instrumentals and soaring lyrics have enjoyed increased notoriety through use in such shows as "Gossip Girl," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scrubs." This latest collection is some of his most accomplished to date, embracing the style of introspective pop legends such as Brian Wilson and Paul Simon.

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18. MICKY GREEN – “The Game”

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Australian-in-Paris Micky Green teamed up again with producer Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao) for her sophomore LP Honky Tonk. Oscillating between bluesy jazz and popping electro beats, Micky combines vintage piano and horns into glamorous and groovy arrangements. The result is colorful and playful pop.

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19. HELLOGOODBYE – “Oh, It Is Love”

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Taking a break from their synth pop glory, HelloGoodbye embraces sweet folk crooning on “Oh, It Is Love.” It’s an organic love song accompanied by nothing but a plucked banjo until it swells into the earnest culmination from the full band.

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20. SLY JOHNSON – “Hey Mama”

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This former beat-box artist from France decided to embrace his authentic soul and funk sound for his new album 74. Full of classic grooves, swinging brass and his velvety vocals, Sly’s new tunes stir your soul and tap your feet.

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21. BIG STAR – “Watch the Sunrise”

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One of our favorite songs from a catalog of favorite songs, “Watch the Sunrise” is Big Star at their indie pop best. The gorgeous harmonies of the late Alex Chilton and Chris Bell layered on top of sweet simple guitar strums transport the listener to feeling like they’re, yes, watching the sunrise.

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For more info or music from any of these artists please contact us at:

Tom Eaton @ 212.841.8014 or Tom.Eaton@umusic.com

Kris Roggemann @ 212.841.8211 or Kristoffer.Roggemann@umusic.com

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