If I Could Change Your Mind

I’m seeing Haim tomorrow night at Brixton Academy and am so excited. Their debut album fast became my favourite from 2013 and their last London show at The Forum was pretty spectactular. Interestingly the crowd was very 30 something couples, not the Radio 1 audience I’d have originally predicted.

Anyway, despite it not being best song on the album ‘Days Are Gone’, their next single ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ is a joy, thanks in no small party to the totally jubilant video. Their videos have always had a sense of fun, and US teen movie to them, but this one puts the girls themselves central with a dance routine choregraphed by Aaliyah’s team. Amazing.

Style of Eye

This is so good. It’s so Swedish sounding.

Style of Eye is (funnily enough) Swedish DJ and producer Linus Eklow. He co-wrote Icona Pop’s I Love It and had a massive hit in the dance world with ‘After Dark’. For Kids he’s teamed up with moody Swedish popstar Soso. Her cutting vocals sound happy but actually call are pretty dismissive calling out today’s ‘kids’.

I’m wondering what is up with kids nowadays
you’re all so deep, unique and interesting
suffering poets with a fashion sense
free hand tattoo with a misspelled name
everyone’s special the exact same way
you live your life on a Facebook page

Meow

Serebro

I don’t know what to do with this. It’s hideous and amazing all at once, just like the best European pop songs. A warning though, you will never be able to unhear it.

Serebro are a Russian girlgroup who were originally formed for Eurovision in 2007. That was the year I went but I have no recollection! They came third and were then signed. Late last year they released ‘Mi Mi Mi’ – their first international single complete with 24 million youtube views, thanks to the hot tub scenes above. It’s gathering a bit of momentum in Italy and Netherlands and sounds ripe for a summer smash hit to me.

A UK #1 for Summer 2014?

CLAIRE

I don’t think Germany is that well known for good pop music. The last German thing I can think of that I LOVED was Sarah Connor ‘Let’s Go Back To Bed Boy’ which is from FOREVER ago.

Claire are a five piece from Munich. Four boys and a girl, Josie Claire Burkle, on vocals – so it’s pretty obvious that I’m already going to love it. Here in the UK they’re signed to Capitol Records which is part of Universal and the bouncy ‘Games’ is their first UK single.

They’ve been on tour with Chvrches and Bastille in 2013 in Europe, but their first UK dates are next week – Tues @ Madame JoJo’s and Wed @ Hoxton BK at Golddust.

Games is out on 23 February – http://www.claireofficial.com/

Rather Be

I first banged on about Clean Bandit about a year ago. Since then they’ve had a Top Ten hit in one of those WHAT THE HELL underestimating the public moments with Mozart’s House and last week they unleashed their most mainstream effort to date – Rather Be. It’s a monster.

My first thought was actually – wow a cool Asian popstar, but as it transpires that’s just a character. The vocals come from Jess Glynne who is also working with Rudimental on new material and will certainly be someone to watch over the next year. In it’s crudest comparison Rather Be is very Katy B (well Katy B meets Vanessa Mae if we’re being facetious). It’s co-written by Jimmy Napes who helped write Latch and is part of the whole Disclosure / Rudimental / Sam Smith posse who are pretty much behind everything amazing in current pop music.

Rather Be is out on January 20th and should be the first big #1 of 2014.

All About She

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All About She are the latest act to be signed to Tinie Tempah’s Atlantic Records imprint ‘Disturbing London’. I wouldn’t expect them to be a dance outfit from the name, for some reason it sounds emo-y! Sorry, backtrack to ‘dance outfit’, what an old fashioned phrase. They describe themselves as a unique production trio so let’s run with that instead.

Anyway semantics aside, All About She are Jon Clare, James Tadgell and Vanya Taylor. Between them they’ve previously written & sung on tracks for Tinie Tempah, Devlin and Scorcher and released a track featuring VV Brown earlier in the year. Now they’re working on their debut EP , but I think ‘Higher’ is their first single proper and is nicely timed to land in our brains for Sound of 2014. Perfect radio material, it’s a sweet singalong slice of euphoric garage that will keep summer vibes going just that little bit longer.

It’s out on November 17. *emoji hands in the air*

Le Youth

I can’t get enough of this.

If you’re a fan of low-charting r&b, you’ll recognise Le Youth (aka LA producer Wes James) ‘Cool’ as a cover of Cassie’s Me + You. It’s a low swung, chilled Balearic vibe that fits in nicely next to Chris Malinchak and Perseus. Remember this version of Ashanti’s Foolish from last year?

Check out Le Youth’s mixtape for some similarly chilled vibes

Ghetto Returns

The incredible nightclub Ghetto is back in London tomorrow night for one night only. Run by Simon Hobart, Ghetto was based on the smelly Falconberg Court and sadly closed due to CrossRail Development. Open 7 days a week it was my favourite place to both party and dj at. I used to DJ there every Thursday at Miss-Shapes and occasionally also on a Monday night.

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Tomorrow it’s back for a special reunion party at 12 Bar on Denmark Street. I’m DJing from 1 – 3am. COME!

NONONO

Peter, Bjorn and John can rest! There’s a new Scandavanian whistling anthem on the horizon designed to delight and then after extreme overplay intensely annoy. NONONO are Stina Wäppling, Tobias “Astma” Jimson and Michel Rocwell. Stina works as a psychiatric nurse and had spent the previous two years songwriting with a bunch of different producers all encouraged to make a US radio hit. Then she met Jimson and Rocwell and over time they found their sound and formed NONONO.

Signed to Warner Music in the UK, their debut single and absolute radio hit Pumpin Blood will be released in September.

Influences include Martha Wainwright, Depeche Mode and The Cure – the latter two you can hear very clearly in Down Under and Like The Wind


Fabienne

Fresh on Super Recordings (who were first to bring us Alunageorge), is Fabienne. 21 years old, she’s from Bradford and a recent graduate of LIPA. There’s lots of hip hop beat and drums going on here, coupled with a sweet vocal and a killer hook. Out now, I like it.