• tamct March 31, 2015 Mutual Benefit

    Nomadic American produces album of superbly blurry, lush indie pop about life and love. Hometown: Brooklyn. The lineup: Jordan Lee (vocals, instruments), plus assorted musicians including Andrew Morehart, Katie Pierce, Bradley Will, Marc Merza and Samuel Yager. The background: “Look, this is a bloody great Sunday record,” wrote a Mancunian friend in an email on, […]

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  • tamct March 31, 2015 Bad Rabbits

    Dirty ’80s funk revisited from an outfit much loved by Prince. Hometown: Boston, MA. The lineup: Fredua “Dua” Boakye (vocals), Sheel Davé (drums), Salim Akram (guitar), Graham Masser (bass), Santiago Araujo (guitar). The background: Like that other new-ish soul-dance outfit Quadron, Bad Rabbits have been around for a while but this is being touted as […]

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  • tamct March 31, 2015 Andrew Ashong

    He’s the psych-soul brother stoned on ethereal jazzy grooves. Hometown: Forest Hill, London. The lineup: Andrew Ashong (vocals, music). The background: Sam Smith is this year’s winner of the BRIT’s Critics’ Choice award, which puts him at the commercial vanguard of a new soul wave. There were, at last count, around two dozen emerging male […]

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  • tamct March 31, 2015 Molly Beanland

    Modern-day purveyor of power ballads. Fully expect a semi, if not total, eclipse of the heart. Hometown: London. The lineup: Molly Beanland (voice, music). The background: Last Friday night we stood for several hours in the Electric Ballroom in London as 1,500 people went gaga, not to Lady Gaga, no, to a succession of ’80s […]

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  • tamct March 31, 2015 Ry X

    Australian falsetto crooner discovers commercial value in aching sadness and wintry desolation. Hometown: Los Angeles. The lineup: Ry Cuming (vocals, music). The background: If you were wondering who the desolate-sounding singer with the Bon Iver-ish falsetto was on the new Sony Bravia TV advert and you couldn’t get SoundHound to work, it’s Ry Cuming. He’s […]

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  • tamct March 31, 2015 Rey Pila

    They’re signed to Julian Casablancas’ label, they’re on tour with Albert Hammond Jr, and they sound like an ’80s synth-rock Strokes. Hometown: Mexico City. The lineup: Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco and Andres Velasco. The background: Rey Pila means “King Battery” in Spanish. You will learn little about the band Rey Pila from this. They are […]

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