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TOP 30: AIDAN KNIGHT, SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE, PROTOMARTYR & NEGATIVE GEMINI COME IN, SMALL BLACK TO NUMBER ONE
Sunday, 18 October 2015 01:56
 

While there has been some full length additions to the independent music pantheon recently, (our albums of the week as well as Terrible Truths, Deerhunter, Majical Cloudz and Small Black among others, there has been a little lull in the release of kick arse singles of late. Our apologies for the lateness of the chart this week. We do have four new entries to share with you. The first two come from Canadian artists, both of whom have been mainstays of the respective music scenes for many years. Victoria BC artist and co-founder of Adventure Boys Club records, Aidan Knight is due to put out his third album sometime next year and has recently shared that record's first single, the subtlely effecting, 'All Clear'. That enters at 25. 

While Sean Nicholas Savage's work has exactly been up in our faces like that of other Arbutus Records artists, his recently released full length record, Other Death, has been slowly seeping into our musical pores over the last few weeks, so much so, that we could no longer ignore the albums first single, 'Propaganda' the personal clarion call for a free off beat approach to life in the face of the growing narrow conservatism in western society. It's at 27. (Check out his new video for the track 'Promises' below too)
 
Detroit post punk outfit Protomartyr, whose latest album, The Agent Intellect, is our current album of the week, recently released a new track from it, the angular, pulsating chord driven, 'I Forgive You'. That debuts one place behind at 28.
 
The final new entry is the latest synth driven number from Negative Gemini, the project of Queens NY artist, Lindsey French. The first single from her forthcoming LP, Body Work, the hypnotic slow burner, 'You Never Knew' sneaks in at 30.
 
The Top 30 has a new number one this week, appropriately by Brooklyn electronic quartet, Small Black, who's new album, Best Blues came out this week. 'No One Wants It To Happen To You', the album's second single takes the mantle from Satchkatchewan.
 
All details of every track including media, artist pages and release information can be found HERE while as per each week, all tracks are streaming in the Top 30 player.
 
 

25. All Clear

Aidan Knight (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Each Other', Adventure Boys Club. Out 2016.

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27. Propaganda

Sean Nicholas Savage (CAN)
From the album, 'Other Death', Arbutus.

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Promises

Sean Nicholas Savage (CAN)
From the album, 'Other Death', Arbutus.

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28. I Forgive You

Protomartyr (USA)
From the album, 'The Agent Intellect', Hardly Art

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30. You Never Knew

Negative Gemini (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Body Work', 100% Electronica. Out 2016

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B-SIDE FOR DAY WAVE SINGLE
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 07:12
 

While its been sitting in our Top 30 chart for some six weeks, 'Come Home Now', the latest single from Day Wave, isn't released physically on 7" vinyl until November 6. Now the Jackson Phillips project has dropped the singles' b-side, 'You Are Who You Are' and guess what? It's sweet as. Listen below.

 

You Are Who You Are

Day Wave (USA)
From the single, 'Come Home Now', House Arrest Records. Out physically November 6.

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TOP 30: POSTILJONEN, GROENI AND BELIEFS DEBUT
Friday, 09 October 2015 02:55
 

 

Swedish trio Postiljonen return the the chart with their new single, ‘Go’ following up their previous entry, ‘Wait’ from earlier in the year. That debuts at 24. One spot behind is Groeni with ‘Hedre’, which we featured on Wednesday. After much deliberation, Toronto shoegazers Beliefs complete the new entries at 27 with ‘1992’ off their forthcoming full length, Leaper.

 

Saskatchewan remain at number one with ‘Delusive’ while there were big moves for Hazel English 'Fix' (24 to 10) and FERN 'It Comes Slow' (23 to 13). You can find all chart details HERE and all tracks in the player.

 

 

 

24. Go

Postiljonen (SWE)
From the single, 'Go', Hybris/Best Fit.

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27. 1992

Beliefs (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Leaper', Hand Drawn Dracula. Out Nov 13.

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GROENI EXPAND APPROACH ON THIRD EP
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:53
 

 

Wellington outfit Groeni released their third EP at the beginning of this month entitled Hinde, a melancholic and delicate work of beat inspired dark electronic music influenced by multiple dance genres. The project, led by Alexander Green was until earlier in the year a solo one and indeed the debut self titled EP released in 2012 was a much more downtempo affair with Hinde’s current trajectory first beginning to appear on their second EP, Hewn, released earlier this year on Berlin techno collective label Project Mooncircle. With Green being joined by Mike Isaacs and James Paul, Hinde represents the beginning of something larger for Groeni, both lyrically (delivered as always by Green’s powerful falsetto vocals) and musically. Watch the Joel Fear directed video for lead track ‘Hedre’ below.

 

Tracklist 

 

1. Hedre

2. Truce

3. Hinde

4. Id

 

 

Hedre

Groeni (NZL)
From the EP, 'Hinde', Self Released.

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TOP 30: SASKATCHEWAN TAKE TOP SPOT WITH DELUSIVE AS SMALL BLACK SMASH THE CHART, JOINED BY FERN, HAZEL ENGLISH, YAST AND OCEAN HOPE
Friday, 02 October 2015 13:16
 

Orlando outfit Saskatchewan take the number one position this week with their emotive dose of pop sugar, ‘Delusive’ as the second single, the sublime ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’ from Brooklyn quartet Small Black smashes the chart to settle at number 5 on debut.

Small Black is joined by a further four new entries led by two Australian acts, both of whom we featured this week. Sydney trio FERN settle in at 23 with ‘It Comes Slow’ while Oakland based Hazel English sits a spot behind with ‘Fix’. 

 

They are accompanied by Sandviken dream pop quintet YAST, who we featured earlier this year when they dropped what turned out to be the first single from their recently released second album, My Dreams Did Finally Come True out now on Adrian Recordings. The second single to be taken from it is the propulsive and shimmering ‘Together Forever’ and that enters at 25. You can grab a copy of the album HERE 

 

The last entry is the astrally far flung, yet measured and compact first single from Corinth duo Ocean Hope, ‘By Your Side’. It comes from their debut EP set for November 13, Chamber Dreams. That’s at 26. Pre-order your copy of the four song EP on cassette or digitally here.

 

You can immediately listen to the YAST and Ocean Hope tracks below. 'Together Forever' is a free download so ensure you make it yours. All chart details are HERE and all tracks are playing from the Top 30 player in order of newest entry to oldest.

 

 

25. Together Forever

YAST (SWE)
From the album, 'My Dreams Did Finally Come True', Adrian Recordings.

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26. By Your Side

Ocean Hope (GRE)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Chamber Dreams', Hush Hush Records. Out Nov 13.

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HAZEL ENGLISH DROPS NEW SINGLE, FIX
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:47
 

Oakland based Australian artist Hazel English has just dropped her latest single, the gorgeous piece of heartfelt nostalgic pop that is ‘Fix’. It follows on from her previous two excellent singles from earlier in the year, ‘Never Going Home’ and ‘It’s Not Real’. For your listening pleasure, we’ve assembled all three below.

 

Fix

Hazel English (AUS/USA)
From the single, 'Fix', Self Released

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It's Not Real

Hazel English (AUS/USA)
From the single, 'It's Not Real', Self Released

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Never Going Home

Hazel English (AUS/USA)
From the single, 'Never Going Home', Self Released

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FERN RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00
 

Earlier this month Sydney trio FERN released their impressive debut single, the metronomic yet atmospherically endearing, ‘It Comes Slow’. The title is a perfect way to describe how the track slowly envelops you during its four and a half minute timespan. Grab it as a free download below.

 

It Comes Slow

FERN (AUS)
From the single, 'It Comes Slow', Self Released.

FERN Facebook

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OUGHT NEW VIDEO FOR SUN'S COMING DOWN
Saturday, 26 September 2015 00:00
 

Our current album of the week comes from the intellectually and musically salient Ought in the form of the outstanding Sun Coming Down. The fact that it equals if not betters their brilliant debut from last year More Than Any Other Day speaks volumes for just how good this young band are. Angst ridden but never overwrought with anger, brutally honest without overtly offending, the Tim Beeler/Darcy led outfit wear their influences but on an unpredictable sleeve. The frenetic pace of Sun Coming Down perfectly matches the largely unconscious exhaustion of modern life. With the acerbic and witty first single, ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ spending an number of weeks at number one, the release of the record late last week gifted us the brand new video for the almost title track, 'Sun's Coming Down' and the perfect excuse to rave about one of the best young bands going around. We've included that and album opener, 'Men For Miles' below. Sun Coming Down is out now through Constellation.

 

 

Sun's Coming Down

Ought (CAN)
From the album, 'Sun Coming Down', Constellation.

Ought Facebook

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Men For Miles

Ought (CAN)
From the album, 'Sun Coming Down', Constellation.

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JOANNA NEWSOM, THE RADIO DEPT., TOPS AND SECOND SINGLE FROM DEERHUNTER IN AS GOLD CLASS TAKE NUMBER ONE
Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:02
 

Joanna Newsom’s urgent and affecting new single, ‘Leaving The City’ is our highest debut this week at 12. The track comes from her forthcoming double album, Divers, set for release on October 23. The Radio Dept. are right behind at 13 with their new single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’, which we featured on Tuesday.

Montreal quartet TOPS have released a new single, ‘Anything’, a deliberate, emotional slow burner driven by the best vocal performance Jane Penny has ever delivered. That debuts at 14.

 

It’s a case of first single out second single in for Deerhunter this week as the funk filled ‘Snakeskin’ is replaced by the lush jangly pop of ‘Breaker’. It’s at 21. The TOPS and Deerhunter tracks sport excellent videos too. Alongside the new Joanna newsom track, they can be viewed below.

 

Gold Class ascend the number one position with the insanely catchy, ‘My Life As A Gun’ while Kelela moves into the Top 5 at 4 with ‘Rewind’.

 

All details for every track including artist pages and album release details can be found HERE while every track is playing from newest entry down in the Top 30 player.

 

 

12. Leaving The City

Joanna Newsom (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Divers', Drag City. Out October 23.

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14. Anything

TOPS (CAN)
From the single, 'Anything', Arbutus Records.

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21. Breaker

Deerhunter (USA)
From the forthcoming album, Fading Frontiers', 4AD.

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THE RADIO DEPT. TURN BACK CLOCK ON NEW SINGLE
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00
 

The Radio Dept. just keep the surprises coming, following up their electronic dance laden recent EP, Occupied, by going back to their roots with their latest single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’. It’s very much in the vain of their first two records and more indeed reminiscent of the music on their first, Lesser Matters. The uncompromising title and its lyrical content come as no surprise though as the trio once again rail against the world’s biggest issues alongside the degradation of the environment (although both go hand in hand) - social, economic, political and gender inequality. An issue recently illustrated by the disgusting treatment of the Greek people by the European elite - the lyrics were posted on their FB page recently. Read and listen below.

 

 

This Repeated Sodomy

The Radio Dept. (SWE)
From the single, 'This Repeated Sodomy', Labrador.

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