Artist: Yumi Zouma

After leaking track after track over the past few weeks, New Zealand dream-pop newcomers Yumi Zouma finally put the last song off their self-titled debut EP on Soundcloud before it’s official release via Cascine next week. The four tracks are reminiscent of long past summer vacations and soft-rendered French movies from the 80ies – sweet, innocently sexy and melancholic at the same time. If someone ever remade La Boum, this would be it’s soundtrack – and they know it, putting a young Sophie Marceau lookalike on the cover. The blogosphere is already in alert mode over the trio (consisting of Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, and Kim Pflaum), and rightly so. It is one of the most compelling EPs of this young year. Listen to “Riquelme”, the last shared track and my personal highlight off the EP, below, or to the whole EP streaming over at SPIN.

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Artist: Abe

It is time for the blogosphere to get out of its turn-of-the-year slumber, and for us it is Sheffield’s dark synth trio Abe that gets the honor. Abe’s debut EP “Heave-Ho” was released in December, and it is displaying the newcomers talent and feel for 80ies pop melodies, highly reminiscent of Twin Shadow to me. You may say they are coming a bit late to the game – haven’t we moved on from that sound by now, towards more, well: fun stuff that feeds on the Nineties? And it is true, lead singer Clubbs Coldron and the Rodgers brothers (as I guess they are) could loosen up here and there and get playful. But it is an impressive, professionally controlled debut EP, positioning itself in just the right space between experimental ideas and pop allure. The EP is a promise of good things to come from these three guys, so let’s see where they go from here. Listen to it on their bandcamp below.

Artist: Magnifik

Summer is ending on the northern hemisphere. So it is with a bit of melancholy that I introduce to you a DJ and producer from the other side of the world – from Canberra, Australia – who makes those sweet chill summer tunes we loved to dance to during the hot days of these past few months. Magnifik represents the sort of daytime disco or lounge house style that won’t overwhelm you or let you break into a sweat, but will fade into the back of the room, or your mind, and will fill all those uncomfortable cracks of your brain and take the edge off your life for a while.

Magnifik is the moniker of Ashley Feraude, who has been a regional professional DJ for many years now – and the experience can be heard. Everything sounds well crafted and sorted, albeit a bit functional at times. He is DJing under his real name and uses the “Magnifik” signifier for the “melancholic sounding electronic pop sounds”, as he told local Surya magazine. My favorite track of his is “Trouble Sleeping”, featuring the best elements of his style: Laid back groove, floating melody, driving beats and a carefully shifting track development.

Lately, he has been busy remixing some hot newcomers like Lorde or London Grammar, and of course his tracks have received some special treatment by others, too. So it seems that Ashley is very professional and well connected down under. But as he is always especially motivated by love from other parts of the world via his Soundcloud page, let’s give him some!

Artist: Gold Lip

In continuation of our recent Denmark hype here at B/B, we present two songs by Gold Lip, a new 80ies retro outfit from Copenhagen. In fact, these are the only two songs they have so far, plus one mixtape. The group is connected to the Seapunk style, though their tracks feature neither retro-rave sounds nor trap stuff. Not even dolphin squeaks or water samples! But Boycrush aka Esben Weile Kjaer rocks the Seapunk life, and he has directed the videos below – he even seems to be a part of the group. Plus, credit where credit is due, I noticed them on Sea Punk Gang. I am looking forward to hearing more from these newcomers!

Merging the old “Artist of the Week” and “Talented” tags, the “Artist” category will be the home to background info on new or old artists. Well, to as much information as we can find. That isn’t very much sometimes, as you can see above.