No less than five track from Scandinavian countries this time round. Plus tracks from New Zealand, Germany, the US and UK.
Röyksopp [feat. Jamie Irrepressible] ‘Something In My Heart’
The b-side of the Norwegian duo’s comeback single Running To The Sea. Warm electronic pop, more laidback than the Susanne Sundfør-helmed, dancefloor-ready a-side, it features the lovely Antony-like warble of Jamie McDermott of the Irrepressibles.
WhoMadeWho ‘The Morning’
Danish electronic pop.
Cashmere Cat ‘With Me’
Norwegian glitch-tronica. Taken from the Wedding Bells EP.
Swedish electronic pop from Tough Alliance’s Eric Berglund.
Shocking Pinks ‘Not Gambling’
Percussive, off-kilter, ever so slightly discordant indie pop from Kiwi Nick Harte. Taken from his forthcoming triple album Guilt Mirrors, due out in February.
The Notwist ‘Close to the Glass’
Freshly signed to Sub Pop, the Munich electronic / post-rock band prepare to release their first proper album in six years – and only their second since the wonderful Neon Golden back in 2002.
Withered Hand ‘Black Tambourine’
Jangling indiepop with hints of psych pop from Edinburgh-based Dan Wilson, who is associated with, but separate to, The Fence Collective.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks ‘Lariat’
The songwriting on the Jicks’s last album, the Beck produced Mirror Traffic was a little underwhelming. If this is anything to go by, the material on the forthcoming Wig Out At Jagbags will be prime Malkmus.
[Steven Malkmus & The Jicks]
Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Drum’
Durham, NC / Brooklyn, NY folk. Like less quirky, early Devendra Banhart.
[Hiss Golden Messenger]
Sunshine psych pop from young Kettering band and Noel Gallagher faves.
Norwegian space disco house music with a hint of Kraftwerk.