Author Archives: Shaun

Light Asylum

Light Asylum just released their full-length self-titled début album and this certainly could turn into something special. Their sound harks back to the eighties, combining nostalgic synths with frontwoman Shannon Funchess’s haunting and hypnotic voice, bringing back an era when it was OK to mix leather and neon. Listen to the first single from the album “Shallow Tears” below. Out partner site will be showcasing the album in its entirety on 11 May 2012 at 2pm SAST. Click … Continue reading

Alabama Shakes

Watch this video to see the breakout band of 2011, Alabama Shakes, who are clearly destined to go huge in 2012. Very very cool stuff.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey (aka Lizzy Grant) unleashes a husky, sexy voice on her debut single released earlier this month. Add to that croon her classic Italian-movie-star-looks and you’ve certainly got a great recipe. Projecting the stylings of New-York-Mob-glamour and using good songwriting with great lyrics, this single is certainly a huge breakout. The EP should be out Oct 9 2011, and I’m chomping a the bit to get my hands on this one. Almost dirty, almost nasty, a touch poppy, … Continue reading


Sporting a sometimes-subdued indie-pop sound littered with twinkles of xylophone, Cults is making inroads into the indie scene with their self-titled debut. This is syrup-coated candy-flavoured music with subtle undertones relayed by the inclusion of voices and words of cult leaders and members like Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and Jim Jones. This is no Katy Perry rhyming “epic fail” with “ginger ale“. This is well thought out, detailed and cleverly contrasted music providing the perfect accompaniment to driving the long … Continue reading

Oh Land – Sun of a Gun

A Björky-dancy-infectious tune with hints of Massive Attack, OMD and others, Oh Land’s Sun of a Gun should be heading straight to playlists at mainstream radio any moment now. But if it doesn’t make it there, have a listen here. It’s a real hook song with a catchy chorus. Makes one keen to hear if the rest of the album has a similar vibe. And there’s a just-as-catchy Jacob Plant Dubstep remix, which is curiously good, despite dubstep not really … Continue reading

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