Monday, January 02, 2012

MAILBAG MONDAY: Mike and Cody, John Rowley, Chanelle Ray & Dolly Rockers

I recieve so many awesome demos and music suggestions from YOU everyday it has often become overwhelming to me to keep up with. Enter Mailbag Monday -- a new feature I am incorporating for 2012. Here will be a weekly wrap-up of the little golden nuggets that grace my mailbox from week to week.

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File Near: The Sounds, Outasight

Boston-based (told you it was a groundswell!) Indie 'lectropoppers (and do-it-yourself-ers) Mike and Cody released their seven-track digi EP, Let's Go!, back in October. I really like mellow "Headphones On" and the underdog anthem "I'm Gonna Steal Your Date" is downright brilliant. The whole thing is really very enjoyable without coming off as hipster pretentious, and is even more impressive when you realize these two talented dudes do all of the heavy lifting themselves (production, instrumentation and vocals). You can listen to the whole EP here (as well as purchase it -- highly recommended). FYI - for the Spotify set, the record is also available there. They also spun out a just-for-fun 8Bit-esque cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" that's very smile-worthy.
Twitter: @MikeandCody

File Near: FrankMusik, Sam Sparro

Super adorbs Australian teen synth up-and-comer John Rowley has a handful of demos on his Soundcloud page that make me more than a little excited for what's to come with surprisingly witty lyrics and catchy lyrics (example: "This pop is just so throwaway / It's gone tomorrow, but it's here today" -> story of my life, right?). While the demos are promising (especially "Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"), I'm a HUGE fan of his cover mashup of Marina & The Diamonds's "Radioactive" with Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" (affectionately dubbed "Radio Kicks").
Best part? All is downloadable for free. Boom.

File Near: Keri Hilson, Aaliyah

I've mentioned my adoration for Chanelle Ray & her big bro Sean Ray several times on my old radio show at Resolution Radio, and more recently on the blog with their cover of DJ Khalid's "I'm On One". Chanelle is back with a fresh jams "Like a Drum" featuring rapper Zikki, detailing a love affair as a lesson in percussion. It blows my mind that this chick (and her equally talented brudder) are still indie. Banger Alert!
Twitter: @ChanelleRay

File Near: Belle Amie, The Saturdays

Three-piece UK girl group Dolly Rockers recently sent out a video blog outlying their recent visit to Paris to record with their main producer, RedOne (wait, don't get turned off yet! It's all good, I promise!). Their sound has morphed quite a bit from their true wonky pop days of yore years back (circa "Je Suis Une Dolly" and "Gold Digger") if the snippet of new cut "Spin The Bottle" is anything to go by. For a RedOne standard, its still very straight ahead pop, but has flashes of electric guitar which makes me kinda psyched. Not gonna lie. Last month, they also put up this cover of Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" which I also really like (perhaps because it's downright The Saturdays-esque), especially since it shows off their true vocal chops.
Twitter: @TheDollyRockers

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