New Music: January 2015

2015 has come bursting out the blocks with great music, some old, some new, some you’ll recognize, some you might not. In a new monthly feature we’ll share some of the most eye (and ear) catching tracks on the horizon or out now.

So without further ado…

Robot Koch- Let Me

Pronounced Kotch for on-air purposes. Recently signed to Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records this may well be the first you’ll hear from the German Producer but he’s been making the rounds for some time now. The late, great John Peel described it as “pop music for the future” and well, German produces are usually on point and this is no different. ‘Let Me’ is obscure, no doubt, the cluttered percussion may be testing to the casual listener but the chopped up vocals and the occasional flutter of synth make for a melody that weaves its way inside your head and then stays put for a good while.

TSUKI EP is out 30th January on Monkeytown.

Ambassadeurs- Forever

This is crying out to be featured on the next Majestic Casual compilation. A beach-side get together held under flickering lights as the day becomes the night. Mark Dobson, AKA Ambassadeurs has toured with both Machinedrum and ODESZA and there are definite elements of both within this piece, the percussion and complexity of the former and the glitter and excitement of the latter.

Forever EP is Released on January 26th on Lost Tribe

Colour of Spring- Honey

Crashing guitars and a thud of drums are often a recipe for disaster and cane convey an image of a band that haven’t really learnt to play in a band together just yet. Yorkshire quintet Colour of Spring thankfully manage to avoid this mishap while still bringing the noise.

Honey/Skin is out February 2nd on Plastic Fish (Digitally)

Petite Noir- Shadows

It’s almost impossible to write this passage without tripping over the easily reached SBTRKT & Sampha comparison (before the difficult second album), so there we said it, and it’s done with. Taken from his new King of Anxiety EP. Yannick Ilunga’s sound is described as bedroom pop, it has the spangling guitar and plucky percussion but realistically it is much more refined than that. This has the precision of a machine rather than one guy doing it all himself.

The King of Anxiety EP is out now on Domino Recording.