A full week late with this instalment BUT we are here nevertheless and what a month of March it has been so far for New and Emerging Music! The Sun is finally out and the music festival season has officially begun with South by Southwest (SXSW) kicking off the proceedings earlier in the month. In a way, you could say that our Best New and Emerging Music series is very much like the SXSW festivals. SXSW has always been known for unearthing some pretty amazing new and emerging artists and that's exactly what our series has been doing all year so without further ado, here's our Best New Music of week TEN (05/03/12 - 11/03/12) and week ELEVEN (12/03/12 - 18/03/12) of 2012.
My love for London based Indie Pop trio BINKO SWINK has been well documented and with the recent release of "Body Naked", that fondness has increased rather exponentially. Released on March 5 along with their latest single "Play" to serve as its B-side, the soft and sublime "Body Naked" is backed by lush and bassy guitar arrangements that are accompanied by the most minimal and yet deft drum patterns while lead singer/guitarist Lyla completely captures you and draws you in with her amazingly beautiful vocals. I dare you not to hit the repeat button repeatedly on this one...
From London, England, we make the six hour trip down to Lagos, Nigeria for our next addition to this installment of our Best New & Emerging Music series. Introducing Afrobeats crooner LKT with his massive new single titled "Alaye" which is sure to get you dancing or at least bopping your head uncontrollably wherever you hear it. Produced by Young B and laced with synth-heavy keyboard patterns and lush percussion drums, "Alaye" is a clever Afrobeats song and 100% dance floor filler complete with a fusion of Fuji and Hip Life elements that is sure to light up any DJ set across the globe.
Vancouver-based Chillwave artist and musician TEEN DAZE continues to make a resounding impression on us with his latest single titled "Treten", off of his forthcoming debut album All Of Us, Together which is due out on May 22 via the good folks at Lefse. Taking a good two months to follow up from his debut single "Brooklyn Sunburn" which was released in January after he dropped the massive "Let's Groove" on us on New Year's Eve, Teen Daze represents all that is wonderful about Chillwave on this new single "Treten" and while critics may say it lacks "ingenuity" or whatever that means, "Treten" represents one of Teen Daze's purest forms of ethereal, spacious, melodic and ambient Electronica recordings to date.
So there you have it, our SIX picks for the Best New Music from the first half of March, 2012! If you think we missed a trick and there are some records out there we may have overlooked, do NOT hesitate to let us know via the C-section!