Fixers - Swimmhauss Johannesburg
For the first time in a while there has been rather a lot of hype about the music scene in Oxford. One of the leaders (including the likes of Chad Valley and Jonquil) are Fixers who are at the more commercial end of the pack. A debut album is scheduled for a release early in 2012, and here's their summery new single Swimmhauss Johannesburg.
Buy the single.
Pocketbooks - Promises, Promises
London's Pocketbooks do a mighty fine job of making the kind of traditional indie-pop that will make fans of Belle & Sebastian, Brontosaurus Chorus and the like go weak at the knees. The delightful sounding yet bitter-sweet new single Promises, Promises can be downloaded for free below and their album Carousel will be available in September.
Buy the album from Oddbox Records.
CSS - La Liberacion
New Rave survivors CSS put out their third album this week. It's had mixed reviews but from what I've heard so far it seems pretty good to me! Have a listen to the title track and grab a free download of Hits Me Like A Rock (feat. Bobby Gillespie) and see what you think.
CSS - La Liberación by capv86
Buy the album..
I Break Horses - Winter Beats
Off to Sweden we go again. Stockholm duo I Break Horses have a new album - Hearts - out this week. It's another one of those that sounds both familiar and inventive at the same time and seems to inhabit a different, more dreamy world. Check out the free track below.
I Break Horses - Winter Beats by Bella Union
I Break Horses website
Buy The Album.
OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
Young Galaxy - B.S.E
Canadian shoegazers Young Galaxy have undergone something of a reinvention for new album Shapeshifting, choosing to head down a more poppy route. The gamble seems to have paid off and the album was released a couple of months back to much acclaim. This highlight may not be released this week but it's more than worth bending the rules for as we get caught up with things. I'd stick it in my top 10 of the year so far.
Young Galaxy on Myspace
Buy the track.
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