Category Archives: Today’s Tune

Today’s Tune: ‘Taking Chances’ by Sharon Van Etten

Track: ‘Taking Chances’
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Release: 26 May 2014 (UK) & 27 May 2014 (US) via Jagjaguwar

What they say:  The lead single from… ‘Are We There’ is made up of tiny things: a silvery, clipped guitar that feels like condensed from a post-punk record, a hip-bump of a drum beat, and bits of synth that swarm like bacteria populating on a microscope slide. The music feels like it’s creeping into an unlit kitchen at 4 a.m., but when [Sharon] Van Etten’s voice glides across the surface, all the lights flip on at once. – Jayson Greene,


Today’s Tune: ‘Pressure’ by My Brightest Diamond

Track: ‘Pressure’
Artist: My Brightest Diamond
Album: This Is My Hand
Release: 16 September 2014 via Asthmatic Kitty Records

What we say: ‘Pressure’ is a new release from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden’s side project, My Brightest Diamond. The marching snare drum beat and wind orchestrations perfectly fit Worden’s commanding vocals in this infectious and upbeat track.

Today’s Tune: ‘Discourse My New Romance’ by Shinedoe Feat. Karin Dreijer

Track: ‘Discourse My New Romance’
Artist: Shinedoe Feat. Karin Dreijer
Album: Illogical Directions
Release: 19 May 2014 via Intacto Records

What they say: “Amsterdam-based DJ Shinedoe (aka Chinedum Nwosu) provides the groove with Karin Dreijer of The Knife providing the vocals on this dance-able, but somewhat eerie, track ‘Discourse My Romance’. ” – Liam Sullivan, Portals of Discovery

Today’s Tune: ‘Tropical Oceans’ by D.D Dumbo

Track: ‘Tropical Oceans’
Artist: D.D Dumbo
Album: D.D Dumbo
Release: 11 November 2013 via The Blue Rider

What they say: “Steady and spartan in both tempo and arrangement, D.D’s gossamery hum pokes, just about, through the thump of tribal percussion and a twanging deep south guitar riff. ” – Dan Carson,

Today’s Tune: ‘Turn it Around’ by Lucius

Track: ‘Turn it Around’
Artist: Lucius
Album: Wildewoman
Release: 31 March 2014 via Play It Again Sam

What they say: “‘Turn It Around’ is an emphatic, highly percussive track that’s a ‘Hollaback Girl’-style callout in more ways than one. [Jess] Wolfe and [Holly] Laessig’s vocals wail over a bouncing beat, rising in tension during the vocals to build to a brilliant chorus…” – Jacob Webb,

Today’s Tune: ‘Wed 21’ by Juana Molina

Track: ‘Wed 21’
Artist: Juana Molina
Album: Wed 21
Release: 28 October 2013 via Crammed Discs

What they say: “With Wed 21 [album], Argentine singer/actress Juana Molina delivers the most satisfying realisation of her Latin-tinged folktronica style….’Wed 21′ [title track] is an infectious groove, Molina’s gentle Spanish vocal hovering warmly. ” – Andy Gill, The Independent

Today’s Tune: ‘Give Me Your Love’ by Gateway Drugs

Track: ‘Give Me Your Love’
Artist: Gateway Drugs
Album: TBC
Release: TBC

What they say: “…The stylistic approach of ‘Give Me Your Love’ doesn’t tread too far from the duo’s previous material, but it does seem to have more of an airier effervescence, at least compared to their other efforts. Bubbly synths and a playfully patient drum machine makes the sound somewhat reminiscent of the more restrained efforts of Cut Copy or Hot Chip.” – Mike Mineo,