Moon Tapes – ‘Desire’

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I first discovered Moon Tapes late last year and I’ve been a shameless fanboy ever since. This week the Amsterdam foursome delivered their self-titled EP featuring the opener ‘Desire’. It’s gloomy new wave with a hazy twist. Smiths fans should find something to smile about. Speaking of, have you heard of Mexrrissey? A Mexican band that plays Smiths covers (video here). Anyways, grab a Moon Tapes download, or stream the rest at Bandcamp.

 
Moon Tapes – ‘Desire’

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Thud – ‘Blank’

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There’s a constant bevy of brilliant noise coming out of Asia, and whilst Japan’s influence immediately springs to mind, China ain’t doing bad either! Case in point, Hong Kong five piece Thud, who recently released their debut EP ‘Floret‘ via Records for Children. The five track collection features a remix by Max Bloom (of Yuck), whom they toured with earlier in the year. ‘Floret’ is predominately a new wave/dream pop collection that’s generous with melody and crisp production. The 80s-tinged jangle popper ‘Blank’ is a favourite…

 
Thud – ‘Blank’

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Talking Bush – ‘Overgrow’

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Shelflife Records recently released a charming debut four tracker from Talking Bush. It’s the moniker of Nikita Bushmanov, a St. Petersburg native who transitions several genres. ‘Overgrow’ blends new wave and synth pop into this catchy creation! The ‘Ordinary Unusual’ EP serves as a taster for his debut album, planned for 2016.

 
Talking Bush – ‘Overgrow’

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Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Moon Tapes released their first official singles today, ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ and ‘Sleepy’ (download). It follows the brilliant demo ‘Back In Love’, which I gushed about last November. The Amsterdam four piece craft new wave pop gems with a reverb-heavy, lo-fi charm. ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ should sit well with fans of The Smiths, there’s also a dash of Alex Turner to the vocals. Bright days ahead!

 
Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Thud – ‘Venture’

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Hong Kong foursome Thud return with ‘Venture‘, a fresh dream pop meets new wave tune! It follows last year’s debut single ‘Lime’ which was picked up by Drowned In Sound, NME and Amazing Radio. This led to support spots with Slow Club and (the soon to come) show with Yuck. ‘Venture’ is arguably the stronger and more polished track of the two. Great to hear these swoony sounds from China!

 
Thud – ‘Venture’

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J Francis – ‘To Adore’

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J. Francis returns with the lead single from his forthcoming third album ‘To Adore‘ (out early 2015). The Brisbane-based solo artist (and brother of Kigo) recently re-released his debut LP ‘Almost’ via Doomcat. However ‘To Adore’ points in a new, more mature direction. It’s a beautiful new wave tune and personally, I think it’s his best yet. Another addition to the long list of anticipated albums next year.

 
J Francis – ‘To Adore’

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