Saturday, 20 December 2014

Guest Mix No 19 - The Cunard Yank

Our comrade The Cunard Yank has put together this special mix taking in some of the highlights of 2014. Its an absolute beauty.

Gulp - I Want To Dance
Jane Weaver - The Electric Mountain
Les Big Byrd - They Worshipped Cats
Chaval Sombre - Couldn’t Do (Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s Remix
Pye Corner Audio - Perfect Secrecy Forever
Lay Llamas - We Are You (Tom Furse Remiix)
Al Lover - A Shamans Hand Is Infinite
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Everything Was Very Simple
Clinic - Touch Me
The Soundcarriers - This Is Normal
Sleep Party People - Death Is Th e Future
Grumbling Fur - Lightinsisters
Korallreven - Death Is Not For Us
Seahawks - Rainbow Sun
Yumi Zouma - The Brae (Kaito Remix)
Peaking Lights - Hypnotic Hustle
The Radio Dept - Death To Fascism

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tracks of the Year 2014

Here are the 25 finest tracks that we posted this year, starting with our favourite, an absolute stunner from Tessera Skies...

Tessera Skies - Droplet

Adult Jazz - Spook

Ninetails - Radiant Hex


Favela - Easy Yoke

Blessin - Mono

DNKL - Battles

MiNNETONKA - To Be Just Where You Are

My Heart the Brave - Meditation One

Womans Hour - Conversations

Viscous Liquid - Fun & Games

Easy - Foxholes

The Death of Pop - Whenever

Zola Blood - Grace

Beams - Feeling that the Feelings Right

Joey Fourr - Gold Boy

Horsebeach - Dull

Glue Moon - Stockholm Zone

School '94 -So Long

James Canty - Stranger

American Wrestlers - I Can Do No Wrong

Korallreven - Death Is Not For Us

Communions - So Long Sun

The Joys of Sleeping - Reception

Mirage - Forest Voices

Levitation Room

Faintly sinister narco jangle from LA band Levitation Room.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Acrobat & Marcus Harris

Marcus Harris has produced a mighty fine rumbling remix of Acrobat's 'Invincible', a band we featured earlier in the year .

Sympathetic Frequencies

Los Angeles squadron Sympathetic Frequencies do a nice line in squally pop on 'Wasteland'.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Daydreams & Spazzkid

One LA producer remixes another on this reworking of Spazzkid's 'Getting to Know You'. This is backed up by an narcotic piece of original work from Daydreams below.


These gents have evidently been listening to a lot of Real Estate which is an eminently sensible thing to do.

Jason Nolan

A short exhibition of sizeable production flair from 21 year old producer Jason Nolan.


Alex Craig of Ducktails has weighed in with some skewed electronic pop taken from his debut solo EP as Limited, 'Empire Parasite MP3s' is due out in January.

Friday, 12 December 2014

113 & Eliot Litrowski

Eliot Litrowski of the Cracki stable has produced this edit of French rappers 113.

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Extreme dulcetry from San Francisco's Tiaras featuring alumni of Ganglians amongst others.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Cape Cub

Hot on the heels of the stupendous 'Droplet' by Tessera Skies comes this emotive number from another Newcastle based band.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sea Change

New from Oslo's Sea Change.


Leftfield propulsion taken from Powerdove's Arrest LP.

Surf Rock Is Dead

From the chill of England's early winter this sounds particularly alluring. A blast of hazy sunshine pop.

Monday, 8 December 2014


The second single from Leapling's debut album to be released in February by Exploding in Sound Records and Inflated Records.


Magnificent Aussie outfit Au.Ra are getting an LP released via Felte next March and this will feature on it.

Ethan Silver

George Brooks whose other band A Daydream Waltz we have featured a couple of times recently is also at work with compadre Thom Wilkinson as Ethan Silver.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Palm Beach

Manchester producer Palm Beach has signed with French label Opening Light. This is the first product of their matrimony.

Thursday, 4 December 2014


Meandering spoken word experimentation from London duo Snowpoet. Demands repeat listens.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Gorgeous Bully

The prolifically brilliant Gorgeous Bully have treated us to a new one.

Pet Cemetery

A short and quite brilliant blast of fuzz from Saam Watkins' latest project Pet Cemetery.

Being There

From the last ever release on the Young and Lost Club label, a new one to follow the lustrous 'In The Dark' from last year.

Her Habits

On the second cut from her 'Northerner' EP, Joanie Wolkoff once again produces the goods.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

School '94

Having been infatuated with this Gothenburg band all year, we are delighted to welcome the release of their EP. Purchase recommended

Still Parade

Completely under our radar until now. A stunning way to introduce yourself to Still Parade. Download for free here.


Hot on the heels of our post of 'Crooked' here's another one from Brooklyn's Leapling which featured on their 'Losing Face' EP from last year.


Virtuoso production from Londoner Schulkid with soaring vocals from young Belgian Valair.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Echo Drama & LANKS

We featured LANKS on Friday and since that this remix of fellow Melbourne residents Echo Drama has come to our attention.

A Daydream Waltz

One more from the new A Daydream Waltz release. Following on from the mournful 'She Was Like You' with more ruminative regret.

Fit Of Body

Atlanta's Fit Of Body from the Harsh Riddims stable have prepared a moreish slab of understated electro


The second instalment of CYMBALS new 7".


Melbourne newcomers Crepes conjure up a languid wonky pop treat on 'Aint Horrible'.

Friday, 28 November 2014


Melbourne's Will Cuming aka LANKS on a laid-back but ultimately absorbing journey.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

esoj 1

Just a reminder we have a mighty fine (we think anyway) compilation, of some of our favourite tracks this year available for free download here


Swedish duo Dagfest produce some serious dulcetry on their sample heavy new one 'Back To The Streets'.


Danish producer Patrick Madsen aka Sekuoia has released his first track for over a year and its a belter.


The first release from Toronto's TIO is all dusky mystery.

New Hands & Illitry

Declaring a provenance from both Leeds and Ontario, New Hands have gone to work on fellow Canadian Illitry's 'Follow Me'.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Humfree Bug Art & Tkacuk

Having placed their track 'Present Parted People' in our favourites of 2013 we have somewhat neglected Humfree Bug Art this year. But their collaboration with fellow Swede Tkacuk has piqued our interest once again.

Here is one off their latest 7" too.

Soda Fabric

Berlin based squallers Soda Fabric like to make a big racket if this is anything to go by.

Taken from their LP 'Atlantis' due in 2015.

Monday, 24 November 2014


Taken from New York band Sandy's EP released by Night People.

Talk In Tongues

LA band Talk In Tongues have got some marvellous remixing treatment from Dungen.

And here is the original.Magic in its own right.


Classic ambient electronica courtesy of Berlin's Vertical67.

Yuko Yuko

Holland's Bradford Cox soundalike Yuko Yuko has a new release for our delectation.

Friday, 21 November 2014


A second dose from the previously mentioned 'Ausgaze' playlist. Part of an EP slated for release on Brisbanes Bedroom Suck Records in April 2015.


Missed it on release in March, but thanks to this 'Ausgaze' playlist collated by the band Miniatures I am now playing it to death. Immaculate fuzz.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Matte Wood

Matte Wood is Brooklyn based but Detroit raised producer James Jano. This is taken from his new EP for CSCN.


Brooklyn band Leapling's lolloping work on Crooked is the definition of infectious.

Glue Moon

Liverpool trio Glue Moon have aired a second cut following on from 'Stockholm Zone'.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Nate Salman

Striking out on a solo project, Nate Salman of Oakland band Waterstrider has produced an accomplished first offering.

Garden City Movement

Israeli trio Garden City Movement have been a regular on esoj since this time last year and they keep the quality coming with their latest 'Pont des Arts'.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Tessera Skies

We've already posted this but its so good we are using the release of the video as an excuse to re-post. One of the finest things we've heard all year.

Frances & Luka

Luka continues his peerless remixing work on this release by new Kitsune signee Frances.

Sunbeam Sound Machine

The debut LP of Melbourne based Nick Sowersby, a master of wooze.

Order a copy here

The Joys of Sleeping

Back in summer 2013 we posted a couple of wonderfully bittersweet tracks by London duo The Joys of Sleeping. Since then we have waited patiently for more from them and thankfully today we have something.

Friday, 14 November 2014

AM Static

A highlight from this Calgary duo's newly minted LP 'A Life Well Lived'.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Hippo Campus

Exceptionally poised pop-craft from youthful Minnesota squadron Hippo Campus.


Looks like Montreal loafers Superbloom have boarded the goodship Beko. Good choice gents.


Another slice of loopy post-garage from Ja_n_et following on from the excellent 'Keep'.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Catching Flies

Been a while since we featured London producer Catching Flies but this is a fine return.


Edifying otherness from Londoners You.

Her Magic Wand

The alias of Parisian Charles Braud and friends, Her Magic Wand blends the best gallic pop instincts with something altogether more astral.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Los Angeles songwriter Jordan Corso has an album due out with Burger Records in January. This is an excellent first taster.

Deer Tendons

Manchester's purveyor of dreamy instrumentals has done away with the spaces between each letter of his name and coined another vaguely mesmeric number.

School '94

So good this is the second time we have posted it. School have now been forced to change their name to School '94 and have signed to Cascine. This will be the lead track on their EP releaesed on 2nd December.


Exemplary squall from Milan. Another choice find by Beko Disques.

Mt. Wolf

Mt. Wolf return from a year long self imposed exile with this stunner.

Monday, 10 November 2014


Taken from Minneapolis band Nallo's second LP 'Breather'.

Solomon Grey

London duo Solomon Grey have left us in a state of hushed awe with the title track from their new 'Miradors' EP.

Koloto & Escaping Animals

Virtuoso remixing work from Escaping Animals on this reworking of 'Cedar Shed' from Koloto's 'Mechanica' EP.

Her Habits

The first taster of Brooklyn based Joanie Wolkoff's debut EP as Her Habits.

Something Anorak

Long time esoj featurees Something Anorak are getting their debut LP 'Tiny Island' released by Howling Owl Records. Here it is in all its glory.

Pre-order it here

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Since our first post on this Montreal band in Summer 2013 its seems Superbloom have been relatively busy. There's now a four track EP up on bandcamp from which these tracks are taken.


Shimmering, plaintive lo-fi from Birmingham's Mutes.

Cultural Drift

Bass-heavy twinklings, the work of new London duo Cultural Drift.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Eclectic adventurer Weakkest takes another turn off his beaten track and comes up trumps.

Download his track 'Ride' on our esoj 1 compilation here

Cambio Sun

The full 'Retisent' EP from Cambio Sun.


Wondrous production work from oldtoy.


Sweet lo-fi pop from Boston's IAN.

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Superior psychedelic work on these first two tracks from Montreal band Slight.


The second track on their forthcoming 7" for Tough Love Records.


Our favourite Tennis related band since Tennis, here is a second track in quick succession from Djokovic.


Liverpool psych questers Gulf follow up on 'Emitter'.

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Dakar via Rennes artist Clarens has pulled off a stunner for Yuksek's Partyfine label.

Tessera Skies

Quite possibly candidates for flag bearing duties in the intelligent art pop department, on this evidence at least Tessera Skies should be followed very closely. Superb.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Twin Graves

The follow up to their 'Walk In Circles' EP which we featured tracks from a while back.

Dutch Uncles

The first excerpt from the new LP 'O Shudder' the follow up to the tremendous 'Out of Touch In The Wild'.


Glorious fuzz from French solo concern Djokovic.

White Royal

We're fast becoming devotees of Brooklyn label Color Station and this is their latest release from Yorkshiremen White Royal.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


More blissful business from GOVS.

Schultz And Forever

The work of 19 year old Dane Jonathan Schultz this is the opening track of his 'Broadcast Dynamics' EP for Cracki Records.

Palm Beach

Mancunian producer Palm Beach has cooked up a throbbing storm on 'Chemical Bond'.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Girl Friend & By The Sea

Stupendous remixing work from By The Sea on the new Girl Friend single 'Stop'

Ludvig Moon

Ever reliable Norwegian label Riot Factory are home to this Oslo band and their soaring new EP. Available at their bandcamp


New from Manchester band Shinies, they have an album due in February 2015.


Another majestic track taken from Seismograph's new LP 'Tundra Divine'.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Guest Mix No 18 - Smashed Atoms

North London producer Smashed Atoms has graced our pages a couple of times over recent months with some high end disco.

Now we have a brilliant Guest Mix in the same vein to feast on.

Psychemagik - Ass Nation
Secret Squirrel #3 - Side B
LTJ - All Ya Got
Daniel Solar - Burning Up
Derek Kaye - Saturday Night
Lusty Zanzibar - Midnight Dancer
B. G. Baarregaard - Playboy (Instrumental)
Shit Hot Soundsystem - Disco Bukowski
Jersey Street Allstars - Burnin' (Original Mix)
Quentin Quatro - Quatrophonic (The Gemini Bros Remix)
Mari - Free (Ray Mang's Extended Version)

More info on Smashed Atoms

Heroes OTN

Glorious simplicity from Cologne's Heroes OTN.


A new track from Brighton duo GAPS.

Cambio Sun

Sydney's Cambio Sun surpasses himself on 'Mad As They Come'.


The erstwhile frontman of Wu Lyf, Ellery James Roberts continues on his own path after the wonderful 'Kerous Lament' with this, under a new moniker LUH or Lost Under Heaven.

Zola Blood

Two new tracks taken from Zola Blood's 'Meridian' EP.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


The latest addition to Color Station's roster are Gymnast from Manchester. This is taken from their LP 'Wild Fleet'.


Another excellent release from Totemo via the equally excellent BLDG5 label.

Melody's Echo Chamber

New from French chanteuse Melody Prochet.


Having made one of our favourite LPs of the year in 'The Age of Fracture' CYMBALS haven't rested on their laurels as evidenced by this taken from a new limited 7" due to be released on 1st December.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bam Spacey

Malmo producer Bam Spacey has a new LP out and it is sounding magic.

Full album streaming here

Employee Of The Year

Downtempo goodness from Parisian gents Employee Of The Year.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Leisure Suite

Taken from the debut EP of Melbourne's Leisure Suite.


Taken from the 'Lilac Lane' EP which is out now on Melodic.


A twisted house masterclass from Taunton based producer Sight.

He did us an excellent guest mix a while back - Guest Mix 16

Psychic Markers

Another wonky gem from Psychic Markers.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

esoj 1

Never ones to be put off by our own amateurishness, we've gone and released an 8 track compilation via bandcamp.

Its a free download, featuring some of the marvellous types whom have appeared here in recent months.


1. Strangers - James Canty
2. If the Moon did not I wouldn't either - Bison Bonasus
3. Fun & Games - Viscous Liquid
4. Maybe Nothing - St Tropez
5. Inverbatim - Jasia
6. Ride - Weakkest
7. Online Dating - Honsai Jnr
8. Floating Above Nothing - Distant Cousin

Download in its entirety at our brand new bandcamp page

Friday, 10 October 2014

A Daydream Waltz

The latest Pizza Club release from Art Is Hard, this is a beauty.

Holly Waxwing

Bewitching otherness on Holly Waxwing's 'Chalant' released via CSCN.

d e e r t e n d o n s

From the newly released 'Glass' EP by Manchester band d e e r t e n d o n s.


Fresh action from Melbourne duo GL.

Sami Suova

Divine intervention from Sami Suova, one half of Shine 2009 now also ploughing a solo furrow.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

J Fernandez

The spiffing 'Memorize' EP by J Fernandez in full.

Bass Lions

Hyperactive, jittery and inventive songwriting from Bass Lions, taken from their debut LP.


Seismograph follows up on the brilliant 'In Holy Abyss' with this taken from the Snowbeast Records Halloween Compilation.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


This is the second single from the upcoming LP by Minneapolis band Carroll.

Nico and the Red Shoes

Sharp and moreish electro-pop from Paris.

Yumi Zouma

New Yumi Zouma....

Monday, 6 October 2014

Matthew East Coast

Not a jot of information on this outfit other than that he/they are based in Hartford, Connecticut.


A new one from Ploy, frequent purveyors of immaculately produced synth-pop.


The first we have heard from DEAREST since they released 'Hunting' back in May. This is another slightly eerie delight.

Friday, 3 October 2014


Foreboding perfectly mixed with beauty on the latest release from Josiah Willows aka Jasia.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Phylum Sinter

From Detroit, otherworldly glitch courtesy of Phylum Sinter.


Continuing the triumphant return of Korallreven...

Frank Rabeyrolles & Lockhart

A remix of Wool Recordings boss Frank Rayberolles by Lockhart whom we've featured many times.

Cumeo Project

New from US based Korean dreamers Cumeo Project.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sister Crystals

From Chicago, Sister Crystals with a dream pop tour de force.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Who? Henry Thompson aka Seeami.
Where? Wellington, New Zealand.

Alexander Aultman

Slowcore jangle of excellence from Alexander Aultman.


The final track to be taken from Baile's 'From the Depths' EP which has been released today.


This new one from Copenhagen youths Communions puts me in mind of Wu Lyf doing Sally Cinammon. Hope they'd take that as a compliment because it very much is one.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Tiger Dare

The kind of quiet, candelit, ruminations at which The Clientele have excelled for years. This is from Broooklyn's Tiger Dare.

Cristobal and The Sea

The exotic sounds of a band which met in Loughborough but hail from Portugal, Spain and Corsica as well as the UK.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Adolescent & Lovepark

We've featured the remixing work of Adolescent before and we've featured Lovepark multiple times, most recently yesterday, so this is a marriage made in esoj heaven.


About the most intriguing thing you'll hear all year, this is taken from Mirage's debut LP co released by Domino imprint Weird World and Olde English Spelling Bee.

Triangle & Seed

Triangle & Seed - Stay for Love from Triangle & Seed on Vimeo.

A collective straddling the Atlantic being based in both Dublin and Toronto, Triangle & Seed have produced an ultra minimal gem in 'Stay For Love'.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Pink Gloves

Soft focus electro-pop from Prague denizen Pink Gloves.


To be found on the 80N7 compilation is this new one from Lovepark.

French Leisure

Residents of multiple gallic cities, French Leisure make charmingly gauche pop music.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


The first track from the debut EP of Kristin Newborn aka Ko, out now on Joyful Noise.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Smashed Atoms

A slow building opus from London producer Smashed Atoms.


Rennes band Fragments return with another dose of searching instrumental joy.


SMLH is the project of 17 year old Sam Higgins from North Carolina.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Psychic Markers

Peopled by members of Still Corners, Grass House, Winter Drones & Great Ytene, Psychic Markers have the pedigree and happily the form to go with it.


We've featured all of the excellent releases produced by Sales so far and here is the final track making up their debut EP. 'Getting It On' has their trademark lazy charm in spades.


A second dose of seaside pop this time from Brooklyn's Coastgaard.

The Yetis

Yes its cliched but try resisting this bit of beach pop from The Yetis.

Friday, 19 September 2014


Luka has gone to work on Dream Koala's 'We can't be friends' with spectacularly blissful results.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Swedish producer Weakkest may be considering taking out a restraining order against us, but four tracks in and we've posted each one (though one has mysteriously disappeared from Soundcloud now).

Here are 'Alright' and 'Appartenir'


Dystopian music, bleak vocal delivery, glorious stuff from Allegories.


Edifyingly odd composition from London producer Bewilderbeast.


A delectable chugger from Melbourne duo GL. Due for release on the Sydney label Plastic World at the end of the month.

Absolutely Free

New from Toronto's Absolutely Free.