Night Works, Arthur Beatrice, Frank Ocean

Night Works

Night Works is a bit of a mystery – but dig deep enough and you’ll find it’s the newest project of Gabriel Stebbing, former member of Metronomy. The music he produces as Night Works isn’t that far off Metronomy‘s slick pop sound, something we’re very fond of. His debut single I Tried So Hard is a very ‘simple’ song: it’s just the same two sentences on repeat over a simple melody – but it works like a charm. The follow-up single The Eveningtime, released only last week, is more of a song but no less seductive and intriguing than I Tried So Hard. A full-length debut will be released before the end of the year and we’re confident it’ll be an essential record for you pop-lovers out there.

Arthur Beatrice

Take our word for it, Arthur Beatrice are one of the most exciting bands to come out of the London scene. They’re pretty much as independent as you can get with their own label and their own shows. And no, it’s not a case of their music being ‘so bad nobody else wants to release it so they decided to release it themselves’ – quite the contrary, actually. They just want to do everything at their own pace and perfect their music before sharing it with the rest of the world. And as the saying goes: patience pays. Midland and Charity are singles of a quality that easily surpass 99% of all music out there, with a touch of some of indie’s greatest bands like Grizzly Bear, Beach House, etc. in their sound. Arthur Beatrice have the density of a bright star.–CS1j9OmY

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is, in one way, a new kid on the block: he’s just released his debut album channel ORANGE and is getting all the buzz he deserves. In another, he’s everything but a new kid on the block, having written songs for the likes of Beyoncé and Justin Bieber (no kidding), worked with Kanye West and Jay-Z. Plus there’s his status as a long-time member of Odd Future, amongst other things. He’s got the kind of career anyone else who’s just released their debut album can be jealous of – and he’s not even close to where he’ll be this time next year. His sense for songwriting is unique: witty and smart, yet not self-centered nor brutal like a lot of other rappers/R&B-artists out there. The production is very simplistic too: Frank Ocean doesn’t need grandeur or sexyness, he just keeps his R&B pur sang, soft and smooth.