Music Alliance Pact styczeń 2014

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
QueridasDrama Bomb

Andrés Yeah is the lead guitarist of Mi Nave, an up-and-coming band from Rosario’s independent music scene. Queridas is his solo project, full of songs with melancholy, reverb and shoegaze guitars. Drama Bombo is one of our favorites.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Head CloudsMirror’s Image

Head Clouds are a Gold Coast band who have been busy working on their debut LP for more than a year. Mirror’s Image may be the first track we’ve heard from them but it’s definitely no wallflower. Jaykke Maddison is a less erratic version of Wild Beast’s Hayden Thorpe; there’s hardly room for shirking away with that falsetto. A glorious trumpet crescendo and thoughtful lyricism lights up this track. A band to watch.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
TeledromeBoyfriend

Calgary, Alberta, best known as the home of an annual Stampede and being firmly rooted in cowboy culture, may be the last place you’d expect a synth-based power-pop-punk outfit to emerge from. But Teledrome is the latest cultural contradiction to come from Cowtown, and perhaps one of its finest. Boyfriend is a sample of the synth-laced solemnity offered up on their soon-to-be-released album.

CHILE: Super 45
Kinetica & MotivadoHoy Quiero

Kinetica & Motivado brings together Chilean producers Emiliana Araya and Mario Martinez. Although we have previously highlighted both projects separately, their joint work deserves its own limelight. Mixing Kinetica’s mysterious, nocturnal vocals with Motivado’s tropical beats, their collaboration gives rise to sensual, intelligent electronic music. Their first single, Hoy Quiero, was released on Chilean label Discos Pegaos.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
El Otro GrupoBalada Pop

From Santa Marta, near the Atlantic coast, and Sierra Nevada come this trio of very young members who are ready to unleash their music to the world. They use the name El Otro Grupo („The Other Group”) and they make something called ‚pop noise’, a mix of catchy melodies and experimental sounds. You can also enjoy the video for MAP track Balada Pop.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
J. ArlinSince November

J. Arlin, an Australia-based Dane, released his third EP in December, Heartbeats Of Polaroids, with five folk-rock tracks. The least folk-ish and most rock-ish is Since November, which is one of those songs that reminds you of so many others yet still carries its own weight in all its pleasing pop-rock-ness, and comes to you here as a MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
NUXCriogenización

Dominican hard-rock act NUX comes back into the scene with a new single. Their blasting energy is still intact after a couple years of silence, accurately singing about cryogenics, complete with mind-blowing guitar solos, war cries and haunting pauses.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Estéreo HumanzeeGanimedes (live)

Estéreo Humanzee is one of the most active bands in Quito’s indie scene. Their experimental music combines different elements of house, pop and electroclash. With three albums under their belts, Estéreo Humanzee’s next release is a new live record of their European tour.

ENGLAND: Drowned In Sound
Her Name Is CallaThe Roots Run Deep

For several years, Leicester’s Her Name Is Calla have been an evolving beast of a band. They’ve always had a darkness and grandness to their post-rock walls of wailing guitars painted with serpent-slaying strings, but this first taste of their forthcoming album Navigator hints that even with pixellated digital landscapes they can still cast a shadow over your soul.

FINLAND: Glue
June’s GardenSong Of A Drinking Man

Five-piece band June’s Garden find inspiration in traditional Americana to deliver smooth acoustic rock with Finnish sensitivity. New single Song Of A Drinking Man is also available via Bandcamp with a B-side.

FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
BloumFaith

Bloum is a young electro-pop band from Paris who are quite new to the French scene. After releasing several singles in 2013, they are ready to drop an album in the forthcoming months. Influenced by artists such as Four Tet, Burial, XXYYXX and Nicolas Jaar, they’ve inherited from them cold, heavy basslines. On Faith, the band sounds like a crossover between Kavinsky and Miss Kittin, and that’s enough for us to keep an eye on them.

INDIA: NH7
As We Keep SearchingThe Tattva

Not much independent music comes out of the state of Gujarat, so when As We Keep Searching sprouted out of nowhere a month ago with The Tattva, we just had to bite. The post-rock/ambient three-piece are in the process of releasing a slew of singles that will culminate in their debut album. The Tattva, with easily relatable lyrics in Hindi, talks of a search for love. As We Keep Searching have promised songs full of emotion, and they’ve delivered.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Protocol AfroElectrified

Protocol Afro consist of six young guys who love Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix and other good music to dance to. They have opened for several international acts and are one of the most hard-working indie-rock bands in Jakarta.

ITALY: Polaroid
Fitness ForeverHotel Flamingo

Naples act Fitness Forever have just released their second album Cosmos, once again on the legendary Spanish label Elefant Records. Between Burt Bacharach and the 70s soundtracks of Piero Umiliani, a disco touch and the poetry of Lucio Battisti, I wanted to start the new year with music that makes you feel optimistic.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
MetomeBishop’s Rising Sun

The Kansai region of Japan has been a hotbed for excellent electronic music over the past few years, and it appears 2014 will see the trend continue. Metome, from Osaka, just released a wonderful new album called Objet, and the highlight is the stuttering, bouncy Bishop’s Rising Sun, featuring a sliced-just-right vocal sample at its center.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
XiolaNoble Wolf

Formed in 2009, Xiola is a two-piece band comprising Adolf Formosa (formerly of the bands Hunters Palace and One Dead Poet) and Samantha Gatt, who replaced her twin sister Roxanne when she left the island. With a drone guitar sound and dual vocals, they released home-recorded album Bay Of Pigs in 2012.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Haciendo El MalComplicado

Haciendo El Mal is a Mexico City-based chamber-pop quartet led by the slightly dark but mellow voices of Paulina Lasa and Karen Ruiz. Along with an accordion and cello, their melodies are bittersweet vignettes that draw a reflective mood on love and loss. Complicado (perhaps a wink to the Facebook relationship status) is just one piece of the 10 beautiful portraits that comprise their eponymous debut album.

PERU: SoTB
Campo De AlmasGris

Campo De Almas is a rock band formed in Trujillo in 1994. They were once one of the most prolific bands in Peru, with four albums to their name. They returned in 2013 with Adicción, a ‚best of’ album that reminds us of the passion and dedication of their music.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog
BOKKAK&B (edit)

BOKKA have been a little sensation in recent weeks. As musicians they hide their true identity, so listeners know only a few things about them – they’re a trio, the vocalist is a woman and their music is influenced by Scandinavian electro-pop. You can check it out by listening to their self-titled debut LP or to stunning K&B, one of the greatest moments on the album.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
You Can’t Win, Charlie BrownBe My World

After a superb and surprising EP release in 2009 revealed themselves as a must-watch band, the quartet You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown are back with new album Diffraction/Refraction, which will be released on January 20. Be My World is the first single to be revealed from it.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
PiegrandePerez, Oso

Gifted guitarist Kristian Prieto – a MAP alumnus twice over for his work as Harry Rag and as part of Alegría Rampante – brings his characteristic playfulness and adventurous spirit to new three-piece Piegrande. The debut EP of the band, augmented by Eden Cruz (drums) and Christian Robledo (bass), consists of six fun, easy-to-digest tracks, of which Perez, Oso is the breeziest. A great sign of things to come in 2014.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
VelosonicsBebop

Velosonics is a pop-rock band formed in Bucharest in 2013. Their music is primarily influenced by the 60s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. Their energy and joyfulness bring a breath of fresh air to the country’s indie music scene. Velosonics are preparing their debut album for release in 2014.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
BeerjacketAntlers

Peter Kelly calls his music Beerjacket and clues of its heartbreaking beauty are plentiful: one of his earliest and best songs is called Joy For The Sad, while some bright spark even set his melancholy masterpiece Jack Chasing Jill to the devastating montage at the start of Pixar movie Up. Yet his wonderful second studio album Darling Darkness, out on January 27 via Bandcamp, is remarkably upbeat. Immaculate production allows the luminous acoustic folk-pop sounds to blossom, while enchanting opening track Antlers, here as a MAP exclusive download, ranks as a career highlight.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
LudiSTELOWater Roof

Electro-rock band LudiSTELO released their first single in November 2013, having formed two years ago in a Brunei hotel room. The members of the guitar-synthesizer-drums trio all have experience from other groups and are now working to show a different side of their joint sound with each release. Water Roof comes from the new single of the same title and through its many loops invokes a sense of floating in the air, just as the lyrics express.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Polar BeatsKeep Moving (feat. Iván Anés)

Polar Beats are a four-piece from Madrid whose music is clearly influenced by British post-punk and power-pop, as you can tell by the guitar riff in Keep Moving. They have released one song so far, but they are planning to bring out some more since they are here to stay.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
Diane CluckSara

Diane Cluck delivers chilly folk tunes just in time for the harshest winter months. Her voice trembles against a confidently plucked acoustic guitar and explodes with shattering emotion at all the right moments.

Music Alliance Pact grudzień 2013

16 Grudzień 2013 § Dodaj komentarz

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.


ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Cam BeszkinCucharita De Manual

We came across Cam Beszkin’s music when she was a member of Las Bailarinas Anarquistas, Mariana Bianchini’s solo band. This song is from Cam’s sophomore album Este Amor Ya No Es Para Tanto, in which her potent vocals adds up to a solid guitar and drum rock duet.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
House Of LaurenceJust Don’t Move Me

Let’s be real – if the industry was a caste system, psychedelic/prog music would sit on the lower rung. Thankfully, we don’t fear throwback in this country. We embrace it with open arms and wild, flailing John the Baptist hair. Just Don’t Move Me is the brand new track from Melbourne band House Of Laurence. If the image of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in a white pressed suit, struttin’ (barefoot) down the Fremantle boardwalk makes your insides feel like goo then this is dedicated to you.


AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Hella CometTinker Boat

The post-punk sound of four-piece Hella Comet calls for Sonic Youth comparisons, although their freshly-released second album Wild Honey, from which Tinker Boat is taken, is not afraid of pop either. Hella Comet were selected as one of 18 bands to represent this year’s focus country Austria at Europe’s most important music festival/conference Eurosonic.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Castello BrancoNecessidade

Necessidade is taken from Castello Branco’s first album Serviço. It’s typical of the easygoing feeling he generates to make songs that speak directly to our souls.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
Rebekah HiggsLoneliness

Rebekah Higgs’ new release Sha La La is shot through with the spirit of 60s girl groups minus the innocence and politeness of those times. Higgs gets down and dirty climbing Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. She throws classic doo-wop pop down an echo chamber and what comes out the other end is a gauzy, hazy doo-wop/drone-rock hybrid that’s utterly compelling. Loneliness has never sounded better.

CHILE: Super 45
Ali B & The Mayan WarriorWorld Class Bouncing

Ali B is the latest winner of Nuevos Sonidos, a demo contest Super 45 has hosted since 1997. She is a rapper who sings in three languages and mixes rhythms from all over the world. Her songs are homemade, built around an MPC and samples taken directly from vinyl. The jury of Super 45 was mesmerized by her infectious flow. Past winners of the Nuevos Sonidos contest include Gepe, Protistas and Fernando Milagros.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Laura y La Máquina De EscribirLaberinto

La Máquina De Escribir („The Typewriter”) is the project of Laura Torres, who has been involved in the world of music for more than two decades (since she was a little girl, obviously). From her piano, she recreates a world that reflects her feelings, which are evident in Laberinto, the track that gives its name to her 2013 album.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Sylvester LarsenThe End Of Dancing

In October, Sylvester Larsen released his fifth album (his second in English) The End Of Dancing, and here’s a MAP exclusive download of its great title track, which is reminiscent of soul and funk giants Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Also, check out the video for first single and album opener Stand Up.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Whitest Taino AlivePiel De Leather

We’ve chosen the newest sensation of Santo Domingo, just to see how the rest of the world reacts to its message. That is, if you can handle it. Full of non sequiturs only true Dominicans understand (or so we think), Whitest Taino Alive emerges as a futuristic hip-hop act that combines trap, trill, minimal electronic and naughtiness. Their debut EP Chopería Fina is out now and available for free.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Ricardo PitaCanción Para El Resto De Los Días

Modern, hopeful and nostalgic bohemianism – that sums up the single Canción Para El Resto De Los Días by Ricardo Pita, a songwriter born in the heart of Guayaquil’s independent music scene. A musician with a great album and a promising career, Ricardo Pita is a must-listen if you want a vision of contemporary Latin folk music.

ENGLAND: Drowned In Sound
Lanterns On The LakeGreen And Gold (Generator Session)

From Sting and Prefab Sprout to Maxïmo Park and The Futureheads, the north-east of England has built a reputation for excellence, but it’s rare to uncover an act there, or anywhere, that’s as precious and heart-kickingly gorgeous as Lanterns On The Lake. They have elements of post-rock which make their tear-duct bothering sadness soar – not unlike the way Low construct epic melancholy. Their second album was recently released by Bella Union and it’s gorgeous. Watch the video of this live session track here.

FINLAND: Glue
Robin PahlmanGhosts

After relocating to Vienna via Seattle, Finnish songwriter Robin Pahlman has been working on a series of heartfelt acoustic folk home recordings that form his debut self-titled EP, recently released via Berlin-based label Monkey Records. Here is the inspiring single Ghosts.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
The CallasEast Beat

Noisepop minimalism, raw garage melodies and kraut psychedelic elements meet to create the kaleidoscopic universe of The Callas’ album Am I Vertical? The group mix their experimental art and film background with an addiction to pop tunes to present a witty, truly impressive record that balances darkness and light, innocence and sin, joy and lust.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Andrew NaratamaPutar Haluanmu

Putar Haluanmu is a retrospective song about memories and all the beautiful moments the singer had during his childhood with friends. Andrew Naratama is also a member of KarnaTra, a rock band from Jakarta.

ITALY: Polaroid
TempelhofChange

There’s no easy way to describe electronic music, especially when the sound explores multiple paths and you are constantly finding yourself in new territory. Tempelhof is an electronic duo from the town of Mantova and I think they are true explorers more than simple musicians. IDM, shoegaze, house, ambient – everything comes to build the striking sound that you will find in their new album Frozen Dancers, out now on Hell Yeah Recordings.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Coffee And TVGuess What? Summer’s Arrived

It is one of the most factually incorrect song titles of the month, but Tokyo producer Coffee And TV conjures up the warm vibes of the summer on this track. He does so simply. With little manipulation, he finds a snippet of Hey Manhattan! by Prefab Sprout, loops it and milks it for all it’s worth. From this basic sonic material he manages to make an easy breezy song that’s good for any time of the year.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Chico SonidoNiñas Fresas feat. Camila Sodi

Los Angeles-based Mexican producer Chico Sonido has just released his debut album Nalga Bass, which is quite a gamechanger for electropical music. In a market overcrowded with underdeveloped SoundCloud tracks, Chico delivers a coherently mixed record that transmutes and pushes forward genres such as nu-cumbia, trap, tribal and reggaeton, with a twist of humour and naughtiness. They’re good for headphones (and twerking too!).

PERU: SoTB
Daniel & The Dead End My Valentine

Daniel & The Dead End is the new project of Daniel Ruiz, the former Space Bee drummer. Having been abandoned by his band before recording, disillusioned and ready to rock, Daniel decided to do all the work himself, giving life to the first EP.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog
Armando SuzetteAdvent Mists

Armando Suzette is a Kraków-based band led by Mateusz Tondera. Their music, which combines a variety of genres and influences, is something unique in Poland and it’s impossible to describe it in one word. If you feel lost, Advent Mists is for you. As they sing: „Hope you have a real Christmas this time.”

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
The Weatherman feat. Emmy CurlIt Took Me So Long

Alexandre Monteiro’s The Weatherman project has a new version of the single It Took Me So Long, taken from the latest album which will be released in Holland and Belgium in January. Emmy Curl, who was featured in the November 2010 edition of MAP, was invited to sing with Alexandre in the newer version of this track. Once again Alexandre confirms his high credentials as a composer, singer and creator of great pop songs. Mariana Lopes directed this great video.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
BuscabullaTu Loco Loco Y Yo Tranquilo

Buscabulla is one of Puerto Rico’s most promising emerging acts, a breath of fresh air in a musical climate that often struggles to bridge pop smarts with heartfelt and engaging music. Singer Raquel Berríos and her band conjure an intoxicating mix of classic cool with more forward-thinking flourishes on the group’s first single Tu Loco Loco Y Yo Tranquilo, a cover of master composer Tite Curet Alonso’s song made popular in 1969 by salsa legends Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound. Buscabulla’s debut EP is due in 2014 – it’s going to be a good year.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
After WhatWho

After What is the side-project of the frontmen of two Romanian indie bands, The Amsterdams and The MOOod, both of whose influences are apparent – the music inherits the creativity of the former and the energy of the latter.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
MedalsDisguises

JP Reid is a familiar name in rock circles through his band Sucioperro as well as Marmaduke Duke, the side-project he shares with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil. JP Reid’s new venture Medals, however, is arguably his most appealing. Debut album Disguises is an honest, pop-focused body of work and its title track stands out as a refreshingly unapologetic crowd-pleaser that you’ll likely play again and again.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
Glen CheckPacific

Glen Check have been around since 2011 and already made quite a name for themselves at home. With a fanbase growing abroad, the duo is taking their rock and electronica sound to SXSW in 2014. The infectious electro-pop tune Pacific is the lead track off the band’s recently-released second album Youth!

SPAIN: Musikorner
Tiger Menja ZebraCom Començar Una Guerra

Tiger Menja Zebra was born from the ashes of Camping, a Catalan post-rock band that achieved great success in the past decade. With this new project, while sticking to the post-rock genre, they haven’t given up on pushing their boundaries.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
Está VivoHow Strange feat. Steffaloo

Está Vivo perfectly titled his newest offering, How Strange. It certainly is strange, yet extremely alluring due to a fascinating mixture of robot-esque male vocals and whimsical female vocals that take turns floating above churning electronics. Let the track simmer and it will certainly take hold as one of the more hypnotic listens of the year.

VENEZUELA: Música y Más
AspenAhora Ya

Aspen developed from the creative union between members of different bands. Influenced by the classic sound of British artists such as Badfinger and Oasis, their debut single boasts a slight psychedelic tinge. Aspen are one of the first bands on the roster of Macca Records, who also represent Los Paranoias.

Music Alliance Pact listopad 2013

16 Listopad 2013 § Dodaj komentarz

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Onda VagaTataralí

Since their inception in 2008, Onda Vaga have avoided the steps that independent artists usually take in order to be a part of the music industry. It was a wise call. Thanks to word of mouth from a public that follows them whenever they perform, this folk-rock band have become a huge success, both locally and internationally (they made quite an impression at last year’s Fuji Rock Festival in Japan). Tataralí is the first single from their recently released third album, Magma Elemental.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
La Mancha NegraBelango Twist

It’s easy to imagine that Belango Twist might have been found inside a dusty shoebox containing a mix of rhythm and blues cassettes somewhere in the Deep South. Surprisingly that’s far from the case. Sydney swamp-rockers La Mancha Negra (which loosely translates from Spanish to „The Black Stain”) recently delivered their second album. Packed with blues ooze and reverberated hollers, Belango Twist is a tune that’s ideal for cruising… and smashing out a few letterboxes on the way.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
RobotraMorninglight 2

Don’t let the noisy, distorted lo-fi shell of Robotra songs trick you. This three-piece band from Graz and their pop melodies will catch your attention and make you want to sing along immediately. Morninglight 2 is taken from their full-length debut Tinker, which was mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams, Killed By 9V Batteries).

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Marcelo JeneciDe Graça

In Marcelo Jeneci’s new psychedelic/pop-influenced album, the single De Graça is one of the weirdest and greatest songs. Strong influences of the earliest works of Caetano Veloso and Arnaldo Antunes (with whom Jeneci still plays keyboard) can be easily heard, as well as Jeneci’s talent for making catchy melodies that create the kind of feeling when everything is just fine and you don’t worry about anything.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
The Dirty NilNicotine

The Dirty Nil want to be your dealer, and Nicotine is their gateway drug of choice. Their brand of rock and roll knows no fear, takes no prisoners and shows no mercy. They’re brash, they’re crass and they’re gonna make you love them or die trying.

CHILE: Super 45
FármacosDespegarte De Mí

Among the new breed of bands helping to renew the Chilean music scene, Fármacos stand out just as much for the many nuances of their sound – in which nods to electronica and pop are present – as their innate ability to create dramatic melodies that are hard to get out of your head. Despegarte De Mí is taken from their 2013 debut album Los Días Más Largos, released through Beast Discos.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
The LiquidHang On, To You. Stop!

A lauded and prize-winning poet, Nicolaj Stochholm chose poetry over punk back in the 1980s. In 2002 he again acquired a guitar, in 2010 he formed The Liquid, and on November 27 the trio debuts with the great post-punk album Atlas Interplan. It opens with Hang On, To You. Stop!, coming to you here as a MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Charles LavaigneThe Endless Traveller Song

What happens when a folk singer makes a merengue song? The answer can be heard on The Endless Traveller Song, extracted from Charles Lavaigne’s latest album The Birdfish. Amidst all the psychedelia and freak folk, this fun, melodious tune stands because it reaffirms Charles’ Dominican roots, often lost in translation and his own peculiar identity. Dance off, then hear the rest of the album if you’re into crazy musical rides.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
MundosGorriones

The joining of two leading voices of two important local bands (Mamá Vudú and Can Can) gives life to this project that combines music and illustration. Mundos is the epicenter of talented musicians who bring their creativity and imagination into an album of 12 songs. Núcleos Activos Imaginarios is a good example of the evolution of Ecuadorian independent music, with Gorriones closing the album in a sublime way.

ESTONIA: Rada7.ee
Kali BriisWolfman

Kali Briis released new album Say Whaat? this month via the Eesti Pops label. From soul, funk and hip hop to blues, electro and pop, this 24-year-old producer feels comfortable in a wide range of genres and masters his instruments, all recorded in his own home. His 2012 album The Moon Ghost can be downloaded for free on Bandcamp.

FINLAND: Glue
Ritual SmokerWars (single edit)

Guided by blasting bass lines and rock-solid drumming, Helsinki-based band Ritual Smoker experiment with abrasive soundscapes of hypnotic effect. Wars is included in the band’s debut album Not To Dominate, But To Serve, out this month.

FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
Belle Arché LouLumières Du Littoral

Belle Arché Lou is one of those bands that surprises you while digging through vinyl crates in a record store. An unknown but pretty name, an almost poetic feel running through your body while staring at the artwork, and the assurance that this record can be nothing but great. A three-man band hailing from Paris and Geneva, Belle Arché Lou write almost orchestral pieces with unusual instruments: a vibraphone, chimes and a glockenspiel, paired most of the time with an acoustic guitar. Their songs are gorgeous, delicate, happiness-inducing instrumentals.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Michalis MoschoutisActI

Primarily concerned with contrast, Michalis Moschoutis creates works that lie on the fringes of several genres: heavy processing and live electronics; restrained, unadorned improvisation that brings out the inherent primitivism and ritualism of music; cathartic dark metal; the plainness and intimacy of 16th-17th century lute works; and the subtle fluctuations of minimal drone music. His latest single was recorded inside old churches. Listen to the repetitive yet haunting acoustic melody of ActI and sink away into a dreamy cloud of harmonic beauty.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
TamankotaCerita Pagi Hari Ini

Tamankota (which means „City Park”) is a band from Bandung influenced by the British indie-pop scenes of the 80s and 90s. Cerita Pagi Hari Ini („Story From This Morning”) is filled with raw sunshine power.

IRELAND: Harmless Noise
CrayonsmithChrysalis

Chrysalis was released with a video ahead of Crayonsmith’s new album Milk Teeth and the title was a hint at the changes in sound. Previously a solo artist working with synths, samples and guitar, Crayonsmith are now a three-piece band. Simple in construction, it’s pinned to a driving, purposeful rhythm, as Ciaran Smith’s vocal beseeches the listener with endearing fragility. The pattern of melody that colours the wings as this track pulls itself free and beats away is mesmerising; light yet pensive, its transformative powers hint at the unfolding darkness still to come.

ITALY: Polaroid
Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!Golden Age

A gigantic electric shock: this is the music of Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! on their second album Forever Young. Fast songs, loud noises, dramatic melodies. You could easily point out names like Sonic Youth or Wavves or Male Bonding or No Age. It doesn’t matter. It’s the sound of electricity that becomes art and poetry. Read the titles in the playlist: Forever Young, Golden Age, Whirlwind Weekend, Fearless Youth, Rage… this is all we need right now.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Boe OaknerCherenkov

In a very short amount of time, Nagano-based Boe Oakner has been making great strides in her musical development. The 17-year-old started this year making lovely instrumentals and now she is working her voice into her songs as well. Cherenkov is an ennui-tinged waltz, featuring kitchen-sink percussion, pretty bell chimes and natural sounds like a rainstorm.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Aarón BautistaIguana

Aarón Bautista has enjoyed a long career as a musician in some important bands from Mexico City’s underground scene. Now he’s going his own way with a solo project. His album doesn’t sound very similar to stuff we are used to hearing from Mexico City nowadays. Or maybe it does, but in a very twisted and personal way. The record has a precious, yet punk, attitude, filled with psychedelia, gloomy folk and beautiful production. It almost sounds like something to sing along to while feeling drunk and declining in the middle of whatever scene you might find sophisticated.

PERU: SoTB
PiettroConfesiones

Arequipa is a small town in southern Peru, a place where fate strove to unite Gabriel Alvarez, Saul Piettro and Juan Arce, friends who then became Piettro. Their style is a coalescence of trova and crossover rock, and with each of their songs they want to convey a message of love, peace and respect. Piettro is preparing its first album to be released as soon as possible.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog
XXANAXXGot U Under

XXANAXX is a good example of how to bring together ambitious tunes and not-so-far-away-from-mainstream recognition. Although the band only formed in 2012, this year they have supported Austra and Hurts and played the Selector Festival, amassing a large number of fans in the process. No matter how you describe their music – nu beats or future chillout – one thing is certain, Got U Under is one of the greatest Polish tracks of 2013.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
The GlockenwiseLeeches

One of the coolest new Portuguese rock bands, The Glockenwise released their second album in May, which has the same name as this month’s track (check out this fun video for it). They won’t disappoint those looking for energy and lots of jumping around, and you can tell they have listened to the fathers of this sound, from The Stooges to the Ramones.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Tony BaboonPinecones River

Tony Baboon is a tropical one man pop band, with jazz and trip hop influences. The music is made up of a diverse spectrum of carefully thought-out sounds and word combinations that deal with themes such as nature, animals, plants, philosophy, surrealism and utopia.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Call To MindA Family Sketch

Call To Mind are based in Glasgow but originally from Ardersier, a former fishing village near Inverness with a population of barely 1,000. The influence of the group’s upbringing is keenly felt in their music – song titles are sprinkled with Highland reference points, while their lush, smartly-crafted ambient pop paints truly idyllic imagery. At their majestic best, such as A Family Sketch, they give French darlings M83 a run for their money when it comes to atmospheric euphoria. Debut album The Winter Is White is due out in early 2014 through Olive Grove Records.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
VasslineOverture To Recomposition

Vassline has been one of the finest acts in Korea’s hardcore scene since it started. Six years after their third full-length, the band finally returned with Black Silence. It was well worth the wait, showing everyone that Vassline is still at the very top. The instrumental piece Overture To Recomposition features MAP alumni Jambinai with their unique use of traditional Korean instruments in part 1, before Vassline bring out the heavy guns in part 2.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Astro One DeepSinapsis

Astro One Deep is a young Galician, now resident in Barcelona. Taking in influences from hip hop and electronic music, he has spent a long time shut away in his bedroom preparing new offerings. Like the emotions he portrays, his style is dynamic and varied; it draws on multiple genres such as funk, jazz, urban and electronica.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
KOGolden Gal

KO is the brainchild of Indianapolis singer/guitarist Kristin Newborn. She made a splash in early 2011 as frontwoman on the lone, underappreciated LP from indie-pop outfit Slothpop. Golden Gal finds her working within KO’s minimalist, two-piece framework, adding depth through layers of vocal loops. Newborn’s vocal prowess has earned her opportunities alongside professional symphonies, but the singular intimacy of KO proves equally intoxicating.

Music Alliance Pact wrzesień 2013

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ARGENTINA: Zonaindie

TravestiBeduino

Fernando Floxon and Alejandro Torres are the cosmic rockers behind Travesti, a band whose music is often associated with transgression and misunderstanding, with songs that are dense, powerful and provocative. Their lyrics, always clever, rough, usually offer a certain social criticism. Beduino is our favorite from Suicidio Latino, their fourth studio album.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?

>ManorArchitecture

The general assumption that tormented bed friends make better musicians most of the time is true – right? In respectable ‚dream-pop duo’ tradition, we hope these two are. Architecture is timeless pop right from the first off-beat. The track is set with slingback hooks, dreamy vocals and a fledging groove that sounds too much like Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek doing a cover of Men At Work’s Land Down Under for anyone to ignore.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig

Beach Girls And The MonsterI Go Surfing

This band draws their inspiration from American surf rock of the 1960s. Accordingly, their rendition of The Beach Boys’ Kokomo suits them so very well, not only because of the obvious band name correlation, but also because it blends perfectly into their own sounds. The aptly titled I Go Surfing is the first song of their four-track 7″ EP of the same name that was released earlier this year.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado

A Fase RosaCasa

Música Popular Brasileira meets alternative rock at its best. This four-piece band is one to keep our eyes and ears on.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts

The Provincial ArchiveCommon Cards

Back in 2011, Edmonton, Alberta’s The Provincial Archives made Canadian music touring history by being the first band to actually play live in each Canadian province’s actual archive; 10 shows billed as The Provincial Archive LIVE at the Provincial Archive. Common Cards marks their recorded music return, and is the first taste of music from their forthcoming third LP.

CHILE: Super 45

OtoñoScheider

After eight years of silence, Otoño are back with their psychedelic guitar-rock. Their atmospheric, drowsy sound grows every second until it explodes in a whirlwind of white noise, a perfect landscape for their gloomy, self-reflective lyrics. Scheider is taken from the quartet’s Páramos EP, released via LeRockPsicophonique.

CHINA: Wooozy

Worldwide Collaboration CompanyCrying Launer Remix (feat Chairman Ba & MC Stone)

Nobody knows who the people behind World Collaboration Company are, but anyone in China who listens to them will find something familiar. WCC mash up cross-talk recordings, TV series samples, Chinese propaganda songs as well as rock and hip hop, and put an overwhelmingly sarcastic touch to it. While some criticize WCC’s sound collage approach as being too lighthearted, others can argue WCC are simply one of China’s best and most clever sample players. Love them or hate them, one thing you can’t deny is WCC reflect the true pop landscape of modern China.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo

MULAA. Grisales

With much pride we present MULA, a kind of supergroup formed by Santiago Botero and Mange Valencia. Armed with saxophones, bass, drums and guitars, they effortlessly incorporate anything from punk to jazz to champeta – they don’t recognize genres, but sounds. It’s a very particular and special view that takes form in the track A. Grisales, inspired by Colombian TV’s first diva, Amparo Grisales.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian

SPEkTRThe Infirm

Three years on from their second album Personetics, SPEkTR release The Door Is Paint On A Rock EP on September 23. Frontman Manoj Ramdas (also The Raveonettes, The Good The Bad) calls it Soundtrack’n’Roll and there’s no good reason to argue with that description. Here’s the awesome EP’s first single, The Infirm, which also comes with this video.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera

MediopickyLa Ola (feat Cristabel Acevedo)

Urban-alternative sensation Mediopicky pairs up with Cristabel, one of the twins from the folk duo Las Acevedo, to make a sweet, summery track. La Ola, from Mediopicky’s upcoming EP Cantinas, features moombahton beats specially made for Cristabel’s tender voice, conveying that feeling of saying goodbye to the last days of summer.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria

Rima Roja En VenusBendición De Ser Mujer

The impressive female rap of Rima Roja En Venus shows the strength of the fight against discrimination and violence. These two women use music and poetry to express social criticism with a positive message. Bendición De Ser Mujer is taken from their 2012 album Libre Albedrio. You can see the video here.

ENGLAND: Drowned In Sound

65daysofstaticPrisms

From movie soundtracks to Japanese arena shows to a US tour with The Cure, this electronic outfit from Sheffield have had one hell of a career since forming back in 2001. The cult heroes’ fifth album Wild Light is out this month, and finds the band continuing on their mission to retro-fit the future. Mixing together a myriad of glitches and orchestral sounds they’ve created yet more of their signature brew of complex but hearty digital delights.

FINLAND: Glue

MaglevsVan Rijn

Indie band Maglevs play organic dream pop with strong dynamics that might draw comparisons with Okkervil River. They have just released a debut EP that you can hear and download on SoundCloud.

INDIA: NH7

BlentCafe Coffee Tale_Bummer

Blent is the music project of Bangalore-based Aniket, a game designer by profession and an experimental electronic music producer seemingly by way of hobby. Blent has just released his first formal set of tracks that became the Dusk EP, available for free download from Bandcamp. Blent’s music lends itself to the experimental genre but can be best described as The Postal Service meets Four Tet, coming together with the staccato pace of the garden city of Bangalore.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar

BikiniesDance Floor Mafia

All girls, all fun, all wild on stage. Influenced by the 90s alternative scene with distortion and yelling, Bikinies offer one of the rawest sounds in Jakarta.

ITALY: Polaroid

His ClancynessZenith Diamond

His Clancyness, once a solo project for A Classic Education’s Jonathan Clancy, now a full band, deliver an intense and psychedelic, sometimes dreamy, sometimes fuzzy sound inspired by the likes of Deerhunter, Kurt Vile and Lower Dens. Amazing new single Zenith Diamond is taken from Vicious, one of the most important Italian rock albums of the year, which gets a UK/US release on October 7/8 through FatCat Records.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies

CosmosmanUnique Fun Fiction

It has gotten to the point in the Kansai region of Japan – made up of cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe – where new electronic artists pop up nearly daily. It takes a lot to jump out from that crowded scene, but Kobe outfit Cosmosman do just that with Unique Fun Fiction. It is a playful number with an Enchanted Tiki Room vibe, but made even better by the unsettling nature of the vocals. It comes from the stellar Ananga Ranga album, available via the link above.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta

Alex AldenJust Like You

Alex Alden takes every opportunity to play live and share her lyrics and poetry through song. Having performed extensively in various venues around the islands, she is now relocating to Holland for the next few years. Alden’s music is heavily influenced by blues, pop and classic rock, and draws inspiration from jazz whilst exploring the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, often using the themes of nature, mythology and childhood to communicate her message. Earlier this year she released her debut EP The Curious Child.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika

Mood-FuPerros De Fu

Mood-Fu, formed by two brothers from southern Mexico City, have released their first album after a very successful introductory EP. Filled with bass, soul and R’n’B flavors set to angular lyrics and enjoyable rhymes, Perros De Fu is a powerful portrait of the city’s nightlife with a little bit of social critique and urban apocalypse. The release features various friends and stars from the Mexican indie music scene.

PERU: SoTB

Iván FajardoMe Voy Dejando

Iván Fajardo is a musical icon in Peru, his musical independence reflected in bands such as Indigo and Era. It is displayed once again in his first solo album, Vímana, the highest point of his career. This new beginning has 10 songs full of mythology, nostalgia and melancholy. In Hindu mythology Vímana is a flying machine and the album promises to be a space trip.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog

Furia FutrzakówNoc Wystarczyć Ma Na Dłużej

Four years after releasing their self-titled debut LP, Warsaw electro-pop duo Furia Futrzaków are back. They have moments when they sound like Junior Boys, as you can hear in Noc Wystarczyć Ma Na Dłużej, a single from Kalejdoskop EP, but things are a little bit different here. Soulful vocals, lyrics about mainly happy (but difficult) love and a warm coating are Kinga Miśkiewicz and Andrzej Pieszak’s own contribution.

> PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?

Nome ComumCuco

Nome Comum („Common Name”) are a quartet led by two siblings, Bernardo and Madalena Palmeirim. Both are writers, players and singers in the band. Cuco, which is also the name of their debut album released this month, is their first single. It has a video directed by Gonçalo Soares.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie

Un.RealPiloto

Gardy Pérez began experimenting with an analog tape recorder back in 1995, a direct response to the cancellation of MTV’s seminal Alternative Nation. Trying to channel all the energy of the shoegaze movement he had been exposed to through television, Pérez founded Un.Real, becoming one of the great emerging bands from Puerto Rico’s west coast underground scene. An extended hiatus and various line-up changes later, Un.Real is back and revitalized in their new EP, Épico. The song Piloto showcases the dreamy soundscapes Un.Real is so adept at while adding guest vocals by Xavier Rodríguez of local band Indigo.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise

PoetripAşa Ceva

Described as a mixture of krautrock and Japanese psychedelia, Poetrip is a band who became popular by promoting their music as a dadaist manifesto. They make use of pop clichés to convey attention to absurd and often psychedelic musical contexts.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop

Blood RelativesFowl Mouth

Formerly known as Kitty The Lion (featured in the Music Alliance Pact’s October 2012 edition), Blood Relatives create upbeat folk-pop songs of a peerless quality, wrapping irresistible hooks around the unique talents of Anna Meldrum, whose lyrics are peppered with wordplay, double entrendres and puns, with particular fondness for animal-related content. Case in point is MAP exclusive download Fowl Mouth, the opening track of debut album Deerheart, whose release on October 28 through Comets & Cartwheels can’t come soon enough. While you wait, check out the videos for album tracks Dead Hip and Deerheart.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie

Square The CircleBitchquito

Rock band Square The Circle has a fondness for uptempo tunes that give them a chance to show their colors. They’ve been around for a couple of years and released their 1003 EP in August. Bitchquito is a song with great energy, telling the story of a girl that sucks blood like a mosquito.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You

WharferArchitect

Brooklyn’s Wharfer is the musical project of Kyle Wall. Wall complements his gentle and emotional backing music with commanding vocals that cut through the speakers with one intention: to make the listener feel every word. With every subtle artistic choice, Wall is simply defining himself as a songwriter with the intelligence to back up his raw talent.

VENEZUELA: Música y Más

Da ViandaNómada

In late 2012, and after nearly a year as a band, Da Vianda recorded their first EP, which contains six songs written by these four young boys from Puerto La Cruz. „Our goal is to have fun and create honest music,” they say. Their self-titled EP can be downloaded from Bandcamp.

Music Alliance Pact sierpień 2013

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 30-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie

Pablo MalauriePasto En La Espalda

After psychedelic pop act Mataplantas broke up in 2009, their guitarist and singer Pablo Malaurie started a solo career by releasing a minimalist folk album called El Festival Del Beso. In 2011, he was chosen by Devendra Banhart as the opening act for his Buenos Aires concerts. Pasto En La Espalda is our favorite track from El Beat De La Cuestión, his second effort, where he shows the consolidation of a growing career, which includes extensive touring and collaborations.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?

EscAtomic Shadow

Esc are a Melbourne four-piece making music in the great Australian tradition of depraved pub-rock spliced with post-punk. The band’s latest single, Atomic Shadow, is both menacing and danceable, with a tight rhythm section and harmonies that lighten Max Sheldrake’s terse vocal.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig

Maur Due & LichterFaces

Much like Klangkarussell’s über-hit Sonnentanz, hugely successful in German-speaking countries and the Netherlands, fellow Austrians Maur Due & Lichter produce light, loungy and summery electronic music that works equally well in clubs, hotel pools and urban beach bars. This Night Was Meant To Stay, from which Faces is taken, is a concept album portraying a night out in Vienna.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts

EONSBrothers & Sisters

Arctic Radio, the debut album from Toronto-based musician Matt Cully aka EONS, is aptly named; the melodies are crisp like bitter north winds and his lyrics penetrate past even the warmest of winter gear. There is a warmth, though, a deep passion in the music that holds back the cold, as evidenced in Brothers & Sisters. Cully is joined on vocals by Misha Bower, and both are members of Bruce Peninsula, another Canadian treasure worth exploring.

CHILE: Super 45

MeliéPartir

Melié, who take their name from the French filmmaker Georges Méliès, released their first EP, Compartir, this year. Here, they deliver atmospheric, calm post-rock, highlighting their vocal harmonies and dreamlike melodies, giving birth to a complex but focused sound. Neighbouring Grizzly Bear and Local Natives’ imagery, Melié is one of the most interesting new acts in Chile’s indie-rock scene.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo

Schutmaat TrioYou Died In My Future

Despite their name, Schutmaat Trio is actually a quartet, led by Alvin Schutmaat, who experiment with post-rock and refresh the local scene with well-produced and elaborate sounds. You Died In My Future is taken from their album 6:15, released this year as a pay-what-you-want download.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian

PRE-Be-UNX-ray Pop

PRE-Be-UN aka Nicolai Kleinerman Koch (also of Oh No Ono, Choir Of Young Believers and Boom Clap Bachelors) releases his debut solo album Clean Spasms this month. I call it ‚bit-pop Beatles’, with first single Mysteriously In Love already grabbing online attention with its wonderful fusion of the 1960s and 1980s – not least visually. Here’s X-ray Pop, a MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera

Chino SingMe Voy

Dashed hopes, tropical imagery and fresh reggae beats combine on Chino Sing’s latest song, Me Voy. Chino has made music with a host of local musicians, friends and artists, but now he’s working on his first solo album which will feature a blend of reggae, roots and various Caribbean themes and sounds.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria

JodamassaCanto Popular

From Cuenca comes Jodamassa, a trio that has made experimental rock with a strong Latin American identity during its seven-year existence. The single Canto Popular is taken from second album El Centro En El Sur, released in February 2012.

ENGLAND: Drowned In Sound

Pale SeasEvil Is Always One Step Behind

Southampton is quite an unexceptional small British city, with a big port and a musical heritage which peaked with the birth of one-of-the-ones-that-isn’t-Chris-Martin from Coldplay. This could soon change with the hypnotic swash of Dandy Warholian psychedelia, Glasvegas-ish 60s-gaze and the brooding Verve-esque dark-rock of Southampton’s Pale Seas. Fans of Low, shimmering tambourines and shadowy English misery should paddle over this way.

ESTONIA: Rada7.ee

Blood PavilionPurrveyor

Blood Pavilion is the electronic outfit of Jarmo Nuutre, one half of doom metal duo Talbot (a band you should already know – they have toured the world and just played at Roskilde, and they’re awesome). Purrveyor is taken from Blood Pavilion’s new album released on August 1. As you maybe already guessed from the name of the track, Jarmo does have a cat at home and it really happened to be useful to produce that sound sample used in Purrveyor.

FINLAND: Glue

Anna & MikiUniversal Mind

Anna and Miki sing beautiful acoustic songs with a little Eastern influence. The couple found much inspiration for their debut album while traveling in Nepal, soon after they start playing together. The record was released in May and Universal Mind is part of it.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda

Cut OffPrisons Burned

Cut Off is a fastcore/powerviolence act from Athens. Their debut album Sick Of This Life is a relentless burst of outrage with speedy, sharp guitar riffs, schizophrenic drumming and scorching, throaty, rebellious screams and vocals.

INDIA: NH7

Far Travel MusicNot About You

Far Travel Music are a Mumbai-based, four-piece alternative rock and experimental band fronted by producer Arjun Kanungo. Their first release Not About You draws from progressive rock with a lot of meaty middle-end and then segues into a dubstep-style breakdown that takes the song into completely new sonic territory. The fusion of electronica and rock usually makes most wary, but Far Travel Music do the style justice.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar

Sajama CutThese Are Wounded Things

Sajama Cut have been praised by music critics as well as Time magazine, and were handpicked by MGMT to open their concert in Jakarta. These Are Wounded Things is a downloadable bonus track from the vinyl re-release of the group’s second album, The Osaka Journals. It has a lo-fi sensibility with a simple, beautifully-arranged melody.

IRELAND: Harmless Noise
Idiot SongsJung Trickster

Idiot Songs, the collaboration between Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds, is a contemporary interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and hears the duo craft a musical concept around the Russian novel, with its tale of moral and social dilemma. Created for the most part while Grounds and McGloughlin were living in Ireland and Canada respectively, electronic beats are used to give pace and tension, while the use of classical arrangements of piano and violin give a timelessness that harks back to the chamber music of the novel’s setting. If you like Jung Trickster check out the exceptional video for Villages Of Ether.

ITALY: Polaroid

M+AWhen

Young duo M+A define their music as „playful, sophisticated dance pop” and I could not imagine a better description. Maybe I would just point out that „sophisticated” does not prevent the sweat when you see them live. Phoenix glam meets Hot Chip beats. The first taster of their second album These Days (out in September on Monotreme Records) is When and it’s the perfect soundtrack for the heart of summer.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies

Yoshino YoshikawaI Feel You, I Love You

Yoshino Yoshikawa deals in high-definition pop music, the sort of stuff that does not try to engage in any subtleties. He does it very well, as evidenced on I Feel You, I Love You. The song is a bouncy electric number featuring a big, joyful chorus. Yoshikawa sings with just the slightest touch of vocal manipulation, which never distracts but rather adds to the sparking vibe this track goes for. It is joy delivered without any hint of irony.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika

Tino El PingüinoLo Juro, Mi Ex Novia Era Un X-Men

Mexico City’s Tino El Pingüino has been labeled one of the most promising new voices in the country’s hip hop scene. His 2013 debut album Tu Antihéroe Favorito shows him as a master wordsmith, always witty in his rhymes, a vast palette of flows and a unique approach to universal subjects with cruel irony, never exaggerated. Lo Juro, Mi Ex Novia Era Un X-Men („I swear it, my ex-girlfriend was an X-Men”) has a straightforward funky beat with Tino floating on top effortlessly, just oozing style.

NETHERLANDS: Subbacultcha!

Earth Mk. IITogether

Earth Mk. II mastermind Hugo van der Poel spent years playing in bands with childhood pal and local neopsych beacon Jacco Gardner. Now at the helms of his own project, van der Poel has enlisted Gardner to produce his Excelsior Recordings debut, Music For Mammals. Perhaps unsurprisingly, classic 1960s influences such as The Zombies and Syd Barrett form the basis of Earth Mk. II’s sound. Yet, as album cut Together reveals, van der Poel also incorporates enough non-60s influences (e.g. Nirvana, White Fence) to carve out his own niche within the world of melodic neopsychedelia.

PERU: SoTB

Space BeeYeah Yeah

Formed in 2001, the music of Space Bee is eclectic – from Arabic scales and psychedelia to a classic rock sound that uses violins. Yeah Yeah is a powerful part of It’s Alive! Vol. 1, the rock band’s most recent album, available for free on Bandcamp.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog

Łagodna PiankaLody Huśtawkowe

What is your childhood memory? For Łagodna Pianka, it’s first love, swinging on a seesaw and eating ice creams, as you can hear in Lody Huśtawkowe. The pop-rock band from southeastern Poland spent two years practising in a garage before they felt ready to play their tunes in front of an audience.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?

Peixe : AviãoAvesso

Peixe : Avião, first featured in August 2010’s Music Alliance Pact, have had three years of intense touring followed by the recording of their new album, due out in September. A turning point in the band’s sound is indicated by Avesso (meaning „inside out”), the first single from it which is backed with a beautiful video. Peixe : Avião is one of the most sucessful indie bands in Portugal and their intense, intricate sound has earned them a large following.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie

Las AbejasGuys & Gals

Almost two years after dropping their debut EP, the members of Las Abejas have become some of Puerto Rico’s most vital musicians within the local independent scene, participating in numerous projects including ones featured in past editions of MAP. All that experience is evident in their second release, the impressive Lazy Views. Guys & Gals is an exquisite surprise of a song that gives in to the band’s most bizarre and experimental impulses. Few other tracks this year will come close to its maniacal energy.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise

Steaua de MareDoamne Ce Greșeală Am

Steaua de Mare is a Bucharest-based band whose sound is a hybrid of prog, dub, psychedelic rock and contemporary gypsy music (manele). The instrumental group released their self-titled debut album in May through Future Nuggets/Ambassador’s Reception.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop

Mast.Romance

Mast. is Liam Rutherford, a young man who describes his music as „1-piece pop from Glasgow”. So hot out of the box is debut song Romance that this recording was completed five days before MAP’s publication date. The opening minute is a feat of mesmerism as the hypnotic, repetitive lyrics of „We’ve healed all of this, all of this, almost all of it” are delivered over a dreamy math-rock texture. While that genre often produces technical, abstract results, Romance instead makes an extraordinary shift in gear. An exhilarating chorus bursts into play, Liam’s singing – about the theme of change – becomes even more spirited, and the song’s emotional conclusion is strikingly tender.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie

Theatre8Yanghwa Bridge

Theatre8 offer light, charming indie rock with a remarkable ability to entertain, whether through music videos or in front of an audience. They just released their second album, featuring Yanghwa Bridge as the title track. Named after a bridge across Seoul’s Han River, the catchy song lends itself to sing-alongs and is bound to stay with you long after you’ve stopped listening.

SPAIN: Musikorner

La PresaTodo El Amor

Formed by three friends, all originally from Madrid but now living all over Spain, La Presa are inspired by OBK, Yurena, Putilatex and Dioni (of Camela). The result is exceptionally danceable music which is both direct and simple.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You

Shark?AOK

Brooklyn’s Shark? is a pure rock and roll band that brings intensity and a sharpness of craft to each of their songs. On AOK, the band displays a knack for writing catchy hooks and grooves that can push the song forward second after second. A gutsy breakdown in the middle section adds an artful element to the already interesting track and makes Shark? a band to watch closely.

VENEZUELA: Música y Más

Lavu DubanZapatero Siciliano

Lavu Duban formed in San Cristóbal, Táchira, in 2008 but it wasn’t until January 2013 that the rock and roll group managed to make their debut album, which they are promoting with shows around the country.

Music Alliance Pact lipiec 2013

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 29-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie

San DimasGeneración Espontánea

San Dimas is an instrumental indie-rock band from Rosario, one of Argentina’s largest and most cultural cities. Generación Espontánea is one of the best tracks from their latest album, La Música y Las Cosas, and it was also part of a compilation released in 2012 by Planeta X, their label.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?

KinsAimless

Originally a solo project for frontman Thom Savage, Kins made the move from Melbourne to Brighton in the UK two years ago and have been working hard at their craft since. Kin’s new track Aimless is just that – it’s both a dreamy saunter and an angular dance. Thom’s distinct voice remains the subtle hero of this track. While this shares the unconvention of Local Natives, Alt-J, perhaps even Dappled Cities at their synth-tuned best, comparisons don’t apply to Kins. One of Australia’s best exports and most underrated bands.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig

DAWASome Things Are Different

Singer John Dawa and the band that formed around him stand for honest and unpretentious folk music. Two voices, a cello, a cajón and an acoustic guitar are all the ingredients they need. Their frequent live performances with a hippie touch (flower garlands on mic stands, that sort of thing) have earned them a constantly growing fanbase. Some Things Are Different is the opener of their full-length debut This Should Work.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado

Banda UóO Gosto Amargo Do Perfume

Banda Uó are like a big kitsch joke, a sense of fun that is manifest through their fearless use of pop references with Brazilian technobrega (which can be translated as something like „cheesy techno”). In this song, they use Two Door Cinema Club’s Something Good Can Work as ‚inspiration’ for messing up.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts

Air Marshal LandingMove With You

Air Marshal Landing are three friends who make music that sounds greater than the sum of its parts. Together since 2009, they’ve recently put the finishing touches on their first long-player, You Used To Be Me, which is ballsy enough to mix genres and is unapologetic in its catchiness.

CHILE: Super 45

KinéticaHalo

Emiliana Araya is Kinética and she’s returning this year with II, her second album, this time helped by Milton Mahan and Pablo Muñoz (De Janeiros) in the production side. In addition to her usual electronic beats, Kinética explores pop and soul from an experimental prism, adding new elements to her intimate songs. Halo is a MAP exclusive download and a preview of her new record, which features collaborations from Marcos Meza and Fakuta.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo

El OmbligoTrinidadla

El Ombligo has gone largely unnoticed in the Colombian music scene. So that’s why we want to emphasize this union of many musicians, local and abroad, from Germany to Mexico, under the command of Colombian bass player Santiago Botero. They are doing what they call a new folklore, starting from Andrés Landeros’ cumbia to 60s free jazz. The fascinating Trinidadla is taken from their 2012 album Canción Psicotropica y Jaleo.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian

BodebrixenThe Wave

Following up on 2012’s acclaimed third full-length, Out Of Options, Bodebrixen aka Andreas Brixen and Aske Bode have released a great first synthpop taste of an as-yet-untitled EP which will be released later this year. The Wave is a summery MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera

El TrioCanterbule Pt. III

El Trio is a progressive rock band from Santiago who recently released their third album Las Manos. One minute is all it takes to really appreciate the magic of Canterbule Pt. III in which jazz and rock combine beautifully. You can hear and download their genre-bending songs on Bandcamp.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria

Los PescadosT-Rex

The sound of Los Pescados is a mix of garage-rock, blues and grunge. The duo, Nelson Coral (guitar, vocals) and Juan Fernando Andrade (drums), from Manabí are like their albums – powerful and groundbreaking.

ESTONIA: Rada7.ee

Barthol Lo MejorPatrol The Block

Barthol Lo Mejor jumpstarts your night with trash electro. This young dance god is upbeat and raw like Justice, Soulwax and Huoratron. Patrol The Block is taken from his new EP CitYearning, available from Bandcamp.

FINLAND: Glue

Matti Jasu And The Close EncountersThe New Year

Just a few months after his excellent debut as a solo artist, singer-songwriter Matti Jasu gathered the band again and recorded a follow-up album, laying down seven songs in an intense one-day session. The New Year is the first single off Pin On The Map and is fun, guitar-based Americana with sweet pop melody and harmonies. You can listen to the album online or buy the CD for a very affordable price on Bandcamp.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda

Jim VerUntil Dawn

Jim Ver is a classically trained musician and songwriter who works on solo instrumental projects, film scores and movie scripts. His second EP, Pictures, works as a collection of ambient, soothing sound poems. It’s clear that words are not needed to tell a story, and his tales are told in chords and cadences. For the most part, he minimally relies on piano but the effect, both subdued and majestic, creates a much more overwhelming setting and, as a result, it’s difficult not to be dragged into it.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar

HelmproyekVendetta

Inspired by Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Rob Zombie, Helmproyek sound like a demo by an obscure industrial band that has been locked and buried for a couple of decades and just recently found by an unlucky soul.

IRELAND: Harmless Noise

Major GraveYou Cannot Break My Heart (Major Grave Remix)

At the forefront of grime production in Ireland, Major Grave is a bright spot, having built a solid rep from scratch in the under-represented genre, recently releasing a track on the UK’s esteemed Big Dada compilation. Here he takes up’n’comer Ms Hazel’s pop ditty You Cannot Break My Heart and with her vocal pristine, transforms its dance vibe into a bass-heavy baller with a sweet electronic motif.

ITALY: Polaroid

Wolther Goes StrangerSixteen

Wolther Goes Stranger was originally the solo project of guitarist Luca Mazzieri, from the band A Classic Education, but has now become a trio. The title of their debut album is Love Can’t Talk. Maybe love can’t, but Wolther Goes Stranger definitely do, and their speech is full of sex and synths, buried under obssessive beats. Music to get naked to. This summer is going to be very hot.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies

k■niePapapa

Vocaloid, a singing synthesizer software most popularly associated with the green-haired character Hatsune Miku, has been put to more and more experimental usage over the past few months. Here’s one of the best examples yet, in which the digi voice of character Sekka Yufu sings only syllables and become smothered in the synth blanket conjured by Tokyo producer k■nie. Would still be gorgeous without the Vocaloid, but becomes more intriguing with it.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta

PeklectrickLamppost Boogie

Peklectrick is the studio-based solo project of former Dripht guitarist Patrick Galea. It is an eclectic mix of guitar-driven music with abundant doses of reggae, some blues and a little funk. The music comes wrapped in socially conscious lyrics, a punk rock ethos and a tongue that is firmly stuck in cheek. Surreally speaking, it is the sound of The Clash meeting Beck in Jamaica to discuss the blues over some Scotch. The music is what award-winning producer David Vella referred to as „so cool it’s almost illegal”. Peklectrick is currently on an indefinite hiatus taking care of other business, contemplating his next move and drinking tea.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika

Apache O’RaspiTarde Oscilante

Apache O’Rapsi, from the northern region of Mexico, is the bass player of an important local band called Suave As Hell. With his very mature solo project, he released a couple of singles in 2012, and now he has delivered Remedios Varios, an album that includes all those songs. The powerful music and naive lyrics emotionally encompass our deep Mexican roots, landscapes and flavours. Tarde Oscilante is one of those arid, nostalgic melodies.

NETHERLANDS: Subbacultcha!

Those Foreign KidsGet Eaten

You only have to listen to Those Foreign Kids to know there’s more to Haarlem than pretty tulip fields; their avant-garde noise pop is not only a ferocious aural assault but a welcomed one. The just-released track Get Eaten from debut album Zero Gravity Somersaulting Craze features vocals from Merinde Verbeek of Mineral Beings. Jump into their noisy universe.

PERU: SoTB

GaiaSobrepeso

Ten years of experience and four records confirm Gaia as one of the best rock bands in the country. Giroscopios, Coordenadas y La Fábrica De Nubes is the name of their most recent album, available for free download on their website. It displays a musical evolution as well as the professional maturity of each of its members. Latest single Sobrepeso boasts typically strong melodies.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog

Crab InvasionDart

When you live in a country where rockism is still strong it’s hard to find a band like Crab Invasion. Ironically, they started from (indie) rock origins and still use guitars, but in a different way. Sophisticated chord progressions, catchy melodies, vocal harmonies – it’s all in the songs of this young group led by 22-year-old Jakub Sikora. And it will be much more when their upcoming debut album is released.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?

NoiservToday Is The Same As Yesterday, But Yesterday Is Not Today

David Santos’ solo project Noiserv first appeared on MAP in 2009. Since then, Noiserv has conquered his place in the Portuguese music scene and is recognized as one of the most innovative young artists in the country. So much so that in 2010 he was asked to create the soundtrack for a documentary about José Saramago, the Nobel Prize winner. Noiserv will release his new album in October and Today Is The Same As Yesterday, But Yesterday Is Not Today (see video) will be on it.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie

SutureeSkulls

When Julian Brau and Rebecca Adorno met in 2007, their lives took a turn that led directly to Suturee. Now a four-piece trying their luck in New York City, Suturee still works with delicate orchestral pop arrangements that playfully oppose Brau’s and Adorno’s voices. The band turned to crowdfunding last year in order to finance their sophomore effort, Skim The Surface. One of the rewards offered through their successful Indiegogo campaign involved recording a cover chosen by the backer, and that is how today you can hear Suturee’s unique take on The Misfits classic Skulls.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise

EnvironmentsFathom, Movement, Field

Environments are an experimental act from Bucharest. Their songs are inspired by beautiful things such as childhood memories, books and peaceful places. Stefan Panea comes up with the core arrangements, which are then disfigured, enhanced and re-recorded live with Alex ‚Para’ Ghita (drums) and Marius Costache (effects and noise). You can step into their world through Bandcamp.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop

Eilidh HaddenClose To Home

Close To Home is very much the sound of now – cut ‚n’ paste vocals carried on waves of brooding electronic pop and tribal drums. It’s the colossal production that lifts Eilidh Hadden from teenage singer-songwriter hopeful to the realms of genuine contender. Comparisons to Ellie Goulding are inevitable, and apt. It’s still early days for Eilidh but if she remains on this path then her future could be dazzling.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie

TeleflyMeddle

Rock trio Telefly has been wowing live audiences in Seoul for a number of years. Two years after their first full-length, the band returned with the EP Avalokiteśvara earlier this month showcasing their own brand of psychedelic music. Lead track Meddle has a tough sound with great drive and energy.

SPAIN: Musikorner

Monki ValleyTanzania

Monki Valley doesn’t like to be labeled, but we can say he’s originally from the Canary Islands and he’s got Red Bull Music Academy’s eyes on him. He’s more than just tropical electronica, and he is currently exploring, musically, the landscapes of remote countries such as Brazil and Peru.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You

Trails And WaysComo Te Vas

Oakland’s Trails And Ways feels less Oakland and more Bilbao, Barcelona or Barranquilla, depending on how their first EP, aptly named Trilingual, falls. The highlight of the record for me is Como Te Vas, an infectious summer anthem guaranteed to play well in Ibiza or on the BART.

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Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 34-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Excursiones PolaresLa Guerra Psicológica

Concepto Cero, one of La Plata’s finest record labels, just turned four, and they decided to celebrate by releasing a free compilation with songs from all of their artists. La Guerra Psicológica is an original track by El Perrodiablo, but in this case played in a blues fashion by Excursiones Polares. Both bands are from the Concepto Cero family, so we recommend you to download the whole album and check for their latest releases.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Gang Of YouthsA Sudden Light

Harmonies and punch-the-air victory songs are generally always in high demand. Sydney’s Gang Of Youths are next. This sounds like Win Butler singing at your birthday and Julian Casablancas singing at your funeral at the same time. A Sudden Light is a loose, belter of an anthem with a modulating chorus, overbearing references to children, drugs and enough harmonic „WHOAHS” to easily make them your new favourite band.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
The Unused WordHeaven (Testa Remix)

Much like the recent 4AD signing SOHN, Anna aka The Unused Word is not only working and living in Vienna, but also has her finger on the pulse with her soulful mixture of hip hop and new school electronica. Heaven is taken from her debut EP ∞ (Infinity). The version here is a remix by her labelmate DJ Testa.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
RuaÀs Bolas De Gude

Rua, also known as Rua Do Absurdo, is an experimental quintet. Às Bolas De Gude shows their minimalism with beautiful vocal melodies and a marimba guiding us through the song.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
Ketch Harbour WolvesThe Good Blood

Weaving together history, mythology and their own personal experiences, Ketch Harbour Wolves’ new album, Queen City: Volume One, is their first of what is expected to be a multiple disc project that aims to create a sonic map of their home, Toronto. The Good Blood is an excellent gateway into this sprawling, ambitious project, and to Ketch Harbour Wolves’ majestic, cinematic back catalogue.

CHILE: Super 45
Alex y DanielCada Vez Que Invento Algo Sobre Ti

After reaching recognition and fame through their solo projects, Alex Andwandter and Daniel Riveros (Gepe) – two of the most iconic faces of Chilean pop – got together in a joint project that, under the suggestive name Alex y Daniel, combines their musical curiosity. Their new single Cada Vez Que Invento Algo Sobre Ti („Every time I make up a story about you”) mixes Andwandter’s penchant for dance music and Riveros’ melodic instinct perfectly, leaving no room to doubt that, together, they’re dynamite.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
La Etnnia feat. Doctor KrápulaLa Gran Epidemia

It is our pleasure to introduce you to perhaps Colombia’s biggest hip hop project, La Etnnia, who formed more than 25 years ago in the Las Cruces neighborhood of Bogotá. La Gran Epidemia, a preview of their eighth album Universal, features the stellar appearance of Doctor Krápula, a rock band with long renown in Colombia. You can watch the video for the song here.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Scarlet ChivesIn A Ground Floor Apartment

Scarlet Chives is something as rare as a Danish band signed to a Norwegian label and, in a not so distant future, that label, Riot Factory, will release the alternative rock quintet’s second full-length album. In A Ground Floor Apartment, a MAP exclusive download, is the B-side to first single The Timber Will Fall.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Hache STSebastian Lemba

Culture and rebellion are at the center of this experimental piece, which revolves around the figure of the black anti-slavery advocate Sebastian Lemba Calembo. This track is a portal to that struggle and it’s an essential component of the journey outlined by Hache ST in his new album, Zafra, which portrays the main ideas of life in a shared Caribbean island, and its intricate, passionate toils for freedom.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
El Extraño Comportamiento De Un Torso Animado¿Dónde Están Tus Amigos?

El Extraño Comportamiento De Un Torso Animado is an indie band with a lot of attitude. Formed by Ernesto Torres and twins Nicolás and Felipe Meneses, the trio have a punk-rock spirit with a guitar sound that invites you to dance. From their first EP, Mujer Pulpo, we present the single ¿Dónde Están Tus Amigos?

ENGLAND: Drowned In Sound
BODYWORKTame

English avant-pop or alt-rock or whatever the kids on the cobbled streets are calling it these days hasn’t had the respect it deserves for quite some time. Percolating beneath the Mumford mirth and Adele success, there’s a throbbing underbelly of eccentricity and experimentation that flirts with radio-friendly melody. Leeds’ BODYWORK are one such act, muddling Roxy Music’s odd shuffle with Wild Beasts and Heaven 17’s falsetto into a sublime cocktail of alien grooves. Download their LP for free from their website.

ESTONIA: Rada7.ee
Forgotten SunriseSisters, Brothers & Other Hellborn Creatures

Forgotten Sunrise is a cult band who are pleasing the ears of the world with negative music for positive results. They have just released their seventh album, Cretinism.

FINLAND: Glue
ConstablesLudovico

With all its members born in the early 90s, Constables is a very young band and is simply inspired by the three most important things when you are 20: sex, girls and alcohol. Musically, Constables offers melodic guitars and fast rhythms with a post-punk approach. The band has just released its debut Bedroom Culture EP, which is available on SoundCloud.

GERMANY: Coltran
Poétique ÉlectroniqueIrregular Heartbeat (Video Edit)

Poétique Électronique is a clever group: they have a good band name, they know what they want to do and they know how to do it. Their musical approach stands out from the crowd as they realise when to pause and when to push. Irregular Heartbeat is a fine example of the current penchant in electronic music for soft vocals and punchy bass. As this is my final MAP submission due to time contraints, I want to say goodbye to you folks and many thanks for the great time!

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Playground NoiseThe Plan

Playground Noise’s second album, 8 Songs, brims with endlessly replayable, perfect pop tunes that glimmer with pure magic. Every note and transition is smooth and effortless, and there is such a wealth of brilliantly executed music. Brass and strings swarm beautifully around soaring guitars and vocals, and intense crescendos linger over delicate passages.

INDIA: NH7
Drawing Short StrawsPredator

Drawing Short Straws is a prog-rock band from Pune. This is their first single and a taste of what their debut LP will sound like. A combination of electronic and rock elements make for an interesting sound, which DSS are trying to hone.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
White Shoes & The Couples CompanyTam Tam Buku

One of Indonesia’s most beloved bands, White Shoes & The Couples Company make us proud. Purveyors of quality music, they’re coming with a new EP that rearranges traditional Indonesian songs and invites us to dance with them. After playing around Europe in June, they’ll release another EP documenting the tour.

IRELAND: Harmless Noise
The Violet RoadkillsSolar

Taken from their debut album Lead Kindly Light, Solar has everything The Violet Roadkills need to make a good first impression. The four-piece hail from Dublin and use electronics and instruments to take vintage concepts in a fresh direction, resulting in songs that are simultaneously geeky and cool. Solar’s assertive, warm bassline and beat build up to spangles of synths that sound like small studio commissions for 70s television shows. When the outer drift subsides, the beaming krautrock core of Solar begins to blast out, reaching a blisteringly heated finish.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Ykiki BeatGarden

Something something summer jam. It is that time of the year when everybody starts nominating songs as the soundtrack to the warmer months, and here is the strongest candidate from the ever-sprawling Tokyo indie scene. Garden is giddiness reduced to sonic form, powered on by handclaps, neon basslines and yelpy back-up singing. At the center, though, is an irresistible jogging melody that rarely slows down. Recommended if you like: running on really hot days.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Andre CamilleriSame Old Fool

In 2000, Andre Camilleri moved from Malta to Australia, where he continues to follow his musical ambitions. Having served his apprenticeship playing the streets of Berlin and Malta’s capital Valletta, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, his world is one of nostalgic reflections, acute and often intimate observations. Andre has released nine albums to date, with his influences including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Big Star, Uncle Tupelo and Hank Williams.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
SantosLa Cosita

There are plenty of people religiously devoted in northern Mexico, even the drug dealers have their own sacred figure there. Santos come from that cultural background, belonging to the ‚ruidoson’ musical scene of Tijuana. Santos is the brainchild of two brothers who have embodied their faith, but their faith comes from their lust and it is well printed in this new single. La Cosita has a very intense carnal desire and highly erotic resounding kettle drums.

NETHERLANDS: Subbacultcha!
Nouveau VéloKite

A gang of best friends from small towns home-recording dreampop. Much like bike-life in Holland, Nouveau Vélo has a touch of romance to it. Kite, from their new Daze EP, could be described as upbeat melancholia, one of those songs that makes you feel nostalgic for the things that are happening right now. Possessing a chorus that catches you straight away with its blurry guitar licks and far-off vocals, Kite is a dreamy summer anthem.

PERU: SoTB
TOURISTARequiem

One day Rui Pereira decided to leave his job as a publicist to follow his true passion – music. He moved to the beach and began to make songs that would form part of his first EP, Déficit de Atención, recruiting a group of experienced musicians who soon formed TOURISTA. The band mixes its electronic concerns with indie-rock, although the labels don’t matter when you start to feel a connection with the musical passion of its creators. Requiem is TOURISTA’s latest single, take a look at its funny video.

POLAND: Łukasz Kuśmierz Weblog
Milcz Serce22.22

Although Nawyki/Kolizje is their first studio album, Mysłowice-based trio Milcz Serce are experienced musicians. Their debut LP talks about a break-up which starts at 10pm and ends at 9am the next day. So what you hear in 22.22 is the beginning of the whole dramatic story.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Elektra ZagrebKesey Palms

Elektra Zagreb began in Croatia, of course. After an EP, many concerts and experience, this Portuguese quartet, now living in Lisbon, recently released their debut LP, Dreams About Dying In California. Mostly inspired by rock bands, their sound is harsh, sort of The Stooges meets Suicide. Kesey Palms is a genial piece of music in which you never know what is going to happen next, a feeling that its video achieves even more.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
MoreIraPao

José Iván Lebrón Moreira (Las Abejas, Venera-3) created MoreIra after buying a second-hand Alesis Micron keyboard from a local musician. His mind racing with new musical possibilities, José embarked on an electronic solo project that is now slowly evolving into a fully-fledged band. Pao is the first single from his debut EP, available later this year. Noisy, glitchy, yet filled with heartfelt melodies, Pao is both powerful and personal – dealing with Moreira’s paternal love toward his younger sister.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
ValerinneIns Meer

Taking inspiration from everything that surrounds them, this three-piece from Bucharest started creating atmospheric, loud and emotional instrumental music at the beginning of last year. Combining their sound with equally haunting visuals, they will transport you to twisted worlds. If you like this song, you will definitely love their album, available on Bandcamp.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Friends In AmericaQuietly Quietly

Such is my love for the sweeping, elegantly crafted indie-rock of Friends In America that their previous lack of recorded material resulted in me going to desperate lengths to consume their music. One time, after taking along my dictaphone to interview the band before a gig, I kept the ‚record’ button on during their live set just so that I could play their songs at home. This month, though, the waiting is over as FIA release their debut record What It Is To Be – from it we have a MAP exclusive download of the brilliantly melodious Quietly Quietly.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
John EmpireDead Stars feat. Drunk Beggar Thief

Two honours students – hip hop artist John Empire backed by producer The English – created a meeting point between hip hop and indie influences that pushes the understanding of both genres. With their song Dead Stars, the added feature of Drunk Beggar Thief gives their sound an extra dimension. Their mixtape Drunken Night Make Up has recently been released and further shows off the duo’s range and diversity.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
Asian ChairshotMask Dance

Asian Chairshot formed in 2011 and released their first official EP, Mask, in May this year. Equipped with drums, bass and guitar, the trio merges rock with Korean melodies in a powerful fashion, crafting a unique sound. Mask Dance starts out calmly but soon turns into a hard-hitting fest for the ears. The song’s refrain borrows the rhythm of traditional Korean mask dance.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Prisma CircusParadox

Prisma Circus was formed in September 2010 in Barcelona. Inspired by 70s psychedelia, with a lot of wahs and fuzz, they have toured Spain, Portugal and France, becoming the ambassadors of a new but old sound.

TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
Da PoetOther Side feat. Ince Sarj

Da Poet, one of the most showy producers in the Turkish hip hop scene, creates an innovative, sharp sound. He tries to connect with his audience just as much without speaking and expects listeners to pay attention to the instrumental parts of hip hop.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
KaleidicoPretty Panasonic Dear

Kaleidico is a band that has been around for a few years but, being perfectionists, scrutinized every detail before releasing their first album this month. It’s dreamy, smart, catchy and all too perfect for the summer moments creeping up on us.

VENEZUELA: Música y Más
Los MentasCacería (live)

Los Mentas formed in Caracas in 1998, influenced by punk and rockabilly from the early 50s, resulting in a fusion that went down well in the music scene in Venezuela. After six studio albums and 15 years of experience, they have released their first live album, Arriba Carajo!, recorded in the main rock bars of the country.

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