Bertie Blackman - Byrds of Prey
People may dismay at the surge of electo-pop ladies vying for our attention but this lady can rub shoulders with the best of them. Aussie singer Bertie delivers a slice of dark electro-pop with smouldering vocals and a better than average video - visually stunning and no smoking corpses. Think Ellie Goulding with a touch of Florence style tones and you're in the right area. 'Byrds of Prey' is taken from album 'Secrets and Lies' that I am one click away from purchasing...
The Temper Trap - 'Fader'
Fresh off the massive success of 'Sweet Disposition' the Aussie soft rockers follow up with 'Fader'. I am pleasantly surprised at this track, having loved 'Sweet Disposition' after hearing it in 500 Days of Summer I was worried that TTT would be a one-hit wonder sort of band (think Phantom Planet - California). I'm not saying it'll be as iconic as its predecessor but it has a good melody, soft vocals and even a "Ooh-oo" bit that will probably get stuck in your head.. good work TTT.
Think sun burnt teens, cheap cocktails, Union Jack flagged towels and STDs.. this song is soundtrack to every dodgy 18-30 destination out there. It infested the dancefloors of Magaluf and Malia quicker than swine flu and with its grimey, dirty, sweaty electro beats I am throughly hooked. Not a song to be played in the office.. I turn it down to barely audible for mice, but crank it up in the privacy of your boudoir.. and don't pretend you don't like it!
Love, SGS xoxo