Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Finnmark! - Cycling (Bekolympics Compilation) [PREMIERE]

With the Rio Olympic Games just a few days away and in a mood for bringing people together, French label Beko Disques are releasing a summer compilation featuring tracks from well-known and loved artists of the label's pertaining to various Olympic sports. 
The tracklist was out a few days ago and is as follows: 
Balladur_Olympique Layat 
Chevalier Avant Garde_Heavy Discus 
Rémi Parson_Basketball 
Drug Train_1976 
Super Crayon_Marathon 
The Royal Landscaping Society_Swim 
Procedure Club_Triathlon 
Ski Saigon_Mekong Olympics 
Splash Wave_Synchronschwimmen.
The compilation will be released on both CD and digitally. The CD, which is available to purchase separately or as part of Beko's summer pack, will be out on August 5th in 200 copies, each bearing a different sleeve. 
FP2T is happy to present today the first excerpt of the compilation by Leeds-based pop band (and one of our favourites) Finnmark!. 'Cycling' is a shimmering summery track, perfect for those who love riding to great pop tunes. 
Have a listen below and be on the lookout for the rest of the Bekolympics! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mirror Days - Left To Wander

Mirror Days is the solo works of California based musician Graham Harrington. In the summer of 2012, what began as a creative outlet and a place to put musical ideas to use turned into a full-fledged project that would become Mirror Days. Following his first EP 'Hearts & Heading Home', Harrington released the Solstice EP (2014) as well as a Split EP (2015) with Detroit based artist Sardonic Sunshine. 
Summer 2016 will see the release of his first full-length album. Harrington dedicated a lot of time writing and performing all instruments on the record. He also had the help of long term producer friend Jesse Wilson of Hazel Street Recordings and Kip Carie (Sardonic Sunshine) back in his home town of Waterford, MI in recording the vocal tracks. 
He has recently released two tracks from the coming LP, 'Let The Minutes Die' and 'Left To Wander', which you can hear below. It's a mesmerizing song in which shoegaze and alternative elements blend beautifully together and make this record one to truly look forward to! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

PAT MOON - Don't Hide From The Light

It's not often that I find myself at a loss for words while hearing a new album... And yet, here I am; trying to explain what I like about it and all I can say is how it makes me feel. PAT MOON, the solo project of Portland based up-and-coming musician Kate Davis, released her debut album 'Don't Hide From The Light' on June 27th. Having listened to the brilliant first single 'Love Me As I Am' a couple of months ago, I was intrigued to hear more. And I was not disappointed in the end. I was not only absorbed in Kate's captivating voice or the melodic synths, but engrossed in the 8 tracks, which seem inscribed as a constellation of antithetical pairs. Luminous and dark. Adamant and submissive. Ethereal and palpable. Melancholic and happy. Submissive and unyielding. Gloomy and yet aspiring. 
'Don't Hide From the Light' is a revelation in itself, a stellar debut album that is worth your time and attention. Discover it below. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Follow the Sea - Virhe

Follow the Sea is Erik Solfeldt and Magnus Lundgren's noise pop band from Stockholm. The Swedish duo released two EPs, in 2013 and 2014, and spent 2015 preparing their first full-length album. Blue Joy will be released digitally and on 12” vinyl on May 25th via Häxrummet Records
The first track off the album is called 'Virhe' and it's an ethereal blend of electronica and the Scandinavian melancholy without excluding the band's shoegaze inspirations. 
You can check out 'Virhe' and pre-order the album below.

Friday, April 29, 2016

PREMIERE: Champanes - Daysaway

Champanes was started by Lexi Freider after he made a Dutch bargain with a bass savage. Getting reinforcements from Puerto Rico, the band rehearses for the first time with drummer Tommy Daimes in April 2014. Lexi used to hang out in backstreet bars at the time, boozing up pure alcohol drinks. That is how he met Lisa, an Ariel Pink’s unlawful bride, and invited her to join the band. Defining themselves as a sparkling fun from outer space, Champanes were recording their first bedroom tapes. With regular line up changes, the band approached the ionosphere playing a number of shows.
First half of 2015 caught Tommy and Lexi playing as a duo since Lisa had left the band at the beginning of the year. Writing a new song at each rehearsal, they presented a completely new set of songs in June. However, the going gets very tough in mid-summer. Only a miracle can save Champanes, and it actually does: in a haze of shoe Lexi meets Nick, a prophet pimping a red nine.
By the end of August, Champanes had reunited with Lisa and locked themselves in their own studio to set out into a six-month journey. “Daniel Laments”, a first song from the journey, was dropped by the band to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016. Next Champanes' release was brought by Washington-based Really Rad records and contained two songs recorded during the journey. At this point the band has joined Beko disques family and started to prepare their new release called “Daysaway”. Lisa left the band for the last time. The female voice for “Daysaway” was provided by Laura, a friend of the band, when she coincidentally had boarded the band’s studio.
From Pop 2 Top is happy to premiere the video for 'Daysaway', the title track of their new EP which is out today on Beko disques. The EP also contains a remix by Aldous RH and you can find it as 'Name your price' on Bandcamp. 

Enjoy the breezy and refreshing dreampop tune below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Blessed Isles - Caroline

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, The Blessed Isles is a duo that makes dreamy pop music. In 2011 Aaron Closson and Nolan Thies released an EP and in 2012 they signed with the amazing Saint Marie Records and last year they caught our attention with 'Winter Moon' and a beautiful cover of Slowdive's 'When The Sun Hits', both part of Static Waves 3 . April 29th marks the release of their debut album "Straining Hard Against The Strength Of Night", which you can order on CD or vinyl here
The band have just premiered a video for 'Caroline', one of the album's gleaming tracks. You can watch it below. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Another Juggle - Dance Sunshine, Dance (Album)

We first met Danish band Another Juggle back in May 2015 when they released the single 'Dance Sunshine, Dance'. On January 29th earlier this year the Copenhagen quartet (Nikolaj Dalsgaard, Emil Eggert Scherrebeck, Anders Cederblad and Thomas Haahr) released their debut album on Target Records. They describe their music as dreampop and it is invariably impregnated with 80's inspired synthesizers and melodic guitars. However, their sound is hazily reminiscent of the past. 
Here they have succeeded in creating an album that transforms the Nordic melancholy into an audible awakening experience. Here you will find mid tempo tracks, such as 'Slide' and 'Coins'. And here you will find more upbeat songs like 'Dance Sunshine, Dance' and 'Cities Crash'. It is how the band express their feelings about the morose heart's - sometimes futile - leap to an introspective and at the same time self-liberating journey. This is a debut masterfully done that absolutely deserves your attention. 
 'Dance Sunshine, Dance' is available to stream and buy on Bandcamp. You can also watch the video for the opening track 'Not Now' below.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

PREMIERE: True I.T.C. - Please Don't Die

True I.T.C. are an electronic pop duo formed in Bergen, Norway in 2013 by John Olav Nilsen and Eirik Vestrheim. FP2T is happy to premiere their third single 'Please Don't Die', which is out now on Beko Disques. Through seemingly smooth synth lines and vocals the duo have managed to create a powerful track proving that true beauty sometimes lies in simplicity.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Jupimatoon - Take Your Time EP

While listening to NTW on DKFM yesterday I stumbled on a new band that immediately caught my attention. Their name is Jupimatoon, they come from Seattle, WA and they describe their music as a blend of electronic, ambient and dream pop. The duet of Anna Thompson and Eric Smith released a dazzling debut EP on February 2nd called 'Take Your Time'. It comprises five tracks full of resplendent synths accompanied by Anna's mesmerizing vocals. 'The Window' is the first single off the EP and the darker 'White Lightning' is a personal favourite, but the whole EP is absolutely worth listening to. 
You can stream 'Take Your Time' on Soundcloud as well as on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kidsmoke - Cut Yourself Loose

Formed in 2013 in Wrexham, North Wales, Kidsmoke are an indie-pop quartet consisting of Lance Williams (vocals and guitar), James Stickels (bass and vocals), Sophie Ballamy (guitar and vocals) and Chris Trow (drums). Following their second EP So Long, Emptiness released in April 2015, the band have just returned with a new single called 'Cut Yourself Loose' with a follow-up expected in April 2016. Lively guitars and synths let off a brilliant pop sound that invites you to travel towards sunny skies. 
With Mike Payne's artwork, 'Cut Yourself Loose' is out digitally and you can stream/buy it below.