MIA – Matangi Mixtape

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MIA has given us a preview of what her upcoming album will be like with the released Matangi, a short mix tape for the Kenzo fashion show in Paris today. With an enticing mix of traditional South Asian influences and MIA’s modern hiphop vocals this eight minute track is nothing short of amazing.

Listen to the mix tape here

MIA’s album of the same name is due out in April.

-Tiffany

Moko – Summons The Strength


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21-year-old Southeast London newcomer, Moko, released a soulfully captivating video for her debut track, Summon The Strength. She creates a beautiful black and white silhouette channelling the finesse dance moves of Solange, while her affectionate vocals bring back an emotional essence of Nina Simone. There is some vigorously innovative soul/R&B on this single. The minimalist lyrics, addictive production (typical London style), and effortlessly complex yet lucid vocal presence mesh together very effectively, composing a solid tune. For such an authentic and strong debut track, this UK songstress means business. I expect her to make a big splash in the upcoming year!

“There are many laws, some of which I fight”

-Scott D.

London Grammar – Metal & Dust

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Even though British indie-pop trio London Grammar have been quietly making their way through our favourite music blogs, their musical aesthetic expresses great volumes. With their subdued sound of low, humming guitars, soft drums and engaging vocals of front-woman Hanna Reid, they could easily be the love child of The xx and Florence Welch.

Check out the opening track from their just released debut EP, Metal & Dust.

-Tiffany

MS MR – FANTASY

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Following their astounding four-track Candy Bar Creep Show EP, the “Tumblr Glitch Pop” duo have a promising year ahead. MS MR, have released the first single, “Fantasy” off their forthcoming full-length debut.

Similar to the thunderous instrumentals and engaging vocals of Florence + The Machine, this tune is definitely why you should be keeping an eye on this powerhouse New York duo.

MS MR’s full-length debut is set to be released on 5/14 on Columbia Records.

- Scott D.

Top 20 Tracks of 2012 (Tiffany’s Pick)

Like Scott said on the previous post, as we have officially averted a complete apocalypse we will be focusing our attention back to SoundBlend.

After listening and re-listening to hundreds of songs and numerous arguments with myself, I have finally decided on my Top 20 Songs of the Year. So here we go.

20. Said the Whale – Loveless

19. Alabama Skakes – Hold On

18. Delta Spirit – California

17. Grimes – Genisis

16. Passion Pit – Constant Conversations

15. Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom

14. Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light

13. Band of Skulls – Bruises

12. Alt-J – Tesselate

11. Beach House – Lazuli

10. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

9. Best Coast – The Only Place

8. Rich Aucoin – It

7. Norah Jones – Miriam

6. Cadence Weapon – Conditioning

5. Tanlines – All of Me

4. MIA – Bad Girls

3. Tame Impala – Elephant

2. Yukon Blonde – Stairway

1. Major Lazer – Get Free

Top 20 tracks of 2012 (Scott’s Pick)

I know there hasn’t been a blog post since September, but because the world was suppose to end on 12/21 we figured we’d cut our ends loose. Well, it turns out we’re still alive, so our goal in the new year is to try and bring back up Sound Blend for as long as we can (or until the next apocalypse).

2012 has been a fantastic year for music, so here are my top 20 favourite tracks of the year.

20. Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down

19. MØ - Pilgrim

18. AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love

17. Santigold – Disparate Youth

16. Purity Ring – Fireshrine

15. Stars – Do You Want To Die Together?

14. Digits – Love Is Only Affection

13. Twin Shadow – Golden Light

12. Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

11. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?

10. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

 

9. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments

 

8. Solange – Losing You

 

7. Angel Haze – New york

 

6. Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing

 

5. Alt-J – Breezeblocks

 

4. Frank Ocean – Pyramids

3. Grimes – Oblivion

 

2. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

 

1. Bat For Lashes – Laura

-Scott D.

The Ever Changing Black Elephant

Much like everything in life, bands change and that is no exception for Black Elephant. The band started out as a recording project that quickly morphed into a full four-piece band and then shrunk back to a three piece. But don’t worry, their line up changes haven’t changed the band’s sound one bit.

So what exactly is their sound? Remember that dreary, lo-fi garage rock that only the cool kids knew how to dance to; well that’s Black Elephant in a nutshell.

One of my new faves is a song called Roche et Roule. It’s got heavy guitars, straight to the point lyrics and that simple snare holding it all together.

- Tiffany