Mustering members of Trash Kit, Covergirl and Wetdog, Shopping are a delicious dream of raucous pop. Keen to diverge from the bustle of bands unnecessarily drowning beneath a sea of reverb. Their recently released debut album Consumer Complaints is sharp and raw and engaging which is palpable from the members acquiring such a supreme back catalogue of bands.


Warm Brains

Test Icicles’ Rory Attwell released the debut album of his solo project Warm Brains in 2011, accumulating a modest following. Since then he’s been mustering an extensive production discography, tweaking the knobs on various highly acclaimed albums from bands including Yuck, Veronica Falls, Palma Violets and Let’s Wrestle, inevitably gaining attention. His comeback, in form of a cassette EP and a ‘football-style’ scarf, is delivered by Art Is Hard records and possesses all the 90s indie-pop Attwell needs to gain a well-deserved fanbase.



Having released exclusively pro-analog bands during the past 3 decades, you’d think K Records would have been buried under the weight of pop culture years ago. Nevertheless, the label’s still providing us with innovative artists. One of their newest recruits, Generifus, defines the DIY ethic. With his 9 releases consisting of experimental loops, skate-ridden riffs and dreamy, succulent pop all up for pennies on Bandcamp, Spencer Salt is equipped to acquire a diverse following.



Currently gracing the pages of NME and soaring their way through endless blogs, Swearin’ are generating a generous following. Allison Crutchfield, frontwoman and sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, has the appropriate stance and delivery, reenacting every strong woman figure in music, that sees high potential for the American’s, just two albums into their career.


Spook Houses

New Jersey’s Spook Houses scream Elverum with their distant discordant bellows and charming charisma. Coincidentally, it was around the same time that the boys established a Bandcamp, accumulating splits, eps and albums and lending themselves to every sucker for rambunctious melancholy.



Garnishing themselves in pealing sequins and percussion collected from an African charity venture, Flamingods flaunt furor. Main man Kamal Rasool started the uke-ridden jaunt immediately after moving from his homeisland Bahrain to London, mustering members and conjuring a throng of bedroom-recorded brilliance over the last few years.



Oozing Indiana ardor whilst entwining vivacious melodies, Triptides generate the American dream with an abounding amount of reverb. Their Bandcamp is teeming with lomography-ridden images of sun and surf, amassing a wave of sun-loving listeners. Two LPs and a generous amount of EPs into their career, Triptides are confidently throwing themselves into 2014.


Terrible Truths

Deriving from Australia, Terrible Truths acquire taut riffs and asserting vocals that are undeniably Au Pairs and The Slits influenced. Minimalism runs through all three of their 7”s, combining dense basslines and arresting guitar clamours that see the three-piece embrace brawniness that allows every Slits fan to have a new band to fall for.



TRAAMS are unarguably unlike any other band 2013s churned out. Their debut album Grin is a whirlwind of psychedelia and pounding resonances, with memorable guitar melodies chasing Stu Hopkins’ brash vocals that have seen the band pasted on boundless blog pages and thrown the album on an innumerable amount of end of year lists.



The London and Brighton-based two piece have gathered an impressible flurry of fans, drawing NMEs attention and releasing their debut LP  Thrash Magic on Fear&Records. Having toured with Johnny Foreigner and aced support slots for No Age and Los Campesinos, Playlounge’s reckless audacity will undoubtedly soar through next year.

Ayesha Linton-Whittle

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