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No need for a pommel horse; tracks from Purity Ring, Labyrinth Ear, Queen of Hearts, Mikky Ekko and Mumford fly through the air with the greatest of ease…

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Purity Ring is a future-pop duo made up of Montreal, Quebec natives Corin Roddick and Megan James. The duo released their debut album ‘Shrines’ on July 23rd, 2012 (UK) and July 24th, 2012 (US & Canada) and are signed to British indie label 4AD. In just a couple of weeks the album has collected countless favourable reviews, including a 9/10 from NME and 8/10 from Drowned In Sound.

The band appear at first listen to be a sublime contradiction in terms; Roddick’s hip hop-inspired percussion flying through the air with the greatest of ease, never losing its grip on James’ ethereal and lyrically vehement vocals. Roddick and James have earned themselves an enviable fanbase amongst their peers since the album’s release, with Mikky Ekko and label mate Grimes posting favourable comments about their work. I was especially drawn to ‘Obedear’ and ‘Fineshrine’ on my first listen of the album. Purity Ring should achieve great things this year.



Labyrinth Ear have released a new track, ‘Urchin’, which has been made available as a free download at:

The band are currently recording their debut album and this is the first track to be released from the record. If you have heard their first EP ‘Apparitions’, you will understand my justifiable excitement at this revelation.


Queen of Hearts has released a cover of Ben Howard‘s ‘Only Love’, no doubt to tide fans over whilst she finishes work on an EP of new material, set to be released in September 2012. Being a fan of both artists, I can only live in hope of a future Howard cover of ‘Neon.’


Mikky Ekko has posted a new track, ‘We Must Be Killers’ on his social networking pages and a link to a video which is rather wonderful. The track is played against a backdrop of scenes from The Fox and the Hound; I love foxes, I love hounds and I love Mikky Ekko – what’s not to love about all of the above?!


Last but not least; Mumford and Sons have released an audio version of the first single to be taken from their upcoming album ‘Babel’. ‘I Will Wait’ is a noticeably more fast-paced folk offering than we have become accustommed to from the Mumford boys. Perhaps the merger of marriage with a frenetic life on the road has provided some welcome songwriting inspiration for Marcus? / / / /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

August 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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