- US: What’s the Use by Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell’s musical background is steeped in twisting beats and manipulating effects. While most of the electronic journeymen in his peer group are over-calculating their next moves, Jamie Lidell has gone the opposite direction, coming out as a straightforward soul man. Sure, there are nods to his background in the occasional stuttering vocal effect or the slightly askew drum programming, but the key factor here is that Lidell has the songwriting skills and (shockingly) the voice to stand up tall next to comparisons to Wilson Pickett, Prince, and Stevie Wonder. “What’s the Use?” is our free Single of the Week.
- US: Sweet, Sweet Baby by Michelle Featherstone
Michelle Featherstone has a strong presence behind the piano keys. Her voice is a breathy pleasure, but it also delivers enough authority that one can’t help but to fall prey to its emotive ups and downs. “Sweet, Sweet Baby” is our free Discovery Download this week — the song is one of the many impassioned tracks from her spirited and sentimental debut Fallen Down.
- US: Prison Break/Making of a Scene
This behind-the-scenes video continues to be free this week.
- Australia: Souls on Satellite by Borne
Melbourne act Borne, fronted by the sincere vocal talent of Cam Tapp, deliver a heartfelt collection of tunes with earnest emotion rarely captured in modern rock.
- Canada: Anything by Kinnie Starr
Kinnie Starr grew up listening to a mixture of synth pop, metal, and hip hop. Her unwillingness to sit contentedly in the mainstream has given her music its own unique slant.
- UK: The Sound Inside by Breaks Co-op
New Zealanders Breaks Co-Op are torn between creating forward-thinking studio-generated beats ‘n blips and just rocking out under the stars.
- France: You’re Gonna Say Yeah! by Hushpuppies
Big brothers of the Parisian scene, the Hushpuppies bring the flavors of all the previous years in their album “The Trap”.