Words: Portis Wasp
Marika Hackman (www.twitter.com/marikahackman)
Don’t make the mistake of describing Marika Hackman as a folk singer-songwriter – the girl won’t thank you. An acoustic guitar and pretty voice isn’t all this girl is about, and seeing as she has already starred in Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2012 Eyewear Campaign this year (after her model pal THE Cara Delevingne put in a good word for her with the fashion brand), I’d be inclined to agree with her. Debut single You Come Down is an arresting piece of work, which not only showcases a dark and unsettling tone to Marika’s sound, but also a girl who isn’t concerned with brushing her hair one hundred times a night before bed. Now that’s what I call girl power!
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MS MR (www.msmrsounds.com)
The New York duo and self-confessed Tumblr addicts will be the first band ever to release an EP of original material this October through… you guessed it… Tumblr! The delightfully titled Candy Bar Creep Show showcases many a fierce beat from the almost too cool to function chillsters, with vocals so sweet you’ll be brushing your teeth between plays. If you have ever wondered what the Sugababes might have sounded like if the original line-up had stayed together and recorded a new album then MS MR are the answer to the unapologetic sugar rush you’ve been craving.
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Velvet Code (www.velvetcode.com)
Velvet Code is a Canadian-born singer and DJ, who now calls London home, and who recently released his debut single Get Outta My House. The music video for the single, which I would love you to lose yourself over below, not only showcases some David LaChapelle inspired visuals (which let’s face it are never a bad thing) and some Barbie’s gone wrong in the eyes (Sindy slipped something in her drink again no doubt!) but also Velvet’s very own brand of “bitchpop”– “all lower case because my disasters need no caps”. The boy is absolutely bonkers I’m sure you’ll agree, but the creative execution here is fully deserving of the praise it is receiving on blogs and in doll houses up and down the country.
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