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Let’s set the record straight – Twin Sister has nothing to do with Kid Sister, so don’t fall into that mind trap the same way I did. It did put me off the indie-pop quintet for a while but their Color Your Life EP is setting me free. The first listen was simply impressing. On subsequent listens, the allure of Twin Sister’s sound became more luscious – at times a little minimal, other times a little 70’s disco but with a multitude of sounds and an Emily Haines-like coo from vocalist Andrea Estella, Twin Sister just seem to pull it off with a casual cool.

[MP3] Twin Sister – Lady Daydream

Color Your Life EP is out now on Popfrenzy.


I know it has been a while since NYE but it feels like summer has just started so party on and party hard. I’m here to help you. So welcome to another year at TWYE.

I thought I’d start the year off still riding the lo-fi rnb waves of late 2010 simply because the tunes of The Weekend are so so good. Hailing from Toronto, Abel Tesfaye and Jeremy Rose are the crafty mixers behind the suave beats of The Weekend.

[MP3] The Weekend – What You Need

Trying to google this band was almost as bad as searching for Sydney-based quartet, Songs. So I’m going to tell you right now that The Weekend’s website is slightly bare. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

TWYE favourite, Toro Y Moi is about to drop his second full-length LP Underneath The Pine with “Still Sound” the first taste of what should be another magnificent and highly enjoyable record from Toro Y Moi.

[MP3] Toro Y Moi – Still Sound

Over in Sweden, jj are starting 2011 a little better with the release of this mixtape titled kills – I was underwhelmed with their last release to be honest. That said this mixtape crams some pretty sweet tunes from the past decade (I refuse to say the noughties).

[MP3] jj – New Work

You can download jj’s mixtape in it’s entirety here.

While we’re still on mixtapes, the lovely Kid Sister has her Kiss Kiss Kiss mixtape available over at Fools Gold Records. Jam-packed with gems, collabs and remixes as mastered by Nick Catchdubs, Kiss Kiss Kiss is a light, quick spin back in time accidentally getting one foot trapped in nu-rave and the other at Ibiza. Yeah, I’m a little confused myself.

[MP3] Kid Sister – Carte Blanche – Do!Do!Do! (Original + Laidback Luke Remix)

Kiss Kiss Kiss is available for download via Fools Gold.

The end of this month will see the release of Hercules & Love Affair’s new album Blue Songs and I’m a little bit very excited.

Sweat it out.

Stuck at home because of the rain? This jam from disco favorites Hercules & Love Affair should fix you right up! Between parties, solo projects and hangs with Donatella Versace, they’ve had to squeeze in recording time for their upcoming release and “My House” is your first taste of what should be another turntable classic from the eccentric Brooklyn quintet. So come rain, hail or shine, you have no excuses to party on.

[MP3] Hercules & Love Affair – My House

Consider faded colours, ripped denim, big hair, the token guitar riff, and dramatic narratives translated as sound and what you’ll get is Brooklyn’s Twin Shadow. The one man polyester-clad party band is stuck doing the 80’s time warp complete with cheesy one liners but hey, it’s still pretty cool. With his debut Forget co-produced by Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor, you can rest assured that the music of Twin Shadow is in good hands. Go on. Get intimate. Get Twin Shadow.

[MP3] Twin Shadow – Slow

Kim Ann Foxman (of Hercules & Love Affair) has just released her debut single “Creature” on Mr. INTL – a newly-established record label run by none other than her Hercules counterpart, Andy Butler. Stepping out of the shadows, Foxman departs (but not far from) the classic disco-house sound of Hercules complete with Butler’s Midas touch. This is doing a great job keeping me in suspense for the next Hercules & Love Affair record.

[MP3] Kim Ann Foxman – Creature

And while you’re here, check out Foxman’s FADER mix. It’s making me want long summers.

I wont draw on any aesthetic similarities Deerhunter may posses to their contemporaries but trust me it’s there … well in “Revival” and “Primitive 3D” at least – the first tracks to be released from their upcoming release Halycon Digest.. They go beyond and take you further than you imagine but don’t just acknowledge Bradford Cox for it all because Deerhunter are a decent quartet. So Lockett Pundt, Joshua Fauver and Moses Archuleta, you all a shout too – I’ve heard enough to now be eagerly awaiting Halycon Digest.

[MP3] Deerhunter – Revival

Halycon Digest is out September 24 on 4AD/Remote Control.