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What’s In The Box? – #11

14 Feb

What's In The Box

After a couple of weeks off, What’s In The Box? is back with a pseudo-Valentine’s Day special. While some of the tracks we’ve carefully selected from the inbox (and beyond) this week have a decidedly romantic feel, others are coming at this particular day of cupidly celebration from a different angle.


Elsie – “Say It Twice”

We start this week with an anti-valentine tune from blog favourite, Elsie. Ordinarily Elsie brings the seductive melodies, candlelight and musical fondue to the table, but here, with this lovely and elegant strings and piano ballad, she is bringing cold hard facts and closure. The tone may be different but her voice sounds as gorgeous as ever, heartbreak can sound great after all.

Amy & The Engine– “Last Forever”

There must be something in the air as, after Mike Evin a couple of weeks ago we now have another video featuring octogenarians dancing. This time its more of an elderly prom thing going on as Boston based Amy & The Engine get in the Valentine’s day spirit with a country twanged folk-pop ode to love and happiness.

Alphabets Heaven – “Sex You”

Electro producers Alphabets Heaven have embraced Valentine’s Day so much this year that they have just released a free EP entitled Lovers. Though this is not exactly a collection of smoochy love songs to break out the wine and whipped cream to. Take “Sex You” for example, a cold, glitchy cover/remix of the Bando Jonez ‘classic’ that is more dark dub than Barry White, which makes it a lot better than the original as a result.

Laura Welsh – “Hardest Part” feat. John Legend

Taken from her forthcoming debut album, Laura Welsh’s “Hardest Part” is a sultry and smooth blend of R&B infused pop goodness. Written with and featuring the always wonderfully soulful vocals of John Legend, it is more candlelit evenings in with a bottle of wine with its rich melody and soft textures.

Sasha Siem – “So Polite”

We originally thought about including “So Polite” due to the extremely tenuous 14 February link that is the final track on Sasha Siem’s upcoming album being called “Valentine”. Yet there is enough in the lyrics to allow a connection on its own, though perhaps not in the traditional chocs and flowers sense. Take a listen and you’ll see what we mean.
Part pop song, part performance poetry, part social commentary and avant-garde artistic creation, “So Polite” is refreshingly different to almost anything else out there at the moment and fantastically discordant and raw with emotion. Perfect for Valentine’s day.

Bonus Valentine Special Video

No idea how this got here…

See you on Monday for more blog goodness and next Saturday for another What’s In The Box? (no more Glenn Mederios, we promise).

Elsie – “Balance”

12 Nov

Elsie Balance

Over the last several months or so, London based Liverpudlian Elsie, has given us cause to take more than one metaphorical cold shower. With tales of love lost and won, and a little lust and sexiness from time to time as well, her sultry and seductive melodies, combined with her rich and soulful vocals, have got us hot under the typewriter on more than one occasion.

Now she has returned with her first independently released EP, Balance, and with Jessie Ware producer, Brey, along for the ride on the title track.

As you would expect, the collaboration really works, with the electronic bass sounds and noodles (technical term) of Brey blending perfectly with the emotive tenderness of Elsie’s voice. It flickers effortlessly like a flame, bending and warping with the breeze as the beat pops gently, spitting tiny rocks of rhythm out onto the rug. The rug where Elsie no doubt sits with her wine, singing wistfully to her companion who sadly hasn’t noticed her drifting as he watches sport/plays on his xbox/takes no interest in her day.

It is still sexy sounding, and like her previous track, ”Gone By Sunrise”, it contains elements of Aaliyah-esque r&b, something we are very much in favour of continuing. Heck, we’re in favour of Elsie making music full stop.

”Balance” is taken from Elsie’s forthcoming EP of the same name, which is due for release on 17 November.

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Elsie – “Take Your Time In Love”

22 Aug


In recent months we have had our senses tingled by the sultry tones and smouldering melodies of London based Scouser, Elsie. Her tunes have given us cause to have more than one metaphorical shower as she sexed up the airwaves with subtle musical smoochiness and overt raunchiness.

Her new single, “Take Your Time In Love” may have retained a certain boudoir charm, all low beats, low lights and sultry undulations within the arrangement, it is less ‘come to bed eyes’, more ‘furrowed brow of warning’. While the music may evoke silken sheets crumpling beneath entwined limbs and sheer curtains billowing in the breeze, lyrically this is a cautionary tale about rushing in (only fools do as we all know) and letting things get out of hand.

She sings as someone who has been burnt in love before and who doesn’t want others to make the same mistakes she has, but damn we’ve never heard a public warning sound so smokey and hot before. We’re not quite sure how she does it, but Elise even manages to make advising against having sex sound sexy. That’s one hell of a talent.

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What’s In The Box? – The ‘Playing Catch Up’ Edition

26 Jul

What's In The Box

Goodness, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Aside from a rather tongue in cheek post about the new Craig David song (did you spot all 12 song and album title references?) we’ve been silent for a couple of months now, which isn’t like us at all. We won’t bore you with details but after a combination of domestic upheaval, a truly remarkable World Cup and a very enjoyable and hot couple of days (and very wet nights) at Latitude, we are back, awake and ready to rock.

As we’re no doubt sure you noticed, there was a lot (and we mean a LOT) of cracking new music released over the last few months and while we are all about looking forward, we wanted to take a few moments to show some love to some of the tracks that came out during our unscheduled sabbatical. So, as a kind of gentle reintroduction (for us and you) to writing, we present for your delectation a special What’s In The Box rammed with quality tunes, possibly some puns and hopefully some reasonable scribblings.

Waylayers – “Take Hold”

We’ve been championing the talents of London-based Waylayers for some time and, after tipping them for big things in 2013, we think we are about to be proved correct. Having Ninja’d their way into the hearts and minds of the American public last year it’s time for a multi-national ground assault, beginning with “Take Hold”. Out on the wonderful Alcopop! Records on 15 September, “Take Holds” sees the trio move away from vast, anthemic synths and offers instead a much tighter, claustrophobic and funky sensibility. There’s a foalsian feeling to it as the bassline grooves along, the guitar tickles and Harry’s vocals pull you in close. It’s a dark, mellow and groovy tune that should have people on their forthcoming American and UK dates bobbing along in rhythmic delight.

HAze – “Reckless Heart”

We know little about Haze other than the fact that she is a girl in Reading and that she has a syrupy sweet voice that shines and gleams like sunlight breaking through rain cloud. Taken from her Picture Frame EP (which is out now), “Reckless Heart” is blessed with gorgeously light melodies and warmth that we could happily get lost in for hours and hours.

Elsie – “Mad Chemistry”

We’ve featured London based, Liverpool born Elsie a few times now and on the last two occasions she’s got us rather hot under the collar. With her latest offering, “Mad Chemistry”, things have escalated. Previously it was the undulating and slinky harmonies and the sensual and sultry melodies that provided the steam, now she’s gone all in and added lyrics to match. It’s about sex and frankly, we have absolutely no problem with that at all. She has a gorgeous voice, makes gorgeous music and now, well we didn’t think temperatures could get much higher but yeah, yeah they have.

Bea – “Safe Ground”

When we first wrote about the mysterious Bea we were accused of being laughable and pretentious, which is pretty much every bloggers dream analysis. Since then Bea has released another tune online and while we still know nothing about her, “Safe Ground” is another piece of quality, muted pop music with a gorgeously relaxed vibe to it. Like fluffy unicorns frolicking gently in a secret lagoon…

Laura Welsh – “Break The Fall”

At the turn of the year we named Laura Welsh as one of our artists to listen out for in 2014. Given that she had already supported the likes of London Grammar, a major behind her and a number of cracking R&B infused pop songs under her belt at the time, it was probably a safe-ish bet. You do have to keep banging out great tunes to have any chance at success though and thankfully, Laura is doing just that. “Break The Fall” is three minutes of dark and dramatic electro-pop music, all stompy rhythms and big vocals that we just love.

“Break The Fall” is out on 11 August via Outsiders/Polydor.

Saint Agnes – “Old Bone Rattle”

Yee-hah! Saddle up boy and get ready to ride, the Saint Agnes duo of Jon and Kitty are back and this time they have the full force of the Energy Snake behind them. “Old Bone Rattle” is a gloriously rawkus, foot stomping, gun toting, western of a blues rock track. It’s a magnificent bastard, as stunning as miles of desert and just and dangerous. This is the kind of tune villains take over towns to, that acid trips are taken to and that we just want to rock out with.

“Old Bone Rattle” is out now via Energy Snake Records.

bAnoffee – “Got It”
We’re sure there have already been about a gagillion puns around Martha Brown’s musical alias so we’re not even going to bother… for once. Instead we shall focus on the rapid fire scattergun of the digital beats, the sweet and soft melty vocals and captivating childlike electronic tootling. Taken from her forthcoming EP (out 22 August) “Got It” is a dreamily cool antidote for the baking heat that the UK is enjoying right now.

Verre – “blu”

Almost a year ago we featured a ridiculously sexy and sultry track from California five-piece, De Verre. With a totally nsfw video to accompany it, “Mad” had our pulses racing, heart beating and blood flowing places… Several cold showers later and they have dropped the De to become simply Verre are back with new song “blu” ahead of a six-track EP due later in the year. Singer Alice’s vocals are as soft and sensual as before but “blu” is much more pop-rock than pop-rotica and it quickly shows. The chorus is full of sass and attitude but the track is also laced with self-doubt and insecurity. It’s also very good and perfect for a good old fashioned hairbrush sing-along. Go on, you know you want to.

See, we told you it had been a good few months for music and there were many many more too, some of which we will be featuring in more depth over the coming days. Normal service will resume Monday; it’s good to be back.

Elsie – “Gone By Sunrise”

8 May

Elsie Gone By Sunrise

A couple of months ago we all got rather hot under the collar with Elsie’s “Wild One” and to be honest, we are only now recovering our composure. In fact, just thinking about its glistening, steamy sexuality is making us a little red of cheek and warm of brow. We should move on.

Handily Elsie has just posted a new track online to help us do just that. Thankfully, for the sake of our poise and respectable image, “Gone By Sunrise” is not as salacious or licentious as its predecessor. It’s still quite sexy though to be fair, not that we are complaining…


We don’t think there’s a story in Ian Fleming’s collated Bond tales called “Gone By Sunrise” but it was the danger, intrigue, martini’s and (no doubt) the opening titles of OO7’s world that inspired Elsie and the sound certainly fits. It’s rather slinky, with sonic undulations and soft cavorting silhouetted shapes aplenty. It’s sultry and sensual with a deep melodic R&B flavour that is pleasantly reminiscent of Aaliyah as in fact, is Elsie’s vocals in places.

Deep, rich and emotive, it more than anything is the star of the show as it reaches out like a spell, drawing you into its welcoming embrace. The power of her obsession, her compulsion and yearning for the touch of her lover is devilishly seductive. Like an addict she can’t get enough, ”Once is not enough / Twice is just a tease” she beckons. That’s not all though, “If you are my last breath / Then I’m ready to die” she continues, no doubt in a mess of sated passion, pleasure and satisfaction.

Gosh, it is another stupidly sexy tune when we think about it. We’re off for a cold shower, enjoy the song…

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