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Five artists to discover: April 2013 edition

Tokyo summer festival

Here is what I’ve been listening to during the month of April: Once again, I’m noticing that my taste in music is all over the place, so I hope you discover something you like!

Annie: Music aficionados have been paying attention to the Swedish pop scene for years now, embracing the work of singers Robyn and Lykke Li. However, audacious pop music is also being produced in the country right next door, without garnering the same amount of praise or consideration.

Norway’s Annie is a pop star for the indie fans. She and her team of musician friends meld infectious beats together with different elements of sonority that create what the artist herself calls ‘pop with strange edges’.

Zion T: Kpop tends to be all about the big beats and bands with more members than most people have fingers. Here’s something different: Zion T.His sound is more akin to that of Justin Timberlake or Jamiroquai. An interesting change of pace in the sea of boy and girl bands!

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Songs for energy and inspiration

In the last week, my house has been a bit of a mess (is that ever not the case?). We hired a painter to repaint our walls. After living here for more than one year, we’ve finally made the change from dull and dingy blanc cassé to bright, pure white.

No use in doing it ourselves, we didn’t have the time and patience. Since my boyfriend runs a painting business, what better reason to get one of his employees to do it?

Yes, the mural is still there.

Instead of decorating, I’ve been doing a bunch of other stuff, like finally getting some new music on my IPOD. I thought I’d share a few favorite songs I have right now. As I’ve already illustrated in these articles, I have quite an eclectic taste in music. I’ll specify genres and similar artists before each video so you know if it will suit your own likes.

Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling- Beautiful folk style duet

Tame Impala- This particular song sounds very much like the Beatles circa Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band

1995- French rap group, covering a song by american rapper Craig Mack

Late of the pier a british dance-punk band. This music video is pretty darn cool.

Santigold- fans of M.I.A. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will enjoy.

Paran maum- This cover of a classic japanese power punk song was recorded for a movie called Linda Linda Linda (2005)

Azealia Banks- An infectious old school electro beat and crude rhymes that would almost other dirty mouthes like Lil Kim blush. Not for the faint of ears!

Yasuha Kominami- Reminds me a bit of japanese Paramore.