sábado, novembro 15, 2014

MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT :: NOVEMBRO 2014 com A JIGSAW



Depois de participarem no Music Alliance Pact, em Março de 2012, eles regressam agora com No True Magic, e é com o tema que dá o nome ao álbum que eles participam desta vez no Music Aliiance Pact.

João rui e Jorri, os dois membros da banda, contaram ainda com as participações de  Carla Torgerson (The Walkabouts) e um conjunto de amigos e talentosos músicos portugueses Hugo Fernandes, Guilherme Pimenta (bateria e percussões), Lauren Rossi, Maria Côrte, Miguel Gelpi, Pedro Serra e Gito Lima, Susana Ribeiro , Maria Côrte (harpa, violino e viola de arco), Lauren Rossi (trompa) e Hugo Fernandes (violoncelo), confirmando a Coimbra mais uma banda nacional com o talento e a capacidade de produzir obras preciosas que não farão coroar, antes pelo contrário, mas orgulhar as suas origens e todo o país. Infelizmente, como tantas outras bandas de nova música portuguesa, eles não tocam na rádio excepto em programas como o Portugália, do Henrique Amaro. 

Além dos A Jigsaw, temos mais 22 temas e bandas nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os vinte e dois temas, através do Dropbox AQUI.


ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Tomás Ferrero - Cuando Te Hablo In March 2013, a mixed group of musicians gathered together in Cordoba and Buenos Aires to play some songs and sound pieces composed with lyrics taken from the work of a federal collective of artists called Esta Vida No Otra. Some of them recorded the results several months later, and those tracks were then released as a compilation titled 15 Artistas Cantan Esta Vida No Otra. The song we have selected from this album, also available for free at Bandcamp, is Cuando Te Hablo by Tomás Ferrero from the band Rayos Láser.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? Open Swimmer - Sugar Bowl Open Swimmer's version of pop is jarring, even discordant at first, but it's this blatantly simple approach that has us hooked. (Dirty Projectors fans, pay attention now.) Sugar Bowl is a brilliant introduction to the band; playful yodelling is cut and pasted along a steady 4/4 drum beat, while witty banter takes the fore. Songwriter Ben TD was based in Glasgow for seven years, touring extensively and landing multiple sessions on BBC Radio One and a stint at T in the Park before settling in Melbourne. The band comprises some of Melbourne's most admired independent music alumni (The Harpoons, Seagull). Expect to hear a lot more from this group.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Alessandra Leão - Mofo Alessandra Leão shows off her experimental side with Mofo, taken from her new EP, Pedra De Sal. Avoiding the world music sound from other works, this song has dark music and some weird programming that fits the angst of the lyrics.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo Beach Season - Midnights There's not actually much out there on Beach Season besides the fact the project is from Calgary. The smooth vocals of Midnights complements the hip-hop influenced rhythms. This is a duo that won't be much of a mystery for long.

CHILE: Super 45 The Dagger Complex - Velvet Moon The Dagger Complex were formed in 2013 by Hernán Díaz (vocals/guitar), Michaela Boman (vocals), Abraham Vicencio (guitar), Gonzalo Chandía (bass) and Ignacio Álvarez (drums). Their debut EP, Vibrant, released by Beast Discos, is a collection of songs inspired by early 90s shoegaze and dream-pop, one foot set in the cadence of bands such as Slowdive or Mojave 3, the other one in the fuzzy mass of noise of The Jesus And Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian IAmFire - Burn Your Halo IAmFire have their debut EP ready and apparently it sounds like a "massive drug experience" to frontman Peter Dolving. Come December, he and the rest of the gang will be releasing this groovy stoner metal dragon and here's Burn Your Halo as a MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera Gnómico & Victor Victor - Mesita De Noche Hip-hop producer Gnómico has always been interested in preserving Dominican musical culture for the present and future generations. Now he's embarking on a new project called Sinergia that will add an urban twist to many songs from past decades. The first one is Mesita De Noche, a famous 90s bachata by Victor Victor, now remade with a funky fresh attitude, Gnómico's own rap verses and Mr Victor himself singing its signature chorus.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Da Culkin Clan - Sometimes You Make Love From the city of Cuenca, Da Culkin Clan represents the most weird and experimental contemporary hip hop of the country. Their lyrics and music are a bunch of random, powerful and creative ideas - a mixture of carnival and fiction figures. From debut album Special Dark, we present its first single, Sometimes You Make Love.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda Babis Papadopoulos - Spring Babis Papadopoulos blends the organic nature of Greek traditional folk music, rhythms rich with contemporary elements and avant-garde jazz and succeeds in creating a sequence of lush, varied and nostalgic tracks. Spring, the splendid first preview from his forthcoming album, Joy In Pain, Pain In Joy, is dominated by a delicate, recurring melody in bouzouki, mournful violins, a broody viola and the warm restlessness of his guitar.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Barokka - Barapantura Dangdut Koplo is one of the most famous electro genres in the shady underground clubs of Indonesia. This trashy dance anthem was created by the guy behind Dubyouth as an introduction.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing SPIES - Moosehead Hyped up by authorities as hefty as The Guardian and NME, Dublin's SPIES are widely seen as the city's next big thing. Moosehead is the latest of their slow to emerge singles, released on the band's own Trout Records label. Leaning on the same glorious desolation that fronted Factory Records' world-renowned soundscapes, it's a jittery, dingy piece of indie-rock that brings atmospheric depression up to date. Think social awkwardness meets Interpol, and put a hefty bookmark on this space.

ITALY: Polaroid Klam - Mess With The Best, Die In A Nuclear Test On the cover of Bleak, the debut album by Klam, there is a foggy road, a city in the shadow, a storm seems to be approaching. It's a perfect introduction to the sound of the band: dark shoegaze with post-punk sharp edges. They can create hazy clouds of feedback, but they can also write vibrant and trembling songs like this one.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies Toyohirakumin - Cliff If the term 'vaporwave' gives you chills, either turn back now or try to think beyond whatever concepts of the internet microgenre you have. Toyohirakumin makes music that is often filed as - and in some cases sounds like - vaporwave, but Cliff is far more than an exercise in aesthetics. It is a slow burner, and a minimal one at that, but a compelling throbber from a promising Japanese producer.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta Fastidju - Kukkuzejt Fastidju was born when Nigel Baldacchino (essentially a non-musician) started conceiving vague sung melodies and aural structures for existing pieces of writing compiled for the exhibition, Sajda, in 2012. Nigel started seeking collaborations with electronic producers he admired, such as Istishhad Hheva and Cygna, to provide flesh to his musical skeletons. An album was devised and a band took on the task of developing some of the structures - and even creating new songs. Cygna ultimately ended up being the main crucial guiding light in the final studio phase.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika Pumcayó - Don Jacinto Hailing from Guadalajara, Pumcayó is a band that weaves their region's folkloric heritage, with patterns found on Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes' music. Following a Kino-Pravda aesthetic - as in Dziga Vertov's Soviet documentary from the 20s - the video for the song Don Jacinto follows the semi-industrial art of making colourful papercrafts, a simple decor in Mexican celebrations with a beautifully complex craft.

PERU: SoTB Mind Black - Cocaine Mirella Bellido is the songwriter and lead singer of Mind Black. These Days is her debut five-track EP that moves through different emotions such as anxiety, perversion, obsession and regret. Mind Black, as defined by its creator, is a balance between the emotional and rational.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? A Jigsaw - No True Magic Coimbra band A Jigsaw are back with a new album, No True Magic. Jorri and João Rui, the two members of the folksy alternative band, invited Carla Torgerson (The Walkabouts) to join them on vocals for one of the tracks, Black Jewelled Moon. They also produced the record, which will find new fans in those who appreciate artists such as Tindersticks, Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie Los Vigilantes - Ahí Ya No Estoy After an exhaustive and intense European tour, garage-rockers Los Vigilantes returned to Puerto Rico with a new record under their belt. Aptly titled Al Fin (At Last), it perfectly showcases the band's brand of melodic surf punk: both infectious and melancholy, it makes your bones rattle, a bit from pain and a bit from joy. Los Vigilantes recently shared a video for the record's second single, Ahí Ya No Estoy, in which a scorned lover wills himself into feeling hopeful for the future with a little help from his friends, cheering us all up in the process. Dance those blues away with Los Vigilantes.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop Billy Jeffrey Jnr - Eternal Blue Billy Jeffrey Jnr's debut album, Eternal Blue, received modest attention when it was released in early 2014 but - thanks to the power of word-of-mouth and mesmeric live performances - it continues to gain the Glasgow songwriter a host of new fans and followers with each passing week. Possessing the same otherworldly quality as Bon Iver, it is a record full of elegant moments, with title track Eternal Blue being a personal favourite.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK We Hate JH - 20 Emo/power-pop band We Hate JH made the finals of this year's edition of the foremost South Korean rookie competition, Hello Rookie. A brand new single will be out very soon, but 20 is the charming and extremely likeable opening track off the official debut EP Officially, We Hate JH released earlier this year.

SPAIN: Musikorner Role - Shrine II Role are a four-piece from Madrid whose sound is influenced by dream-pop, trip-hop and even art-rock. They have played live at Valle Eléctrico, one of the most important experimental electronic club nights in Spain, and their first album is due to be released in the first quarter of 2015.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You Jenna Dean - Blown Funk-based hip hop is alive and well in the form of this brilliant track from Jenna Dean. Smooth guitars open into a locked groove that swarms around a controlled lyrical outpouring. It's a song that builds and builds, never letting the listener down.

quinta-feira, novembro 13, 2014

JOHN CARPENTER - "VORTEX" (NOVO TEMA / NEW TRACK)




O mestre do cinema, John Carpenter, editará álbum, com temas por editar e alargados, no dia 3 de Fevereiro de 2015. "Vortex" é o tema que serve de apresentação de "Lost Themes".

sexta-feira, outubro 31, 2014

SONIC YOUTH - "HALLOWEEN"

THE SMITHS - "CEMETERY GATES"

SUFJAN STEVENS - THEY ARE NIGHT ZOMBIES

THE CRAMPS - I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF

MARILYN MANSON - "THIS IS HALLOWEEN"

THE FLAMING LIPS - "HALLOWEEN ON THE BARBADRY COAST"

RYAN ADAMS- "HALLOWEENHEAD"

EVANGELICALS -THE HALLOWEEN SONG

SCREAMIN JAY HAWKINS - I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

HONEY BLOOD - "KILLER BANGS" * * * * *

SINKANE - "HOW WE BE" * * * * *

quarta-feira, outubro 15, 2014

MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT :: OUTUBRO 2014 com PERNAS DE ALICATE




Este mês o Posso Ouvir Um Disco? leva ao mundo uma banda que não é uma banda, os Pernas de Alicate, é mais um projecto multimédia, no sentido analógico da palavra, comandado por Carlos BB e Sara Feio e seguido por uma série de amigos de outras áreas (fotografia, filme, música) para construir sobre a sua base. Nos temas, Carlos BB geralmente começa na bateria e, a partir daí, os músicos amigos, e companheiros de estúdio, vão adicionando camadas assim como, noutras áreas, vão nascendo obras de filme e fotografia paralelamente.

Para já temos uma invulgar obra musical e uma interessantíssima obra de imagens estáticas e em movimento, e uma grande vontade de MUITO MAIS.



Além dos Pernas de Alicate, temos mais 20 temas e bandas nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os vinte e dois temas,  através do Dropbox  AQUI.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Pernas De Alicate - Pássaros (Casa Para Pássaros, Parte I) Pernas De Alicate is not really a band but a project started by drummer Carlos BB, who is also a recording studio owner, and Sara Feio, an illustrator. They invited some of their friends and acquaintances to contribute their art, music, illustrations, photography and film for Pernas De Alicate. The music was recorded over Carlos BB's drums, with every musician invited on a one-by-one basis. The video for Pássaros (Casa Para Pássaros, Parte I) was directed by Sara.



ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Ubika - Fahrenheit Hard rock guitars, solid bass and drums plus strong female vocals are the formula behind Ubika. Fahrenheit is the first single from their latest album, Amigos Del Bosque, and it's inspired by Ray Bradbury's novel. The song has a video directed by Diego Stickar, which you can watch here.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? The Twoks - First Light The Twoks are a Melbourne two-piece comprising Xani Kolac on violin and vocals, and Mark Leahy on drums. Initially the solo instrumental project of Kolac, who studied jazz and improvisation at Victorian College of the Arts, the duo is now renowned on the local live circuit for their unpredictable sets which feature Kolac on loop station and a smorgasbord of effects. On The Twoks' latest release, First Light EP - which boasts crisp production from Tony Buchen (The Preatures) - Kolac's improvisations have been whittled down to concise retro-pop tunes in the vein of Pat Benatar or Kate Bush.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Baleia - Breu Breu is one of the strongest songs from Baleia's debut album, released last year. They first caught the attention of the indie press in Brazil with a jazzy cover of Justin Timberlake but in their album they show a handful of influences, resulting in experimental indie-rock that dabbles in baroque pop and folk.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo Friends Forever - As Long As You Call Me The duo of Jordan Pearson (New Zebra Kid/Halcyon) and Sam McDougall don't have many songs yet under the moniker Friends Forever, but As Long As You Call Me shows off vintage 80s synth-pop inspiration with sparking melodies.

CHILE: Super 45 Magaly Fields - Love Scene Magaly Fields is a duo formed by Tomás Stewart (guitar) and Diego Cifuentes (drums) who rock fast and strongly. They released their debut album Chromatic Days in September through Algo Records. Their first single is Love Scene, a fictional tune about a rotten relationship that fantasies that the romance never really happened.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian Hit The Hay - Long Way Home One of my favorite Danish bands right now, Hit The Hay travel dusty American roads with bags packed with catchy Scandinavian melancholy. Here is my first meeting with them, Long Way Home, as a MAP exclusive download, but do also check out the great Never Wanted Out and Running.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera Doob - Put On Your Seat Belt (Brenda M Remix) True island vibes can be felt all over the work of Doob, a young producer from La Vega who spends his time remixing, and ranging between soul and progressive house on tracks of his own. The original Put On Your Seat Belt song can be heard here, but the one featuring on this MAP edition is a Nu-disco remix by Brenda M, a DJ and collaborator from the neighboring Santiago province.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Estereo Humanzee - Insaciable In less than one year, Estereo Humanzee return to MAP with their new EP, 8min 20seg. This three-song EP, that came with their new live album Signaux Lumineux, is a real statement of the evolution of their electronic sound.

FRANCE: Your Own Radio Singapour - Paris SA Singapour is the new project from the duo Mondrian, who are composed of Roman Oswald and Lee Gordon. On their track Paris SA (Paris Société Anonyme) they present the Paris you don't really want to know: €10,000 per square meter, €3 coffee, stressful life. It's the storytelling of a complicated relationship between Parisians and their city, a kind of "I love you… me neither".

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda Dead Gum - Float Panagiotis Spoulos, as Dead Gum, mainly uses guitar and vocals through minimal effects to create instant songs, psychedelic collages and direct, stripped-down bursts. The music itself - partially improvised but fully psychographic - has anthropocentric characteristics and lo-fi character and flirts with punk, bedroom pop and analog noise. Float is the gripping opening track off his upcoming album, GAINER.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Megatruh - Annelies Megatruh come from Malang, a small city in the eastern part of Java with plenty of music talent, and Megatruh is one of the latest breed. After a series of painful things happened to frontman Kidung, he started a project influenced by post-punk, psychedelia and noise-rock with 90s sensibilities.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Conor Walsh - The Front West coast modern-classical pianist Conor Walsh has one foot in Ireland's contemporary scene through his toned-down samples and nuanced electronics. In the most part, though, his music exudes a mellow timelessness, taking the gorgeous throwback farmland of rural Mayo and converting it into a sound that's part film score, part desolate romance. At first listen this sounds like simple piano music; let it sit and The Front's gentle flow whisks you away.

ITALY: Polaroid Niagara - Vanillacola Niagara are a Turin-based experimental pop duo. They say their sound incorporates elements of electronic, psychedelic, Eastern and dance music, but I think it's more surprising than this. The track Vanillacola, from their second album Don't Take It Personally (out now on the UK label Monotreme), is a wonderful example of Niagara's elusive idea of music: Boards Of Canada synths that destroy a catchy pop structure, while the vocals become more obsessive as the melody gets hypnotic.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies The Somedays - Remember Me There is no shortage of indie-pop music in Japan. There has never been a lack of twee-leaning, ennui-dunked groups in this country. Osaka group The Somedays have found a smart way to stand out from the pack. Remember Me is anchored by all the regular trappings of the style - guitar, drums, melancholy vocals - but is given a buzzy edge thanks to the presence of synthesizers, lending a futuristic vibe to their sound.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika Pájaro Sin Alas - Alfombra Mágica Mental Rodolfo Ramos Castro aka Pájaro Sin Alas ("Bird With No Wings") not only penned one of the most heartbreaking songs of the first half of this decade, but also became a figure whose slow output is worth the wait. Alfombra Mágica Mental functions as bitter sips of shared realities that strangely link the mystery of the Arabian Nights with the barren landscapes of his home state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico.

PERU: SoTB Las Amigas De Nadie - Should Not Let It Go Human Dress is the new album of Las Amigas De Nadie, released two years after Sincronia, a record that created great interest in the Latin American music scene thanks to its originality. Human Dress gives us a much deeper insight into the experimental melodies that the band introduced in their previous album. Should Not Let It Go is their first single, an addictive and remarkable mix of electronic textures and distorted vocals.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Pernas De Alicate - Pássaros (Casa Para Pássaros, Parte I) Pernas De Alicate is not really a band but a project started by drummer Carlos BB, who is also a recording studio owner, and Sara Feio, an illustrator. They invited some of their friends and acquaintances to contribute their art, music, illustrations, photography and film for Pernas De Alicate. The music was recorded over Carlos BB's drums, with every musician invited on a one-by-one basis. The video for Pássaros (Casa Para Pássaros, Parte I) was directed by Sara.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie Samalot - Valle De Luz After two intense albums as part of experimental rock group Tachdé, Fernando Samalot has created his own niche in the prolific Puerto Rican music scene with his introspective and meditative songs. With the steady hand of engineer and producer Héctor "Stontape" Hernández, Fernando has created musical landscapes filled with desire, hope and wisdom that seem to travel like wind from our lush Caribbean mountains down to the intricate river channels of the island. Samalot's most recent EP - available through Bandcamp - features two "sister" songs, Rayo De Luz and Valle De Luz. Both are definitely faces of the same coin.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop The Xcerts - Pop Song The Xcerts have been my favourite Scottish rock band since their debut album In The Cold Wind We Smile was released in 2009, with its impassioned choruses and gripping moments of melancholy. It wasn't difficult to fall under its spell. While the follow-up record was deliberately rougher around the edges, their imminent third album, There Is Only You, out on November 3, is an exhibition of The Xcerts' songwriting strength. The melodic explosion of the aptly-named Pop Song, a MAP exclusive download, is a case in point. Check out the video for it here.

SPAIN: Musikorner YDVST - 2044 YDVST breathes mysticism and irrealities. His first EP, DVST / CUTS was written during silent and uncertain nights. It was released by the Sweat Taste label and contains experimental essences of ambient, downtempo and vaporware. This mysterious yet captivating artist from Madrid will certainly develop his projects at his own pace.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You The Fervor - Moment Of Truth Louisville, Kentucky's The Fervor mixes in lush orchestration with pounding vocals that conjure up thoughts of Neko Case. The music is filled with small moments of beauty that once heard as a complete piece results in a blissful listen.

segunda-feira, setembro 15, 2014

MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT :: SETEMBRO 2014 com NAKED AFFAIR


O Posso Ouvir Um disco? cruzou.-se com os Naked Affair por mero acaso e sem ter indicações das suas origens. Ficámos gratos, quando  descobrimos que eram portugueses, pela possibilidade de podermos vir a te mais um fantástico projecto nacional para apresentarmos no Music Alliance Pact. Felizmente, através do seu management, eles aceitaram o nosso convite e aqui temos, gratuitamente, o seu single "Pearl". O projecto, de  Manuel Salvador com Bruno Mota e João Máximo, tem outros sons para descobrir no Soundcloud. Podem também encontrá-los no Facebook.



Além da participação portuguesa, podem encontrar mais 20 temas, de 20 países. (Ver abaixo).


   PORTUGALPosso Ouvir Um Disco? Naked Affair - Pearl With a sound encompassing keyboards, sampling, synths and some remarkable vocals, Naked Affair cite The XX, Daughter, Roisin Murphy and Erykah Badu as influences. Following the fabulous Melon Ice Cream, Naked Affair offer MAP readers an extended version of their latest single, Pearl. Go ahead and download it now, before they become big.

Além dos Naked Affair, temos mais 21 temas e bandas, nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. 
Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os vinte e dois temas,  através do Dropbox here.


ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Los Gongs - Suicidas Suicidas is a brand new track from Los Gongs' sophomore album, Volumen 2. This young, promising band from Buenos Aires takes us back to the folk-rock, kraut and psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s. It was recorded at Ion, one of the few studios in Argentina that still offers a completely analog recording environment.

  AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? Foreign/National - Life Tourist Five-piece Foreign/National was formed by brothers Mark and Sean Gage in their hometown on the Mornington Peninsula, a short drive south of Melbourne. The band has released three singles since November last year, attracting their fair share of attention from the music blogosphere. On latest offering Life Tourist, the lyrics offer a harsh counterpoint ("What's your motherfuckin' problem?") to the band's signature blend of psych-pop and tropicalia. It's a cheerful, off-kilter sound that falls somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django and Os Mutantes. Foreign/National's debut EP will be out on Downtime later this month.

  BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Moreno Veloso - Um Passo À Frente Moreno Veloso, the eldest son of Caetano Veloso, released his first studio album this year, Coisa Boa. Um Passo À Frente, the first single from it, is an indie-samba song that reflects the easygoing mood of the record.

  CANADA: Ride The Tempo D-Sisive - Jonah Hill Toronto rapper D-Sisive describes his own biopic and reveals who would be the ideal person to play him. Despite being seemingly ridiculous, this track may be his best yet.

  CHILE: Super 45 Bernardita - Hojas Bernardita (Martínez) took some songs that her friend and fellow musician Felipe Cadenasso had kept for years and included them in her self-titled debut album. Hojas ("Leaves") is a melancholic song that allows the listener to experience the intimacy of the recording. It's fresh, warm and sweet. Just as the leaves fall to the ground during autumn you will fall for this track.

  COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo fatsO - It's Getting Bad Daniel Restrepo is fatsO's heart and bassist: a project born from the roots of jazz that has evolved into rock and soul. Thus their classic, elegant style refreshes the sounds of Colombia's capital. In the track It's Getting Bad, the influence of the great Tom Waits is palpable.

  DENMARK: All Scandinavian ColorKaleido - Gold ColorKaleido - producer/songwriter Kim Vagn Wagner and singer/songwriter Christine Milton - released their first EP in 2012 (two tracks available on SoundCloud) with a fresh one coming out early next year. Gold is the first single off the as-yet-untitled new EP and it's a pretty amazing shot of grandiose pop.

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera Irka Mateo - Vamo a Gozá Irka Mateo is an expert in world music and Dominican folklore. After more than 25 years exploring our roots she still finds ways to innovate with the sounds that have shaped our cultural landscape for hundreds of years. Vamo a Gozá takes on bachata rhythms with accordion - usually associated with merengue - and is the first single from a new album that will prominently feature this instrument.

  ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Munn - Aquí/Ahora Progressive beats, silences and a powerful female voice that sings about an action we need to take here and now. This is the new single from Munn. Two years since the release of their first EP, Espiral, the group are preparing to launch their new album. The single Aquí/Ahora is just the starting point of Munn's new, ambitious sound.

  GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda Sophia Loizou - Silica Sophia Loizou's incredible, bold-sounding debut album Chrysalis was mixed and mastered by Subtext's Paul Jebanasam. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life, both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across a diverse range of scales from the microscopic to those which exceed measurement entirely. Comprised of six movements, the recordings unfold an elaborate landscape of intricate detail and severe natural forces whose end is both a creation and a dissolving of recognised forms.

  INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Pancasura - Kamu Pancasura is a collective of young people from Bandung who fuse traditional Sundanese pentatonic scale with world music beats and modern instruments, as you can hear on Kamu ("You").

  IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Florence Olivier - Portals Ambitious conceptual Dublin electro-pop act Florence Olivier channel their namesake - the inventor of the modern synth - and add a twist in basing every track on a deconstructed movie plot. Second single Portals comes complete with a video crammed with the dumbest jokes the three-piece could come up with, but the infectious, summery bent of the slow-building track and its delicate vocals is worth taking seriously. Oh, and which movie is Portals? Well, that's part of the fun...

  ITALY: Polaroid Drink To Me - Bright One day I'll go drifting in deep space. That day I'll be listening to Drink To Me. Bright is the first single from Bright White Light, their new album. It was produced by Alessio Natalizia (Banjo Or Freakout, Walls, etc) and represents a step forward in the band's career. This song is full of trippy synths, the narrator is having a mystical crisis, the rhythm is pulsing but there's no gravity, "All of my memories are gone". Immerse yourself.

  JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies Nohtenkigengo - Typhoon Folk-pop artist Nohtenkigengo has been kicking around since last September, when he released his first EP. He followed that up with an even stronger sophomore collection, and he has not wasted any time as he has his debut full-length album ready to drop next month. Typhoon is the first taste of it, a jaunty number with traces of melancholy sprinkled over it.

  MALTA: Stagedive Malta Three Stops To China - The Beach Dave Urpani, Kurt Kind and Josh Briffa have been making music together since 2010. In that time they've gone from an eclectic mix of grunge and punk to a multi-layered, harmonic blend of dream-pop and shoegaze, while making it a point to not forget their energetic roots. Having just released Take Me To The Beach, a homemade EP signalling this latest chapter in their sonic evolution, hints of what lies next are already looming over the horizon.

  MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika AAAA - Echo Dream AAAA is the brainchild of Gabo Barranco, a youngster who has been sneaking around Mexico City's underground scene as part of the shoegaze-surf-punk band DDA. Now he is delivering tracks under the name AAAA, an ambient noise project that is about to explode in some important local festivals.

  PERU: SoTB Laikamorí - Norfolk Laikamorí is one of the most strange and mysterious musical movements in Peru. The only information about their members is that they are two guys who always play wearing masks encrusted with shiny stones. What I like about them is the amazing sound they create with guitars and synthesizers. They recently released an experimental electro EP, available for free at Bandcamp.

  PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Naked Affair - Pearl With a sound encompassing keyboards, sampling, synths and some remarkable vocals, Naked Affair cite The XX, Daughter, Roisin Murphy and Erykah Badu as influences. Following the fabulous Melon Ice Cream, Naked Affair offer MAP readers an extended version of their latest single, Pearl. Go ahead and download it now, before they become big.

  PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie El S. - No Me Mires Samuel Vidal Quintero, the gifted composer and keyboard player behind indie salsa darlings Orquesta El Macabeo, is also responsible for one of this year's most exciting hip hop records. El S.eis is Quintero's sixth record under the El S. alias and his most accomplished to date. With a healthy dose of collaborations and some inspired beats, El S.eis is both a celebration and a strong statement of artistic maturity from Quintero. No Me Mires, a fun but politically-charged track featuring fellow rapper EBRS, tackles the experience of being constantly judged by others because of outward appearances.

  SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop Bronagh Monahan - Wait Scotland has long been an embracive, inclusive place to live. When looked at in the context of the music sector, both performer and population reap the benefits. Bronagh Monahan is a wonderful example of this. Since moving from Belfast to Glasgow in 2008 she has given so much to her adopted home, immersing herself in the local music scene, hosting live nights for fellow songwriters and showcasing her sultry piano-pop and striking vocals in weekly residencies. Such drive and enthusiasm can't be contained, though, and the next stop in Bronagh's search for stardom is London, where she'll no doubt dazzle another city.

  SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Danpyunsun And The Sailors - Yellow Room Danpyunsun started his underground folk music project as a solo effort in 2006. A year ago he decided to take help from a few fellow musicians and launched Danpyunsun And The Sailors. Claiming to operate within a genre curiously defined as experimental-psychedelic-chamber-music, the band's first album, Animal, was released in late August. On Yellow Room, percussion and violin set the scene for an intense and engaging song that will linger in your memory long after you hear it for the first time.