It's that time of the year again. Danish little hub Aarhus is opening its city gates to welcome the larger parts of Scandinavia and Northern Europe for SPOT Festival 30 April to 3 May. A four day extravaganza throughout the whole city - like a Danish version of South By Southwest: music, movies and beautiful people. The obvious names on the menu include Rangleklods, Reptile Youth, Kwamie Liv, Asbjørn, Sekouia and many more. And Like every year they managed to book a range of great small and rising bands, excited and hungry for an audience. Team Poule wouldn't be Team Poule if hadn't screened the entire line-up and are now ready to drop some names you absolutely cannot miss while being in Aarhus.
First on the list is hot duo Cancer, a new project by When Saints Go Machine lead singer and producer Nikolaj together with Chorus Grant lead singer and guitarist Kristian: great, soulful pop music with a pinch. Their debut EP Ragazzi came out last year on Tambourhinoceros, attached below is their new video for Age Of Pinball. One of the slower numbers in their repertoire. Make sure to give them a proper go on Spotify. They are playing Musikhuset Store Sal on Saturday, 17h45.
Miles deep pop coming in from Copenhagen again. Sherpa has put out this bad boy last week and you can be sure that it will be stuck in your heads for days to come. So pop this one on the radio for your next road trip. Windows down, pedal to the metal and burn that fuel. This is a pure driver song is what this is.
Canadian powerhouse Carly Rae Jepsen has a new song out with Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion aka Blood Orange which couldn't be more slurpy and 80s and poppy. However, London sling shot Luka has edited the sweet bejeezus out of the track, slowing it down, looping it, turning it into a brilliant four minute laid track to groove out to on a summer festival as well as on your average week night at home. Be sure to catch one of Luka's set around Europe somewhere, all dates and info here.
Sensation poppers CITIZENS! just released their banger of a second album European Soul this week - and are now packing their bags to take the bad boy across Europe for a few gigs, taking them to London Thursday this week, Paris on Saturday, Berlin on Monday next week and Hamburg on Tuesday, April 21st.
Readers of Poule d'Or are once again in luck because we managed to get our feathers on not one but TWO tickets for the show at Molotow in Hamburg waiting for one winner. All you have to do to make them yours is hit the comment section below and tell us your favorite song by the civil Brits. Extra points for throwing a facebook like our way. The winner will be picked Monday night, April 20th, 6pm sharp.
Attached below is the stellar remix by Cesare of their current single Lighten Up. Meanwhile, European Soul is still out on Kitsuné.
Copenhagen's finest, Lisa Alma, is busy putting wheels on her upcoming second LP titled Sweater which will be out April 21st on Dumont Dumont. Meanwhile, she can't believe how cold and refreshing the water is around this time of the year and presents the world with a second single off the new album. Fine is a featherlight pop song without being cheesy - which is something only the grand ones manage to achieve. Grand bliss.
Also, Lisa Alma will be partying hard through Germany next month. Playing HamburgMay 14th, Berlin May 15th and Cologne on the 16th. Make sure to catch the release party in Copenhagen on April 21st too.
Hardly a hot tip at this point but nevertheless one worthy of a tip. London's super group CITIZENS! release their red hot new second album titled European Soul today - on no other label than Kitsuné. Three years after their epic debut and a prolonged world wide tour this is album is highly anticipated. And the lads do deliver to a maximum. Fourteen great tracks, within the lines of the banging single Lighten Up, attached above. Catchy, poppy, feel good summer vibes.
The European Soul will be supported by a range of European gigs as well. See the lads in London at XOYO April 16th, which is Thursday this week, Gaïté Lyrique in Paris on Saturday, Privatclub in Berlin on Monday and Hamburg's Molotow on Tuesday. Get behind that asap.
I'm just glad we got to see each other, talk and re-meet each other, save a place in heaven 'til the next time we meet forever. No, this is not a Jay-Z rework. Nothing but moments of honesty coming in from Dear Tracks out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, by way of Sweden's Drömljud Records though. Pure riffs and crooning vocals that give you the goose bumps and make you want to get in a car drive off into the sunset. Look out for more, this is gold.
Forever band crush Bravestation out of Toronto broke the silence and released a hot new track last week. Haven is as pure and great as they are and comes with a warm promise of an EP to be out on Culvert Music next month. It's April and spring is just around the corner, lurking underneath every breeze of air, shadows are getting shorter again and the light gently stays a few minutes longer every day. Haven is that song.