Great, semi-dreamy semi-rnb coming in from London's Hawkon - who apparently is Norwegian albeit not a Prince. Seems like London is turning more and more electro rnb'ish lately - what's that all about. What happened to the rough guitar scene? Either way, who cares when it sounds like this. Hawkon dropped this hot ball this morning, with the promise of an EP to be released in February.
Hawkon will be playing live in Berlin tomorrow at the Bergen Night I Monarch hosted by the lovely lilipads of Nordic by Nature.
Eeek - most parts of Northern Europe are currently experiencing the natural forces of Xaver, which is how German meteorologists named the first heavy storm of this winter. I hear Sweden went with Sven. Isn't that peculiar? Either way, it's this semi-apocalyptic setup into which London's Breton sent over their new EP Force Of Habit. A prelude, a big setting-the-scene for their upcoming second studio album War Room Stories to be released in February.
So Force Of Habit has four songs, and they are all among the best shit this year has brought. Which is somewhat amazing. The lads did record their new album in Berlin this summer, and thinking this is what didn't make the cut is just spectacular. Attached is Sticker Factory, stream the whole EP here. , out December 16th.
Here goes our beloved New Frontier section with a Christmas special! Hamburg's Prinzenbar will kindly host legendary VV Brown supported by local heroes Heartbeast this Wednesday December 4th and as December is the month of gifts and presents avid Poule d'Or followers are once again in luck! There are lying around at Poule headquarters, waiting to be yours.
All you have to do is comment on this post and share your favorite type of Christmas candy. The winner will be drawn
Tuesday night, 11pm CET Wednesday, 11am CET. So make sure you use a valid email address so Team Poule can reach out to you, no brainer. If you are not familiar with VV Brown, you've probably been in hibernation for a long time - hit play below and drift away, stellar dark rnb. Very much up our alley.
And the good news don't stop there! Support for Miss VV will be coming from Hamburg's very own Heartbeast - who Chin covered here before. The lads have been busy this summer, and are ready to showcase their new songs.
Epic new single by Delaykliniken from Stockholm - Love is in the air, way to warm up a November weekend.
Sit back and let A Thousand Vows take you on a holiday into the desert - which is exactly what's happening up here in the video above. Oldenburg's ambient sound lord remixed his own EP along with Canadian producer Mark Hjorthoy and Hamburg's finest Kirrin Island, starting by playing it backwards - which I feel is a bit of an Leonardo DiCaprio Inception move, but I don't really know anything. The product however is rather spectular. The preview is attached above while you can stream the entire remixed desert EP here.
Swedish label Mareld is gonna have a physical version of this available, December 23rd. Late Christmas present anyone?
One of Team Poule's total faves Nimmo And The Gauntletts released a great new song this month. Others neatly follows the footsteps of their brilliant debut EP from last year. Very nice video by Balthazar Klarwein going along with it - powerful stuff.
I don't know what a Yugen is but Norwegian fun machine Disaster In The Universe unleashed this Yugen a couple of days ago and it's been in Team Poule's heads since. What better way to spend freezing cold November nights - and knowing it's only the beginning of winter. A new album coming soon too. This winter is going to be hottt!
So apparently there ARE non-financial things happening in Luxemburg! Here come Say Yes Dog - who are part German and also Luxemburger. The group plays some very fine electro pop, sort of a love child of Beat Connection and Hot Chip. Luckily they are also having an EP out December 9th and are juuuust about to embark on a great European tour, playing Hamburg tomorrow November 21st, Berlin on the 27th, Paris on December 11th and London on Dec 19th - among loads more dates.
Team Poule was fortunate enough to catch them live before: highly recommended. Attached is Around My Neck of their debut A Friend that you can listen to here.