"Devonshire, England's Metronomy have traveled an impressive stylistic distance in the short span of three albums. The group began in 2006 as glitchy electronic smirkers, proffering a garishly irreverent take on chinstroking IDM. Yet for their third full-length effort, The English Riviera, they've fully transitioned into a sleek, urbane pop-rock outfit, taking polished cues from the well-heeled likes of Steely Dan and Phoenix." --Pitchfork
"When a band describes their sound as 'Daft Punk meets The Eagles,' you figure the outcome could be either really horrible ... or totally awesome. After all, these are two pretty big extremes. Lucky for us, the Devon, England-based foursome Metronomy falls into the latter category. ... Their latest effort, The English Riviera (out now), is an unexpected mash-up of frontman Joe Mount's strangely relaxing vocals, catchy synth hooks, and funky staccato beats, all complemented by a wonderfully melodic undertone." --Nylon
“Joe Mount has transformed his Metronomy project from a jaunty, brilliant, yet ultimately niche electro outfit into one of the most expansive and visionary pop bands in the country.” Album Review. 9/10. Buy this album." --NME
NewVillager are multi-media artists from San Francisco and New York. The two founding members, Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini create new pop music as a means of illustrating the NewVillager mythology, a system of thinking, which is partially "found" and partially created by the group and their collaborators.
The band's first single, Rich Doors/Genghis On was released by Two-Syllable records and Moodgadget in 2009, and was acclaimed by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, the Irish Times, Stereogum, TimeOut New York, RCRDLBL and the NME, who described the band as "pop shamans taking meticulous steps towards a mysterious, musical nirvana."
Jhameel presents a blend of orchestral instruments, tight percussion, fierce vocal melodies, and rich synthesizers in his new album, The Human Condition. His music is tied together by his distinct pop sensibility, with influences in Jonsi, Phoenix, and MGMT.
"Jhameel’s second LP, The Human Condition, is an album of classically-influenced pop that struggles gracefully with the big issues of our time. It’s so graceful that it could put him in the running to be the voice of his generation." --MTV