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BAT AND BALL: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS AND ABI SINCLAIR

The UK’s Bat and Ball are an immensely-talented outfit with co-lead vocalists Abi and Chris Sinclair hailing from West Country. While the two began writing and performing with various bands in their early teens, they never actually played in a band together until they both moved to London to study at Goldsmiths College,...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: PETITE MELLER

We’ve been fascinated by Petite Meller ever since she left a link to her “Backpack” video on our Facebook page last September.  If you watched the video when we posted it, then chances are you remember it.  It was the gorgeous homage to vintage French cinema shot on the French Riviera.  Meller herself...
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#albumoftheday FEATURE REVIEW: EMILIE SIMON: MUE

Émilie Simon began her career with a self-titled release in 2003. I happened upon it by chance when I was looking for a few new CDs to buy on Amazon France, as I had been a French music junkie since 1997 or so. I had no idea what she was going to sound...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NINA PERSSON UNVEILS HER ANIMAL HEART

interview by Michael McCarthy If there’s ever been someone we’ve interviewed here on Love is Pop who needs no introduction it’s Nina Persson. But, just in case her name doesn’t ring a bell, Nina is the beloved vocalist of The Cardigans. In most of the world, they’ve had roughly two dozen big hit...
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KYLIE LAUNCHES SEXERCISE.TV

Following the release of her super hot and steamy video for “Sexercise,” Kylie Minogue has now launched Sexercise.tv, which features several different videos for the bounce, bounce, bouncy song that’s sure to have gym memberships on the rise already.  Sexercize.tv was created by Chandelier Creative, a New York City based creative agency founded...
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KYLIE MINOGUE: KISS ME ONCE: A TRACK-BY-TRACK REVIEW

Kiss Me Once is Kylie Minogue’s twelfth studio album. It’s her first album since she parted ways with her long-term manager Terry Blamey and signed a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint. Considering that the album has over 20 writers and at least a half dozen producers, it’s amazing that it sounds...
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#albumoftheday UGLY BUNNY: TOKYO

It’s not every day that high school students release an album. And it’s even less common for high school students to release a truly fantastic album with a serious wow factor. But that’s precisely what Ugly Bunny have done with their stellar debut, Tokyo You may recall Ugly Bunny from my very positive...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: JANN KLOSE

As you’re about to find out, Jann Klose is an eclectic artist who’s equally at home singing, writing songs, composing music and acting. The amazing thing is that he’s brilliant at every single one of these things. Last year when I reviewed his superb album Mosaic I wrote that, stylistically, his voice and...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MICHAEL RIDER

Recently one of my favorite artists, Charlotte Martin, made a post on Facebook about her new album, Water Breaks Stone. I left a comment asking whom I should contact about covering the album for Love is Pop. A fellow fan of Martin’s work, Michael Rider, saw my post and commented to ask if...
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12 FREE SAMPLERS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD NOW ON AMAZON

The End Records Free Sampler 2014 Includes: Rich Robinson, Nina Persson, Davidge & more [recommended] The Sound We’re Making – A Spartan Records Sampler Includes: Daisyhead, Schematic, Waypoint & more Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013 Includes: Mikal Cronin, The Love Language, Eleanor Friedberger, She & Him & more [recommended] Bar None Records Free...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DAVIDGE

Yesterday we unveiled our review of Slo Light, the debut solo album by Massive Attack collaborator Davidge.  As promised, today we’re presenting our exclusive interview with the man himself. Did you write the songs on Slo Light entirely by yourself and then find people to sing them or did you write them with...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: DAVIDGE: SLO LIGHT

If you like trip-hop and/or electronic music in general then chances are you’ve already heard the music of Davidge (full name: Neil Davidge), being that he has collaborated with none other than trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack for well over a decade now.  Working closely with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja (3D) in both...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BROKEN BELLS: AFTER THE DISCO

When Brian Burton, otherwise known as Danger Mouse, and James Mercer, the vocalist of The Shins, first joined forces as Broken Bells in 2010, nobody quite knew what to expect. But plenty of people were curious, hence their self-titled debut popping up in the Billboard Top 10 the week of its release. At...
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