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Listen to the BBC Radio 6 Music/Hype Machine Half-Year Music Blog Zeitgeist – 20 most-blogged aritsts of 2013 so far

We're teaming up with BBC Radio 6 Music again to present a special half-year Music Blog Zeitgeist. But we also thought it'd be interesting to hear about artists not getting enough attention from the music blog massive. Here's what the bloggers recommended:

Laura St Jude

A Scot's singer songwriter who creates sparse emotional torch songs that sound as if they've been conjured up from a gothic wild west. Like Nico and Lana Del Rey occupying one long eyelashed body. Amazing, haunting, sultry and beautiful. — Breaking More Waves

Laura St. Jude - Town

Copy Paste Soul

Our most overlooked artist of the year thus far would be London-based Copy Paste Soul. He makes soul-quenching deep house music that is guaranteed to get your feet moving. His ‘Look At Me’ EP on Exploited Records perfectly shows how his fractured and left-field style can be totally infectious, we can’t wait to hear more of his music. — Human Drizzle

Copy Paste Soul - CTRL

Posted by 1 site • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify

Fol Chen

This is a group that gets off on experimenting with the rulebook, bending the boundaries and ending up with highly original music. — Bowlegs Music Review

Fol Chen - I.O.U

Posted by 8 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify


This collection of songs has shaken me to the core and restored my hopeful outlook toward discovering new music. — We Listen For You

YouYourself&i - HOROSCOPE GIFT

Junior Prom

Junior Prom's infectious brand of electronic indie pop reminds us that it still can be fun to listen to music. Get outta here, introspection! (...If you read Knox Road you know we don't actually mean that.) — Knox Road

JUNIOR PROM - Young Stunners

La Big Vic

La Big Vic's follow-up album this year confirmed two things: the NYC trio make some of the most beautiful, forward-thinking pop music around. And they remain just a shade on the outside, under-hyped for sure. — Stadiums & Shrines

La Big Vic - All That Heaven Allows

Blue Hawaii

Montreal’s Blue Hawaii are as refreshing a blustery gulp of wily rejuvenation as a can of crested sea foam on once-military sands. — Dots & Dashes

BLUE HAWAII - Where is the Sun???

Posted by 1 site • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify

Witch Hunt

I've chosen a band from Leeds. I always feel like bands from the north of the UK get overlooked--there is so much great stuff happening and Witch Hunt are one of the best. — Flying With Anna

Witch Hunt - Crawl

Posted by 6 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify

I Am The Cosmos

Their debut LP Monochrome is a moody Italo disco album inspired by the motorik electro synthesizer sound of '80s song ‘Shinzo No Tobira’ by Maria. The result is an analogue album evoking a "tears on the dancefloor" vibe. — nialler9

i am the cosmos - Making Me Wait

Posted by 1 site • On Bandcamp • Also on: SpotifyApple Music

DJ Rashad

Chicago footwork producer and Ad Hoc Man of the Year, DJ Rashad, represents the sound of “footwork going international”, spreading from the streets of Chicago outward to London and beyond. — AdHoc

DJ Rashad - Feelin (feat. DJ Spinn & Taso)

Posted by 1 site • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify


Taneli is a young Preston based producer making exciting and age-defying house tracks with an irresistible garage edge. — Cruel Rhythm

Taneli - You're The One


Rhythmic tension, eerie sound design and a malevolent attitude are all hallmarks of a Vhvl track. — The 405

vhvl - sew

Posted by 2 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify

Rokia Traoré

Mali's Rokia Traoré made a record that's immediately arresting, beatiful and unvarnished. Free of world music's typical sheen, a fit for so many mixes - but it's not indie rock, or on a hip US label, so it'll forever be underblogged. — said the gramophone

Rokia Traore - Kounandi

Posted by 1 site • Also on: Spotify

Vaghe Stelle

Turin native Daniele Mana (aka Vaghe Stelle) is one of the most accomplished and compelling instances of deranged dancefloor deviations that we've come across lately. — no fear of pop.

Vaghe Stelle - Unofficial Megastructures

Thoughts On Air

With tapes on many respectable imprints, like Hobo Cults, Tranquility Tapes, and Old Frontiers to name a few, Hamilton, Ontario project Thoughts on Air, aka Scott Johnson, may still only be familiar to regular fans of those labels. Still, his lo-fi and improvisations acquire enough depth to hold even casual interest, unexpectedly emerging from somewhere in the interplay of expanding and receding swells from his heavily distorted guitar, a range of vocals, and the occasional punctuation of sharper sounds. — Decoder Magazine

Thoughts On Air - Harness


She has an effortless knack for simple, beautifully crafted songwriting and a voice that is gently beguiling. — The Line Of Best Fit

Waxahatchee - Swan Dive

To Kill A King

To Kill A King have finally produced the record you always hoped that they would... it's excellent without there being much press about it. — The Blue Walrus


Majical Cloudz

Devon Welsh's powerful vocals combine with raw and vulnerable lyrics and relatively simple production to create an album that makes me feel feelings unlike any album I can think of in recent history. — dailybeatz

Majical Cloudz - Downtown

Posted by 9 sites • Also on: SpotifyApple Music

Twin Peaks

No Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer, Black Lodge or Donna Hayward. No midnight trysts over the border at One Eyed Jacks. Instead, itinerant fuzzy rock & roll from a bunch of young Turks who call Chicago home. — An Aquarium Drunkard

Twin Peaks - What's The Matter

Posted by 5 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify

Plastic Animals

Plastic Animals call themselves ‘atmospheric punk sludge rock’ before admitting that they think that’s a terrible description, but the best they can do. It’s the best I can do too. — Song, by Toad

Plastic Animals - Demmin

Posted by 1 site • Also on: Spotify


She has had some high profile support slots (Jake Bugg) and radio play (Steve Lamacq)... but bloggers dont really seem to have picked up on her that much. — The VPME

Findlay - Off & On +1 remix

Posted by 5 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify

Rose Windows

I've become completely obsessed... They create great psych-pop with plenty of stellar hooks, loud wild guitar solos and soft/subtle tunes that make you feel something... usually good. A truly great summer album, but one that translates well year round. — FensePost

Rose Windows - Glory, Glory

Thin Hymns

It's an organic and hypnotic nature that this Chicago-based bunch possess. They're like mythological sirens. — Head Underwater

THIN HYMNS - cast aside

El. Train

Brighton-based producer El. Train has been on a roll, he's released a free EP on the 25th of the month since December. He's consistently putting out solid dance tracks - but somehow his soundcloud plays still seem to be in the hundreds. Hopefully he won't stay under-blogged for long. — Dipped in Dollars

El. Train - Nostalgia (feat. Kaisha & Loelash)

Posted by 1 site • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify


Clipping. play a very loud and very brash sort of experimental hip-hop/noise. It understandably might be a bit much for some people, but for those willing to give it a fair shake I think they will find something really exciting and new about their approach. — Cactus-Mouth

clipping. - nothing is safe (remx)

Posted by 1 site • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify

Mom Tudie

Really exciting talent, and only 17. Cool garage/soul vibe going on. — Music Broke My Bones

mom tudie - Fear Leads Us On

Posted by 1 site • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify


Bodywork are responsible for some of the headiest dance-punk I've heard since LCD Soundsystem self-immolated, and their debut LP (free available) is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year. — i guess i'm floating


Posted by 19 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify


Aosoon stands for AlotOfSomethingOutOfNothing and is a new London duo that totally wow’d us with their outstanding debut single 'Skinny Strong'. — disco naïveté

AOSOON - Something

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