Maudlin Strangers: “Stay Young”


The solo project of Cali kid Jake Hays has that effortlessly cool, distorted vibe that ahs done so well for bands like The Neighbourhood and Seasfire over the last couple years. But Hays is doing it all on his own from his bedroom in Agoura Hills, CA. “Stay Young” is a moody yet uptempo hook filled track showcasing Hay’s talent for production and crafting a great indie pop song. 

From the upcoming Overdose EP, check out the title track here

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disCOVER: Seasfire “Warm Water (Banks Cover)”

Bristol boys Seasfire just did a lovely cover of Banks’ “Warm Water”. Check it out and grab the free download.



ITYLTS Best Of: May

ITYLTS Best Of: May from ITYLTSmusic on 8tracks Radio.

We have 12 tracks for you this month instead of your usual ten, there were just too many good things this month and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on ANYTHING.

This ones kind of split into two halves, with some summery synths, neo soul royalty, the return of K West and some hazy low key moments. 

Kanye West “Black Skinhead”

Lauryn Hill “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)”

Janelle Monae “Q.U.E.E.N. ft. Erykah Badu”


Smallpools “Dreaming”

Kelis “Jerk Ribs”

The Weeknd “Kiss Land”

Solange “Looks Good With Trouble ft. Kendrick Lamar”

Sunny & Gabe “Clouds”

Say Lou Lou “Fool of Me ft. Chet Faker”

Wilsen “Oblivion (Grimes Cover)”

Seasfire “Oh…Lucifer” 



VIDEO: Phoria “Red”

Last month I discovered Phoria who do that lo-fi, fuzzy music thing very well. Their Bloodwork EP is a perfect escape so of course the visuals are a little getaway too, a rainy one sure, but a getaway nonetheless. 




Chapter House: “Getaway”

Have to thank my pals Seasfire for putting me onto fellow Bristol artist Joshua Vincent aka Chapter House. 

"Getaway" starts off quiet and then launches into the first big moment of the track. Verses recall Mystery Jets, Bon Iver, U2, New Wave all in one go and then the chorus hits and I just had to sit back and say wow, that’s big. 

Excited to hear more things? Check out the equally wonderful “Blood Sweat and Tears" and prepare yourself to hear more from Chapter House. 

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Seasfire: “Oh…Lucifer”

Oh Seasfire, you never disappoint. They’ve come a long way since the lo-fi mysterious “Falling”, you can hear the evolution. “Oh…Lucifer” is as commercial as the Bristol boys have gotten with shades of coldplay thrown in but for very good measure. 

"Oh…Lucifer" is out July 1st through Little Fan Records. 



Phoria: “Bloodworks EP”

(via Pigeons and Planes)

Over on This Is Fake DIY they are premiering this interesting EP from UK five-piece, Phoria. Its an odd mixture, with this first track from the EP “Posture” starting off slow and otherworldly before launching into hectic beats and cinematic guitars. It’s got that lo-fi, post r&b kind of thing going on that seems to be all the rage and they do it very very well. 

If you like Seasfire, try these. 

Phoria: WebsiteFacebookTwitterSoundcloud



ITYLTS Best Of: March

Here’s ITYLTS’ Best of March for you.

And while it was a good month, sadly it also marks the split of Girls Aloud, which I’ve taken hard. So as a bonus track I’ve got you a lovely little megamix of their brand of pitch perfect pop. RIP.

Magic Man- “Paris”

AlunaGeorge- “I Wanna Be Like You (The Jungle Book Cover)”

Shadows On Stars- “Little Bit (Lykke Li Cover)”

Vance Joy- “Rip Tide”

She & Him- “Never Wanted Your Love”

The Rubens- “Lay It Down”

Laura Marling- “Where Can I Go”

Seasfire- “Crushing Abyss”

MKS- “Lay Down in Swimming Pools (Kendrick Lamar Cover)”

James Blake- “Digital Lion”


Girls Aloud Mega Mix.



Seasfire: “Crushing Abyss”

Every time I try and pin point Seasfire they do something different. It was all lo-fi and mysterious on “Falling”, big and commercial on “We Will Wake” and now on “Crushing Abyss” they take it in yet another direction, and I love it. It starts off with quiet pianos that remind me of Sam Smith’s new one “Lay Me Down” and then Josh Thorn’s vocals kick in and the comparisons float away. Once it gets to the distorted choppy chorus, “Crushing Abyss” cements tself as another brilliant single from this exciting band.

You can grab a free download of “Crushing Abyss” by tweeting about it, more info here.



ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012

ITYLTS’ Top Songs of 2012 from ITYLTSmusic on 8tracks Radio.

Just my thoughts, man, just my thoughts

It’s here, it’s arrived, here is ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012!

You can agree, disagree, shout about my glaring omissions or smile sadly at my glaring admissions, who cares! These are the songs that made my 2012, let me know how they fit into yours. Back in June, I did a list of the best songs of the year so far… and a few from that list are gonna make my final 33 but a few have been edged out. 

Anyways, here’s my pick of the 33 Best Songs of 2012 in the handy playlist up top. (Spotify too!) Have fun with this… coming up in Jan, the best Remix Baby and disCOVERs

ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012

Anything Could Happen" Ellie Goulding

It’s Time" Imagine Dragons

You Know You Like It" AlunaGeorge

Oblivion" Grimes

Same Love ft. Mary Lambert" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Every Single Night" Fiona Apple

Friend Crush" Friends

Mississippi" The Griswolds

Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepson

Locked Out Of Heaven" Bruno Mars

Running" Jessie Ware

Longevity" Yeasayer

We Will Wake" Seasfire

Sweater Weather" The Neighbourhood

Open" Rhye

Sweet Life" Frank Ocean

Adorn" Miguel

Get Free fr. Amber of Dirty Projectors" Major Lazer

Losing You" Solange

Don’t Save Me" Haim

Warrior" Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra 

Jumanji" Azealia Banks 

Backseat Freestyle" Kendrick Lamar 

Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz" Kanye West 

Mama Told Me ft. Little Dragon" Big Boi 

Diamonds" Rihanna 

We Are Young ft. Janelle Monae" Fun. 

Wings" HAERTS 

Confetti" She’s So Rad 

Paradise" Wild Nothing 

Dissolve Me" Alt- J 

Take A Walk" Passion Pit

I Will Wait" Mumford & Sons