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Top o' the mornin' to you all! We'd like to start this week off with a quote from NPR Music, "Getting to be among the first people to hear a great new song feels like being let in on the best secret." Sometimes the best secrets are brand new songs, and sometimes they're that album from 2012 that just never made it on your Release Radar. We're still here to help you with both.

If you're on the other side of music and you feel you've created that next best-kept secret yourself; on May 11th you can submit a video of yourself performing your music to the 2021 NPR Tiny Desk Contest for a chance to win your very own Tiny Desk concert! Let us know if you submit, and we'll give you a shout out on the newsletter so we can help send an Album Daily community member to the big leagues :)

Now, turn your speakers up!

- Andrew, Lowell, and Matt

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

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Genre: Rock
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Top Tracks: Lightning Bolt, Two Fingers, Simple As This
Similar Artists: Bob Dylan, The Vaccines, James Blunt

Jake Bugg came into our musical world just as quickly as he departed, unfortunately. The young British indie-folk-rock star, who was once heralded as the next Bob Dylan for his songwriting, quickly vanished from our collective minds after the release of this 2012 album. But damn if this album wasn't such an incredible one-hit wonder. If you're looking for a great album to revisit, Jake Bugg has you covered. For being only 18 when the album was released, it really does have some incredible songwriting. On Seen It All he has a unique blend of bluesy style rock that could easily have a group of teens across the UK swinging their pints and chanting the chorus together. Then, on the very next track, Simple As This, you'll likely find a 15 year old kid trying to learn the chords of this folk-song on his dad's 6-string to impress his sweetheart around the next church camp fire. 

Check out who we think is the next Jake Bugg. It does seem as though every 5 years there's a new British rock star that pops onto the scene. We featured Declan McKenna back in 2020 when his album Zeros came out and we think he's definitely got the chops to be a true mainstay. And the best part is that his second album might've been better than his first! If you liked Jake Bugg, make sure to check out Declan McKenna!

There's A Nightclub Inside My Head

Boston Bun

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Genre: Electronic
Release Date: April 23, 2021
Top Tracks: Love U Better, '99, Whenever You're Ready
Similar Artists: A-Trak, Boyz Noize, Soulwax

At the risk of sounding like I'm downplaying the impact of the pandemic that has detrimentally affected so many lives, one of the (albeit less severe) downsides to this roller coaster of a past 12 months is that artists haven't been able to release as many albums as in a typical year. For a variety of reasons (lack of ability to book studio time, cancelling concerts so record labels have to cut costs, personal reasons etc.) many artists haven't been able to release the volume of music they might normally. One benefit to many genres of electronic music however is that, for some artists, all you need is one person and a laptop to make music. So, in that spirit, just a few weeks ago Boston Bun gifted us with There's a Nightclub Inside My Head

This album is more cohesive than many electronic albums. It sounds less like a collection of songs and more like a unified body of music that just so happens to be divided into songs for easy digestion. There are several samples that make appearances on multiple songs and consistent bass and synth tones that present themselves throughout the album. It's firmly in the house genre but it's diverse enough that you could hear one track in the club and the next in a coffee shop.

Learn more about Boston Bun aka Thibaud Noyer. Noyer is actually a bit of a veteran of the French house/disco scene at this point, although he hasn't moved too heavily into American speakers and Spotify playlists yet. He actually moved away from home early on to study cinema and electronic music in Northern France. The study of cinema makes itself obvious in some of his quirky and unique music videos. Noyer was at first known for his creative remixes but also gained notoriety for being a champion of the reviving French House scene… and for playing in Mark Ronson's infamous Club Heartbreak. 

For Ever

Jungle

Genre: Funk
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Top Tracks: Happy Man, Casio, Beat 54
Similar Artists: Franc Moody, Glass Animals

Another week at Album Daily, another week on board the Disco train. At this point it’s undeniable, it’s unstoppable, and it’s barreling for the mainstream. So might as well jump on board, because of this point, Disco is NEVER going to die … well, not if we have anything to say about it! This week brings on Jungle, the UK-based 7-piece soul band known for their throwback funk sound. If the new age electronic-disco sound is not your style, this album is for you. A backbone of synth-y baselines is complemented by airy vocals, reminiscent of some of Jungle’s noted influences like BeeGees and Marvin Gaye. It’s easy to listen to whether you’re chilling in the backyard with some friends or spending a casual night on the dance floor.

Check out Jungle's latest release here: Seeing Jungle release a new song originally inspired me to go back through some of their older projects like For Ever, but its hard not to look ahead. Having not produced on album since 2018 I was pretty stoked to hear their third album, Loving in Stereo, was set to drop in August. Their first single off the album, “Keep Moving,” is an absolute banger and proves … once again … disco is alllllll the way back! Check out their funky fresh music video here.

Summerland

Coleman Hell

Genre: Pop
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Top Tracks: 2 Heas, Fireproof, Devotion
Similar Artists: Smallpools, Max Frost, Moon Taxi

With *shot girl summer right around the corner, there couldn’t be a better album to bring about that summer-time feeling than Summerland. Coleman Hell’s debut album meant for the soul-searchers, the wanderlust adventurers, and anyone looking for a little inspiration. Summerland is upbeat, free-spirited, and undeniably catchy. It beautifully blends both electronic and acoustic production that really nails that new age folk-pop-rock sound. A little bluesy banjo here, some thumping bass there … it’s basically like Kygo and Mumford & Sons had a baby. 

Learn more about Coleman Hell here: Coleman is quite the interesting fellow. To start, he created Summerland by locking himself in an isolated cabin for 2 months in the North Canadian wilderness. He also claims to have stolen the album title name from the Wiccan religions (AKA witchcraft). This interview with Aesthetic Magazine pulls back the veil on Hell’s creative process, contemplative psyche, and highlights some of his most notable movements on tour, like run-ins with Hilary Clinton.

When We Were Friends

The Backseat Lovers

Genre: Rock
Release Date: January 27, 2019
Top Tracks: Kilby Girl, Intuition, Davy Crochet
Similar Artists: Wallows, Hunny, The Band CAMINO

When We Were Friends is like a theme park. At the start of the album, Intuition and Watch Your Mouth can take you on a few spins in the relaxing basket chairs. You immediately hop off of those and onto the 400ft roller-coaster that tops out at 120 mph as Intuition builds, Kilby Girl drops, and Dugout rocks on. Then The Backseat Lovers drop you right back off at the Merry-go-round with songs like Davy Crochet and Maple Syrup. Sprinkle in some light hearted carnival games at the end and you've got yourself a lovely day. This is just a really fun album, check this out for your discovery album today.

Learn about The Backseat Lovers back story here: These guys have a fun back story. Lead singer Josh Harmon started the band with their drummer Juice Welch (yes his name is Juice, yes that's awesome). With a drummer and a singer, the next logical step was finding a guitarist. "Josh met lead guitarist and vocalist Jonas Swanson while waiting in line for an open mic at the Velour in Provo city (Utah). Neither of them got on the list to play that night, so they sat on a park bench outside the venue and played their songs to each other until they ran out of stuff to play." How fun.

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