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Last month we launched our Readers' Poll 2014. We said a lot about being democratic and that, getting your opinions rather than making anybody accept our own as gospel. And we're really glad that we did listen to you because, collectively, you've come up with quite a lovely list of music. [read more]
There's no real interesting way to say that there have been a zillion songs that have caught our attention this year. The new music we write about, feature, share with you, the random tracks we stumble across like rare beasts in the digital jungle of SoundCloud, our few hundred-odd Tracks of the Day. We amass each of them lovingly into a gargantuan collection like a deck of Pokémon cards. [read more]
EPs, eh? These things aren't really mentioned all that much in the real world, in amongst the thickets of people, the majority of people most likely, whose top priority is not finding all the new music they can possibly find. Because when you do make looking for new music a priority, you'll come across a lot of EPs. [read more]
Ones to watch. This is how we put it because it's more digestible for everybody. Seems simple enough doesn't it? Artists to keep your eye on - more accurately, your ear. Even more accurately (for most people): ears. That is the premise. Interesting and outstanding artists whom we wish the best for, who have our thousandfold blessings, whom we like and want to see do well. [read more]
Remixes are a funny thing, and it's sometimes difficult to judge what makes a good remix. Instead of telling you what you might already know about, we've tried to go for what you might be interested in uncovering for yourself, the best new sounds in the world of remixes. We've tried our best. [read more]
With this list of thirty albums, we are not just pointing you at music that we think deserves your attention, we're pointing you at albums that we think deserve your continued attention, they deserve a second chance if you’ve previously written them off - please use their inclusion as an excuse to revisit them. [read more]
The medium is coming into its own. Increased access to artists, and an array of sexy new digital camera systems are giving creatives the ability to develop their ideas for audiences like never before. The 405 wishes to celebrate the most exciting, bold, creative and challenging videos. Theses are the ones which stay with you. They make you think, make my smile, and push the medium into new territory. [read more]
2013 was always going to be a hard year to top, not just for the established artist but for the newcomers too. We saw the likes of Vic Mensa, Kelela and Chance The Rapper make waves. Whilst it was also the year of the big album as Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake and J. Cole all released albums. Nevertheless, we were blessed with some gems this year, which we didn’t have to spend a penny on, guilt-free. [read more]
The idea is this: End of year coverage is an important building block towards that 'brand loyalty' we are supposed to crave. We define ourselves with our end of year lists, we define ourselves with the things that we love. You mostly agree with us, you engage with our 'brand', you trust our judgement a little more, you click back here more regularly. Or you mostly don't agree with us, you don't engage with our brand, and nothing changes. [read more]
The exact location of our filmed interview was kept secret until the very last minute but on the day before we were assured by Lee: "it will be good." Her subsequent instructions, on the morning of the interview, were to take the Djurgårds ferry from the south island of Stockholm and wait at Djurgårdsvägen 68. We looked the address up: The ABBA Museum. "Bring your coats," her email concluded. [read more]
The appropriately titled Reykjavík Record Shop is the new kid on the block - it was only a couple of weeks old when we visited it - but that doesn't mean it's a pushover. Far from it. [read more]
"Smekkleysa SM/Bad Taste SM, was established in Iceland in 1986, by a group of young artists and musicians, who had been active since the Icelandic punk explosion in the early eighties. Part of their world domination or death manifesto, was to create a pop band with The Sugarcubes which in turn became the backbone for Smekkleysa SMs activities over the next few years." [read more]
The 405's Harry Hall hung out with Ásgeir at his Shepherd's Bush Empire in London for a special Behind The Scenes feature. Stunning, right? [read more]
Ditch that discount calendar you bought from your nearest supermarket, and subscribe to The 405's Playlist Advent Calendar 2014 - it's our best year yet.
"Dancing in the street" videos are all the rage now, aren't they?
It's breathtaking, and you can download the song for free right now.
It's a slickly edited video depicting a live recording of the track, making it even more impressive.
Love the hat, dude.
"Living in Illinois can really suck sometimes. The winters are increasingly terrible and the state is one of the most corrupt in the country. Although living here, one thing we've all noticed is ho...
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