With many more festivals announcing some stellar line ups (Bestival and Parklife are looking particularly special) - the winter of the music world is quickly thawing. However amongst this blur of announcements I hope you all managed to catch the Superbowl half time show, in which Madonna’s magnificent performance (bare in mind she is 53) has been overshadowed by ne’er-do-well M.I.A, who stunningly showed tens of millions of people the middle finger. However let us return once again back to our favoured grass roots and explore the best new music we here at the 405 have received in the past two weeks.


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’Jezebel Jive’ by Maribel

Instantly eerie, Maribel craft their stunning sound out of an infusion of shoegaze and dreampop to create their latest single ‘Jezebel Jive’.

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’Elements’ by Arbeia

Hailing from Newcastle, Arbeia are a brand new act who are giving very little away about themselves. ‘Elements’ gradually builds from an atmospheric calm to a joyful period of raucous guitars.

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’80 BPM’ by Dalai Lama Renaissance

Exported out of Belgium, Dalai Lama Renaissance’s ’80 BPM’, released as a single from their upcoming full length, is a fine blend of soothing vocals and sparked electronica sounds.

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’Hazy Dayz’ by Yoofs

405 favourites Yoofs return with their latest track ‘Hazy Dayz’, which is a fantastic demonstration of the lo-fi charm and engagement that the band continue to hone.

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’Night Truths’ by Palmistry

Having already garnered a lot of attention amongst many leading blogs, Palmistry returns to the fray with ‘Night Truths’, which is a fine composition of melancholic lyrics and hip hop influences.

You can visit the band by heading here.