Toothless (Featuring Marika Hackman) - 'Innocence Is Bliss'

Let's be honest, it's not often that a bass player from a band goes on to create music of equal or more worth than their original project. I mean no offence to bass players turned solo artists the world over, it's just that my brain has written you out of history. This particular bass player is Ed Nash from Bombay Bicycle Club. Toothless is the name of his solo work, and this song is the B-side to his second single which features the incredible Marika Hackman. It's a sprawling euphoric pop song that exists in contrast to the lovely duet that is the single's A-side. Fans of BBC will be sated, as will fans of exclusive premieres of good songs.

Douglas Dare - 'Doublethink'

Douglas Dare announced his new album with this track and by the sounds of it, Aforger will be even more than his previous album, Whelm, which was a favourite of mine in 2014. Every song is a goddamn journey, there is nothing simple with DD, but there is nothing so difficult that you can't enjoy it.

Daniel Woolhouse - 'Map Of The Moon'

I'm supposed to tell you that this hints at a new direction to the music he made as Deptford Goth, I'm supposed to use the phrase "formally known as Deptford Goth", I'm supposed to talk about the album that is coming out at some point later on in the year. I don't want to. I want to watch this video over and over. The layers of vocals that appear towards the end of this song don't point to a new direction, they point to the fact that all the way up to now was just showing the potential of this guy as a songwriter. We need someone to capture the fucking malaise of living in this world right now, and I think it might be him, I think it might be this. All I know is I'm watching through screens one step removed and I need this.

Et Cetera - 'You've Got Me (In Circles)'

Andy Jackson has been making exceptional music under a million different names for as long as I can remember. This is his new project and it's much like his music with Big Cosmos, except it feels more refined and focused, a little more energetic. It's pay what you want on bandcamp with 50% of the money going to The Migrane Trust. Don't be a prick now.


Anyway, here's a spotify playlist with as many songs from my column this year as i could find on there... I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.