The Music Edict is our shiny new e-pamphlet highlighting artists we can't get enough of. We'll be keeping up-to-date with what they're doing, discovering a bit more about what makes them tick, and delving behind the scenes of their releases... basically just going nuts, raving about who we're obsessing over. We're going to showcase fresh acts, and dig a bit deeper than just reporting the bare bones; we'll be getting to grips with these fantastic musicians who might otherwise get overlooked in amongst the ocean of hype-engorged superstars.

It's about us discovering music we love and championing unsung talent - we want to make sure that the good stuff gets heard by as many people as possible. One of the best things in life is finding a scarcely-known artist and shouting about them from the rooftops to everyone within earshot - this is us doing just that. Perhaps the best place to start with all this is probably by listening to our bespoke mix. That way, you can hear just why we're head over heels about these artists.

Alongside our choice picks, we'll be taking a good hard look at some upcoming releases we believe are worth focusing on a bit more, like we've recently done with Lady Gaga, Wiley and Ryan Hemsworth. This is about us at The 405 trying to understand fully what these musicians are trying to achieve or say with their labours of love, and not just taking a brisk glance at the surface. We want to discuss what they mean in the lyrics, how they achieve certain sounds, and who's involved in the creation of the final product. Rather than just taking it as-is, we want to tear apart these records and gaze upon the gooey, fleshy bits inside.

We'll update this page as the month wears on and we have more articles to add, but for now, cast your peepers over who we reckon are some of the best things happening in the world of music this month...

(We'll also be featuring the likes of Shy Girls, Kaytranada, Maxine Ashley, Wooden Shjips, Sebastian Grainger, Courtney Bartnett, SVE, Magic Island, JMSN, Outkast, Saint Pepsi, Bossy Love)


  • Rosie Lowe

    Rosie Lowe

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    With an upcoming EP on 37 Adventures entitled Right Thing set to be ready just in time for Christmas, there's no reason Rosie Lowe can't take over the world before 2013's out. Her silky-smooth vox blend with electro-R&B synths on 'Me & Your Ghost', ensuring a picket line of shivers stops you from focusing on anything but her emotive, roughly-hewn pop mastery.

    - Read our interview with Rosie Lowe
    - Watch the video for 'Right Thing'
    - Listen to 'Me & Your Ghost'

  • Gardland

    Gardland

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    Neo-techno warlocks Alex Murray and Mark Smith splice tribal beats and dance energy together in their Sydney-based project Gardland. Think of a more psychedelic version of Laurel Halo's Chance Of Rain – swirling guitars and airier layers – and you've got some semblance of what to expect from the duo's imminent debut LP, Syndrome Syndrome.

    - Read our interview with Gardland
    - Watch the video for 'Right Thing'

  • Parlour

    Parlour

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    London-based noiseniks Parlour spew a hallucinogenic shoegaze on 'My Love' and 'Devil's Eyes', as if My Bloody Valentine had been around in the early '70s. It's addictive, cyclic sound rife with gut-blow guitars, sweet pop vocals and transcendental noodling. Swim Deep have already given a big thumbs-up to the Marshall Teller act.

    - Read our interview with Parlour

  • Purple

    Purple

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    A member of the ever-awesome LA-based Wedidit collective (Ryan Hemsworth, Shlohmo, Groundislava etc.), Londoner Purple is causing quite the ruckus stateside with Pitchfork labelling his debut single – 'The Club' – "engaging and harrowing." He's doused in mystique, but the goth-dance producer is adept at summoning disco horror, and his EP, Salvation, is a must-hear for this month.

    - Listen to 'Feel Alone'

  • Shivum Sharma

    Shivum Sharma

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    South London singer-songwriter Shivum Sharma lists influences as far-flung as Fever Ray and Erykah Badu, but in his sparse piano ballad 'Flicker', Perfume Genius and Douglas Dare can be gleaned. For a 'bedroom demo', it's amazingly polished, and between the silence and gorgeous keys, Sharma's voice sparkles.

    - Exposure: Shivum Sharma

  • Isaiah Rashad

    Isaiah Rashad

    Soundcloud / Twitter

    Tennessean rap wonder Isaiah Rashad, who's worked with MF Doom, Jay Rock and Flying Lotus, wields a dangerous talent. His flow is already sparking interest across the pond, and after signing to TDE recently – home to ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar – there's little doubt he's going to blow up everywhere. Crisp, sublime hip-hop with a Southern haze.

  • Lxury

    Lxury

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    British dance fiend Lxury follows in the footsteps of AlunaGeorge and Disclosure, peddling a soulful future-garage sound that's filled with rattling percussion, slick production and viral vocal hooks. A super-smooth effort, 'J.A.W.S' blends exotic percussion with laser-blast synths and hacked falsetto samples. Yet more proof of the UK's high-calibre dance output.

    - Exposure: Lxury
    - Listen to 'We Do'

  • ALAK

    ALAK

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    Experimentalist ALAK – the producer and singer Jocelyn Noir – has been weaving skewed pop noises for a few years now (2009's Clarinettis Qoonotations: Too Many Notes; fucking preternatural and the golden weave of g-nashing teeth LP was a surreal barrage of avante-garde compositions). With 'Pass', she leaps into the realms of Grimes, Doldrums and the rest of Arbutus' roster of weirdness.

    - Listen to 'Illial Clone'
    - Listen to 'The Gorge'

  • Naomi Pilgrim

    Naomi Pilgrim

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    Modestly proclaiming "I am music," Barbados/Sweden pop megastar-in-the-making Naomi Pilgrim blends tropical beats with Scandi-folk. Her track 'No Gun' crunches and clicks in all the right places, her golden vocals rekindling memories of Solange. It's a monumental, uplifting pop anthem, boasting quirky lyrics and sprawling epicness.

    - Introducing: Naomi Pilgrim - "If I fuck up, I fuck up my own stuff."
    - Listen to 'No Gun'

  • Broods

    Broods

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    Hailing from New Zealand, synthpop sibling twosome Broods inflect their cotton candy offerings with dance beats and dreamy FX. 'Bridges' is their debut track, it pulses like Mausi drenched by acid rain, with chilled pads and swooning hooks forming an intoxicating torrent. They've been working with Joel Little – Lorde's producer – recently, so expect even more big Kiwi-type things to storm the charts.

    - Exposure: Broods

  • Ejecta

    Ejecta

    Soundcloud / Facebook

    Touting NSFW artwork that would make Gaga and Sky Ferreira blush, synthpop 'not a side project' act Ejecta (Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and producer Joel Little) are purveyors of swanky synthpop. One of a few scatterings the pair have unleashed, 'It's Only Love' features infectious dreampop vocals, '80s new wave hooks and austere dance beats. Watch out for debut LP Dominae out December 9.

    - Listen to 'Afraid Of The Dark'



    • Connan Mockasin

      Connan Mockasin

      Caramel - [November 19th]

      We've waited three long years for the follow-up to Forever Dolphin Love, but the wait is finally nearly over. Caramel, self-recorded in Tokyo, is billed by Mexican Summer as a record from an artist in flux, on the verge of transforming – it's almost a bridge record between what we've heard from the off-kilter New Zealander already and where he's skyrocketing to. You can still expect a potent concoction of psych, pop, soul and funk, though.

      - Listen to 'Do I Make You Feel Shy?'
      - Listen to 'I'm The Man, That Will Find You'

    • Cate Le Bon

      Cate Le Bon

      Mug Museum - [November 11th]

      Welsh indie folkster Cate Le Bon is due to unveil Mug Museum (out on Domino) November 11. Written in the Welsh countryside and recorded with Noah Georgeson in LA, the LP features a bewitching duet with Perfume Genius, which you've surely heard by now, and a plethora of lo-fi pop/folk/indie paeans. You can grab the record on pink vinyl too. Ooh...

      - Review: Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
      - Listen to Mug Museum

    • Blood Orange

      Blood Orange

      Cupid Deluxe - [November 18th]

      Following up Dev Hynes' 2011 debut (as Blood Orange), Cupid Deluxe is set to be an anthology of excellence. Featuring guest spots from myriad musicians – including David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Samantha Urbani from Friends, Clams Casino, Skepta and more – Hynes sculpts an LP about "transitions". With the album's announcement as oddball as you'd expect, Hynes' current R&B-y project appears to venture deep into weird-pop territory. It's hazy, shaded by the '90s and not too distant from the Solange/Sky Ferreira production we've seen in recent times.

      - Listen to Cupid Deluxe

    • Sun Glitters

      Sun Glitters

      Scattered Into Light - [November 26th]

      The Mush Records debut from Luxembourgian Victor Ferreira lands on shelves on the 26th of this month. Expect eleven electro-house efforts with an R&B twang; it's pop but not as you know it. Featuring Italian vocalist Sara Cappei liberally, the LP promises to be sodden with all manner of electric facets and glorious choruses.

    • Sebastien Grainger

      Sebastien Grainger

      Yours To Discover - [November 12th]

      Splintered from day-job outfit Death From Above 1979, Sebastien Grainger's first solo album in five years is almost upon us. Instead of the rockier tinges of his solo debut, he's this time round cultivating a poppier tone: "This time there was no consideration for a live show or anybody else but me... there's some live drums on it, but a lot of drum machines. There's some guitar, but mostly keyboards." With DFA1979 recently(-ish) reforming, his new solo jaunt is to be his anti-rock outlet, and if 'Going With You' is anything to go by, his pop graft will be gigantic.