In this weeks Essential Listening are three bands/artists that you most likely won’t be familiar with. All are either on independent record labels or are unsigned, but this takes nothing away from the brilliance of their music. Take a listen to our three choices:

Memphis – Apocalypse Pop Song

Canadian music duo, Memphis, have released their album Here Comes A City recently on their record label Arts & Crafts. Easy-listening indie pop is difficult to dislike at this time of year. Memphis know exactly how to produce a high tempo, jubilant indie pop record. Here Comes A City is a truly liberating record, and Apocalype Pop Song is the stand out track. If you’re a fan of relaxing pop music then this record is worth bagging.

Listen to Apocalype Pop Song on MySpace Music


Stuart Newman – Feel The Temperature Rising

For fans of quirky alternative rock, currently unsigned Stuart Newman sounds like a hot prospect for the future. Undeniably similar sounding to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Newman hits the spot with his diverse vocals and rhythmic guitar work. If Newman gets snapped up by a record label this year he’ll be one to watch. Based on his demo tapes we can expect big things.

VYGR – Shapeshifters

Boston’s own VYGR (previously Voyager) released album Hypersleep this week. One of our favourite heavy labels from the other side of the Atlantic, Creator-Destructor Records seem to continuously release top quality heavy rock records. Hypersleep is no exception, and Shapeshifters is a brilliant demonstration of how metal music should sound.