Bangguru – Bang the Guru! EP

For those born in the '70s, or even youngsters who just foster an invented nostalgia for what it was like to be a kid in the '80s, there's a certain timeline of sounds that inevitably weave their way through the collective memory. Portuguese electropop band Bangguru have a sound that embodies all these elements within a single package, and not only is this the kind of music I like to listen to, these seem to be exactly the sort of people I'd like to hang out with.

Markovich/A.M.P.’s Emotive Force – project-based alternapop

It's nice to see Creative Commons licenses being used for undertakings that push the limits of collaboration and remote recording technologies, and Markovich/A Music Project (A.M.P.) are doing their best to test those limits. As the name suggests, they are a music project more than a band, and although they aim to make pretty straight-up downtempo and trip-hop, there's still enough variation in there to make for some very interesting listening.

Misfilter: Magnetize

MAGNETIZE was the debut record of electronic music group Misfilter. From Magnetize’s Jamendo Page: What would become their trademark (weaving a musical tapestry of various electronic music genres) quickly comes evident as the trip-hop and dub influenced “Intro” leads into the frantic jungle rhythms of “Sunshine From The Rain”. Later on in the album the pace slows down with the digital pop-ballad “Lovely”.