New Music – Ball Park Music, Weval, Zak Abel
New music to make you go “wow” from Brisbane, Amsterdam and London
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.
Not really “new” to any of our Australian readers, it’s the Brisbane band’s third album “Puddinghead” which is starting to see them make waves beyond their homeland. Ball Park Music are all about H factor, with hooks and harmonies galore coming through on the material. From “Puddinghead”, here’s “She Only Loves Me When I’m There” which featured strongly in the Tripe J Hottest 100 for 2014.
Weval’s recent EP for Kompakt showed that the Amsterdam duo Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers have a very distinctive take on floor-filling electronic music. Their glistening, shimmering textures and grooves all come with a strong appreciation for those poppy melodies which bring listeners back again and again. One of the Dutch acts who impressed at last months’ Eurosonic festival.
You’ve probably heard Zak Abel already without realising it. The 19 year old Londoner with the soulful voice featured on recent house cuts from the likes of Gorgon City and Bondax. His own tunes are already very strong, with his Joker-produced debut EP fully of tracks which auger well for Abel’s future, especially given the current demand for soul singers.