TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014: Electronic and DJ UK artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (A-M)

By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2014 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

So what exactly does a group need to be called an electronic band? For the purposes of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, a UK band or act showcasing at SXSW 2014 gets this distinction if the primary instrument – or what we discern as the primary maker of sound – in a band is a synthesiser or something similar. Britain has given the world so many heavy hitters in both electronic music and on the DJ dance circuit, so it makes sense that Austin will be abuzz next month with a whole host of trailblazing innovators.

Anushka
The Brighton duo made up of producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port create a nice melding of American soul with bass heavy, electronic heavy backing. Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and ready to release their debut album soon, this could be the pair’s break into the big time.

Battle Lines
Cheryl writes: “Four piece Battle Lines out of Leeds is starting to get some traction with shows around England. Excitingly, they are headed to America for the first time, a pretty big deal for this small northern band. With just a 7” out there, it may be hard to get a good feel for their music, but Carly Humphries’ vocals, surrounded by an electronic backbone has a CHVRCHES flavour, could see this band easily take a commanding position in the female-fronted band scene. Alternating between raw strength and enticing breathiness, Humphries leads the remaining three with her presence. A bit trippy but with some real oomph underneath, Battle Lines bridges rock and electronic and could make for some very nice live performances.”

Bipolar Sunshine
Kid British’s singer Adio Marchant has now struck out on his own, mixing up soul, funk and dance and overlaying it all with a dream pop vocal. No wonder Manchester’s all hot and bothered over his new project.

Cloud Boat
I wrote: “Tom Clarke and Sam Ricketts are the brains behind London duo Cloud Boat. The soulful vocal stylings of Clarke, Ricketts’ fanciful guitar and the seemingly omnipresent synths of today’s pop music are a winning combination in creating Cloud Boat’s poignant sound. Lest you think this is some kind of dreary, dirge-like music, you need look no further than the label that first took a chance on the pair in 2011 to put out their first singles, ‘Bastion’ and ‘Lions on the Beach’: legendary Belgian indie label R&S Records, whose storied release history include albums by Aphex Twin and Delphic’s first single ‘Counterpoint’.”

Read the rest of my Bands to Watch on Cloud Boat here.

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CYMBALS
Carrie writes: “Standout track ‘This City’ returns somewhat to that earlier sound, depending more on guitars and organic percussion as it ponders “the whole ‘serious earnest-singer-songwriter thing’” that Cleverly has deliberately tried to avoid on ‘The Age of Fracture’. His boredom with the idea has, ironically, inspired some of the best lyrics on the album, including the opening hook, “ink-covered fingers, you’ve been hiding at your desk too long / hand over mouth, brandy in your tea / the afternoon’s all emptiness, the morning possibility.”

‘The Age of Fracture’ is, both lyrically and musically, centered around contradiction and fragmentation, but it manages to hold together as a cohesive and thought-provoking unit. The physical sensuality of the dance element is balanced by the “elegance and love in the language” of the vocal lines. (Have a listen below to the carnal pièce de résistance ‘Like An Animal’ for that lyrical gem.)”

Read Carrie’s review of the band’s new album ‘The Age of Fracture’ here.

Gorgon City
London producers Matt and Kye worked with MNEK for their most recent single, the incredibly infectious ‘Ready for Your Love’ released in January. Expect them to be laying down some serious beats at a hot dance party or five in Austin.

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The Heatwave
To be honest, I was a little concerned about the lack of decent DJ acts from Britain bringing the atmosphere over to Austin. Then I saw that the Heatwave got a shout. London dancehall, as shown heating the dance floor at Koko last December. ‘nuff said.

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Annie Mac
Radio 1 DJ who really needs no introduction, does she?

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Maribou State
Chris Davids and Liam Ivory’s smooth yet eclectic sounds are perfect less for bumping and grinding but for gliding. And sometimes, some of us dance heads prefer something more cerebral.

Much more is in store for you in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014. Stay tuned!

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[…] Continuing our coverage of the electronic artists and DJs gracing SXSW 2014‘s fine stages next month, we get down and dirty with the second half of the UK showcasing acts of these genres in this fourth installment of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014. In case you missed the first half of the list, you can read all about those previously featured acts here. […]

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