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

By on Friday, 28th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

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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.

Raffertie
In the mood for music with an r&b flavour with soul and a good beat? Benjamin Stefanski has got you covered. Stripped back, he exhibits James Blake-esque composure, but he’s equally at home dropping the eclectic electronic fuzz.

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Sivu
I wrote: “Let’s face it: there a lot of men out there trying to negotiate the choppy waters of electronic music as solo artists, with varying levels of success. The trick seems to be finding your own special niche in the already overcrowded electro market, something that this act has done well. And seemingly so quickly too.”

Read more of my Bands to Watch on Sivu here.

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Snow Ghosts
London duo Snow Ghosts sound exactly the way their name does: folky vocals overlaid on top of brooding electronica. Intriguing!

Southern Hospitality DJs
DJs Rob Breezy and Superix founded the now infamous Hip Hop Karaoke London, the first of its kind in the UK and an event that has been a road-block every single month at the Social in central London. Recognised for this and many other dance nights their group put on by tonnes of tv and radio stations, newspapers and other media outlets in Britain, they’ve become a DJ force to be reckoned with and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Just shut up and dance!

THUMPERS
Ben writes: “Dreamy and ethereal, alt pop duo THUMPERS are seasoned veterans of the UK sound scene from their time as two-thirds of indie rockers Pull Tiger Tail. Drummer Hamson went on to beat skins for the likes of Friendly Fires and Noah & The Whale before reuniting with Marcus Pepperell and a fresh, sunny and delicately layered approach in 2012. Ever productive, there’re plenty of freebies to brush up on via the band’s Soundcloud account, or you could just hold out until SXSW for the full fat experience.”

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To Be Frank
Martin writes: “To Be Frank is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Frank Pescod, who, after a period writing contract music for TV and film, and brands as prestigious as Louis Vuitton, found the desire for the limelight was too strong; To Be Frank was created as a platform to spread his music to a wider audience. Things kicked off with single ‘If You Love Her’, a tender piece of whimsical electronica that showcased Pescod’s delicate, soulful voice and neat way with a minimalist arrangement, but didn’t really go much further. Sophomore release ‘Nothing’ introduced glitchy beats and a more insistent groove, playing on urban r‘n’b stylings but still remaining resolutely downtempo… It’s clear that this is a project in its early stages; the benefit of which is that every release tells us something new about the artist concerned. And with such an intriguing combination of chartbait and esoterica at his fingertips, To Be Frank really is one to keep an eye on.”

Read Martin’s full Bands to Watch on To Be Frank here.

Tourist
I wrote: “How to describe the music? While title track ‘Placid Acid’ on his debut EP is exactly as advertised – a gorgeously chill slow build-up of epicness – the otherworldly charms of ‘Jupiter’ and head boppiness of ‘Forgive’ prove he’s not a one-trick pony. The ‘Tonight’ EP sees Will Phillips taking a turn to more upbeat (handclaps!) and sounding more industrial than the debut, though for sure based on these releases alone, the kind of dancing I’m thinking you’re likely to see at Tourist shows is of the languid, fluid, beautiful creature variety. Then again, track ‘Together’ revealed from upcoming EP ‘Patterns’ seems to indicate for his next release, he’s going into higher octane, faster tempo territory. Either way, you’re in for a good show if you see him when he stops in your town. Or, if you’re lucky like us to be going to SXSW, if you have the good fortune to catch him in Texas in March.”

Read the rest of my Bands to Watch on Tourist here.

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Until the Ribbon Breaks
Cardiff artist Peter Lawrie-Winfield makes music like sombre, claustrophobic Massive Attack: there is something vaguely sinister, vaguely apocalyptic, and yet the beats are stirring and the emphatic lyrics are strangely hypnotic. Already garnering attention from Pitchfork, Lawrie’s sets are likely to be rammed by the young hipster set.

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Waylayers
Martin writes: “Theirs is the sound of guitar songwriting meeting Balearic beats and synths as on the anthemic ‘S.O.S.’, which is dancefloor-worthy even without needing a remix. Harry Lee has enormous physical presence, dominating both the stage and the little keyboard from which he generates any number of uplifting synth lines. His vocals are often the spit of Diagrams’ Sam Genders, while the music treads a similar path to other practitioners of the dance crossover genre such as Friendly Fires; the fact that ‘Fires’ was produced by Ewan Pearson of TGTF former faves Delphic is surely no coincidence.”

Young Fathers
“Ol’ Dirty chose his moniker because there was no father to his bastard style. Young Fathers earn theirs by making something so fresh it doesn’t yet have a name. These are three fellas from Edinburgh who’ve been working together since they were 14, who have an elastic mind meld that mimics their fused sensibility of sound, who one day locked themselves in a dingy Scottish basement and came out with something that’d never been done — a fearless combination of beat, rap and song that smells not only of its dark and dank birthplace, but of discovery and of communion.”

Time to take a breather – we’ll back back next week with more of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014!

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