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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!

 

Manchester Warehouse Project Announces Final Season of Line-ups

 
By on Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 2:30 pm
 

Today, Manchester Warehouse Project announced the line-ups so far for their last season of gigs under Piccadilly railway station. As reported last week, they’ve decided to call it a day and will close out their final season at Store Street with a marathon, 17-hour dance night. This penultimate Manchester WHP event to ring in New Year’s 2012 has already sold out, but a “very special guest” has yet to be announced. We wait with baited breath…

As should be expected, the line-ups for autumn and winter 2011 released earlier today include many noteworthy acts, including DJ Shadow (a headliner at this year’s Great Escape who will also be doing a London residency in early September – details here), Radio1’s Annie Mac, Dutch trance producer/DJ Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Cut Copy, Nero, Foals and many more. (Gasp!)

Special themed nights include an evening curated by the Horrors on Saturday 15 October, an R&S Records event featuring James Blake on Saturday 26 November (err…on my birthday…hmmm…) and a celebration of 20 Years of Pete Tong on Saturday 17 December. As if these weren’t enough, there will also be rare live appearances by Chic (Saturday the 12th of November) and Aphex Twin (Friday the 18th of November).

Fill your boots with these tickets, ladies and gentlemen, because being the final times you’ll be able to see Manchester WHP as we know it, you know these tickets will go fast. Visit their official site for more details on how and where to buy yours. I’ve noted that even the site design is much more sombre than in past years, favouring a black and grey scheme to no doubt reflect that the end of WHP is nigh.

After the cut: the full details of this final season of WHP line-ups (current as of today).

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Specialist DJ Takeover on Radio1 This Week

 
By on Monday, 3rd January 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Radio1 is making an unusual move for the first week of 2011, in the form of four of their most famous and popular presenters taking over their airwaves from 7 AM to 7 PM every day this week. Turning the Radio1 schedule completely on its head, Zane Lowe will present in the breakfast show from 7 to 10 AM instead of his usual evening timeslot. Electronic music specialist Annie Mac will be in charge 10 AM to 1 PM. Indie band champion Huw Stephens (pictured above) will preside over the afternoon 1 to 4 PM slot. And Nick Grimshaw will be at the mixing desk at 4 to 7 PM, a couple hours earlier than his normal late night specialist show weeknights Monday through Thursday.

This unique “specialist DJ takeover” week will give these four DJs the latitude to look back at the bands they championed in 2010 while bringing attention to the acts they think will be big in 2011. A special feature to Zane Lowe’s breakfast show is the announcement of the top 5 acts of the BBC Sound of 2011, one each day, until the #1 act is crowned on Friday, the 7th of January 2011. For more info on the artists on the BBC Sound of 2011 longlist and a comparison with TGTF’s own 10 for 2011 and the MTV Brand New for 2011 list, go here.

 

Preview : BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd April 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Looking for a review of the Saturday of the Big Weekend? Click Here.

KasabianBBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is an annual musical festival with bit of a twist. Every year, the 2 day event takes place in a different town, with past locations including Dundee, Preston and Maidstone. This 2009, Radio 1 will be bringing their Big Weekend to Lydiard Park, Swindon, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May. Tickets to the event are free, and are obtained through a random lottery on Radio 1’s website (registration has now closed). Lucky winners will blag a pair of tickets to their selected day (Saturday or Sunday), with Swindon residents receiving allocation priority in order to make the event more accessible to locals.

Every year the event has boasted an impressive line-up (past artists include Madonna, Muse and Foo Fighters), and this 2009 is absolutely no exception. Snow Patrol (pictured top), Kasabian (pictured right)and Dizzee Rascal will be headlining the ‘Main Stage’ on Saturday, while Lily Allen, Akon and Franz Ferdinand will be taking over the top slots on Sunday. Other artists who will be featuring within the main arena over the weekend include The Script, Calvin Harris, The Wombats, The Saturdays, Scouting for Girls, Ne-Yo, Alesha Dixon and N-Dubz.

Meanwhile, headline acts hitting the smaller ‘In New Music We Trust Stage’ on Saturday include Basement Jaxx, Doves and Jack Penate, while Sunday will be tastily offering up The Enemy, Maximo Park and Gossip. Further impressive artists appearing on this stage across the May weekend include Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Fightstar, Enter Shikari, Ladyhawke and White Lies.

Should you fancy checking out some new music while at the event, why not head over to the ‘Introducing Stage’, where you can get up and close with a range of upcoming talent including Stornoway, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, Thee Vicars, Gallop and Marina and the Diamonds. And if that’s still not enough, you can catch a wide-range of top DJs spinning the decks over at the ‘Outdoor Stage’, with Radio 1 favourites including Chris Moyles, Annie Mac, Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe and Rob da Bank all making an appearance.

Registration for tickets to the event has now closed, but never fear, as the BBC will be broadcasting highlights of the festival on Radio 1 and BBC Three across the weekend. You’ll also be able to catch footage online, as well as on your trusty red button. If you’d like more information on the event, along with a full line-up, head over to the Big Weekend’s website now.

Top photo comes from Radio 1’s Flickr Stream.

 
 
 

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