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BBC Sound of 2009 Part II

 
By on Friday, 28th November 2008 at 8:45 pm
 

Here’s the second part of my votes for BBC Sound of 2009. Part I is here.

2. Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers got kidnapped, had their straight up indie-pop sent to psychedelic boot camp where 60s radical drill sergeants beat big power into the rhythm sections. Whilst Mystery Jets assume a similar stance, they’ve left me bored on my feet. Golden Silvers and “Magic Touch” is a different beast: more smoke, more 80s keys where you need them.

Rarely is something British, extravagant, and glamorous without being held back by the retro chains strung around the neck. Let’s hope they can help hold of the power: big sounds are what we need. Subtlety is fine, just don’t end up being lacklustre. Please.

MP3: Golden Silvers – Magic Touch

3. Slow Club

I’ve been a big fan of the folk-pop crash band wallop of Slow Club for a long while, attending tons of shows. Here’s hoping that 2009 is their year. Tour-successes with Tilly and the Wall and Noah and The Whale continue to show that the Sheffield duo Charles and Rebecca offer fun, big songs, good feelings and tenderly strummed, feathered touched snare that in seconds become great blasts where you want to mouth along every song. You’ll want to take holidays, go ice-skating and have a massive huddle with these two-folksters: they inspire good times & tell good stories; combined with a fit of limb flailing, then delicate pauses optimism is what The Sound Of 2009 needs.

Golden Silvers may have more indie-cred to exchange, but for good sake, let’s hope that market crashes, quickly. Seeing so many surprised by Slow Club makes me confident in their continued ability to shine for audiences across the country next year. Catch them in London at Union Chapel, Monday night, £10.

 

BBC Sound of 2009 nominees

 
By on Saturday, 22nd November 2008 at 3:00 pm
 

Good day, I’m Mike and Phil has asked me to contribute some blogs post to tgtf. I run the Nothing But Green Lights music blog and I also write for The Morning News. I’ll be writing about lots of new bands, reviewing some albums, and stepping away from the “Only British Music” limitation I usually restrict myself to.

But saying that, here’s some new British music. Not just any new British music, no: this is my contribution to the Sound of 2009 poll that the BBC have asked me to take part in. You may know the artists, you may not, but this is a perfect time for a rethink, and considering who you think is worthy of mainstream success next year…

1. I Blame Coco

I Blame Coco is many things; Sting’s daughter, a Kate Nash alike. She’s cold nights and hot parties. Still thinking about her being Sting’s daughter? You shouldn’t – I liked it before I knew and so should you. “I Blame Coco,” a song that should really called “How did all these people get in my room,” is one of my most played tracks of the year; with little coverage so far, expect big things for 2009 with her bright, warm and ska-tinged pop songs. Maybe they’re waiting for spring hype and summer festivals before releasing this young-thing. Either way, I think this song is perfect for dark afternoons. And look: in the last few weeks, since I last looked, she’s been picked up by Island Records!

MP3: I Blame Coco – I Blame Coco

I’ll bring you my other two picks for the poll next week; the results of the poll will be announced on the BBC entertainment site early December. A teaser: the initials of my two picks are G.S and S.C. Any ideas? Any picks for the best new music of 2009?

Part Two of Mike’s ones to watch in 2009 can be found here

 

Bands to Watch #42: La Roux

 
By on Monday, 17th November 2008 at 4:17 pm
 

As someone at work pointed out at the weekend, I’m a big fan of elfin looking girls. You already know that I love synthy pop. So combine the two passions and, well, I need a good lay down to recover my senses.

That’s what happened on Saturday evening – I got home to find La Roux‘ sampler CD on the doormat. I put it on, expecting the usual middle-of-the-road stuff that is alright but nothing to rave about, like most promo CDs. Then I had to lay down. Reminiscent of classic electro-pop pioneers like Eurythmics and Depeche Mode, it is still completely modern and is just perfect for a few remixes which would have the lips of the new school of club goers licking their lips. Really.

Synthy, poppy and catchy, 20 year old Brixtonite Elly Jackson just has a way of making her tunes sound so familiar yet completely original. Forthcoming “Quicksand” manages to combine Annie Lennox’ haunting (at times) vocals with a touch of Human League and Prince, yet manages to sound like it’s some throwback from 2010, rather than a dodgy 80’s revival.

Some tracks like “In for The Kill” have amazing choruses that just yell out for you to start dancing madly with mates… like Alphabeat’s guilty-pleasure quality, but not so guilty.

Thankfully, it’s not just me that’s been raving about La Roux – NME called her “the coolest voice to come out of UK club….’Let’s Dance’ era Bowie meets The Knife”… and bloggers have been having wet dreams over her.

MP3: La Roux – Fascination

The most sickening thing? Elly Jackson is younger than me. God only knows what she’s gonna have come out with by the time she’s 30 – it’s quite scary to think she’s nowhere near her creative best and can still pump out such amazing tunes. And only on a demo.

La Roux’ Quicksand is out on 1st December on uber-cool Kitsune records. Preorder from Rough Trade here.

 

Bands to Watch #40: Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and The True Loves

 
By on Friday, 14th November 2008 at 11:47 am
 

Jive back in time with Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, a soulful young talent hailing from Massachusetts in the U.S. Alongside his band, The True Loves, Eli’s vintage sounds wouldn’t have been out of place on the MoTown roster of the 60’s. Just 24 years old, it is quite amazing to hear such retro tunes coming from such a young man. Heavily educated in, and influenced by music before his day – Eli’s Redding-esque sound is so very authentic in comparison to the modern day soul of Amy Winehouse and Welsh lass Duffy – an artist whom Eli has even bagged support slots for over the pond in America.

You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking you had accidentally clicked onto James Browns’ MySpace when you first check out Eli’s site. The soulful screeches that bound from The Satisfier echo the legendary soul man, while tracks such as Take My Love With You and Doin’ the Boom Boom provide the listener with powerful blasts of energy inclining them to twist ‘n’ shout. Furthermore, tunes such as ‘Am I Just Fooling Myself’ prove Reed is prone to the odd heart wrenching ballad too.

Eli’s album, ‘Roll With You’, is out now. Check out the soulster on Later with Jools Holland on BBC 2 this week, or even better, why not see him live? Eli is currently on tour throughout the U.K and Europe, November to December – catch him if you can and boogey on down!

MP3: Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and The True Loves – The Satisfier

 

Single Review: Dan Black – Yours

 
By on Monday, 10th November 2008 at 5:10 pm
 

Living in self-imposed exile in Paris, Dan Black meshes sounds and genres with the same fluidity, ease and cultural nous as his heroes David Bowie and The Neptunes to create his own blue-eyed culture clash of soul, hip hop, rock and electronica and the result is utterly beguiling.

We were first introduced to Dan, in major terms, when he released an astonishing cover of HYPNTZ by Notorious B.I.G. which fused the beat from Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with heavily chopped-up samples from the film soundtrack of John Carpenter’s “Starman”.

Now signed to A&M records, Dan Black is finally set to release his debut single. ‘Yours’ is a propulsive, electro anti-love song (“I don’t want to be yours no more”). Its amazing accompanying video showcases Black’s hyper-coloured modernity even more brightly. The single is likely to set the charts on fire with its catchy riff in the background and the massive drum beat.

The track has been highly rated by Zane Lowe on national Radio 1 and the tune is certainly radio friendly. It’s easy to predict that this tune is going to be overplayed but at the moment it grows with every listen. The single will be released on December 1st and should be the first milestone of many for this young Frenchman. Black is currently at work on his debut album, which is set for release in early 2009.

For a quick sample of Dan Black, take, devour and enjoy the two MP3s below:

MP3: Dan Black – HYPNTZ

MP3: Dan Black – These Things Take Time

 

MP3: Friendly Fires cover Lykke Li

 
By on Saturday, 1st November 2008 at 10:25 pm
 

Just a quick post today, as time’s rapidly running out.

I’ve grown to love Friendly Fires after catching them live twice recently, with their crazy energy andremarkably good tunes that can’t fail to make you move, no matter how much of a bad mood you’re in.

I’ve also increasingly been loving Lykke Li at the moment with her amazingly relaxing tunes with that “morning after the night before” vibe.

So imagine how great a tour with both of them is. A.m.a.z.i.n.g.

And yet that’s exactly what’s going on in the US of A at the moment – on Monday they’ll finish their 2 week stint around the states, and to celebrate their tour, Friendly Fires have covered Lykke’s “I’m Good I’m Gone”, which is below for your download.  It’s changed from chilled out insistent piano and handclaps to mid-90’s full on highlight-of-the-night club classic. Oh yes, it’s that good.

Download and you won’t stop dancing. Cheesy, but oh-so-true.

MP3: Friendly Fires – I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

(found on Sterogum)

 
 
 

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