Blog Sound 2012

Monday, 5 December 2011, 23:59 | Category : Good new stuff, Lists
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Just over two years ago I was asked, for the one and only time, to contribute to the prestigious BBC Sound Of poll. This annual poll has become enough of an milestone to ensure that the main business of plenty labels and PRs for the past few months is to get their artists onto that [...]

A good day for new album news

Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 18:09 | Category : Good new stuff
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You know the story these days; a new album announcement accompanied by a free taster song. It works nicely for me, but often these things come along like buses. So over the past day there’s been news of three potential belters coming out in the next few months.
First up, Field Music. A band that I’ve [...]

Liz Green - Displacement Song

Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 0:06 | Category : Good new stuff, Live music, Songs
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When I was unexpectedly asked to contribute to the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, I was a little taken aback and with a short deadline to get tips back to the man at the Beeb, I stuck to the artists I was particularly obsessed with that week. One of these was Liz Green - an [...]

New Blitzen Trapper

Friday, 12 August 2011, 15:36 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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I know there’s always been a strong country rock element to Blitzen Trapper’s music, but on this new tune, they take that to the next level. And sitting right where I am today, in what I’ve renamed Country Friday, it’s suiting me very well indeed.
mp3: Blitzen Trapper - Love The Way You Walk Away
Blitzen [...]

Get some Civil Civic before it’s too late!

Monday, 25 July 2011, 23:49 | Category : Good new stuff, Video
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You’ve got to love Civil Civic. Not just because they write their own ace press releases. Not because their third member is a drum machine. And not just because they are providing us with a steady stream of scuzzy, noisy electronic rock goodness from their Dalston base. That’s not all. You really do have to [...]

New M83

Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 17:05 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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So there I was watching / listening to the Murdochs at the phone hacking enquiry. It was running well behind time, it was sagging a lot and I was feeling bored. So it was a welcome relief to have an email pop into my inbox about the new M83 single. This’ll soundtrack the rest of [...]

Michael Kiwanuka

Saturday, 11 June 2011, 1:12 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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If you know Communion records at all, you’ll immediately think folky acoustic types, and that would be fair enough, most of their stuff is like that. You probably wouldn’t think retro soul though. But here’s Michael Kiwanuka on Communion with his sepia-tinged soul songs. In keeping with other Communion music, there’s nothing particualry groundbreaking , [...]

At last, a new Beirut album

Friday, 10 June 2011, 8:10 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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The past week has brought plenty of good news about new albums. For me, receiving press releases for St Vincent, She Keeps Bees and new faves King Post Kitsch has been pretty exciting, but then these were all eclipsed on Tuesday with the news of the new Beirut album Rip Tide, due out on 29 [...]

Oh Minnows

Friday, 3 June 2011, 16:50 | Category : Good new stuff, Remixes, Songs
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I remember Semifinalists. Back in the heady summer of 2006, I saw them a couple of times, including a performance at the very first End of the Road Festival where I was quietly blown away by their woozy psychadelic pop. A sort of low-budget Flaming Lips, with all the tunes, but no massive props or [...]

The return of The Miserable Rich

Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 12:47 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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The Miserable Rich’s second album Of Flight and Fury sort of passed me by last year while I was looking elsewhere, but now it’s time for me to get excited about their third album. And this time they’re going cinematic. As if their previous work didn’t have a suave sweep to it, 2011 sees James [...]