Saturday, 27 June 2009

Hype: One Day I Woke Up To Find There Was A Hole In My Mind

Every now and then you - or I at least - come across a track that just makes you think "This is why I love music so much." and Once And For All by London's Clock Opera is one of them.

The new project of Guy Connelly (formerly of The Corrections), Clock Opera are already receiving a lot of interest from labels and the like and I also have it on good authority that their live show is something of a spectacle.

Although it's still early doors, there's already a huge sound there and with performances at the likes of London's Paradise Gardens and Lattitude Festival, I'm looking foward to hearing more from them and seeing how things take shape in the coming months.

One thing's for sure, if there are more like the track below on the way then this could be something really special. Here's one of my tracks of 2009...

Clock Opera - Once And For All (Limited Download)

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Plug: I'll Pretend To Start Again

You Animals - Halfway to Heartbreak

I've been a fan of You Animals since their formation from the embers of Komakino.

In fact, Komakino were the first band I ever interviewed and are some the nicest guys you're likely to meet. Frontman Ryan even contributed an interview himself back in the day.

Finally, after what seems like an age, they are releasing their debut single through Fear & Records and the video for which can be found above.

With dates coming up in their native Derby, Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool and London to name a few, they're certainly not sleeping on it! All dates and more info can be found on site so there's no excuse not to get to one.

Halfway to Heartbreak / You Left Your Heart In The City will be released as a 7" on July 13 and to celebrate, here's the B-side (which I actually prefer!).

You Animals - You Left Your Heart In The City (YSI)

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Monday, 15 June 2009

In Motion: He Says That He Got In Trouble

HURTS - Wonderful Life

I'd heard a lot about this video and finally caught a glimpse courtesy of FUCKING DANCE. Everything about both the video and the track are incredible.

Wonderful Life sounds like a classic that I'd long since forgotten but suddenly stumbled upon to remember why I loved it in the first place, the video hammers that home even more with the black and white vibe.

HURTS are the result of the gradual development of Manchester bands Bureau and Daggers and are about as hot as it gets right now.

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Hype: Storm Clouds Gather Overhead

Almost every UK blog worth it's salt is already all over London's Radiant Dragon, to the point that my pride got the better of me and I decided not to add to the furore.

This was obviously a stupid notion and being a big fan of his 'Chinese-kraut electronic space rock', I can't hold out any longer.

He's supporting Kap Bambino at Liars Club next week and also has a number of dates in London coming up including a performance for Lassaiz Faire Club supporting IT favourites colouringIN.

Despite being about the 23 Morecambe Bay cockle pickers who drown back in 2004, this track makes everything seem 20% better 100% of the time.

Radiant Dragon - Oysters (YSI)

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Hype: Sit Down, Relax.

Kentish Town's Dansette Junior are comprised of Will Hunt and Lawson (of sniTch DJs).

Taking their name from an old model of Dansette record players, DJ mix elements of analogue synths, guitars and digital programming to create quite an eclectic sound.

Each track almost sounds like a completely different band and it would be both a tedious exercise and a very long post if I were to try to put them all in to words; so I'll just let the music do the talking as usual.

They have gigs coming up in all the right places with dates at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, YOYO at Notting Hill Arts Club and their local The Flowerpot in Kentish Town so get to one if you can.

Dansette Junior - Takin Over (YSI)

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