top tracks of the moment

Listening to loads of music this weekend and here’s what we have to share with you dear listeners..

YURS-Race

London outfit YURS offers us a great piece of pop, telling us summer’s not over yet. Brilliant guitar riffs with well-produced vocal harmonies. For fans of Razorlight, The Kooks, etc…

The Coral-The Curse Of Love

James Skelly and co are releasing this brand new track along with lost tapes from their previous recording sessions. The Curse of Love will be available through Skeleton Key Records from October 20th. Still magical, the folk band from Merseyside still have it! Soft melodies, a journey through art-folk psychedelia taking it’s inspiration from the sixties, we can’t wait to hear the ”new” material unveiled in full.

Tree of Wolves-Let The Night Take Me

This is the third track to be released from the Camarthen band as a single in November. With a beautiful intro, we’re going into the universe of a retro pop eighties electronica sounds. We also sometimes remembering of London’s own Sing-Sing back in the 90’s with the softness of the female vocals. With three strong singles, when are we going to hear a full-lenght. They sound indeed really promising.

Playlist 2014/10/14

2014-08-06 14.40.57Voici la playlist de la semaine/Here’s the weekly playlist
INTRO

The 2 Bears –  Angel (Touch Me) /The Night Is Young/Southern Fried

Légendes du rock/New music from ICONS
Johnny Marr – Easy Money/ Playland/Warner
Kele – Doubt /Trick/Lilac Records

Le Record de la semaine/Track of the week
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind (Jonathan Halper Cover)/Late Night Tales /Late Night Tales Ltd.

 
Leftfield POP

Alt-J – Intro / This Is All Yours/Infectious Music Ltd.
Kindness – This Is Not About Us/Otherness/Female Energy

Jessie Ware : plaisir POP NON coupable

SBTRKT – Problem (Solved) feat. Jessie Ware /Wonder Where We Land/Young Turks
Jessie Ware – Tough Love/ Tough Love/PMR Records/Island Records

sombre pop/mélancolie/dark pop melancholia
Paul Smith & Peter Brewis-Barcelona (At Eye Level)/Frozen By Night/Memphis Industries
Smoke Fairies-Eclipse Them All/Smoke Fairies/Full Time Hobby
Bear’s Den-Above The Clouds Of Pompeii /Above The Clouds Of Pompeii  10’’ single/Communion Records

Classique de la semaine/Classic of the week

The Times-This Is London/This Is London/Art pop

Démo de la semaine/New act of the week
The August List-Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow/O Hinterland/Ubiquity Projects Records

Indie

Kid Wave-All I Want/All I Want (single)/Heavenly Recordings
Tree Of Wolves-Let The Night Take Me/Let the night take me (single)/Independant

Électro au féminin/female electro

Gwenno-Patriarchaeth/Y Dydd Olaf/Peski Records
Troves-Youth In Decay/Youth In Decay (single)/Nude Records

 OUTRO

Underworld – Cowgirl/dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th Ann. 5CD Ed./Smith Hyde Productions/UMC

Gwenno-Y Dydd Olaf

IMG_3257.PNGBetter known as the former lead singer of The Pipettes, Gwenno is now flying solo with her first album Y Dydd Olaf out October 27th on Peski Records

After a couple of EPs and single, we now discover an eclectic album. Going from electronic to pop with a little bit of sound experimentation, Gwenno delivers a solid performance on her debut album.

Sung entirely in Welsh, Y Dydd Olaf ( The Last Time) taking directly it’s inspiration from novellist Owain Owain. With sweet melodies accompanied by the beautiful poetic accent, we travel into a strange experimental world. Sometimes slow and melancholic, sometimes more “dancey” and upbeat, the record brings us in a new musical dimension.

Brilliantly produced by Rhys Edwards, we entered in a kind of futuristic revolution lyrically, speaking mostly about how to deal with new technologies, the brand new culture of the 2000’s.

It’s definitely a “must-have” record this year.

You can catch Gwenno live here:

23/10/2014
Greek Taverna, Bangor

13/11/2014
Gwenno / Carw / Carcharorion – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Ones to watch: Sparrowhawks

2014-04-24 22.28.14-1It’s almost this time of the year where we think about the best performances and the best records we heard throughout the year from various bands.

But it’s also time to rediscovering these acts like this one hailing from North Wales borders, Sparrowhawks. We saw them back at Focus Wales in April 2014.They sounded of course really promising.

And the good news is….they are releasing a brand new EP Cool Your Blood Down via the label Drum With Our Hands.

Starting off with the sunny track All That I Am Holding Is Your Hand, we are submerging into some magical welsh roadtrip. On Love Is Colours they drive us through catchy rhythms, a beautiful music rodeo mixing rock with folk reminiscing of Smoke Fairies or Cate Le Bon.

Then the Chester/Wrexham quartet is heading back to the roots of country vibes with Cool Your Blood Down. Beats are omnipresent with the drums, well-fitted with the guitar/bass riffs and the vocal harmonies.

It’s mixed with Pinnacle, a quieter song,which sometimes can make us think about the likes of Camera Obscura or Belle And Sebastian.

All comes to a beautiful ends with I Might, a great way to melancholia exploring a bit of psychedelic instrumentation with great boys/girls vocal harmonies provided by Sophie Ballamy and her friends.

You can soon catch them live to hear these tunes and more just here:
Oxjam Chester 2014 (Fri 17th October, Telford’s Warehouse)

Carefully Planned Festival (Sun 19th October, Soup Kitchen, Manchester)

FOCUS Wales presents: the WINTER MIXER 2014! (Sat Dec 6th-the STIWT THEATRE, RHOS, WREXHAM)

 

Playlist 2014/10/07

slow clubIntro
The School-When I Fall In Love/When I Fall In Love (7” Single)/Elefant Records

Smooth indie
Alt-J-The Gospel Of John Hurt/This Is All Yours/Infectious
Yeah Saint-Paul-Gone/Women Are Stoned/Loyal Artistes

Track of the week
Allo Darlin’ Half Heart Necklace/We Come From The Same Place/Fortuna Pop!

Indie POP
The 1975-Heart Out/The 1975/Universal
Houdini Dax-Good Old Fashioned Maniac/Good Old Fashioned Maniac (single)/Listen To This Music RecordsThe Subways-My Heart Is Pumping To A Brand New Beat/The Subways/Yfe Records-Cooking Vinyl

Slow Club Interview
Dependable People And Things That I’m Sure OfThe Pieces

from Complete Surrender/Wichita

Classic of the week
The Holloways-Happiness and Penniless/So This Is Great Britain/TVT Records

New act of the week
Laurel Canyons-Owe Nothing/Owe Nothing (single)/Independant

New releases
The History Of Apple Pie-Just Like This/Feel Something/Marshall Teller
We Were Promised Jetpacks-Safety In Numbers/Unravelling/Fat Cat
Johnny Marr-Candidate/Playland/New Voodoo

Electro new releases
Gum Takes Tooth-White Fear/Mirrors Fold/Tigertrap
Mogwai-Teenage Exorcists/Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1/Rock Action

Outro
Hunter As A Horse-Tomorrow Never Knows/Tomorrow Never Knows (Hunter As A Horse Version)/Independant

Dark Hunting

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While surfing on the Internet, we got into numerous cover songs. Sometimes they are sounding really similar to the original but on the other side, some cover songs are completely deconstructed and feeling like it’s the band personal song. In the last days, i got this one on repeat from Hunter As a Horse , a brand new duet hailing from the heart of London. Of course, they have recorded a couple of their own dark visions of the world. Musically, we can think of shoegaze gems and lyrically it’s like wizardry curses. Dark, deep and making us travelling in a magnificent and mysterious world. And just to add to this, hunter As A Horse just recorded a beautiful rendition of the Lennon/McCartney hit from Revolver, Tomorrow Never Knows which is available as a free download on their soundcloud

Playlist 2014/09/30

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INTRO
Coves-Honeybee/Soft Friday/Nettwerk

Interview live w/ Becky Wood, Coves

Coves-Bad Kick To The Heart/Soft Friday/Nettwerk

Le Record de la semaine/track of the week
Jamie T – Zombie/Carry On The Grudge – Virgin/EMI

Retour sur show slow club/slow club show review
Nick Mulvey-meet you there/first mind/harvest
Slow club-not mine to love/complete surrender/wichita

Diletante de Radiohead/radiohead’s projects
Philip Selway – Coming Up For Air – /Wheaterhouse /Bella Union
Thom Yorke – The Mother Lode /Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes -/W.A.S.T.E.

UK Jazz
GoGo Penguin – Garden Dog Barbecue /V2.0 /Gondwana Records
Red Snapper – Blue Chest /Hyena /LO Recordings

Le Classique de la semaine/classic of the week
Oasis – Wonderwall /(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? [reedit] /Big Brother Recordings

Démo de la semaine/new track of the week
Victories At Sea-Florentine/independant

B-town
Peace-Lost on Me/Lost on Me 7″/sony Uk
Jaws-Time/Be slowly/rattlepop

NU ELECTRO
Aphex Twin – PAPAT4 [155][pineal mix] /Syro – Warp Records
Lee Gamble – Motor System /Koch – Pan Records
Moiré – No Gravity /Shelter – Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

OUTRO
SBTRKT – Higher/Wonder Where We Land /Young Turks

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