Top of the year: Unsigned and small labels bands-Part 1

Choice was hard to make, load of cutting in the tracks to fill only eighteen songs on the list. Here’s part one of this list with plenty of discoveries we made through the year.

Elephantine-Abreast

First track released from the Birmingham band duet earlier in the year. They released back in October 2014 their debut EP Glimmer featuring this lovely punkish, indie retro shoegaze-like  song.

Victories at Sea-Florentine

After releasing their first EP In Memory Of through Static Caravan, the Birmingham outfit slightly change their sound on this single to add more electronic pop and it well worths a listen

WHITE-Living Fiction

Like their Scottish compatriots Franz Ferdinand and Casual Sex, WHITE is bringing a disco touch to 2014. Really hooked up to the melodies.

Viola Dust-The Big Hop
Northern Ireland not just have a huge indie rock scene…they also have brilliant electronica acts like this one from Newry.

The TenFiveSixty-Control
If you like Metric and the likes of sweet rock melodies, you’ll fall in love with this

Focus wales 2015-who’s in?

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This week, the organization of Focus Wales just announced the first draft of artist who’ll make the festival for it’s fifth edition. Eclectic as ever, this festival promotes culture from the north welsh borders and beyond. In 2015, you should expect classic punk with late seventies, early eighties punk rockers, The Membranes, Kent’s own Slaves, Falls and many more. Folk lovers will be served with Valleyers, Heal the Last Stand and Little Arrow just to name a few. You don’t want to miss japanese psych outfit Bo Ningen either. Otherwise, the electronic alt-indie scene is well represented with the likes of Baron La Croix, Golden Fabled and Yr Ods. Also on the bill, we find regulars as Doppelganger, Baby Brave, Mowbird and many mores. Focus Wales is a festival to discover if you haven’t yet. More to come soon…and for details you can go on focuswales.com

Playlist 2014/12/02

 

Intro
The Great Electric-Jump Over The House/EP1/Static Caravan

Grrrrrrrrrls rock!

Marmozets-Move, Shake And Hide/Move Shake And Hide (single)/Roadrunner Records
Joanna Gruesome-Graveyard/Weird Sister/Slumberland

”Record” de la semaine/track of the week
Hookworms – On Leaving/ The Hum/Weird World/Domino

New Wave electro
Simple Minds – Let The Day Begin/Big Music – Caroline International
Faded Ranger – Get Together (Right Now)/Mechanical Tonight – Hfn
Man Without Country – Sweet Harmony (The Beloved cover) / Maximum Entropy – Lost Balloon

Trip hop ambiance

George The Poet-Baby Father/The Chicken And The Egg EP/Independant
Bernard And Edith-Wurds/Wurds (7” single)/Bella Union
Sophia Ben Yousef-I’m Yours/I’m Yours/Independant

Classique de la semaine
The Cure-In Between Days/Head On The Door/Fiction

Demo de la semaine/New artist of the week
Roja-The End/Promises I should have kept/Probe Plus Records

New Releases

China Drum-Water/Water 7” single/Too Pure
Tyrannosaurus Dead-30 year old teenager/Flying Ant Day/Odd Box

New electro

Clark – There’s A Distance In You/Clark/ Warp
Andy Stott – Science & Industry / Faith In Strangers /Modern Love
Kele – Coasting / Trick/Lilac Records

OUTRO
Metronomy – Reservoir (Jacques Lu Cont/Stuart Price remix)/Reservoir Single/Because Music

Playlist 2014/11/25

2014-08-09 21.53.22Blossoms-Blow/Blow 7”/Skeleton Key

Provincials-When The Light Changes/When The Light Changes EP/Itchen Recordings
H. Hawkline-You Say You Love Me/Salt Gall Box Ghouls 12”/Shape Records
American Wrestlers-I Can Do No Wrong/I Can Do No Wrong/Independant

Pretty Vicious-Cave Song/Cave Song (single)/Independant

YOOFS-Quit Bitchin’/Quit Bitchin’ (single)/Strong Island Recordings
Slaves-Hey-Hey (single)/Independant
FALLS-Man Bites Cobra To Death/Dirtbox EP/Independant
Blood Lips-Death Grip/Brittle Bones EP/Ear To Ear Records

Goodnight Lenin-Old Cold Hands/In The Fullness Of Time/Independant
Ultimate Painting-Central Park Blues/Ultimate Painting/Trouble In Mind RecordsThe Twilight Sad-Last January/Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

Ride-Twisterella/OX-4 The Best Of…/First Time Recordings

InSynthasesia-Breakdown/InSynthasesia EP/Independant

Elliot Power-On The Windrush/On The Windrush/Portend Featuring Wife 7” single
Bearcubs-Touch/Touch (single)/Love & Other Recordings

R. Seiliog-Wow Signal/In Hz/Turnstile
Breton-Port Of Call/War Room Stories(Deluxe Edition)/Believe Recordings

Swiss Lips-Wilderness/Wilderness (single)/Independant

November 17th top tracks of the moment

In need on some new music? Here’s the top track of the moment picked by DJ Mel

2014-04-23 19.38.07-1First, here’s a band I discovered at the beginning of the year back on my journey to North Wales. If you need some heavy rock, edgy guitars, you will definitely fall in love with Blood Lips. In the heart of the North West of the UK, this three piece delivers dark rock’n’roll and  just released their first EP, Brittle Bones on the independent label Ear To Ear Records.

All four tracks is a travel back to the good old days of grunge with a touch of modern indie. You can download or listen tracks here:

 

If you’re more into traditional britpop and catchy indie pop, you can try some Why We Love. Hailing from the southern climate of Bristol, Why We Love just released Fake A Death EP. it’s always a delight to listen to their sunshiney tracks

 

If you hop into Cardiff, you can then discover The Echo And The Always with their brand new single Go Easy. This song is a tasty piece of pop, reminiscing of some Canadian gems like Metric or even Tegan and Sara. The Cardiff indie four-piece have a soulful melodic sense that worths being discovered.

 

 

Then, for those who wants to discovered some kind of new shoegaze, you can check out Elastic Sleep from Cork, in Northern Ireland. Musically, it’s a journey into noisey distorted guitars with a magic voice. Truly enchanting!

 

And finally, why not picking a band that we really love and saw a couple of times live. After releasing two albums, they are back with the release of a deluxe edition of War Room Stories. Yeah we definitely talk here about Breton. Great to see the guys are so prolific musically and offers this brand new deluxe version with not only one, but 9 new tracks like Titan and other catchy beats. Electro and rock clashes perfectly in a mix, making us forgiving the grey skies of London. If you haven’t discovered then yet, you can have your last chance on their current European tour until December.

Playlist 2014/11/18

Intro
Young Fathers – Get Up /Dead – Anticon/Big Dada

Indie pop
johnny marr-dynamo/playland/new Voodoo
Why We Love-all good things must drown/all good things must drown(single)/independant

Le Record de la semaine/Track of the week

Fryars-in my Arms/power/fiction

Welsh music Prize
Slowly Rolling Camera-Dream A Life/edition records
9bach-Wedi Torri/Tincian/Real World Productions
Gruff Rhys-Lost Tribes/american interior/wichita-turnstile

‘Du neuf avec du vieux’/Some old and new mix
David Bowie – Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)-Nothing Has Changed – ISO Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Temples – Shelter Song/Sun Structures Reedit/ Heavenly Recordings
Temples – Fragment’s Light/Sun Structures Reedit /Heavenly Recordings
Elbow – Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover) /And I’ll Scratch Yours/Real World

Le Classique de la semaine/Classic of the week
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers/The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway/Virgin

Demo de la semaine/New band of the week
Black Surf-Dive/black surf ep/independant

Indie Pop
bird-oh my love/my fear and me/baltic records
Paul smith and peter brewis-trevone/frozen by sight/memphis industries

New electro
Actress – Gershwin /FabricLive 78/Fabric Records
Clark – The Grit In The Pearl (London Cafe edit) / Clark/ Warp

Outro
Hot Since 82 – Womb /Knee Deep In Sound free download/Knee Deep In Sound/Ultra

Quand le pop devient rock’n’roll! When pop goes off the roll!

Qui aurait cru qu’une chanson connue du monde de la pop commerciale serait mise à l’envers? Ceci donne un excellent résultat! Un beau désordre rock’n’rollesque de la part de Royal Blood sur le titre ”Happy” de Pharrell Williams

Who would have believe that a pop song would be better on the rock’n’roll side? Royal Blood offered a solid messy rock performance on Pharrell William’s happy on the Live Lounge..We love it!