25
Aug
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 8

This ride just keeps on trucking, so congratulations on thumbing me down once more. Hop on…

I’ve managed to bag a handful of sugar-coated sweeteners to aid your ipod in this edition. One is a very well known blogged antipodean, the others ain’t so well drafted, but all are totally worthy of their listing. Pick up the gifted selection and waft gently under your ears until satisfied. Nice.

First up, hmmm, lets see…OK I’ll get her out of the way first. Every other blog known to man has her listed, so I gotta pop her on here in my obliging manor, but as always, I’m not trying to be the first, so balls to all that and lets bag a load of LADYHAWKE, (real name: Pip Brown). The timing is good as she not only plays Brighton next month (See Gig List 7 below), but she is also releasing her new self-titled album later that same month. Best realised as the unwanted love-child of the Ting Tings, Roxette, Cut Copy and Chrissie Hynde. Throw in a little cameo from Feist and you have the perfect gang-bang to her sound scape.

Find her here:  www.myspace.com/ladyhawkerock

Hear her here:  Ladyhawke – ‘Back Of The Van’ 

This next 4-piece are Spain’s answer to Franz Ferdinand and The Rapture, with a flirting eye cast over their shoulders towards Duran Duran. In fact, its as if Franz Ferdinand were all kidnapped by some evil mastermind who has cunningly replaced them with casio-punk robots and got us all fooled. No bad thing. MENDETZ are all sexy, upbeat, sharp riffs and danceable indie. They’ve toured with the likes of Arctic Monkeys in Europe and they are now one great self-titled album in. I’m desperate for them to play over in the UK, so I’m busy pimping their name out to any promoter connections as best I can. Do your bit and click on my links and check out their music. They totally kick it.

Find them here: www.myspace.com/mendetz

Hear them here: Mendetz – ‘The Sofa’

Third up today is a French 3-piece who claim to visit the future to write and record their music and then return to us to release it! MINITEL ROSE have their sound grounded in French electro, but with that fantastic 80’s twist more familiar with the Australian scenesters Cut Copy, Presets or The Midnight Juggernauts. High pitch lyrics swirl around an electronic echo to create a more delicate sound than the usual dirty crunch of more common electro. I list below the medley they leave on their Myspace site, so it gives you a snippet of their sound. They released their album ‘The French Machine’ back in May 2008, so that’s out there to hunt down if they take well to your ears…

Find them here:  www.myspace.com/minitelrose

Hear them here: Minitel Rose – ‘Medley’

Hope you enjoyed this post. Comment and spread the word as always. Looks like I’m already the largest new music blog in the city of Brighton, so thanks for your support. It’s growing like wildfire now so keep it going. Nice.

On a separate note, I met Henron last night and he told me some great news regarding a new venue for him and the ‘Somewhere In The Universe…’ events, so I will be blogging about that soon. That means its well worth you popping back for more from The Recommender real soon.

Mike

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