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Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 14

Hello once again Recommender-lings. I have three tidy little beauties listed for you today, two of which have more of an 80’s keyboard-slant than is probably healthy, but we persevere. You really never realised just how much impact Duran Duran would have back then did you eh!? Is it a good thing though? Only one way to find out – read on…

HEY CHAMP
This Chicago 3-piece are all echoing-guitar, drifting keyboards and upbeat 80’s-influenced pop. Just resting the correct side of European pop music, with chromed-out lyrics and a nice pounding pace, they’ve churned out a handful of interesting tunes. Thanks for the heads up on these guys goes to the blog’s Discodust and Chicago’s own Hot Biscuits. Hey Champ have just announced signing for Lupe Fiasco’s label, FNF UP, so things are now taking shape for them. It may be a while before the UK gets to see a tour, but in the mean time check out this tune and bliss yourself out…

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   HEY CHAMPCOLD DUST GIRL

EUGENE MACHINE
This is a fantastic group from London making glitterball-electro-pop. It’s full of catchy keyboards, danceable build ups and breaks to be savoured. We catch them here at the very early stages of their evolution, so the attached mp3 will sound lacking in production, but the promise is there. You will also enjoy the sexy singer and keyboardist, Emma, leading from the front. She’s joined by the equally classy guitarist Robin with his rhythmic sweeps. It’s all plucked straight out of the 80’s, but has enough melodic power and squelchy bleeps and tweaked brass to be as up to date as anybody. I await there arrival of their live set coming soon to Brighton, so I’m off now to prepare my big hair and glittery jump suit…

Find them here:    Myspace

Hear them here:    EUGENE MACHINESCENT OF MONEY

CLINKER
This London 3-piece are all about slowed down, smoking-grooves. They play out like a dreamscape and sit very neatly in your ears. Lots of fuzz and echo is tucked in there and they could tone it down a touch, but it never gets too annoying and the songs remain full of enough melodies. They are in desperate need of some high-end production, but that’s fair enough considering they aren’t even signed yet. They come across like the floppy side to any Beck chorus, with humour in the vocals, yet with enough melody to remain a serious promise. Loosen up and check them out.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   CLINKERLETS GO OUT AND GET FUCKED

I’ve already written up the next Recommender and it’s a corker, so head back here real soon for another spread of the love…

Mike

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