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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 29

We are never short of new tracks here at The Recommender. Our noses are highly trained for those truffled tunes as we willingly rummage our faces through the world’s various music scenes.You will hopefully appreciate the spoils of our tune-farming and see this in evidence below.

It’s worth tipping our thanks to Austin too, as the SxSW blog-obsessed festival of new music came to it’s conclusion. We now find ourselves at the floodgates as they open and the hype hurriedly comes pouring through. Many rumours are bouncing around about who managed to shine and who disappointed. It is indeed a good time to be a blog.

WHITE BELT YELLOW TAG
There’s a strange juxtaposition with this lot. You will hear a kind of softer vocal sound paired up with a backing that’s so powerful you better have your socks welded on. Often building, like a good Doves song, into something massive, they play songs on a higher level to most bands out there. It’s mature and emotional with a crashing clash of sounds. There’s lots to enjoy with pounding drums, layers of cymbals slamming and we’ve no idea how they get their guitars to make some of the sounds they create. We can’t quite believe they’re only a 2-piece band, with the giant sound they produce. This Yorkshire duo will surely scale the heights soon as the Elbow/Doves PR machine has been in full swing over recent months with their respective albums, so catch these new pretenders to the throne now before they achieve the inevitable black belt status.

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       WHITE BELT YELLOW TAG – YOU’RE NOT INVINCIBLE (ysi)

JOHN & JEHN
Musical influences come in circles and it’s often only a matter of time before sleeping sounds from a previous generation come springing back to life once again. John & Jehn bring us a soundscape that’s clearly harking back to the days of The Velvet Underground and that Lo-Fi 1960’s collective production. With songs that wander aimlessly it would be to easy to think that this pair are self-indulgent, but there’s more to them than that. With their Parisian and London roots they are suitably stylish and melodically beautiful with it. They are a refreshing memory and they hold a brilliantly timeless quality. Andy Warhol would have adored them. They had a great 2008 with their debut album, but it’s a recent remix that’s been passed our way that’s made us decide to include them on The Recommender. Rather than offer you just the one mp3 below we have decided to generously attach two, as although we want to showcase this new remix we also need you to appreciate their original music. Aren’t you the lucky ones…

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      JOHN & JEHN – FEAR FEAR FEAR (ysi)
JOHN & JEHN – LOOKING FOR YOU (Mighty Mouse NYC Sensations Remix)      (ysi)

CHEW LIPS
You could almost fill up a music blog entirely from the bands that get backing from the French fashion/record label Kitsune. (In fact we can think of a couple of blogs that virtually already do!). We’re also equally aware that we list a fair amount of tunes that get their Parisian seal of approval too, so we better start a Kitsune filter before we end up indirectly being their PR machine! Not that they need one when they give us releases from bands as cool as Chew Lips. The music is strong enough to shout all on its own and boy will it be heard far and wide. This London 3-piece proclaim they make 8-bit Drone Disco. Indeed. It’s simple music, with the characterful frontwoman, Tigs, giving us the lyrical chants that, particularly on the song ‘Twin Galaxies’, tips its sound back to 90’s House, in a good way. It’s a delightful, contemporary, synth-led, four-beat concoction. They’ve rightly been heavily tipped for a big 2009 by the BBC, and in particular Steve Lamacq, so we lovingly join the pointy fingers and enthusiastically wave your attention in their direction.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       CHEW LIPS – SOLO (ysi)

If you’ve never heard of these artists, then we hope you appreciate the heads up. If you have come across them before then we hope you at least enjoy the music we’ve listed. Don’t forget to check the artists Myspace links and look out for any upcoming gigs too, particularly as the summer festivals kick into life.

Anyway, keep popping back for more from us when you next get 5 minutes. As always, comment, subscribe and generally spread the love around a little bit…
Mike

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5 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 29”


  1. 1 Janicem
    May 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I’m really into White Belt Yellow Tag and was trying to find bands similar to them. I came across a new band from Liverpool called Sound of Guns, don’t know if you’ve heard of them. I’d really recommend them. Here is their official site-

    http://soundofguns.wordpress.com/


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