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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 34

We are close to deciding on the USA contributor so confirmation will be announced soon and we can look forward to a new flavour here at The Recommender. We’re also readying ourselves for the new music onslaught that is Brighton’s Great Escape festival, so we hope loads of amazing experiences will be had so we can share them with you all next week. In the mean time check through these three tidy bands…

HEADS WE DANCE
This Leeds 3-piece bring to the table robotic, throbbing, Electro-Pop with the kind of camp hooks not seen since Depeche Mode or Pet Shop Boys. There’s plenty of pounding Disco 4-beats and swirling French keyboards, but strangely it’s almost a little hard to admit you like it. It’s like a secret love affair that would make people change their opinion of you the second they found out, so it’s with some apprehension that we recommend them today. To swiftly pick up some remaining respect they’ve also received remixes of their tunes from the likes of Tepr, Don Diablo (who is never far from Hype Machine‘s Top 100!) and Frankmusik. They are about to release the album, ‘Love Technology’, and they are getting the single ‘When The Sirens Sound’ out on the This Is Fake DIY label. The B-side of which is listed below featuring none other than Little Boots. It doesn’t get much hotter than that. They will follow all this with a tour in the UK shortly and you can also often find them DJ’ing at Leeds Electro club night, Nailgun.

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      HEADS WE DANCE – WORK IT OUT (ft. Little Boots)       (ysi)

YOUR TWENTIES
There’s a little explaining to do with this group. Frontman Gabriel Stebbing used to be in Metronomy until April 2009, so you may have caught him touring with them in recent times. The reason he parted was to focus his time on Your Twenties. As much as we love Metronomy here at The Recommender, we also feel a little warm inside for Gabriel’s new group too. Their music has a lot brought to it from his former Brighton-based band, with their light, high-pitched vocal harmonies and melodies that seem to swim into your head. More Lo-Fi and less cute than Vampire Weekend, they use simply constructed guitars and keyboards that tap away in a soothing groove. Catchy and tripping along with neat beats and claps, it’s instantly loveable. Perfect for a summer and the sort of music that secretly puts you in a good mood, whilst never stepping out from the background. We list their recently circulated demo, ‘Sugar The Pill‘, which will hopefully see itself released through their DIY label, Germs Of Youth. It delightfully proves that the 4-piece are once again generating new music since having Gabriel’s focus firmly on board.

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        YOUR TWENTIES – SUGAR THE PILL (ysi)

MUSIC GO MUSIC
Speaking with Henron, (Promoter, DJ and scenester-captain from one of Brighton’s hottest clubs, New Hero),  we came to the subject of what’s next in the ever-changing trends of music. None of us can know for sure, but there’s a healthy amount of 70’s influence knocking at the door. Everyone’s still knee-deep in the 1980’s, so the next trend has got a bit of time yet, but with all the late-70’s Kate Bush-sounding female solo artists and Disco that’s around it’s getting harder to ignore. Music Go Music step into our lives at this precise junction, fanning the flames. Described brilliantly by the excellent Missingtoof blog as Creamy Disco, the LA 3-piece have ploughed the fields of music formerly worked so well by the likes of ABBA. One listen and we promise that you will agree. Layered vocals spinning over a funky, light bass riff that pumps along over the sexy beats. It’s very grand, no check that, it’s totally huuuge, like a Prog-Rock musical! It’s a risky step as they’ve basically pretended the last 30 years never happened. Only time will tell whether 70’s Disco ever makes it through the scenester doorway, but you can throw your Travolta shapes to this tune in the mean time.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        MUSIC GO MUSIC – WARM IN THE SHADOWS (ysi)

Creamy Disco? Pet Shop Boys? ABBA? Crikey, that has to be the campest post we’ve ever done!! Loads to enjoy though, so hope it worked for you. As always, comment, message us and generally spread the love around a bit…
Mike

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