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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 46

You have three different contributors writing on this post, so feel free to comment on whose writing you like the best? That’ll put the cat amongst The Recommender’s pigeons! The variety also comes with the music today, as we  bring to the table everything, from African guitars to Kylie vocals! Nice…

DEATH METAL DISCO SCENE

Up to this point we only knew of these guys here at The Recommender as fantastic remixers of Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes (the latter is attached below…). This London pair have finally decided to cut a new track of their own and we have to admit we are rather taken. Just like their remix tastes they are fronted by a beautiful female vocalist whose sexy voice sounds similar to that of Kylie, were she to get electrified over a fuzzy bassline. Describing themselves as “Post Punk Alternative Disco Pop”, you will hear that the emphasis is very much on the ‘pop’. It’s all very light stuff, as all good pop should be, with distinctive breaks into the catchy chorus. It’s pace and basslines provide the ‘disco’ they talk of, but the whole concoction is never too sickly, so avoids running out of steam. There’s excellent fuzz and guitars bouncing around giving us the ‘alternative’ and ‘post punk’ elements, bringing their tunes into focus. The whole thing is washed down with over-the-top, seductive vocals to brilliant effect, by the appropriately named Scorch Shepherd. Their debut single, 21, is listed below having been released in the last few days. (MB)


Find them here:         Myspace

Here them here:        DEATH METAL DISCO SCENE – 21 (ysi)
Here them here:        BAT FOR LASHES – DANIEL ( Death Metal Disco Remix) (ysi)

FOREIGN BORN

Straight out of L.A., here’s a band that has been getting some well-deserved attention with their June debut Person to Person, out through label Secretly Canadian, and their recently wrapped up U.S. tour.  Trying to describe their sound isn’t easy.  They are one of those rare wonders that manage to take tropical sounds, African guitaring, a fantastic pop sensibility (and even a banjo!) and blend them all together to form some sort of summer delight.  Whilst listening we dare you to not think of barbequing poolside.  However, please don’t think that they’re all cheer and no substance.  Tracks like Blood Oranges, See Us Home, and Wander Aimlessly are driven by a darker sound with vocals taking cues from the likes of Johnny Cash.  And it’s probably that ability to balance the sunny with the serious that has been getting them noticed.  Three of the members have also been finding their way onto blog pages with their other similarly tropical act Fool’s Gold.  Sadly, there’s still no word on whether a UK tour is imminent for either project, but should they cross the Atlantic, be sure to catch their energetic live shows with straw hat and piña colada in hand. (OG)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        FOREIGN BORN – EARLY WARNINGS (ysi)
Here them here:        FOREIGN BORN – VACATIONING PEOPLE (ysi)

LOVE LIKE FIRE

San Francisco-based hipsters Love Like Fire play a brand of indie that takes in the Howling Bells and The Walkmen whilst aiming high with the more stadium sounds of The Killers. With songs full of hope and angst in equal measure, played over the rattling beat and climax finishes, it grips you, balls first. Frontwoman Ann Yu has had her vocals compared to the slightly more subtle Karen O, which is certainly apparent on the tracks William and Stand In Your Shoes, but her voice equally has a distinctive lushness and depth which draws its own attention. With two EPs to their name already, the full debut album, Tear Ourselves Away, (due out on 14th of September through Heist Or Hit Records) is mature and very well-crafted and looks certain to raise the band’s profile above the radar. They mange to cradle cool, 80’s-influenced bands like Curve and 90’s Britpop groups like Echobelly into a more commercial version of The Dears. The excellent, punchy single, S.O.S., from 2007’s album, An Ocean In The Air, is listed below.   (DV)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        LOVE LIKE FIRE – S.O.S. (ysi)

Having just read an interview with Love Like Fire’s Ann Yu she states her ‘favourite city that she’s seen on tour’ as Brighton, UK  – The Recommender’s home town! She says, “The people there are super friendly, there’s really yummy English breakfasts and cool shops”. That and a wicked music blog surely…

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4 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 46”


  1. 1 V
    August 14, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Glad to see a great piece on Love Like Fire.

  2. 2 Mini
    September 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Many thanks for showing me Lovelikefire. I’d not heard them before but they are cool as…

    Love (…like fire…) your blog.

    x


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