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09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 49

You swan in here without even a remote glance at our yearning eyes, taking our word for it and pinching our mp3s, without so much as a ‘by your leave’. Well we won’t stand for it anymore. What’s that you say? Oh OK, go on then. We’re such push overs. Love you really…

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THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND

They may have themselves a large band, with up to eight members involved. They may well use plenty of tidy handclaps alongside their addictive beats. But are they phenomenal? A confident declaration indeed, no doubt with all eight tongues firmly in all eight cheeks, but it’s undoubtedly a signal of their brimming confidence at the very least.  What we do know is that we are slowly getting pulled into their shoreline. They have received a fair bit of love from the blogs of recent, but what we have also read is that they firmly hook you with their live shows. They enjoyed a very positive SXSW experience and all New York affiliations state they are “ones to watch”. We have them touring the UK in September and The Recommender for one is going to try and lure them down to Brighton for a night.  The band was started by a pair of DJ’s, but although there’s plenty to dance to, with their 70s disco beats and 80s New York rap basslines, there’s the occasional and wonderful foggy, dreamy, 60s vocal provided over the top. In fact there’s something from almost every decade wrapped up in them somewhere – perhaps inevitable with this many members involved! Their musical tardis makes sure it brings nothing but all the best bits home though. (MB)

Find them here:          Myspace

Hear them here:         THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND – YOU’LL DISAPPEAR (ysi)
Hear them here:         THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND – 15 TO 20 (David E Sugar remix) (ysi)

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DELPHIC

They’ve been bubbling away for some time in the blog circles, with releases coming out of the trendy French record and fashion label Kitsune. They release their second single, This Momentary, at the end of August. We attach it below with the wonderful video directed by Dave Ma. It seems to have been beautifully shot, like a series of William Eggleston photos, in a derelict, Chernobyl-like Russian town. The tune builds and builds like a Crystal Fighters construction, were they fronted by the vocal members of We Have Band and backed by the drummer out of Friendly Fires. It’s strong, addictive and is perfect to get lost in, like those summer clubbing experiences when your dancing with your eyes closed in the throng. The Manchester three piece throw out sounds that hark back to a time when Manchester blended rock sensibilities with dance music and filled warehouses, clubs and venues alike. In this sense they seem a distant child of New Order, yet are fantastically contemporary, like the half-brothers of Bloc Party. It’s music made for popping pills, but in a good, hazy way that’s not been seen since that period when Manchester ruled our modern culture.    (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       DELPHIC – THIS MOMENTARY (ysi)
Hear them here:       DELPHIC – COUNTERPOINT (ysi)

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DESIRE

Johnny Jewel has been rather busy of recent. He is the man behind the recent big electro disco push, producing bands such as Chromatics and Glasss Candy, but it’s with this new incarnation, (a project that finds him pairing up with Montreal resident Megan Louise), that we find ourselves finally seduced. There’s something beautifully minimal about them, with the simplest of beats and tiny, delicate, soft keys. The vocals often drift around and are full or echo, repeating sounds and mantras, but they are never pointlessly supplied. There’s also an enchanting draw with Megan’s sexy female voice, “Lets go out tonight…”, as their songs of love and lust slowly lure you in. It’s the same Italo disco you get from the equally attractive Fan Death, who The Recommender’s been in love with for a while now. If you can find the more enjoyable, upbeat, cleaner tracks, away from their slower and slightly more self-indulgent ones, then you will reveal them at their best. Releases are coming from the Italians Do It Better record label and a tour that encompasses parts of Europe before hitting a few spots around the UK during November.     (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         DESIRE – DON’T CALL (ysi)

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Spring and Autumn are notoriously busy periods for any town’s live music scenes, as the students flood back to venues and spend their parent’s hard earned money. Brighton is no different, so we are looking forward to seeing lots of juicy live acts in the coming weeks. Any outstanding finds will obviously be reported back here immediately.

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6 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 49”


  1. September 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Mike,

    I can’t get any of the links to songs to work for this post. And I figure if I can’t, maybe no one else can either? So just wanted to give a heads up.

    – Olivia

  2. September 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    It seems Zshare is down at the moment folks! Not a lot we can do about it. I suggest you click the ysi links for the download files, or head to their Myspace’s if you want to listen to them before downloading…

    Many thanks Olivia

  3. 3 Seth Michael
    November 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Just a heads up, the Desire song you have posted is actually “Don’t Call” not “Under Your Spell”

  4. November 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Seth – Many thanks. Not quite sure what had happened there. We had a problem with the uploads on the day we posted, so it’s gotten mixed up. It should now been corrected, so you should be able to download the right song if you wish. Thanks again.
    Mike


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