And so we’ve finally got past the post and we can now wave goodbye to 2008. A year in which The Recommender blog began and in which it soon blossomed into the gorgeous monster it is today. It proved to be an awesome year of music to begin such a task and so looking back through the archives there’s now a treasure trove of gems to plunder. 2009 is already looking like it’s going to burst with brilliance as Pop, Disco, Electro and Indie continue to evolve. The Recommender’s in a great position to evolve right alongside them.
This is one of my favourite finds of 2008 and they look to be heading into your stereo/ipod/club/head, ( – delete as appropriate), throughout 2009. A female two-piece that hail from Vancouver, Canada, and who are produced by none other than the Electro godfather himself, Erol Alkan. As we well know, anything he tends to pick out, (like a Monty Python-esque hand reaching out from the clouds), is always totally awesome and Fan Death are no different. He has also remixed them to brilliant effect. These girls have also been busy remixing, producing a notably decent version of Ladyhawke‘s ‘My Delirium’. They are a delight to hear. For when this duo go all disco, they bring along handclaps and strings like a 70’s blur. When they slow it down, they chime with layered vocals and simple chords. Either way, it’s always tuneful and fantastically melodic. Catchy and brimming with classic pop, they seem almost timeless.
Find them here: Myspace
WE HAVE BAND
Now over to my new favourite band. I love love love them. And with good reason. Us bloggers always ignorantly consider ourselves something of a set of tastemakers, but even we have to have a source. I don’t quite know how they manage to do it, but the awesome French label, Kitsune, always manage to plug into the latest ‘cool’ at it’s very freshest and best. Us blog writers may well be music journalists, band members, DJs or scenesters etc, but the true feed of all things new and incredibly cool often seems to involve Kitsune somewhere in the mix. Once again they’ve produced another true diamond of a band. The 3-piece from London tick all our boxes, with their blend of electronic, melodic funk. It’s upbeat, joyous stuff, with the flick of a guitar, the buzz of a synth and the overlapping vocals making it a great, layered sound. It has that DIY feel of a LCD Soundsystem tune, which is about as spot on as we need things to be here at The Recommender. I’m in love.
OFFICIALS SECRET ACT
We have loved all the guitar-led, pop-funk Indie sounds coming out of Australia through 2008, (often from the Modular Record label), in the likes of Midnight Juggernauts, (see Recommender 3 from way back) or Empire Of The Sun(see future Recommender posts), but sadly there’s something missing from them all that until now I haven’t managed to put my finger on…Well, now I get it – it’s the ‘UK factor’! Official Secrets Act are precisely what’s helped me find the UK difference. Their sound is not quite the same as these Australian Modular bands, oh no, and perhaps that’s the point, but they represent an ingredient that I’d overlooked. It’s something only bands from the UK seem to produce. A little sharpness, a little edge and a little less over produced than their Indie cousins across the waters. It’s a sound that’s still upbeat Indie guitaring, but it has more variety and depth to it and of course there’s something about an English accent that’s simply less glam, but that’s a good thing. A change of pace here, a singalong chorus there. This London 4-piece do it so well. This post is dedicated to that UK factor. Long may it reign.
Here them here: Myspace
That’s a fair bit of cool fucking music in one post you lucky buggers! If you want to share the love back, then comment away, or message me etc.
2009 will see us going from strength to strength. We are on the lookout for any budding blog writers who may wish to contribute to The Recommender, so drop me a line if you think you have what it takes to get involved. It may be just the thing you were looking for right?