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17
Sep
10

THE RECOMMENDER – THE PASS

THE PASS

To get your attention marketing has to be clever these days.  Very clever.  We now live in such a noisy and crowded environment, with millions of messages reaching us on a daily basis, that it’s virtually impossible to get noticed unless you do something remarkable.  It seems that, for the most part, traditional media has struggled in the age of the internet, even though they may be brilliant, they’re simply too slow and cumbersome as organisations to adapt.  We are over a decade into the wider public’s adoption of the internet, yet some of them are still failing.  The music blogger seemed to step in to this gap as naturally as a boxer to the ring, being as equally linked to their community as they are the musicians.  It was therefore only a matter of time before the bands cottoned on to this and started to sidestep traditional media, utilising our reach and hit their public.  It also married perfectly with the new DIY approach that bands were taking up online – who needs the traditional routes to market anymore?  This streamlined, interactive, direct approach has worked well for some time now and a precise example of how bloggers and bands can work together recently arrived with a video for The Pass.  The four piece from Louisville, Kentucky, who have perfected the art of monumental dance indie anthems, approached the excellent music blogger Zach, from We Listen For You, and requested he made a video for their tune Vultures.  His idea, (see the video below), was to create a collage of props and images that represent the names of over 39 music blogs.  What it lacks in polish, it makes up for in charm and outright fun.  As you would imagine, it swept around the blogosphere and Twitter like wildfire, as folk tried to guess all 39.  The winner received a copy of The Pass’s full length debut album, Burst.  Everybody seems to win in this clever – but by no means underhand – piece of marketing.  This is one of the buzz bands to watch for in 2010, with hit after hit in the waiting.  This kind of masterful, throbbing, upbeat indie is of the highest order, with bubbling synths and giant choruses.  Sounding in part like Passion Pit, it’s actually the album that The Killers would love to be able to make, if they weren’t so lost in the game.  They put it up for streaming in its entirety on their Soundcloud today.  The Pass officially release their work on September 21st, on Sona Blast Records, and we are pleased to state that it’s an LP that’s just as packed with fresh ideas as their commercial approach.   (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here
:         THE PASS – TREATMENT OF THE SUN


Hear them here
:         THE PASS – TRAP OF MIRRORS


Hear them here
:         THE PASS – CROSSWALK STEREO

03
May
10

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 43 – THE KNOCKS

THE REMIXES – PART 8 – THE KNOCKS

This week The Knocks release, on Heavy Roc Records, their own original work with the single Blackout.  It’s given us a chance to reflect upon their body of work to date and when you check out their numerous remixes we think you’ll agree they deserve to join the lofty ranks on our remix specials. You can judge for yourselves by browsing our previous seven selections, with posts that include remix catalogues by:  Starsmith, The Shoes, The Golden Filter, The Twelves, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and Soulwax.

Today’s New York duo have an incredible ability to tickle commercial pop tunes into a whippy, thumping new blend.  Ben Ruttner (DJ B-Roc) and James Patterson (JPatt) were carved out of the hip hop scene and they bring the same confidence to a broad selection of major artists, twisting their tunes into new batch of beat-heavy cocktails.

They’ve particularly attached themselve to the artists familiar to a lot of us via the Neon Gold stable, with remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and more recently Samuel and Yes Giantess, whose debut albums they’ve been asked to produce.  This all follows their reworking of Jay-Z’s American Gangster, having paired up with DJ Benzi in the studio, renaming it American G-Funk.

We list below a selection of their remixes alongside their new single, Blackout.  All of these tunes have their recognisable stamp, with plenty of fearless groove and smooth gloss.  It’s music designed for the summer sunshine and buzzing outdoor party, aiming directly for your derriere, which we fully expect to be shaking along, whether you like it or not.

PETER BJORN & JOHNIT DON’T MOVE ME (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

WALECHILLIN’ Ft LADY GAGA (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGUNDER THE SHEETS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGSTARRY EYED (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSI AM NOT A ROBOT (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSMOWGLIS ROAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

TEMPER TRAPFADER (THE KNOCKS REMIX ft SAMUEL)

PASSION PITSLEEPYHEAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

BRITNEY SPEARS3 (THE KNOCKS REMIX CLUB EDIT)

THE KILLERS SPACEMAN (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

JULIACOCAINE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MASTER SHORTIEBRINGIN IT BACK ( THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE JACKSON FIVETHE LOVE YOU SAVE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE KNOCKSBLACKOUT

As much as we’ve tried to cover a large selection here, we know that there’s others out there, so by all means leave descriptions and links for these in our comments section if you know where to find them.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this remix special, as it’s been a little while since the previous edition.  We promise not to make it so long between this and the next one.  We finish by posing you lovely readers the obvious question: who should the next remix special be about?     (MB)

15
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 86 – BRAHMS

BRAHMS

It’s not very often that a band gets The Recommender treatment on the back of just four demos, but we heard such a wealth of likeable talent pouring out of our speakers with this lot that we felt compelled to cover them.  They’ve successfully created a device that fires perfectly honed electro pop tunes directly between your ears, ticking all the boxes labelled ‘bloody good‘ on the way to your heart.  The trio call Brooklyn home, (like most of 2010’s fresh, exciting artists), and came past us via the excellent Listen Before You Buy blog’s SXSW preview, where we found the tune Toward The Ghost.  It turns out this is one of four demos floating around the blogs and it’s fair to say that the standard is extraordinarily good, with all the tracks having a fantastic consistency.  That’s not to say the songs are the same, as there’s evidence of skilled craftsmen at work here, with mature songwriting and a variety of talents on show.  On the track Toward The Ghost, you find thumping pop, with synths filling the sound out, whilst addictive guitars hit your heart, before rushing around your veins as the song finds it’s many climaxes.  The beat shifts for Subtext Is Deadly, but although it cleverly skips around it’s never hurried, as vocal mantras about lost love fizz with energy at the choruses.  Tunes such as Brought It Out, turn the pace down and the feel is of a warmer rumble, while delicate guitars and cymbals chime over the top.  Much in the same way Depeche Mode did decades before them, this is a band making music that’s intelligent, whilst still directing your feet onto the dancefloor, but more importantly they accomplish that difficult trick of making a three piece sound like a band with twice that number.  Following their four demos, a successful SXSW show, a recent remix for Neon Indian and support slots for Telepathe and Passion Pit, the label signature is surely all but on it’s way.  You can also catch them in New York on June 1st supporting the recent Recommender selections Class Actress and Twin Shadow.  We wish we could be there, but let’s be honest, the rate in which Brooklyn is throwing out these amazing bands, it almost feels like we already are.   (MB)

My Photos | BRAHMS

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        BRAHMS – TOWARD THE GHOST

Hear them here:        BRAHMS – BROUGHT IT OUT

07
Dec
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 37

THE REMIXES – PART 7 – STARSMITH

Starsmith, (real name Fin Dow-Smith), recently messaged us an update, which we’re pleased to say clarifies his current position.  To date we’ve known him as the producer behind Ellie Goulding‘s album, as well as playing alongside her live.  With her debut album due for a release in early 2010, we knew Fin’s work was virtually complete there, so what was a well connected talent such as Starsmith going to do next?

Well, the 21 year old is putting his music degree to good use, making sure he carves out his own solo career, rather than simply being the big bang behind other future starlets.  Having first arrived with the backing of the independent Neon Gold label, he has now signed his own record deal with Island (!) and we are pleased to confirm that he’s finally setting about producing his own songs.  He hopes that his own debut album should be ready for September 2010 and it will of course include Ellie Goulding as a guest vocalist, with the first single due around April.

Of course signing to a major record label, confirming guest vocalists of that caliber and planning release dates is all rather surprising, considering he hasn’t yet written or recorded any of his own original material!!  Well, when you have Ellie’s extraordinary tunes, as well as his plentiful remix catalogue, the picture becomes a lot clearer.

It’s this remix material that we are focussing on today, and our Remix Specials are fast becoming a set of hallowed halls, having previous listed giants such as:  Soulwax,  Bloc Party,  The TwelvesThe Golden Filter,  The Shoes and DiscoTech on past editions.  Starsmith’s golden touch adds his trademark wealth of electro synths, shameless 80s influences and bouncing beats.  Looks like Ellie’s going to have some stiff competition in 2010 then…

PALOMA FAITH – NEW YORK  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
PASSION PIT – SLEEPYHEAD  (STARSMITH REMIX, Ft. ELLIE GOULDING) ysi
LADY GAGA – BAD ROMANCE  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
LISA MITCHELL – COIN LAUNDRY  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
PRIVATE – MY SECRET LOVER  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
FRANKMUSIK – BETTER OFF AS TWO  (STARSMITH HOLIDAYING IN THE HEATH REMIX) ysi
ELLIE GOULDING – STARRY EYED  (STARSMITH PRODUCED) ysi
KATY PERRY – I KISSED A GIRL  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
MARINA & THE DIAMONDS  – I AM NOT A ROBOT  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi

If there’s any others we’ve missed then we’d appreciate you informing us in the comments section.  We know others are out there somewhere.  Also, it’s worth you knowing that we’ve nearly finished our Best Tracks Of 2009 post, so we will upload that in the next few days.  Yet another exciting reason to head back here before the year/decade ends.
(MB)

17
Aug
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 31

As the summertime folds in we get a couple of sublime indie acts visiting Brighton through September. Both are guaranteed to shine, with their excellent live shows and dedicated teen followers. As a footnote to our attendance to said gigs, can you please read our question at the bottom of this post…

PASSION PIT

This Massachusetts five piece are well known to The Recommender having played our town before. Widely recognised as a pioneering band of the College indie sound that’s flowed out of America in recent years, the (now) New York residents mix up wonderfully original electronic indie with charm and energy in equal parts. The Neon Gold record label, who are keenly followed by The Recommender, throw their umbrella over some truly special artists and we list below a cover of the excellent Passion Pit track, Sleepyhead, done by the Neon Gold-backed Ellie Goulding and Starsmith. Because we are so very lovely we’ve added a couple of other versions of the same tune done by Run Toto Run and Brighton’s very own The Mummers. We think you’ll agree that all versions sound different, bringing something new to the song with every attempt. Get down to  to catch Passion Pit blast out the original amongst many of the hits from their debut album, Manners, released back in May 2009.

ACT:                   PASSION PIT
VENUE:              Concorde 2, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                 £ 9.50
DATE:                 Monday 7th September 2009
WEBSITE:          Myspace
TRACKS:
SLEEPYHEAD (Starsmith remix featuring Ellie Goulding) (ysi)
SLEEPYHEAD (cover by Run Toto Run) (ysi)
SLEEPYHEAD (cover by Mummers) (ysi)

WAVE MACHINES

The first time we saw this totally ace group of dark indie pop creatives was when they were supporting We Have Band. We hadn’t heard them before so it turned into one of those tidy surprises that reinforced the idea that it’s always worth getting to gigs early to catch the support acts. Wearing their famous half-masks, which are print-outs of their own faces, gives you the first clue that this Liverpool four-piece very much enjoy putting on a show. It’s their gorgeous music though, with it’s mixture of messages covering hope to despair and their smooth sounding drifts of basslines and keys that leave you rather breathless. Falsetto vocals that meet moody verses seem effortless and somewhat perfect, like you always knew them. They seem to be 2009’s best kept secret, although following  the release of their debut album, Wave If You’re Really There, the buzz is now accelerating around the UK at a gathering pace. This is one wave you won’t regret catching. We list below an mp3 and a couple of their videos to help you enjoy the ride.

ACT:                    WAVE MACHINES
VENUE:               Freebutt, 1 Phoenix Place, Brighton
COST:                  £ 6.50
DATE:                  Wednesday 30th September
WEBSITE:           Myspace
TRACK:                KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (ysi)

Once we have enough of a portfolio to show off, The Recommender is going to link it’s gig photographs to a Flickr site. We wanted to ask you lovely readers if you have any favourite sites, on Flickr or otherwise, of good and great band photographers you think would prove inspiring? Answer in the comments. Thanks.

24
Jul
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 43

We cover the genre of Hip Hop today with a couple of the below listings. They both showcase wonderfully well just how wide and varied the subject gets either side of the Atlantic. Enjoy…

AZEALIA BANKS

Americans do Hip Hop best. You don’t have to be an expert to know it. They invented it and their smooth accents always roll over the beats far better than their British or French counterparts.  For us here at The Recommender it’s generally only the ones trying something fresh that stand out. Having been in contact with the 18 year old Azealia (aka Miss Banks) a few weeks back we were pleased to see that she had subsequently emailed us the finest of her tunes to date (attached below). It’s with this tune that we can showcase why she caught our attention. It’s packed with Electro-Funk, (the basslines are as smooth as a Grandmaster Flash tune.), jammed with awesome retro samples and is as club ready as an Uffie tune (like Uffie she had backing from Diplo on her tune ‘Supplier‘). Unlike Speech Debelle, (below), this female solo rapper, from Harlem, is pushing for a more aggressive approach, with her talk of fucking and receiving head she’s not shy either. She has what all great rappers hold – rapid, smooth, direct lyrics, with plenty of shock and punch, that don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh and they always seem to have a trick up their sleeves. With Miss Banks it’s her crossover appeal and her sex-fired subject matter. You have been warned. (MB)

Find her here:         Myspace

Hear her here:        MISS BANKS – LIKE NO OTHER (ysi)

SPEECH DEBELLE

Following on from the tinge of Hip Hop on this post, we bring you, the now Mercury nominated, Speech. Her album was emailed to us with instructions to “file under The UK’s Next First Lady”. If high aims is what this female, solo lyricist from London wants to achieve then the Mercury nomination is precisely the way to gain propulsion. As with every album that gets the mercurial seal of approval the inevitable rocket that subsequently sits under their sales figures only goes to help them ride into the wider public consciousness. If you didn’t know her before, you soon will. At first listen we admit she seemed somewhat lacking in the wheel reinvention department. However, the choice of acoustic backing tracks and slowed beats, allow the focus to never wander from her lyrical mastery. She holds a softly-spoken voice that is packed with emotion and heartfelt words that surprise with the occasional punch. Joined on the album by the equally interesting Micachu (& The Shapes), as well as label mates Roots Manoeuvre, she’s clearly getting backed by her Big Dada label for the debut, ‘Speech Therapy’. It’s a classic ‘grower’ that shows it’s class the more attention the listener gives it. (MB)

Find her here:       Myspace

Hear her here:       SPEECH DEBELLE – THE KEY (ysi)

THE MUMMERS

Away from the American influences now and in fact far closer to home, The Mummers of Brighton are like a travelling circus come troubadour act transported from some Eastern European fairytale whose infectious dose of Polka, Russian folk, Bavarian pomposity and Bjork inject some well needed colour to the current music scene. Tracks like ‘March Of The Dawn’ and ‘Wonderland’ sound like Arcade Fire performing lullabies to grown ups; highly sweet but entrancing. This twenty-piece band are assembled round its two key founders, London born singer/multi-instrumentalist Raissa Khan-Panni and Brighton composer/studio-smith Mark Horwood; who lives in a tree house. Both have spent the last 18 months refining their multi-layered brand of Indie which has already been critically acclaimed, got them a spot on Jools Holland’s show, ‘Later with…’, earlier in the year, as well as a place on this years Glastonbury roster. The debut LP ‘Tale To Tell’ is out now and you can see them live at the Bestival in September. As an additional treat we also attach the excellent cover they did of Passion Pit’s ‘Sleepyhead’. (DV)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – WONDERLAND (ysi)
Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – SLEEPYHEAD (Passion Pit cover)       (ysi)

Have any Recommender readers got any thoughts on those recently announced Mercury Music Prize nominees? Any glaringly obvious artists missing from the list? Agree or disagree with those on it? Check it out here and comment or message us…

08
Mar
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 23

We love our home city of Brighton, really we do. Here on The Recommender, we mostly cover music from any of the global scene’s around, but on occasion we have the chance to look no further than our pebble-covered shoreline to locate the buzz of exciting new music. And so it’s with a slightly different edition of The Gig List today that we proudly bring you…

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL

That buzz is currently at ear-splitting levels with the recent announcement of the line ups and dates of our annual new music festival. Rightly touted as the UK’s version of the famous American SXSWFestival, with over 300 (mainly) new bands and acts. It runs over 3 days and at 34 venues across Brighton.  

We’ve perused the lengthy listings and taken it upon ourselves to point out what we think are the worthwhile highlights and we’ve been kind enough to include a little mp3 so you can hear them for yourselves. Aren’t we the helpful ones…

 

  
  
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An Experiment On A Bird In An Air Pump – Lights Out        (ysi)

The Big Pink – Too Young To Love       (ysi)

Fan Death – Veronica’s Veil       (ysi)

Casiokids – Fot I Hose       (ysi)

Dan Black – HYPNTZ       (ysi)

The Joy FormidableWhirring       (ysi)

KasabianClub Foot       (ysi)

Kissy Sell OutNightswimming(Kissy Remix)       (ysi)

Little BootsStuck On Repeat       (ysi)

MetronomyHeartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix)       (ysi)

Micachu & The ShapesThe Golden Phone        (ysi)

The MaccabeesNo Kind Words        (ysi)

Passion PitSleepyhead       (ysi)

The Temper TrapSweet Disposition       (ysi)

V V BrownCrying Blood       (ysi)

We Were Promised JetpacksShips With Holes Will Sink       (ysi)


COST
:                  £ 39.50  (allows access to all venues, subject to capacity)
DATES:                 14th, 15th and 16th May 2009
WEBSITE:             http://www.escapegreat.com

This annual city-wide party is just what the doctor ordered after a long winter. A festival that is growing in stature year on year, it is now rightly claimed as Europe’s leading festival for new music. Could it be any better for a Brighton-based new music blog like ours. We love our city of Brighton, really we do…

Mike




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