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We are waiting for someone to wake us up as we walk through this dream festival.  Imagine a blog writer compiling his ideal festival: Sprinkle generously just about every new Indie band he knows and a few he doesn’t around town (check). Then stir in a handful of top industry people to fluff and a gaggle of celebrities (check). Mix them all into dozens of the finest small and personal venues so you can get so close you can actually touch them without prosecution (check). Finally dollop the entire thing on your very own doorstep! (check check check!).

As Dorothy pronounced there really is ‘no place like home…’, but this ain’t no dream and we’re loving Brighton to bits! And so we are going to do our best to find the time to report back, day by day, the comings and goings from Brighton’s streets, as we pound them in this new music theme park. We’ll add pictures, mp3’s, reviews and links. Enjoy…


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Experience– An impromptu gig on the beach during the afternoon seemed a perfect way to begin the weekend and allowed us a chance to stuff our lunches down. Many gigs will be occurring throughout the festival that aren’t in the listings. Linking up to the text service and twitter feeds looks set to provide us all with plenty of hidden gems, particularly in the afternoons before most official schedules begin. This 4-piece from Northern Ireland whipped us in the mood, with their summery, bouncing, power-Indie. The chatter seems to suggest everyone fell for their charm. An ideal start.



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Experience –Old friends of The Recommender (see our Q&A and previous posts about them), this 4-piece from Leeds and York, bring us a new name, a new drummer and refreshingly a new sound. It’s no re-write of the rules here, as they’ve kept all the original charm they had in their previous incarnation, but added a little weight and intelligence to their upbeat music. As we stood chatting in the crowd with Storme, former tour manager of  Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, we noticed that the keyboards had stopped working! Turned out that the famous Rock photographer, Danny North, had accidentally pulled the plug out by standing on the lead as he snapped away in front of them. It turned out to be a charming moment in what was an enjoyable set. We also managed to get introduced to Huw Stephens, of Radio One fame, so dutifully extolled the virtues of reading our blog. Hope he takes note eh!



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Experience –With their Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sound and Arcade Fire inspirations (or should that be aspirations), this turned out to be a fantastic choice on the schedule as we entered the rammed Honeyclub venue. We bumped into Jason Clark, the organiser of Brighton’s Loop festival which kicks off later this summer. We all enjoyed the set that built and built and left everyone wanting more. With their numerous band numbers you aren’t sure where to look, but what struck me most was the amount of different instruments on display and the way they all swapped them around. Real craftsmen playing out charming, atmospheric Indie-Folk.



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Experience –The largest room in the Komedia venue was packed out as it showcased this delightful 3-piece. It didn’t go unnoticed by the band themselves as they explained they’re not used to such a large crowd. They deserved nothing less than a busy room as they justified the time and effort paid by every punter in there by playing a crisp, tight set. Their funked basslines, smooth keyboard chords and the layered vocals of Dave Okumu were mesmerising. Frontman Dave is a sight to behold with his unique fashion and giant stature. We will more than likely give them a full Recommender posting in the near future.



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Experience –Having found The Hope pub too rammed to even think about entering we decided to skip seeing Chew Lips, (they play another set on Saturday anyway), and moved straight over to The Ocean Rooms club to catch Anita Blay’s brilliant Electro-Pop. Being right at the front allowed an face to face, personal experience in this packed nightclub. Her commanding presence and dramatic gestures, as well as her mirrored cloak, allowed for a colourful, bright set. All the thumping singles were provided and the knowledgeable crowd sang along. The day’s highlight so far.



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Experience –Having seen them earlier in the week at a warm up show at the New Hero club in town we knew exactly what to expect here. Namely the freshest and most exciting band to come out of Brighton in years! We will definitely be handing them their own post on a future Recommender, so more will be explained in due course. Suffice to say we met up with (The) James Kendall, editor of Brighton’s going out bible, The Source, and found him as excited as a puppy dog. We weren’t disappointed either. They had to play to a much bigger room with this set and their huge sound and irresistibly melodic, dark Electro-Pop seemed made for it. They’re currently enjoying a potential million pound raising bidding war between labels and on this evidence they’re worth every penny!



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Experience –Having had a no-show from Fan Death at the beachside club, Coalition, we cut our losses and headed further up the beach to the Concorde 2 venue. What a turn that ended up being as we once again found a brilliant selection of bands. Meeting up once again with Jason Clark and also Anthony Prior, manager of multiple bars in town and all-round-super-booker of bands to various venues in Brighton over the years, we caught the end of Milke. Immediately up next was We Have Band and we wandered back stage to get some photos and generally thank them for their involvement with this blog in previous posts (see the Q&A amongst other posts). As usual they played their lively, pounding bass-driven beat-Pop, with their excellent layered vocals and skillful arrangements. The most fun so far!



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Experience – Finding ourselves backstage we were able to get up close and personal with them and they’re just as nuts off stage as on it. A truly wild bunch of characters that totally deserve their headline slot. In their signature red, hooded tracksuits they thumped through their Dance-Funk set. It’s impossible to know where to look when watching them and photographing them was no easier. Normally only a two-piece they multiply their numbers when playing live. Cue lots of running around on stage and lots of posturing. The tracksuit tops were duly thrown off as the set whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The encore was the longest I’ve ever witnessed as we lost track of how many songs, even playing one twice we think. They didn’t want to leave the stage, which was all good, because we didn’t want them to either. Outstanding!


And so that’s the end of just day one! Can’t quite believe what an amazing experience it’s been. Roll on day two. Whether we will make it to day three is another matter. You’ll just have to come back to The Recommender to find out won’t you…

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A cracking themed-post for you once again. We’ve got a Recommender all about the many strong women that have been chucking out some of the cooler than cool tunes in recent years. We want to ‘put em high’ for these superb ladies.

We have seen an array of superb female soloists over the last few years and as we look ahead to a new year in 2009 we predict the female line ups will be stronger than ever before.

Three of them listed below are proper, well-established scenesters and the last three have only arrived in 2008. All are, however, full of pop-tastic tunes of total brilliance.

So many strong female vocalists have come before them, from the perfect voice of Aretha Franklin, to the magic of Kate Bush, to the marriage with synthss that Annie Lennox took up, to the more modern taste-chasers like Ladyhawke, La Roux (see Recommender 17),  V V Brown (see future Recommenders), Lady Ga Ga and Alice Glass–  the list could go on and on –  Today we just wanted to pick out six that we totally adore and that I think truly stand out from the modern soundscape.

Here’s to the ‘Scene-Queens’ >>>

First, to the best established three artists we want to showcase today…This London super-scenester of Sri Lankan descent has been around your block, my block and definitely America’s block several times. Adored in the Dance scenes, lapped up by the Hip Hop scenes, versed in the Dancehall scenes and rooted in the Reggae scenes, this talented leading lady is quite like nobody else you know. As much an individual in her vibrant, colourful fashion as there is in her unique sound. She has that great quality of confidence that all great swaggering female solo artists do. Political and full of comment, she blows out lyrics that simultaneously sting and yet make you laugh. She composes truly great, unique tunes, packed with a mighty power. She’s planting seeds like carpet bomber. 

Find her here:    Myspace

Hear her here:    M.I.A – BOYZ    (ysi)

Is there a genre that hasn’t influenced this brilliant New York artist?!? We particularly love the African and Reggae tastes she has flowing through her tunes showing up her musical roots. 2008 is a year that will perhaps go down as the year Santogold blew up in our stereos. She released her self-titled album earlier in 2008 and fulfilled all the promise that had been bleeding through from the excited blog world in the run up. Real name Santi White, she has an outstanding ear for a melody and a selection of chorus’ that make for some truly solid music. Lyrically brilliant and snappy with lines like “we think your a joke, shove your hope where it don’t shine…”. She ain’t one to mess with. Styled like nobody else this side of anywhere, she’s like the flavour of the future – our future. She stands out brilliantly from the scene.

Find her here:    Myspace

Hear her here:    SANTOGOLDSHOVE IT     (ysi)

We list below a tune from the irrepressable Uffie that perhaps sums up our rants about the Hip Hop / Electro blend better than any other. Listening to her usual crude, aggressive, empowered lyrics, such as “Is it Hip Hop, is it Electro, damn is she coming from hell?“, she says it better than we ever could. The American-born, Parisian resident from the Ed Banger label is yet another strong female front-person that can truly be called an individual, modern artist. Regularly on stage with Feadz and with link ups alongside some of the world’s hottest DJs she always impresses us. She’s sexy, confident and manages to chop up her tunes like nobody else. She even drops a new phrase to us – ”Webolution“. We all do our bit I guess…

Find her here:    Myspace

Hear her here:   UFFIEDISMISSED     (ysi)

And so to the three newbies…Well, what do we have here then? A fresh face, a culture-shock sound and boy are we hooked. Calling her a female version of The Streets is way out, but yeah she’s raps over warped, wobbling bass with a cockney accent. Her vocals are brutal, occasionally political and sound like Kate Nash, were Kate packing more punch and hooked on crack living life on a sink estate. Her sweet melodies and South London style buzzes through her tunes. She also looks beautiful making her more deadly than you can possibly imagine and a sure fire explosive hit in the making. Her inventive, edgy and aggressive songs give her an irresistible weighty lure. If you don’t know her yet, you soon will. in what seems like a growing scene from her part of the world (with the likes of Master Shortie also recently arriving), this lady definitely deserves her listing here amongst these other killer ladies, as she has more balls than most guys on the scene. She’s very kindly emailed us her mp3 of the totally awesome ‘Kids‘, so sit up and take note…

Find her here:     Myspace

Hear her here:    GOLDIELOCKS –  KIDS      (ysi)

A true pop star is in the ascendancy. Alongside Goldielocks and Thecocknbullkid she’s one of the freshest of our female recommendations today, she’s currently floating on a tide of interest and I’m pleased to say it looks well worth it. Having been frontwoman for the band Dead Disco, she’s now arrived with a truly modern twist. Showcasing her work by listing homemade videos on Youtube in her pyjamas playing on her home piano, (or now famous Tenori-on toy), she’s belted out her own melodic, electro-pop tunes, with the odd cover of the likes of Hot Chip, or Estelle. It’s been a regular show on Youtube for many episodes now, not because she’s pretentiously desperate for fame or chasing some sort of dream, really because she simply seems to enjoy it. It’s a raw and private viewing, bordering on a voyeuristic experience, watching her in this intimate show -particularly knowing what a star she is now becoming. She has a talent for a tune and her self-penned songs are strong and sung with beautiful vocals. She’s a big fan of the pop world and it shows. She may be pretty and impossibly cute, but her lack of a pretence is what really makes her irresistibly attractive.


Find her here:   Myspace

Hear her here:   LITTLE BOOTSSTUCK ON REPEAT     (ysi)

Last of my favourite ladies is this Ghanain-Londoner, real name Anita Blay. She plays out an uplifting, smooth set of delightfully light, tuneful pop. Strings, slow one-two beats and simple builds drift over her sweet vocals. Layered, very, very lovely and provocative, she paints us a dreamscape that sits safely in your ears. Like all these highlighted female artists, she has a strong sense of individualism and a unique sound that’s not quite like any other. And we love it! We could have listed any of her songs and you would like them all. It’s delicate, but powerful stuff. It’s given us faith in the constructed pop tune again. Just like Little Boots, Anita is reassuringly and unashamedly re-selling us the world of pop, without the need for the inevitable Madonna or Kylie sex show thrown in as part of the package. Embrace your inner pop child….

Find her here:   Myspace

Hear her here:    THECOCKNBULLKID – ON MY OWN     (ysi)

We could have easily included the new La Roux, or the even fresher V V Brown, as they too are turning out exciting sounds, but they are only just out of the wrapping and so haven’t released quite as much as those above. That makes it harder to judge. Check Recommender 17 for La Roux. You will find V V Brown on a future Recommender for sure.

It’s great to have so many different scene’s and so many prominent, successful females fronting it. They undeniably have more musical talent in their little fingers than most artists out there. So this one’s for the ladies. They come highly recommended indeed…


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