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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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08
Feb
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 21

Photo by Rony Alwin

I simply had to post this track up. These two female solo artists are white-hot in the UK scenes right now. We totally adore them here at The Recommender, so it is with mucho pleasure that we can throw this dream collaboration out at you lovely people.

It’s a V V Brown tune, but remixed by none other than Little Boots. It’s less of the usual V V Brown Doo Wop swing and more of the darker Little Boots sound. What a team.

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Find out more about V V Brown in her listing on The Recommender 20 and here’s a Q & A with Little Boots from our archives, as well as our first post about her in The Recommender 18

V V BROWNLEAVE (Little Boots Remix)       (ysi)

We keep harping on about 2009 being the year of the female solo artist and this continues to be proved right at every turn. How very satisfying indeed…
Mike

06
Jan
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 20

Welcome back. The blog world is awash with buzz at the moment, as it always seems to be at the start of  a new year. The Xmas period is typically left to the pop charts and a bit of a wasteland for good quality new music as bands wait to launch their assault until the new year. Interestingly it’s the classic pop tune that’s getting a mention here for acts that will undoubtedly blow up as big as anything you know in 2009. They write pop tunes you always used to like, when the charts weren’t so commercially comfortable and saturated. Enjoy…

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V V BROWN
Where to start? This London-based solo artist is about as eye catching as you could possibly imagine. We’ve said it before and we”ll say it again, if 2008 was the year of ‘the unexpected’, then 2009 will surely be the year of the ‘female solo artist’. Part of the pack that’s about to stop the charts in their tracks is V V Brown. With an inspired California sound that has a heavy 1950’s style, her music is self-described as ‘Doo Wop Indie’ – I couldn’t have described it any better! She’s like nothing else you’ve ever heard and already getting remixed by the likes of The Dust Brothers and Andy Weatherall. She would suit a support slot alongside Dion & The Belmonts as much as she would Amy Winehouse. Her image is powerful and original, looking dressed to kill in most photo’s and videos we’ve ever seen.  She’s a multi-instrumentalist, showing off her talents with keyboards and her one-string guitar, but it is with her confident, powerful vocals that she really hits the home run. I’m excited about catching her live set – I’ll be the one at the front doing the mash potato…

Find her here:     Myspace

Hear her here:   V V BROWNCRYING BLOOD (ysi)

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FRANKMUSIK
Just when you thought music was starting to get a little bit too samey through 2008, a new year turns and the latest batch of artists burst through, revitalising the various scenes. After the awesomeness of Justice a few years back the scene flooded with ‘Electro’. After the originality of the Klaxons there seemed to be a whole swathe of fashionista ‘Nu Rave’ copycats. Once the Arctic Monkeys blew us away with their power-Indie, a million others tried to take the throne. All of this only led to a watering down of their respective scenes, so it is with a refreshing gulp that the above V V Brown and now also Frankmusik brings us all back up for air in 2009. Frankmusik brings us a house 4-beat backing with a pounding pop pace, all linked up with his TomChaplin-esque vocals. It all wraps up well without getting too tacky. He’s a strong singer and that keeps it all above the line. NME magazine are all over him, which surprises us, but that’s how the future’s lining up it seems. Be prepared for lots of Frankmusik throughout 2009.

Find him here:       Myspace

Hear him here:       FRANKMUSIKIN STEP (ysi)

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THE SOUND OF ARROWS
This Swedish 2-piece are plucked straight from a place of purest pop. The kind of place where the clouds are a fluffy pastel pink and people talk of heaven and say things like “my goodness”, rather than “for fuck sake!!!” We gotta admit it’s not the sort of place The Recommender usually finds itself, but these guys have lured us there and we’ve fallen for their magic. Which, incidentally, turns out to be the exact name of their second single – ‘M.A.G.I.C.’ , which is released in January from the label that’s gaining more and more interest lately, Labrador Records. Their first single, Danger, (listed below), is the tune that’s trapped us in this sick place. It’s awesome, breezy pop at its very best. It’s camp and uplifting, but sits just the right side of cool, like MGMT, The Beach Boys, or even fellow Scandinavians, Super Jupiter. Great melodies, a wall of sound set of vocals, sharp synths and a sometimes delicate but sometimes crashing beat. Totally brilliant.

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:     THE SOUND OF ARROWS –  DANGER (ysi)

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So that’s another packed edition, full of artists many people tip for great things in 2009. Remember their names, check out their other works, as all of them have a big box of tricks at their disposal.
Mike




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