This band is great fun – basically, if there’s a party going on, you want their music. Skanking rhythms with a gypsy twist and plenty melody provided by violin, trumpet, accordion and some sweet vocals.
I had the recent good fortune of sharing a bill with the amazing one-woman-band that is Tanya Auclair at a brilliant festival this Summer (Cock & Bull near Bath), and she’s ace. You may well yawn at the mention of loop pedals and ukeleles, but she is genuinely original and highly captivating with her lush […]
Baroness have a fantastic, and decidedly less metal, new album out, and recently hit the headlines here in England when their tour bus fell 30ft from a viaduct in a terrible accident. But what’s really catching my attention at the moment is the glorious artwork of singer John Baizley – bringing to mind a darker, more psychedelic Mucha – beautiful, intricate and intriguing.
A really great idea, this is a collaborative illustration project, exhibition and fundraiser for the National Autistic Society, with a lovely website that I keep returning to. In short, 60 illustrators get paired up randomly and draw each other, then sell the work for charity.
Fip is brilliant. It’s a French radio station that plays a wide but cohesive cross-section of music, focussing largely on jazz, world, reggae, soul, folk, and the like, as well the obligatory weird French pop and only minimal chat, which also happens to be very easy on the ears. Thanks to the internet, now everyone […]
This is a cracking little video of an owl flying towards the camera and landing. It starts off nicely enough but the end is just stunning.
This is one of the many songs I’ve had to scribble the name of on a scrap of paper after hearing on Fip. But this is really one to prick the ears. Beautiful, gentle and slightly off-kilter, in a very good way.
Brighton institution Resonators stand out from the current glut of tame British rootsy reggae bands on account of having two female lead singers, a genuinely dubbed-out sound that still maintains the fun factor, and actually being proper tight. Busy with nuff gigs and records (on Wah Wah 45s), they are WELL worth checking out if […]
Another of a good crop of dub outfits releasing their music for free, Dubology’s wicked UK-steppers style productions are a cut above most out there. I’ve still got his last album on high rotation around here, and he’s just put out another one. A bargain.
If you like your dub of a heavyweight, squelchy persuasion (or perhaps even if you don’t), I’d recommend you download this EP. Three tracks of electronic goodness at no cost whatsoever. A label to watch, Wonkay put out all kinds of cracking music. Mostly for free.
There are some lovely and distinctive illustrations going on here; slick without being too polished, suggestive yet direct. Darren Hopes mixes photography, paint and digital techniques to killer effect. He stays busy, too, with a client list as long as your arm.
One of my favourite producers right now, Hedflux is right at the forefront of a style of breaks known as psychedelic tech-funk. Action-packed, but deep and intriguing, every track is a winner. Follow him on Soundcloud for regular DJ sets that you can download for free.
How can you not love this lady’s work? First-rate draughtsmanship, staggeringly accurate but gloriously loose at the same time. She also has a fine eye for what to leave out and when to stop drawing. Plain brilliant.
Trick Music is a British label run by Scorb and Reef Unit and their main agenda is PHATNESS. Gloriously powerful and cutting edge dance music across various styles, with a nice steady flow of releases (largely digital EPs) which maintain a hi-tech, chunky, driving sound that’s sure to get you grooving. They also produce really […]