Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #12 Fatboy Slim

So, there’s a reason that the blog hasn’t been so active over the last few years, and I don’t really need to say what it is. Times have been hard on artists, on venues and on promoters. Outside of the music world though, it’s been harder than anyone else on NHS workers. In the early days of the pandemic we all stood outside and clapped, but that was just a gesture – as far back as April 2020, which feels like a lifetime ago now, Fatboy Slim put his money where his mouth is and announced a free Brighton party for NHS workers. Fast forward 18 months and Norman Cook was finally playing gigs again, and the party for the NHS took place on 11th November at the Brighton Centre. There was another gig the previous night which anyone could have bought tickets to, which was easily my gig of the year. Thanks Fatboy, and thanks NHS.

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #11 Hanya

Hanya were one of the first casualties of lockdown – they were meant to be playing a gig at the 26th March 2020 at the Rosehill, but the whole country went into lockdown only days before. After rescheduling several times the band finally hit the road in October this year. In the interim they buckled down and came up with a few singles which got beefed up into a full scale maxi-EP called 100 Metre Sprint which they released on the eve of their tour

 

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #10 Genn

Most of ĠENN have been playing together for years in their native Malta, but a move to Brighton prompted a reboot – a new name, a new drummer and a more developed sound. In March they put out their EP / Mini LP Liminal and have spend most of the second half of 2021 playing as many gigs as they can

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #9 Rachel Love

In the distant past Rachel Bor was a third of punk trio Dolly Mixture, noted for working with Captain Sensible on some of his hits. Rachel has been involved in many projects in the intervening years and back at the start of 2021, now residing in Brighton and recording under the name Rachel Love she released Primrose Hill, the first single from her album Picture in Mind. The album came out at the end of October and is filled with beautiful pastoral pop

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #8 Tigercub / Nancy

After a couple of years break, in which frontman Jamie Hall used wisely with solo project Nancy, making this post a double header, Tigercub returned with their third album As Blue as Indigo. Not content with writing, recording and producing the record themselves they also started their own label – Blame Recordings – to put it out too

 

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #6 AA Sessions

AA sessions aren’t really a band. Or maybe they are, because AA Sessions put out AA Sessions Volume 2 a few weeks ago, and they’ve been putting a song out every month this year. Perhaps it’s better to say that there’s no definitive line up to AA Sessions. Across the release there’s input from members of Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, AK/DK, Nancy, CLT DRP, Laundromat, Our Girl, Marcus Hamblett, Ben Hillier, and anyone who’s anyone in the Brighton scene

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #5 Penelope Trappes

Penelope Trappes is a relatively new Brightonian. An Australian by birth, she’s lived all over the world, and settled here over lockdown. In that time she’s got herself a regular ambient show on radio station 1BTN, played gigs at the Attenborough Centre, The Rosehill and the Old Market, oh and released two albums and a film. Penelope Three is the third part of her album triptych (following on from parts one and two in 2017 and 2018). Mother’s Blood is a beatless vocal free reworking of Penelope Three, paring down the tracks down so that the listener focuses solely on the music. It’s also the name of the film shot by Agnes Haus that accompanies the album, premiering this weekend

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #4 Immersion

Back in pre-pandemic times, the Nanocluster nights put on by Immersion, Love Thy Neighbour and Graham Duff at the Rosehill were a highlight in our diaries. They invited another artist (Tarwater, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss and Scanner) to Brighton and jammed for a week before the gigs, and then on the night Nanocluster and the act played a set each and then played a joint set together. At the time there were some comments that recordings had been made, but it took until Record Store Day earlier this year for a double 10” entitled Nanocluster Volume One to be released. Since the release was “volume one”, we’re sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for some more gigs from them

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #3 Lime Garden

Lime Garden were on my list of bands to watch before the pandemic along, when they were still called Lime. Apparently though there’s another Lime elsewhere which caused issues when the band signed to So Young records, so back in March their name grew. Since then word has spread far and wide – Their gig at the Prince Albert in October was sold out, and they were one of the highlights of Mutations festival for us. And even if they weren’t a local band Pulp would have been one of my tracks of the year