September Top Ten

September was yet another great month for Brighton Music. We’ve barely kept up with posting the new music that we’ve heard throughout the month, but these have been our favourites:

1 GAPS & Maya Jane Coles – In Dark In Day

GAPS collaboration EP with Maya Jane Coles was an easy choice for our number one spot this month. We were fans of GAPS before this release, and In Dark In Day made us love them even more.

2 Gazelle Twin – Belly of the Beast

Live show of the month had to be Gazelle Twin’s headline post at last week’s Spectrum night at the Dome Studio Theatre. The tracksuit and obscured face was the perfect visual representation of her leftfield claustrophobic electronica. We could have chosen any track from her new album Unflesh, but we’ve gone for Belly of the Beast.

3 Cate FerrisGiants

Giants has been a staple of Cate’s live sets for quite a while, so we were pleased to hear it get released on her new EP Disappear. It’s even better live – if you’re about this weekend get down to the Level where Cate is headlining the Lantern Fayre around 8-8.30ish on saturday night.

Dog in the SnowAfrica

Helen Ganya Brown’s latest single is another great slice of art pop which, too, has been a staple of her live sets over the last year.

5 MomotaroKite

If we could have, we’d have put the Deep Blast & Ricco Remix of Kite into our top ten tunes for you to listen to this month, but since it’s not streaming anywhere online, here’s the standard single version

6 Fear of MenTephra

2014 has been a good year for Fear of Men – support slots with Pains of Being Pure at Heart across the US and Europe, an album with great reviews across the board, a headline UK tour of their own, and to top it all their latest video premiered on the NME website.

7 Oslo ParksTwin

As debut singles go, you couldn’t ask for better than Twin. We’re looking forward to heading down to the Green Door Store for the launch tomorrow night (Thursday 2nd October).

8 HeliopauseI seem too cold (Faulty Remix)

Heliopause’s latest offering is a beautiful, blissed out, exotic rework of an older track, put out to celebrate Brighton Digital Festival.

9 TrovesAfterthought

Afterthought is another debut single from another new Brighton band, and coincidentally, Troves are the support to Oslo Park’s gig on thursday.

10 Phantom RunnersOn The Run

Finally, we have On The Run, the new Huey Morgan produced single from Phantom Runners, with it’s video filmed partly at Brighton Arts Club.

Dog in the Snow Africa single launch at Green Door Store

Dog in the Snow‘s new single was launched at the Green Door Store on Wednesday this week. Africa came out this week on Tidal Wave records, and you can listen to it on Soundcloud. Our pics from the gig, including shots of support Momotaro, are below.

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Gigs of the Week

There’s an excellent week of gigs ahead in Brighton with some of the best local bands gracing some of our stages, and we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t give you a heads up about them.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Cate Ferris launches her new EP at Latest Music Bar. Disappear was crowdfunded (with pledgers already having received their downloads), and now the EP is getting a full release. Support comes from Moughrabi and Bird.

Dog in the Snow’s new single Africa is out today, but the launch party is at the Green Door Store on Wednesday. Also on the bill are Brighton Music Blog favourites Momotaro and Winston & Goldstein.

Fear of Men kick off their first headline tour this week with a hometown gig at The Hope on Thursday. To mark they event, the band have put up a new cover onto Soundcloud, of Ty Segall’s Sleeper. Get there early and you can also catch The Hundredth Anniversary who are opening the evening’s proceedings.

Friday night is the next Spectrum event, run as a partnership between Brighton Dome and Resident. This month’s night is headlined by Gazelle Twin, whose new album Unflesh is released today. The whole night is being billed as an Anti Ghost Moon Ray showcase and Gazelle twin is being joined by her labelmates Bernholz and Great Pagans.

Finally, on Saturday Lutine play a show at St Laurence Church in Falmer village. Lutine’s debut album White Flowers was recorded at the church and is released on Monday 29th September. Support comes from Bela Emerson.

New music – Dog in the Snow, Nick Cave, Troves, The Mojo Fins, Normanton Street, GAPS

Here’s this week’s new music roundup, as much of a mixed bag as ever, showing the fantastic diversity of this city.

Our first track is the new single from Dog in the Snow, which comes out on 22nd September on Tidal Wave Sounds. We posted up the live video of Africa which did the rounds at the end of last year, which was almost studio quality, but Helen Brown has gone into the studio and made it sound even better. There’s going to be a launch party for the single at the Green Door Store on 24th September, which support from Momotaro and Winston & Goldstein.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have a new single coming out on 1th November, taken from Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth film. A 10″ of Give us a Kiss is coming out on 10″, backed with a live version of Jubilee Street from last year’s Push The Sky Away album.

Afterthought is the b-side to Troves debut single Youth in Decay which we featured a few weeks ago. More details have emerged about the single – it’s coming out on 29th September as the first release in over seven years from Suede’s former label Nude Records.

We spotted a remix of The Mojo FinsLongwave Reach from Bristol’s Atki2 on Soundcloud last week, which gives the track a solid house beat:

Normanton Street have got a new EP out soon, entitled “Much Respect”, which their facebook cover photo tells is us being launched with a gig at The Haunt on 31st October.  A video has emerged for a track called Waiting which presume is going to be on the EP, but there’s nothing on the video or anywhere else online that we can see to confirm that just yet:

Last, and by no means least is a teaser video for a new collaboration between Brighton Music Blog favourites GAPS and Maya Jane Coles. A four track EP called In Dark, In Day has been released today and is available exclusively through Beatport.

Dog in the Snow – Africa

“Africa Live Video” said link in the email we got about Dog in the Snow’s new update. We don’t really do live video on the blog, but we clicked through anyway since we’ve loved everything that Dog in the Snow have done so far. We shouldn’t have been worried – the only hint that it might be a live video is the slightest smattering of clapping as the video fades in and out. Outside of that it could be a studio performance it’s so flawless. The videography utilises double exposures and never shows the audience, but it turns out that it is a genuine live video, shot at the Hoxton Bar and Grill last May. Africa is sparse but melodic, somewhere between folk and pop yet at the same time something all of it’s very own. Take a look below.