Brighton Music Blog 2018 Highlights

I’m not a fan of end of year lists. There’s the forced ranking of things, introducing subjectivity and pitting people against each other. There’s the fact that you might not remember things from the start of the year as well as recent tracks, or that some songs sounded great in the sunshine but right now it’s cold, wet and miserable. So instead, here’s a few tracks from 2018 that are highlights for us. No particular order, no claims that one is better than another, just what we think are a bunch of great tunes. There’s a few maybe more obvious bands missing (naming no names) – it’s been a brilliant year for Brighton Music – but some of the bands you might be thinking of haven’t been in touch, or haven’t got back to us when we’ve been in touch. Given how successful they’ve been they obviously haven’t needed a blog like us, and it’s not like we’ve been short of great music to post this year. Anyway, we’ve tried to post bandcamp links where we can, so if you like what you can hear, you can click through and buy from the site where the biggest proportion of the price goes back to the artist:

Fröst – Trail Away

The Fiction Aisle – Gone Today

Yumi & The Weather – Hustle

La Lune – He Breathes Colour When I Feel So Grey

Crayola Lectern – Secrets

Ex-Display Model – Autopilot

Blood Red Shoes – God Complex

LibraLibra – Animali

Projector – Break Your Own Heart

Anneka – Burst

The Go! Team – Chico’s Radical Decade

Moon Panda – Gun

Wax Machine – Time

Cate Ferris – Rise

Orchards – Double Vision

 Our Girl – In My Head

Inwards – When She Flashes Her Smile On Me

Steve Mason – Walking Away From Love

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New Brighton Music

Welcome to what’s probably our last New Music post of the year. We’re going to go into hibernation mode soon, with maybe just a post with some of our favourite tracks, and then we’ll be back in the new year, bright eyed and bushy tailed. But for now, it’s business as usual:

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Howl
Taken From: Get Tragic album
Release Date: Howl out now, Get Tragic out 25th January
Next Gig: 11th December at Sticky Mike’s
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6YbkaToi9iQbv4RgZ0b783

Artist: Yumi & The Weather
Track Name: Find Another
Taken From: Find Another single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 6th December at Spectrum Unplugged at Brighton Museum

Artist: Guru
Track Name: Consumer Helpline
Taken From: Consumer Helpline single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Green Door Store 8th Birthday on 5th January

Artist: Jacko Hooper
Track Name: The Long Road
Taken From: Together We’re Lost
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VA6hJhv9nPHZ22QCvbXu3

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Blue
Taken From: What’s on Your Mind EP
Release Date: 1st February 2019
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/34PFa8obv2n5a5s1zEGnus

Artist: Eloise Viola
Track Name: For My Eyes
Taken From: For My Eyes single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5KxQ7MiJP5LAvnkmJLrzpk

Artist: Kudu Blue
Track Name: Auras
Taken From: Auras EP due next year
Release Date: 23rd November 2018
Next Gig: 1st December at Patterns supporting Children of Zeus

Artist: Edward Sansom
Track Name: I Got a Lover
Taken From: I Got a Lover single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VA6hJhv9nPHZ22QCvbXu3

Artist: Seadog
Track Name: Yesteryear
Taken From: Yesteryear single
Release Date: out now

Artist: The Peeps
Track Name: The Other Side of Town
Taken From: The Other Side of Town single
Release Date: out now

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music, featuring one of Brighton’s biggest bands, and some of our fair city’s brightest upcoming bands

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Mexican Dress
Taken From: video
Release Date: out now

Artist: Projector
Track Name: Full Circle
Taken From: How Does It Feel EP
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Next Gig: EP Launch Party at The Haunt 9th November
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4x2D8VcGH84JOBVjWYtuAk

Artist: LibraLibra
Track Name: Skin & Bone
Taken From: Skin & Bone single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: supporting Projector at their EP launch

Artist: Francesca Fulmini
Track Name: One Step
Taken From: One Step single
Release Date: 30/09/2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2XKcsdUBAZfRO6gtTwIIWc

Artist: Youth Sector
Track Name: Automatic
Taken From: Automatic single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: supporting Childcare at Sticky Mike’s 20th October
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5MDBdG4V7mVZ1TcNmBwfX9

Artist: Animal House
Track Name: We Know it all
Taken From: Premium Mediocre
Release Date: 14/09/2018
Next Gig: at the Rosehill Friday 2nd November
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4tIm5Oj9rwjFf7Zp1wcXjJ

Artist: Villainous
Track Name: In Solace
Taken From: Villainous EP
Release Date: 10/10/2018

Artist: Emperors of Ice Cream
Track Name: The Sunshine Song
Taken From: Emperors of Ice Cream album
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Next Gig: launch 20/10 Pipeline

Artist: Wax Machine
Track Name: Mind Palace
Taken From: Mind Palace EP
Release Date: 08/11/2018
Next Gig: Launch gig 8th November at the Richmond

Artist: Primate
Track Name: Exposed
Taken From: Out of Time EP
Release Date: 26/10/2018

Artist: Fred Hills
Track Name: Ketu
Taken From: Ketu single
Release Date: 9/10/2018

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, which kicks off with the return of a Brighton Music Blog favourite after nearly four years:

Artist: Cate Ferris
Track Name: Rise
Taken From: Rise single
Release Date: 20/07/2018

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Call Me Up Victoria
Taken From: Call Me Up Victoria single
Release Date: 13/7/2018

Artist: Projector
Track Name: I am Shamed
Taken From: I am Shamed single
Release Date: 19/07/2018

Artist: Battery Operated Orchestra
Track Name: Strange Goodbye
Taken From: Snare album
Release Date: 10/8/2018

Artist: Blackfeather
Track Name: Skeletons and Wolves
Taken From: Skeletons and Wolves single
Release Date: 6/7/2018

Artist: The RPMs
Track Name: Gotta Let Go
Taken From: Gotta Let Go single
Release Date: 28/09/2018

Artist: Sealings
Track Name: Sports
Taken From: SCUM / The Sound of Music cassette
Release Date: 21/8/2018
Next Gig: 10th September 2018 supporting Prettiest Eyes

Artist: Bobbie Johnson
Track Name: Another Man
Taken From: Another Man single
Release Date: 18/7/18

Artist: Vesture
Track Name: Dust & Parts
Taken From: Dust & Parts single
Release Date: 29/6/2018

Artist: Sunny
Track Name: Hello Friend
Taken From: Hello Friend single
Release Date: 21/7/2018

New Brighton Music

We’re playing catchup again this week after our holidays last week, and it seems that we missed a flurry of activity, so once again we’re going to keep things pretty brief, limiting our words to just what you need to know about the tracks.

The biggest news this week is that Blood Red Shoes have a new single. It’s called God Complex and is out now on Jazz Life:
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Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

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Brighton Music Blog End of Year Top Twenty, part one 20-11

End of year lists are a funny old business. Should they be a measure of the success of the artists on the list you’re compiling? If that were the case then Royal Blood would be the top of any Brighton based list by the longest of margins (and they have been voted album of the year by NME readers). The alternative is that they’re based on personal preference instead, which is incredibly subjective but does give us the chance to enthuse about the things we’ve loved the most over the past twelve months. Being just a list of twenty acts is incredibly restricting too. The past couple of years we’ve put together out best of list as an Advent Calendar instead, which gave us another five acts we could include, but would have meant us getting our act together in November which was never going to happen this year. So here’s the first half of our top twenty – we’ll count down our top ten counting down as we get closer to Christmas.

20. Yumi & The Weather – All We Can EP

Technically All We Can came out in December 2013, but end of year lists had all been agreed by that point and tracks on the EP are easily as good if not better than most of the new music we’ve heard in 2014. The Vondelpark rework of the EPs title track is pure bliss.

19. Anushka – Mansions

Anushka’s Mansions, the lead single from their album Broken Circuit which came out on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings was one of our tunes of the summer.

18. Curxes – Valkyrie

To keep us interested while the Brighton / Portsmouth duo inch forward to completion of their debut long player (which has a provision title of Verxes), this year the band put out PreCurxor – a compilation of their early work – and this single, a noisy, frantic affair that’s guaranteed to wake you up.

17. Michael A Grammar – The Day I Come Alive

We fell in love with Michael A Grammar’s The Day I Came Alive on the very first listen, probably because it sounded like early Blur and reminded us of our first trips to indie discos many years ago.

16. Dog in the Snow – Factory

Dog in the Snow put out a couple of singles this year, with Factory being the more electronic of the two. The video was a fantastic match for the song, initially about mundane daily repetition before morphing into something magical.

15. The New Union – Now

The New Union continue apace with their melodic indie rock. Now was the first of their two singles of 2014, which was followed up later in the year by the equally great Believe in Nothing.

14. Winston & Goldstein – Ode to a Massive Obsession

Jacqueline Collyer used to be in Kins, but this year she went solo, ditched the guitars (mostly), and embraced electronica in all it’s forms on her album In The Eyes of the Other from ambient to dance tracks like Ode to a Massive Obsession which is our pick.

13. The Fiction Aisle – Blue

The Fiction Aisle have only played three gigs, and have only put one track on the internet so far. The man behind the band is an industry veteran though, with over ten years experience under his belt. This year, Electric Soft Parade hung up their hats (except for the odd one off), but Tom White has formed a brilliant new band, recruiting brother Alex on drums, and a cast of thousands. Well, about a dozen.

12. Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes

Blood Red Shoes eponymous fourth album was heralded from all quarters as a return to form. Their gig in April at the Concorde was the loudest thing we heard this year.

11. Adolescent – Golden Halls part II

There’s been an incredible amount of electronica produced in Brighton this year, most of it coming out through the wonderful Physics House Band affiliated KLDSCP records. Pick of the bunch for us was Adolescent’s Golden Halls EP, and it’s utterly beautiful and unhurried lead track Golden Halls Part II