Brighton Music Blog Top Ten 2015

Here’s a blog post that I meant to write back at the start of December, but you’ve probably read enough excuses from me about why I’m not blogging as much as I ought to these days. As ever, it’s been a nightmare to cut things down to ten (which is why we’ve got eleven), and if you asked me tomorrow the order would no doubt change. But any further ado, here’s our end of year round-up:

10 : Tigercub / Demob Happy

Back in October Demob Happy snuck out their debut album Dream Soda, and then at the end of November Tigercub released their Repressed Semantics EP. Both releases are fantastic, and both bands have been touring hard all year. we couldn’t choose between the two:

9 : Prince Vaseline

Prince Vaseline’s first full length A Naturally Coloured Pleasure really was a pleasure for us when it came out in the middle of this year:

8 : Black Honey

Last time we saw Black Honey they were supporting fellow Brightonians The Wytches at The Haunt and they wiped the floor with them:

7 : Grasscut

We kept going back to Grasscut’s third LP Everyone Was a Bird, and everytime it sounded better and better, and then last month they gave us a video premier of The Field:

6 : The Go! Team

We thought that The Go! Team had split up for good after 2011’s Proof of Youth, so their return this year, sounding fresher than ever, with The Scene Between was some of best news we heard:

5 : IYES

IYES have kept a lower profile live this year, but put out two very strong EPs called Part One and Part Two:

4 : Clowwns

We’ve been waiting for The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo for years here at the blog. We only wish we’d been recording when Bleeding Hearts label boss Chris explained the reasons for all the delays over a pint about a year ago, although half of it was prefaced with “this is just between us…”

3 : Sea Bed

Sea Bed were our great new find this year. Electronic music with soul who we end up evangalising about to everyone we meet. They haven’t got much music online at the moment, but there’s promises of exciting things to come this year:

2 : The Fiction Aisle

Heart Map Rubric was a thing a majestic, beautiful work of art and was arguably the finest thing that Tom White has put his name to to date:

1: GAPS

GAPS managed to top last year’s collaboration with Maya Jane Coles with In, Around The Moments, their first long player which straddled the line between electronic and acoustic while managing to sound unlike anything else which would be labelled folktronica:

 

 

New Brighton Music

Kicking off this week’s new music post is the latest track from David Harks, who featured in last year’s top ten tracks (which reminds us, we really should think about getting something together for this year). Tripping Ghosts is a more ethereal affair, mirroring the reflective nature of the lyrics. It’s out now on Jumjum records, backed with a remix by French duo Loframes:

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IYES – Part Two

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I was told it would get easier, but evenings seem to be getting more difficult for now, and rightly so, a small baby is taking priority over blogging. We haven’t given up, and I’m grateful for Jon posting about the Self Help Group over the weekend.

Maybe it’s time to go back to posting about individual releases rather than trying to find the time to write about everything we hear about. We’ve got a post like that brewing, but I’ll need a bit more time to finish that up. To keep things ticking over, here’s news about IYES new EP, entitled Part Two. If you hadn’t worked it out yet, it’s the follow up to this summer’s Part One EP.

Lessons is syncopated pop with an unexpected piano solo midway through. Gone starts minimal and moody until steel drums and layered vocals build up. You might have heard the futuristic r’n’b of Toys before when a demo version appeared on the band’s soundcloud page last year. The EP finishes off with Beautiful Mess – classic eyes with Josh and Melis trading vocals atop their trademark arpeggiated synth sounds.

Part two is out now on Spotify, iTunes and all the usual places.

New music from Sea Bed and IYES

We’re still on catchup (I think we will be for a while yet) but until we do a proper roundup of everything, here’s a couple of our favourite bands with their new releases.

Sea Bed‘s new 12″ Akira doesn’t come out until 2nd October, but they’ve shared the track on Soundcloud to give us a taster now. The flipside is apparently Caves, which we heard on their Rosso EP – hopefully it’s a new version for this release. You can pre-order the record here.

IYES released their new EP Part One on friday. We already posted up a couple of the tracks a few weeks ago, but they’ve also shared the rest of the EP on Soundcloud. Tracks three and four are the acoustic, heartfelt No Love and the poppier Lions. You can buy the EP from iTunes here:

IYES / Part One EP

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet recently round here. Turns out that looking after an eight week old baby eats into the evenings that you might otherwise be able to spend listening to going to gigs, new music and blogging about it all.

Anyway, in lieu of a full new music catch up (and don’t worry – we’re keeping a list of everything we’ve been sent and we haven’t forgotten about you if you’ve emailed us), here’s some new material from IYES who have an upcoming EP entitled Part One. So far they’ve shared So Crazy and No Wonder. Melis descibes No Wonder as “my middle finger in a song, basically”. We’ve been fans of IYES for a long time and we’re sad to read that they’ll be relocating to Berlin soon, so celebrate their part of the Brighton music scene while we can.

March Top Ten

Yes, yes. We’re almost a week into April. But we’ve had Easter in the way, and we were overwhelmed with new music last month. Here’s our top picks:

1. The Go! TeamWhat D’You Say?

Highlight of the month for us was the brand new Go! Team album The Scene Between. If you haven’t gone out and bought it yet what are you waiting for?

2. IYESGlow

Glow was originally meant to be out at the tail end of last year, but being pushed back a few months in record company schedules makes it no less majestic.

3. RockerswitchShow Me

Rockerswitch’s debut starts off quite lazy and gradually gets more and more spaced out. Great stuff.

4. Mount BankEverything is Glass

We love everything on Mount Bank’s Island Life EP but opener Everything is Glass is our favourite with it’s bright synth strings and piano motif.

5. TigercubHold On

Showing a more mature side than seen on their previous releases, Tigercub’s latest demo was so good it got picked up by NME and streamed on their website.

6. Foreign SkinEnemy

A favourite from their live sets, Foreign Skin has finally shared the beguiling Enemy on their Soundcloud stream

7. AmbassadeursCan’t See You

Can’t See You is the first taster from Ambassadeurs next EP. On the strength of what we’ve heard from Ambassaders in the past it’s almost inevitable that we’ll be featuring other tracks from the EP in coming months.

8. Sea BedHaunted

Sea Bed have shared a couple of tracks from their upcoming Rosso EP which drops next week. Our pick of the two is the almost garagey Haunted.

9. GAPS – All Me All You

GAPS debut album comes out in May. As well as featuring a couple of their older singles it also includes All Me All You, the first new track taken from “In, Around The Moments”

10. Fools EmpireThe Professionals

Last up is The Professionals, the first of three singles coming out in a sequence from Fools Empire. Can’t wait for the other two.

February Top Ten

Is it March already? February shot past, but there was still plenty of great music out there. Here’s our pick of the bunch, counting down from Demob Happy’s Nirvana-esque Young & Numb:

1 Demob Happy / Young & Numb

2 Mount Bank / Everything Is Glass

3 Remi Miles / Under Light Symphonies

IYES / Simmer (live)

Lionbark / Amongst The Many

Salt Ashes / Raided

The Fiction Aisle / Soon Enough The Morning Comes

Conrad Vingoe / Fail

Caveman Genius / My Ford Sierra Needs an Oil Change

10 Record/Start / Rock from Afar

 

New Music

When I sat down last night to put together this week’s new music post I didn’t think it would be quite as big as it has turned out, which is why it’s taken me an extra day to post it up. In the last eight days we’ve heard about a dozen new tunes that we need to share. Good work Brighton musicians!

First up is the new tune from The Fiction Aisle. Their first proper single will be with us at some point, but in the meantime the band have put up the mournful Soon Enough The Morning Comes:

We’ve written about a few of Salt Ashes previous singles, but none have sounded as dancefloor friendly or well produced as Raided:

Silence Myself is a marked change for Fable, whose previous releases have been much noisier and intimidating, where her latest offering is beatless with just a soft synth backing. You can catch Fable playing live at the Prince Albert on 18th March. supported by Fragile Creatures.

Monoman‘s beats have been augmented with the vocal talents of Molly Burbridge on his latest track Untouchable. Head over to Monoman’s Soundcloud page to hear another track they’ve recorded together called Orion.

Krak Krak, featuring ex Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster‘s drummer Rob Ling released their debut EP Burnt At The Stake yesterday on Sonic Anhedonic records. Here’s EP opener War on Us:

Bones is the new single from Object Object. In the band’s bio, they claim to be influenced by 80s New Wave and Fleetwood Mac, which you can hear coming through on the track:

Lion Bark are giving away their new track Amongst The Many as a free download over on their bandcamp page. If you’re a fan of guitar pop, then this is for you. Lion Bark headline the newly refurbished Hope & Ruin (formerly just The Hope) on 21st March.

Last friday Record / Start put out their debut single on Post/Pop records. Rock from Afar (featured here) is backed with Followay, and is available over on the Post/pop bandcamp page. Hopefully that’s just a typo on the price of the digital download though!

IYES cover of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love first appeared in December 2013, but it’s been given a new lease of life with a remix by Ben Pearce which turned up online last week:

Talking of remixes, earlier this year Moulettes put out their single Glorious Year. Champion Fever‘s remix wasn’t put out with the single, but he has shared it with us as a free download on bandcamp:

One more remix? How about Ambassadeurs reworking of Marvin Gaye‘s classic Let’s Get It On. Ambassadeurs is playing live this saturday at the Green Door Store, supported by Foreign Skin.

Rory Indiana‘s Empiricism EP came out last September but was promoted with other tracks at the time. This week the band, who are already in the studio hard at work on their next release, put up a video to the EP’s title track:

 

New Music

We’ve been a bit rubbish on the New Music front in the past few weeks – it’s actually been over two weeks since our last roundup of what’s popped into our inbox, and consequently we’ve got a rammed post for you.

We’ll kick off with the new single from The Go! Team, announced today and out on 6th April. Blowtorch is the first proper single the band’s upcoming album The Scene Between, which you can pre order on iTunes with free downloads of the single and the title track. They’ve also announced their a gig in London in June featuring most of the original line up, but we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that they also announce something a bit more local at some point.

IYES have got form for knocking out demo tracks which blow most other bands finished product out of the water, and their latest offering Simmer is no different:

Our slackness in writing new posts means that we didn’t get to tell you about Bad for Lazarus‘ show at the Green Door Store timed quite nicely with the release of news of their upcoming single 7 Minute Itch which comes out on 16th March on 1-2-3-4 records. Don’t worry if you missed them though – their next hometown show is at Bleach on 13 March.

Last week Battery Operated Orchestra put out not one, but two new videos for their new EP. The EP is headed with album track Wishlist, alongside two remixes and new track Kakehashi-san:

We’ve also recently heard from Jacob Brant about his new EP Trawler. The lead track, featured here melds ambient and folk, while other tracks on the EP veer towards electronic post rock:

Next up is Caveman Genius, with the brilliantly titled My Ford Sierra Needs an Oil Change. Top notch sample led electronica:

We’ve written about the new Time for T EP already, but we haven’t posted up the video which has just come out for the lead track Long Way Home, filmed by Kenny McKracken, who’s shot and videoed more Brighton bands than you can shake a stick at. The band’s next Brighton date is on 4th March at Green Door Store, then on 3rd April at the Gladstone.

Conrad Vingoe‘s new album Tomorrow, Then is out on 2nd March. It’s preceded by the single Fail which came out on 26th January and has a fantastic stop motion video, with a launch party at Otherplace (which we think might be the Basement) on 5th March:

Aniseed Treats new single is one that’s probably sitting in our inbox for quite a while – sorry guys. We haven’t missed the launch party for Glue though – that’s on Thursday 19th February at Sticky Mike’s.

We also got told about the new Devil in Detail track a few weeks ago, but on top of that, Giants was a few weeks old by the time they told us about it. It’s taken from their second EP Goodbye Red Admiral which came out in December:

It’s very hard to categorise edityourhometown‘s new track Suddenly … Ghosts! – over the course of four minutes the cram in so many different genres they defy classification. You’ll just have to listen to it yourself and try and work it our:

Finally we have some lo fi sadcore from Butterfly House who have a new album out called By Ghostlight which has such jolly track titles as One Day You’ll Be Dust and God is Laughing at Me. Here’s the Arab Strap-esque The Lush:

Brighton Music Blog End of Year Top Twenty, 9 – IYES / Breathe

If your main exposure to the local music scene is through the live route, then you might assume that IYES have had a pretty quiet year – By our calculations they’ve only played in Brighton once, supporting Raleigh Ritchie a few weeks ago at the Haunt. Actually though, they’ve been pretty busy. In the spring ‘Til Infinity, which featured in out 2013 list, got a 7” release backed with their cover of Crazy in Love, and there have been numerous remixes which have appeared (including a turn for Jack Garratt, who’s hotly tipped for big things next year). More recently they’ve signed to Sony and had their track Glow feature in mobile phone ads and get scheduled for release early next year. They have had one proper single this year, the sultry, effervescent, MNEK produced Breathe: