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

The received wisdom is that new music tends to dry up as you head towards the end of the year, but more than halfway into November, there’s no abating from our local music scene. Here’s this week’s dose of new music:

Artist: grasshopper
Track Name: Grin
Taken From: Stricken EP
Release Date: 30th November 2018

Artist: Moon Panda
Track Name: Gun
Taken From: Gun single
Release Date: 16/11/2018

Artist: Grymm
Track Name: Br-Ea-The
Taken From: Br-Ea-The single
Release Date: 16/11/2018

Artist: Heirloom
Track Name: Speak in Tongues
Taken From: Speak in Tongues single
Release Date: 14/11/2018
Next Gig: Green Door Store 8th Birthday on 5th January

Artist: Azure
Track Name: Redtail
Taken From: Redtail single
Release Date: 16th November 2018

Artist: Fond of Rudy
Track Name: Illuminate
Taken From: Illuminate
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 30th November at the Hope & Ruin with Twilight Driving

Artist: HOLYGLAM
Track Name: Teeth
Taken From: Teeth single
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Next Gig: The Quadrant 28th November

Artist: Howls
Track Name: Eye to Eye / Brick to Brick
Taken From: Eye to Eye / Brick to Brick EP
Release Date: 16th November 2018

Artist: The Academy of Sun
Track Name: The House
Taken From: The Quiet Earth LP
Release Date: single out now, album “upcoming”
Next Gig: Supporting Mogwai at the Dome on 25th November

Artist: Lazybones
Track Name: Heart Beat Like a Drum
Taken From: Heart Beat Like a Drum single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Mei
Track Name: 3 star hotel
Taken From: 3 star hotel single
Release Date: out now

New Brighton Music

There’s loads of new music this week, but before I get on with that, there’s been a couple of comments on social media after the new music posts from people pointing out that I haven’t featured their band. Neither of these acts had actually sent us any links or information, which makes things quite difficult – while we try to be proactive we aren’t omniscient and things do pass us by. The best way of getting in touch to get featured is to drop a mail to BrightonMusicBlog@gmail.com, with soundcloud / bandcamp / youtube links (or Spotify if you must, but as you’ll see below they don’t look great on blogs powered by WordPress), making sure you mention that you’re from Brighton if we don’t know you.

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: P.H.U.K (edit)
Taken From: P.H.U.K single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4KtK0PsueNCOSGKmJTmxDH

Artist: Suzi Island
Track Name: Actor
Taken From: Actor single
Release Date: 27/06/2018
Next Gig: Green Door Store 17/7/18

Artist: Jetstream Pony
Track Name: Self Destruct Reality
Taken From: Self Destruct Reality EP
Release Date: 27/06/2018

Artist: AK Patterson
Track Name: It’s Not Over Till They Cry
Taken From: It’s Not Over Till They Cry single
Release Date: 27/06/2018

Artist: Ingrid Plum
Track Name: Taut
Taken From: Taut
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Colliding Lines at the Rosehill 15/7/18

Artist: Moon Panda
Track Name: Rabbit
Taken From: Rabbit single
Release Date: 29/06/2018

Artist: Pasa Flora
Track Name: Home’s not a place it’s a memory
Taken From: Home’s not a place it’s a memory single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Loa Loa
Track Name: Wabi Sabi
Taken From: In The Absence of Anything Else LP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Hope & Ruin 20/8/18
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3gRpe5b44TNU7uPW49zHiS

Artist: Ital Tek
Track Name: Blood Rain
Taken From: Bodied LP
Release Date: 7/9/2018

Artist: Wildcat Strike
Track Name: I Feel Good
Taken From: Rhubarb Nostalgia LP due in October
Release Date: 04/07/2018
Next Gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/572777519773768/Castle Snooker and Sports Bar supporting Delta Sleep 20/9/18

Artist: Johnny Kills
Track Name: Who’s Counting
Taken From: Who’s Counting single
Release Date: 04/07/2018

Artist: Charlie Melrose
Track Name: Regrettably, J
Taken From: Regrettably, J single
Release Date: 13/07/2018
Next Gig: single launch at Casablancas 13/7/18
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/246PIey6iJhlJHR6v1FteO

Artist: darktrain
Track Name: Dreaming of You
Taken From: Dreaming of You single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Fyu Jon
Track Name: Pause
Taken From: Pause EP
Release Date: 25/06/2018