New Brighton Music

It’s been a bit quiet recently musically around town. There are always fewer gigs, and I thought there hadn’t been that many new releases until I sat down to write today’s new music post, and it turns out that maybe it’s not quite as quiet as I’d realised. As per our last new music post, we’ve now got a spotify playlist for all the new tracks:

Wild Cat Strike / Everyone Feels The Same (Blood Orange Sessions)
Luvia / Kiss
Salt Ashes / Into The Groove
Gnarlah / Slave
Oxomo / What You Told Yourself (feat Boudicca)
Garden Centre / Wide Sea
Yassi V / You Deserve Better
JOSEPHPOISON / Apollo (from Life Is Precious EP)
Eden Farrow / How To Treat An Ex
Yakul / Getting Late (feat Louis IV) (from Getting Late EP)
Time for T / Screenshot
Distant Animals / Weaves
Harry Aiden / Somebody Better (Thomas Godel remix)
Zac Samuel / Take It Back

And here’s the non-spotify bits:

BUNKR / For The Birds (from forthcoming The Initiation well album)

Self Help Group / Fame


New Brighton Music

We’ve got a bit of a change around for our New Music posts. When I first started doing them things were mostly soundcloud and youtube links, but as time has gone on more and more things have ended up on Spotify. Initially Spotify and WordPress (that we use to write the blog) didn’t play nicely at all and all I could post was a link. Then I could embed tracks but the formatting was quite frankly awful. So now I’m going to put together a playlist and embed that instead. There’ll still be a few bits and pieces that are listed elsewhere, so I’ll put them at the bottom of the post, but to make things easier for you (and for me) just hit play now:

In the playlist:

Fujiya & Miyagi / Fear of Missing Out (Vince Clark remix)
Demob Happy / Autoportrait
School Disco / Caught in Space
Disbanded / What I Know
Sofia Edevane / Battleground
Launa / Thinkin’
Morning Myth / Murmur (Taken From Glass Sky album)
Bubba Janko / Sweet Tooth
Freja Frances / The Wolf
Holy Magick / Even Though
Altamotion / How strange it is to be anything at all
Creeping Jean / Whispers

And onto the non spotify stuff:

The Academy of Sun / Don’t Let Go

Megan Clifton / For Horkus

New Brighton Music

With two Brighton Rocks posts and one live gallery last week, we didn’t get around to making a new music post, so once again we find ourselves in a position where we’re playing catch up a bit. Top of the pile are another reworking from Blood Red Shoes, and a track from the band new Penelope Isles album:

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Elijah (rework)
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 14th November at the Haunt

Artist: Penelope Isles
Track Name: Cut Your Hair
Taken From: Until The Tide Creeps album
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Next Gig: Resident Instore 16/7

Artist: Hatter x Saffa Ghorishi
Track Name: Check In
Release Date: out now

Artist: Frank
Track Name: Her Bricks, Her House
Release Date: out now

Artist: Hayley Ross
Track Name: Tumbledown
Release Date: out now

Artist: Jay Rico
Track Name: Dappah
Release Date: 15/07/2019

Artist: Preston Outatime
Album Name: Coplanar
Release Date: 12/07/2019

Artist: M Butterfly
Album Name: Live @ The Evening Star
Release Date: out now

Artist: IAmWarface
Track Name: Say My Name
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 3rd August at Green Door Store

Artist: Van Coeur
Album Name: Crosshairs
Release Date: 05/07/2019

Artist: Jetstream Pony
Track Name: Mitte (demo)
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 19th July at the Prince Albert

Orchards at the Hope & Ruin gallery

Last night Orchards headlined the Hope & Ruin, playing their first sold out headline show of their careers to date. The gig was in aid of Brighton Women’s Centre, so selling out is the best thing that could have happened for both the band and the charity involved. Support came from Libra Libra (who we saw) and Pollon (who we sadly missed).

We put some of these on Instgram earlier, but what’s the point of taking photos for the blog and them not ending up on the blog? As with all our galleries, click on the pics to view large:


Brighton Rocks #26 : Steve Ellis from Andres Y Xavi

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The sea. I love living here because I get to look at the sea every day – I can see it from my bed – how amazing is that! I grew up in north London and seeing the sea was very much restricted to holidays and rare day trips (I came down here for the first time on a Network Day when, as a kid, you could buy a rail ticket anywhere in Network Southeast for £1) but always in summer and mostly when the weather wasn’t too bad. I had no idea then that the sea has so many different faces, so many moods: when it’s rough and dark and full of foreboding it’s a delight to get up close to; when it’s calm and peaceful and blue it’s nice to look at from a distance. I can sit and watch and listen to the waves for hours and our album reflects that a little!

Who are your favourite local bands?
Do St Etienne count? Pete Wiggs lives not too far from me. I love a lot of Steve Mason’s work and he’s a neighbour too and, living where I do I sometimes get to see Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd walking his dogs – always wanted to ask him if he’ll wait for me to run upstairs and bring some Pink Floyd records down for him to sign but suspect that’d go badly. Cassetteboy are from Brighton I think, so are some of Tunng who I really like.
I don’t go out and see as many as I used to – there was a point when it was three or four live gigs down here each week – but I’d still make a point of seeing acts on Tru Thoughts, for example, such as Joe Felix or Alice Russell or Flevans (who’s now on Jalapeno) and Glenn (Fallows, my partner in Andres y Xavi) is in more bands than I can count; I used to go and watch The Impellers a lot. I’ve got a couple of friends in up-and-coming bands that I’ve been to see recently: Hanya and Gene Pool – they’re both going places I reckon.
Probably worth saying that I’m more inclined to go and see DJs playing in low-key environments these days – down by the beach, rather than in a club – the Soft Rocks boys, Balearic Ultras etc and they’re kind of bands, in a way! <Steve got back to us after the initial write up and said that he also wanted to give Steph Goodman and Jon Slade a mention too>

What’s the best venue?
I love the churches for live performance spaces: so many of my favourite concerts here have been in churches (don’t ask me what church is what though!) Some of our intimate spaces, such as the upstairs rooms at The Hope and Ruin and The Prince Albert are great for gigs but I think our bigger concert venues are often a disappointment. The Great Escape is great for finding new places and spaces – I’m a TGE ever-present.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
I’ve no idea! We recorded the album in Worthing. Glenn, my partner in Andres y Xavi, is the man for technical details. I liked his home studio and that seemed to work for him too!

What’s the best club?
Has to be Patterns. I’ve had the pleasure of playing the upstairs there many times and would love to play in the club. Their booking policy is forward-thinking and progressive – it reflects the reputation Brighton earned in the acid house and big beat days for booking up-and-coming talent and supporting local DJs, such as Charles Green, Metola and Glu. It’s a real shame what has happened to the clubs on the seafront – it used to be a mecca for clubbers from across the country – we used to come down from London to go to The Zap and get the milk train home; now it’s full of pulling joints, “VIP” tables (come on kids, if you’re a VIP you don’t pay extra, you get, whatever it is, for free, or better you get paid!), ‘reality tv’ appearances and chart music… it’s as bland and dull and unimaginative as any other town centre. The progression of West Street tat onto the seafront shows that the idiots are winning. We need a new youth culture, to turn things around… I doubt anyone who discovered acid house ever imagined that Ritzy culture could return in such a big way. Don’t get me started on Ibiza! The Green Door Store is a good place to DJ as well – I used to have a residency there and guest at the Go Bang parties every so often; I love the crowds there, they’re always mixed age-wise and far more interested in dancing than those down by the arches.

What’s the best record shop?
I wrote The Secret List a few years ago. It was an independent guide to Brighton’s record shops and sold reasonably well. At that point there were 20+ record shops in Brighton and Hove and nearby – some great, like Rarekind and Monkey Music; some ok, like Resident; and, well, some others, let’s leave that at that! I’d say Rarekind is still my personal favourite for it’s mix of new releases and correctly priced second hand stock, plus Euan there is a genuine music enthusiast and his team are knowledgeable and friendly. Mr Bongos opened just after The Secret List came out (so did Bella Union) and the crew there are taking the Bongo’s legacy to new heights: such incredible stock, brilliant customer service and always fun to hang out in. I can’t separate Rarekind and Bongos – they take most of my money each month.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I’m the wrong person to ask. The only time I’ve taken a photo of my dinner was when I managed to concoct cheese and beans on toast. I’ve had some nice meals down here but I prefer to eat at home if I can. I was pleased to see there is a new Wimpy in Portslade.

What’s the best pub?
When I moved here I bought a guide to Brighton pubs with a foreword from Attila The Stockbroker. I used it, before I took up running, as a tool for learning my way around town so probably had a sip in something like 200 pubs around here. I’ve had a few locals and a few pub DJ residencies and will feel guilty if I miss out one so I’ll say that I’m most likely to grab a pint in either The West Hill, Coopers Cask, Fortune of War or The Lion And Lobster.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
None. Absolutely none.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Probably when I came down on that Network Day as a kid!

Vibraciones y sentimientos by Andres Y Xavi is out now on Bandcamp:

Brighton Rocks #25 : El Train

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The lanes. Great shops, great food and great pubs!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Yakul – They make amazing Jazzy, neo-soul music. Normanton Street – Staples of the Brighton music scene, making a cool hybrid of hip hop, soul and Jazz music. Sophie Faith – Seriously one of the best singers I’ve heard in the last few years, I’ve had her track ‘Salt’ on repeat since it dropped a few months ago.

What’s the best venue?
I’d say Patterns. Not only is it the best club venue in the city, they also put on some of the best live gigs in Brighton, whether it’s local acts or people coming from elsewhere.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
You can’t really go wrong with Brighton Electric.

What’s the best club?
I’m gonna have to say Patterns again. I’ve seen nearly all my favourite DJ’s playing here.

What’s the best record shop?
Rarekind records is my favourite record shop in Brighton. Whether you’re looking for the latest releases or rare hip hop gems, this the place to go. Also shout out the Mr Bongo for all the crazy rare re-releases!

Where’s the best places to eat?
There are so many amazing places to eat in Brighton that this list could go on forever, however I will pick my three favourites. First up the Joker pub, they make the best wings I’ve ever tasted! Second I will go for La Choza, definitely the best place in Brighton for Mexican and finally Giggling Squid for the best for the amazing Massaman!

What’s the best pub?
Lion and Lobster, the most Brighton of Brighton pubs!

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
It’s got to be Caroline Lucas, I mean what’s not to like?!

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Actually not that long ago. A couple of friends got married recently and they were giving rock out to all the guests, could it get anymore Brighton!

Puzzles by El Train is out now through all the major digital music providers:

New Brighton Music

We’ve got a huge post this week, thanks to not getting around to doing it last weekend, and then making our Gig preview post when we did have time to do some blogging. This week’s post kicks off with the new single from My Life Story, which is taken from their first new album since 2000.

Artist: My Life Story
Track Name: Taking on the World
Taken From: Taking on the World (single)
Release Date: Out today Continue reading