January Top Ten

We didn’t do a top ten at the end of November. It had been a quiet month, and we were gearing up for our top twenty that we posted in December. Both months had a few great tunes that are too good to pass up though, so this month’s top ten has a few tracks from the end of last year too.

1 The Go! Team / The Scene Between

The Go! Team are back! Our top spot is the lead track from the band’s new album also called The Scene Between, out in March on Memphis Industries.

2 Anneka / End of It

End of It only features Anneka’s voice, but the layers and the textures  and the harmonies demand repeat listens.

3 GAPS / She Bears a Flower

GAPS latest release came out right at the end of November last year sounding like some a futuristic remix of an Elizabethan childrens folk song.

4 Ambassadeurs / Forever

Forever is the lead track from Ambassadeurs latest EP out last month. Ambassadeurs play a gig at The Green Door Store at the end of the month, supported by Foreign Skin.

5 The Fiction Aisle / Blue

We liked Tom White’s new band’s first proper track so much that we got it into our end of the year round up, even though it hadn’t been in one of our top ten posts. Since we’re catching up on November here it would be wrong of us to omit it.

6 David Harks / Odyssey

We loved Open Arms, also taken from David Harks’ Lomo EP but shared much earlier in the year, as soon as we heard it but Odyssey was much more of a slow burner working it’s way under our skin until we couldn’t stop listening to it.

7 Tyrannosaurus DeadFlying Ant Day

Tyrannosaurus Dead were the first band we ever interviewed on the blog, so it’s great to see their debut album (also called Flying Ant Day) finally released.

8 Seadog / Transmitter

Seadog’s Transmitter EP was launched at the end of December, while most of us were busy being distracted. The physical release is due in the springtime, but you can grab the EP now if you head over to Bandcamp.

9 Phantom Runners / Laserbeam

Laserbeam is a free download from Phantom Runnerscover on Soundcloud. Hanging out with Huey Morgan (who’s produced their last few tracks) is obviously rubbing off – this is the most laid back thing they’ve done.

10 Man Ray Sky / Ether Song

Finishing up with the title track from an EP from December, Ether Song is four minutes of breezy guitar pop.

 

New Videos – Spit Shake Sisters / Blasphemer and GAPS / She Bears a Flower

It’s only been less than 24 hours since our last new music post but in that time two of our favourite bands have posted up videos to their new singles.Rather than wait until next week to post them up we thought we’d share them now

Spit Shake Sisters new track Blasphemer is officially their debut single, and comes out on Dead Fun Records on 31st October. The launch party for the single is at Bleach on the same day with Strange Cages and Tombes also on the bill.

We shared the audio for the new GAPS track She Bears a Flower a week ago, but here’s the video, directed by Walt McNee. Apparently tickets have almost sold out for their upcoming debut London show, so if you’re planning on getting tickets, don’t hold back.

New Music – GAPS, Great Pagans, She Crazy, Dark Train, The Dubarrys, Heliopause, Winston & Goldstein

Here’s our first New Music post for October, which is already shaping up to be another great month.

It only feels like the other week that we were sitting in the sun outside Small Batch interviewing GAPS about their new EP with Maya Jane Coles, but they’re not resting on their laurels and have announced details of another new single. She Bears a Flower will be released out on Sexbeat on 1st December:

Great Pagans have previewed Tangled Up in Poetry from their upcoming album Cupid in Error which gets released on Anti Ghost Moon Ray on 20th October. The launch party for the gig takes place at the Green Door Store on 6th November with support from Japanese Sweets and Soph Nathan.

As we head to the end of October, we’re hoping we see more videos like the new one from She Crazy. Made by Novi films, the promo for Zompocalypse Now is nothing short of brilliant (the song’s not bad either)

Carrying on with the vaguely horror theme, here’s Jekyll & Hyde, the new track from Dark Train:

A couple of weeks ago we posted up the video to Lilly by The DuBarrys, taken from their self titled EP. At the time we didn’t have too much info, but this week, as the band post up the rest of the EP to soundcloud, we thought we’d share another track from the record and also the iTunes preorder link.

Here’s some new music from Heliopause. City of Glass is possibly the furthest away from folk that the band have strayed to date:

Finally, a new download from Winston & Goldstein. If you’ve ever wondered what an ambient electronica response to female celebrity phone hacking might sound like, take a listen to Celebgate: