August Top Ten

1) There’s one standout winner in August’s top ten. They’ve just released the best selling Rock Debut in since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and had the first number one album for a Brighton band since, erm, Conor Maynard. This is Figure It Out by Royal Blood

2) David Harks latest offering Open Arms has been getting a lot of plays around these parts, keeping the summer alive when the sun deserted us for most of August:

3) We first wrote about Believe in Nothing by The New Union back at the beginning of July, but it didn’t get released until 4th August. The band will be back on the Brighton stage on 16th September supporting Coasts at the Komedia.

4) Hushabye was originally the b-side to Jennifer Left‘s 2012 single Black Dog. This month the album of the same name got released:

5) The Night is the double a-side to to Twin, which is Oslo Park‘s debut single which came out on 25th August:

6) Curxes new single Valkyrie was also out this month, continuing their track record of packing a great tune into a full on aural assault:

7) The Wytches album Annabel Dream Weaver was also one of this months highlights, and it was preceded by the single Burn Out The Bruise

8) We’ve been enjoying the fragile folk of Lutine‘s single Sallow Tree. Noted music have just added up another track from the band’s forthcoming album to their website today.

9) Dark Horses made a return this month with Hail Lucid State, their second album produced by Richard Fearless. Saturn Returns was the single, not to be confused with Goldie’s 1998 album

10) Duly Noted Record’s Black Honey remain just as elusive for the release of their second single Teenager, with no information about the band forthcoming other than a phone number to contact them on…

 

New Music

Here’s our first new music post of August. There’s doesn’t seem as many gigs around at the moment, but that hasn’t translated in and slowing down of the new music we get to write about.

First up is Curxes with their new single Valkyrie. Valkyrie has been a staple of the band’s live sets for a while, and they first mentioned the track to us in an interview we did with them back in February last year where they described it as “probably the most batshit thing we’ve done so far”. You can’t argue with that. The single comes with remix from Deluxe Flamingos and an instrumental, and is out on 18th August, available for preorder here.

The mysterious Black Honey have put out a second track. Teenager has a faster tempo than last month’s Sleep Forever, but is still drenched with reverb heavy guitars and a vocal Lana Del Rey would be proud of.

We went along to the launch of the new Slum of Legs single at Sticky Mike’s a couple of weeks back, but at the time Begin to Dissolve hadn’t been posted online. You can listen and buy it now though, via Tuff Enuff Records, the record label offshoot of Riots Not Diets. The single is an anarchic lo-fi romp which takes no prisoners, which for the sake of clarification, is a good thing in our book.

Slum of Legs at Sticky Mike's 23/7/14

Lick Music, the musical offshoot of the people who make the fantastic frozen yoghurt have put out some tasters, but not of the dairy product variety. Following on from the Milk & Biscuits tape put out earlier this year, Lick are putting out another cassette on August 25th, this time by Octopuses. Once again it’s a four-tracker, with two studio tracks on side A and two live tracks on side B. Lead Track Cool Story Bro is set to appear on Octopuses debut album Yes Please due later this year.

RiD are a new band who’ve just put out their first EP. The EP is entitled Move Juice and the title track is called Smile:

Japanese Sweets, the ambient side project from Speak Galactic’s Owen Thomas, have put up two new tracks on Soundcloud. Our favourite is the effervescent Brief Luminescence:

Rather more gentle is Sallow Tree, the new track from Lutine. It’s being released as a single on 25th August, and precede’s the folk duo’s debut album White Flowers which comes out at the end of September.

Native sons email with their debut track Humanise in the middle of the heatwave a couple of weeks back, so it almost got lost as we stayed away from our overheating PC in an attempt to try and stay cool. Here it is now though, with it’s melodic tropical guitars and anthemic choruses.

Our last new music roundup featured an IYES remix, and here we are only a week later with another. This time it’s their slow-mo take on Indiana‘s Heart on Fire: