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

Welcome to what’s probably our last New Music post of the year. We’re going to go into hibernation mode soon, with maybe just a post with some of our favourite tracks, and then we’ll be back in the new year, bright eyed and bushy tailed. But for now, it’s business as usual:

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Howl
Taken From: Get Tragic album
Release Date: Howl out now, Get Tragic out 25th January
Next Gig: 11th December at Sticky Mike’s
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6YbkaToi9iQbv4RgZ0b783

Artist: Yumi & The Weather
Track Name: Find Another
Taken From: Find Another single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 6th December at Spectrum Unplugged at Brighton Museum

Artist: Guru
Track Name: Consumer Helpline
Taken From: Consumer Helpline single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Green Door Store 8th Birthday on 5th January

Artist: Jacko Hooper
Track Name: The Long Road
Taken From: Together We’re Lost
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VA6hJhv9nPHZ22QCvbXu3

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Blue
Taken From: What’s on Your Mind EP
Release Date: 1st February 2019
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/34PFa8obv2n5a5s1zEGnus

Artist: Eloise Viola
Track Name: For My Eyes
Taken From: For My Eyes single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5KxQ7MiJP5LAvnkmJLrzpk

Artist: Kudu Blue
Track Name: Auras
Taken From: Auras EP due next year
Release Date: 23rd November 2018
Next Gig: 1st December at Patterns supporting Children of Zeus

Artist: Edward Sansom
Track Name: I Got a Lover
Taken From: I Got a Lover single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VA6hJhv9nPHZ22QCvbXu3

Artist: Seadog
Track Name: Yesteryear
Taken From: Yesteryear single
Release Date: out now

Artist: The Peeps
Track Name: The Other Side of Town
Taken From: The Other Side of Town single
Release Date: out now

New Brighton Music

So, that’s bonfire night and Halloween over and done with for another year. What’s there to brighten your lives up? All these tracks, that’s what:

Artist: Yumi & The Weather
Track Name: Find Another / Find Another (Slugabed remix)
Taken From: Find Another single
Release Date: 2nd November
Next Gig: 6th December at Spectrum at Brighton Museum

Artist: Eden Farrow
Track Name: Play You
Taken From: Play You single
Release Date: 5th October 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6EwNgftZfBrLuIGT1ClWnf

Artist: Mojo X
Track Name: Gimme Your Love
Taken From: Gimme Your Love (single
Release Date: 3rd November 2018

Artist: Movement Ten
Track Name: Border
Taken From: Border (single)
Release Date: out now

Artist: Twenty-one Crows (feat Mary Hampton)
Track Name: The Shores of Australia
Taken From: Australia EP
Release Date: 18th October 2018

New Brighton Music

Another week of new music – fairly quiet this week (or maybe it just feels like that because I’ve managed to do the post just a week after the previous one, as I always intend to but so often never manage):

Artist: Yumi & The Weather
Track Name: Without You
Taken From: Without You single
Release Date: 02/10/2018
Next Gig: supporting British Sea Power at Patterns 12th October

Artist: Sit Down
Track Name: Take A Seat
Taken From: Knives / Take a Seat Double A Side
Release Date: 30th September 2018
Next Gig: Supporting Lazy Bones at the launch of their new single Heart Beat Like a Drum at the Green Door Store on Wednesday October 17th

Artist: Oxomo
Track Name: Drifted
Taken From: Drifted single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Emma Seeberg
Track Name: You’re Yours
Taken From: You’re Yours single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4YRiTOLj7iNO19xH1rGhXU

September Gig Preview

It’s the third of September, which means we’re overdue for our September gig preview post.

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The big gig to mention this month though is Kitfest, taking place at St George’s Church on Saturday 15th September. It’s in aid of the Kit Tarka Foundation, a charity set up by The Miserable Rich lead singer James De Malplaquet following the sad early passing of his son at just thirteen days old. The Miserable Rich have been on hiatus for a few years but are reforming for the concert which sees Fujiya & Miyagi (playing their only Brighton gig of the year) and Alice Russell & TM Juke at the top of the bill for the evening, which will be MCed by David Shrigley. Gloria Cycles are also reforming for the night – newcomers to Brighton might know the name from the vintage sign in the Basketmakers, but Gloria Cycles was also the name of one of the city’s top bands around ten years ago – alongside Jess Bishop, We Bop Choir and 1BTN DJs.

a0345127217_10Before then though, there’s Yumi & The Weather’s album launch, taking place is this Friday at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog later this week for our next post which should also be Yumi & The Weather related. Also on Friday, Bloom make a live return headlining Femrock at the Green Door Store.

Black Honey release their debut album this month too. They’re off on tour to promote it and play the Concorde in October but if you can’t wait until then you can pre-order the album from Resident and get a pass to their instore at Resident on Friday 21st. if you were looking for something to do after that, then I’d point you in the direction of Sticky Mike’s for the launch of CLT DRP’s new single. The following night – Saturday 22nd September – there’s another album launch. Man Ray Sky are celebrating their second long player with a gig at Sticky Mike’s.

After a summer of festivals, The Magic Gang are finally doing an extensive tour to promote their debut album. They played a handful of dates when the album came out earlier this year, but 2018’s only Brighton gig so far has been a packed out Great Escape slot. You can catch them at Concorde 2 on Tuesday 25th September.

New Brighton Music

Another week, another new music post. As diverse as always, and kicking off this week with Brighton Music Blog favourite Yumi & The Weather, who’s just on the cusp of putting out their debut album.

Artist: Yumi & The Weather
Track Name: Hustle
Taken From: Hustle / Without You single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Yumi & The Weather album launch at Sticky Mike’s 7th September 2018

Artist: Spec
Track Name: Sonder
Taken From: (-) album
Release Date: 13th August 2018

Artist: Nik Barrell
Track Name: A Promise To Myself
Taken From: Joy album
Release Date: 4th August 2018

Artist: Libby Whitehouse
Track Name: Too Deep
Taken From: Too Deep single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Great Pagans
Track Name: Renaissance
Taken From: Renaissance single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Dom Champ
Track Name: All In
Taken From: All In Single
Release Date: 4th August 2018

Artist: Strange Cages
Track Name: False Prophet Death Waltz
Taken From: Silver Queen EP
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Next Gig: EP Launch at the Hope & Ruin 26th September

Artist: Oxomo
Track Name: Cold Summers Day
Taken From: Blue Rizla LP
Release Date: tbc

Artist: Nature TV
Track Name: Get High / Get Down
Taken From: Get High / Get Down single
Release Date: 13th August 2018
Next Gig: right now at Green Door Store

The Great Escape Festival Preview

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It’s nearly that time again. Next weekend, the Great Escape rolls into town again, turning everywhere that you could fit a stage, and a lot of places where you can’t imagine a stage normally, into venues for a few days. We’re not going to go through the whole line up – first of all there are literally hundreds of bands playing, but also most of them aren’t from Brighton. Also, a lot of the good local stuff happens as part of the Alt Escape. What we’ve done instead is compiled a list of what we think is every Brighton band who are playing as part of the main festival, and asked a few of our favourite bands for their recommendations for the weekend. We’ve also got a list of what we believe is all the facebook events set up for Alt Escape gigs, which will provide you with a lot more information than you’ll get from anywhere else.

AK/DK (The Arch, 8pm Saturday + Fortune of War, 8.30pm Friday)
Tshegue – a Congolese / Parisian act that bring a brilliant Afro-electro post punk show, awesome!

La Lune (North Laine, 12:15 Saturday + Beyond Retro, 1:50pm Friday + Jubilee Square, 8pm Saturday)
My tips would be RYD, The Yellow Bellies, Amelia Caesar, and Currls.

LibraLibra (North Laine Brewery, Saturday 10pm + Brighton Electric Alt Escape Afterparty)
I just saw Idles at Liverpool sound city and they blew me away the performance was electric and there was this fierce buzz from the crowd, I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
Slugabed is also playing with his full live band and that’s an experience in itself, definitely check that out!
Black Futures – I am desperate to go to one of their shows, it’s fully Immersive and engages the audience – they sound huge!

Yumi & The Weather (Café Plenty, 8pm Thursday, White Rabbit 5.30 Saturday)
Hey Buddy, Alabaster dePlume, LU’AMI, Jouis, Cousin Kula, Bloom, Family Fiction, 47 Soul, Kaamal Williams, Ross From Friends, Slugabed, AK/DK, Sons of Kemet, Puppy, Yussef Dayes, Libralibra

Dark Horses (Hope & Ruin, 5.30 Thursday)
Say Sue Me and Deep Throat Choir

Frost (Marlborough, 7.45 Friday, Johanna Bramli solo sets Seven Stars 5pm Thursday as well as part of the Rose Hill’s Fake Escape)
Alice Boman, AKDK, Drahla, Jimothy Lacoste, Lisa Morgenstern, Men I Trust

Brighton Bands at the Great Escape:

Thursday:
Scuffle / Walrus / 13:00
Orchards / Hope & Ruin / 15:15
Noble Jacks / Jubilee Square / 16:00
Grace Carter / Sallis Benney / 21:30
Underwater Boys / Patterns Upstairs / 22:00

Friday:
Grace Carter / Beach Club / 18:00
Fine Creatures / The Hope & Ruin / 20:45
Underwater Boys / Green Door Store / 21:15
Maisie Peters / Unitarian Church / 21:30

Saturday:
Breathe Panel / One Church / 14:15
White Room / Prince Albert / 14:40
Fur / Beach Club / 17:30
Demob Happy / Beach Club / 18:30
Gender Roles / Sticky Mike’s / 19:30
La Lune / Jubilee Square / 20:00
AKDK / The Arch / 20:00
Hungry Joe / Green Door Store / 20:15
The Magic Gang / Beach Club / 20:30
The Go! Team / Beach Club / 21:45
Scuffle / Latest / 21:45
Lucy Barat / Hope & Ruin / 22:45

Alt Escape gigs (at least the ones that we know about):
Thursday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1453689638069309/
https://www.facebook.com/events/864800190389318/
https://www.facebook.com/events/169609673727417/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1683189081723972/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1774018765951577/
https://www.facebook.com/events/155049268380059/
https://www.facebook.com/events/198659490741798/
https://www.facebook.com/events/794408047411431/
https://www.facebook.com/events/235263460383150/
https://www.facebook.com/events/202842330341062/
https://www.facebook.com/events/157498285090881/

Friday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/107050373462966/
https://www.facebook.com/events/131305364303885/
https://www.facebook.com/events/223989338152717/
https://www.facebook.com/events/613313565667774/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1777660202290696/
https://www.facebook.com/events/619373178396301/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1950840015211848/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1559882837414455/
https://www.facebook.com/events/751647691709071/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1667837779944366/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2117646471788950/
https://www.facebook.com/events/220473228722787/
https://www.facebook.com/events/438926903216057/
https://www.facebook.com/events/166237770717915/

Saturday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825025127802591/
https://www.facebook.com/events/229731457585767/
https://www.facebook.com/events/386368818502955/
https://www.facebook.com/events/121302828733190/
https://www.facebook.com/events/788538448002393/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197506027642482/
https://www.facebook.com/events/225476091341229/
https://www.facebook.com/events/245452679361458/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197414127679007/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679538698805868/
https://www.facebook.com/events/185092965633332/
https://www.facebook.com/events/344476772739657/
https://www.facebook.com/events/182392552483349/