This is hands down my favourite songs of the year so far this year. And I keep going on about the video so I guess that must be pretty good as well. I mean birds in Dodgems. If that wasn’t what the worryingly over used LOL was actually invented for then I don’t know what was. Drew.
Portugal’s Youthless return with a free download of ‘Good Hunters’, their break-up song. As warm, caring and snappy as their UK debut ‘Golden Age’, ‘Good Hunters’ is based on an old adage: leaving the one you love while loving the one you leave. ‘Good Hunters’ comes a brand new video, which brings the song to life with a guest appearance from the world’s favourite small blue fictional creatures, The Smurfs.
FREE DOWNLOAD available now:Youthless - Good Hunters by clubthemammoth
Youthless are Alex Klimovitsky (vocals, drums, keyboard) and Sebastiano Ferranti (bass), originally from New York and London. The duo’s refreshingly direct songs have already caught the attention of NME, Drowned in Sound and CMU, and the A New Band A Day blog went so far as to name Youthless its favourite band of 2010.
This latest cut is the original demo of ‘Good Hunters’ - fresh, lithe and full-to-bursting all at once. A studio version was recorded for the Portuguese label Enchufada and produced by ambassadors of the vibrant Angolan dance genre kuduro, Buraka Som Sistema. The studio version of ‘Good Hunters’ soared to number four on the Portuguese MTV charts. The free mp3 we have hear is altogether rougher sounding, and a great insight into Alex and Sebastiano’s minds at work.
The demo version was recorded in a basement in Lisbon on an old Akai 4-track, and completed in a bedroom in west village of New York. “We mess around with whatever old and weird stuff we have in whatever practice room we’re in,” says Sebastiano. It’s such that the main hook - which sounds like a dirty synth - is actually a classic guitar played through an oddball array of distortion pedals.
“I wrote the lyrics a few hours before we recorded them, on the subway from my ex-girlfriend’s apartment,” Alex explains. The lyrics describe a relationship from infant beginnings to its inevitable end, comparing two lovers to prehistoric hunter-gatherers of affection and security who eventually choose to follow different roads when their emotional sustenance has run out.
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Influenced by the early spring sunshine this mix brings together some of the fresh sounds this year feat feat (The Kills, Metronomy, Lykke Li, Alpines, Young Galaxy) and includes new releases, remixes, plus breaking artists as we head towards the British summer.
Misfit Sugar released 11th April 2011.
FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW, as well as remixes of the last single ‘Pristine/ Plastic 16’ from O.Children and Tellison, which is available on 7” vinyl and digital download nationally. Official video and remix from Ulterior to come.
Misfit Sugar by islingtonboysclub
‘first rate song craft, distinctive vocals and an enthralling live show’ Total Guitar
‘like Mata Hari on meth as their atmospheric riffs tumble between droney, Doors-lite introspection and stabbing, jagged pop’ Disorder
‘causing a hoo-ha on the ever allied fashion and music scene’ i-D Magazine
‘totally terrific’ Artrocker
‘one of our tips for 2011… the sort of musical hybrid that might emerge should Bauhaus, Siouxsie and Bowie become trapped in Andre Delambre’s matter transporter.’ Von Pip Musical Express
Hard to categorise, North London post punk four-piece Islington Boys’ Club occupy their own territory between innovative and dark yet uplifting pop music. They’ve been acquiring quite a reputation from their performances on the live scene, akin to a force of nature, with mesmeric front man Lovelee taking the lead. Mix that with thunderous tribal drumming and layered swirling guitars and Islington Boys’ Club have a sound and sense of doomed glamour that makes them stand out from the bland indie brigade by numbers.
Having recently toured the UK with Ulterior, whose remix of ‘Misfit Sugar’ is included as a free download as part of the release, they have also shared stages with the likes of O.Children and Dark Horses.
Written, performed, recorded and produced by the band: Andy Lovelee, Daniel Silvester Taylor-Lind, Drew Kennedy, Ed Pearson, in their rehearsal space, a converted church in North London it was mixed by James Aparicio (Grinderman, Liars, Spirtualized, These New Puritans) at Error Room 2.
For more music and all the live dates please see: www.islingtonboysclub.com
Oxford’s unique and eclectically dynamic indie quintet are releasing their new single ‘A Stutter and a Start’ on April the 11th, and have come up with a novel way to thank fans for their continuing loyal support in the process…
Having gained thousands of new listeners and critical acclaim from those impressed with both the musical structure and lyrical detail contained within their last free ‘mega-single’ (a free 14 minute concept song inspired by Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ theory of the Grief Cycle), Spring Offensive are now keen to share their latest project with the world. Their jerky and jingly new single is told from the point of view of someone spending hours freezing in a car on the side of the road, making excuses rather than facing confrontation with a lover waiting alone in a restaurant. The band state “It is about breakdown in every sense of the word: communication, the car and the relationship. But we try and make it sound triumphant, rather than the cowardly act that it actually is.”
Spring Offensive are thanking those who chose to donate a more-than-generous amount for their acoustic EP ‘Between Me & You’ (which was strictly only available for just one week in February), by publishing their full names on the physical artwork of the new single- which is also supported by the equally absorbing B-side ‘The Well’ and previously released favourite ‘Abacus Rex’, as remixed by fellow Oxford group Gunning For Tamar.
In addition to their displayed gratitude to their most devoted fans on the single’s artwork, those who buy a physical copy will discover the packaging in the form of a black & white booklet- even complete with colouring-in pencils to customise themselves! How very nice…
Check out the video below and come and see them play for us on 2nd June at The Old Queens Head.
Cheeky little radio rip of new music from Kode9. It’s been a while for the Hyperdub boss but great to hear some new stuff and it just continues the trend of great releases by the label. Don’t know if anyone’s seen the new Burial that’s about but again that’s seriously good…
‘Audio Video/ The Flowers That Fell’ AA single released 2nd May 2011.
Detachments are a London based troupe (led by singer/songwriter Bastien Marshal) that have caused waves of excitement on the more discerning dancefloors and clubs over the past two years with singles such as “Circles” “H.A.L.” and “Holiday Romance” not least thanks to collaborations with PItchfork favourites Salem, Tim Goldsworthy (DFA), Andrew Weatherall and Trevor Jackson (Playgroup / Output).
Their intriguingly noirish take on synth pop and post punk that was shown on the early singles has been fully developed into an 11 track debut album thanks to the involvement of vintage synth geek James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco).
Spanning eleven tracks that reference Minimal Wave, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and 80s UK synth acts such as Fad Gadget and Cabaret Voltaire, their eponymous album is shot through with existential undertones, disenchantment with contemporary systems, fucked up romance and a smidgen of black humour….
Detachments - Audio Video / The Flowers That Fell 2011 by ThisisnotanexitRecords
Since the 1970s the number of people living alone, whether by choice or not, has nearly doubled. Whilst many see this as a reflection of an alienated society and turn in horror from the idea of us living out our lives cocooned from each other, for many the reality is far from bleak and the home has truly become a refuge where entertainment, games, films, music or TV can be piped in on 24/7 and the internet has caused a sense of loneliness through global connection. The song is also an ode to the enduring medium of radio and the sense of company that it can provide listeners with.
Celebrating this splendid isolation and the very devices that allow us to fill our lives with sound and vision is ‘Audio/Video’, the new single from Detachments and the first since the release of the band’s debut self titled album. From the icy snap of the drum machine’s snare through to the layers of Steel City synths ‘Audio/Video’ is an electronic hymn to the joy of technology and more than that a wonderfully eccentric pop song.
The single’s AA side ‘The Flowers That Fell’ has a more definitive pop-edge to it, with its irresistible, chiming mid 80’s indie guitar melody, punchy Smiths-esque bass line and tight DFA sounding drums, all combining to glorious effect, creating an enticing paean to bittersweet romance. Melancholy has always served pop - and Detachments – well, and this is clearly evident here.
AFTERLIFE by japayork
Check out Japayork’s latest song above and come and see him play live, for the first time in ages at The Queen of Hoxton on 28th April, where they’re supported by 1914s, Moscow Youth Cult and Halls, see the fb page for all the links.