Alberteen have arrived at an opportune time to provide perspective and celebrate the south east’s “landscape, history and cultural heritage” on their second album ‘Miss World’. Indeed, preview single ‘A French Connection’ is actually inspired by these counties’ links to Europe, taking in the channel tunnel, an alternative Miss World contest, a Parisian love affair and even Derek Jarman along its merry way.Read More
Fantastically upbeat and dance-in-your-bedroom fun, this single highlights a lighter, poppier side to the band. Expect the self-titled new album, out on 18 May, to be a party-inducing splatter of cartoony-punk, eclectic electronics and some sweet pop vibes.Read More
Check these exclusive shots from the recent show at The Finsbury by the impressive Moon, who went into interstellar overdrive during a set that managed to encompass elements of Floyd, The Mars Volta, Hawkwind and Rage Against The Machine. The band's new self-titled EP has just been launched, tune in and take off below...Read More
You’d have to be a hardened popophobe to find nothing appealing about David Ward’s debut, for the Canuck crooner’s magpie-like musical instincts have resulted in him dabbling in a raft of celebrated styles and mastering many of them. From the sinister fairy-tale waltz of ‘Ghost in the Woods’ and the sparse Portishead-esque canvas of ‘Lost’ (literal trip-hop; listen to that stumbling beat), to the shiny, happy, supercheesed disco of the title track and ‘Fly’s woofer-whuppin’, dirty dancefloor throb, Ward comes over as part indie-introvert, part crotch-grabbing lothario. But ain’t we all. The adhesive to this unlikely assemblage is his opulent soulful vocal, a larynx to conquer all variables, sometimes recalling the ethereal fragility of fellow countryman Partick Watson, sometimes a Pharrell were he ever prone to self-doubt. The flipside to this mash-up is that even the most broad-minded music fan might struggle to find the entire package satisfying – everyone will have their favourites. Ours is the opener, ‘Slowly Through The Night’, whose snaking electro bassline introduces some epic, near proggy guitars and keys, and finds Ward gliding from pained, sweet falsetto to sullen rap. Take a listen below, it may not be representative of the whole album, but you’d be hard pushed to find one track on ‘Golden Future Time’ that is.
Golden Future Time is out now on Golden Future Recordings
Swollen with sonic exploration, Michael A Grammar’s ‘Random Vision’ might be projected through a vaguely baggy, psych-rock prism, but its caution-to-the-wind approach makes for a refreshingly genre-bending whole. Blasting off, the bombastic ‘The Day I Come Alive’ recalls heady Madchester euphoria, its Messianic complex not diminished by the opening ‘I’ve been searching for Jesus’ line, and a massive sky-kissing chorus more exaltation of praise than hooky one-liner. It’s an anthem grounded by a supercool shuffle from a rhythm section who also show funky form over the closing bars of ‘Suzanna’, which unpromisingly kicks off like INXS fronted by an Elvis impersonator, but takes a radical turn when a serrated guitar riff sparks like a jump-lead, hot-wiring the track into life. ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ is heavy-duty psych, evoking a reined-in Tame Impala herded on by another fearsome riff, this one chopped out in a stacatto rush as if the guitarist is clasping powder-flecked plastic rather than a plectrum. Threatening to climax in a cacophony of power chords, instead the tune drops easier than Luis Suarez and fades on a cushion of dreamy arpeggios. This predilection for the unpredictable peaks on the EP’s closing number – ‘The Way You Move’ has a driving root-note intro, suggesting a Doves-style pop epic, before it segues into a kind of grungy bossanova, a Bond theme made all the more surreal by the return of those pub singer vocals; the mumbling melody juxtaposed with spectacular fretwork. Even the extended outro is more enervating than indulgent, evidence of a band enthused by the scope of their dexterity. There’s the occasional dizzy spell in Michael A Grammar’s Random Vision, but the overall expressiveness and excitement of this EP are as clear as day.
Random Vision is released on 27 January on Melodic.
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Oasis is the first single to be taken from Alphines highly anticipated debut album. Oasis will also be the tile of the album. It's great to see Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews back in such fine form.
Oasis is set for release on March 3rd via Untrue Records and if you want to catch them live they will be playing at The Basement on Thursday 27th February in London
'Chez Folie' is the addictive new track by Folie Ordinaire, taken from their second EP. Infused with a new-wave disco beat, the bassline, synth, guitar hook and falsetto vocals defy you not to dance. Treading the line between electro, rock and pop punk, there's a hint of The Cure about them (as well as an affinity with the likes of MGMT), and a similar sexy abandonment. The video follows suit, dripping with sequins, disco balls and glitter. But what shines the most is their energy, led by frontman Antoine, which spreads across the dance floor and out of the speakers. It's a great advert for their live shows, and a sign that these lot are more than just festival scenesters, where they've been making a name for themselves since 2010. And if you don't want the party to stop, the remix by Robin Twelftree takes the track into the realms of clubland, driven by the distinctive beat and manipulated vocals. This is an infectious tune that's difficult to shake; trust us, you'll be singing it to yourself later.
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Bad Life Records are being extra nice and have decided to giveaway loads of tracks! In their own words below
Featuring Petite Noir, Fé, D/R/U/G/S, Qtier, Astro Zu, Arnaud Rebotini and Attaque - Click for the download
"3 years in, and we've still clearly not quite got this record label lark. As to celebrate our 3rd Birthday this week, we've decided to give all our favourite releases of 2013 away completely for free. Featuring music from Petite Noir, Fé, Astro Zu, Qtier, D/R/U/G/S, Blatta & Inesha, Arnaud Rebotini, Mason and Symmetry, it's a chronicle of our best, most eclectic year yet.
Moreover, to show that our love for our dance floor roots is as strong as ever, our new bright hopes of techno Raving George, Symmetry and Henzel and Disco Nova have served up three killer mixtapes to fill those transitional hours until 2014.
Love to everyone who bought a track, went to a show, wrote a blog, danced at a party or felt something when our records played"
Plank – Aphidelity
If John Carpenter had commissioned A Certain Ratio to perform his score to an early Eighties sci-fi flick, the result may have sounded something like Plank’s instrumental new single, ‘Aphidelity’ - all oscillating loops, clumping bass, casually paced four-to-the-floor disco beats and astral synth runs. The Manchester band’s joyous outpouring of loosely funky futurism, taken from their upcoming second album, is wilfully cinematic, so clamp on those headphones, close your eyes and cast yourself as the lead battling intergalactic ne’er-do-wells in the Big Apple or saving humankind on the streets of San Francisco. You’ll be sporting wide collars, aviators and platforms as you do so, mind, but I guess that has a certain hipster cachet…
Aphidelity is out on Akoustik Anarkhy Recordings now
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Fast gaining a reputation as a rising electronic star, Turtle, aka Jon Cooper, has released his debut EP, 'Who Knows', and it’s an expertly executed medley. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Radiohead and contemporaries Jon Hopkins and SOHN, Turtle has forged his own minimalist, layered landscape here. The title track encompasses stunning synths and a slow beat that builds through a piano crescendo, and is addictive listening. The accompanying video, produced by Simone Smith, captures the dreamy trip-hop nature of the track, with a series of disparate flashing images that gradually connect, creating a haunting nostalgia mimicking Cooper's lyrics. The rest of the EP continues in the same vein, with ‘Compartmentalisation’s more uplifting guitar glitches, and some breathy, manipulated vocals and driving, heavy bass on ‘Opposite of Low’. It’s the first release from new label Beatnik Creative, and these guys are on to something pretty special. And just in time for Christmas, the EP is available on limited edition 12" white vinyl. Festive.
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'You Are Everywhere' features vocals from Rebecca Rivers (her debut release). The track is available to buy digitally via Bad Life and will be followed by an EP, which will be dropping before the end of November.
A potent attention-grabber ahead of the band’s debut album, ‘This Haze’ is evidence of Manchester quartet Patterns’ drowned-in-sound approach. Trembling guitar arpeggios ring out from great washes of feedback and keyboard sustain, bolstered by pounding tribal toms. Blissed-out vocals deliver a final layer of irregular melody, the lyrical unintelligibility just adding to the hallucinatory whole. As if Bloc Party dropped acid at a Baggy revue and cranked up the fuzzbox, ‘This Haze’ is more intriguing soundscape than instant smash, but is certainly satisfying enough to flag up that January album as one of 2014’s early essentials.
Patterns’ Waking Lines (Melodic Records) is out on 6 January
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I can't really give you any info on the band as they are so new and fresh. This track is a blinder Please do share this with your friends. Lets just hope they come over soon to the UK from the states. We at Lost in The Manor would love to house Nuns for a show!
Mysterious Paris based trio Tristesse Contemporaine are set to release their 2nd full length ‘Stay Golden’ on 25th November through Record Makers. It follows the release of the ‘Woodwork,’ EP, which marked the start of their collaboration with the label, also home to Kavinsky, Sebastien Tellier and Hynolove amongst others. Inspired by the ghosts of shoegaze, krautrock and Madchester, the album was produced by the band themselves and continues their quest to soundtrack an era lost to the night.
Made up of Japanese ex-punk singer Narumi, Swedish hockey player turned guitarist Leo and Maik, a British hip-hop fan known for his role as the lead singer of Earthling, Tristesse Contemporaine embodies the concept of a melting pot. Their unique blend of brooding indie and minimal electro pop is equally diverse, effortlessly combining sparse dance beats with bouncy bass lines and providing a fitting backdrop for the more ethereal elements of the new album.
From the uplifting pop of album opener ‘Fire’, abrasive rock of ‘I Do What I Want’ and precise house sounds of ‘Going Out,’ ‘Stay Golden’ straddles a plethora of genres whilst maintaining a signature sound that is undoubtedly their own. It can also be considered as a collection of poetry dedicated to eternal youth.
‘Stay Golden’ is set for release on 25th November through Record Makers. The eye-catching album artwork was designed by Elisabeth Arkhipoff from an illustration by Guy Peelaert.
1 – Fire 2 – Stay Golden 3 – Waiting 4 – Going Out 5 – I Do What I Want 6 – Can’t Resist 7 – Burning 8 – Pretend 9 – Most Times
Have a listen to Fire, it sounds ace!
Fé announce ‘She Came’, the band’s second single and the follow up to ‘Time’, an inspired debut which caught the attention of BBC 6 Music, The Guardian and reams of flattering blogs. It was a flawless signal of intent from Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, a band we consider to be an extremely significant new discovery.
Fé play London Kings Head Members Club on 23rd & 30th October 2013 Get on the guest list here
Release date: Monday 25th November 2013
‘Long Mind Hotel’ is, without doubt, Jack Cheshire's most accomplished work to date, a real treasure trove, longing to be discovered and its spoils shared.
You can catch Jack and his band live on these dates Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, London. with House of Trees. 09/01/2014 The End Festival, The Pavillion, Crouch End, London. 16/11/2013 The Vortex, Dalston, London. with RM Hubbert. 10/11/2013
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Here is your chance to get a ticket for the official Album Launch of The Bishops at the Sebright Arms for Oct 23rd. We at Lost in The Manor have been working with The Bishops for a few years now and we are so excited for the show. The supports are excellent also and will be The Lazlo Device and The Shallows Tickets are £5 in advance which you can purchase here
If you fancy checking out the facebook event you can see it here
Stream the new album 'All Things Lost' by The Bishops in full
I'm having one of those mornings when my gig bookings don't really go the way I want them to which frustrates my brain... Suddenly you get I an email from a band I've have never heard of before and on a rare morning those bands are a ray of sunshine. That morning was today and the refreshing sounds of Fourth and Folsom flowed into my ears and became an instant booking for January 9th at the Finsbury.
Enjoy their classy track Bloodfire and also stick 9th January at The Finsbury in your diaries.
In their own words: Fourth and Folsom are an original, multi-instrumental London based band influenced by early 'west coast' harmonies and bands such as Crosby, Stills,Nash and Young and Half Moon Run.