After the bland, corporate schmoozefest that was The BRITS you’ll be in need of some decent tunes to restore your faith in music. Fear not February’s playlist is here to help you out, and there is no Emeli Sande in sight!
Foals – My Number
Now unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island for the past month there are two things you won’t know about 1. Your lasagne has Shergar in it and 2. Foals released their mighty 3rd album Holy Fire, this is the lead single from it. If you’ve not already got the album you need to go out and get it now! Just in case you need any more convincing read the full album review here.
Cold Fields – Never Get Back
Birmingham outfit Cold Fields recently found their way to me with this cracking little track. Melancholy and melodic in equal measures with a laid back groove and vocals delivered in an early Streets style.
The Ninth Watch – Forever’s A Long Time
Manchester outfit The Ninth Watch have been making waves in the blogging community recently with their brand of classic Manchester indie, the track Concrete Boots was included on the great Indievidual, Vol. 2 compilation which showcases the best in unsigned music. Look out for an Introducing….. The Ninth Watch feature coming soon on a little bit louder.
Davis Fetter – Born
This is the latest single from LA based singer/songwriter Davis Fetter and what a little gem it is! A cool 60’s infused rock and roll vide along the lines of Miles Kane.
Findlay – You Gave Me Grace
Natalie Findlay hails from Manchester and is currently based in London, she has been on tour with Jake Bugg and is currently supporting The Courteeners. This track also featured on XFM’s Great X-Pectations of 2013.
No One Sun – You’ve Changed Your Mind Again
This is a track I stumbled upon by complete accident but I’m so glad I did. I know very little about the band, I believe they’re from Manchester and have recently released an album All We Rely On Is Stolen. A powerful, driving indie track with some great harmonies and melodic guitar work.
Firesuite – Red World
This is the title track lifted from the Sheffield based band’s recently released EP. Combining sweet sounding melodies with moments of white noise over which some great boy/girl harmonies are laid.
Kill For Company – Alternative To Living
This is something a little bit different, Manchester outfit Kill For Company are a duo of drums and a specially modified guitar which has the low-end strings replaced by bass strings and cross-channelled through a lead and bass amplifier! This is from the bands 2nd EP which is set for release in April and has already become a favourite on BBC Introducing Manchester.
Ballerina Black – Birth Of A Felony
Crossing back to LA again (I wish I was!) for this track from Ballerina Black. It’s got a dark new wave feel to it, the rhythm section drives the track over which a haunting melody plays out.
Ben McEwan – Smile
Time to chill things out a bit for the final playlist track, yet another Manchester based connection this time with Ben McEwan and the folk tinged Smile. Another artist I don’t know too much more about but I’m hoping to find out more, so stay posted!