It’s been a busy month on a little bit louder, lots of gigs and plenty of new music, just the way I like it!
There’s so much talent out there at the moment just waiting to be discovered, all you need to do is swerve away from the corporate clique of Radio and TV, do a little digging and unearth some hidden gems! So lets take a look at this month’s gems:
Orphan Boy – Some Frontier
Caught these guys at The Ruby Lounge a couple of weeks ago and was blown away by them. They’ve been around for a while now, having released two albums, hopefully this year will see them get the success they deserve. This was the track they finished with at The Ruby Lounge, provoking a mass stage invasion by the crowd!
Gary Clark Jr. – Don’t Owe You A Thing
This guy makes Jake Bugg look like James Blunt, putting his own spin on the blues with elements of jazz, soul, country and hip-hop. He’s been making big noises in the US and has now started getting recognition over here with support from Eric Clapton.
Cold Fields – Egg Shells
No apologies for featuring Cold Fields again this month, another great track from the Birmingham outfit. So simple it’s beautiful, a groove, a guitar and a brilliant vocal.
No One Sun – Home
Final track from the awesome album All We Rely On Is Stolen by No One Sun. If you like your music heartfelt, soaring and melodic then this for you.
Beats & Cheats – Bottle Of Wine
Don’t know too much about this Manchester band but heard good things about their recent gig at Dry Bar and judging by this song they’ve got real potential. A melancholy and introspective feel to this track built around a simple acoustic hook, an early REM vibe perhaps?
Vodsel – Neon Euphoria
Will the return of Depeche Mode herald a synth music revival? Well I’m sure this post-punk/synth duo from the North West hope so, having just released their debut album of brooding synths and schizophrenic vocals. This is a track taken from the album which is available now from their website
ArtClassSink – Time To Go (Before The Rivalry)
A band that recently came onto my radar from Oxford, which will inevitably, relevantly and justifiably draw comparisons to Foals. A tune full of melody, harmony and energy that you can’t help but get caught up in.
The Fireflys – Julianne
This Runcorn based band have been around for a while in different guises releasing material with varying degrees of success but now have a settled line-up and a cracking tune in Julianne. A simple but effective track that has all the right elements to stick in your head for a long time.
Proud Honey – I Still Remember
Glasgow’s Proud Honey are full of energy and attitude perfectly summed up in this track I Still Remember. The driving rhythm, angular guitar and powerful vocal make for a heady cocktail.
Lulu James – Closer
Remember when dance music used to sound cool and contemporary with a great vocal like Everything But The Girl and Inner City. Well this is in that vain; cool, laid back electro beats and a great vocal. This track is released 7th April.