Is Gid Sedgwick the UK’s Best Emerging Artist of 2018?

“Completely addictive from first listen, it’s a dollop of outlandish, blurred-barrier pop, akin to early 1975 or even MGMT’s first album”. Clash

Gid Sedgwick has already featured on BBC Introducing and has received rave reviews from both Clash and EQ Music, so we’re assuming there’s no smoke without fire. Like vultures round a carcass, the signs of the indie press frantically gathering around a new act is as good a barometer of the musical climate as you can get. So what exactly is going on?

Gid is a UK-based singer-songwriter who is nearer to a one-man band than a gloomy strummer of a guitar, with a sound that picks up from 1975 and Goldfinger. The future, it seems, is trippy, gritty and catchy and shows UK indie as a cutting-edge force in a way that has been absent for years. Check out the video to his debut single, Ochos, here:

Website: http://hyperurl.co/mgodbe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GidSedgwickMusic/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GidSedgwick

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/gid.sedgwick/   

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Broken Islands Instigate WARS

From the rainy remoteness of Vancouver come Broken Islands, who combine the ruggedness and starkness of their surroundings with an intensity and burning rage which results in one of the most arresting debuts in the last twelve months.

Lead track, “No-one Left to Kill” perfectly encapsulates the blitzkreig of their sound: from the innocuous spiky keys of the introduction; to the fuzzy burr of the churning guitar to singer; to Rachelle Boily’s primal cries, it’s the kind of track which feels like you’ve been lured in and then violently ambushed. The slow build (the introduction is a full minute, offering no suggestions of malice) but by the time the thick end of 4 minutes is up, you feel like you’re watching a collapsing ice shelf crash into an ocean of blood. It’s fascinating, awe-inspiring but ultimately slightly frightening…this is a good thing.

Anyone can write a love song. There can scarcely be a lazier concept, mired by even lazier tropes and lazier audiences lapping it  up. To write something which causes alarm, intrigue and concern is a tremendous thing – to use sound in whatever form to conjure up such unique feelings is a true skill. Broken Islands, with one track alone, can remind you what music can be and what power it holds. You can explore the album for further  enlightenment for yourselves – no spoilers.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-475951978/sets/wars

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gpCj0xQj8BwdG3uXPUJRr

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEJQKLM-qaFjTvMXxUMkWg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrokenislands/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/broken_islands

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/_thebrokenislands_/

Website: http://www.thebrokenislands.com/

Nej!Las – The Easy Way into Techno

We’ll be the first to admit we won’t win any pub quizzes on the subject of techno music, but we reckon this is excellent stuff. Forget your impenetrable swampy beats all merging into one at a club on a Saturday night, this is far nearer to Hans Zimmer’s scores and moody, atmospheric driving music. Though still a somewhat shadowy figure, Nej!Las is also the founder of a charity which has seen millions of pounds raised for children around the world, so we think this is worth a few minutes of your time even more than usual. Give it a spin, you might surprise yourselves.

http://nejlas.com

Video: ‘Go Your Way’ by Voldo Blanka

Canadian electronic artist Voldo Blanka is here with his latest single ‘Go Your Way’ and the beautifully shot accompanying video. Having formally been part of blues rock band Head of the Herd, Voldo, otherwise known as Neu, is taking a detour into the world of electronic music which he clearly has a knack for!

Check out more on Voldo Blanka here:

Links:

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

 

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1249391410?ls=1&app=itunes

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1249391410

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2MvcF5DBabvLO0VE1EFduG

Album Review: ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’ by The Moonlandingz

When I first heard Fat White Family’s debut album Champagne Holocaust, four years ago, I knew that I was listening to the most important band of that time. Heavily influenced by The Fall and The Country Teasers – the Fat Whites created an album, that certainly lyrically, was much more interesting than anything else at the time.

As well as the electric live shows, the band’s follow up: ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ cemented their status as the most interesting band in the UK. So when I discovered the songwriting partnership of the South London band, singer Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski, had begun a side project, I was eager to find out what other musical interests they were influenced by.

Saoudi, who adopts the alter ego of fictional narcissist Jonny Rocket on the album, and Adamczewski, have teamed up with Sheffield electro-duo, Eccentronic Research Council, to create The Moonlandingz’ synth-pop driven debut album Interplanetary Class Classics. The album also features Yoko Ono, whose son and friend of the band, Sean, deploys psychedelic guitar on the track ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’. Rebecca Taylor of Snow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor and Randy Jones, the cowboy from The Village People, complete the line-up.

The album opener ‘Vessels’ begins with heavy drumming and Saoudi’s low vocals drenched with fuzzy guitar that eventually leads to the front-man returning to the voice that served him so well on Fat Whites’ debut in the chorus. Like ‘Vessels’, tracks such as ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’ and ‘Black Hanz’ are undeniably catchy pop tunes, where the lyrics apply the same sinister, ironic outlook Saoudi has used many times. For example, in ‘I.D.S’, written about everyone’s favourite bastard Iain Duncan Smith, Saoudi expresses his displeasure at Duncan’s policies, singing: “40,000 years of job club.”

Saoudi channels his inner Lou Reed on the album’s best track, ‘The Strangle Of Anna’, paying homage to Reed’s New York band with they lyric: “I made you listen to Sunday morning, you spit it out across the parquet flooring.” The song also has elements of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, with Rebecca Taylor’s impressive PJ Harvey-like vocals. The Moonlandingz wrap it up with Yoko Ono wailing on the electronically-led ‘The Cities Undone’, which also features The Human League’s Phil Oakey.

This album, musically, doesn’t offer anything too original, but nothing does these days, it seems fairly impossible. But in an era where most popular music makes me want to die, it’s refreshing to see the likes of Saoudi not pretending to be a wild original or taking himself too seriously. And much like the Fat Whites, The Moonlandingz’ debut is lyrically, heads and shoulders above the majority of the landfill-indie that occupies popular guitar music today.

Joe Forte

Atticus emerges from the underground with ‘These Walls’

Emerging into the fray of contemporary electronic music is singer-songwriter, Atticus. With a powerful electronic sound, combined with an indie aesthetic, Atticus seems to already have cracked the recipe for modern music that breaks boundaries and offers something just a little different.

Over his career as a musician, Atticus has played around with a number of genres but has found a home for his raspy, yet enticing vocals in the electronic category.

The new single ‘These Walls’ is a track that breaks out, both sonically and metaphorically from anything you’ve heard before, blending an ambient James Blake like atmosphere with swelling bass lines and evocative, jarring beats.

After unfortunately losing his Mother at the tender age of 16, Atticus is a songwriter who channels his emotions into his music and the result is a form of intriguing music with a meaningful background too.

‘These Walls’ is out for release 24th March 2017.

Find out more on Atticus here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/officialatticus

https://www.facebook.com/officialATTICUS

The New Album ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ by Marilyn Carino

Marilyn Carino is an experienced artist who has collaborated and shared stages with a number of notable musicians including Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands), Black Star, David Byrne and renowned producers Sly and Robbie, but she has recently released her second solo album that truly displays her quality as an experimental musician.

Having released her debut record, Little Genius, in 2011, Carino has developed her sound further encapsulating dynamic electronic vibes with hints of many other genres which only add to the experimentation. Leaves, Sadness, Science fuses elements of hip-hop and soul with Marilyn’s signature vocals, making for a potent combination, unheard of anywhere else.

Marilyn played every role in the creation of the new album, writing, recording and mastering it all to her high production standards. The outcome is a collection spacey and moody grooves, driven by synths and complex beats, covering topics as varied as sex and radical self-expression.

Carino was also the founder of vintage-electro group, Mudville, who won best song at the 2008 Independent Music Awards. From this experience, Marilyn has become a supremely talented musician with endless ideas and ambition that makes her music stand out from the crowd.

Find out more on Marilyn Carino here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/marilyncarinomusic

https://www.twitter.com/marilyncarino

https://www.youtube.com/marilyncarino

http://www.marilyncarino.com