Artists at a glance
B OF BRIZ
DISCO IN SOCHI
Good day all, from a fine Autumnal morning in Belfast. I’m feeling rather lucky today to have such a great range of tunes to review. It can be a daunting task but always helps when the artists keep bringing us tracks of such high quality. I have my trusty cuppa in hand so time to crack on!
ALEX HITCHCOCK, ANT LAW & ERIC HARLAND – Haven’t Meta Yet
It’s perhaps no secret to some that I tend to struggle a little with Jazz as a genre. What surprised me with this track, is that on my first listen from the main inbox I picked it out straight away, and I have become quite smitten with it. I love the arrangement and playfulness of the saxophone and drums. I think I’m on my fourteenth listen and still smiling! Am I coming round to Jazz?! Watch this space…
Haven’t Meta Yet is a collaboration featuring Ant Law (guitar), Alex Hitchcock (sax) and Eric Harland (drums) and it’s taken from Ant Law and Alex Hitchcock’s upcoming album Same Moon In The Same World. From what I see on Bandcamp the album features a range of interesting collaborators and it’s available to pre-order now and to celebrate the release of the album there is a live performance from the Ant Law/Alex Hitchcock Quartet featuring Jeff Ballard in Band On The Wall on the 6th December. You know what to do, people!
ALIEN CHICKS – Woodlouse
Alien Chicks are a Brixton based, post-punk power trio: Joe (vocals & guitar), Martha (drums) and Stefan (vocals & bass). Their music touches on a whole mix of genres including jazz, rap, and math rock. They take influence from the likes of Black Midi, A Tribe Called Quest and Denzel Curry.
Woodlouse is right up my angry street, the track switches between dark vocals to a more melodic sound throughout and I love the juxtaposition, it suits the subject matter of the song perfectly. If you like energetic and sophisticated music, this is the band for you.
If you want to catch them live you can do so at The Grace (London) Oct 13th and Rainbow Venues (Birmingham) Oct 22nd. I get the feeling they aren’t a band to be missed if you’re in the vicinity.
B OF BRIZ – Nineties Girl (ft Rachel Maxann)
B of Briz is a Bristol based rapper and producer who delivers “philosophically inclined rap to you from the future for all womankind and our allies to enjoy with our ears, minds and bodies.” She has teamed up on Nineties Girl with Memphis, Tennesee-based vocalist Rachel Maxann.
Nineties Girl gives me all the nostalgic feels because I was one! It’s a homage to the likes of Neneh Cherry, Alanis Morissette and Sophie B Hawkins, to name just a few, and our connection to women in music. B of Briz says: “It’s about having the world at your feet, and not being ready, physically or emotionally to step out into it but wanting to anyway.”
It’s a clever track and Rachel brings an earthiness and warmth to it that makes it all the more endearing. Sublime stuff.
DISCO IN SOCHI – Shake!
Liverpool-based Disco In Sochi are a collective made up of Alex Allen (writer, player, singer) and Rory Ballantyne (producer), self-described as “A heavy, alternative pop outfit which meets to the likes of Chk Chk Chk & Jack White.”
Shake is definitely a hip shaker! It’s as fun as it is infectious and I’m LOVING it! Poppy synths along with experimental percussion and a sexy vocal to boot. For me it’s reminiscent of the jangly magic of Snapped Ankles, which can only be a good thing.
Disco In Sochi have gained support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Radio WigWam. I’ll be keeping my beady eyes on what the future holds for these guys as well as singing Shake for the rest of today!
GABRIEL MORENO – Dreams Of The Poor
Gabriel Moreno is a London-based poet and singer/songwriter. He is also the Cultural Ambassador of Gibraltar of 2022. Think “alternative folk with a Mediterranean touch.” Dreams Of The Poor brings me back down to earth with its highly topical theme and melancholic tone. A sad and poignant song reminding us of the ever increasing issues of injustice, inequality and a very broken system. We all know, right?!
Gabriel has had support from BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, who describes him as “an offshoot of Leonard Cohen and Neil Diamond.” High praise indeed.
GEMMA ROGERS – First World Problems
First World Problems comes from London-based musician, Gemma Rogers’ debut album, No Place Like Home.
Described on Bandcamp as: “A witty raconteur, a strange and compelling presence in England’s visionary avant-garde,” Gemma uses humour, romance, heartache and social commentary to bring us her ultra quirky sound. First World Problems is the little kick up the bum we need sometimes! It’s especially apparent having listened to it directly after the previous heartbreaking song. It has a great hook and a whole lot of sass and I’ll actively make an effort to whine less, for today at least.
If you go to Gemma’s Bandcamp page you’ll not only find some tasty vinyl you can get your mitts on, but you’ll see a picture of her wearing the coolest outfit! Where’d you get that green dress, Gemma? It’s class! Also check her website for a list of upcoming gigs.
INDIFFERENTMONKEY – Filthy Dirty
Well now, with a song title like that you have my attention! Based in Morcambe, Lancashire, Indifferentmonkey started releasing music in September 2021 and say they are heavily influenced by: TripHop, Heavy Rock, Funk, Jazz, Electronic and Pop. I can hear a strong Jungle influence in this track too, which makes me more than happy. Bullish, dirty beats are exactly what I order for most Monday mornings and Filthy Dirty delivers. I was taken with this one on my first listen too, gloriously frantic, much like my life most days. Keep em coming please…
Indifferentmonkey are: Pippa (vocals), Joe Lowe (Instruments, writer, producer) Jack Willan (drums, percussion, bass and guitar) and Brendan Syson (guitar) and they have gained support from BBC Introducing and KCRW in LA.
MONSTER FLORENCE – Borstal
British band Monster Florence consist of: Dream McClean, Wallace Rice and Alex Osiris (vocals) and producers and musicians: Tom Donovan, Cameron Morrell and Jonny Poole. What was meant to be a one off festival performance has turned into a full time project due to their undeniable chemistry on and off stage. Monster Florence manage to twist and defy genres over distinctive beats and raw lyrics.
When I was listening to Borstal last night it caught the attention of my 14 year old son and stopped him in his tracks. He likened the sound to Sampha, who I now have to investigate. The kids know! It’s a brilliant track and if it has the power to grab this old ,44 year old and a young and hip 14 year old you’re doing something right.
NEUTRONIKA – High Time
South Manchester based, Alternative Rock band Neutronika, are: Davvvo, Clive & D Maggie B. Formed in 2019, they started their journey writing, collaborating and playing together. They say their three very different styles merged into one and influences span from the 60s to date.
High Time is a nice indie style love song. What strikes me most about Neutronika is the sophisticated guitar work. You can tell they like branching out and experimenting with different sounds, riffs, licks and basslines. The vocals have a lovely shoe gazey feel that reminds me of a lot of the bands I was listening to in the nineties, but with a more modern edge. I’m very much liking their sound and looking forward to hearing what’s to come from them in the future!
TAPES – OK, Now What?
Tapes are the beautifully harmonious collaboration between Milo Gore and FARE. The Bristol based duo combine Milo’s natural ability for poetic storytelling and FARE’s organic lyricism and melodies.
OK, Now What? is a delightful track to finish up on. I like its soft eccentricity. It feels like an effortless and natural partnership, like it’s meant to be. The harmonies are elegant and charming. I’ve been having a listen to their EP Silly Little Songs, and it’s a delight. If you like it mellow, go check it out. Lovely stuff!
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