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Our Picks of Live Music in Brixton this Week
Misty Miller is a musician from Wimbledon, England. The young songstress has grown enormously since emerging as a sweet-singing ukulele player when her debut album was released in 2011.
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Having left college and discovered her own path, Misty has now returned with her own band (guitarist Jak Payne, drummer Dan Lyons and bassist Jack Everett) and two EPs released in 2013 – Next to You and Girlfriend. Influenced by the local South London music scene in Brixton, she has matured her sound into something she is far more comfortable in. A strong 60s influence is also evident in the raw vocals, edgy guitar licks and varied verse progressions. Citing the likes of Patti Smith, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground in her ‘eclectic’ music taste, this girl goes a long way in capturing the essence of an era of music she adores so much.
This year looks set to be even bigger and better with a the release of her debut album on Sony/Relentless and topping many “Ones To Watch in 2015″ lists.
Trio Kahout are a contemporary piano trio who create music that is both surprising and familiar. Influences from jazz, rock, classical and world music are blended in an evocative, beguiling and powerful mix of moods, grooves and textures.
Fragile, bold, nostalgic and sometimes even humourous. Trio Kahout weave short stories in sound or soundtracks for short imaginary films. Their lyrical styling is both potent and mesmerizing.”
Go and see them at The Cambria – no admittance charge!
Yassassin are a London based four piece rock band, originally formed in 2011. The band’s line-up consists of Gordon Taggart on vocals, Tony Kubik on lead guitar, Jon Clements on bass and Anthony Crockett on drums. Yassassin’s musical roots are firmly seated in rock, combining catchy songs with thunderous power, that are delivered with high intensity and formidable groove.
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Their self produced EP was released in the Summer of 2013, the band have been performing at various venues around London with the plans of a small UK tour on the horizon.
Victoria McCormick, aka the Captain’s Daughter has hit the ground running with her eclectic combination of blues, folk and soul with a very modern twist. Since the Captain’s Daughter herself took on the mantle of her father’s historic legacy in the merchant navy, she has formed an exciting and vibrant collective of fellow musicians and artists.
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They are currently Mark Brown (Phillious), Tim Vogt (Faithless / Dido / The Stranglers) and Ben Floyd (Son Of Buff) in an ongoing series of collaborations based around Victoria’s passion for music and song.
Victoria effectively formed The Captain’s Daughter in the last days of 2013 and has expanded into this collective over the months and weeks, its content assembled over many years, brought to life with the current incarnation back in March of this year to work on the Night Owls ep leading to a weight of dates across the land where her exciting and dramatic performances have turned heads and warmed ears. She brings to her performances a sense of humour along with the serious note of her songs, dealing with real life scenarios but turning them into social prose.
Colour Me Wednesday are a four-piece band who live in Hillingdon, London, UK.
They have been together for about 3 years and have released an EP and a couple of sampler CDs, recording the long-awaited album right now, from home.
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Sam (drums), Jen (vox), Hat (guitar)
The Tuts are a feisty all girl punk band from West London! They have supported Kate Nash on her UK and European tours, played Glastonbury festival, Indietracks Festival and many indie pop and punk shows!
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Self-managed, completely DIY and book all their own shows. They run their own DIY creative collective called ‘Dovetown’ with Colour Me Wednesday and friends.
Unit 137 are a collective of DJs, producers, vocalists, engineers and instrumentalists drawn together by a shared passion of conscious, forward thinking bass music. Based in South-East London, the collective share their own recording studio, record label and sound system.
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The crew boast an arsenal of original productions, exclusive dubs, and forthcoming releases, which combine to create their live show. With experience performing around the UK as well as internationally the team know what it takes to move a dance, and are more than capable of doing so.
Ed West, Galak Spiritual, Ghost Writerz, Hylu, Jago, onlyjoe, Papa B, Sleepy Time Ghost (S.T.G) | Zico
The Unit 137 Sound System is a powerful hand built wooden system, made to their unique specifications in the Stable Audio Workshops. It consist of six 18″ super scoops, two HD 215 kick bins and two DMT 210 tops. They run Matrix amplification to give them the perfect balance of warm, deep bass, and clear and crisp top end, with a well defined mid-range. The complete system has a peak output in excess of 10k watts. It is available for hire in a variety of packages, to cater for medium to large scale events in any venue.
Syncretic means a reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous. This is exactly what the two friends from South London, Paris Tume & Billy Guilfoyle, bring to Syncretic.
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Both DJ’s have different styles when gracing the decks and both coming from two backgrounds of electronic music; but this eclectic fusion delivers something special when these two are behind the decks.
Their productions are no different, as genre holds no boundary for them. All their productions are different in genre and style, as they drive their syncretic eclecticism through the clubs. Their unofficial remix of Jack by Breach has been support by Breach himself, Leftwing and Kody as well as many other top DJs. Their new EP is forthcoming on Recess Recordings.
Syncretic have featured at clubs such as Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Fire, Lightbox and Cable (R.I.P.) as well as being booked for this years We Are FSTVL 2014, securing residencies at London best house events such as Connected and Solid Grooves.
Lone Poets are a 5 piece post punk, indie rock band hailing from Surrey, England. Founded by singer and guitarist Michael Beard, the band consists of Dave Merrick (Guitar), Jim Butler (Keyboard), Jon Hills (Drums) and Harrison Holford (Bass).
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The band began playing live in Greater London and Reading in late 2013, getting their songs “In a Dark Place” and “Only the Good Die Young” played on BBC Introducing in the process.
In March 2014 the band took a break from playing live to start work on their first EP and teamed up with Barny Barnicott to record it at his studio in Kent.
They released their first single “Only The Good” in July and continued to get radio airplay, this time branching to stations in Europe and America as well having a third song “Stay” played on BBC Introducing.
Lone Poets have begun playing gigs in London again to promote their EP, due to release in early 2015.
James Price and Selina Ridgway form the unique DJ and producer talent of Hard Jeli.
Having played between them at venues such as Ideal Weekender, Storm, Xstatic, Shine, Hard Dance Central, Premonition and Deano’s Dirty Disco and Bioshockk, James and Selina have created an original style of tune selection and blend to their Hard Jeli mixes to which the listener can not help but smile, chop or stomp to.
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Expanding their love for Hard House music and further evolving the style set by Hard Jeli, they have also put their blend of Hard House musical taste into creating original tracks. Their debut single ‘One Moment’ (Vicious Circle Recordings) climbed the Toolbox charts to no1, with there second release Slideaway hitting the the number one spot in just over 24 hours.
Ralf GUM is one of the most respected figures in the house music scene for the distinctive qualities in his exceptional productions and DJ-sets. Since Ralf’s DJ career started in 1990 he always stayed true to his passion for cool and diverse house music. Harmony & Soul & Groove are the main ingredients, but just some aspects of Ralf’s typical deep sound. With an instinctive feeling for the right vibe, he has performed all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the America’s.
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In autumn 2008 Ralf toured in South Africa for the first time with great response and was the first German house DJ who was booked in Botswana and Swaziland. In 2012 Ralf finally emigrated from his homeland of Germany to the world’s current hot-bed for Soulful House Music, South Africa.
Ralf GUM is producing music since 1993 and worked with notable artists such as Inaya Day, Beady Belle, Caron Wheeler, Robert Owens, Kenny Bobien, Michael Procter, Wunmi, Concha Buika or the fascinating Monique Bingham. He released on and remixed for top house labels like Mn2S, Papa, Peppermint Jam, Tommy Boy, Compose, Sole Music, Look At You or Defected. His first remix for Defected’s classic record ‘Love is what you need (Look ahead)’ by King Unique instantly went to the 1 position on Traxsource’s download charts in March 2009. Ralf has released numerous well-known songs, amongst them the soulful hit of 2008 “Kissing Strangers” (GOGO Music) featuring Monique Bingham, which was a bestseller in its genre. Thus it scored the number 1 in the “Top 100 Singles 2008” and the “biggest house track 2008” in the annual chart of the ultra-credible Traxsource download-shop. Alone in 2009 Ralf’s works made it 4 times to the top spot in the Traxsource sales chart and he claimed various more Top 10 positions. But his success of course isn’t limited to the Traxsource charts. He had various #1 download-chart positions on Clickgroove, made it to the Top 10 sales of various other download shops and his single “Little W. 12th St.” was amongst the 10 best selling house-songs of the year on the Japanese download-site Wasabeat in 2009. His records are constantly receiving worldwide airplay and can be found in countless playlists of major radio stations including e.g. UK’s “BBC 1”, France’s “Radio FG” or South Africa’s “Metro FM”. Moreover he gained number one positions in the playlists “YFM’s Urban Top 40” or Botswana’s Yarona Mascom Charts where he stayed for instance for 4 weeks with “Complicated feat. Kafele” in May 2010. Further acclaimed hits of Ralf include “All This Love For You” (GOGO Music) featuring Diamondancer, “Ponle Tumbao” (Tommy Boy / Flamingo Discos / Milk & Sugar), “Helena Brown – Canção Dourada” (Peppermint Jam) or „Ralf GUM feat. Concha Buika – Nobody can touch me” (GOGO Music). Ralf GUM’s productions became a worldwide renown trademark in the house scene and UK’S TTR magazine called Ralf “one of Germany’s finest” already in 2005.
But Ralf not only convinces as a producer, but also his DJ-sets have helped him building up his reputation as a forward thinking tastemaker. During his career he had various residencies in South-Germany including the “Airport” (Wuerzburg /Germany), which was the living-room for his interpretation of house for more than 11 years. During more than a decade he captured the crowd with his sessions every Friday night and hosted other worlds-top artists like DJ Gregory, Martin Solveig, Lenny Fontana or Frankie Feliciano, to name just a few. End of 2006 Ralf started his residency at Climax in Stuttgart (Germany), where he can be found regularly since then. From 2002 till 2007 Ralf was holding a bi-weekly event at “Studio-Lounge” (Wuerzburg, Germany) which was called “the deepest and most soulful party of Germany” by the Subculture Magazine. In 2009 Ralf’s tight schedule included 2 extensive South Africa tours and Ralf was invited by DJU and the department of Arts and Culture to conduct various work shops at the Southern African Music conference. In 2010 and 2011 Ralf was selected again as international panellist for the annual Southern African Music Conference where he was teaching about music-production, label business, DJ-ing and more. Nowadays he is frequently found in various South African cities. As a DJ Ralf is steadily travelling and played at some of the best events around the world, including e.g. the “Southport Weekender” (Southport, UK), “Rave on Snow” (Saalbach, Austria), “Nature One” (Germany), “Sundaze” (Jakarta, Indonesia), “Dancevalley” (Amsterdam, Netherlands), “Mo’Vibes” (Munich, Germany) or the “Vodacom Unlimited Festival” (Orlando Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa) which was attended by more than 15000 people. He graced the decks at clubs like “360” (Dubai, UAE), “El Devino” (Ibiza, Spain), “Amika” (Miami, USA), “The Room” (Tokyo, Japan), “ECU / Echoes” (Rimini, Italy), “Garito Café” (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), “Disco” (Sao Paulo, Brasil), “Volksgarten” (Vienna, Austria), “House 22” (Pretoria, South Africa), “Days like this” (Birmingham, UK), “Barokko” (Budapest, Hungary) “Marula Cafe” (Madrid, Spain), “Soulstice” (Oslo, Norway), “Oxa” (Zürich, Switzerland), “Atlantis” (Basel, Switzerland), “Stereo Sushi” (Antwerp, Belgium), “Mansion” (Amsterdam, Netherlands), “GURU Club” (Tibisli, Georgia), “Pacha” (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) or “Cocoon” (Frankfurt, Germany).
Ralf GUM embarked on the development of his own record label GOGO Music in 2001. With strong ambitions and his love for music being the driving force, GOGO Music has become Germany’s, if not one of world’s most reputable soulful house music labels. Late 2005 GOGO Music was called “one of the hottest imprints around” by UK’s leading magazine “Blues & Soul” and Germany’s “Subculture” wrote that “GOGO Music is the prime German house label”. In April 2009 Chicago’s best house music publication “5 Magazine” stated, that “GOGO Music has become synonymous with the best Deep House produced in Europe” and 2010 UK’s magazine “SoulM8” certified that “GOGO Music is “one of Germany’s best independent labels”. With his label-work Ralf has been pivotal for the international breakthrough of artists like Raw Artistic Soul or Black Coffee and the discovery of many other outstanding talents. In 2003 Ralf initiated the GOGO Music radio-show. What began as a monthly show transmitted on one internet-radio rapidly became one of the most popular broadcasts within the house community and beyond. Since early 2006 the radio show is done on a weekly basis and is to date aired by more than 50 FM- and internet-stations around the globe. The GOGO Music radio show residents Ralf GUM and Benny Pecoraio (aka Ben Moss) plus few selected guests are presenting hebdomadal nothing but the finest house music in a pure one hour DJ mix.
Next to his Ralf GUM productions, he started two further projects. “SUGAR BEAT”, is a collaboration with drummer Steffen Meder which developed out of their unique live performance: “Jazzy Live Drums & Uplifting Spinning”. With SUGAR BEAT’s irresistible sound a new broken beat style is being created. After some sweet remixes on GOGO Music, in 2006 the first own productions have been released on the “GOGO Music Spring Collection 06”. Together with soul-mate Benny Pecoraio, Ralf joined forces and started “4 Ears”. Their first release ‘Can’t Be Without You’ was signed to Canadian deep house label Iwanai Music and hit immediately the Traxsource Top10.
During his career Ralf had the pleasure to compile and mix various CD-Compilations including for example “Arrival Vol. I” in 2004, a double Mix-CD together with Howard Donald (of famous pop-group Take That), for which they toured together all over Germany. As well in 2004 Ralf’s compilation “Studio – the finest in lounge and house music”, was released and selected as CD of the month in the December edition of Germany’s “Raveline” magazine. In February 2005 the first GOGO Music label-compilation “GO!” including highlights of the first 3 years label work came out. It was called the best compilation of the year by UK’S “TTR” magazine. In October 2006 the second part “GO!!” hit the market and achieved likewise attention and success as the first edition.
In 2006 Ralf GUM held his first GOGO Music Winter Music Conference event in Miami with great success. With an impressive line-up including e.g. Kenny Dixon Jr aka Moodyman, Theo Parrish, Markus Enochson, Glenn Underground plus the GOGO Music DJs, the party went down in a storm and was one of the most talked about at the conference. 2007 saw GOGO Music teaming up with Atal Music and Bubble Soul for a joint WMC event at Hotel Victor, called “Yes Please”. With an equally great line-up including e.g. Jamie Lewis, Raw Artistic Soul and many others, it was a great success and the kick-off for further “Yes Please” parties: The critical acclaimed WMC event in 2008 at Sagamore and the ADE 2008 event at Mansion. More highlights worth to adduce are Ralf’s appearance at MTV’s “Battle of the DJs” in April 2003 and several invitations to the You.FM Clubnight , a show dedicated to electronic music and club culture, which was transmitted on the German national radio-and TV-station Hessischer Rundfunk (2 times in 2005, one time in 2006, 2007 and 2009).
In 2008 Ralf GUM unveiled his long awaited debut masterpiece album titled “Uniting Music” on his label GOGO Music. Composing a continuous piece of music, seamless and blended into a luscious texture of soulful-, afro-and latin-house and jazz inspired grooves, Ralf showcased his ability to create wonderful original songs. With each song intertwining with another, he’s pushing the boundaries well beyond the traditional dj mix sense! Almost seeming like one beautiful track the whole album contained it all: really pretty dreamy tracks, some real groovin’ live sounding deals and some late night slices of hypnotic house, too. The album received great plaudit worldwide, as for example UK’s “M8” Magazine called the CD „simply one of the best albums of the year” and the German 3Sat TV show “Kulturzeit” wrote on its web-site that “no single second of the album bores”. “Uniting Music” was released by Rambling Records in Japan and by Soul Candi in South Africa, too.
2012 saw the release of Ralf GUM’s second long-player titled “Never Leaves You” including “Take Me To My Love” which has become the biggest House Anthem in South Africa this summer and reached the number #1 spot on South Africa’s biggest radio-station Metro FM for 3 weeks. It’s just one of the many highlights on Ralf’s album, a sort of vocal house dream team, bringing together the heavenly tonsils of Kenny Bobien, Robert Owens, Kafele and former Soul II Soul star Caron Wheeler amongst many others. In the talented hands of Ralf that team complimented rather than countered an impressive, truly soulful collection of songs and emphatically demonstrates his ability to orchestrate soul-house goodness on the grandest possible scale. The album not only received critical acclaim globally, but reached GOLD status in South Africa.
The hallmark of Ralf’s sound is his love for jazzy harmonies coupled with wicked underground beats. But the distinctive groove isn’t the only reason for Ralf’s success – his passion for all things soulful shines through in all he does. This helps him creating a simply irresistible groove every time he emerges from the studio or works the turntables. Due to his successful work in various areas there is no denying that Ralf GUM has established in the top-league of the most prolific dj/producers in the house scene.
Gypsy Hill – the beast from nearby the middle east – play an intoxicating mix of balkan brass, mediterranean surf rock, ska & swing. Featuring guitars, horns, tuba, a scratch DJ and a mix of live and electronic beats, Gypsy Hill effortlessley mix the tradtional with a uniquely modern sound.
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Producers DJ Kobyashi and Herbert Newbert have taken the project from studio to stage, gradually growing the band and honing their high-energy live hows. Their burgeoning CV includes remixes for the likes of Balkan Beat Box and Al Jawala and a special feautre on Ninja Tune’s impressive new ‘Ninja Jamm’ app, appearing alongside electronic music royalty such as Coldcut, Mr Scruff, Bonobo and many more of the Ninja Tunes roster.
A tour history that includes some of the UK and Europe’s biggest festivals (Glastonbury, Bestival, WOMAD, Green Man,Wilderness, Sziget, Fusion), Gypsy Hill are no strangers to the big stages, having played alongside some of the greats including Taraf De Haidouks.
In Summary, Itchy Feet started a vintage dance night. Now they operate in some 25 towns about 5 times a year.
Moving from town to town, using different venues, DJs and bands to host the ultimate alternative party. With their roots in the clubs, they apply the same formula to wherever the wind takes them.
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Central to what they do is one very basic understanding: Fancy venues, outfits, interiors and lighting, don’t really add much to the fun. All you need for a great party is nice people, great music, and the right kind drinks.
In recent years, they have used this knowledge to spread their wings a bit and leave the nest of the nightclub. They release podcasts, design parties for other people, and they put on private events too.
Kid Paret are a six piece band from London who play Alternative Indie with an edge. This sound has gained them some great shows at London staples such as the Barfly and has even seen them share the stage with huge names such as Alt-J and Bloc Party.
6 piece roots reggae band Hayere-Yah & The Human Bridge Band, firm favourites on the Brixton reggae scene, featuring the soulful vocals and harmonica of Hayereyah.
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Hayere-Yah & The Human Bridge Band
Expect conscious uplifting reggae music with self penned lyrics from vocalist Hayere-Yah, and rock solid bass lines from Anne-Marie, reggae bassist extraordinaire. See Hayere-Yah previously at Catch A Fire in fine stepping style : Here
DJ Zinc Fence on the decks, with the best JA vinyl from ska to dancehall.
Fusing gutsy Rhythm & Blues, Folk, Soul and great Songwriting, Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings combine all of the best parts of Roots based music traditions. The solid energetic bounce from the double bass, effortlessly intertwining dual guitars and soulful melodies lie beneath impassioned, stirring vocals and harmonies.
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Their acclaimed debut album ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ came out last May and they have been busy spreading their sound across Europe and the UK ever since.
With airplay from Paul Jones on his BBC Radio 2 blues hour already under their belt, this exciting new trio are not to be missed.
Jenny Trilsbach – Vocals and Double Bass
Ben Fisher – Resophonic Guitar and Vocals
Ben Gallon – Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Jenny Trilsbach was raised in Wickford, Essex and quickly found herself thrust into the local music scene where she heard, was influenced by and subsequently played all kinds of music, including Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Funk and Soul.
After moving through various locations, touring up and down the country and across Europe with a hatful of different bands she decided it was time to put her own group together and concentrate on music that was closer to her heart. So she phoned her friend Ben Fisher, whom she’s known since they were children, and together they began to set the wheels in motion for what would eventually become Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings.
As well as being a singer and songwriter, Jenny is a multi instrumentalist – guitar, bass, violin, banjo, flute – and an accomplished artist. In addition to ‘Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings’, Jen can also be heard playing with Dalston’s own ‘Kidnap Alice’, the north east’s finest ‘Kentucky Cow Tippers’ and her warm country blues outfit ‘The Twisty Turns’.
Ben Fisher literally comes from a musical background. He was born on the floor of Abbey Road’s famed Studio Two, where his Dad was a session drummer for many years during the ’60s.With that kind of pedigree it was of course inevitable that Ben would follow a similar path and grow up to become a musician himself.
After tinkering on the drum-kit and a short stint blowing the longhorn in the Swiss Alps for little more than chocolates and handshakes, he soon settled on the guitar and became somewhat of a musical vagabond, drifting from project to project and plying his trade with anything that sparked his interest.
As such, he’s well versed in various musical styles such as Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, Christmas Songs, Euro Pop and a form of traditional Haitian Funk from the Outer Rim. And has played everywhere – from restaurants to dive bars, mental institutions to performance halls, from New York to London and Paris.
After a ‘phone call from his dear friend Jenny Trilsbach, asking if he’d like to embark on a new project, he has now found a permanent home as one of ‘Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings’.
As well as being an in demand guitarist, Ben is also a well respected songwriter and published poet. He has been fortunate enough to work with a vast array of established artists including Paul Olsen and Mike Mattison (Scrapomatic, Derek Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi Band) ..Kristina Train ..Mickey Gallagher (The Animals, The Clash, Paul McCartney, Ian Dury & The Blockheads) ..Mick Clark (The Rubettes) ..Grant Tarbard (The Screech Owl) ..Canadian Bluesman Chris Antonik ..and Joe Hymas (Hayseed Dixie, The Waggon Tales, Kidnap Alice, Satan’s Studded Leather Helmet) ..to name but a few.
Ben Gallon became the final piece of the ‘Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings’ puzzle.
His prowess as a guitarist, arranger and songwriter in addition to his sparkling talent for bringing songs to life, has become an essential ingredient that helps to make the band’s sound what it is.
Hailing from Ipswich, Suffolk, Ben has been honing his craft on the London and Bristol live music scene for many years, both as a guitarist and as a much heralded songwriter.
He can also be found performing with London’s ‘Kidnap Alice’, where he first met Jenny, a meeting that would eventually lead him on the path to becoming one of ‘Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings’ and in ‘The Twisty Turns’ an up and coming warm country blues outfit.
BLiNDNESS are a band on the cutting edge of the UK live music scene tearing up venues across London and beyond with their blend of explosive, emotive, sonic rock and roll against a backdrop of feedback, emotion and white noise.
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Taking the sonic tips and trips of The Jesus & Mary Chain and MBV the diversity and verve of Nine Inch Nails, the added hooks and emotiveness of PJ Harvey, BLiNDNESS show an ‘exquisite warmth’ to their “seductive dark wave electro pop’ an adrenaline fuelled, rollercoaster ride of a band with a machine gun etiquette. A beautiful chaos for the here and now.
Alice in Grooveland are a London Based Jazz Quartet & much loved Brixton regulars.
Expect a heady mix of anything from the 50s Blue Note sound to 70s Jazz Funk, spiced up with the band’s own original compositions! Debut EP “Skyline” out now…you can hear it here!
Songs from their new album Skyline….available to buy here
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The Quartet are:
Linas Benas (alto sax)
Andrew Myers (keyboards)
Les Booth (bass)
Nick Bradshaw (drums)
23rd January 15 @ Dee Dee’s
Every 2nd & 4th Weds
Effra Hall Tavern
40 Kellett Road
London SW2 1ED
Wennink is a project by london based singer and writer Oliver Wennink which encapsulates his own brand of fragile piano-synth electronica.
The debut ep ‘WENNINK’ was born out of long days and nights in his studio in Brixton and is produced by dance music producer/DJ Matt Allaby.
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The influences you can hear threaded through the music are Thom Yorke/Atoms For Peace, Four Tet, James Blake and Fink. These influences helped form the glitchy percussion, the spacious ambience, the fragility of the overall sound, the underpinned melancholy and the beautifully rich vocals which reference a love of the male tenor vocalists like Jeff Buckley and Antony and The Johnsons.
Brixton-based The Effort Collective’s resident musician Sim Eldem, and her partner-in-crime of seven years Luke Gain, have teamed up with Alex Iossifidis to launch a new band – Winnaretta, a new artpop project.
Expert clever things, jazz chords that rock and danceable beats.
A truly Brixton band, comprising of a Trinidadian, a Jamaican, an Irish man and an Australian; Mangoseed fuse soulful glittering guitar, funk bass, a poetical hip-hop lyrical delivery and heavy samples to create their own unique sound.
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They are known for their high energy live shows and their eclectic sound, drawing from genres that range from reggae to funk.
“Mangoseed blast an energetic mix that blends rock, reggae and dub.
Mangoseed have supported artists including Alabama Three, Grammy Award Winner Micki Free, and Manu Chao.
Whenever possible, Mangoseed show their support at fundraising and charity events: – Music for Children, Sahara Arts Oasis and Oxjam just to mention a few.
With funky guitar riffs, pulsating rock bass and swinging drums, Mangoseed bring forth strong, lyrical and masterful tunes. From the angst-driven punk/funk protest of Standing on a High, to an epic reggae, jungle, break-beat journey of Devil in the Road. Mangoseed’s sound is funky, poetic & infectious.
Their distinctive sound and live shows have earned them a spot supporting Manu Chao, Alabama Three and Grammy Award winner Micki Free.
‘You take one look at us and expect a reggae band and not for our songs to have the size of the sound or the colours that they do. We like to party on stage and people just come with us.’
Nicholai La Barrie Front man of Mangoseed
“Mangoseed are creating a unique musical global fusion! “, says music journalists Emma Smart. “Their signature is to make songs that you can dance to, but still carry life affirming messages”.
Many bands in the past have not been given the chance to have a voice. The only way to hear a band or a musician was to catch them in a local pub and hopefully follow them until a label takes interest.
On this particular evening, Mangoseed began to play a fusion of influences from reggae to rock with funk laden heavy bass in between. Their energy filled the crowd, who moved to the dance floor when hearing the groove in their sound. Mark Wincott
As soon as these guys came on stage, it went off, this here was a fusion of reggae, funk, rock, metal, it had it all, for the few tracks they played and the amount of people that went to the head of the crowd to get out some dance moves. Mangoseed will need to be seen. Love Music Magazine
We’ll let you now when they are next playing Live in Brixton here!