Blludd Relations is the wonky pop partnership of Jesse Hackett from Elmore Judd and Nathan Jenkins (Bullion). The pair have been crossing their songwriting beams since they were introduced via a mutual friend at London’s Plastic People. They describe Blludd as the natural fusion of the names of their two past outfits and the result is the gloriously chaotic and colourful sounds of their self titled debut album. It’s surreal, ear-bending business from two genuine mavericks…
30 Secondsposted December 11, 2013 / No Comments
A sibling bond is at the heart of London quartet Hatcham Social with brothers Toby Kidd and Finn Kidd, respectively on vocals and drums. Alongside guitarist David Claxton and bassist Riley Difford, the group’s latest album Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future sees a promising future being ushered in by these feedback loving, indie pop merchants. M spent 30 seconds with them to find out why they think their music sounds like a broken mirror.
30 Secondsposted December 6, 2013 / No Comments
Not many bands have played a gig in the scholarly environs of a library but then Patterns aren’t like many other bands. This four piece concoct articulate dream pop which has seen them perform at the likes of Swn and Bestival as well as John Rylands library in Manchester where the band first got together. After some well received singles, the group are gearing up for the release of their debut album Waking Lines in the new year.
30 Secondsposted December 4, 2013 / No Comments
London producer T. Williams is a man who cut his musical teeth on the capital’s grimy pirate radio scene as a fresh faced teenager. Jungle, drum & bass, grime and garage were his musical g-spots before falling in love with the 4×4 wobble of house music. It’s a marriage of style and attitude which has paid off over the last few years, seeing T release killer productions such as Think of You and remix the likes of Jessie Ware and recent tour mates Disclosure.
30 Secondsposted November 29, 2013 / No Comments
Joe Stilgoe must love the stage. With more than 100 gigs under his belt already this year, he’s just lined up another string of shows for December including two nights at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar. And, with a clutch of material spanning two critically acclaimed albums, Joe has plenty to fill his sets with. We spend 30 seconds with the chart topping musician to find out about his rise from able musician to household name…
30 Secondsposted November 27, 2013 / No Comments
IC1 are a brash and bold guitar band put on the planet to show people that they do still make ‘em like they did before. Their sweaty rock ‘n’ roll has been championed by Artrocker and former Creation mogul Alan McGee while former Libertines drummer Gary Powell thought the band great enough to release music on his 25 Hour Convenience Store record label. They’ve since hooked up with Two Sisters Records and been touring the country with Frankie and the Heartstrings…
30 Secondsposted November 22, 2013 / No Comments
Hackney act Hejira are the latest musical innovators to be unearthed by Matthew Herbert’s dividing rod. This group met in London but have musical heritages stretching back to Chile, Hungary, Ethiopia and Germany. It’s the diversity of their backgrounds which part explains the exploratory sounds of their debut album Prayer Before Birth, a record which touches on prog, folk, jazz and orchestral pop. The album is out now on Accidental Records.
30 Secondsposted November 20, 2013 / No Comments
London four piece Cymbals are naming their forthcoming album The Age of Fracture after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T Rodgers. The notions may be weighty but their music soars beautifully. New single Erosion is a prime example, taking new wave melodies, electronics and the soaring bass of New Order to create a bright and emotive hit in the making. We spend 30 Seconds with one of 2014’s brightest hopes…
30 Secondsposted November 15, 2013 / No Comments
With his unique lyrical flow and hard hitting rhymes, Ghetts is one of UK grime’s most underrated artists. He’s revered by the likes of Kano and Mike Skinner and seen by many in the know as one of the best MCs out there. Following a series of mixtapes, he’s at last on the brink of releasing his long-awaited debut album proper in Rebel with a Cause. M spends 30 Seconds with an MC who deserves to go large in 2014…
30 Secondsposted November 13, 2013 / No Comments
Acquaintance is the monikor of solo songwriter Chris Griffin, a new electronic producer who’s invoking classic Balearic synth lines and soft pop choruses to create a brand of cosmic disco that’s bang up to date. Over recent months he’s done much to stretch his influence outside the home studio, co-founding the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective with kindred spirits Gazelle Twin, Great Pagans and Bernholz.