Our M50 magazine party at London’s Social saw some great performances from some of our favourite new acts. Alongside Anna Meredith and Mo Kolours, steel pan maestro Fimber Bravo gave one of the sets of the night with his percussion heavy skills coming to the fore. Fimber has enjoyed a great year after collaborating with the likes of Hot Chip and Zongamin on his recent LP Con-Fusion. Check out his performance of live favourite Grey Clouds from the night…
Sessionsposted November 19, 2013 / No Comments
Blue Rose Code is the alter-ego of Scottish singer songwriter Ross Wilson, a musician who makes contemporary folk all laced together with his love for the songs of Motown and Nashville. His debut album North Ten, released earlier this year on Reveal Records, has endeared him to music lovers and fans of label mates Joan As Policewoman and Roddy Woomble. Watch Ross perform an exclusive version of Whitechapel, the lead track from his latest EP.
Sessionsposted November 7, 2013 / No Comments
Damien Castellanos, founder and front face of London trio The Oscillation, has been furthering Britain’s krautrock cause for the best part of a decade. His trademark guitar sound is clearly wedded to the motorik musings of German pioneers Neu! and Can, and is always underpinned by exacting rhythms and fragmented vocals akin to the seventies stalwarts. We recorded the trio play a live version of All You Want To Be at their new album launch party.
Sessionsposted October 22, 2013 / No Comments
Dark electronic indie outfit The KVB are a welcome antithesis to the glut of advert-friendly twee-pop that continues to soundtrack daytime radio, mobile phone commercials and US independent romcoms. Their gloomy sound combines krautrock grooves with intense feedback and washed out vocals. We caught up with them at the recent Liverpool Psych Fest to watch them deliver a bone-crushing performance of their track Leanings.
Sessionsposted October 14, 2013 / No Comments
Anglo-Mauritian pop-experimentalist Mo Kolours is famed for his otherworldly productions and dubbed-out vocal hallucinations. Through a painstaking commitment to beat-making, he builds spacious structures on which to peg airy melodies and reverb-heavy percussion. Like US dub revivalist Sun Araw, he’s big on collaborations and is devoted to enhancing the live element of his sound. We caught up with him at Liverpool Psych Fest to record his performance.
Sessionsposted September 24, 2013 / No Comments
PINS are one of those bracing bands that pop up every so often armed and ready to show the world how guitar music should be done. Since 2012 their urgent garage rock has grabbed the blogosphere by the shoulders and given all the fickle-faced indie kids a big slap around the chops. What could beat brisk rock ‘n’ roll delivered by a gang of devil-may-care Manchester mods? Watch them perform the title track from their debut album Girls Like Us.
Sessionsposted September 6, 2013 / No Comments
Deafkid have a sound that reaches into every corner of alt-pop, from indie to electronica, evoking comparisons to alt-J and Django Django. The duo, one Englishman and one Frenchman, are seasoned professional musicians, having worked on Ghostpoet’s debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam . Here, they show off their skills at a live session exclusively for M at Tileyard Studios.
Sessionsposted August 21, 2013 / No Comments
Nicholas Noble and his band The Gentlemen were announced by PRS for Music as its 100,000th member earlier this week. We journeyed up to Sheffield to visit the band in their studio and hear about what it means to be a member of the collecting society as the organisation approaches its centenary in 2014. Watch the group perform an acoustic version of their single Lights of Tokyo from their forthcoming album, Departures
Sessionsposted August 13, 2013 / No Comments
Anglo-French pair Deafkid sound like they have studied the off-kilter pop music of their native lands to develop a strain of electro-pop that is fresh, exciting and more than a bit odd. The quirky genetics of their songs carry elements of alt-J, Django Django, Panda Bear and El Guincho, although Christopher Lockington and Florian Sauvaire cite their main influences as Three Trapped Tigers, Mew, Cant and Eskmo. Watch them perform new single Vigilante here.
Sessionsposted August 8, 2013 / No Comments
Blair Dunlop has authentic folk blood running through his veins. As the son of legendary songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention, The Albion Band) he has grown up around traditional acoustic music, picking up all the tools he needs to turn out his own graceful ballads. We caught up with him after soundcheck at the London Folkfest 2013 to record him play Blight & Blossom.