Metals. Like their name, on its sleek, gleaming surface the music of this Australian duo has an air of the cold and clinical about it thanks to the android beats of producer Digital Primate (aka Melbourne-based Christopher Coe). Injected with some soul from singer Candice Butler however, and you have the perfect symbiosis of man and machine; chrome sounds covered in lipstick kisses.
Ennio Morricone for the 21st century URB Magazine
the power to bring dead people back to life, to make walls tremble, and to make sway Salters loses 3 litres of sweat per show and dances and jumps around without interruption General Elektriks was here and turned the club upside down, and their music is an excitement without precedent, – La Blogotheque
General Elektriks is the brainchild of Hervé RV Salters. A French national and a vintage keyboard player, RV quickly became the go-to Parisian for vintage sound, scoring session work with Femi Kuti, -M-, and DJ Mehdi, among others, before leaving France in 1999 to relocate to the US.
The Saturday Sessions exclusively features a variety of recording artists who have swept the UKs music scene over the past decade and beyond with a mix of new and modern takes on classic tracks. The album is a must have for fans of the bands, fans of the music and fans of Dermot. Dermot’s show is the new music programme for BBC Radio 2 – the UK’s most listened to radio station.
The show, which won The Sony Awards Best Music Programme earlier this year, has been responsible for helping break new bands and give first plays to upcoming artists such as Paloma Faith, Lissie, The Ting Tings, Fleet Foxes, The Feeling, Scouting For Girls and The Hoosiers.
Foreign Office are a Hackney based four piece in the infancy of their career. From diverse musical backgrounds, the band have developed a new sound, drawing influence from 60s and 70s soul and funk, whilst additionally incorporating 80s post-punk elements.
Many critics and bloggers have since aligned them with bands such as A Certain Ratio, Roxy Music and Talking Heads. They take a danceable, groove-based approach with pop sensibilities that are juxtaposed by dark and paranoid lyrics.
Canadian outfit Modern Superstitions blend shades of Motown moxy, to Pretenders punk and a buzzing Blondie brouhaha. Having cut their teeth already playing with the likes of Joe Reatard, Reigning Sound, Jeff and the Brotherhood and Sloan, Modern Superstitions take to the stage like they brought it with them in their van.
We Are Enfant Terrible truly are the enfant terribles of the 8-bit electro-pop world. A French trio composed of three Lille natives who share a passion for fashion, video games, and wildly-thoughtful dance music. In their short run as a group theyve developed a passionate fan base on both sides of the Atlantic.
Their debut full length Explicit Pictures perfectly showcased their knack for creating saucy hooks you can’t shake and witty lyrics that are either teasing or self-mocking.
AWOLNATION is an electronic outfit from the US fronted by Aaron Bruno. Signed to Red Bull Records, the band have had immense success in the US as a result of intensive touring and high profile support slots that include Weezer.
Jo is one of those rare writer-performers where you get the sense, whatever you believe, that something greater is being channeled through his music and voice It touches something very deep and universal. Michael Stipe
Joseph Arthurs music has been described as a dynamic swirl of noise that somehow appears magically around him (NPR), and emotional (but tuneful) exorcisms (Entertainment Weekly), Vanity Fair has hailed him as one of our most emotionally revealing and talented singer-songwriters.
In the world of rock there are recordings that truly resonate in historical importance and continue to cast an enduring shadow of influence. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is one of the most steadfastly revered musical treasures of its era. Its famous title track is still hailed as an essential rock guitar anthem, a signature tune of rocks leading guitar hero, Eric Clapton.
Recorded in 1970 by Derek and the Dominos, the group was comprised of Clapton and top American musicians Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs music offers a timeless blend of rock, electric blues and Southern gospel influences that has shaped generations of roots-oriented musicians.
Brighton based indie rock duo Blood Red Shoes comprise of Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter who cite their main music influences as US underground punk and rock bands, from Babes In Toyland to Fugazi. They have released two full-length albums, Box of Secrets and Fire Like This, plus a slew of early singles on limited 7″ vinyl pressings. The band are currently working on their third album.