Wednesday, 28 December 2011

ALEX HORNE

















I've been sitting on this for a couple of months..I thought about making a joke about sitting on a horn but that's wrong and I see that now, I'm sorry, I hope you can forgive me. Alex Horne is a graduate of the infamous Footlights comedy group (who cares about Cambridge University itself) and is enjoying a successful comedy career, with a showering of awards and nominations. He's doing this with a great beard aswell, which really adds that extra pizazz (look at it up there, I bet you're stroking the screen).

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Beware of the millennium bug - that thing is seriously dangerous. Also, put loads of money on the Green Party coming to power and Liverpool winning the league every year from now on. And eat lots of Big Macs - turns out they're actually really good for you (I don't really like my 21 year old self).

If you were a superhero, what power would you like to have?

I think I'd be called Action Man, and I'd know all the actions to any song that has actions, and I'd be a fairly disappointing superhero.

If you could go back to any period of time in history, which would it be and how would you stir shit up?

Wow. Can your really do that for me? I'd go back to Elizabethan times and I'd bring my little renault clio with me (and some extra petrol - I'm not an idiot!) and I'd just drive round loads with the stereo on really loud - a bit like youths do today, but even cooler. I'd also show them my digital calculator watch just to really impress them.

You're a celebrity in your own right, but if you could be another for a day, who would you be?

Well, I don't think I am but I'll answer any way - I'd like to be Beyonce please. Mainly because I really like Beyonce but I quite often get teased for liking Beyonce but if I was actually Beyonce I'd be well within my rights to like Beyonce.

Is there a musician or band that has consistently featured throughout your life as a source of inspiration and sensory delight?

Apart from Beyonce (I named one of my chickens Beyonce after Beyonce), I'll pick Oompah Brass. They play pop songs with brass instruments. I have all their albums and they're the only thing (apart from Beyonce) that I listen to. Imagine, pop songs - but on brass instruments! Incredible.

What's been your career highlight?

Easily - winning three episodes of Countdown. It was beyond my wildest dreams (and I mean 'wildest').

What's your favourite breakfast?

Truckers' cafe, full english, the works, all cooked together on one of those flat metal hot plates. Ideally £1.99 for the lot. With Oompah Brass in the background. And Beyonce sat on the plastic chair behind me.

What's your best interesting fact?

Chickens can count.

Who is the funniest person you've ever worked with?

It pains me to say it, but Tim Key. He's a funny old chap. Also, he's quite curvaceous.

Find out more about Alex from his WEBSITE and TWITTER

Saturday, 24 December 2011

THE STAR DEPARTMENT





Put down that mince pie, because it's disgusting and listen to the first taster track from The Star Department's debut album 'The Pea Green Boat'. Merry Christmas from me to you.

Friday, 23 December 2011

CHARLES HAMMOND JR.



Hold tight for the new e.p from Charles Hammond Jr. Hitting us in 2012

Thursday, 22 December 2011

JAMES BLAKE



This track has been around for a while, but the video has just been released. An absolutely stunning song; when he played it live he enchanted the room.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

RATIGAN




















If someone asked me what America would sound like (they do ALL the time, honestly), then I'd play them a bit of Ratigan. Ratigan is the brainchild of Providence Rhode Island born, Patrick Higgins, and his tracks are infused with reverb and this creates an intimate garage crafted sound, that screams of the 90s. Laid back tones and lazy riffs culminate in a mellow, effortless record. Standout track is 'French Kiss', grab the album for free from the bandcamp.

CB

Charles Bradley "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" - Feat. Menahan Street Band from Daptone Records on Vimeo.

Not a massive fan of the attire in the video, but this was played at the end of Top Boy and I rate it.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

HYPERMAGIC




















I've never been hypnotised, but I did find myself bordering on a trance-like state as I stared at Hypermagic's cover art and listened to new album 'Sugar'..Derren Brown is missing a trick. The production on this record is tight and intricate; I like interesting music and Hypermagic creates tracks brimming with content and this culminates in a rich, thoughtful album. Big fan of this, watch this space!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

East of England. Recently moved away from London and back into the sticks. Just working on more recordings and ideas.

Could you give a brief Hyper Magic history?

Spent quite a while working with an improv/free-noise collective, and started to miss playing with melodies and lush chords. Started experimenting using feedback loops reverbs and "noise" to build tunes. Really wanted to combine drone, feedback and old-style beats to make nice songs.

Who did you grow up listening to?

Everything and anyone with a guitar. After that the most obvious references would be MoWax, post-rock and noise/improv, but I've been through pretty much every phase and fad there is. Music from skate videos might actually be the biggest unsung influence!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

Lasso was an experiment, like they all are. I fumble with odd guitar tunings until something lodges in the brain-ear. Sometimes the beat comes first, but songs don't ever get going until there's at least a few layers of badly-tuned guitars.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

I don't write lyrics, they don't mean anything to me.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Watching Tom Penny skateboarding.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

A Grave With No Name, Odd Nosdam and his associates, Corsano/Flowers duo, Glockenspiel, Our Love Will Destroy The World, Jack Rose. Suggestions gratefully received...

Where would you love to tour?

The caribbean and south pacific. Maybe south america.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?

Been chatting with a drummer about doing hpmgc live, but its tricky. Would love to do this as a band instead of a studio thing. More recordings in the meantime.

Get over the BANDCAMP for more tunes.


Monday, 12 December 2011

TREE























Just received this gem from Oliver Nickell, AKA Tree and it's the best thing I've heard for a while. Bursting with creativity and ideas, this Tree is full of gifts ripe for the picking.

Friday, 9 December 2011

LUKE ARTHUR


Check out the sublime short film from Luke Arthur, accompanied by the sounds of 65daysofstatic.
Plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, switch off the lights, be patient and hope for the best.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

STEFALOO















It's difficult to contemplate how 'Wake me up before you go-go' by Wham could be any more astounding, but Stefaloo's covers album rises to the challenge and makes you melt a bit in the process. I can't embed the e.p, but follow the link....a jitterrrrbug.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

MOSES GOLD






















Stumbled across this, good stuff.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

DJ SHADOW / ROBOTAKI



DJ Shadow - Scale It Back feat. Little Dragon (Robotaki Remix) by Robotaki

Listen to this and more stuff like it on my radio show. The second half is my set so go delve in.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

WE CAN'T THINK OF A PUN


















Listen to our second radio show, which involves Cliff Richard, nuff said.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

GIRAFFAGE




















What did 17/11/11 have to offer? Well, aswell as finding out Bieber unfortunately probably ain't a baby daddy, Charlie Yin, under the alias of Giraffage has dropped his new album ' Comfort' and boy it's good. Download it from bandcamp


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

ALECKS AUCLAIR



















JUSTBEAPERSON bro Alecks Auclair is back with a boom; his new e.p 'Leaving' is fantastic and I can't get enough. Why not overdose on this album aswell and grab it from the bandcamp.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

CHAD VALLEY
















Been listening to loads of Chad Valley recently and this track especially is a delight.

Friday, 11 November 2011

WE CAN'T THINK OF A PUN

















Debut radioshow at 8 a.m this morning, that's right 8 O'CLOCK! We survived somehow and you can catch my music selection in the second half of the hour long slot. Annoyingly, we have to play 3 songs from the set playlist, but we managed to pick out some alright ones.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

FRIENDLY FIRES / TENSNAKE















Freshhhhh

Sunday, 30 October 2011

SACRED ANIMALS













Hold tight, because of me being shit, this Q&A is a bit dated, so try and pretend it's May...wow I can't believe Sean Kingston crashed that jet-ski, can you? I introduce Sacred Animals, fronted by the immensely talented Darragh Nolan, whose emotive tones lull and croon and are simply gorgeous. I'll let the music do the talking because I'll just be bombarding you with superlatives as usual, but remember the name Sacred Animals, stunning. Sacred Animals collaboration with Ownesie, 'Cat and Mouse' was released October 24th and you can listen after you've read about the band, or whilst reading, go wild.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

I'm at home in Gorey, which is in the South East of Ireland. I'm in my little bedroom studio place working on some new tunes...

Could you give a brief Sacred Animals history?

I've been in a couple of bands before, the one prior to this was a 4 piece indie guitar band & I got to a point in the end where I just wanted to do something a bit different, regroup so to speak on my own & see what happens, with little or no pressure. The tendency when you write with a group of others is to all start playing at the same time to work out parts but sometimes in that process the songs get a little lost & I wanted to try building from the song up as opposed to anything I had been used to prior to Sacred Animals. I wrote a few tunes that would become the 'Welcome Home' EP while figuring out the sound using the instruments I had available, guitar, rhodes, drums.... I knew I wanted it to be semi-electronic but organic, giving the songs room to breathe, arrangement-wise. The name came around that time too... jumped out of the music.

Who did you grow up listening to?

The first thing I discovered in my dad's musical collection that had any impact was a Beatles compilation that had 'I Am The Walrus' on it. Listening to that on vinyl pumped up real loud with those crunchy drums, that driving electric piano, the almost nonsensical lyrics & the general weirdness that oozed from it was pretty much the first time I heard anything that was outside the box musically. It really opened my ears so to speak. There was also a lot of country records in the collection but Johnny Cash was a part of that so that was cool too..

Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Welcome Home'.

It was pretty much what came out of the whole finding my feet thing at the beginning, figuring out as I go. I still am I guess, maybe you always are... Chosen Seed was recorded first & kinda defined what came after it a bit. Welcome Home, the track came last but lyrically seemed to encapsulate the vibe of the EP so became the title of the EP. I prefer not to explain what songs are about in general for a few reasons. I think it can limit the listening experience if you have a stone image in you head of where the song is coming from, but if it's left a little open it can click at some point, maybe after years of listening & become something more powerful as it resonates with the listener. I think it's way more important for the music to move the listener than for the writer to put his or her cards on the table...

Having said that the term 'Welcome Home' is about finally finding your feet.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

Oh god, that's a tough one. I can only really write from emotional experience so every lyric has a base deep within, whether I realise it or not when writing. I'll always know when a song is shaping itself what it's about because the subconscious or whatever it is that is writing through you usually knows. Your conscious mind hasn't a clue, it's just the steering wheel. I guess the songs that I don't remember fondly because of their lyrical content are ones where I write from an angry place, giving out about someone through song. It's not good to be remembering anger. So the weirdest would be me giving out shit about someone in song. Delightful, & probably not that weird.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

That's a good question because you'd imagine with only one mind & your seemingly cyclical thoughts to go on you'd end up writing a load of songs about the same things. Turns out I don't, or haven't anyway... Maybe because you're in a completely different place (metaphorically) every time you write a song that the perspective you have on any situation is different each time. I have wondered about this myself before though, I often wondered when I'd start repeating myself. It' hasn't happened yet though.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

I don't listen to my own music so it's hard to know in all honesty. I listen to my favourite albums in the car, it tends to be my little sanctuary where I'm alone with my thoughts. If it's a good album it'll sound good in a car. I mean in a dreamworld where you could have anything you wanted the perfect & most romantic environment would be a large room with high ceilings, wooden floors, a record player & some really nice speakers. Somewhere you could lie on the ground & pore over the details of the album cover inside & out on a giant cosy rug, lie down, close your eyes & immerse yourself in the sound.

Where would you love to tour?

I think the US & Canada have the most appeal for me tour-wise. I think musically I have more in common with what's going on over there, or maybe I just tend to listen to more of what you guys produce. We have been over for one short tour already in March but look forward to coming back & meeting more people, playing with more amazing bands & hanging out..

Finally, what's next for Sacred Animals, future plans and such?

We're looking at doing a single or a split 7" pretty soon & then going for an album, which might take a little while to complete. It's all up in the air at the moment, which is the exciting part, never really sure where the next week will take you. Nice places hopefully...

WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER SOUNDCLOUD

Sacred Animals VS Owensie // Cat & Mouse from Feel Good Lost on Vimeo.

Monday, 24 October 2011

LUSHLIFE



















Download the amazingly delicious Lushlife album from the bandcamp. This has genuinely made my day considerably better.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

COLLEGE















I've just witnessed the cinematic perfection that is, Drive. It really was something special and hey Ryan Gosling, you will be mine. Think I need to sit, alone in a darkened room, with a stiff vodka to get over some of the more grizzly bits, but maybe I should just man up..Ryan won't be impressed. The film had a sublime soundtrack and this was the standout by College.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

UNDERWATER SEACREATURES




















Rich, soothing and full of depth (deep water, GET IT? ). Underwater Seacreatures have perfected the vintage 80s sound that reverberates within glo-fi, lo-fi, toe-fi, crow-fi, whatever you want to call it, so much at the moment. Their latest e.p is a dexterous, seductive effort, that is consistently strong throughout. They're perfect to put on in the background, but you'll find their hypnotic tones floating into your forefront regardless. A top album, can't wait to hear more.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

Us: Us is currently in the U.S. right now. Nathan, Marcos and Beans are in Richmond, Virginia attending Virginia Commonwealth University. We are all working on finishing Women, our first official album, and a couple miscellaneous tracks and remixes in between releases to reward fan loyalty as we gain a larger following. We really are very grateful for the response that we’ve had on the Internet in such a short time. It seems that a lot of people like what we do when they’re exposed to it, so we’ve been working on ways we can simply expose more people to our music, like re-edits of old movies or small-budget videos. At the moment our edit of the cult-classic Blade Runner to our song Shudder To Think has garnered the most attention out of our songs on YouTube. However, that was our first foray into video/editing and hardly our most popular song overall. It really just goes to show music + video is more viral a forum. We hope to continue making videos and to distinguish ourselves in time through the juxtaposition of our visual ideas and music.

Could you give a brief Underwater Seacreatures history?

Us: We met through a mutual friend in Richmond while attending Virginia Commonwealth University. At the time we were both making music so we connected in that aspect. We began jamming frequently, making mainly hip hop but sometimes playing guitar and saxophone along to our productions just for fun. In the summer of ‘09 we were introduced to chillwave/glo-fi which, as soon as we heard, we both knew we wanted to transition to. It just seemed to fit so much more, and so Us began.

Who did you grow up listening to?

Nathan Keeys: At the age of 3 I heard raffi….changed my life forever. LOL jk I grew up listening to a lot of my parent’s music as a kid: Stevie wonder, MJ, Pointer Sisters, Sade. Moving into high school I was big into The Neptunes/N.E.R.D and that whole Virginia Beach movement.

Marcos Da Silva: At the age of 5 I heard Jordy, back in Venezuela... and he really did change my life forever haha! Seriously he was a sensation over there, "Dur dur d'être bébé" was insanely popular as I was growing up, and he was my age, like five years old. You should google him if you’re curious. I still have that red cassette, and sometimes listen to it, despite still not understanding it. Music wasn’t always about understanding the lyrics to me, of course I was into all sorts of popular spanish artists at the time, but I wouldn’t have had an interest in American recording artists if a lyrical understanding was what struck me first about music. It’s actually pretty funny now in hindsight, grown-ass Venezuelans singing along to like...Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” both truly enjoying themselves and truly having no idea just what the hell they were saying whatsoever. I guess you could say I was most influenced by a personal fascination with pop music at large, worldwide, and some of my parent’s gems like Mecano, Illan Chester, Ricardo Arjona, Oscar De Leon, Franco De Vita, Ricardo Montaner, Karina, Kiara, and others in that vein.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

Nathan Keeys: We've just finished a song that will be dropping before the album along side an autumn-esque music video. The song is simply called So Shy. There’s a constant dilemma where there are two girls who are just as attractive but one always gets more of the attention because shes more umm ..aggressive. Personally, I’ve always been genuinely attracted to those modest girls. In saying that, the song is my thoughts on that “shy” girl.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

Nathan Keeys: Our subjects are pretty much feelings and events in our life. For the most part they’re normal happenings…but at times can be weird as shit. I’d say the strangest subject I’ve written about was “nothing”. Describing nothing is a task but I was doing nothing at the time so…I felt it. lol

Marcos Da Silva: I think every subject we write about is pretty strange honestly. In my opinion, I think it’s kind of a strange thing in the first place to sort of translate emotion into music. People usually are used to music making them feel a certain way, but trying to imbue your emotions onto something that doesn’t exist, out of thin air is particularly mystical to me. I’m always sort of surprised when it happens and is accurate. Particularly, with the more complex emotions that we experience. Even when they’re common. Things like, uncertainty, regret, nostalgia, lost innocence, the transition into adulthood, coming home after college, they’re things that most of us, if not all of us, experience and are thus universal, but the part where you communicate what that feels like to you, specifically and accurately, so that others recognize it and feel it too in themselves? I think that process is sort of magical and strange, because its more individual and private than anything else.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Nathan Keeys: Waking up to a song you love is pretty nice.

Marcos Da Silva: Stoned. Definitely stoned. The EP anyway, it’s very placid, it sort of lends itself to that. It’s like a lazy summer’s day/night in its entirety.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

Nathan Keeys: Toro y moi and Neon Indians new albums are genius. I just heard Twin Sister’s album In Heaven and I love the stereolab feel…and Andrea Estellas voice lol.

Marcos Da Silva: I definitely agree, also the new m83 is pretty epic, the new Cool Kids is awesome, I’ve recently been craving a lot of Tribe Called Quest randomly, our friend Modern Humanist is doing some great work and coming up with a remix of “Speak Up” which should definitely turn some heads, and honestly almost every.time. we get fucked up we listen to Watch The Throne... that shit cray.

Where would you love to tour?

Nathan Keeys: So many places..Japan is a definite tho.

Marcos Da Silva: Yea seriously, where wouldn’t we love to tour. I’ve always been particularly curious about France. Their electronic music scene has always seemed one step ahead of everyone else, it makes me wonder if this is a cultural phenomenon. I’ve also always been curious about Portugal, because my Venezuelan family is actually originally from the island of Madeira.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?

Us: At this time we’re finishing up the upcoming album Women and perfecting our live performing. We’re also planning on coming out with a few music videos so keep an eye out. =]

FACEBOOK BANDCAMP TWITTER


CHILDISH GAMBINO
















Tuesday, 11 October 2011

CIVIL CIVIC




















You may recall (you won't) all the way back in May last year, I featured a band for the first time. Civil Civic have gone from strength to strength and with the release of their new album, I proposed a catch-up with a metaphorical cup of tea and maybe a biscuit too. Their music can set your pulse into 'overdrive', so if you're elderly, you've had your warning and the anthemic nature of their music makes mundane tasks, such as listening whilst driving your car feel like you're in a police chase or something. The album 'Rules' has been released today, grab it, get it, gain it.

What's going on for you at the moment in terms of projects and where are you in the world?
Right now we're getting ready to hit the road and make noise at people, because we are about to release our debut album, which is destined to become a timeless classic which will be cherished by music lovers for generations. The first single has already been chosen as the official anthem for the 2012 Olympic Games!

How has your summer been? Any standout gigs or festival sets?
Summer was "radical" and "gnarly". Some of our gigs in France were truly historic. Evreux, Bordeaux, Limoges...they all kicked in their own individual ways.
Our set at the Indie Rocket festival in Italy was pretty memorable too. You can read about it here.

Tell us a bit about recent track, 'Street Trap'
It's fast and riffy and has a cool explode-o chorus. It was written for us by the famous Nashville song-smith Roger Murah, who has written ten U.S number 1 hits, including "It Takes a Little Rain" by The Oak Ridge Boys.

Who are you listening to and enjoying at the moment?
The Oak Ridge Boys are at the top of the playlist right now.

And finally, what's next, what does the near future hold?
We're trying to figure that out now. Making a couple of videos and possibly working on new material are two of the things on the agenda, but personally I'll just be grateful to survive this tour.


Monday, 10 October 2011

REAL ESTATE






















So Real Estate's new album is out 17th October, which enthralls me and I thought I'd post up this The Strokes (they would so be called 'Strokes' if they formed now) cover that they did back in July. Oh and read a past Q&A with them if you want.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

ALECKS AUCLAIR


Alecks Auclair hails from California, but his tracks are far from sunny. His sound is heavy, accompanied by intricate, delicate melodies throughout, creating cloudy layers with neat production. They're pensive songs, that possess an other worldly quality, making you want to pull a few shapes but simultaneously lulls you with a sedative bite. A really talented artist, the outlook is bright.

Could you give a brief Alecks Auclair history?

Born and raised in California, i started making beats and loops, mainly ambient trance like stuff around 2007 when i wasnt jamming with bands, i was making stuff under the moniker YOTO. i actually released a ep back then but i dont think anyone really heard it lol. the area i was in was mainly driven towards metal and indie stuff so it was hard for me to get out there for a bit.
around 2009 i started really focusing on things, 2010 moved to los angeles. and that really affected my outlook on electronic music, i actually saw that there was a huge demographic of people that were into this stuff as much as i was ha! it was a real trip, got me motivated.

Who did you grow up listening to?

i heard so much growing up from my parents, lot of 80s LA Punk stuff, and 80s rock, nina hagen, erykah badu, the rat pack, a ton of psychedellic/folk music from the 70s. I remember specifically loving alot of the rap of that time, Young Mc, Biz Markie, Beastie Boys, and of course michael jackson. i played "bad" everyday almost everyday. the come to daddy video for aphex twin also blew my little mind. Nirvana was definitly my favorite band when i was a kid, as a teenager i was really into hardcore and post hardcore, i think it was my junior year i discovered aphex twin again and just fell in love with idm and ambient music.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

i actually seem to write best in threes. but the one i just recently worked on had a susumu hirasawa sample from the paranoia agent soundtrack, ive been really into anime soundtracks lately. its a kind of traveling track, perfect for driving montages. every song i do, i learn something new, i make a point to do that, i want the listener to grow up with me, as cheesy as that sounds.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

i was in this experimental hardcore band "Of Forty Thieves" and we had a song called red sonja, that was about a prostitute that frequented the pizza place we worked at. her name was sonja and she was really gnarly, so we named it after the female counterpart of conan the barbarian, seemed appropiate. Besides that, probably this awesome song about dominoes me and my friend roxy wrote, its about dominoes and masturbation, dont ask. hah


What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Anything Late at night, intimate talks bout very unintimate things, Tapping into the greater consciousness and bike rides.


What other artists are you into at the moment?

Lapalux is killing it right now, Kastle, Aker, Susumu hirasawa, Millions, The Notwist, and The cars.


Where would you love to tour?

Northeast, canada and new england, that would be too cool for words. that or the uk! i just really wanna get out there, which should be soon, i may end up getting on sxsw, which would be a great way to kick this off. but i need management!

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?

at the moment im workin on this ep/beat tape to share with the world and possibly gonna get onto the sxsw lineup, if not im still gonna tour the greater west coast next year. the ep is due out 11/11/11, and after that ill be focusing on the live set. Until then, its back to the headphones! thanks for talking with me, and stay rad!

Keep your eyes peeled for the release of Alecks Auclair new e.p, set to drop 11/11/11. You can listen to more at the BANDCAMP SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK TWITTER



Friday, 7 October 2011

GIRAFFAGE























Absolutely lusssssshhhhhhhhh. I'm not Welsh and can't get away with saying that word, but it's appropriate.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

GLITTER BONES / TWIN SISTER












Slick reworking of Twin Sister's latest single, grab it from the Glitter Bones Bandcamp.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

BERMUDA BONNIE






















Real tight sounds coming from Rebecca Huston, the meistro behind Bermuda Bonnie. Gorgeous vibes being orchestrated and a particular highlight is the Sun Glitters remix, released in June, combining two of my most recent favourite artists. Boundaries don't exist within this music and the ideas depicted are ethereal and eclectic, listen, listen, listen!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

I have just moved in with a bunch of great people in the lovely hood known as Bushwick, BK, NYC, USA, Earth, etc... I just finished a second album called Drama soon to be released on cassette via my sweet new label, Chill Mega Chill Records. Now I am scurrying to finish a Halloween song for their first ever Chiller mix (bands from the label create Halloween awesomeness in the form of song on cassette). This song started out as a creepy story about the dibbik box but then morphed into a BB tale of revenge!

Could you give a brief Bermuda Bonnie history?

Bermuda Bonnie was once a girl with fear of everything, trapped in her little box of discontent. Then she discovered tiny doors behind paintings and all that changed. Now she runs wild in the fern forest where everything is florescent and dewy. And no one calls her a cheese head.

Who did you grow up listening to?

When I was younger I really hated current music. Only Creedence, Doors, Kinks, Syd Barrett, Who, Steve Miller.... Steely Dan!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

I have started rapping. Well, not really. It feels a little like spoke word over beats...ish. I am truly obsessed with Fiery Furnaces and Of Montreal so the idea is to say a lot of words. And tell detailed stories. The third album will be pretty different I think....

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

Let's see... Well, the first song off the new album, Drama is called Aliens Lizza! It's about that thing of when you are chilling with a friend who tries to pressure you into going over to a guys house and make-out with him but you have never done that yet (junior high shit) and you are super weirded out about it because you don't want her to know you are scared but you really don't want to do it. Then an alien ship suddenly appear above you. Everyone goes though this at some point I know.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

In a car maybe.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

Yacht! And Twin Sister, Born Gold, Hourglass Sea, Kisses..... My new roommate just showed me a new song that is rad. They are called Phone Tag. Very nice sounds.

Where would you love to tour?

Everywhere!

Finally, what's next for Bermuda Bonnie, future plans and such?

I really want to write a proper "tropical" dancy, feel good song or a whole albums worth of them!




Sunday, 25 September 2011

SUMMER CAMP




















First of all, just look at Elizabeth Sankey's hair, it's lovely, I think she's my hair idol, that is all. We're a month away from the release of Summer Camp's debut album 'Welcome to Condale' (31st October, spooky) and it's a very aesthetically pleasing album cover, infact pretty much everything to do with the band is aesthetically pleasing. I was a fan of Jeremy Warmsley's solo stuff, I remember buying 'The Promise' when I was 16. Therefore, I was curious to listen to Jeremy's next project, as he teamed up with esteemed music journalist, Elizabeth Sankey. I've been aware of Summer Camp for a year or so but it's only fairly recently that the shroud of mystique and intrigue over their identities has been revealed; it's like Scooby Doo. Their music is blissful, light and romantic, with undercurrents of sharp wip and cynicism. 'Im better off without you' has been the catchiest song of my summer by far and you can't be blamed for floating along, unaware that the lyrics are saying something quite contrasting to what you'd expect.

Hi Laura!

> First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

We're in London! Elizabeth is doing some writing for hellogiggles.com
and Jeremy is working on a remix.


> Could you give a brief Summer Camp history?

Summer Camps were invented by Lord Baden-Powell in 1910. The first
summer camp was a total disaster, no-one came.....
Seriously though, in October 200 Elizabeth gave Jeremy a mix-tape
which included the song "I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingos.
They thought it might be fun to record a cover version - Jeremy had
his own studio, although Elizabeth had never sung before. We recorded
it and put it online as a fake band, pretending to be seven Swedish
teens. Much to our surprise & delight, Transparent & Gorilla vs Bear
blogs immediately posted about it. We started writing songs and
playing gigs and here we are now.


> Who did you grow up listening to?

Gracelands by Paul Simon, Beethoven and the Stiff Records Christmas CD.

> Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Brian Krakow'.

It's the second track from our album "Welcome To Condale". Elizabeth
wrote it for Jeremy to sing and he put loads of really loud guitars on
it. It's from the point of view of this kid Brian who lives in
Condale. He thinks he's really cool and that the world owes him a
living, as they say, and he's full of confidence. He's a bit of a jerk
but everyone loves him. He's seeing this girl and she's really keen
but he's keeping her at arms length. The sod.


> What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

Hmm.... We're funding our album with PledgeMusic
(pledgemusic.com/projects/summercamp) - people can pre-order the album
now & the money goes directly to paying off our production costs. One
of the things you could get alongside the pre-order was have us write
a song about or for you, which a couple of people have asked for. So
we wrote a song for a marketing dude's website, which was cool, and
then we've had a few people ask us write songs for their partner's
birthday or an anniversary. It's really sweet & it feels really nice
to be a part of people's lives like that.


> What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Hmm, maybe on a long car journey starting your holiday? Or in a lift.
All music sounds good in lifts.


> What other artists are you into at the moment?

We love Fleetwood Mac, Theme Park, Emmy The Great and Fresh Maggots.

> Where would you love to tour?

We really wanna do a massive 3-month road-trip tour of the US. That
would be so much fun!


> Finally, what's next for the Summer Camp, future plans and such?

Well our album comes out in october - on Halloween in fact - so we're
mostly just planning for that. Apart from that, writing for album 2,
remixes, touring... all very exciting!