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.