Podcast: Labelled Independent

By Steve Boniface

If you’re a discerning fan of new music (and let’s face it, you are) then you are always looking for new music to enjoy. And you also want to be the first one of your friends to discover that great new band everyone will be talking about next year, right? Then check out the latest Labelled Independent podcast – nine new tracks from independent artists and labels around the UK, all delivered direct to you for the princely sum of £0. Don’t ever say we don’t do anything for you.

To hear all of these tracks as you read the reviews, subscribe to the podcast free by visiting http://bit.ly/labelledindyitunes - in doing so, you’ll make sure you’re always among the first to receive our new music to your device of choice, and all for free.
Alternatively, you can hear individual episodes at http://labelledindependent.podbean.com/




‘Tonight’ By Crystal Bats (taken from new Barefeet Records compilation ‘Volume V’ OUT NOW)
Smooth, old school indie pop touching on the current trend of eighties recall, this track blends acoustic guitar, light synth and a clever mid-point electric guitar solo to great effect. This song gets better and better with each listen, give it a chance and it will reward you greatly.
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‘If You Can’t Make Me Happy’ by Kirsty Almeida (All Made Up Records, single out Nov 7th)
Picked as track of the episode on the latest podcast, this is tremendous fun. An easy, toe-tapping shuffle pace is complimented by spare production that builds to a lovely middle section that could be from a different song but fits perfectly. And how often do you hear a tuba on a walking bass line in popular music these days? A gem.

‘Systematic’ by Model Society (Unsigned, single OUT NOW)
A driving rock track that once again owes more than a little to the sounds of the eighties, particularly the punk movement. Its short running time belies the number of ideas on show, from the busy drum part to the ‘aahs’ backing the chorus. Well played all round.

‘Six And Sevens’ by Sophie Bohanan (Assorted Records, single/EP released Nov 1st)
Stafford based Sophie Bohanan’s star is on the rise, and rightly so based on this straight-up acoustic/rock offering. Excellent production compliments an impressive vocal delivery from the singer/songwriter. Another decent pick from the Assorted Records stable.

‘Something To Believe In’ by Relish (taken from album ‘Connected’, OUT NOW)
Relish are now on their third album having been around since the 90’s, and count Brian May, Paul Weller and U2’s Larry Mullen among their fans. This track is an upbeat, well-produced piece of pop-rock that could easily be the three way love child of the Manics, The Feeling and Rooster.

‘Blue Sky At Night’ by Weird Shapes (Unsigned, from AA single ‘Weird Shapes Light/Blue Sky At Night, out Oct 31st)
One of those tracks that just washes over you, this is an atmospheric, reverb laden joy. It’s slow pace, minimalist arrangement and electronic touches come together to form a smooth whole, almost trance like in its execution.

‘Room of Red’ by The Ocean’s Eyes (I Am Mighty Records, from EP ‘Lost Along The Way’, OUT NOW)
A ‘well built’ rock song from the ground up with a syncopated rhythm section supporting a verse that builds to a catchy, repeated chorus line. All this is wrapped around a middle section that brings everything back down to earth, and finished off with an excellent false ending. A great example of rock for the radio.

‘The Pigeon Machine’ by Intonamori (from new BadSekta compilation ‘Against All Odd’ OUT NOW)
Meditative electronica that seeps into your consciousness and takes you on a journey all its own. The ticking clock motif and the spare instrumentation, mixing eastern influences and electronic sounds, will not be to everyone’s tastes – there’s not a catchy chorus to be had here – but it’s a lovely piece of music.

‘Dragon Drums’ by Slugabed (NinjaTune, from EP ‘Sun Too Bright To Turn It Off’ OUT NOW)
Wilfully unstructured and non-commercial, this track is a shiny slice of electronic music from Slugabed’s 2nd EP with the ever excellent NinjaTune label. An album is to follow in 2012, one to look forward to for electronic aficionados if this intriguing example is anything to go by.

To hear all these tracks now, subscribe to the podcast free by visiting http://bit.ly/labelledindyitunes - in doing so, you’ll make sure you’re always among the first to receive our new music to your device of choice, and all for free.
Alternatively, you can hear individual episodes at http://labelledindependent.podbean.com/

Thanks for reading, enjoy the tracks!

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