in this issue: Throcke, Roebeck, Jamie Radford, Brody and Quint, Nixon and the Burn, The Wake
It's our 'landmark' 10th Unsigned Guide, our fortnightly dip into a worldwide cyberspace of yet-to-be-discovered talent, and it strides with a considerable, not to say eclectic, swagger.
We've got all kinds of bases covered: from the coolest chill out tunes, to crashing rock via our
first foray into unsigned hip-hop. Check out the artist pages, linked on the right of this page, for more about each of them.
* If you're an unsigned or own label artist, why not let us know about you for the next edition, on 10th July? unsigned@musicOMH.com
First up is the Brooklyn, NY based Throcke, aka Christopher Molineux
Carson. One man, one studio and a hell of a lot of instruments
(not to mention talent) combine to make work with magnificent texture - it soars
and glides, and it comes as no surprise that Throcke also scores for
Those familiar with the studio noodlings of Cornelius will
appreciate Throcke's sampling of all sorts from birds to aeroplanes and
elevators. It's slightly crazy, mind-stretching stuff, and stunningly
beautiful in parts - take Sector17b for example.
In a similarly laid-back, electronic vein is London's own Roebeck. This
duo produce airy synth-laden tunes to complement an Ibizan sunset: light,
ethereal and elegant.
Okay, so this style of music is hardly groundbreaking, but when you can
follow in the musical footsteps of Massive Attack, Zero 7 and
Air with such admirable style, there are no points needed for
originality amidst such musical poignancy.
I am generally very sceptical when it comes to unsigned hip hop music -
mostly because a lot of it is hugely unoriginal gangster-posing, wannabe
'Fiddy' tripe made by scallies from Wigan. However, there is some great
stuff out there, as proved by Jamie Radford.
Mr Radford makes glistening electronica infused hip-hop, like Jurassic
5 riffing over Aphex Twin. It's a truly magnificent mix and ranks as one of my favourite unsigned finds ever. Just take a
listen to You're So Warm (or for that matter any of the music on his site)
and tell me you don't agree.
Brody and Quint
From electro hip-hop to the rather different world of Brit folk now with
the quaint, mournful music of Brody and Quint. This English trio make
beautifully laid back tunes full of interesting lyrics, languid strings
and delicate vocals.
Their fans include Tori Amos, and it's not difficult to imagine
Brody and Quint enjoying at least some of her level of success. Songs like
Spinning Drum display a lyrical virtuosity that Rufus Wainwright
would be proud of.
Nixon and the Burn
They've toured with some band called Arctic Monkeys, which ought
to tell you everything you need to know about Nixon and the Burn,
Unsurprisingly, they're pretty damn great: spiky, violent and energetic.
The south coast boys could be the heirs to The White Stripes'
throne with their crashing chords and instrumental meltdowns and are also in
possession of some of the finest song titles around. Try Amanda the Panda
for an example of all of the above.
If there's any act in this edition that I could see being on heavy
rotation at a commercial radio station, it's The Wake. Does the world really
need another band that sounds a bit like Snow Patrol? I don't know,
but for those looking for hugely listenable indie, The Wake certainly
Their finest track, She, follows a rigorous quiet/loud alternation, with
a rousing chorus, and really quite excellent vocals. It's uplifting and
enjoyable (the sort of song you can imagine on a teen drama soundtrack) and
proves that The Wake are at least the equal of a great many similar bands