It’s our ‘landmark’ 10th New Music 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 ourfirst 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?
First up is the Brooklyn, NY based Throcke, aka Christopher MolineuxCarson. One man, one studio and a hell of a lot of instruments(not to mention talent) combine to make work with magnificent texture – it soarsand glides, and it comes as no surprise that Throcke also scores forfilms.
Those familiar with the studio noodlings of Cornelius willappreciate Throcke’s sampling of all sorts from birds to aeroplanes andelevators. It’s slightly crazy, mind-stretching stuff, and stunninglybeautiful in parts – take Sector17b for example.Roebeck
In a similarly laid-back, electronic vein is London’s own Roebeck. Thisduo 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 canfollow in the musical footsteps of Massive Attack, Zero 7 andAir with such admirable style, there are no points needed fororiginality amidst such musical poignancy.Jamie Radford
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 greatstuff out there, as proved by Jamie Radford.
Mr Radford makes glistening electronica infused hip-hop, like Jurassic5 riffing over Aphex Twin. It’s a truly magnificent mix and ranks as one of my favourite unsigned finds ever. Just take alisten 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 withthe quaint, mournful music of Brody and Quint. This English trio makebeautifully laid back tunes full of interesting lyrics, languid stringsand delicate vocals.
Their fans include Tori Amos, and it’s not difficult to imagineBrody and Quint enjoying at least some of her level of success. Songs likeSpinning Drum display a lyrical virtuosity that Rufus Wainwrightwould be proud of.Nixon and the Burn
They’ve toured with some band called Arctic Monkeys, which oughtto 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 inpossession of some of the finest song titles around. Try Amanda the Pandafor an example of all of the above.The Wake
If there’s any act in this edition that I could see being on heavyrotation at a commercial radio station, it’s The Wake. Does the world reallyneed another band that sounds a bit like Snow Patrol? I don’t know,but for those looking for hugely listenable indie, The Wake certainlyprovide amply.
Their finest track, She, follows a rigorous quiet/loud alternation, witha rousing chorus, and really quite excellent vocals. It’s uplifting andenjoyable (the sort of song you can imagine on a teen drama soundtrack) andproves that The Wake are at least the equal of a great many similar bandsout there.