Artist: Maribou State
Release: Scarlett Groove
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance – Beats & Breaks / Electronica
Maribou State continue a great 2012 with their 2nd EP for Southern Fried Records. ‘Scarlett Groove’ follows ‘Native’ and reinforces the compelling sound which saw them named as ‘number one producers of 2012’ by Eddy Temple Morris.
The title track sees the guys team up with Saint Saviour, Groove Armada’s leading lady who is about to embark on her UK tour. Described by the Quietus as ‘one of the most breathtaking talents on the planet’, her dreamy vocals are apt as we enter our long overdue Indian summer. ‘Pagoda’ takes things a little deeper, whilst ‘Summerfolds’ and ‘Puppet Strings’ are cuts for the clubs; the EP really shows the breadth of Chris & Liam’s sound.
Despite living in rural Hertfordshire, the guys are making waves in the city having already remixed The 2 Bears, Wretch 32 & Crookers this year. Their rework of Submotion Orchestra has notched up 40 thousand plays on Soundcloud and was featured on the front page of XLR8R. They are currently working in their self built studio ‘the shack in the back’ finishing the debut album on the horizon for 2013. Listen to ‘Scarlett¬†Groove’ below and listen to a recent mix the boys did for online music magazine Bokah,¬†here.
Artist:¬†Public Service Broadcasting¬†
Label:¬†Test Card Recordings
Genre:¬†Alternative – Electronic / EBM
Public Service Broadcasting are moving ever upwards – this time setting their sights on the summit of Everest.¬†They have teamed up with Studio Canal Plus to adapt the 1953 feature-length documentary ‘The Conquest of Everest’.¬†The stunning film was shot by expedition member George Lowe, and recounts Hillary, Tenzing et al’s successful ascent of the tallest mountain in the world. PSB weave together the lyrical commentary from the film with a soaring soundscape of glacial synths, propulsive drumming and triumphant brass, to compelling effect. Watch the video here.
‘Everest’ precedes PSB’s debut album, due to be released in Spring 2013, and sees the duo take their unique live AV show on their most extensive tour to date.
Artist: Hot 8 Brass Band
Release:¬†The Life & Times of…
Genre:¬†Jazz – Big Band
New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band was founded in 1995 by tuba player Bennie Pete, Jerome “Bay Bay” Jones (trombone) and Harry “Swamp Thang” Cook (bass drum) to play brass band music professionally. Although many of the current members began playing together in high school, over time the line-up has inevitably shifted and changed, and continues to do so.
But any incarnation of Hot 8 Brass Band will boast eight or nine players of the highest rate, bringing the passion and noise through a bevy of trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums, all buoyed up by the immense tuba basslines of band leader Bennie Pete, who¬†sums up their music as “feel good music…music with a message. It’s life music.”