Julian Lennon Picks

jamesyuillLike many music lovers of his generation, JAMES YUILL has a passion for both the emotional songwriting and atmospheres of artists such as Nick Drake, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens and the visceral beats and dynamic rhythms of Justice, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin. Unlike anyone else however, Yuill has fused these seemingly disparate influences into a magical sound of his very own, something that hasn't gone un-noticed; he is quickly becoming an influential part of London’s popular “folktronica” scene.

Since the UK release of Turning Down Water For Air this past October 2008 on revered independent label Moshi Moshi Records (Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Au Revoir Simone), Yuill has garnered a huge amount of critical attention, including features in NME, Dazed and Confused and Clash Magazine, who featured him as “Best Newcomer 2008.” UK radio also jumped on board, with DJs including Huw Stephens, Colin Murray, Zane Lowe and John Kennedy all championing him on air.

A hectic live schedule including SXSW, Radio One Big Weekend, Latitude Festival, Club NME and numerous sweaty, dark venues across the globe, has added to the tangible buzz around James Yuill. Seeing him live is a truly unique experience: one minute you're drawn in to the tender simplicity of his voice and acoustic guitar, the next minute your head's spinning and your feet are moving to the dazzling array of beats and effects pumped out by James's laptop and boxes of tricks - not bad for a one man show that fits neatly into a reconditioned guitar case.

Yuill is also a sought-after remixer, who has worked with artists like Au Revoir Simone, Tilly and the Wall, David Holmes, and fellow folktronica artist Rod Thomas, as well as some up-and-coming UK artists.

jukes2"Something Important" will be released at the end of June 2009 on Gilles Petersons' Brownswood Bubblers 3 compilation.  Tammy Payne has never sung in a hardcore punk band, but that’s about the only thing she hasn’t done in a varied and eclectic musical career. Working from 17 on a cruise liner, spontaneity took over on arrival in the USA, where she jumped ship with a friend and a musical odyssey began. On the ensuing road trip Tammy began copying the riffs of Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane and drumming in Salsa bands.

On her return to the UK, all of this led to a couple of dance floor hits.  Then, determined to improve her percussive skills, Tammy travelled to Brazil and Amsterdam to learn from the right people. She also spent time hanging out with her half Arab brother listening to North African Rai music. She learnt to play the drums and played for Patrick Duff of Strangelove, Mckay (Geoff Barrow) and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

Tammy says, "I took to heart a dream I had of hearing singing coming from a cupboard. The singing was so sweet and pure. When I opened the door it was me as a six year old girl. I realised that I wanted to sing with that lack of style, with that purity. I threw away my embellishments and started to sing straight!”

Then came Jukes, the first album, with Twisted Nerve Records. Run by eclectic DJ and Producer Andy Votel and his mate Badly Drawn Boy, it was a perfect place to be. A place where beats and folk were at home together.

The new album to be released by Triumphant Sound is full of classic songs with a twist. Described by some as soulful psychedelic folk, Jukes also recalls Enio Morricone Spaghetti Western music, and bands such as Broadcast and Young Marble Giants.

Listen to the forthcoming single ‘Something Important’

candedableCaned & Able have a very wide open sound that ranges from chilled, ambient, dance floor and alternative.  Since impressing far and wide with their beats for bars project, Patrick Bird and Martyn Savigar have now expanded their range of collaborators to weird, wonderful and sometimes audacious effect...

In the immediate vicinity, there’s former specimen and Siouxsie & the Banshees guitarist Jon Klein, drummer Chris Bell [also specimen but a bevy of ‘80s giants too] and, showing up in the course of this hallucino-genic journey, Billie Holliday, Catatonia, Marc Bolan and even the young John Peel.  They have a great amount of musicians and people moving in and out of the studio and their music is solid, BZ looks forward to hearing more from this project.

the-brian-jonestown-massacreNamed in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock and roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group"s ranks over the next half of the decade, but throughout their focal point remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Keagal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer Brian Glaze and Spokesman for the Revolution Joel Gion recorded the Massacre"s 1995 shoegazer-influenced debut LP Methodrone.

A collection of early recordings, Spacegirl and Other Favorites, followed on the band"s own Tangible label in early 1996, and was the first of four Brian Jonestown Massacre LPs to appear that year; next up was the brilliant Their Satanic Majesties" Second Request, a full-blown homage to the Stones" glorious psychedelic-era excesses. Recorded live in the studio, the grittier Take It From the Man! found the band exploring even broader territory; finally, the year ended with the release of Thank God for Mental Illness, a showcase for strong country and blues leanings. In 1997, the BJM -- now consisting of Newcombe, Hollywood, Gion, Taylor, guitarists Jeff Davies and Peter Hayes, and drummer Brad Artley -- resurfaced with Give It Back! Upon signing to TVT, they released Strung Out in Heaven the following year, but the band and Newcombe"s eccentricities kept them from staying on the label.

After a few scattered EPs, they resurfaced in 2001 with Bravery Repetition and Noise, distributed by Bomp. And This Is Our Music followed in 2003. Despite a continued lack of major distribution, the Brian Jonestown Massacre earned the largest profile of its career in 2004, when it became the unlikely focus of an award-winning documentary, DIG!, which charted the trials of Newcombe and those of his rival, Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols. We Are the Radio: The Mini Album followed in August 2005. -- Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

castlebed_artistProducer extraordinaire Castlebed on System Recordings creates 'COLORS AT NIGHT', a vibrant 10 song full-length artist album encompassing downtempo, dub, latin, and deep house. Featuring "Silent Flights", "Satellite Beaches" and "High Dive".


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