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BBC Sound of 2009 Part II

 
By on Friday, 28th November 2008 at 8:45 pm
 

Here’s the second part of my votes for BBC Sound of 2009. Part I is here.

2. Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers got kidnapped, had their straight up indie-pop sent to psychedelic boot camp where 60s radical drill sergeants beat big power into the rhythm sections. Whilst Mystery Jets assume a similar stance, they’ve left me bored on my feet. Golden Silvers and “Magic Touch” is a different beast: more smoke, more 80s keys where you need them.

Rarely is something British, extravagant, and glamorous without being held back by the retro chains strung around the neck. Let’s hope they can help hold of the power: big sounds are what we need. Subtlety is fine, just don’t end up being lacklustre. Please.

MP3: Golden Silvers – Magic Touch

3. Slow Club

I’ve been a big fan of the folk-pop crash band wallop of Slow Club for a long while, attending tons of shows. Here’s hoping that 2009 is their year. Tour-successes with Tilly and the Wall and Noah and The Whale continue to show that the Sheffield duo Charles and Rebecca offer fun, big songs, good feelings and tenderly strummed, feathered touched snare that in seconds become great blasts where you want to mouth along every song. You’ll want to take holidays, go ice-skating and have a massive huddle with these two-folksters: they inspire good times & tell good stories; combined with a fit of limb flailing, then delicate pauses optimism is what The Sound Of 2009 needs.

Golden Silvers may have more indie-cred to exchange, but for good sake, let’s hope that market crashes, quickly. Seeing so many surprised by Slow Club makes me confident in their continued ability to shine for audiences across the country next year. Catch them in London at Union Chapel, Monday night, £10.

 

BBC Sound of 2009 nominees

 
By on Saturday, 22nd November 2008 at 3:00 pm
 

Good day, I’m Mike and Phil has asked me to contribute some blogs post to tgtf. I run the Nothing But Green Lights music blog and I also write for The Morning News. I’ll be writing about lots of new bands, reviewing some albums, and stepping away from the “Only British Music” limitation I usually restrict myself to.

But saying that, here’s some new British music. Not just any new British music, no: this is my contribution to the Sound of 2009 poll that the BBC have asked me to take part in. You may know the artists, you may not, but this is a perfect time for a rethink, and considering who you think is worthy of mainstream success next year…

1. I Blame Coco

I Blame Coco is many things; Sting’s daughter, a Kate Nash alike. She’s cold nights and hot parties. Still thinking about her being Sting’s daughter? You shouldn’t – I liked it before I knew and so should you. “I Blame Coco,” a song that should really called “How did all these people get in my room,” is one of my most played tracks of the year; with little coverage so far, expect big things for 2009 with her bright, warm and ska-tinged pop songs. Maybe they’re waiting for spring hype and summer festivals before releasing this young-thing. Either way, I think this song is perfect for dark afternoons. And look: in the last few weeks, since I last looked, she’s been picked up by Island Records!

MP3: I Blame Coco – I Blame Coco

I’ll bring you my other two picks for the poll next week; the results of the poll will be announced on the BBC entertainment site early December. A teaser: the initials of my two picks are G.S and S.C. Any ideas? Any picks for the best new music of 2009?

Part Two of Mike’s ones to watch in 2009 can be found here

 
 
 

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