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VISUAL // THE CROOKES “BLOODSHOT DAYS”

Hailing from: Sheffield, England
Web: MySpace

Sometimes you need to look back to look ahead, and that’s exactly what this Yorkshire quartet does, and they do it quite well. Taking hints of ’80s C-86 mixtapers, twee pop, and ’60s R&B, as well as the band’s wry literature reference, and you have a concoction that’s both catchy and memorable.

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VISUAL // BLOOD RED SHOES “DON’T ASK”

Hailing from: Brighton, England
Web: MySpace

This is the second single from the band’s sophomore effort, Fire Like This. They’re currently on the road throughout Europe and England right now.

Order here from the Rough Trade online shop.

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VISUAL // SUPERGRASS BREAKS UP


“Alright”

Hailing from: Oxford, England
Web: MySpace

As reported yesterday by Prefix, Britpop era stalwarts Supergrass have announced their break-up, citing musical differences. They were to have released their 7th album earlier this year on Cooking Vinyl (entitled Release the Drones), but at this point the album may not see the light of day. The band officially formed in 1993.

Their final gigs will consist of select UK dates and a final gig in Paris on June 11th.

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VISUAL // EGYPTIAN HIP HOP “WILD HUMAN CHILD”

Hailing from: Manchester, England
Web: MySpace

The music of Egyptian Hip Hop is oddly alluring, and so is their video for “Wild Human Child.” It’s topsy-turvy dance rock that never takes the most direct route to its destination.

While the band are short on material and high on buzz, their limited output is very good, including the memorable track “Rad Pitt” from last year. “Heavenly” / “Wild Human Child” is their debut single and it’s on on 12 April on Hit Club Records. Purchase here from the Pure Grove online shop.

Egyptian Hip Hop “Wild Human Child” radiant-dragon-remix by Exitfare

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VISUAL // MAY68 “MY WAYS”

Hailing from: Manchester, England
Web: MySpace

United by “the boredom of an overcast city going through the indie rock motions,” and “a common goal for things bigger, better and more colourful,” MAY68 formed with aim of being the antidote to Manchester’s musical malaise. These may be lines from their bio, but they’re apt in describing this electro-pop band that’s doing much more than reinventing the wheel.

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VISUAL // THESE NEW PURITANS “ATTACK MUSIC”

Hailing from: Thames Estuary, England
Web: MySpace

Although These New Puritans are running around Europe promoting their sophomore album Hidden (out now on Domino / Angular), they found the time to put together the excellent promo clip for their latest single “Attack Music.”

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VISUAL // FLORENCE & THE MACHINE

Normally I wouldn’t cover an artist quite as big as Florence & the Machine, but this is unique occasion. I came across this clip via a tweet from XFM DJ Marsha Shandur – it’s a rare 1935 version of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream with “Rabbit Heart (Raise if Up)” playing over it.

It’s amazing how well it matches up. Watch it now before the label takes it down.

Congrats on the great job by Pretty Monkey Studio.

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VISUAL // HELLO SEAHORSE! “CRIMINAL”

Hailing from: Mexico City, Mexico
Web: MySpace

Late last summer our ears were turned on their ears when we were exposed to all of the exciting sounds currently coming out of Mexico. Without getting into a long list bands, at least not right now, one of our favourites were (and still remain) three-piece electro/indie unit Hello Seahorse!

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VISUAL // GOLDHAWKS “WHERE IN THE WORLD”

Hailing from: London, England
Web: MySpace

At first listen, you too may try to figure out who this band sounds like. WIth vocals that go from low to high in a heartbeat, and a steady drum beat throughout, you too may think, this sounds familiar.

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VISUAL // NEWISLANDS “OUT OF TIME”

Hailing from: London, England (via Northampton)
Web: MySpace

We first wrote about NewIslands at the tail end of the summer last year after grabbing ahold of a few of the band’s demos. At the time they were a secret known by just a handful of people, but since then things have really changed. The band has been heralded by the likes of NME, CMU, and Artrocker, and their debut 7″ will be dropping this Monday on YouWillBeFollowing Records.

Here’s the band’s first proper video.

Download: “Attracted by the Lights”
Download: “Out of Time” (Is Tropical remix)

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