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Free Download – Curxes – “Further Still”

30 Mar

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Showcasing their softer side, blog world favourites Curxes have kicked off their 2013 with something of a surprise. Having earned something of a reputation for their excitingly angular and industrial blitz-pop, all metallic and grindy like loads of blacksmiths at work at once, they have returned with a track that has seemingly stepped out of the forge and into the daylight. Well, not entirely.

“Further Still” begins with some operatics, but Andrea Bocelli this is not. It is more like the kind of slightly sinister opera sounds you’d have coming out over the PA during morning exercise at a Stepford holiday camp. Rictus smiles and unnecessarily bright and scary colours all around you. This lasts but a moment though before Roberta’s vocals take over and blend with the suddenly more liquid sound of Curxes. Dark, emotional and subtle, it whispers where you might expect a roar, even as the drama is ramped up it tip-toes. It is scalpel rather than sledgehammer to the walnut of our ears.

“Further Still” is available for free download here.


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Blog Sound of 2013 – The Top 5

3 Jan

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The year is barely a few days old and already the hills are alive with the sound of new music. The BBC are in the process of revealing the Top Five acts in their annual “Sound of…” poll and today we can reveal the Top Five in this year’s The Blog Sound of 2013 Poll. You no doubt recall that we, alongside 48 other UK Blogs, voted for acts we think will blow up in 2013 and the longlist of 15 acts was announced back on 3 Dec.

So, without further ado, the Top five are…

5th The Neighbourhood

3rd= Savages

3rd= Pins

2nd Chvrches

1st Haim

HAIM - Dont Save Me2

Keep reading for some details about the poll as well as a handy playlist of tracks from each of the Top five (courtesy of the lovely Robin at Breaking More Waves), first though some of our thoughts.

Our Thoughts
We were not surprised to see Haim top the list. While they didn’t make it into our personal top five, they were on our own long list and we have loved their super-infectious pop, rock and r‘n’b hybrid sound (the more we hear “Don’t Tell Me”, the more we dance).

Haim were the only ones of our own personal long list to make it into the top five and while we don’t have a problem with that at all, some people decried the long list for feeling a bit too safe. It’s understandable but easily explained. The poll was bigger than ever this year with 49 blogs taking part. Getting any kind of consensus from a small group of people is never easy, getting it from 49 bloggers each with diverse and eclectic tastes is going to be nigh on impossible. As a result it will always be the acts that appear most often, though not necessarily at number one, on bloggers lists that will rise to the top and the three sisters from California have been one of the most talked about bands of the last few months and were the second most blogged act by UK Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2012. Not too shabby we think you will agree and a good indication of why they have topped this poll.

The result may not be a slew of artists you have never heard of, or artists from way out in left field but it is a good list of quality acts nonetheless and again includes some that have not featured on the BBC list at all. Also, if you feel like these are safe choices, what about the inclusion of the already extremely successful and established The Weeknd on the BBC poll? Now that is a safe choice. Anyway, we think this is a good list of bands who will do well this year and who knows, may even contain another Mercury award winner?

The Tunes

The Facts
The Blog Sound poll was run by Robin Seamer from Breaking More Waves and Andy Von Pip from The Von Pip Express asking 49 UK music bloggers what emerging acts they were particularly excited about. The poll wasn’t intended to criticise the BBC’s Sound of list, but to simply represent the tastes of the voting bloggers.

The 2013 Blog Sound long list contained 7 acts that were also then revealed to be on the BBC Sound of List (AlunaGeorge, Chvrches, Haim, Laura Mvula, Palma Violets, Savages and Tom Odell) and 8 that weren’t (Curxes, Daughter, Mo, Pins, Randolph’s Leap, Rhye, Seasfire and The Neighbourhood).

In total just over 170 acts received at least 1 vote in the poll, but Haim and Chvrches were way ahead of the chasing pack when it came to the final count. Pins and Savages, tied for third place with The Neighbourhood, the second US act on the list after Haim in fifth.

Of the five most voted for acts all of them are bands and four of them have lead female vocalists. Two of the bands (Haim and The Neighbourhood) are from the US.

The Participating Blogs in alphabetical order:
A New Band A Day / A Pocket Full Of Seeds / All Noise / Alphabet Bands / Both Bars On / Brapscallions / Breaking More Waves / Brighton Music Blog / Details Of My Life So Far / Don’t Watch Me Dancing / Dots And Dashes / Drunken Werewolf / Eaten By Monsters / Electronic Rumors / Faded Glamour / Folly Of Youth / Flying With Anna / God Is In The TV / Harder Blogger Faster / Howl / In Love Not Limbo / Just Music That I Like / Killing Moon / Kowalskiy / Love Music : Love Life / Mudkiss / Music Broke My Bones / Music Fans Mic / Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt / My Bands Better Than Your Band / Not Many Experts / Peenko / Real Horrorshow / Scottish Fiction / Skeletory / Song By Toad / Sounds Good To Me Too / Storm’s Brewing / Sweeping The Nation / The Blue Walrus / The Electricity Club / The Mad Mackerel / The Metaphorical Boat / The Music Hoarder / The Recommender / This Must Be Pop / Von Pip Musical Express / 17 Seconds

Blog Sound of 2013 Long List Revealed

3 Dec

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We hope you have been enjoying our 2013 Preview feature; we’re in the home stretch now with the final five of our artists to Listen Out For being revealed this week. We’re not the only ones who have been getting excited about what next year may bring. Alongside 48 other UK Blogs, we voted for acts we think will blow up in 2013 in The Blog Sound of 2013 Poll, in fact the five we are revealing this week were our votes.

Below are some details about the poll and the Long List of nominated artists, which was revealed today and includes four of our own long list of bands to Listen Out For. The top five and ultimate winner of the poll will be announced in January.

“The Blog Sound Poll was first published in 2011. The concept of the poll wasn’t to criticise the established BBC Sound of list, but simply an experiment to see if UK music bloggers could come up with its own list of emerging artists that was more representative of their community and give the artists that were nominated some extra publicity. Indeed the idea was to compliment the BBC list in many ways by providing an alternative to compare and contrast.

Last year’s final long list provided some interesting alternatives to the BBC list; most notably it included Alt-J, this year’s Mercury Prize winners, who didn’t feature on the BBC list at all.
The Blog Sound of 2013 poll has expanded with 49 UK blogs nominating their 5 favourite emerging artists. Just over 170 acts received at least 1 vote. The winning act received votes from around 25% of all bloggers.

The long list represents the very best of new music and draws from major labels, indie labels and completely unsigned acts. The likes of Haim may be featuring on a lot of new music tip lists at the moment, but the Blog Sound poll also highlights lesser known bands such as Curxes and Randolph’s Leap, bands that do not have big PR representation, and this is what makes the Blog Sound list fascinating and exciting.

The poll was organised by Robin Seamer (Breaking More Waves) and Andy Von Pip (The Von Pip Express). “Each blog was allowed to vote for five acts and the diversity of the nominations was staggering. Based on the evidence of the spread of votes anyone that says that music bloggers are sheep and are all writing about the same artists has got it wrong. However, the results of the poll show that certain artists do have a lot of support and love from a significant portion of UK bloggers and those artists make up the Blog Sound of 2013 list,” says Robin”.

The Nominated Artists For The Blog Sound Of 2013

In alphabetical order:

AlunaGeorge – Infectious R&B influenced pop from London
“Your Drums, Your Love”


Curxes – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
“Spectre”


Chvrches – Scottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
“The Mother We Share”


Daughter – Minimal / ambient sounding folk
“Medicine”


Haim – Classic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
“Don’t Save Me”


Laura Mvula – Jazz / soul singer hailing from Birmingham
“She”


– Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
“Pilgrim”


Palma Violets – Raw and energetic indie rock band
“Best of Friends”


Pins – Edgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
“Shoot You”


Randolph’s Leap – Glasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
“Hermit”


Rhye – Smooth and blissful pop duo
“The Fall”


Savages – Intense post-punk with female vocals
Savages – Flying To Berlin


Seasfire – Modern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitars
“We Will Wake”


The Neighbourhood – Atmospheric Californian 5 piece rock / pop band
“Let It Go”


Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester
“Another Love”

The Participating Blogs

Also in alphabetical order:

A New Band A Day / A Pocket Full Of Seeds / All Noise / Alphabet Bands / Both Bars On / Brapscallions / Breaking More Waves / Brighton Music Blog / Details Of My Life So Far / Don’t Watch Me Dancing / Dots And Dashes / Drunken Werewolf / Eaten By Monsters / Electronic Rumors / Faded Glamour / Folly Of Youth / Flying With Anna / God Is In The TV / Harder Blogger Faster / Howl / In Love Not Limbo / Just Music That I Like / Killing Moon / Kowalskiy / Love Music : Love Life / Mudkiss / Music Broke My Bones / Music Fans Mic / Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt / My Bands Better Than Your Band / Not Many Experts / Peenko / Real Horrorshow / Scottish Fiction / Skeletory / Song By Toad / Sounds Good To Me Too / Storm’s Brewing / Sweeping The Nation / The Blue Walrus / The Electricity Club / The Mad Mackerel / The Metaphorical Boat / The Music Hoarder / The Recommender / This Must Be Pop / Von Pip Musical Express / 17 Seconds