25/03/2013: Coco and the Butterfields – Low/Encore

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Fip Fok.  A genre you might not be aware of but one you need to wrap your ears around quick.  Coco and the Butterfields are the Canterbury based band that created this genre, and as well as having a live E.P available they’ve just launched their shiny new website.

Available from the site are three free downloads.  This weeks free download is the first of these, a fusion of Flo Rida’s Low and Jay Z’s Encore, brought together by Coco and the Butterfields’ unque sound.  Sailing in on a violin Low/Encore anchors in your head instantly.  Driven by a double bass, guitar and bango Coco and the Butterfields even have a beat boxer.  A genius combination already; the rapping completes this fast paced and joyful mash-up of Low/Encore alongside the inventive beat boxing.  You won’t have heard anything like this anywhere else today.

Your ears need this inside them.  Get your free download of Low/Encore by Coco and the Butterfields here.  Also find a cover of Just a Dream by Nelly and Feeling Good by Nina Simone.  They’re only available for a limited time however so get them quick.

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Klac Tik – The Servants

Klac Tik.  As names go it’s original and unique; some might go as far as weird.  These are just three of the words that describe the ten track experience that is The Servants.  Klac Tik combine sounds effortlessly and creatively to create sound-scapes that will transport your mind and give it something to ponder in the process.  Sit back, ideally with headphones the size of a small house strapped to your head, and get ready to visit more places than an indecisive millionaire.

St Barnaby’s Lurch introduces you to Klac Tik’s sound.  Within the first minute you’re treated to a dark but persistent acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies that verge on choral.  As St Barnaby’s Lurch reaches it’s chorus the tone of the track becomes happy and uplifting.  A warm bass line and trumpets cement this in your head and help make your first trip a pleasant one.  Underneath a multitude of sounds however the lyrics explore a damaged emotional state as lines such as ‘They gave you nothing/If not everything’ echo down your ears, before getting enveloped by the chorus.  Acting like Robin to the instrument’s Batman these catch you by surprize.  St Barnaby’s Lurch is an ideal introduction to Klac Tik’s sound.

Klac Tik, Soren Bonke, Jonathan Beyer, Matthew Mitchinson, Andy Joseph

Much like a person with many moods, The Servants feels like one individual experiencing a spectrum of emotions in a highly human and relatable way.  Reborn is simple yet harmonious tale of finding happiness in the world around you.  A kind and organic drum beat leads you along assisted by another wide assortment of instruments.  The sense of peace delivered by Reborn is echoed in Nympherous, an oriental lullaby.  Supported by lilting sounds Nympherous is a story of finding comfort in others.  It’s not all peace and comfort however.  Fire Souls shows a timid but quietly positive side to Klac Tik as they celebrate the effect life events have on clearing indecision.  Kierkegaard highlights this indecision with a muddled forced feel and a sense of inaction as more sounds than you can keep track of float around your head.  Kierkegaard has the feel of a track that will only improve with listens.

Not all the places Klac Tik take you to are as pleasant as the above.   As the emotional tour flies into illegal airspace tracks such as Quenched Man explores risk taking and what happens when the risk wasn’t worth talking.  Set to a somber soundtrack Quenched Man highlights the power of Klac Tik’s music.  Curved Mirror doesn’t improve the mood as it shows the power of negative reflection, somehow in a way that makes you want to keep listening.  Cool Luke Hand manages to capture an eerie mood, be it one with inspired vocal production, as it speaks of the way people can lock themselves away.

The Servants, Klac Tik

After Lohrengrin highlights again the musical ability of Klac Tik, Landing Party finishes the trip.  Bi-polar in nature, the initially trumpet led intro becomes something murky and uncertain.  Finding it’s strength again Landing Party ends in a new and balanced place.  Start to finish The Servants by Klac Tik is an emotional and musical journey.  Written very much as a complete  entity this is a rare and enjoyable experience.

Klac Tik on Facebook

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. St Barnaby’s Lurch
  2. Kierkegaard
  3. Reborn
  4. Fire Souls
  5. Quenched Man
  6. Curved Mirror
  7. Nympheous
  8. Cool Luke Hand
  9. Lohengrin
  10. Landing Party

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 17/03/13

What an awesome show!  The underground and unsigned music in Kent and across the UK is incredible!  We want to congratulate Tank Trap again on earning a slot at this years Isle of Wight Festival and Syd Arthur for their appearance at this years SXSW.  Both these and all the bands we play have bright futures.  See who we played below and go find them live, you won’t regret it.  Listen now for great independent music and again on Sunday at 8 … and Friday at 6.30.  There’s no escape … wait, no excuse not to check it out.

Track Listing:

Blacken the Name – Jekyll and Hyde / On Facebook

Wheres Billy – Tears and Essays / On Facebook

Tank Trap – My Animal / On Facebook

CzechMate – With Me / On Facebook

Skies – Magical / On Facebook

Klac Tik – Reborn / On Facebook

The Alamo – More to Learn / On Facebook

The Lightwings – Revolution / On Facebook

Syd Arthur – Ode to Summer / On Facebook

Optional Rubber Duck – Jackie Chan / On Facebook

Internal Skars – Undertaker / On Facebook

Border:Line Fire –  I Wanna Go / On Facebook

Mr Beane (Rebirth Records) – July Mix / On Facebook

Peace.

Blaise Paisel Change Their Name

In favour of a name easier to find Blaise Paisel have changed their name.  After several releases including their debut single Magical, Blaise Paisel have changed their name to Skies.

Skies had this to say about the name change:

BLAISE PAISEL served us very well, but our music’s also changed alot since we named the band back then and we feel our new name is going to be the best thing for us! We’re all really excited! Hope u are too! Here’s to the future! Much love x

Find Skies on Facebook.

David Horn

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 10/03/13

Another great night of music!  Bands from the UK, Canada and America fell out your speakers into your ears!  There was even a twenty minute portion of Pawse’s most recent DJ set!  Our ears are still feeling happy!  Check out tonight’s show for more great Kent and underground music!  Listen anytime for independent music here.

Track Listing:

Artemis Redeemer – Something More / On Facebook

Voodoo Brother – Still Water / On Facebook

Third Place Victory – One Year Wasting / On Facebook

The Gang – Mania / On Facebook

High Tide – Home / On Facebook

Craig Sheridan – Nitewish / On Facebook

The Zolas – Escape Artist / On Facebook

Escape the Ocean – One Sided Dice / On Facebook

Insult – Young and Reckless / On Facebook

Insult – Our Money Your War

Generation Graveyard – The Empty / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Throwdown /On Facebook

Pawse – Live at Wooly’s 03-02-2013 / On Facebook

Much love,

Banned Reviews

Cambridge Folk Festival Announce Friday And Saturday Headliners

Yep, Cambridge Folk Festival have announced the headliners on Friday and Saturday!

In it’s 49th year the Cambridge Folk Festival has confirmed that it’s Friday night will be headlined by Bellowhead and Levellers.  Saturday will be headlined by KT Tunstall and The Mavericks.

KT Tunstall

They join an already extensive line-up which includes Willy Mason, Lucy Rose and Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny aka LAPD.  The event takes place across the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th of July at Cherry Hinton Hall.  Acts across four stages promise to bring a diverse and interesting atmosphere to the festival.  The Sunday night headliners remain to be announced.

Find more information here.

David Horn