23 Jan 2012

6 Music picks: Strict Status and Joy Wellboy

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.  

Strict Status - Locked In

Scottish producer and musician Emma Welsby is one of a rare breed of female drum ‘n bass producers. As Strict Status she records, produces and provides the vocals on all her tracks, we like this one Locked In. A music degree at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and a successful professional session drumming career later she’s now teamed up with Neil Harvey to create Nova Code. Nova Code is a new collaborative project involving, er, well YOU if you like:
“This project incorporates live musicians, visual artists and anyone else we find along the way with insane abilities. The aim? To have everyone perform their contribution live in the form of a gig in August 2012.” Get in touch if that tickles your fancy!

Joy Wellboy - Within Another Dimension

It’s not often we here at TOW receive a missive from Brussels - Geert got in touch about a band on his label Doctor Vinyl Records called Joy Wellboy. Intrigued we took a listen and were immediately hooked by frontwoman Joy Adegoke and her producer/ musician partner Wim Janssens. The debut album Let’s Make Love Before We Die is, as they put it: “Not the gospel as we know it, and it's not quite the church as we know it…” Ok! Excellent. Either way it’s got us hooked and Joy is an eyeful, as you’ll see from their videos.

16 Jan 2012

6M Picks: Grimes and Pisces

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.  

Grimes - Genesis

  Grimes - Genesis by factmag
This solo electronic musician has been busy - album number 4 since 2010 is due out in March and we cannot wait to hear the whole effort if this sneak preview is anything to go by. Lo-fi synth with strong confident beats and an ethereal vocal line ticks boxes for us, previously ticked by the likes of LA producer Nite Jewel and chill wave maestro’s Sleep Over... Thanks to The Girls Are for tipping her for major success in 2012 - noting that this album is due out on 4AD, remember what that did for Tune-Yards? Exciting.

Pisces - Voodoo

A UK exclusive from Sarah Negahdari’s new project Pisces. Remember her from Happy Hollows? The LA based psych rockers we tipped for Tom back in 2009. Sarah’s broken out on her own for this, a few members of HH do join her for recording sessions though so she’s keeping it in the family. The kitchen of an abandoned downtown LA studio apartment is the setting for what you hear and Voodoo is one of our tracks of 2012 already, catchy as hell with that infectious vocal line. More please Sarah!

9 Jan 2012

6 Music Picks: Thought Forms and Beccy Owen

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.  

Thought Forms - Song For Junko

  SONG FOR JUNKO by Thought Forms

Part of the ever evolving and interesting Bristol lo-fi rock scene, Thought Forms are Charlie, Guy and Deej and play wondrous, experimental, rock-infused soundscapes. Sky Pegs is their EP that we took Song For Junko from - released on Geoff Barrow's excellent local label Invada Records. Hats off to the Portishead producer and multi-instrumentalist for giving emerging talent from his Hood a chance - Thought Forms supported Portishead in the States in 2011, needless to say it was a highlight of the year: high five you guys!

Beccy Owen - You Are Gone

Already known to Tom and 6 Music Introducing as the frontwoman with joyful indie electro-rockers Sharks Took The Rest, we did some snooping and Beccy Owen has had a solo career well worth a mention. Based in Leeds but originally from Wales, she says she writes 'eccentric pop music with a big dark heart.' We took this song from her solo album released in 2008 Down With Gravity. Gorgeous stuff.

2 Jan 2012

6Music Picks: Who should be big in 2012

Tom Robinson has been so good to The Other Woman. We’re heading into our third year of being his Girl Music Guru and he’s always enthusiastic, warm, genuinely interested in what we’re jibbering on about and our biggest fan (we like to think...) TOW is privileged to have ten minutes of his 6 Music Introducing show every week to showcase two bands we’ve decided need some serious airplay. For the New Year’s show though, we got a whole half hour! Whoop! Thank you Tom, you are the best.

Here we go, in no particular order, the band’s that (if we ruled the world) would be number 1 in 2012:

Hysterical Injury - Maths


Yes we know we’ve banged on about this band, along with most of the other new music bloggers out there. Hysterical Injury are just one of those bands who you wish would go stratospheric, they are grungy, DIY and have one helluva front woman in Annie Gardiner, how can they go wrong? With a debut album on the horizon (Dead Wolf Situation/ Crystal Fuzz/ Feb 6th) we’re excited... This noisy Bath-based duo may just make 2012 their own.

The Lovely Eggs - Allergies

Holly and David are musical genius. Holly is one of our all time favourite in-your-face, brilliantly talented front women and these two do things completely on their own terms. With the mighty Gruff Rhys on production duties on this Too Pure Singles Club released single, could 2012 be their year? It’s like, sheesh, five years too late if it is!

Lady Leshurr - Lego

This quick fire MC from Birmingham has been on our radar since early 2010 and we’ve been watching closely as her reputation has spread. Culminating in a New Band A Day nod from The Guardian’s Paul Lester recently and the release of her Off The Leash EP. Formidable and above all, she’s have a good time which is always fantastic to see!

The Horn The Hunt - Animal Magic

Clare Carter is another of our front women of 2011. Catching The Horn The Hunt live a few months ago the tiny blond singer is mesmerising. Their second album Depressur Jolie is dark and gloriously synth laden, with Clare’s vocals keeping it all together. This Leeds band are surely a cert to play some of the rockier festivals this year? Oh wait that would take creative, adventurous programming...

Chapter 24 - Spindle

Another band we’re hoping will take 2012 by the horns are Corby band Chapter 24. We’re big fans at TOW and Tom’s hugely into them too. Forget all the Riot Grrrl/ Slits comparisons - yes, there’s a girl on vocals but frankly that’s where it ends. Their heavy blend of funky spiky guitars and reverb heavy vocals result in something entirely poppy and psychedelic. A True Gem.