For those eagle-eyed amongst you, you may notice the August playlist has come out in September but I'm sure you won't hold that against me as it's now on Spotify and Apple. Apple listeners sadly don't have two of the tracks. No YouTube clips this time. If you liked those let me know in comments but I think most people are streaming the playlist.
Black Widow - Reverend and the Makers
The Rev is back and this time there aren't any synths as his Mrs takes time off with the new baby - check out Makin' Babies also on the new album. The album is ready to preorder and you can get those two tracks now when you preorder. Which I have of course done.
No Drama Queen - Grouplove
Having seen Grouplove live a couple of years back with Schonberg I was amazed to find they'd released a second album without telling me. It didn't reach the heights of their great first album and I still hadn't followed them that closely so to find they'd released another track as part of a soundtrack was a pleasant surprise. Check it out.
The Blue Collars - Cheater
I've had a few songs of The Blue Collars on my "evaluate for the blog" playlist for a while now. As mentioned on a previous playlist they remind me of The Twang. The thing is they haven't quite got the melody element like The Twang and are a bit more raw. At times this is great and other times it can grate. If they can get the balance right they could be a band to be reckoned with.
Marching Orders - Editors
It's been a while since I've listened to an Editors track and the band have moved on enough to make their music sound fresh without losing their original appeal.
Brand New Day - Kodaline
Like Keane I guess. Well worth checking out.
Last Day Of Your Life - Glass Pear
If you're in to your cycling, as well as checking out my cycling blog you should also check out the excellent Cycling Podcast (I really can't recommend it enough). This track features as the intro and outro music. I thought it was just a piece written for them but it turns out it is a very accomplished track. Glass Pear are fronted by Yestyn Griffiths who is the younger brother of Jem, remember her? He even co-wrote some songs on her first album so a talented guy. Their guitarist and producer is Tom Welham and it turns out he's a cycling fan as far as I can work out and he is also the guitarist from Thirteen Senses. So during the Tour de France they also used a Thirteen Senses track on the podcast.
Reconnect - Director
Another discovery through Spotify. Massive in Ireland back in 2006 this was the debut single from the band.
2468 - DJ Yoda
I've been a fan of DJ Yoda after downloading a set he did for Radio 1 quite a while back. I grabbed it off the excellent Pearson Towers web site which sadly, at the time of writing, seems to be no longer in operation. This is taken off his album Breakfast of Champions, which everyone knows is *insert your breakfast here*.
Baby Don't You Lie To Me - The Fratellis
Easy Money - Johnny Marr
OK so I'm slow on to this one but it's a cracking tune.
Marina & I - The Gorgeous Chans
Very Vampire Weekend, if that's your bag then this track will be too. This is the debut single from the band from Nottingham. Pretty tasty for a first effort if you ask me.
Shine - Years & Years
Finally something Years and Years has done has grabbed me and I get where they're coming from. Then again it took me longer than this with MGMT so guys it's me not you.
Cupboard Painted Red - Puppet Rebellion
As previously featured on this blog, the band come up with another strong track.
Daydreamer - Biopolar Sunshine
Dario G mixed with Semisonic. not really but kind of.
Stay High - Spector
The album is now out and on first listen it seems strong, Stay High is the latest single from the album, all have been solid tracks. Not just our house that plays 'veto' on films and songs then.
Walk In Space - Fingathing
Another track to go on the Space themed playlist (Schonberg and Crispie I'm talking to you). Fingathing remind me of Avalanches and Frontier Psychiatrist.
The Whip - Locksley
The Whip being the name of the track not the band. Fratellis-esque crowd anthem track.
Rise and Fall - Dorey the Wise
Starts off very jangley (maybe too much?) but a strong voice rescues the track. One for Frankie and the Heartstrings fans.
Roundabout - The Starkins
Quite a few finds through Spotify (I really must ditch either Spotify or Apple Music but Spotify is winning at the moment). This is one of them, they've got some more recent material but this is a good introduction to the band.
Mountain At My Gates - Foals
I've never really been in to Foals but I like this and I think I'll listen to more off their new album, out now kids.
Sing - Sounds Under Radio
Quite middle of the road but I like a good keyboard backed guitar band.