31 August, 2007

New Air Traffic Single

The music video to 'No More Running Away' - the third single to be released from the Bournemouth band's debut LP 'Fractured Life - was revealed this week.

Its a bit over the top, making me wonder if the band want to be taken a little more seriously. I have however always had a fondness for the song as it was always "that" song they'd play at their gigs when they'd whip out a couple of massive drums from no where and start beating the hell out of them. Still its not as fun as 'Charlotte' or 'Shooting Star'.

[mp3] Air Traffic - No More Running Away

Also a couple of weeks ago I heard a song on XFM, the rock/pop/indie station for London and Manchester. I listened closely at first thinking this makes a change from the usual Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane selection, but was mortified. I know twee. I love twee. But this is tacky, shallow garbage, and how it made it on the radiowaves ahead of actual quality I don't know. It sounds like The Feeling gone wrong. Anyway I somehow brought myself to download the song and put it on here. Its by Scouting for Girls.

[mp3] Scouting for Girls - She's so Lovely

30 August, 2007

Stereophonics Mega Post!

My my Kelly Jones has been busy!

March marked the release of his solo project, Only the Names have Been Changed, a low key album that arrived as a result of little flirtation rather than a long and arduous process of planning and writing. As the lead writer and mastermind of the Stereophonics, it was only really a matter of time before a body of solo work emerged. And its ok but it really is just Stereophonics stripped. It doesn't compete with the band's material but it does prove that he really is the driving force behind the name.

[mp3] Kelly Jones - Emily
[mp3] Kelly Jones -Liberty

October welcomes the Stereophonic's 6th studio album, Pull the Pin. Headlining single, 'Bank Holiday Monday' was released some time ago, but if anything represented a step back, lacking the American rock 'n' roll ruggedness of Language, Sex, Violence, Other? and pop charm of Just Enough Education to Perform. Its just so very average. The LP as a whole doesn't compare either but its a decent listen with a few highlights.

[mp3] Stereophonics - Daisy Lane (from Pull the Pin)
[mp3] Stereophonics - It Means Nothing (from Pull the Pin)

For the Stereophonics enthusiasts, I've also got hold of some early demo material. Recorded under the name Tragic Love Company (you can see why they ditched the name) these couple of songs are the band's roots, their testing of the water and their first big hit at the big time. Enjoy

[mp3] Tragic Love Company - Believe
[mp3] Tragic Love Company - Be Like You
[mp3] Tragic Love Company - Before

Also I couldn't talk about the Phonics without posting my all time favourite tune by them, 'Maybe Tomorrow'.

[mp3] Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow (from You Gotta go there to Come Back)

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28 August, 2007

Kate Nash Can't Rap

One thing i've learnt this week is that Kate Nash should stick with piano scores.

I'm always excited to see artists team up with one another. Recent pop unions I have enjoyed are The Chemical Bros feat. The Klaxons on 'We are the Night' and Dizzee Rascal feat. Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys on 'Temptations'. So it was with great anticipation that I discovered Kate Nash had worked with Kano on his latest album, London Town, set for release September 10. And whereas I'd normally encourage artists to delve in other genres and mix things up, I'd have to say Kate Nash is good at what she does but hip hop is really not her thing. Anyway you may disagree.

Kano Ft. Kate Nash - Me & My Microphone
Lethal Bizzle Ft Kate Nash - Look What you Done

In other news, the music video to the new Wombats tune, 'Lets Dance to Joy Division' was released yesterday. In keeping with the unclocked pace of the song, witness 3 hairy Liverpudlians tear down a room and whisk themselves off their feet with some frenzied guitar/drum playing.

24 August, 2007

New Wombats!!!

Perhaps the brilliance of The Wombats' new single "Lets Dance to Joy Division" is not its brilliance, rather how much more brilliant it is to previous single, Kill the Director. Which, I might add was quite brilliant. Somehow condensed into a 3 minute serving of pop goodness is an untamed pop riot. A euphoric call to arms indie anthem; its set to wear the ground thin on every good indie dance floor.

But what the song really screams out is - why dance to Joy Division when you can have us? A rhetorical question - for there's really no good answer. The Wombats are establishing themselves is indie pop masters and are on top form here.

22 August, 2007

Malakai - The Battle Video

To mark the release of Malakai's first EP on September 3 (rather fittingly named, EP1), the video of forthcoming SMASH single, The Battle has been released. And its a predictably psychedelic affair from the trip hopping indie deviants.

Plucked and groomed from the Bristol music scene by Portishead band member, Geoff Barrow, Malakai draw influences from 1990s Bristol outfits and boast a genuinely nostalgic sound. If you missed out on picking up Malakai's first offering, Fading world, here's another chance to snap it up. Also check out some of the best of the ever infuencial Portishead.

Malakai - Fading World

Portishead - Cowboys
Portishead - Toy Box
Portishead - Sour Times

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20 August, 2007

Akala - Freedom Lasso

Some interesting facts about Kingslee Daley a.k.a. Akala: hit UK hip hop artist Ms Dynamite is his sister, he's played football for Wimbledon FC and West Ham's youth team and last year won a Mobo award for best hip hop artist, beating urban heavyweights, 50 cent and The Game.

His debut album, Its not a Rumour was universally acclaimed and according to The Times, he was set to become the first UK black rapper to become a household name. We're still waiting though. In fact Akala has yet to breach the UK top 40. But what to the charts tell us anyway?

October 2007 marks Akala's triumphant return, with Freedom Lasso. Though first single, Bit by Bit, set for a September 17 release, is a little drab and unlikely to propel the album to dizzy heights, songs Freedom Lasso and Electro livin' with their electro backing bring Akala into the Calvin Harris era with confidence.

Tracks like Defeated with its pop chorus and classic rock rhythm prove Akala's not only capable of embracing other genres but he's pretty good at it too.


Akala - Electro Livin'
Akala - Freedom Lasso
Akala - Defeated
Akala - Bit by Bit

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17 August, 2007

The Deadly Syndrome

Its not often I pick up on the latest folk pop talent, but this twee LA foursome really grabbed me. Their melodies are shamelessly simple and rhythm based but packed with so much twinkling and cheery oh and aaahs - they're impossibly infectious.

They've been around for about a year now and are releasing their debut album, The Ortolan on September 11. It won't compete with Kanye West's Graduation and 50 Cent's Curtis, both released on the same day, but it'll give you way more for your money.


The Deadly Syndrome - Eucalyptus
The Deadly Syndrome - Winter in You
The Deadly Syndrome - How I Became a Ghost

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01 August, 2007

Marv the Marsh Q&A

Marvin the Martian is one of the forerunning artists behind a new indie/rock/rapping genre billed as "grindie". When he's not rapping over samples from contemporary indie hits, Marv's breathing new life into old classics. His original material isn't bad either.

The Pop Register likes to keep track of its pop faves. First blogged a month ago, Marv's been pretty quiet since. So I caught up with him to find out exactly what he's been up to.


According to your blog you’ve been a little inactive lately. I’m sure this isn’t the case though. You’ve just come back from America. What did you get up to over there?

I'm a person that still believes in the mystique behind your favourite artists and bands. So when I'm doing the mundane day to day stuff that goes with being signed to a major label I don't like to put it out there. It's not that I don't think it's interesting or that my fans won't respond to it, but there's a lot of people putting up blogs saying "Today I was in a meeting with my A&R and we discussed the impact of The Sex Pistols and how they could relate to my position politically" it's too much. I've never had that conversation officially, but you know that sort of thing is just the process. When it comes time to buy my album are you thinking about the music or the fact that I slipped in dog shit outside the Universal building on my way to a meeting about tour support on May 15th? My fans don't want to think about me all the time so I try not to make them. In the time since I signed my album deal though I've been recording non-stop. I'm working on so many things right now, I had planned to do some little gigs around London last month but my Grandmother passed and I had to travel to Philadelphia for her funeral. I met up with a lot of family over there. I wasn't gone for too long but it was a good experience for me. I'm back and recording now though.

You work a lot with indie material: singles by Art Brut, GoodBooks and your new song Guns of Brixton is a take on the old Clash hit. Its unusual for rappers to be so involved on the rock side of the music scene – what’s kept you within this frame?

I've been asked about this a lot, I think I've always come up with different answers. They've all been 100% truthful though. Essentially I think it's being born and raised in London. How can you not pay attention to the music that is so important in this city and you are a part of the city yourself? Art Brut are a band that can sell out The Astoria 3 nights running and not break the top 40 with a single. I love Art Brut. Everything about them. I love GoodBooks, they're album comes out this week I think. Me and Jack actually went up to their studio while they were recording a couple of times and what we heard , was amazing. When I started taking my music seriously in like 2004 I wanted to get out there and experience live music, I wanted to take my performance to the same place Art Brut did and 80s Matchbox did and The Hives did. So when I said "I'm gonna go out there and learn my craft" Nobody was doing it better than those guys. Nobody. Guitar music is still a massive influence on me. I can't wait until I can go on tour with a band and it not be like "Oh they just put a hip-hop/ grime act on because he samples indie" I can't wait for that to be a natural thing. Like Dizzee and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It's not time for that yet though. Example had a rough time with The Rifles recently, I mean The Rifles the band loved him but he had a few dissenters in the audience that made it tough for him.

Your music is a lot more down to earth, often more light hearted than that of a lot of UK rappers. For instance Dizzee Rascal never loosens his grip on the whole outlaw theme of running from sirens, police breaking into his home with jail always a threat. Whereas your forthcoming single, I Hate my Job sounds great as well as being funny and something we can all relate to – “busting my hump...for minimum wage”, “I don’t want no P45”. Do you think the “fun” element is important?

It's the experience to me. I'm so autobiographical. A lot of the time it's to my detriment. I want to write about things I hear about and see and I don't quite capture the essence of what's going on unless I actually lived it. I was talking about myself being stabbed, left alone and leaving somebody alone on 'I Don't Go' that was all real life, my label embraced that fully, I know that's my best place, writing about the things that make me Marvin. We all know that real life for a Western man isn't all doom and gloom though so yeah songs like 'I Hate My Job' are important in terms of getting across the whole experience. I'm not going to give you half of me because it's convenient. I'm not going to give you half of somebody else because it rhymes. There's too much of that right now, in all music. People want to relate to you through your music. At this point in my life, I would say I'm having fun. So I do a remix of Calvin Harris' 'Acceptable In The 80s' because it's fun. I keep it quite serious when I need to though. Most of my album is quite serious.

You have quite the catalogue of mixtapes, remixes and original material available considering your album isn't due out until September. What can we expect from the debut? Will there be a mix of songs – some with indie samples, some remixes or will it just be original Marv?

I am finishing the demos for my album this week and traveling out to Bristol on Sunday with Jack Nimble who's my producer and co-writer. We're going to Bristol to work with a production team called The Insects who are an absolutely amazing team, they produced for Massive Attack and Goldfrapp and they do a lot of film stuff, they're real music people, they want to give me the backdrop for my life story and I want to give them the words. We're going to live in Bristol for a month and turn our demos into a classic album. There's already so much in the album, I've done ballads, I've done fight music, I've done guitars, pianos, turntables, punk, funk, goth, emo. You can expect the perfect hip-hop based British pop album. I'm not being cocky, I'm confident, I know what I'm capable of and having heard what Jack and The Insects have planned it's really going to be a special record. It's all new original material, it's my life story. My plan is to make it my life story. I've got a few other projects that will surround the album though that I can't really talk about yet. I'm getting my David Bowie on, you'll see some really strange things happening around the album.

What tours have you got planned to promote the new album? Is Marv going to be getting himself around?

We're sorting all that out at the moment. There could be one I'm on in September/ October to support my new single but there's talk of a label tour with all the other No Carbon acts which would be amazing. The Rivers and The Dodgems and The Casuals are great bands. I'm hoping that somewhere down the line I can get back out with Goldie Lookin' Chain who I went on the road with in December. I learned a lot from those guys in terms of professionalism, showmanship and just dealing with tour life generally. I'm pretty sure that once this album's completed I'll be on the road pretty much constantly for 18 months at least. That's what I'm hoping anyway.
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