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Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh, became one of the most talked about new popstars around when she arrived with her Gold-selling debut album Hands in 2009, going on to achieve worldwide success and widespread critical acclaim. Her beats and swathes of synth perfectly balance against an utterly addictive, intoxicating vocal.
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Brighton's Maccabees have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut top 30 album 'Colour It In' in 2007. Their brand of slightly off-kilter British art-rock has seen them compared to the likes of Wire, Blur, Magazine, Futureheads and XTC. Their frenzied live shows have generated stage invasions and riotous crowds buzzing to the sounds of already classic anthems like 'About Your Dress' and 'Toothpaste Kisses'. After 14 years together, in 2016 the guys announced they had decided to call it a day, and will play their farewell shows in 2017.
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The Scottish shimmering indie-rock four-piece landed themselves a Mercury Music Prize nominated no.1 debut album 'Hats Off To Buskers' in 2007 and have never looked back since. They celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2015 and the tenth anniversary of their debut in 2017. These guys might wear the same jeans, but five albums later their infectious blend of clashing guitars, swirling melodies, unexpected crescendos and psychedelic vocals show no signs of stopping, with a continual reputation as a captivating live band.
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Manchester's legendary dance outfit and bringers of ambient techno to the early 90s masses, the 808 boys are still an integral part of the UK dance scene today. If you want further proof, how many other dance outfits have a back catalogue of seminal tunes that include Pacific, In Yer Face, The Only Rhyme That Bytes, Lopez and Cubik
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Described by The Times as a 'National Treasure', Billy Bragg's brand of socially and politically aware punk-folk has made a remarkable dent in the British conscience and made his name as one of Britain's most popular and out-spoken singer/songwriters. Drawing on the folk tradition of protest song, and the punk sensibilities of direct action, Billy Bragg has made a name for himself as an accomplished and inspirational musician, and as a charged and pro-active activist. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian)
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The seminal '70s post-punk band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, and were led by the inimitable Mark E Smith. Of all the late '70s punk and post-punk bands, none were more prolific than The Fall, having been known to always push boundaries, and never afraid to experiment. Famously described as 'always different, always the same' by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, they maintained their cult status over the decades with an ever-evolving style that held a foundation of jagged guitars, sing-speak vocals, and keyboards to create experimental, abrasive and dense musical cacophony. Mark E Smith sadly passed away on January 23rd 2018.
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AKA Vincent Frank, a young self-taught multi-instrumentalist, producer, remixer and designer. Pure pop escapism in technicolor.
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Hot Leg is a rock band featuring Justin 'Dave' Hawkins, former lead singer/lead guitarist/lead songwriter of The Darkness. Formed in early 2008, the band have released the song 'Heroes' as a free download and the debut single 'Trojan Guitar' promises to be a 'medieval epic'.
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Scottish singer/songwriter Kenny Anderson is King Creosote, who has also been a part-time member of Magnetophone and U.N.P.O.C., and has performed with Adem. He had previously been the vocalist for Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes.
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Emotional and very distinctive style of songwriting. With one of the strongest and most individual voices in an over-crowded sing/songwriter scene its not hard to see why he tipped for big things.
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An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump
Surf rock and soulful girl three-piece.
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Banjo Or Freakout
Blissed out drones and afrobeats.
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African art-rock band from Johannesburg.
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Broadcast 2000 is the creation of Devon born multi-instrumentalist Joe Steer. On his debut mini album 'Building Blocks' he combines cello, double bass, guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel, banjo, percussion and his own layered vocals. All written, recorded, mixed and mastered in the bedroom of his north London flat.
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The Dead Formats
Essex New Wave boys.
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Die! Die! Die!
New Zealand three-piece who are growing accustomed to world tours and growing rapidly in popularity as a result. Die! Die! Die! take their cues from the most influential of hardcore and punk musicians such as Fugazi, Black Flag and Bad Brains, and more varied artists such as Nick Cave, Joy Division and even Boredoms.
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New incarnation of the once XL-signed Dolly Daggers. Guitar-less blend of organ, bass and drums. Elements of funk, barbershop soul, electro, blues. Compared to Ian Drury & The Blockeads.
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'Ipso Facto play a monochrome psychedelica. Everything is taut black and white; guitars sound like they’re being played through straitjackets, the organ lines like slowly snapping ice. Though it’s something more than a Horrors-esque revivalism of dark garage-pop; Ipso Facto posses a cutting edge of melody and melancholy whilst most bands struggle with the crux of their own conviction.' - Drowned In Sound
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Toddla T is the stage name of Tom Bell - a DJ, record producer, re-mixer and composer from Sheffield. He started DJing at the age of 14 in the clubs and bars of Sheffield and by the age of 16 had left school to pursue a full-time career in the music industry. His stage name was given to him by the older Sheffield DJs who influenced him and was used to indicate his relative youth. Toddla T's first album, for 1965 Records, encompasses hip-hop, electro, garage, dancehall and house and was released in May 2009. The major collaborators were Serocee and Mr Versatile. He has also created a mix album for club label Fabric and has a regular slot on BBC Radio 1 - In New DJs We Trust. Recently Toodla T signed to the world renowned Ninja Tune record label and is working on his next release.
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