Blood Sport

Blood Sport is Alex Keegan (Guitar), Sam Parkin (Drums) and Nick Potter (Vocals) an alternative indie band based in Sheffield, England.

Blood Sport is an alt indie band from England

Blood Sport – photo credit Guy Smith

Lilting rhythms and melodies with influences of Dan Mugala and later derivations of the style of Kadongo Kamu from Uganda interspersed with reminders of Alternative TV give the music an hypnotic timbre in which tracks could become never ending hypnosis of sound and to give the material the time to flourish and develop in the listeners ears they do run pieces to over seven minutes duration, which could happy be doubled in length without loosing any interest.


The transformation of well established cohesive influences dipped in the box of existentialism provides for a triumph of experimentalism which in many ways provides a backdrop to social fracturing across much of the world today, delivering music, which in many ways due to its disparate roots is precisely of its time and an exciting commentary of the second decade of the 21st Century in the so called ‘developed world’.

This is not the first time in recent weeks that I have come across a new band taking influences from the rich seam of Ugandan music and I for one do hope this becomes a wider trend as the journey on which the brain can be taken is breathtakingly extensive.

With a new album – Life In Units – set for release on the 9th September I look forward to hearing more from Blood Sport.

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Lund Quartet

Lund Quartet is an instrumental jazz group from Bristol in England, comprised of Simon Adcock (piano / theremin), Jake Wittlin (turntable), Rob Childs (double bass) and Sam Muscat (drums). Their debut album, simply titled Lund Quartet, is released September 2013.

Lund Quartet - instrumental jazz from England

Lund Quartet

“Did you just say there were a theremin and turntable in this band?” Why yes, I did. However, before you think these guys are all about experimentalism and the unusual, do bear in mind the music they play only features these elements sparingly. The entire album is suffused with the piano, with the drums and double bass doing a great job filling out the sound space while samples are lovingly sliced and diced by the turntable work. Opening track Sequoia presents an edgy and compelling introduction to the band, with a sampled brass section cutting through the mix of hi-hat and evocative grooves on the keys. Their extended studio performance of Sequoia takes the song into somewhat self-indulgent but absorbing territory with a protracted dubstep theremin section! One can only hope the group decides to take this approach when performing the track live,

Sequoia – Single – Lund Quartet is available on iTunes*.

The album continues into somewhat unexpectedly melancholy with its second track, Kulde, which treads through icily emotional territory worthy of its translated namesake – Kulde means cold or frost in Norwegian. Love’s Madness is a fun and slightly sinister ballroom-strut through a hazy, delay-infused vocal sample and masterful piano playing. Tulipan is something of a rollercoaster in terms of its composition, ranging from downhearted and gloomy to uplifting and inspiring. Something to note at this point is that these arrangements are wilfully minimal in their construction, with each instrument occupying its space in the mix without overpowering the experience. In this way each source of sound can be fully appreciated.

Lonn is another double-edged sword in terms of its content. Starting off as a sombre piece, Lund Quartet subtly generate a confidence and character which crescendos into a charming piano section. The penultimate track, Merula, features catchy tapped-stick percussion and pleasant work on the keys

before Zill Bell finishes off the album with leisurely aplomb.

Overall I really like this debut from Lund Quartet. It’s nicely rhythmic and never offensive in its construction, and the turntable element sets the band apart. In future I personally would like to see slightly more use of the sampled elements (the intro to Kulde is a fantastic example of that) and maybe more fitting use of the theremin – I can hardly spot it on the album but can imagine all manner of exciting possibilities presenting themselves for future experimentation.

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Another superb review from Robbie, many thanks.

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Vienna Ditto

Vienna Ditto from Oxford in England the duo of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth with their avante-garde rock have passed my sight a few times and now I have been able to find enough music to write a review.

Vienna Ditto - avante-garde rock from England

Vienna Ditto

The underscore of velvet and steel resonates of an S&M dungeon with its evocative combination that transfixes the listener. I have been aware of the Vienna Ditto for a year or so and when I received an email about a new release, Ugly which comes out on the 14th October 2013, I was absolutely convinced I had already written a review of the band and was surprised to see that I hadn’t, so let us take a moment to rectify that situation as these two are precisely who should be featured on the Indie Bands Blog stable of websites.

Dulcet vocals are accompanied by evocative music that wrap the listener in an intoxicating fold of velvet which echo’s around the room in a warming embrace, lulling the brain into a sense of safety, before the blind fold is snapped around the eyes and the cold embrace of spreader bars snap into place and suddenly it is the the audience who stand exposed and vulnerable.

Vienna Ditto leave Schmitte Scars seared deep into the brain and I am delighted that I have been able to rectify my omission of a fine band with whom I suggest spending time is part of your life spent well as they add much to the world of music.

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Liar Liar – EP – Vienna Ditto is available on iTunes*

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Lola King And The Kickstarts

Lola King And The Kickstarts an indie-pop band based in London, England, is Lola King (Vocals), Dan King (Guitars), Shaun Lee (Drums) and Chris Curtis (Bass).

Lola King and The Kickstarts - indie pop from England

Lola King and The Kickstarts

A delightfully whimsical vocal and bouncing notes playfully tumble in to the room like a puppy trying to coordinate its legs, incredibly endearing and entertaining. That isn’t to say it is overly fluffy as the music produced by Lola King And The Kickstarts demands intrinsic finger-work to allow the frolicking nature of the sounds to be maintained.  I am reminded to a great extent of The YuYa, a perennial favourite on the site and with the release of the double A side single on Blue Vinyl – well what more could I ask for.

The combination of the instruments and vocal which play one off against the other creating a jazz reggae configuration tied together with a percussion that holds it all in context. There is much to enjoy and Lola King And The Kickstarts have much to add to the world of music and their future development will be of interest.

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Bounce Together / This Is Not a Love Song – Single – Lola King & The Kickstarts is available on iTunes*

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evokateur

evokateur an alt electro band from London in England is Sarah VillarausHector Villaraus and Simon Lowry.

evokateur - alt electro from England

evokateur

Whilst evokateur play around with textures of electro-pop, underlying the out-put is a scintillating avant-garde reflective which spins around the room cascading against the brain in delightful rhythms as the outfit extrapolate finesses as a good bridge player is able, to provide the audience with sounds which captivate.


If I have to raise a criticism, I oft find in this sector of the music industry, one song remixed over and over is presented as new material and evokateur sadly also suffer from this strange delusion, but when they get round to original compositions this is fine music in which to spend more than a moment.

It was back in January 2011 that they were brought to my attention and life has moved forward for them as they concentrate more on live performance, than making recorded material available, which is perhaps precisely where the focus for this type of music should lay, instantaneous and immediately accessible.

evokateur have understood that it is the organic, living and breathing nature of the music which is the core element that marks out the differentiation and whilst the recordings are of good quality, I get the feeling that live performance would add a distinctive dimension.

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