New Year Ninety 2017 – 10 to 2

Winding towards the number one spot on the Readers’ Selection on the New Year Ninety Chart – 10 to 2.

The more perspicacious readers will have noticed you didn’t get the opportunity to vote on anything – and that is quite correct – as with the Readers’ Selection for Band of the Month – the chart is made up from a number of stats from on-site and off-site activity – fed in to an algorithm and the results are calculated on those factors – not a –  ‘voting system’.

The Aprons - New Year Ninety 2017

The Aprons

10. Tiger Love (England)

9. Bopek (Philippines)

8. The Aprons (Israel)

7. Still Eighteen (Dominican Republic)

6. Eat Fast (England)

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5. Manic Pixi (USA)

Iron Heart – Manic Pixi is available on iTunes.*

4. White Light (England)

3. Something To Do (USA)

Not Making a Sound – Something To Do is available on iTunes.*

2. Two Feet (USA)

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BOPEK – HNNP – Audio

The Filipino experimental-rock quartet BOPEK were introduced last year.

BOPEK - HNNP

BOPEK

A couple of new tracks have surfaced within the past few hours, so it will be interesting to see if there are plans for a full release.

HNNP has a slightly jazz-maths feel to it, which is tempered by a synthetic cleansing cycle that spins through the track in ever faster progression, giving it rounded shoulders of sound.

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New Year Ninety 2016 – 50 to 41

Reaching the half-way mark of the readers New Year Ninety for 2016.

Voodoo And The Crypts - New year Ninety 2016

Voodoo And The Crypts

50. Galvarino (USA)

Double – Single – Galvarino is available on iTunes.*

49. thexperience (England)

48. Voodoo And The Crypts (England)

47. Seven Waves (Ukraine)

46. Bottlecock (Australia)

45. Bopek (Philippines)

44. Lower Cut (Greece)

Off My Head – Lower Cut is available on iTunes.*

43. Albert Bagman (USA)

42. Feral Kizzy (USA)

Slick Little Girl – Feral Kizzy is available on iTunes.*

41. Fat Heaven (USA)

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BOPEK – Paraiso – Audio

BOPEK is an experimental-rock quartet from the Philippines.

BOPEK

BOPEK

With only a couple of tracks to hear, the latest by BOPEK – Paraiso came to light within the past twenty-four hours.

The opening of drum roll and vocal is merely a screen for the complex experimentalism of the five and a half minutes of Paraiso. Elements of dampened maths-jazz strings are blended with extensively delayed and reverbed guitar as BOPEK gradually unfurl their ideas, which are not designed to make life easy, though they do provide a helping hand to bring the listener along with them.

There can be little doubt Paraiso is a Marmite track as you will either be enthralled by the developing sound-scape, which I am, or recoil in abject despair. Either way you will be left dumbstruck. As regular readers will know, I am a Marmite fan else I wouldn’t have asked you to spend the time to consider BOPEK – for those not in the UK – a search will explain the obscure reference to Marmite and polar opposite reactions, so – I pass my thanks to Anna for dropping me the introduction.

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