Following the recent releases of singles ‘Toad’, ‘Desire’, ‘Beast’ and ‘Signal (Redux)’, the album is receiving praise from the likes of The Independent, Noisey, The Quietus, DIY Magazine, Louder Than War and a tonne of international radio support.
“One of the most extreme and extremely enjoyable albums of the year.” – Louder Than War
“Brilliant, ferocious” – The Independent
Listen now on Spotify and look out for the limited edition 12″ vinyl release available on January 12th 2018 from select independent record stores.
Lossy, aka Sam Sharp, is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Hackney, London. Mixing up analogue synths, found sounds, circuit bending, sequenced effects and real acoustic instruments to create his own brand of electronica. Sam’s music has previously been released through Tru Thoughts and Tessier-Ashpool as well as though his own label Boot Cycle Audio and plenty of radio airplay from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3 / Resonance FM), Dom Servini (Amazing Radio / Wah Wah 45s), Swiss National Radio Couleur3 and Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission / WYEP).
Having grown up playing sax in big band ensembles Sharp went on to study classical music at Leeds before achieving his Masters in jazz from the Guildhall School in London in the mid 2000s. Since then he has immersed himself in electronic music, building up a formidable arsenal of instruments and equipment at his studio base in north London. Equally happy working as a traditional writer and arranger as he is in the realms of dance music, he often finds himself the “muso in the room”.
Always at the forefront of technology, the Lossy stage rig combines innovative controllers, live electronics, traditional instruments and looping gear to enable him to improvise and compose on the fly. Recent evidence can be found in the form of his sold out shows with poet Hollie McNish, live collaboration with visual artist Strangers Are People Too and upcoming performances recreating DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing album with Introducing Live at The Bullingdon, Oxford (Apr 15th) and Koko, London (Apr 22nd).
“Another great Lossy production! Love it!” Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)
“The concept of sister-doom is sort of like a spirit that drives us to do what we do” the pair finish up “It’s sort of that feeling you get when you’re stood in a dark, empty house with all the lights turned off. A figure suddenly appears in front of you and your eyes try to work out if it’s real or not. It’s sort of that adrenaline you get from the unknown. Like something you shouldn’t do but you just want more.”
The sparse woodlands and open skies of East Suffolk are not regarded by many as creative hive of musical activity. In fact some would venture to say that there’s nothing there. But then again they would be wrong. Out of the quaint town of Halesworth and surrounding hamlets emerges a force to be reckoned with. A shrouded being of intricate guitar work, howling vocals and piercing brass. The extension of 7 creative minds allowed over the years to mature and develop together are what makes up the sonic, melodic and artistic vision that is Solko. Merging genres from dub rock, to psychedelia to indie, Solko have spent 10 years honing their craft and bidding their time.
Late 2015 saw the release of ‘DOG’ which was highly praised by BBC6 music presenter Tom Robinson. Solko are set to record and release more new material in 2016.
“a real lesson in smooth jazz mixed in with some soul for good measure” – It’s All Indie
“Mixing sensational funk-infused soul pop melodies with unique and vibrant vocal tones, Solko are an interesting blend of all the good new things popping up in today’s UK music scene.” – The Blue Walrus
“Their sound is much bigger than any visions of the picturesque countryside” – Gigslutz
“classy jazzy rhythm section, terrific, bouncy guitar lines finished off with sleazy saxophone” – B-Side Magazine
“Solko are refreshingly different, enjoying a collision of their more traditional and less contemporary fusions, with a bag of tunes that are emotive, carefree and just downright interesting.” – Music Dash
No Nothings are a tour-de-force of speed-garage-punk-rock-psych-goodness injected straight through the eyeballs. Rising from the ashes of Kingston-Upon-Hull sweethearts, Mother, No Nothings hit hard with a dose of Iggy & The Stooges, Minor Threat, QOTSA. The band’s track ‘A Country Song’ featured on the PS4 racing game Gran Turismo Sport. Check out the new music video below:
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“Loud, confrontational and unpredictable…. one thing’s for sure, you won’t forget them in a hurry.”
– Drowned In Sound
“Crazed, infused and scruffy, if you get chance to see these you’re one lucky rascal. For fans of The Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat and The Circle Jerks.”
– Give It Back Magazine
City Shanty Band is a 10 piece sea shanty group from Hackney. Stomps, claps, drums and accordion all make an appearance, but many of the songs are reliant solely on male voice. Their repertoire ranges from old swaggering sea songs to new compositions based on modern city life – all delivered with a 10-strong vocal attack that will blow your hat off.
“Big Rhino put a massive smile on my face. Infectious tunes that make me want to dance and big sing-a-long choruses that I can’t refuse joining in with. The guys are a real pleasure to work with and have never disappointed. It’s great to see the Rhino get bigger with every show they play.”
– Pat Cannon, I’m Not From London
“A highlight, playing a fun and uplifting set that ranged from surfer rock to indie pop that at times wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a Tarantino film.”
– Graeme Smith, reviewing the Dot To Dot Festival 2013
The Most Ugly Child are a five piece Country/Americana band from Nottingham, UK. Formed in November 2012 from various limbs of already established bands (The Broomhill String Band /The Rip-Roaring Success), they have quickly developed a prominent following across the Midlands and beyond. Festival slots in 2013 include Ynot Festival and Southwell Folk Festival, plus support slots for Rose’s Pawn Shop, Ahab, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Rue Royale and Captain Dangerous as well as headlining many of their own shows. Rounding off their first year together, they recently signed to Wire & Wool Records, as part of the I’m Not From London family and preparing to release the debut EP ‘A Wicked Wind Blows’ in early spring..
Brought together by a mutual appreciation of country and bluegrass music, the group centre around the partnership of singer songwriters Daniel Wright & Stevie-Leigh Goodison. Influenced by the high and lonesome sounds of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and George Jones, Daniel and Stevie have been likened to some of the great country duos of yesteryear, such as Johnny and June Carter-Cash. Their original material blends seamlessly with old time country classics and ‘A Wicked Wind Blows’ features not just stunning lyrics and vocal harmonies but also Max Johnson and Matt Cutler (The Broom Hill String Band) on upright bass & drums respectively and Nicole J Terry (The Rip Roaring Success) on Fiddle. The bands new material perfectly showcases their emotive lyrical content and strong sense of harmony; Daniel speaks through his handed down guitar whilst Stevie-Leigh’s heartworn vocals show musical maturity far beyond her years. 2014 is already turning out to be an exciting year for The Most Ugly Child with the release of the new EP on 7th July through Wire & Wool Records.
Ryan Thomas is a 21 year old singer-songwriter hailing from Nottingham, UK. His combination of blues, country and folk have marked him as one of the Midlands rising stars with influences from Robert Johnson, Seasick Steve and Johnny Cash. Having recently signed to Wire & Wool Records (I’m Not From London), Ryan’s first record ‘Worries & Troubles’ debuted at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.
2013 saw regular BBC Introducing airplay for Ryan as well as slots at some of the Midlands most prestigious venues working with major promoters in venues such as Rescue Rooms and Glee Club. Ryan made appearances at Dot To Dot Festival, The Big Shake Out and Splendour 2013 as well as being pitted as ‘One To Watch’ by Left Lion Magazine.
“The sound of Bluesy folk artist Ryan Thomas will blow you away. His Seasick Steve like vocals coupled with the sound of his bling resonator guitar is a catch. A born performer, Ryan Thomas’ performance is spellbinding.”
“In fact, if it’s modern blues you’re looking for, you can’t go far wrong with this record. Chuck it on while you’re having a bottle of beer and a cigarette, then listen to it again when your head’s pounding the next morning.”