The Riot Squad - I'm Waiting For My Man

That enigmatic icon Mr David Bowie has been in the news a good deal recently.  First there was The Next Day and then, at the weekend, the brand new documentary on BBC2.  Now comes the news that Acid Jazz have discovered some almost-forgotten recordings from his pre-fame days, back in the sixties.

In 1967, Bowie was briefly in a band called The Riot Squad. Five of their tunes are to be released by Acid Jazz on 24 June.  The record is entitled The Toy Soldier ep and consists of Toy Soldier, Silly Boy Blue, I'm Waiting For My Man, Silver Treetop School and For Boys.

The version of I'm Waiting For My Man preceded the Velvet Underground recording and it adds some interesting insight into both Bowie's development as a singer and how the song evolved.  It's stunning, in my view, and has been played constantly since I discovered it.  Can't wait until the ep is released.

Find out more at the Acid Jazz website and Facebook page.



The Spitfires - new single

The Spitfires have a brand new single released on 17 June as a follow up to the excellent Spark To Start/Sirens.  It's another double A side - Tell Me/Words To Say - and the band have released a video teaser of the former.  There's clearly not enough here to give a full picture but, if the opening moments are anything to go by, the indications are promising.  Check it out at their website and Facebook page and wait for more information in advance of the official release.




The Strypes - Hometown Girls

Great new single from The Strypes. Another full on performance, with plenty of attitude and style. Looking forward to the album.

Reggimental featuring Matt Henshaw

It's new album time. Following on from the groundbreaking The Deepest Cellar, Reggimental featuring Matt Henshaw have recently released a new selection of tunes. Entitled Coming Around, the album features the latest in their trademark B-Boy soul, with the smoothest vocals you've heard since Marvin was the hippest young gunslinger on the block,combined with a gritty delivery and inspired choice of samples. All in all, an uplifting set, perfect for those Summer afternoons and night time revelry alike. Recommended.

This is the video for Coming Around.



Get it here http://matthenshaw.bandcamp.com/album/coming-around


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West Of The Sun


Camden band West Of Then Sun's new ep Fountains Of Fire showcases a psychedelic sound that could be equally at home in the first Summer of Love and the beaches of the Balearics. Influences range from Jefferson Airplane to the Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream. The band met at Derby University in 2008 and started out as indie-rock band The Insight.  They have developed into a talented six piece, purveyors of what they call "neo-psych".

The band is:
Luke Ward, Vocals
Joe Stratton, Guitar/Vocals
Michael Howes, Guitar/Vocals
Kieran Callinan, Bass
Darren Stuart-Neal, Drums
Jonathan Gordge, Keyboards

You can download the album from i-tunes.  Here's a taster - the excellent Thrillseekers.



Links

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