PLAYLIST: October 2016

Findlay – ‘Electric Bones’

Findlay is headlining a We Can Do It Promotions gig at The Shacklewell Arms in aid of Rape Crisis UK on October 6th. Good music for a good cause, that electrifies our bones! (Kate Crudington)

The Human League – ‘Being Boiled’

Sheffield’s finest’s pre ’80s darlings work is much darker than you might expect, with the now trademark female vocals absent and squelching synths in their place. This one opened the encore of their Bestival Sunday night set (where Robert Smith was in attendance). (Dan Bull)

The Japanese House – ‘Still’

Amber Bain’s jaded but beautiful lyricism is perfectly scored by guitar and electronic distortion. She played the Invaders of the Future stage at Bestival, and she’s embarking on a UK and a US tour later this year. (KC)

SKiNNY MiLK – ‘Here It Comes’

Brighton bass and drums duo SKiNNY MiLK are a force to be reckoned with live, and they’re returning to The Shacklewell Arms to support Findlay on October 6th. (KC)

Baby Strange – VVV

I first stumbled across Baby Strange around 3 years ago, in a dingy club in Nottingham, where I was attempting to pro-long my wild student days. It wasn’t working for me, but it was certainly for these three Glaswegian lads clad in leather and producing an almost nostalgic sound that I din’t realise I was missing. In an age where the Calvin Harris’ of the world are dominating the charts, Baby Strange sound like the anti-band with strong riffs, deep rhythms and penetrating lyrics that are quite honestly, decent rock-pop. VVV is raucous in it’s efforts and definitely best listened to marching to the pub. (Katie Muxworthy)

James Vincent McMorrow – Get Low

For up-beat, toe tapping tunes, James Vincent McMorrow isn’t my usual port of call, however a girl can change (and so can an artist). The Irish singer songwriter combines acoustic melodies, hip-hop influences and falsetto vocals to create an inescapable catchy and contemporary sound. The sixth track on new album “We Move” is this guitar filled number and I have been playing it on repeat since it’s release.  (KM)

The Cure – ‘Lovesong’

Taken from their 1989 album Disintegration, this sounded divine live at Bestival a few weeks ago. Robert Smith is “solid gold”. (KC)

Frank Ocean – IVY

Will he? Won’t he? Who even knows anymore? It is needless to say that I have dedicated the best part of 2016 (and 2015) to wondering when Frank Ocean would FINALLY drop the much anticipated follow up record to Channel Orange, and I was not alone. After months of speculation, it was this glorious month of September that the man and, pretty much bordering on, the myth, gifted us with BLONDE (formerly Boys Don’t Cry). Ocean is seamless in his storytelling, and the production value on this record is flawless. Start with IVY for polished vocals and lyrics you can get lost in. (KM)

White Light – ‘Dancer’

 New Notts trio White Light’s debut successfully blends a smattering of influences (The Libertines and The Kinks can be heard amongst others) without sounding like a tribute to a time gone by. In a couple of years they’ve gone from pubs and clubs to supporting at the o2 Academy – keep your eyes out for these. (DB)

Tigs Da Author feat. Lady Leshurr – ‘Run’

Another highlight from Bestival’s …Future stage, Tigs Da Author’s set was impossible to not dance or singalong to, regardless of whether you’d heard one of his tracks before. ‘Run’ is a little reggae, a lot pop and will sprint straight into your brain before you know what’s good for you. (DB)


Kate Crudgington

Kate Crudgington

Assistant Editor for Gigslutz (2015-2017) Now Co-Founder, Co-Host & Features Editor for @getinherears