Drewvis - Disposable Pleasures and Meaningful Pursuits

Drewvis

Disposable Pleasures and Meaningful Pursuits

Released: June 13 2011

Genre: Reggae

Label: Do The Dog 

Rating: 2.5/5

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By: Alexandra Lyon

Disposable Pleasures and Meaningful Pursuits by Drewvis is an album that has been effectively pulled out of the wilderness into the public eye.

Though not prominently well-known, Drewvis’ growing fan-base will no doubt fully appreciate the efforts of talented frontman Drew Bristow, and percussionist Sebastian Laverde. Self-managed, the duo have managed to assemble an admirable first effort at an LP, a simple, relaxed fusion of articulate, relevant lyrics and the mixture of crisp, precise guitar riffs and an irresistible reggae drum beat.

Their sound vocally is reminiscent of groups such as the Drums, in their acoustic sessions. The album, in terms of ambition, aims to brighten the mood of the listener through it’s light guitar hums and quirky use of maracas and woodblocks. The reggae-pop pic’n’mix of tracks is light-hearted and fun, a guaranteed smile-inducer when the clouds seem a bit greyer than usual.

Some notable songs on the album include Short Measures, which showcases their charming southern accents, over a clean and uncomplicated guitar melody and drum beat. They also make use of a layering technique with Bristow’s vocals, making one man sound like three; giving the track a more defined “band” feel.

Estoy Esperando featuring female vocalist Amanda Bes adds a new dimension to the album, including a Spanish lyrical section; giving the track a sunny feel and the quirky wisp of Euro-pop mixed with sounds of the Caribbean.

iWant, presumably a pun on the Apple iPod, shows another diverse feel of their music, introducing a bass guitar and a piano into the mix. Layered in ascending riffs, the track is again reminiscent of sounds heard on the continent, though this would be more likely to be heard in a back-street Italian café or pizzeria. Drewvis’ shining optimism is evident in every track, but notably in the pitch of the chords in the guitar’s upper registers and a very kooky sounding vocal, again, from Bristow.

The album on the whole is definitely one to hear if your mood’s not what it should be, as the sun practically shines into your ears through their happy sung/spoken choruses and hooks. The only real hindering point comes when most of the songs sound near enough identical. They have without doubt found their sound, and they realise what works for them as a duo, but there has to be an element of difference to some degree to maintain the listener’s complete interest if nothing else. The songs do seem to merge into each other, which if it were a narrative album would be perfectly acceptable, but it isn’t.

Drewvis – Short Measures

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Forest Fire - Staring at the X

Forest Fire

Staring at the X

Released: Oct 17 2011

Genre: Indie Pop

Label: FatCat Records

Rating: 4.8/5

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By: Daniel Titcombe

Forest Fire with their album Staring at the X produce a psychedelic sound that would get one reminiscing about the 80s. They produce the same kind of atmosphere that you would expect from many artists of that decade.

Born To’ is the first song on the album and truly displays the kind of atmosphere I have mentioned. With the aid of a good rhythm and a laid back voice from the vocalist, this track is a good start to the LP.

‘Staring At The X’, the song the album is named after, starts with a chilled back acoustic guitar with a slow tempo, a slow drum beat and some atmospheric noises that would relax anybody after a hard day at work.

‘Mtns and Mtns’ has to be one of the stronger tracks on this album. It’s truly unique – and you can really sense the passion and emotions that the band is trying to evoke throughout the song.

Forest Fire are a real chilled back and relaxing band to listen to. There are many bands that have obviously influenced these guys; but they have taken that and crafted it in to their own.

This album is definitely worth a listen, but if you only have time for one song then listen to ‘Mtns and Mtns’ and you will be hooked – truly magnificent!

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The Hazey Janes - The Winter That Was

The Hazey Janes

The Winter That Was

Released: Oct 24 2011

Genre: Indie Pop

Label: Armellodie Records

Rating: 4.0/5

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By Alexandra Lyon

The Hazey Janes have made quite a name for themselves over their ten-year career. An indie outfit of four from Dundee, Scotland, they have already established themselves as an act worthy of the big-time by supporting bands such as Elbow and Snow Patrol. Listening to their most recent album, it isn’t a wonder as to why they hit the musical jackpot. From the hearty, soulful electric guitars to the endearing Scottish lilt that lead vocalist Andrew Mitchell’s accent entails, the quartet effortlessly wander through ten tracks with sounds reminiscent of the Kings of Leon and fellow Scots, Biffy Clyro.

We are introduced to the album by Cascade River Gardens, a short instrumental that sounds as though its Star Wars inspired. In effect the foreword of the album, the listener is lured into the sound of dreamy electronica and computerised synth, something that wouldn’t sound out of place in the opening credits of a sci-fi blockbuster. From that, we are kicked swiftly back into reality, just in time for a punchy, electric guitar-laden second track called Carmelite, whose vocal screams classic seventies rock mixed with the playful riff style used by many an a-typical indie band, such as the American sensation, Phoenix. This establishes the band as being relevant, relatable and exciting – mixing the old and the new to form a fine example of solid musical talent.

Other tracks to look out for on this album include Girl in the Night, which slides a pleasing bit of techno notation in between the punchy guitar slides and patterns, and rhythmic rock beat of the drums. The female harmony in the vocal is also a sound for sore ears, with angelic frontwoman Alice Marra giving a more feminine side to this macho track. Also Southern Lawns gives us an insight into the band’s versatility, with a vibe of Mystery Jets about the track, and the quirky use of the sound of crackling vinyl in the first five seconds, a track used by such bands as the XX and the Maccabees.

The track is classy and polished, a true statement in terms of the capabilities of the four young musicians. Frankly, the same can be said for the rest of the album in that it is refined, officious and resolutely enjoyable. The track that is perhaps most remarkable is You Only Stand to Lose If I Stay. With it’s haunting, moody undertones and poignant lyrics, it stands completely aside from the rest of the tracks. The use of string instruments has been expertly made, tugging on the listener’s heartstrings as though they were being played by the bows of the violinists themselves.

The Hazey Janes have already been recognised as having huge potential, and this album certainly rings true to that statement. A fusion of acoustic/rock ballads, with the perks of a raw, undiscovered and sometimes peculiar group of performers, The Winter That Never Was is an album of true grit and will be appreciated by fans of rock, indie, alternative, acoustic and pop alike.

Enabler - Year One

Enabler

Year One

Released: May 22 2011

Genre: Hardcore Punk

Label: Creator-Destructor

Rating: 3/5

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By: Chris Fishlock

From the first second of Year One you ae thrown into the extreme hardcore punk sound that Enabler create, with opening track Mercenary which is over before you realised it had even begun. The album, from the recently formed hardcore band from Milwaukee, is made up of all their former releases. The hardcore punk scene right now is getting bigger and bigger but it’s rare to find a band that is this brutal, aggressive and this heavy to the point that metal fans could easily find something to like in the album, along with the deep shouting vocals. For an album made up entirely of guitar, bass, drums and vocals the band really do make sure every part is as loud as possible, creating a real assault of sound on the listener.

The tracks on the album are completely pounded out and at no point slow down, putting the listener on a fast and aggressive journey – fitting thirteen tracks in just over half an hour with eleven of the tracks under the three minute mark. Amongst the tracks is also a brilliant cover of Beastie Boys hardcore punk track Heart Attack Man from their 1999 album Ill Communication, making the track about ten times more aggressive than the already heavy track, it’s a highlight of the album and they manage to put a fresh take on the simple track.

There is a lot of hardcore punk out there right now and it’s hard to make a band stand out unless they are particularly special. There isn’t a lot of room for many new hardcore punk bands at the moment, but Enabler defiantly deserve their place in the scene. They may not be one of the most unique bands but they do manage to bring enough aggression to please most hardcore punk fans.

At Our Heels - Misanthropy and Godlessness

At Our Heels - Misanthropy and Godlessness

At Our Heels

Misanthropy and Godlessness

Released: Aug 10 2010

Genre: Hardcore Punk

Label: Creator-Destructor Records

Rating: 4.2/5

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Misanthropy and Godlessness, the newest and heaviest instalment of punk from California based record label, Creator-Destructor Records showcases some of hardcore’s best concealed talents. With a total running time of just under 30 minutes, it might seem that the At Our Heels debut full-length has been somewhat cut short; however, the incessant intensity throughout the LP ensures overall satisfaction.

Opening track, Through Their Teeth acts as the records crescendo; an introduction to the album’s theme before erupting into later, more aggressive arrangements – “faithless and heartless, godless misanthropes, left to die”. The album adheres to hardcore punk’s typical denotations, offering deep, aggressive lyrics, written to evoke anger and general chaos when envisaging live shows. The key change at the opening of The Old Gloomies helps to accelerate the records punch, on top of demonstrating the groups ability to write diversely. Immaculate production breaks up tracks and makes transcendences unnoticeable, Unholy seamlessly progressing from its predecessor – the work of production duo Aaron Hellam and Zack Ohren certainly not going unnoticed.

Technical ability, until the latter half of the LP is restricted – simplicity being the key in making the record captivating. The guitar riffs mid-way through The Recluse and furthermore in Detach / Withdraw showcase the abilities of the guitarists, marking a turning point in the record which delivers flawlessly in maintaining the listeners interest. The five piece are unarguably extremely talented; despite currently being very underground, Misanthropy and Godlessness deserves to be a ‘must have’ for any hardcore fan. Comparable to the likes of Trash Talk or Blackhole, At Our Heels have made the perfect start to a potentially successful career. Plenty of touring and a forward-thinking follow up record could be the perfect combination to leap frog this talented group into the hardcore scene’s spotlight.

~ Article by James Murray

Listen To: Teeth & Bone, The Recluse, Non Sum Qualis Eram, Epitaph

For Fans Of: Trash Talk, Blackhole, Ceremony, Bracewar, Cruel Hand

Sound-Revolution Top 50 Tracks of 2009

2009 has certainly been a refreshing year for music, big names Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian releasing hyped albums, while new kids The xx and Wild Beasts made their mark on the British music scene. Needless to say, some acts were more pleasing than others. Whether it was 80’s sounds from uprising bands or innovative attempts from big names, 2009 has been a year of some brilliant new music and plenty of uncreative dross. Sound-Revolution explores the best 50 tracks of the past year.

#50

Wavves – So Bored

Wavves - So Bored

Wavves - So Bored

California based lo-fi band, Wavves have made an impact this year. For a band formed in 2009, ‘So Bored’ is one of the most original and creative tracks of the year. Debut album Wavvves has been a great success for Nathan Williams, with help from touring assistant Ryan Ulsh, and of course, a little bit of Pitchfork exposure…

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#49

Jamie T – Sticks ‘n’ Stones

Jamie T - Sticks N Stones

Jamie T - Sticks N Stones

A catchy, remeniscent song about British culture. Jamie Treays ‘ 2009 album Kings and Queens was subject to critical acclaim, Sticks ‘n’ Stones being the stand-out track. Who can really argue with a song that tells a story through an up-tempo summer-time party track?

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#48

Muse – Uprising

Muse - Uprising

Muse - Uprising

2009 marked the year of The Resistance for Muse, a big-name band experimenting with new styles. The Resistance, despite varied critical response, was a pretty successful and solid album, regardless of a change in style. The futuristic sounds of Uprising, the album opener, definately deserves a place in the top 50.

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#47

Röyksopp – Happy Up Here

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

Short but sweet. Happy Up Here, as implied, is one of the most cheerful and uplifting tracks of the year… if not the decade. The Norwegian duo certainly know how to make a varied album, 2009 release Junior is a diverse electronic album, filled with ambient, chillout and uplifting tracks.

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#46

Paramore – Ignorance

Paramore - Ignorance

Paramore - Ignorance

Paramore are by no means a new band, however, 2009 has seen Halyley Williams and co. gain a very healthy fan base. Twilight‘s impact on their success, with it’s cult following of teenage girls has certainly transferred to the band’s success, however, shouldn’t be taken away from the success of brand new eyes.

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#45

HEALTH – Die Slow

HEALTH - Die Slow

HEALTH - Die Slow

Noise rock band HEALTH released Get Color in September. It gained a good reception from all major online critics, including Metacritic and Drowned In Sound. The eccentric sound of HEALTH is an example of the truly refreshing music of 2009.

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#44

Editors – Papillon

Editors - Papillon

Editors - Papillon

The idea of Editors going electronic, understandably left many fans left slightly skeptical surrounding the outcome of Editors 2009 album release, In This Light and On This Evening. As ever, when a typically indie band follows trend and tries an electronic-esque style, response is varied; however, Papillon proves that a switch in style can certainly be perfected.

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#43

Gallows – Misery

Gallows - Misery

Gallows - Misery

Hardcore punk kings, Gallows, are at the forefront of the British hardcore scene, and the release of 2009 album Grey Britain helped keep the five-piece on top of the game. Vocalist, Carter, wrote Misery when he was at his ‘lowest ebb’. The breakdown and downright instrumental aggresson puts this super-heavy track nicely in the top 50.

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#42

Golden Silvers – True Romance

Golden Silvers - True Romance

Golden Silvers - True Romance

Light hearted alternative rock makes great listening, and this debonair trio know exactly how to create mellow, warming music. The 70’s disco style of several songs throughout True Romance, including the album titled track gives the song a nostalgic, yet positive sound. An up-beat, serene track that’s enough to place a smile on any face.

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#41

Jay Z + Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

Jay Z - New York State of Mind

Jay Z - Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z is without a doubt one of the biggest names in rap, and The Blueprint 3 is an album packed with great production and plenty of renowned guest vocals. The Blueprint 3 is a great universal album, less cultured than the majority of rap, opening Jay Z’s music to a wider audience who can appreciate and absorb the great vibes of tracks such as Empire State of Mind.

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#40

Frank Turner – The Road

Frank Turner - The Road

Frank Turner - The Road

The Road is a great acoustic folk record from UK solo artist Frank Turner. Since starting out in 2001, Frank Turner has gradually built up a solid fan base, focusing on a genre of music that gets little exposure. The first single release from Poetry of the Deed has recieved recognition from the likes of Radio1 and NME

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#39

2562 – Lost

2562 - Lost

2562 - Lost

2009 has been a great year for dubstep, bringing the genre to the attention of the UK audience, as well as the likes of US hip-hop stars, Snoop Dogg and The Wu-Tang Clan. 2562 is situated in Amsterdam, a greatly talented dubstep producer with an incredible album, Unbalance.

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#38

Placebo – Ashtray Heart

Placebo - Ashtray Heart

Placebo - Ashtray Heart

2009 has been a great year for Placebo. The three-piece had success with their latest album Battle For The Sun, with the replacement drummer, Steve Forrest, and a successful UK tour including Reading and Leeds Festivals. Ashtray Heart, was the original name of the band, and now also a great single.

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#37

Grammatics – Relentless Fours

Grammatics - Relentless Fours

Grammatics - Relentless Fours

This four-piece from Leeds have proven themselves in 2009. Grammatics are a band that clearly understand music; their self-titled album is lyrically and instrumentally complex and dynamic – a musical journey. Touring with Bloc Party has given them great exposure. Relentless Fours is a beautifully crafted six minutes of orchestral indie rock.

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#36

Dan Black – Symphonies

Dan Black - Symphonies

Dan Black - Symphonies

2008 first gave way to Dan Black, after his previous band The Servant split up. Dan Black went on to create HYPNTZ, a mash up of Rihanna and Notorious B.I.G. 2009 saw the release of the solo pop artist’s debut album Un, still waiting on significant success, Dan Black is a great electropop artist.

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#35

Biffy Clyro – That Golden Rule

Biffy Clyro - That Golden Rule

Biffy Clyro - That Golden Rule

Released ahead of November release, Only Revolutions, That Golden Rule let fans know that the forthcoming album was going to be speical. The distinctively heavy sound of That Golden Rule and powerful guitar riff makes it a great alternative rock track.

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#34

Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move

Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move

Dirty Projectors’ 2009 release, Bitte Orca has recieved an insane amount of critical acclaim. End of year lists including the likes of Pitchfork have placed this album in the top 5 of the year. Stillness Is The Move is the most pop-orientated track from the album, surrounding the fear and comfort of ‘settling-down’.

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#33

Green Day – East Jesus Nowhere

Green Day - East Jesus Nowhere

Green Day - East Jesus Nowhere

2009 album release, 21st Century Breakdown was one of the big artist releases of the year. With a huge tracklist of 18 tracks, the likliness of a few great songs was high – East Jesus Nowhere was one of these. With a a heavy opening guitar riff and powerful chorus this is the Green Day we know well.

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#32

Enter Shikari – Zzzonked

Enter Shikari - Zzzonked

Enter Shikari - Zzzonked

Enter Shikari have enjoyed 2009, the year of their second album, Common Dreads, and a large-scale UK tour. Zzzonked illustrates the band’s continued desire to cause musical havoc, on top of their newly emphasised political stance.

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#31

Duck Sauce – AnYway

Duck Sauce - AnYway

Duck Sauce - AnYway

The electro-house soundtrack to the summer of 2009. The collaberation of Duck Sauce, A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, brought us a funky house track remeniscent of 80’s disco. Hopefully Duck Sauce will be a project that continues throughout 2010.

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#30

Muse – Unnatural Selection

Muse - Unnatural Selection

Muse - Unnatural Selection

The mid-album track on The Resistance, Unnatural Selection, contrasts in many ways to the rest of the release. Less innovative than the rest of the album, Unnatural Selection is a raw sounding typical Muse track; fast-paced guitar riffs, powerful vocals and an epic breakdown.

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#29

The Ghost of a Thousand – Bright Lights

The Ghost of a Thousand - Bright Lights

The Ghost of a Thousand - Bright Lights

The follow up to the band’s debult album; This Is Where The Fight Begins, brought us a heavier sound than we were used to, but certainly not a disappointing one. New Hopes, New Demonstrations is one of the best metal albums of the year, by a band that are still overlooked despite recognition from Q and Kerrang.

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#28

The Skints – Culture Vulture

The Skints - Culture Vulture

The Skints - Culture Vulture

Still practically unheard of, The Skints have released an amazingly powerful reggae punk album this year. Only recieving recogntion from Sound-Revolution and Punktastic, Live.Breathe.Build.Believe is a politically relevant and musically sublime debut album, that could potentially open-up a genre to a whole new audience.

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#27

The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother

The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother

The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother

Alternative rock group, The Dead Weather, is a supergroup, featuring Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence. Along with one of the best music videos of 2009, Treat Me Like Your Mother, is a lyrically powerful track, with raw sounding, garage rock elements.

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#26

Sonic Boom Six – The Concrete We’re Trapped Within (It’s Yours)

Sonic Boom Six - The Concrete We're Trapped Within (It's Yours)

Sonic Boom Six - The Concrete We're Trapped Within (It's Yours)

Sample-tastic City of Thieves, is a political punk-rock album. The five-piece (after vocalist and guitarist Ben Childs recently left the band) have made great progress this year. For a band differing so greatly from commercial and mainstream punk, SB6 have played a UK tour and even got the opening slot at Reading and Leeds festivals.

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#25

The Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital

The Prodigy - Take Me To The Hospital

The Prodigy - Take Me To The Hospital

Invaders Must Die was without a doubt one of the most energetic, rave albums of 2009. Take Me To The Hosptail is an electronic, breakbeat anthem, and a track within an album that will surely be played in years to come. A host of fantastic live performances at festivals across the world helped place this track in the top 50.

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#24

Them Crooked Vultures – No One Loves Me & Neither Do I

Them Crooked Vultures - Mind Eraser, No Chaser

Them Crooked Vultures - Mind Eraser, No Chaser

The second super group in the top 50 is Them Crooked Vultures. Some of the biggest names in music including Josh Homme and Dave Grohl form the alternative hard rock group, and regarding the ridisculously high expectations from music fans, Them Crooked Vultures delivered, with an album filled with instrumental talent.

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#23

The Drums – I Felt Stupid

The Drums - I Felt Stupid

The Drums - I Felt Stupid

Brooklyn based duo, The Drums, were named “New York’s official Collest New Band” by NME, on top of recogniton from Rolling Stone and The New York Times. 2009 saw the release of The Drums’ debut EP, and with NME’s seal of approval we can expect to see these contageous indie rockers visit the UK in  2010.

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#22

Miike Snow – Animal

Miike Snow - Animal

Miike Snow - Animal

Swedish electropop group Miike Snow have recieved great amounts of exposure this year, with two greatly recieved singles, Animal and Black and Blue, both tracks from the debut, self-titled album. With band members producing tracks for the likes of Britney, Kylie and Madonna, the high standard production levels are to be expected.

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#21

Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man

Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man

Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man

Indie folk outfit, Mumford & Sons, started up in 2007, and 2009 and has seen the release of debut album, Sign No More and ever-more popular track, Little Lion Man. Indie folk is rather different to the majority of tracks that gain commercial success, but this powerful folk song has offered a refreshing outlook on music for many listeners.

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#20

Alexisonfire – Young Cardinals

Alexisonfire - Young Cardinals

Alexisonfire - Young Cardinals

Alexisonfire are one of the biggest names behind the Post-hardcore tag, 2009 release, Old Crows Young Cardinals, re-enforcing their stature. The powerful vocals of Dallas Green and harsher vocals of George Pettit create tracks of melodic chaos.

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#19

Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers

Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers

Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers

Dizzee Rascal has taken the hip-hop scene by storm this year, with the release of his latest album Tounge N’ Cheek. Numerous releases including Bonkers contain elements of house and electro, forming an album full of party-perfect tracks. Previously focusing on rap and grime, Dizzee’s turn to pop has resulted in a great year of success.

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#18

Passion Pit – The Reeling

Passion Pit - The Reeling

Passion Pit - The Reeling

US five-piece, Passion Pit, have reached out to the world with their electro-indie 2009 release, Manners. Catching on to the flow of electro influenced indie that emerged from the UK in early 2009, Passion Pit were successful in delivering a fresh sound to the UK and Europe with tracks such as The Reeling.

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#17

The Horrors – Scarlet Fields

The Horrors - Scarlet Fields

The Horrors - Scarlet Fields

The bizzarre sounds of Primary Colours immediately grabbed the interest of the UK audience in April 2009. The horror-punk sounds of Scarlet Fields delivers a sound similar to no other band, making it without a doubt one of the most original tracks of the year.

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#16

The Big Pink – Too Young To Love

The Big Pink - Too Young To Love

The Big Pink - Too Young To Love

Electro-rock duo, The Big Pink, are known for gritty beats and dreamy vocals. 2009 album release, A Brief History of Love, showcased The Big Pink’s talents to create epic sounding, abstract tracks, and earned them the place of sole support for Muse’s The Resistance tour.

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#15

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Electro-pop group, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, have made their impact on pop music this year with the release of their album, It’s Blitz! The American bands third album has been listed in the top 5 best albums of 2009 by Spin and NME. The three-piece have transferred their music over to the UK audience through appearing at various music festivals.

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#14

Animal Collective – My Girls

Animal Collective - My Girls

Animal Collective - My Girls

Late 2009 has seen a great amount of critical praise head in the way of New York, experimental indie group, Animal Collective. The release of Merriweather Post Pavilion has really captured the European audience with its addictive melodies. My Girls has been voted the #1 track of 2009 by Pitchfork.

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#13

Metric – Help I’m Alive

Metric - Help I'm Alive

Metric - Help I'm Alive

Metric are one of the most addictive bands of 2009. The release of their fourth album, Fantasies, has been shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize. The band is lead by the female vocals of Emily Haines, with simplistic lyrics and riffs that will stay in the memory.

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#12

The Antlers – Kettering

The Antlers - Kettering

The Antlers - Kettering

One of the most beautiful bands of the year, The Antlers have come out of nowhere with an album that has crossed the world in no time at all. Pitchfork initially outlined the greatness of their album Hospice, an album fronted by truly incredible vocals from Peter Silberman. Hospice is an album that every listener should give a chance.

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#11

Bat For Lashes – Daniel

Bat For Lashes - Daniel

Bat For Lashes - Daniel

The chillingly beautiful Daniel by Bat For Lashes is the fronting single from 2009 album, Two Suns. Hertfordshire based Natasha Khan uses her voice over dreamy and orchestral instrumentals with a solid beat pattern, creating a rythmic and glamorous end product.

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#10

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

Indie rock band hailing from Melbourne, The Temper Trap, have delievered a contageous and elegant debut album. 2009 album Conditions is full of catchy, fun anthems, fronted by the powerful falsetto vocals of Dougy Mandagi. Sweet Disposition is a powerful single that has captured them a great deal of positive attention.

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#9

F**k Buttons – Surf Solar

F**k Buttons - Surf Solar

F**k Buttons - Surf Solar

This two-piece experimental duo have released an oddly danceable, abstract, album. Tarot Sport is an album of up-beat electronic tracks, busily produced offering a distorted sound, while maintaing positive melodies. Surf Solar is a highly abstract track that in all its complexity is suprisingly very listenable.

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#8

Wave Machines – I Go, I Go, I Go

Wave Machines - I Go, I Go, I Go

Wave Machines - I Go, I Go, I Go

The feel-good track of 2009, I Go, I Go, I Go, is an all-year happy track, that through its simple yet powerful vibes is enough to turn anybody’s day around. Wave If You’re Really There is a simplistic album full of memorable indie tracks from the Liverpool based Wave Machines.

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#7

White Lies – Fairwell To The Fairground

White Lies - Fairwell To The Fairground

White Lies - Fairwell To The Fairground

2008 saw White Lies gain some large scale recognition with To Lose My Life… their debut album release. 2009 release, Fairwell To The Fairground, is an epic indie track, with powerful vocals and an incredible breakdown, “keep on running, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”. White Lies are a band that everyone can’t wait to see more from in 2010.

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#6

The Horrors – Mirror’s Image

The Horrors - Mirror's Image

The Horrors - Mirror's Image

The hauntingly dark Mirror’s Image is the opening track from The Horror’s 2009 critically acclaimed album Primary Colours. Mirror’s Image creates a mood that persists throughout the entirety of an incredible album that subverts the sounds of generic indie rock, replacing it with sinister horror punk.

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#5

Wild Beasts – Hooting & Howling

Wild Beasts - Hooting & Howling

Wild Beasts - Hooting & Howling

Kendal based Wild Beasts released their 2009 album Two Dancers in August. Two Dancers has been subject to a great amount of critical acclaim from almost all major critics, Hooting & Howling being the first single release. Wild Beasts are a very powerful band who are vocally sublime, with equally excellent lyrics.

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#4

Phoenix – 1901

Phoenix - 1901

Phoenix - 1901

French indie-rockers, Phoenix, have released a stunning 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. With incredible, catchy tracks such as 1901, and Lisztomania, along side down-beat instrumentally beautiful tracks; Love Like A Sunset Part 1 and Part 2 – it’s difficult not to be admirable of the success Phoenix have had over the past year.

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#3

Kasabian – Underdog

Kasabian - Underdog

Kasabian - Underdog

West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum was one of the most hyped albums of 2009, but regardless of the wait Kasabian fans had between Empire and the 2009 release – it was definately worth it. Underdog is an indie anthem from one of the biggest names in British rock, thanks to an incredible year of remarkable live and studio music.

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#2

Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

One of the most successful groups of the year, Florence + The Machine, have released a brilliant debut album, Lungs. The album has been in the UK charts for 22 consecutive weeks, and that on top of a host of amazing festival performances marks them as one of the best breakthrough acts of 2009. Florence Welch seems pessimistic about her future music career, but new material anywhere close to the spectacular sound of Lungs will only further excel the groups reputation.

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The xx – Islands

The xx - Islands

The xx - Islands

Sound-Revolution‘s breakthrough band of 2009, The xx, have imposed themselves on the UK music scene this year. Practically unheard of in January, debut album release xx resulted in huge-scale critical acclaim, with incredible amounts of backing from BBC Radio1. xx is an extremely mellow album, with experiemental melodies and electronic aspects. The sound of The xx is very minimalistic, but its simplicity has acted as a refreshing change from the generic sounds of alternative rock; illustrating how bands can be successful when they strip down elements of their music and simply focus on the raw, simple sounds. It will certainly be interesting to witness how The xx’s music evolves in 2010.

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