This month's Selector club night promises to be a belter......
The Old Queens Head
44 Essex Road
FREE before 8pm, £4 After
"With shimmering guitars and ethereal vocals, they take the building blocks of your favourite shoegaze bands and create something refreshing" - Music Week
Spotlight Kid are a Nottingham-based shoegaze band whose original lineup of Six By Seven drummer Chris Davis on drums, Rob McCleary & Katty Heath (formerly of Bent) on vocals, Karl Skivington & Chris Moore on guitars and Matt Holt on bass.
Spotlight Kid's music draws influences from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Lush and Swervedriver. It features mixtures of shoegazing, Krautrock and 90s psychedelic rock.
Live, they have supported The Joy Formidable, Esben & The Witch and played at the 2011 Glastonbury festival. Selected by a panel that included Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Jo WIley, Tom Robinson and Emily Eavis, they appeared on the BBC introducing stage.
A group of like-minded souls have bound together and tapped into the creative mainframe giving us an all-new musical blueprint. Aloosh are vocalist Jodie Scantlebury, producer/multi instrumentalist Alastair McNeill, bassist Jack Allinson and drummer Joshua Blackmore.
Drawing influence from the worlds of electronica, alternative indie and Jazz it’s very difficult to pigeonhole Aloosh’s sound. Their uncanny knack for making alternate time signatures accessible by juxtaposing rhythm section groove with anthemic hooks is clearly evident on new single ‘Time’. From the start of the track the syncopated guitar and minimal 4/4 beat really brings to the fore Jodie’s beautifully punctuated vocals. Subtle layers are introduced, delays shimmer and synths bubble before exploding into a rousing finale replete with multi-layer vocal harmonies, driving bass and a wall of guitars.
Starting out as a Jazz singer, Jodie Scantlebury first began touring life singing backing vocals for Roisin Murphy on the 'Overpowered' tour where she met fellow Aloosh cohort Alastair McNeill, before lending her vocal talents to the Noisettes with whom she is currently on tour with this summer. In between these two major tours she has worked with artists such as Cee-Lo Green, Eliza Doolittle, Mr. Hudson and the Wombats. Her most recent recording credits are with Crookers, the next Noisettes album and studio time last year with Kele Okereke where Jodie sang backing vocals and a duet on his solo project 'The Boxer.
Alastair McNeill (also known under the production moniker ‘Yila’) has equally impressive credentials. Having studied Sonic Art at university he is always pushing boundaries, experimenting and bringing new imagery to Aloosh’s musical spectrum. A member of the experimental collective David Toops Unknown Devices he recently remixed Roisin Murphy’s track ‘Demon Lover’ feat. Wiley garnering rave reviews in the blogosphere and is set to produce Scroobius Pip’s new solo album.
Already Aloosh have bagged support from key tastemakers such as Rob Da Bank, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy and Eddy Temple-Morris. With their debut album in the pipeline it’s clear that 2011 is going to be a big year for them. ‘Time’ is released through Nature Scene Records…
The most difficult question Breton are ever asked is a fairly standard one; "What kind of music do you make?"
Their inability to answer is the essence of everything they do. Perhaps because they are forever dipping into pools of resources that span many genres and a broad field of influence or, perhaps it is because they simply don't know. A better way to fathom the often cryptic output of the band would perhaps be to ask them "How?"
Formed in 2010, the four-piece are primarily film-makers with cutting-edge video and sound design work under their belts for the likes of The Temper Trap, Penguin Prison and Tricky. For their independent short films they are award winners and regular fixtures at film festivals.
From their base in South East London, a former bank now aptly named 'bretonLABS' they can be found capturing and cataloguing a wealth of found sounds which they use in all of their audio-visual work.
A further string to the Breton bow is their remix work which they adopt in order to constantly hone their production skills. Amongst others, tracks by Local Natives, Chapel Club and Maps & Atlases have been re-worked and re-imagined.
Before joining the Fat Cat roster, the band, a fiercely independent D.I.Y. unit released three critically acclaimed EPs - the first a one-sided, hand-etched limited run of only 15 transparent ten-inch records; the second another handmade venture, a limited release of only 50 CDs which were accompanied with parts and instructions for a synthesiser; and the third, a 12" on Hemlock Recordings, the label responsible for pioneering releases by Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake.
Their much-anticipated live shows sees them shrouded in black hoods manipulating guitars, bass, synths, drums and laptops to create a truly original melee incorporating hip-hop, electronica, cinematic soundscapes. Onstage, they are lit only by the glow of their emphatic self-shot visuals, cut and edited live, in real-time by their touring fifth member. They have just completed the UK leg of the comeback tour of cult hero Tom Vek after bonding over their mutual love for studio experimentation.
Allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the creation of their debut album, Fat Cat has flown the band to Sundlaugin, the remote Icelandic studio home of Sígur Rós. The development of this project is documented in a set of shorts the band has made during their session.