Category Archives: TVD UK

Adam Cleaver,
The TVD First Date

“Vinyl was always mythical for me. My parents were those types that allowed their vinyl to float up to the attic to make way for CDs. That’s not to say they didn’t appreciate the records anymore. Perhaps at a time they may have been purists but their records didn’t stand the test of time, tucked away in storage with a myriad of other memories.”

“My first experience of vinyl was when I was about 12 or 13. Some sort of spring clean granted me access to the loft storage and I found myself rummaging through two big leather cases full of 12” LPs. My parents mostly listened to pop music so there was plenty of Michael Jackson, Hall and Oates, and Elton John. I remember being drawn to a Blondie album. It was Parallel Lines. The monochrome stripes seemed to be grabbing my attention (to this day I’m still drawn to monochrome artwork).

I ran my fingers along the grooves of the record, trying to sense where the sound came from. It speaks volumes that my first contact with vinyl wasn’t aural but physical. A huge part of the appeal is how calming it can be to interact with it.

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UK Video: The Jaguar Club, “Hard Cider”

NYC has always been known for its cutting edge music scene with some of indie’s most daring and avant-garde hailing from the Big Apple. The Jaguar Club write understated, gloom-gaze indie that’s Future Islands meets The Cure.

The video for their latest release, “Hard Cider” is a track taken from their EP “Close” which was released earlier this year. The video features claymation and various other forms of animation, all in black and white, interspersed by beautiful imagery of a sunlit forest.

The EP is out now but we can’t wait to hear some new tracks soon. As the Autumn season eases in, The Jaguar Club are fast becoming our new autumnal favourites.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

It’s a very special Thursday indeed this week as those three kooks at A Badge Of Friendship have hit their 20th episode! Pay no attention to the URL and its lies—there was a double bill a few weeks back.

To celebrate not getting kicked off the air, the gang racked their brains, and the brains of this week’s guests, to create a “How To – Music Industry” special. So, if you want to know how to take your first steps in the music biz, this is as good a place as any to start.

Imparting wisdom on the listeners this week are James Brown from Pulled Apart By Horses, Gigwise editor and full-time legend Andrew Trendell, and Olive Grove Records’ founder Lloyd Meredith. Idlewild’s Rod Jones also sends in some tips and tricks about making the most of life in a band, as well as Torche’s Andrew Elstner.

Music heard live on the show cannot be heard on this podcast but check out the tracks featured on this week’s show below:

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here Wednesdays at TVD.

“This week’s show kicks off with a veritable feast of fuzz and guitar mayhem—SO SO HYPED.

Gonna spin Rope Store, Venice Trip, Vendettas, Hidden Charms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Heaters, Fidlar, Hinds, The Black Tambourines, JUNK, Wolf Alice, Hooton Tennis Club, AFFAIRS, Dave McCabe, Passport To Stockholm, Zibra, Oslo Parks, Kyko, Dios Mio, Avec Sans, Maribou State, Present Paradox, Deadbear, Night Games, Frett, Lost Dawn, and more!

Oh, and on this week’s show I’ll be catching up with Halifax youngsters The Orielles. Their new tracks are sounding mighty fine and they chat to me about how they got together, the first song they ever played as a band, working with Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio, and about their Festival No 6 Plans

Total Babes are on the bandstand this week too and Elena Katrina from Popped Music tips for us too!” —SZ

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Alphas,
The TVD First Date

“I don’t think I realised exactly what vinyl would mean to people when I was growing up.”

“My parents and older brother both had large collections and I would play about with them like they were toys. Inevitably at some point I would experience the wrath of my Dad or brother when they came home to find their vinyl collections scattered around. “Pfft, they’re only records,” would be my stock answer, which is a bit hypocritical considering I would now spill blood if anyone ruined my music collection.

I spent a lot of time raking through record drawers and cases picking out albums I hadn’t listened to, and I always remember the feeling of finding something new and wanting to repeat it over and over; a habit which I still have to this day. I can get quite obsessive when I hear an album I like for the first time and will play it to death for weeks without listening to anything else. Radiohead’s OK Computer, Jeff Buckley’s Grace, Takk by Sigur Ros and The National’s High Violet have all got this treatment over the years.

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UK Artist of the Week: Flower Fellow

Flower Fellow, also known as Colette Olive, lives up to her name in every way possible. Although she may be young, she is a child of the ’70s at heart and her latest single “Madman” expresses just that. With its hippy-folk vibes and Colette’s hauntingly wise vocals, Flower Fellow has created a sound that fits perfectly with her personality and style.

“Madman” is an enchanting tale filled with flittering folk strings and a mesmerizing vocal from Colette. Her voice has the power of artists such as Florence and The Machine, but also manages to evoke the soft, tenderness of the likes of Lucy Rose and Marika Hackman.

Hailing from the outskirts of London, Colette grew up in a quiet town heavily influenced by a range of artists such as Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin—as well as writers including Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. She found inspiration from these authors and artists and then went on to attend the London Art College and begin her journey as an artist in her own right.This girl is going places, so you’d better watch this space.

“Madman” is out on September 4th via Circus City Records.

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The Single Girl: James Mackenzie, “Winter” EP

With an EP title like “Winter” and a track listing that includes “I’m Sorry” and “My Song,” you’d be forgiven for allowing your first impressions to lead you to “this is going be a downer, isn’t it?”

Thankfully, while not exactly a sparkling ray of sunshine, James Mackenzie’s EP is actually quite an upbeat listen. The guitarist and singer has put together four gorgeous, introspective tracks that are mostly just James’ voice and guitar, but when his backing line do come in, it’s usually in a euphoric burst, especially in the EP’s first track “Maybe”—check out the video.

“My Song” has a hint of Noel Gallagher’s soulful delivery about it, especially with the production on the vocals, and bright and full open chords and subtle strings driving the song forward. “I’m Sorry” is a love song with an (ever so slight) piano bar feel to it, while EP closer “It’s All Good” gently brings us back down to earth—before James opens up his soul and gives us a primal scream from the heart.

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UK Video: Strange & Primitive, “Difficulties Be Damned”

Not quite a “UK” vinyl video, but just a damn good video that needs a little love here on The Vinyl District.

Strange & Primitive hail from Canada and although their self-titled debut album is out soon in North America, it’s getting a UK release of this November. The album pulls on dark ’80s influences filtered through a modern lens in the band’s own unique style.

“Difficulties Be Damned” is their third single following “Eureka” and “That Big City Glow.” The single features a heavy tribal beat played hypnotically over their signature synth style. The video was directed by Malcolm Sutherland and feels more like an animated short film telling the strange tale of odd discoveries in a jungle setting. It’s wild, colourful, and imaginative, reflecting the song itself.

The track is available as a free download now on the band’s Soundcloud page and the album sees its UK release on 20th November 2015.

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UK Video: Goldie Thorn, “Chrome Night”

Goldie Thorn’s latest EP “Canal Life” is an ode to their city, London. Reverend Thorn and Goldie & Chain are winding through East London’s back alleys, fuelled by youth, inspired by ’80s synths and odd samples—and they’re bringing us up and intend to party.

The video for the track “Chrome Night” features snapshots of the city as it follows a young woman, voyeuristically around on a summer’s day. We see her chatting, laughing, and travelling around the capital.

The “Canal Life” EP is a slow burner, but as you reach the end you’ll be itching to get your party pants on—it’s an eclectic mix of ’90s house and dance with Goldie Thorn’s own spin on the genre, giving it an unconventional, retro edge.

“Canal Life” EP is out on September 25th 2015.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

It’s a Scottish Special this week on the A Badge of Friendship podcast, and the gang get to chat to some very special guests indeed—James from The Twilight Sad and Halina from Glasgow blog Podcart.

ABoF also shine a light on some of their favourite record labels from north of the border, including Song By Toad Records, Chemikal Underground, Olive Grove Records, Gerry Loves Records, Good Grief Records, Struggletown, and Fuzzkill.

You know what to do—check them out, and if you like what you hear, get down to the record store!

Tracks heard on the show can be heard in full here:

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