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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 and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! Toronto never sounded so sweet—my ROTW is from Alvvays. The self titled debut will make your skip, hop, and jump!

This weeks #shellshock is from the awesome Oli Bayston, AKA Boxed In. He’s about to embark on his debut tour in support of Teleman. New single “Foot of the Hill” is an absolute groover!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: Remembering August

This Welsh duo may be young but there’s a lot of promise ahead for Jessie Hallett and Luke Searle. The chemistry between the two is electric as they present their elegant indie folk single “Stay,” set for release on 20th October 2014.

Having met whilst studying in Bridgend, South Wales, they’ve combined their love of ’70s artists like Fleetwood Mac and have given the sound a modern twist—think The Civil Wars meets Lorde combined with that Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham chemistry that contributed to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary sound.

The single is a promising start for the pair and with an EP out soon after, we predict big things next year for Remembering August.

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India Mill,
The TVD First Date

“My own memory of vinyl is just it being there because my mum had so much of it. I remember getting singles on vinyl such as “T.U.R.T.L.E Power” by Partners In Kryme (still have it) as well some stuff by Paula Abdul and Madonna. I was tiny and happy.”

“When I was 10, my Uncle died, who was a big character in our family and one who was very musical. We inherited most of his records and there was so much. As I got older and more curious about wanting to know who he was outside of my fading memory, I used to play the records almost as if to see if he was there inside them. That sounds cheesy and sentimental but it meant that I discovered people like Buddy Holly, Marty Robbins, Ben E. King, along with Fats Domino and all these wonderful songs. There was so much in there.

As my brother and I both progressed into our teens, my older brother became a huge Guns ‘n’ Roses fan (he saw the first leg of the Use Your Illusion tour at Maine Road while Izzy Stradlin was still in the band!) and I remember my mum and me going to Castle Records in Darwen to buy him a copy of Skid Row’s Monkey Business. It was a 12” single and the cover had this picture of a gorilla with a crow-bar in its hand. It was fantastic and it made me laugh for days. We also bought him Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper. However, being at opposite ends of puberty, I followed my nose towards my mum’s Beatles’ collection, which is where my love for songs really kicked off…

The sheer size of vinyl was something that was in some ways great because it meant that you could really take in all the artwork, but once CDs came along then I didn’t really miss it ‘cos it could also be a massive pain in the arse—but then nostalgia is a much bigger pain the arse. I do think that vinyl, tapes, CDs are all representative of a time when people felt much more of a physical ownership over their music, as well as being of a time when albums were a work as a whole rather than the latest collection of songs.

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The Single Girl: Mano’s Daughter, “Shiver” EP

Mano’s Daughter’s latest EP “Shiver” presents a darker, more cerebral side to the London-based electro trio. With these five tracks, it marks a busy end to the year for the band as they retreat into Autumnal hibernation.

Their previous EP, “Smart” was bright and poppy—it was the “Jessie Ware-esque end” of the female fronted electro pop crossover genre with intelligent, sparkling tunes that glittered in the gloom. This latest EP starts with the same pace as “What’s A Girl Supposed To Do” bursts into life and invigorates with an energetic opening. However, this is only the start of our journey as the band take us down darker paths as the EP journeys on.

“Wheels” is the first step into the unknown as Sarah Carter’s vocals soar and penetrate the dark empty spaces, forcing us to listen closer. “Little Heart” opens the door for a little melancholy and with “This House,” it’s hard not to imagine Sarah beautifully lit in a smokey alien lounge somewhere on a distant futuristic plain—a little Blade Runner—and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s their epic track “You” that gives us an indication of where the band will take us next. The track spans just over 7-minutes and feels like the band are truly blasting us off into a dreamy soundscape, on a moon somewhere far away. It’s beautiful.

Although there’s an abundance of strong female fronted electro crossover acts at the moment, Mano’s Daughter’s unique genre blending, electro sci-fi melancholia is a breath of fresh air. The EP is a bold statement of intent and wherever the band blasts off to next, we want to go with them.

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TVD Video Premiere: India Mill, “Caribesque”

India Mill isn’t a band afraid of rocking the boat. In fact, they take their music very seriously indeed and their mission statement in their own words is: “…to grasp the riot shield and baton in both hands and continue musical empowerment as witnessed by Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash, REM, Manic Street Preachers, and Bruce Springsteen.”

Lofty ambitions indeed, but when you’ve grown up in one of the poorest regions in the UK, it’s no surprise when your music comes out a little politically edged.

Their latest single, “Caribesque” certainly goes someway into realising their mission statement, and the video accompanying it further cements the song’s vision of a present-day dystopia that far too many people are having to live through just to get by while others prosper. You can watch it now, exclusively on The Vinyl District.

“Caribesque” is available digitally and their debut album, Under Every Sky will be released November 24th this year.

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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 and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“I’ve a ROTW from Allah Las who are possibly, maybe my favourite band in the hold wide world! As well as a #shellshock from Circa Waves who are certainly on the ones to watch lists at the moment!” —SZ

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Felix Champion,
The TVD First Date

“My relationship with vinyl records started at a young age. As a wee guy I can vividly remember hearing the sounds of my dad’s recording being played when visitors were around or listening to Dixieland jazz records with my grandad. Listening to records with them wasn’t like listening to CDs. It was more bonding.”

“My parents listened to the likes of Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, and Genesis when I was young. It might strike you as a bit odd, playing in a heavy post hardcore band, but these songs have stayed with me. I’ve still got the records and there is an incredible nostalgia to them.

My own relationship with vinyl started at university. I got my granddad’s portable Alba deck from the fifties. The sound of that unit was amazing. The first records I had of my own were drastic departures from the vinyl given to me by my family. I began spending any spare money I had on records. The enjoyment of searching shops was second to none. Trolling through the shops I found all my favourite bands, Fugazi, Mogwai, Slayer, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Converge records. I also took chances—picked up records by Daughter and Bon Iver, which are beautiful records.

The personal connection to a record is so much more important than other platforms. Like most people in their early 20s, I’ve got an iPod going with me everywhere, but when I really want to listen to music and really immerse myself in it, I’ll listen to my records.

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Speakman Sound,
The TVD First Date

“I suppose our earliest memories of music actually come from cassette. I remember jumping around the living room together listening to “Space Man” by Babylon Zoo on cassette with a homemade tinfoil space helmet on (far out lyrics for a 3 and 4-year-old to absorb!)”

“However Dad did have a good vinyl collection which he occasionally sat us down to listen to. This was our introduction to John Coltrane, Erik Sate, Bartok, as well as the Hawkwinds, Led Zeppelins and Syd Barrets of the world. At this early stage though, most of our interaction with music was being in the middle of live jams, travelling nomads in France, or hijacking the instruments during soundcheck at Dad’s shows. It wasn’t until we were 12 and 13 when our formal introduction to vinyl properly happened.

It was our sister’s new boyfriend. He drove an old-school Mini Cooper and had a hefty vinyl collection. His first offerings to us were Jurassic 5’s Concrete School Yard and Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters. Yes sister; we approve. They are still together today and Kevin actually does all of our artwork including that of the upcoming release, “In Flight.”

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Turning Plates,
The TVD First Date

“My first record is a terribly cringe worthy confession to me now. I must have been 10 or so and my Mum bought me a second-hand recording of John Rutter’s “Gloria.” As this probably isn’t the norm for this site, a bit of background is probably needed.”

“I began my music education aged around 7 when I was entered by my mother into the Dunblane Cathedral choir. This was really the glory period of my music life as I was very lucky to have an excellent Treble voice that took me to sing at such hallowed classical music venues as Kings College in Cambridge and even once as a soloist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

My Dad as always had a very extensive classical music collection on vinyl which made up the majority of my childhood relationship with vinyl. I remember the exciting pregnant pause between placing the needle and the soft noise before the first notes of a piece. I think that sense of anticipation and the feeling of listening to music at home being an event is something that’s sadly not a part of many people’s lives in the MP3 age. As with most things in life easy access tends to lead to a lack of reverence, and I think music is suffering from that now.

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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 and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“On this week’s show my ROTW is Lacuna by CHILDHOOD, a lovely number with some really lovely slow and passionate moments. As usual, I’ll be spinning three tracks!

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! If you haven’t heard from Ballet School it’s called “Cherish,” and is perfect in every way—eighties-ish electronic vibes!” —SZ

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