Nightshift 2020 Top 30 [Updated 9th Dec]

Well 2020’s been a hell of a year hasn’t it? Thankfully there’s been some really great music from across the board to keep us all company during various lockdowns and the lovely folk a Nightshift (i.e. Ronan) has put together a special 1-off issue to tell the story of how musicians, venues and promoters around Oxford have dealt with the pandemic which you can download from http://nightshiftmag.co.uk.

The issue also features Nightshift’s annual end of year list of top tracks of the year which I am very happy to say Tiger Mendoza and Kate Herridge feature in at number 16! As a companion piece here’s list of links to all of the acts involved:

If streaming is more your thing you can find a Spotify version here and a YouTube version here although bear in mind that not all of the acts are on Spotify so it doesn’t contain the whole top 30.

I’m hoping to rustle up a sneaky little surprise for Christmas but until then take care, stay safe and as always thanks for listening!

Update: Now includes original version of Julia Sophie’s “xOx”

Gigs, new music and other fun stuff

First off THANK YOU to everyone that came down to the O2 show a couple of weeks ago. It genuinely was a LOT of fun and we got to play with a lot of other brilliant electronica based bands from Oxford. That and playing the tunes on that p.a. was pretty amazing. There should be some highlights from the night plus maybe even an interview on tomorrow night’s BBC Oxford Introducing. There should also be some pictures from the show up soon too.

So on to new ventures. On Saturday 21st October Oxjam takes over Oxford for 2 days of gigs around the town and we’re happy to say we’ll be playing not 1 but 2 shows on the same day. Crazy. Show times and locations are:

3:45pm – O3 Gallery
6:45pm – Modern Art Oxford

It’s great to see Oxford really get involved in Oxjam and we’re really happy to be a part of it considering how much fun last year‘s show was. Go to the gigs page for more info. Here’s a link to the official Oxford Oxjam site.

We are working on some new music (including and ACE collaboration with Death of Hifi and Asher Dust), a couple of which you would have heard at the O2 Academy gig if you were there. There’s still some stuff to finish off so we’re not to sure on when it’ll be out but hopefully soon. Follow twitter for more regular updates.

There is also one more HUGE thing that we’re close to confirming. I don’t mean to tease (ok, maybe a bit) but trust me, it’s pretty immense…

Flickr Pics: OX4 special + mini review

OX4

Yesterday was the first OX4 event in Oxford which, by all accounts, was an attempt by Truck (formerly Records, now Festival) and You, Me, Dancing to create an SXSW style combination of music and community events. Here are my thoughts on the the bands that I managed to catch:

Susanna Starling, Bar Tarifa: Only caught the end of this set, but would have liked to have seen more. Very cool vocals / double bass + live beatboxing.

Richard Walters, Bullingdon Arms: To be honest I felt a bit sorry for Richard. He is a great acoustic balladeer, and I definitely preferred this set to the last time I saw him when he supported Imogen Heap but as the day was only really starting up, I think he found it difficult to compete with the people talking. He did battle on valiantly though and it was a good start to the sets at the Bully.

UTE, O2 Academy: My fiancée, who was with me throughout the day, asked me how I would describe the acoustic 3 piece while we were watching them and I said ‘Wonky Emo-ish Folk’. Kinda sums them up I guess. Very enjoyable though, shame their set was cut short.

Charly Coombes & The New Breed, O2 Academy: The last time I saw Charly, he was playing with The brilliant 22-20s, so compared to that to be honest this set was a bit of a let down. The words Top and Loader spring to mind…

Action Beat, Bullingdon Arms: 4 drummers! 4 DRUMMERS!!! + Guitar and Bass! THAT’S INSANE!!!! A HUGE wall of noise, unfortunately only caught the end of this set (which included a heroic dive on to drummer 4 (from left to right) by the guitarist), would definitely like to see more.

This Town Needs Guns, Bullingdon Arms: I don’t really want to describe another band as wonky pop but, well, it fits. Math rock maybe? Always hated that genre name. Great seeing them again though, a good set, although the lady harassing Stu (the singer) didn’t really help things. Funniest moment of the day though was seeing Stu run and hide in corner at the end of the set to get away from the ‘new number 1 fan’… 🙂

Dälek, Bullingdon Arms: To be honest, the reason I bought tickets for the day was to see these guys. I’ve wanted to for years so to be within feet of them was just AWESOME. An over used word these days but that really was the only way to describe the heart-stopping (almost literally) wall of beats and bass that these guys imported from NY. Make no mistake, this was Hip-hop, almost old school Hip-hop even, but PROPER underground Hop-Hop (not like 80% of the crap you get in the charts these days) with huge distorted beats, bowel shaking basslines and screaming samples. The only downside to this was that the huge wall of noise did over shadow the vocals a lot of the time but I suppose that’s all the more reason to buy the albums.

Mr. Shaodow, Baby Simple: To be honest I was still on a come down from seeing Dälek but flying the flag for UK Hip Hop was Mr. Shaodow. A very different kettle of fish though. Good Lyrics, good beats, and a feel good atmosphere. Well played sir!

Didn’t get to see: The Big Pink (although apparently they were crap), Jonquil (too knackered after Dälek), Danny + The Champions of The World (the upstairs of Baby Simple was RAMMED!!!, looked like fun though) and The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band (too late, too tired, gone home by then). Roll on the next OX4 I say!

Mr. Shaodow, Baby Simple @ OX4Dälek, Bulling Arms @ OX4This Town Needs Guns, Bulling Arms @ OX4Action Beat, Bulling Arms @ OX4Charly Coombes, O2 Academy @ OX4UTE, O2 Academy @ OX4Richard Walters, Bullingdon Arms @ OX4

My OX4 Flickr set

Re-organisation

I thought I’d put some of files back up that were on the last version of the site but wanted to separate them out a bit. So, if you look over to the left you’ll see a link to ‘Music‘ and some of the bits and pieces I’ve put together on pages below it. There’s also the first version of a new Adele / 808 state bootleg on the bootlegs page for you to enjoy. May still need a bit a bit mre tweaking but ah well, it’s up now. I’ll re-jig it soon.

For some reason I’ve also signed up for the Orange unisigned act / pop idol type thing for a bit of a laugh. Not sure why but feel free to look at my rad new page.

Lastly howdy to anyone that’s arrived here from the GYBO forum, hope you like what you find.