Archive for December, 2011

Here’s one for anybody not quite done with partying! Merry Christmas.


1. Korallreven – Fall Asleep / Keep Your Eyes Shut
2. Ciara – Deuces (Korallreven Version)
3. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends (Korallreven Version)
4. Korallreven – Ah Ah
5. Music Of Samoa – Ua Ao Popo Ua O Le Aso Ula (Korallreven Version)
6. The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes (Korallreven Version)
7. This Is Head – 0007 (A Remix By Korallreven)
8. Oni Ayhun – OAR003-B (Korallreven Version)

Huw Stephens treated us to some exclusive Christmas songs last night. One of them comes courtesy of EYOE faves Niki and the Dove. It’s short but just as sweet as Christmas pud.

Listen Again

Here’s a new one from Matthew Dear ahead of a release early next year. We’re compiling some last minute head nodders for the final Xmas parties and this one goes straight in.

We’ve spent the last ten days sharing some of our hot tips for 2012. Today we share a little round up of some other names we think will break big next year along with songs we love. There’s no order of preference for today’s tips compared with the last ten days - just that in the week of Christmas sometimes you have a whole pile of gifts rather than just one.


Tribes debut record is sounding huge and addictive - no surprise to anybody who has followed them like we have since the start. 2012 threatens to be a big time for them with a truckload of great singles and a powerful live show too.

Sappho (demo) by TRIBES


Rocketnumbernine is another one that has been bubbling under nicely for some time - we loved their TEXT single. We caught them at the Shacklewell recently and were impressed with the strides they have made.

Rocketnumbernine - Matthew and Toby (TEXT008) by Four Tet

Lana Del Ray

Who? Just kidding. This little lady has caused a bit of a stir over the past few months and the record drops on January 1st. Fitting date for a project that will be talked about all year no doubt.

Lana Del Rey - Video Games by PurplePR

The Weeknd

It’s been about a year since Drake’s ringing endorsement of fellow Canadians The Weeknd. Two huge mixtapes later and we are all firmly aboard. 2012 sees a third mixtape to complete the trilogy and maybe we will see something more official - an album, or official single? Nobody knows. It’s possible he could keep releasing these tapes forever.

The Weeknd - Initiation by The_Weeknd


2011 was already pretty big for Spector - a slot on Jools Holland and three barnstorming singles. Next year they will spoil us with an entire album out on Fiction and we imagine it will propel them away from Dalston and into your living rooms.

Spector - Never Fade Away by Luv Luv Luv

Theme Park

Theme Park seem like a friendly bunch - their sharp, upbeat pop songs are family radio friendly and live they effuse the kind of charm you could take home to your parents. Those silky pop songs worm your way deep into your head though. A debut record comes courtesy of Transgressive records in 2012.

Spector - Never Fade Away by Luv Luv Luv


The deep, dark pop music of Duologue has flown under the radar so far, but with other similar artists set to breakout - Nicolas Jaar, Kindness, e.t.c. - they could well join the throng. The quality of songwriting is what will make them stand out.

Duologue - Push it by Duologue

Jai Paul

J ai Paul was tipped by the BBC Sound panel at the start of 2011, following his BTSTU demo in 2010 - that landed him a contract with XL. The record looks like it will finally be released next year and everything we’ve heard is another level. We’ve all heard BTSTU a million times, so take a listen to another of those old 2010 demos Genevieve above.

A very merry week ahead for Eat Your Own Ears. Mulled wine galore at the following…

Slow Club - Monday - Union Chapel

EYOE faves Slow Club drop in to Union Chapel bearing gold, frankincense and christmas songs. It’s the fourth year running for the tradition and it gives a warm glow akin to a full stocking on Christmas morning.

EYOE Pub Quiz - Tuesday - Shacklewell Arms

If QI can have a festive special then so can the EYOE Pub Quiz. For only the second time ever we’ll be congregating in the Shacklewell for some merriment and using our brains for possibly the last time in 2011.

James Yorkston - Wednesday - Union Chapel

Another EYOE Tradition, we have James Yorkston also hitting Union Chapel - which is going to feel like a family living room by Thursday. We should really be putting up a tree there and lounging around in pajamas. Joining the excellent Mr. Yorkston will be Josie Long, Pictish Trail and Jon Hopkins is rumoured to be collaborating on something! Unmissable week!

Stay +

This mysterious Manchester group have come a long way since first emerging with grainy videos under the name Christian Aids. They haven’t put a foot wrong, releasing a slew of bangers - dark, anthemic electronic music that make them easy to love. We’re looking forward to hearing a lot more next year but for now, listen to Young Luv below…

DD005 A2: Christian AIDS // Young Luv by Double Denim Records

Very excited to announce the return of Sleigh Bells to London next year on the 1st of March. More details on our website. For now take a listen to this preview from the next album, another brash candy pop tune.

Further artists confirmed for Field Day 2012:


Death Grips


Mazzy Star



Theme Park



Afrocubism / Andrew Bird / Baxter Dury / Beirut / Com Truise / Errors / Fennesz / Franz Ferdinand / Gold Panda / Here We Go Magic / Hudson Mohawke – Live / Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard / Julio Bashmore Metronomy / Outfit / Maya Jane Coles / Papa M / Peaking Lights / R. Stevie Moore / Revere / Rocketnumbernine / Rustie / SBTRKT / Tortoise / To Kill a King / The Vaccines / Zulu Winter plus many more artists to be announced…



Field Day is delighted to confirm a further 6 acts to the 2012 bill. Joining the initial 27-strong initial line up is Mazzy Star with their beautiful yet haunting acoustic-flavoured ballads inspired by heavy blues and folk elements. Returning to the scene after a mammoth 15 year hiatus with new material early this year, this is a not-to-be-missed performance from this Californian duo.


London four-piece Theme Park will join fellow rising stars and nominees in BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll Spector, who have truly hit their stride with their anthemic sound and high octane live shows led by frontman Fred Macpherson. Meanwhile Grimes is sure to draw from genres as varied as New Age, K-pop, industrial and glitch, cementing her position as a truly flexible and evolving artist.


Also added are post-punk outfit THE MEN who are coming straight from the Brooklyn underground to Victoria Park next June. Pioneering Sacramento collective Death Grips will also be performing adding a hip hop element to the 2012 line up, while home-grown talent Zomby will no doubt prove that DJ sets can be as compelling as any live band by negotiating skilfully between genres in ever more innovative and progressive ways.


Entering into its sixth year, Field Day will be returning to Victoria Park with its unique formula of pioneering line up coupled with village fete mentality, all in the heart of east London. Due to the London 2012 Olympics, Field Day will now take place over the Diamond Jubilee June Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 2nd June.

Hosted by forward-thinking promoters Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, Bleed and Lanzarote, Field Day is a festival that has become synonymous with imaginative and progressive bills and 2012 is certainly shaping up to be no exception to this rule.

Promoter Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears says: “I’m really excited about the line-up for Field Day 2012. It’s been something of a challenge after last year’s was so strong but with Franz Ferdinand closing the Eat Your Own Ears stage and with acts like Tortoise playing I’m hoping it will be just as good! As ever it’s hugely exciting to welcome acts from further afield; I’m particularly delighted to announce Afrocubism featuring Toumani and some incredible Cuban musicians – they’re going to blow people’s minds!” 

Among the first acts to be confirmed are Glasgow’s thin white dukes, Franz Ferdinand. Arguably the most influential British band of the past decade, Franz Ferdinand are tipped for a major comeback next year, and this will be the first time the quartet  take to the Field Day stage. With a highly anticipated fourth album on Domino Records scheduled for release in 2012, expect big things from this headline performance.

Frontman Alex Kapranos says:  I’m looking forward to Field Day this coming summer. I’ve been the last couple of years and the line-up’s always been excellent. Electrelane playing Small Town Boy and Martin Creed’s set were last year’s highlights for me. This year’s line-up is already shaping up well with Metronomy and R Stevie Moore on the bill. Being in walking distance of a good pub at the end of the night works well for me too…”

Playing their only 2012 UK festival performance at Field Day are the mesmerising Beirut. From humble origins in New Mexican singer-songwriter, Zach Condon’s bedroom in 2001, Beirut have gone on to travel the world both figuratively through albums such as ‘The Flying Club Cup’ and literally, having toured the world over. Expect plenty of musical wanderlust that evokes everything from Balkan funeral marches to Mariachi kissed soul, from this not-to-be-missed exclusive UK performance.

Metronomy’s Mercury Music Prize nominated third album, ‘The English Riviera’, has been one of the soundtracks to 2011. Characterised throughout with a sense of warmth and richness, it is in parts reminiscent of seminal 1970s West Coast studio albums from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, but due to Joseph Mount’s studio wizardry, the record sounds vibrant and entirely of its time. Expect a celebratory performance to perfectly soundtrack Field Day’s Village Mentality festivities.

World music has always played a significant part in Field Day’s line ups and 2012 certainly looks to continue that trend with performances from the legendary Afrocubism. Arguably one of the most long-awaited collaborations in recent music history, Afrocubism is the fruition of a plan hatched over fourteen years ago, to bring together musicians from Mali and Cuba. Nobody knows exactly why the Malians didn’t go to Havana when they were supposed to, but when they didn’t show up the Cubans decided to use the studio time anyway and the result was the eponymous Buena Vista Social Club album. Now thanks to British producer Nick Gold, the original plan has finally been realised, with Cuban singer/guitarist and original Buena Vista Social Club member, Eliades Ochoa leading this distinctive collaboration that also includes the Grammy Award winning Toumani Diabaté, the Jimi Hendrix of the Kora.

Bringing their unique brand of visceral post-rock to Field Day will be Tortoise. With band members typically multi-tasking across a number of different instruments, rhythmically complex and harmonically rich textures are guaranteed. Widescreen instrumentals will also be provided by Revere, who comprise violin, cello, keys and brass section in their line-up. By incorporating everything from gypsy songs, post-rock, film scores and gospel, they are able to produce dramatic music which moves from tiny, music‐box openings to cacophonous walls of sound.

From being a red hot tip at the start of the year, The Vaccines can lay as good a claim as anyone to being the breakthrough band of the year. Having delivered on their early promise with a razor sharp debut LP and a series of increasingly huge live shows, their set is certain to combine retro guitar riffs with a storming upbeat tempo to get pulses racing. 

From last year’s most highly anticipated band to the next, London five-piece Zulu Winter and Liverpudlian newcomers Outfit have been regularly topping ‘Ones to Watch’ lists for 2012. They sit happily with fellow newcomers To Kill A King alongside more established acts on the 2012 bill, including Buckinghamshire bred purveyor of ‘seaside melodies’ Baxter Dury and the ethereal Here We Go Magic, described by Pitchfork as creators of “hazy electronic textures, endlessly-spiralling lyrical loops, occasional forays into extended sections of ambience and noise.” Meanwhile Mogwai managed Scottish four-piece Errors are sure to assemble their archetypal electronic orchestra for a set that will no doubt oscillate from shoegazing sounds to more lo-fi techno endeavours, while husband and wife duo Peaking Lights will bring their individual dub-pop psychedelic sound to East London.

Delving into more dance driven pursuits, Field Day will be welcoming back SBTRKT’s mesmerising, bass-heavy party to the Bugged Out! stage. Representing the festival’s dance music contingent will

be fellow experimental, genre-crossing underground artists, Julio Bashmore and Warp label mates Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, all of whom have enjoyed stratospheric rises of late thanks to their ability to manipulate and fuse everything and anything from 2step, UK funky, dubstep, deep house, garage and US R’N’B. DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles will also be taking to the decks with her unique brand of deep tech-house.

Gold Panda’s debut, ‘Lucy Shiner’ seemed an overwhelming choice of most baffling omission from this year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations. A most human of dance albums, it has become a word of mouth classic and it’s follow-up will be one of the most eagerly awaited records of 2012. Elsewhere, Austrian electronica stalwart, Fennesz will undoubtedly be offering an altogether more ambient and wistful set, delivered with equally calculated agility and skill, while brothers Tom and Ben Page aka Rocketnumbernine will use drums, percussion and raw electronics to conjure intense musical landscapes. With New York born electronic producer Com Truise also confirmed, electronic nostalgia will be order of the day with his unique blend of manipulated 80s synth based electro.

Texan born musician Papa M aka David Pajo will be bringing stirring folk and country, while Chicago multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird’s irreverent voice and stream of consciousness lyrics will form the basis for a captivating performance.  American anti-folk singer/songwriter and comic book creator Jeffery Lewis is a welcomed addition, whilst Nashville native and DIY pioneer, R. Stevie Moore will showcase his indie approach to music through a set of mainly self-released tracks in what is his first ever London festival, having played for the first time in 40 years in Autumn 2011. Moore is the oldest son of Bob Moore, veteran Nashville A-Team bassist, producer as well as a longtime sideman for Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and many others.

As with years gone by, Field Day will be providing ample entertainment for those looking for respite from the music in the Village Mentality area on The Village Green. Expect traditional side stalls inspired by country pastimes and weird and wonderful fete games such as Blindfold Sweetcorn Husking Championship, Scone Throwing, Vegetable Discus and Human Wheelbarrow.


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