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slowthai picked as one of YouTube Music’s ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′. The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist…

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′.

The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist spotlight.

Other acts on the list include Mahalia, Octavian, Grace Carter, Kojey Radical, Sam Fender, L Devine, Dermot Kennedy, Samm Henshaw and Jade Bird.

This list has been compiled by YouTube Music based on a variety of factors, including YouTube views, engagement from global music fans and YouTube Music analytics.

slowthai said: “It’s a blessing to be shortlisted by YouTube Music for Ones to Watch in 2019. Love to YouTube and everyone else supporting me.”

The list is dominated by a mix of individual singer-songwriters and is notable for not featuring any groups, comprising ten solo artists – reflective by trends, views and insights on YouTube.

Over the course of the past year, slowthai has released a steady string of singles including ‘North Nights’ / ‘The Bottom’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Drug Dealer’ and ‘Rainbow’ – mixing rap, grime and garage influences.

In October, slowthai announced the Brexit Bandit tour which will see him play across the UK and Europe in March and April next year.

While there’s no Northamptonshire gig, the closest the tour comes is Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Wednesday, March 27th.

For more details, visit https://slowthai.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/slowthai

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Record review: The Hurricanes

THE HURRICANES Let’s Go! [self-released] Recorded in their practice room, Northampton quartet The Hurricanes – aka Robert Jones [singing/guitar], Dammo Clarke [guitar], Neil Robinson [drums], and Tony Norton [bass] – have unleashed…

THE HURRICANES
Let’s Go! [self-released]

Recorded in their practice room, Northampton quartet The Hurricanes – aka Robert Jones [singing/guitar], Dammo Clarke [guitar], Neil Robinson [drums], and Tony Norton [bass] – have unleashed their debut album after a quiet period of gestation. Songs were worked on, refined, and put to tape over the past year, away from the glare of expectation. 

Three-quarters of the band cut their teeth in local ’90s Britpopish band Collide, but it is the mod revival sound of ’79 onwards that The Hurricanes mine for their sound. The Prisoners probably sit at the head of that table, as the opening [title] track sets out. Slashing power chords, agitated vocals, a pummelling rhythm section: it’s all here. And the band The Prisoners are usually mentioned alongside – The Jam – is there on track two, ‘This Is The Time’, with the 100 Club spit’n’pogo energy, alongside a no holds-barred rumbling bassline. A handclap breakdown appears mid-song too, giving it a dose of The Chords-esque soul in amongst the bludgeoning guitar noise.

‘Felicity Paige’ has a great, undeniable chorus chant, straight out of the Graham Day handbook. Robinson’s drumming is the key to this stomper, all elbows flying about in the authentic Moon-style. ‘Is There A Why In Your Mynd?’ gives a nod to The Creation, The Eyes and John’s Children with a ’60s freakbeat vigour and stinging fuzz solo. It goes a bit psychedelic at the end too, which is a nice touch. The aggression is toned down somewhat on ‘Staring At The Stars’, with a forlorn lead vocal and some sweet Who-esque backing vocal lines. It’s quite reminiscent of former Prisoner Allan Crockford’s contemporary band The Galileo 7, actually. ‘Taking Care of Business’ is a good summation of what’s happening throughout this album.

Considering this is effectively a home production, with resultant occasionally muddy sound [proper authentic garage-band, you might say] Let’s Go! is something to be properly proud of. It’s direct hits from the past, yesterdays’s sound tomorrow. And jolly, vibrant good fun it is too. They ain’t half bad live too, should you get a chance to catch them.

Phil Istine

PS. current Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd was appointed whilst still boss of New Zealand team The Hurricanes, based in Wellington. A cosmic coincidence, worthy of a brief mention.

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Photos: The Schizophonics

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in…

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in both senses. They left town with a even more fans than before, with another jaw-dropping incendiary performance.  Here are a few photos taken by David Jackson.

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New Music Friday: GoGo Loco

Northampton’s ace rhythm’n’punk trio The Mobbs are no more, after four albums and almost a decade of existence. This would be much worse news if it wasn’t for the comforting…

Northampton’s ace rhythm’n’punk trio The Mobbs are no more, after four albums and almost a decade of existence. This would be much worse news if it wasn’t for the comforting news that two of the gang – vocalist/guitarist Joe B. Humbled and drummer Cheadle – have immediately re-emerged as GoGo Loco.

The first trash-rock single ‘The GoGo Loco Twist’ can be witnessed below. New Boots spoke to Joe about the new evolution.

Firstly: why have you hung up your Fender Strat as a Mobb?
‘Twas time to bring The Mobbs to a conclusion (for now). I wanted it to go out at it’s peak and not to fizzle out and fade away without a respectable cessation. There’s only so far I felt I could go with it in terms of songwriting and especially musically. [bass player] The Bishop handed his notice in back in October so we felt it was time to put it to bed for a while.

How was the last show at The Lamplighter? It must have been quite emotional after all this time
The Lamplighter show was a perfect end and a reunion of fans and performers who’ve been part of it all from the beginning.

Where do you intend to take this – this one seems to sound like inspired by Cramps-esque rockabilly trash rather than Medway garage…
The new project is something that’s been trying to get out for a while now. It is very much a sound that Cheadle & I are more akin to and neither of us are ready to quit yet. Based on the new song & video I suppose you might say it’s more Cramps-esque; however we’ve recorded a few other bits and pieces and in reality it is more of a departure to late 50s/early 60s R&B.

Playing drums with the maracas, that’s pretty wild. Who came up with that idea?
The maracas was a happy accident so we decided to stick with it! We’re massive Bo Diddley fanatics so it was going to happen eventually!

Where did the name come from?
I like the Spanish word “Loco” for crazy – the way it roles off the tongue is amusing to me. GoGo is just reference to Go-Go dancing I suppose.

What can we expect from 2018?
2018 will see the three other recordings emerge digitally to start with, then if the battering down of doors happens we hope to do a pressing in the form of a 7″ vinyl EP.

Are you doing anything else musically concurrently?
I’ve got some solo recordings that I’ve been working on with my brother [Jon Martin] – I might release these digitally at some point this year. Hoping to do a Deep Sea Mountains CD EP release this Spring – I’m merely the very amateurish drummer in DSM and in reality this is Will Sey’s baby – so I won’t go on too much about that!

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