Monday, 25 January 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PUNCHING SWANS - NESTING

ALBUM: NESTING

Punching Swans are a London 3-piece with two albums ('Punching Swans' / 'Mollusc') and a split EP ('Mr Insipid') under their belt, all through the Medway record label Skingasm Records (Medway refers to the Kent area if like us you didn't know that!). This year the band are releasing their third record 'Nesting' digitally and on a hand numbered limited edition CD/Book run of just 30.

Nesting is an impressive collection of 10 tracks which fit neatly within that often forgotten noses turned up at strand of rock - math (or noise or art) - which basically means I'm meant to use phrases like 'angular guitars' and 'off kilter song structures', you know the drill here. So let's try not do that, instead lets focus on an album that at times is sonically challenging yet is ultimately damn rewarding.

Self produced by guitarist/vocalist Greg Webster, Nesting begins with 'Cuckoo Cuckold K-killed' instantly thrusting at you from numerous angles - the groovy beat, biting guitars, and varied vocals. This is just the starter though as 'Man Nest' really gets things going with it's incessant snarl not letting up throughout it's 2 minutes length. In fact that tempo and direction doesn't drop throughout the album with frenetic drumming of Pablo Paganotto and intensity from bassist Joe Wise

'Ovulations' and 'Beak Throat' are perhaps the more easily accessible of the opening tracks, cleverly placed midway through the album to enhance the others. 'Headless Chickens' carries on the bird theme of the album, 'Kiwis' sounds so much like The Fall its uncanny, and similarly lead single 'Pecked To Death' is traipsing into Pulled Apart By Horses territory. Nesting finishes with Flight which must be the closest Punching Swans get to a pop song, with the dual vocals and slightly less caustic guitars helping to finish the album on a high.

Nesting is out now, whilst you can catch Punching Swans on a UK tour in January/February.

Monday, 18 January 2016

FUTURE SOUNDS OF 2016

We didn't do our regular 'Future Sounds Of'' post last year, after we produced ones in 2010, 11, 12, 13, 14, so I guess last year we were being lazy or something, and I'm so sorry, really. Anyway let's forget about 2015 now though as it's time to reveal Music Liberation's Future Sounds Of 2016!

Junk Son - A one man band from London (we say band as when Junk Son plays live there's another 4 members) who's real name is John Dunk, a graduate from the music uni of Goldsmiths (James Blake et al), that plays new wave pop with layers upon layers of lush electronic samples, beats, and synths. We've been hooked ever since we caught him supporting Ghostpoet on his UK Tour last year.



Petite Noir -  Yannick Llunga aka Petite Noir released his debut album last year through Domino Records titled 'La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful'. Personally it was one of my favourite albums of the year which seemed to surprisingly miss a lot of 'top 10' album lists. However with a UK/European tour on the horizon I have high hopes that the 25 year old South African will break through in 2016.



Jaws - A Birmingham 3-piece who blend nostalgic indie pop of the 80's with their own modern day ideas, Jaws released their debut album in 2014 with 'Be Slowly', and will follow that up this year with a new record. The first single 'What We Haven't Got Yet' builds upon their previous work, sounding bigger, more confident, and ever so ready to propel the band to pastures new.



Vodun - A band that describe their sound as 'Afro, Heavy, Psych, Soul' are always going to grab our attention! Vodun come from London and have recently become the first signing to a new label - Riff Rock Records. Their debut album is due to be released in March and after having a sneaky listen we can tell you it's an absolute corker! Produced by Tom Dalgety too. Yeah that's right!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT


Music Liberation is once again pleased to be supporting the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, which today revealed the first details behind this years event.

Glastonbury Festival has today announced details of its EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2016, which will give new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival.

The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS for Music Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize. 

Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2016 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 18th January until 5pm Monday 25th January 2016 via glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.

Recent Emerging Talent Competition entrants include hotly-tipped R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice and BBC Sound Of 2016 nominee) and fast-rising young rapper Isaiah Dreads. Last year’s winner was singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who has since signed a management deal with Q Prime, who also manage Metallica, Muse and Foals.

To enter, acts will need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom).

Once the entries are in, a panel of 40 of the UK’s top music writers will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April decide the winning act. In both 2014 and 2015, all eight of the finalists were offered slots at that year’s Festival.

Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis: “New music has always been a huge part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has become an incredible way for us to discover - and help draw attention to - the very latest talent.

Vanessa Reed Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation says: “This is a brilliant opportunity for up-and-coming music creators from across the UK to get vital support at an early stage in their music careers, to develop their talent and also perform at the iconic Glastonbury festival. We’re looking forward to seeing which talented new artists apply.

Friday, 8 January 2016

GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2016


Some exciting news to kick off 2016 with, as for the 5th year running Music Liberation has been chosen as one of the judges for the annual Emerging Talent Competition at the world renowned Glastonbury Festival.

We'll be able to reveal more details on this years competition next week, for now have a look at the story behind last years event, whilst you can listen to 2015's winner Declan McKenna below.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

THE BLOG SOUND OF 2016 - TOP 5

We are pleased to help reveal the top 5 acts from this years Blog Sound Of 2016, along with this year's winner - Mura Masa. We'll be revealing who Music Liberation voted for in the next week or so in our Future Sounds Of 2016 post.

From the longlist of 15 revealed in December, the artists who scored the most points were:

1st Mura Masa
2nd The Japanese House
3rd Aurora
4th Aquilo
5th Loyle Carner

Mura Masa is Alex Crossan, a 19 year old electronic producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Guernsey. His tracks such as Firefly, Love For That and Lovesick F*ck have all been hugely successful on blog aggregator Hype Machine and he has gained millions of plays on Soundcloud. This is the first time in the history of the Blog Sound poll that a male artist has topped it.

Many thanks from Music Liberation to Robin over at Breaking More Waves for once again organising this years Blog Sound Of poll.