It’s that time of the month again, and July’s artwork theme was ‘Surreal’. This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the Surrealist movement and that took the theme for July’s offering. We’ve had artwork from Nick Willis, George Rosu and Anko and tracks from Eric Ness, Grandfather Birds, Wye Oak, Veronica Falls and MIA.
1. Eric Ness – I’ve Been Bad
Combining elements of indie, folk, punk and ragtime, Eric Ness is creating noise that’s more than just a little bit different to the usual junk you’ll hear on the radio. With his sense of fun, squawking self-depreciation and sunny disposition, we’ve been charmed by this Norway native. Londoners, you can see him playing across the summer.
2. Chased by Wolves – Long Black Ribbon
Americana country-folk act Chased by Wolves are a Creature favourite so after the band sent us a copy of their new studio recordings last week, we couldn’t help but be re-infected with a love for these guys. With booming bluesy guitar riffs, weighted drums and delicious boy-girl vocals, this might be the best thing you can give your iPod this summer.
3. Grandfather Birds – Grandfather’s Bones
We could gush about how great this band are, or we could just let you listen to them… If these guys aren’t set for great things then we’ll eat our hats; ringing guitar licks, fresh drum arrangements and Matt Saxon’s husked vocals create a cacophony of pleasure for your ears.
4. We are Aeronauts – The House on Ash Tree Lane
It must be the summer making us love the brass, because here’s another helping of trumpet infused goodness! Brit-band We are Aeronauts released their debut E.P. Chad Valley last week, and it’s a belter. Filled with crisp 80s tinged indie-pop songs, these guys have an orchestral ensemble that’ll make you weak at the knees.
5. Treetop Flyers – Long Cold Winter
It’s not felt much like summer recently in the capital with the disappointing mix of cloud, rain and rain, so forgive us for including this slightly non-seasonal track by the awesome Treetop Flyers. Fresh from Glastonbury, these guys went down a storm at the UK’s biggest summer music festival and we think you’ll like them too.
6. Veronica Falls – Come on Over
We’ve all got our guilty pleasures – this track is ours. Give it a listen and you’ll maybe see why…
7. Wye Oak – Holy Holy Holy
Baltimore duo Wye Oak have released their new single ‘Holy Holy Holy’ as a free download. Taken from their album Civilian, it’s the bands’ best effort to date offering a mature and rounded sound (with its trademark booming guitar riffs and quiet verses). Wasner shines both vocally and lyrically. They’re back in the UK later this year supporting the amazing National, so if you’re lucky enough to get tickets then you’re guaranteed a memorable show. We LOVE these guys.
8. MIA – 27
Regardless of whether you were an Amy Winehouse fan or not, the news of her death last weekend came as a shock to all. What’s a personal tragedy for her family has the knock-on effect of being a sad loss for the music industry in general – when on top form, Winehouse wrote some of the best contemporary jazz tracks of the day. When the news broke, it was a truly ‘surreal’ experience ‘knowing’ someone yet not really knowing them at all, but feeling the sadness at their loss… We didn’t anticipate that our monthly theme would touch on reality, but it did in a strange and unexpected way. Her friend, rap and hip-hop star MIA released the track 27 a few days later in tribute to Winehouse, and we’ve decided to include it on here. The track itself has caused controversy with some feeling MIA has been little quick to ‘tribute’ her friend whilst others say because the track preceded Winehouse’s death it doens’t really qualify as a ‘tribute’ at all… Whatever, we’re not interested in opinions or in politics. The track is good, and the sentiment is something we applaud, so here it is. Our sympathies extend to the Winehouse family, and all of her fans across the world.
We’re taking a break for next month- the next Mix Tape will be September’s. To mark the beginning of the new season, the theme is ‘fall’ – that’s open to any interpretation! Thank you again to Anko, Nick and George for their submissions. Please take the time to check out their websites below, they’re all pretty rad: