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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jai 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!
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…
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.
Clock Opera are a band who have continually impressed this year - from remixes, to singles to the live show which gets better with every viewing. It’s been a slow build for the band but there’s a feeling that 2012 could be a banner year for them and we’re excited to see some more of them. Check out recent remix favourite for Blood Orange below…
One of our favourite artists of the past year, and one of the biggest live shows we have witnessed lately. Check out a brand new video for the song ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ above, it’s beautiful. We look forward to Niki and the Dove hypnotizing us with their ethereal beauty some more in 2012.
Here’s another clip from Toy whose rise has been an exciting one to follow this year. This one is out early next year on Heavenly and they play for us just before on the 18th of January at the Shacklewell of course.
Not a brand new band, true, but we think Chairlift have big things afoot next year. The foolish among you might have thought Chairlift were destined to be a footnote in a Wikipedia article titled ‘iPod Adverts’ but with recent Boiler Room destroying single Amanaemonesia (try requesting that one drunk) they show some serious pop chops. We had a sneak listen at the upcoming record and it is huge. Check the amazing video for Amanaemonesia below.
Any follower of our twitter account (@eatyourownears - shameless plug) will know that Banana Ripple is one of our very favourite songs of the year. It may be around ten minutes but we find repeat plays totally rewarding. It’ll be a late 2011 treat to catch it in the flesh.
Korallreven - Monday - Shacklewell Arms
Korallreven are another year favourite and we are very excited to be showcasing their very first UK show. The show comes complete with video from the excellent Jamie Harley and should be a recipe for a trip down summer lane for any of you like us who lived in this music earlier in the year.
FAMY - Monday - Victoria Dalston
From two 2011 favourites to a band sure to be one of our 2012 faves - FAMY celebrate their recent single in Dalston tonight. They will be joined by some very special guests indeed. They go under the name The Honkies tonight…
One of our favourite recent discoveries we really think 2012 could be their year. Their debut single ‘Let’s Move Back To Front/Never Leave’ out on Double Denim Records is a pretty big mission statement. Check out this exclusive interview they gave to Field Day recently:
Hello, Zulu Winter – please tell us a bit about you for the uninitiated?
We’re five dudes making interesting pop music in London. Been doing a while and will be doing it a while longer. Our blog is a good place to find out what we’re all about, what we like etc.
You have a debut record out next April, what’s it sounding like?
Good hopefully! We hope it’s full of pop gems with beautiful melodies, atmospheres, textures and grooves… We’re working hard to make a record that sounds great on first listen but can also grow in stature with repeated listens. There’s a lot going on in the songs that you may not hear on the first listen but that you can dig into on repeated listens.
Have you been to Field Day before?
We sure have. You can always count on Field Day for an eclectic line up. A great day for sure as long as you can handle a ridiculous amount of wayfarers and scarily tight denim shorts… These will be found on both the boys and girls!
Everybody is talking records of the year and tips for next year – what are yours?
I’ve been grooving to Salve Ambient by War On Drugs, Days by real Estate, Atlas Sound, Tuneyards and St. Vincent…
Apart from that I don’t feel it’s been the greatest year for music I don’t reckon but have a feeling next year will be much better! Us aside… I’m looking forward to Outfit’s record and Braids new record. Hopefully they’ll both see the light of day next year.
Finally, we love your blog. You seem like well-read chaps. What other sites are in the bookmarks for you guys?
We have Jon Hopkins and King Creosote returning on February 2nd. The last show for us was one of the most special we can remember so it is with great excitement that we also bring you a Jon Hopkins mix to stream. Check it out below.
We hosted Outfit recently at Cargo and were blown away again by a very tight unit and one that takes left turns wherever possible. In ‘Two Islands’ they already have a set ender that blows the roof off. We’re excited to see what’s next for Outfit, we suspect big things. Check out that first single below, and a mix they made for Field Day.
We are thrilled to announce Spector at the 100 Club on the 1st of March. It’s pretty tight in there so this one is definitely going to go off. If you can’t wait until then watch Spector define Efes-Pop in the above video.
We’ve been ardent fans of the young Archy Marshall ever since he appeared under the Zoo Kid banner in 2010. We loved his song ‘Out Getting Ribs’, then we loved the recent self-titled King Krule EP. We eagerly await more to love in 2012.
Check out the great video for ‘Noose of Jah City’ below…
What a bumper week of gigs we have in store. Each one is laying claim to our feet and hearts, so without further ado, here is the weekly run down for you…
Spank Rock - Monday - The Scala
Spank Rock is in town to hit the on switch for party season, kicking things off in raucous style tonight. We can’t wait to hear some of the big recent singles and more. The US tour came heavily recommended recently by the likes of Spin and we chalk this one up as unmissable. Still some tickets left.
Iceage - Tuesday - Corsica Studios
Another one to file under unmissable - this is a band you just have to see in 2011. It’s difficult to think of another band so urgent and demanding of your attention than Iceage - from their insane live shows, wild crowd and undeniable energy, this is truly a punk band to get excited about again.
Orchestra of Spheres - Tuesday - Dalston Victoria
Orchestra of Spheres are no ordinary band - you can tell as much from their line-up: Biscuit tin guitar, sexamouse marimba, and electric carillon are all listed as crucial instruments in the group. It might be off the beaten path instrument-wise but the path they take onstage is a heady one, taking in a great deal of different musics from across the globe and pushing them in exciting new directions.
Making a little break from showcasing the hottest new bands The Shacklewell Arms hosts a true legend on Wednesday night. Formerly one-half of Arab Strap and back with a new record, the amazingly titled ‘A quarter past shite’ this show should be pretty special indeed.
The Knocks - Wednesday - The Sebright Arms
The Knocks have been one of our favourite pop bands for a while and the live show is no exception - wall-to-wall pop classics in waiting. The band are over in support of a new single “Brightside” and we love it.
Duologue - Thursday - Electrowerkz
Duologue recently wowed us at Electrowerkz, and they return again, this time with Patten in tow. They are a sneaky tip for 2012 at EYOE towers and we can’t wait to catch them again before the new year.
The Field + Walls - Thursday - XOYO
This one is one of our most heavily anticipated for a while and two artists responsible for two of our very favourite records of the year. XOYO will be turned into a looping heaven on Thursday so come down, zone out and bathe in some spectral, beautiful music with us.
Binary - Thursday - Visions Video Bar
Binary is the latest in the line of hot new acts signed to Luv Luv Luv Records (who boast two artists in the BBC Sound of 2012!). It’s fair to say this one will be worth getting a sneak preview of - we expect to be hearing much, much more in the new year.
Video: Summer Camp walk us through 'Welcome to Condale'
Our favourite Summer Campers just released their debut album ‘Welcome to Condale’ - a late year favourite for us here. They also just put up a pretty comprehensive guide to the record and it’s fictional land! Take a look above.