#Keepingitpeel: What Else But Some Half Man Half Biscuit?

This year’s #keepingitpeel marks the seventh anniversary of John Peel’s passing, and for the second year running the John Peel Day for bloggers is taking place.

Peel was probably the most influential radio DJ in history and had a huge influence on fans of music and bands alike. His love of, and attitude toward music made him a unique figure. He took music at face value not caring what others thought, if he liked it, that was good enough for him. It is this which continues to impress me most, if only there were more in the world willing to emulate this attitude, after all, music is a completely subjective topic.

How best to honour his memory and legacy? It would be most fitting to introduce some new and interesting artist, but blogs tend to do this on a daily basis. Instead, here’s a few tracks from Half Man Half Biscuit’s many ‘Peel Sessions’, quite fitting really as without the great man I would never have heard what have become one of my favourite bands which he coined, ‘a national treasure’. I would be inclined to agree. 

 via HMHB

Mp3: Half Man Half Biscuit – Four Skinny Indie Kids (5 July 1998)   

Mp3: Half Man Half Biscuit – Tonight Matthew, I’m Going To Be With Jesus (2 February 1997)

Mp3: Half Man Half Biscuit – 24 Hour Garage Peopl (9 September 1999) 

Slugabed – ‘Depth Perception’

You heard Slugabed‘s remix of Roots Manuva’s ‘Get The Get’, well, now he’s releasing his own debut EP, Sun Too Bright, Turn It Off.

Originally from Bath, but now living in Brighton, beat maker Slugabed (aka Greg Feldwick) produces a distinctive style of glitchy, bass-heavy, chilled-out electronic music. Those lovely people at Ninja Tune are giving away ‘Depth Perception’ as a free download. It is taken from the EP and you can grab it below.    

Sun Too Bright, Turn It Off is released 24 October 2011 on Ninja Tune.

Download: Slugabed – Depth Perception

Immortal Technique – Toast To The Dead

Immortal Technique is set to return with a free album on October 27th. 

The album is called The Martyr and will be made up of selected extra tracks and previously unreleased material. There’s not much more available at the moment but it will feature material from the likes of Killer Mike, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, Styles P and will feature production from DJ Green Lantern, J. Dilla + others.

The first taste of what to expect came last week when Technique dropped ‘Toast To The Dead’ via twitter. It’s an ode to those who have passed on, delivered superbly over beats from the late J. Dilla. This is a really excellent track from a real hip hop master. 

Mp3: Immortal Technique – Toast To The Dead  via HillyDilly.com

Casiokids – ‘Det Haster!’

Norwegian 4-piece Casiokids have returned with a new single and news of a brand new album.

‘Det Haster!’ sees them retained the simplicity of their approach into creating a synth heavy electronic gem with great upbeat electro-pop melodies. Any one who remembers ‘Fot I Hose’ and ‘Finn Bikkjen’ from will not be surprised.

‘Det Haster!’ will be out on October 24th and will be followed by LP, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, in early 2012.

Casiokids – Det Haster! via welikeindie

Mp3: Casiokids – Fot I Hose

Introducing: The Depravations

One of the new discoveries of Hard Working Class Heroes ’11, The Depravations are a four piece indie folk band based in Galway. Since forming in 2007 they have released two EPs and are currently recording their debut album, expected before the end of 2011.

Far from their name would suggest, they make gentle indie-folk music with rich sounds, stories and harmonies. Inspired from a combination of influences; ’50s and ’60s, surf music, old country and blues, it is quite reminiscent of some of the softer numbers from The Coral et al. 

Their Mosey EP is free to download from BandCamp and a debut album is due before the end of 2011.

Download: The Depravations – Tonight

The Depravations – Summer Rain

Download: The Depravations – Not Forgotten 

Video/Download: Eugene McGuinness – Lion

It has been a little while but Eugene McGuinness is back with a new song ‘Lion’ as a free download.

Most recently he’s been busy touring as part of Miles Kane’s band but this sees a return to normal duties. ‘Lion’ is lively, uptempo and ridiculously catchy track swathed with swagger and a heavy, spooky guitar line or, according to the man himself, it’s just meant to be the biggest ‘fuck off’ my soul could muster”. Either way it’s a great track and offers an insight into new album, due for release in early 2012.

You can watch the video and download the track below. Check out ‘Fonz’ too, a timely reminder of what he’s already done.

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Eugene McGuinness – Fonz via UnFound

Mp3: Eugene McGuinness – Lion  via ListenBeforeYouBuy

Introducing: Limnetic Villains

Operating under this own name, Kildare based musician Vincent Lillis released three albums on now defeunct online record label ‘Rack And Ruin’. Following it’s demise he decided to change things up a bit and started making music under the guise of Limnetic Villains.

Comparisons between his and the music of Primal Scream, Death In Vegas or David Holmes are hard to avoid. He has a predilection for darkly shaded electronics and burning guitars which are filtered through an eerily murky mix of psychedelic rock and krautrock influences. While heavily indebted to the aforementioned artists this is far from imitation, he manages to put his own fresh stamp on this sound. 

Limnetic Villains is currently working on a new album but for now there is plenty sample below or on his SoundCloud.

Download: Limnetic Villains – Gun

Download: Limnetic Villains  – Creatures

Download: Limnetic Villains – Walk Through Walls

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