San Francisco based six-piece, the Seshen’s enticing electronic soul sound combines synths, drum machines, live percussion and the remarkable harmonies of lead singer, Lalin St. Juste, to create a magical forward-thinking concoction of influences from r’n’b, pop and electronic music. Glorious textures and heavenly grooves are the staple in their newest album Flames & Figures (released on Tru Thoughts Records, October 2016), superbly and effortlessly swelling from mesmerizing throbbing basslines to glistening pop harmonics. Ahead of The Seshen’s UK tour, stopping for what is sure to be a mesmerizing set at The Green Door Store on 12th March, we put some questions to Lalin St. Juste to find out more about the band.
Who is the super cool bassist with 18 toes and plays the funkiest basslines – you know it, it’s Thundercat. Now releasing his third solo album, Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat) has risen to the top as one of the most forward thinking jazz fusion bassists to date. Having had a minor hit in Germany at the age of 15, Bruner was part of thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies, playing as a session musician alongside his band duties. This led him to working with the legend that is Erykah Badu, modern hip-hop royalty such as Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lemar, experimental beat extraordinaire Flying Lotus, as well as the mighty Kamasi Washington on his sensational The Epic LP. Quite the CV, and one that has made his latest record, Drunk, one of the most eagerly anticipated albums to be released in 2017.
Raucous energy and heavy riffs makes for music you want to lose your shit to. Broadbay are championing this, gaining a reputation on the road as well as in Brighton for a mighty live show by bringing emotionally-tainted 90s grunge rock that will have you stage diving in seconds. Just check out their epic 360° music video for their newest single ‘Long Term Plan’ and you’ll get the idea. On Tuesday 23rd February they start three consecutive release shows (prepare yourselves) for their upcoming six track Long Term Plan EP, so we met up with James Willet, Bill Wood and Angus McAlpine to find out more about Broadbay.
Howland have been causing quite a stir! The pop-rockers have been playing raucous show all over the south coast as well as leaving a lasting mark on support slots with Fickle Friends, High Tyde and Clean Cut Kid. The rawness of their latest single, ‘No Way’, strikes an emotional chord that any love torn individual will latch onto from its very beginning, finding solace in the raucous, untamed body of the track that is sure to replicate well live. Ahead of their first headline show at The Hope & Ruin on 21st February, we met up with the Brighton-based four-piece to find out more about Howland.
Releasing one of the albums of 2016 in Ceremonial, Anchorsong has become a musical favourite for us and music fans alike. On record, every track takes influences from tribal sounds, such as afrobeat or highlife, as well as the stylings of his home country, creating an incredible dream world of unique progressive beats and otherworldly atmospherics. Live, Anchorsong starts with a blank canvas, using his MPC2500 to paint an intriguing soundscape of pulsing rhythms that swell and evolve into an utterly spellbinding show, whether it is solo or with orchestration. Ahead of his February tour, he is playing at The Rose Hill in Brighton for a very special intimate show, we spoke to Masaaki Yoshida to find out more about Anchorsong.
Eight studio albums that have sold millions of copies during their 20-year duration, whilst staying completely independent of any major labels – that’s quite a feat. In 1995, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton met in Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge, a pinnacle of Washington’s 90s dance scene and a club Eric co-owned. Bonding over their love for club culture, dub, bossa nova and jazz, Thievery Corporation was born. A year later and their first effort, Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi, perfectly mixed all of the above, establishing the duo as one of trip-hop’s more mellow high runners. Downtempo electronica, ambient dub, coffee table dance music, or whatever you want to call it, Thievery Corporation personified a sound which softened the transition into a new millennia and practically defined an entire sub-genre of electronic music. Still having never had a radio hit or a big budget video, the group rose to fame in their “underground” game, collaborating with illustrious fans such as David Byrne, Perry Farrell, The Flaming Lips, Anushka Shankar, Emilíana Torrini, Femi Kuti, Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto, and going on to headline the likes of Coachella and Lollapalooza. In being cited by a generation of electronic producers as a major influence, Thievery Corporation certainly have a lot to live up to.
Menace Beach come to Brighton having released one of the best albums of the year so far – a stupid statement to say so early, but Lemon Memory has the legs to stay current throughout 2017. After their much celebrated debut Ratwork, the latest offering from the Leeds band see more fuzz, angst and attitude enter their sound – which can only mean good things for the Menace Beach live show one assumes.
Kicking off the event was local three-piece Nature Channel. Their ferocious punk rock was a beautiful noisy onslaught. Drums were deranged, the bass was aggressive, and with an unhinged guitar and manic vocals, the intensity of Nature Channel’s set left you with a rotten feeling in your stomach that you immediately wanted more off. Next act, The New Tusks, thankfully gave more of the same. You had the sentimental melodies of Dinosaur Jr. mixed with the hardcore intensity of At The Drive In, all delivered in The New Tusks endearing punk style. The Brighton trio have got themselves a tidy outfit; strong guitar hooks, incredible basslines and compelling drums – I honestly can’t wait to see them again.
In our recent conversation with Tali Källström, lead singer in Estrons, she jokingly omitted, “It’s not easy being in a band like Estrons”. Which isn’t surprising really – the exceedingly high expectations they hold for themselves, for every single one of their tracks and their relentlessly energetic live performance is staggering. With two killer singles and a brilliant debut EP (She’s Here Now) under their belt, 2017 looks to be a wild ride for the band based in Wales. Ahead of their tour which starts at the beginning of February, including Komedia, Brightonsfinest spoke to Tali to find out more about Estrons as well as their plans for the year.
Making pleasing, interesting and expressive electronic music, Inwards has consistently crafted music that impresses. Mastermind Kris Shelley has recently released his Feeling So Fun Reality LP, creating an inviting concoction that takes Orbital’s euphoria, the dreaminess of Lemon Jelly, the progressive minimalism of The Field and Aphex Twin’s displaced drum patterns into one incredible package. As one of Brighton’s most interesting producers, we had to find out more about Inwards.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano has long been a big talent bubbling behind the scenes, embracing what had come up before him and not rushing to release his debut LP, even with the ever rising anticipation surrounding him. Following on from his spectacular debut EP Bishoune?: Alma del Huila in 2014, Lenny Kravitz invited Gabriel to support his 23-date European tour, which is when he found out his song ‘Six Eight’ had been extensively sampled on what became one of the biggest mixtapes of 2015 in Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. So with the release of Jardi?n, this is Gabriel coming out of the shadows and announcing himself to the musical stratosphere. Having given us three very addictive singles to wet our appetite for his debut LP, it seems that Gabriel is living up to the hype.