004 – sweet, screeching or sinister…

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Emeli Sandé is a former medical student from Aberdeen, and you have probably heard her already on last years chart hit “Never Be A Woman” by founding member of Roll Deep, (and everyone’s favourite UK Grime pioneer) Wiley. Emeli released her first solo single this week ‘Heaven’ after spending the last few years working as a songwriter with the likes of Professor Green & Tinie Tempah. I’ve been checking out a few of her YouTube videos & have to say that this acoustic version of “Kill The Boy” is one of my favourites.

I really like her gentle sound, in particular the dynamic swells on the delivery of the first “kill” in the chorus. It reminds me of a similar effect on the track “Coolsville” by Ricki Lee Jones. Her elegant and easy-going energy is clear to see in this video, so even if you’re not the biggest fan of the single ‘Heaven’ (and I can’t say I am yet) I highly recommend you check out this young lady and see what see has to offer.

BEAK> formed in 2009 by 3 Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow (Portishead / Invada Records). As a Portishead fan I was very excited about this new project and they have yet to disappoint. Their first release was an album of 12 tracks (recorded over 12 days in Jan. 09 – released in Oct. 09) followed by the single “Wulfstan” released in April 2010.
They describe their sound as everything from postrock, analog, drone electronic to krautrock and I’m sure fans of all genres can find something to please their sensibilities. Touring alongside similar bands (Sunno))) & Earth) the repetitive arrangement of sounds, pounding hypnotic bass lines and screeching violins – it’s right up my street.

The tracks were all recorded live, in one room with no overdubs and the band only used edits to when arranging the songs.

This is my personal favourite –
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Also on Invada Records (and collaborator with Beak>)is Anika. I first found her via her cover of “I go to sleep” by The Kinks, but there is so much more to this girl than one good cover – she’s got whole album of them… check out her version of the Bob Dylan classic “Masters of War (Dub)” @

Based between Berlin & Bristol, this young lady presents a certain dark quality to her sound & style; a melancholy Nico and with 9 beautifully arranged, well-chosen songs. There really isn’t a bad track on the album, which also includes one of my all time favourite tracks from the 1960’s, in the Skeeter Davis track “End of the World”.

Coming up for Sacre Noir:
July 1st & 8th @ Belushi’s (Edinburgh) FREE DJ sets and live performance

July 21st @ Maggie’s Chamber (Edinburgh) with the Savage Sound System

July 22nd @ Elvis Shakespeare (Edinburgh) FREE In Store performances for Sacre Noir, Savage Sound System & KOF (acoustic set)



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