August 2022, and tunes from new bands (and one or two acts that have been floating around for some time now) are highlighted here for those looking for some new music that hasn’t yet reached the heights of popularity that Keith Goldhanger believes is deserved.
August 2022 has been another busy month with new releases by new bands as well as new releases by bands mentioned previously that simply do not deserved to be ignored.
Top of the pile yet again (everything that gets released by Nancy is always met with astonishment) is the brilliantly strange, super (Trooper) Would You Be My Judy. We’ve mentioned the man from Tigercub a few times on this site over the past couple of years and many of us be fighting for a front row position whenever the chance to see this live becomes a reality. Another album called English Leather is due in October however in the meantime this tune that sounds like a top twenty hit from the early 1970’s (but don’t ask me which one) and has been played almost daily since first hearing this.
Le Junk (top pic) have been mentioned previously in passing on these pages. Formerly frontman of Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux who in turn morphed into The Big And The Fat (who’s debut Fruit is always worth reverting back to) who then slowly seemed to morph into Le Junk and have been turning up with different live formations over the past couple of years have continued to highly impress with yet another high-quality dancefloor favourite that goes by the name of Midnight Lover. A few evenings around town watching these tunes played live have never disappointed and this is the bands best moment yet. This deserves a huge audience that hopefully will eventually arrive. Keep an eye on the listings and catch Le Junk Live – you will not be disappointed.
Voka Gentle were first (and last) seen and heard by these eyes and ears about four years ago (before they removed the “Wo-” prefix from their name) and were ace. Then it appears that whenever the band played again there seemed to be something else going on and a second look is still yet to materialise. Every time a tune of theirs comes this way it raises eyebrows and a search for another live show takes place. The bands album Writhing came out at the end of last year and it’s an album that needs hearing for those partial to the odd Flaming Lips or Animal Collective noises that come through the speakers when the play button is pressed. This is the best thing they’ve done recently.
Beckie Margaret has released a wonderful new EP called CIAGA Volume 1 – (there’ll be another two coming out to follow this). This is a gentle atmospheric laid-back piece of music made for those of us who need something gentle at the end of a gruelling day. Released by our favourite Essex label Cool Thing, this is a great EP that will calm the listener down after pumping out even more new tunes from the band that bring all this to us, Asylums. A fourth album by Asylums is also in the pipeline (due in October) and new track Understand The Psychology indicates more top-quality tunes are on their way.
Deadletter have another brilliant tune that became available to all to hear during August. It’s tempting to mention this band every month. We probably do and will probably continue to do so.
Chilli Jessen arrived on our doorstep again recently via Palma Violets and Crewel Intentions. There’s always been something special going on when standing in the same space as he performs in and his recent appearance on a big stage seven hours before Nick Cave turned up was not disappointing. Love Is A Serious Mental Illness is a great new tune that will have to be seen live again sometime for sure.
Thats’ it for now … here’s my play list for August 2022.