Friday, March 27, 2009

New single: Lost Valentinos

We've got a new single coming on Dummy Records. It's by an Australian band called Lost Valentinos. The song is called Midnights. Its about 8 minutes long in two parts. Fan Death and Emperor Machine have done remixes. It will be available as MP3 in about 4 weeks for free on the label page, and DJ quality files exclusively on Beatport.

The band will also be in the UK at the beginning of May, playing our next Dummy party on the 8th. More info soon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Video: The Golden Filter 'Solid Gold'

Great new video for The Golden Filter's cult smash 'Solid Gold'. Original and all mixes still available to download for free here.

And catch the band live tonight at The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2. Free before 10pm, £3 after.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Video: Delphic 'Counterpoint'

Awesome song. Delphic play Dummy's party tomorrow night at Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, London. Can't wait.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the studio: Good Shoes

I went to the tiny basement studio in Hackney yesterday where Good Shoes are recording their new album. It looked like the place had been invaded by a batallion of guitars from planet Fender. There was a smell of sweat and beer. The smell of good music being made in fact. Rhys played fast and furious on a song I didn't get the name of. His voice sounding more and more like a young Robert Smith. You know it has an emotional quality that sucks you in and which seemed heightened by the urgency of the production.

They played me some finished songs - The Way My Heart Beats was definitely reminiscent of Buzzcocks at their most visceral - a powerful energetic verse gives way to a sweet and melodic chorus. Definitely a good single, and having one of those never hurts a band. In A City By The Sea was more balladic, softer and more gentle. A love song and a very personal sounding one at that. Perhaps that was offset by 'Under Control' - a dancefloor anthem about sex, lust, obsession. My personal favourite though was 'Everything You Do' - brooding, moody, bitter and simple.

Good Shoes have a simple way with a melody and lyric that really speaks to people I think. They don't need heavy production for their music to have a meaning. Because of that honesty I think these songs will never sound dated. I'm convinced that future music lovers will look back on them with real affection, and understanding of what it might have been like to be a teenager in the naughties.

Anyway, to remind you all how good Good Shoes are, here's the fabulous Sophia, from Think Before You Speak.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Dummy Presents...

Seeing as we've just launched the new site and just put out our first single on the brand new Dummy Records it seems entirely appropriate that we organise some nighttime activity to celebrate. And so it goes that on Friday March 13th Dummy is taking over The Queen of Hoxton inevitably in London's Shoreditch and putting on some stuff we've already covered on the site and some stuff that we will be covering anytime now.

The Golden Filter play live who you may know from Dummy's excellent first single release 'Solid Gold' (still available to download from the site for free). In addition we have Manchester's hottest new band Delphic (check 'Counterpoint on their Myspace to find out what all the fuss is about) also playing live, who you will be hearing more of via the Dummy site very soon.

Manning the decks are the awesome Heartbreak, Dan Beaumont from London's hottest club Disco Bloodbath, Johnno from the infamous Bugged Out, Alex Bean from one of Dummy's favourite blogs Lost in Paris plus some guys called Chris Blue and Bruce Leo.

Fancy it?

Friday March 13th. The Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Rd, London EC2. 8pm-2am. Free before 10pm, £3 after.