Welcome to part two of my list of bands to watch out for in 2008. Part one [link] seems to have gone down well, people seemingly can't get enough of Vampire Weekend but there was some love for Alphabeat in the comments. And in case Elle S'Appelle ever read this, I like you even more than the other two. So everyone's happy.
This edition of Futuresounds has a strong female presence for no real reason other than to wipe my memory of Beth Ditto. Christ, she was annoying. Obviously, I'm hoping for/expecting big things from these acts though.
Seeing as I was planning this a while back, you'll have to forgive me for including Adele despite her recent mounting of the UK album chart. But then again Just Jack managed to get to #6 in the album chart and most of you are probably wondering who I'm on about ('Starz In Their Eyes' sound familiar?). And it was her or Duffy, so I went for the lesser evil. I hope.
So we are left with Adele, a 19 year old "cock-er-nee" with a beautiful voice. But what about the tunes? 'Hometown Glory' is certainly bewitching but I haven't felt as absorbed by other tracks I have heard. Will she have staying power or is she just substituting Amy Winehouse for the time being?
Mark Ronson & BBC Concert Orchestra ft. Adele - Cold Shoulder (BBC Electric Proms) [Yourfilehost d/l link]//[Sendspace mirror]
I love piano pop! Something Corporate were one of my favourite bands and I'm one of the few bloggers who (openly) thinks that Kate Nash's music is enjoyable. Jose (nb not José) Vanders is a London teenager who writes earnest, melodic pop. Although lacking in music blog mentions, she's somewhat of a "MySpace sensation" with over 700,000 plays. That's a lot of plays.
Following her spiffing Christmas single with Klaus Says Buy The Record [listen here], Jose's recently been announced as the new 'face' of BBC Three. It wouldn't surprise me at all if her Regina Spektor meets Sarf Lahndan stylings were rewarded with a major label record deal this year. But first, she's got to concentrate on her exams....
Jose Vanders - Faces Going Places [Yourfilehost]//[Sendspace]
With thanks to Drink Ink [link].
Last year I had Dananananananananananananakroyd in this weirdo slot but this Japo-Hungarian lot are FUCKING MENTAL. They really have raised the bar. Agaskado Teliverek describe their sound as 'psycho goulash' and that actually seems sensible. From screechy lead singer Hiroe (she's pretty much the polar opposite to the above females!) to the tamagotchi beeps via some crunching riffs, this is just insane.
But an invitation to play the BBC Electric Proms and a Dazed and Confused interview show they could just sneak into the mainstream too. Well, they'd fit in perfectly on a Later With...Jools Holland show at least!
Agaskodo Teliverek - Gay Hussar (BBC Electric Proms) [Yourfilehost]//[Sendspace]
Agaskodo Teliverek - Dough Face (BBC Electric Proms) [Yourfilehost]//[Sendspace]