This post was rather unceremoniously removed by DMCA notification "for copyright reasons" in early March, a full month after it was posted. Seeing as none of the mp3s were commercially available, I can only assume that I'll have about 3 posts left if they continue in this fashion. If you'd like the mp3s, email me and I'll try to get them to you.
My tips for 2009 continues in its time old fashion of one hyped act, one Keep Hope Inside golden oldie and one band who I've never blogged about. There's a lot of radio session action going down in this post. You can find part uno [here]. Surely worth clicking through simply for my lolbama photo?
Former frontwoman of the tipped-but-never-really-got-anywhere Dead Disco, Victoria Hesketh went solo and has won plaudits for her wonky electropop and use of that funky tenori-on gadget. In fact, she's the BBC Sound of 2009 following Adele (2008), Mika (2007) and Corinne Bailey-Rae (2006). So hyped to the max. But understandably so. And yeah, she's a fittie mcvitie.
LITTLE BOOTS - MEDDLE (BBC 6MUSIC SESSION)
LITTLE BOOTS - STUCK ON REPEAT (BBC 6MUSIC SESSION)
The Joy Formidable
Probably my favourite emerging act of 2008 but a band in a brief transitional period - previous drummer Justin has been replaced by new boy Matt Thomas. Not that such a change has particularly affected the trio, they are still go-go-go with their quest for world domination. Their UK headline tour starts about now, they've recorded a couple of sessions for BBC Radio and they'll be dropping their ltd ed mini-album boxset 'A Balloon Called Moaning' (only available from [Puregroove]) in February. Their shoegazey dream pop will enthrall and enrapture. Expect to see plenty more about TJF on Keep Hope Inside (and maybe even elsewhere, like in my interview with the Record Of The Day mag). Here's their third BBC 6Music Session, recorded just the other week with Marc Riley.
THE JOY FORMIDABLE - AUSTERE (BBC 6MUSIC SESSION)
THE JOY FORMIDABLE - CRADLE (BBC 6MUSIC SESSION)
THE JOY FORMIDABLE - THE LAST DROP (BBC 6MUSIC SESSION)
The Temper Trap
Empire Of The Sun appear to be the artist du jour from Australia according to many industry tipsters but if we're tipping an Aussie band for success, I'd much rather have this lot. Reflecting the same melodic desperation of Frightened Rabbit and a soaring crossover indie rock sensibility similar to early Coldplay, they've got a good chance of success. Even more so perhaps, having signed for the newly rebooted Infectious Records. Not forgetting soundtracking the trailer to the hyped indie film '500 Days Of Summer' (which looks fantastic - watch the trailer [here] with the utterly magical 'Sweet Disposition'.
THE TEMPER TRAP - FOOLS (BBC INTRODUCING SESSION)
THE TEMPER TRAP - LOVE LOST (BBC INTRODUCING SESSION)