After kicking off the careers of Royal Blood and Alt-J via their blog, the new born record label and promoters, Killing Moon, have released their latest album to add bulk to anyone’s playlist.
In their sixth edition of ‘New Moons’ and marking their fifth year in the music business, the heads behind Killing Moon don’t hold back, with a whopping 26 tracks making it onto their essential list of talent which you’d be bold to even utter the words ‘emerging’ at just yet.
For some this may be their first feature on a record, judging by the couple of hundred Facebook likes or sparse soundclouds, and just like losing your virginity, listening to a new artists for the first time can be an uncomfortable, agitated affair. Your love may grow for them and they may even go on to prosper, or as is the case for the murky synth-overload in ‘Sail’ by Seckar and Draper’s teeth-clenching and outdated floor filler ‘Down To You’, it’s over at the first hurdle. Appetite for guitar based tracks grows as you sweep past Macklemore impersonator Quake Matthews, and Noah Kin, the latter with a more buyable persona and cleaner backing track, so not all is lost with Killing Moon’s hip hop contingent.
Thankfully, whilst Killing Moon may have tried to open their potential-catching net a little wide, there’s plenty more fish in their sea of talent, and good ones at that. Loa Loa’s punk-rock ‘Landslide’ has the perfect amateurish crackle to it, likening them to Twin Peaks and Hooton Tennis Club. Gallery Circus seem to have captured the sound of Royal Blood’s second album before we’ve even caught a whiff of it and Bad Sounds’ bat-shit indie pop isn’t far from a synth tickling Teleman. Elsewhere, Leeds’ Fizzy Blood dice up a thick Josh Homme-esque riff in ‘January Sun’, left stinging by the time you get to Like a Motorcycle. The all-female outfit have the same bite as Deap Vally with ‘High Hopes’ – the name of their track and also a likely instant impression of the band.
Asylums and Coyote make up the remainder of the more conventional bands, with the latter going all intergalactic Passion Pit, with vocals which somehow sound like a young Bono. We don’t know how, but it just works. There’s a smattering of melancholic singer-songwriters and there is something intriguing about Eastern Barbers and their brooding pan-pipe intro for ‘Maya’. The band who recently played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury are the pick of the bunch.
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Words by Josh Shreeve