Lo-Fi solo project of ex Meet Me in St Louis front-man and former bassist from Shield Your Eyes Toby Hayes. Toby recorded his debut acoustic album 'From the Muddy Banks of the Melitzer' on September 24th 2008, which has been released on Big Scary Monsters Records. Acting as a two-part release, 'From The Muddy Banks...' has been followed up with a second album, 'Hand-reared Suburban Piglet'. This second record features the same ten songs, but re-recorded with full orchestration.
Everything Everything are based in Manchester, hailing originally from the Newcastle/Northumberland area, as well as Kent. Their music has been described as 'surrealist neo-classical avant-pop for the digital age'. Influences include: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Smiths, Ezra Pound, Steve Reich and Destiny's Child. Debut single 'Suffragette Suffragette' b/w 'Luddites and Lambs' was released in December 2008 on XL imprint Salvia to widespread popular and critical acclaim, garnering support from such Manc luminaries as Stuart Maconie, Marc Riley, Dave Haslam and Johnny Marr.
Hold Your Horse Is are a three piece from Surrey/Sussex/Hampshire who take a heavy influence from 90's American Indie and 00's British Post-Hardcore. Their unusual name is taken from the title of a seminal album by 2 piece Californian noise merchants Hella; whom they don't sound anything like.
Wiley, also known as Eskiboy (real name Richard Kylea Cowie, born 19 January 1979) is an Grime MC and producer from Bow E3, East London. Wiley has created his own musical genre, which he calls "Eski", and which is largely associated with the Grime genre. "Eskimo", from which the genre takes its name, is probably the best known Eski track. Originally performing under the title "Wiley Kat" (adopted from the Thundercats cartoon), he has now shortened his stage name and rarely is referred to as "Wiley Kat".
The Morrisons are from Torquay in Devon and were originally formed in 1986 by Phil and Ian who were both originally inspired to play guitar by the arrival of punk in the mid 70’s and both shared a love of 60’s music and decent tunes. Most of the original members of the band had previously played together in a band called Chapter 29 and other various locals bands. In 1987 John Peel played their debut flexi single Listen To Your Heart several times on his show.
Earning his stripes in the UK’s underground live circuit, Fraksha has proven himself to be one of the UK’s finest MC’s. Founding member of UK hip-hop collective, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Nine+High" class="bbcode_artist">Nine High</a> and part of Australia’s first grime crew, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Smash+Brothers" class="bbcode_artist">Smash Brothers</a>, Fraksha has honed his craft and sold out two mixtapes – a testament to his tenure in the UK scene. Since moving over to Australia in 2006, Fraksha was invited to join Aria Award winning, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Bliss+N+Eso" class="bbcode_artist">Bliss N Eso</a>, on their sold out tour, ‘Get Loose’ – certifying his entry into the Aussie Hip-Hop scene.
With initial support in the form of grime veteran Plastician, “Birmingham’s finest” Emalkay gained the attention of South London based label Boka Records with the warped, future bass drones and epic strings of Gut Feeling. Continuing the success, Testing The Waters EP was released in October 2006 followed by Monsters in June 2007. The revolutionary sound of Mecha, released in the fall of 2007, gained Emalkay support from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs and breakbeat pioneer FreQ Nasty, as well as many of the leading figures of the current dubstep scene.
micronormous is the alias of Matt Eaton of Birmingham group Pram. In 2005 he presented a live soundtrack to the film The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari under that name. Further live soundtracks have led to the formation of the micronormous live group and a series of recordings and remixes.