Inspired by the remnants of the post punk/electronic/noise scene of the 80's, and coinciding with the rise of "techno" and rave culture in the early 90’s, Itch-E & Scratch-E were born. During the years that followed Itch-E & Scratch-E, aka Andy Rantzen and Paul Mac, were at the forefront of a movement quickly gathering momentum. When The Boiler Room was added to the Big Day Out, Itch-E & Scratch-E were there, preaching their beats to the ravers, but importantly, also to the rock kids in Nirvana T-shirts. A cross-pollination had begun.
Amadou and Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Mali's capital Bamako 15 April 1958) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music. The duo produces music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Colombian trombones, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion.
Grips & Tonic is the new rap project of J.J. Peters (Of Deez Nuts and I Killed the Prom Queen) and Louie Knuxx. Their debut album "Want Some, Get Some" was released in June on Stomp Records. They've dropped a new mixtape in 2010, it's called Songs To Fuck Your Hand To and is available to download on their myspace. www.myspace.com/gripsntonic
Driven by award winning song writing, and knocked out of the park by an ensemble of spellbinding musicians, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels are a solar system of melody. The Infidels' sound wraps itself around the audience in a whirlwind of timeless folk pop, as the influences of The Beatles and Bob Dylan float atop a raging current of raw, honest lyrics that cut straight to the bone. The songs will stay etched in your memory long after the first listen, and the people just keep coming back for more.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - old songs, new tunes.
Scottish Smallpipes, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Flute, Accordion, Guitar
and sometimes even Piano and Bass with a tiny bit of Swedish Cittra thrown in for good measure. They used to perform as a threesome with Nick Hennessey (vocals, harp, bodhrán and concertina); using the name Serious Kitchen.
see Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side
One of the best-received albums of 2008 was the debut from Parisien DJ and songwriter, Mademoiselle Caro (key resident DJ at the legendary Rex Club in Paris for over 8 years), and her Perpignan-based collaborator, Franck Garcia. Brimming with a uniquely downbeat yet defiant sound that seemed to have one foot in modern-day tech-savvy Berlin and one in vintage indie austerity, 'Pain Disappears' was hailed by publications as diverse as The Times ('a modern classic'), Clash ('a melodic, melancholic masterpiece') and DJ Mag ('stunning emotive electro-pop').
Mumford & Sons are a folk/bluegrass group formed in London in September 2008. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, bass drum), Country Winston (banjo, slide guitar, vocals), Ted Dwayne (double bass, drums, vocals), and Ben Lovett (keyboards, vocals). Having received critical acclaim from The Guardian on their “Band of the Day” online forum, and resounding praise from nearly everyone who has witnessed them supporting The Maccabees and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons continue to turn heads in London’s growing folk scene.
Having taken their wares across the vast span of North America, New Zealand and Australia Daysend have fused an array of musical genres to create a hard edged yet melodic metal sound. The explosive Sydney five piece rocketed into existence in 2003 with all the passion and determination that has propelled them to the very top of their country's heavy music scene. Later that year the band released their debut album, 'Severance' which was voted by listeners of high rating radio station Triple J as Number One Australian Metal Album of that same year.
Matt Sonic began a music career at a Brisbane musical institution, Red Zeds Studios, in early 1996, cutting a demo with musical maestro David Atkins in the wee hours of the morning. The demo, Rebel Riders From Mars, would form a template of the deep and subsonic sounds that have become trademark of his bands that followed through the next 10years. Late 2008 saw Matt touring Australia, from Coober Pedy to Coolangatta playing bass for Magic Dirt, and writing a debut solo album in the back seat of a Holden Commodore.