As one year fades into another, lists are being made, people are checking them twice, looking for the music that’s both naughty and nice. Everyone has their best of 2010 lists, or top 10 Albums from last year some of which are utterly awesome whilst some others deserve to be slung next to the Christmas tree’s that are already out in the street. Discarded, browning and forgotten.
Hopefully avoiding that fate, we at Bondi’s Walk of Shame wanted to look forward and offer up our musical predictions, wishes and hopes for a few bands that we believe will deserve big things in the year ahead:
Boy & Bear have featured on our play lists regularly and after string of UK appearances are now appearing on bastions of British new music radio lists such as XFM and BBC 6 Music. The latter is a must for anyone looking to expand their aural repertoire. It is possibly the best radio station in the world! Back to Boy & Bear, cracking the UK will hopefully return them to Australia in the same realms of Angus & Julia Stone, (who, lets face it are a pretty big deal?) taking them out of the state and into the nation. It’s a shame they have to leave Oz to make it happen but heed this, but we understand sadly, it’s probably the only way it could happen.
James Blake is a UK based singer songwriter whom belongs in the Dub-Step box but easily overlaps the nu-folk scene created by Bon Iver and Lou Rhodes. Sparse chilling songs haunted by deep beats, undoubtedly created from the sound of the rulebook hitting the pavement, are the norm. Similar to a stripped back Jack Penate, Blake’s sound teeters on the fence of mainstream acceptance making it all the more inciting and rewarding to those who dare discover his sound. Check out a sample of hid forth coming self titled album due for release in February here at James Blake’s Soundcloud
Andreya Triana another Brit wraps up the post (I will work on my local music soon, promise). If you like Bonobo and have heard his last album, Black Sands, you’ll have heard her sing. Experimental jazz, nu-jazz blissful sounds. Soft vocals, trippy beats and laid back vibes drift from this girl like jasmine on a summers breeze. Releasing her debut album at the tail end of 2010 we think she’ll be a slow burner gaining a cult following long before she’ll reach mainstream acceptance. But let’s face it; Your reading a blog, I’m writing a blog, and so big things does not always need to be mentioned in terms of mainstream dollars.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the post, there are literally tones of good bands on their way this year, Warpaint, Janelle Monáe and Clare Maguire to name but a few. You’ll have to keep listening to show to hear them all. Finally – this year has been kick started by those fellow blogger’s who’s own work has inspired and delighted almost as much as the music itself. To that end we’d like to thank the following scribes; Sabi, Bianca, Pooch, and lastly and most recently Macy for the best summary of the Walk of Shame I’ve heard yet. Love it!