Thursday, 2 October 2008

The Pony's Return / The Nag's Last Furlong

Yup. It happened, summer got swallowed by a Bestival mud creature and T4 is only on at weekends again. Pony got well lax over the end of the break there, apologies for the silence- here's a guilty pile of new-term freshness and nods towards gigs. Plenty to come on the Brighton City Festival etc. also, and news of the next submission date.

Gig: James Yuill @ Digital
Monday 4th Oct, £6.

Previous gracer of these pages and overnight sensation thanks to an indulgent Radio 1 session this week, the man of the hour crops up in Digital on Monday. Worth it just to see how he controls so many sounds while singing calmer than a kite in the breeze- here's a link to the video of the summer's folktronica anthem No Pins Allowed, cos we're not meant to give the song away. It's on a lovely Moshi Moshi 7" anyway, which you can no doubt buy at the gig. And get signed in lipstick if that's your thing.

Video: James Yuill - No Pins Allowed


OK, got work to do. More later.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

First to go

Just to let you know that you can still get your hands on the last few Issue 1's at our local resident records. 

How about that.


Monday, 21 July 2008


Yeah, thats right...Ratatat's latest offering comes in the form of 'LP3' and it is a beast of a record. The New York based trio, famed for their dazzling guitar tracks and hip-hop influenced electronica, have done it again and most probably better. Regarded as one of the most influential artists to have come out of the East Coast of America in years, their self titled debut and follow up 'classics' have even seen them open for daft punk.

Look out for tracks 'Mirando' and 'Shempi' on LP3 and 'Lex', 'Wildcat' and 'Loud Pipes' on Classics..Mmm

Ratatat/Audio/Friday 25th July
Tickets are £6+bf and available from Resident, Rounder and TicketWeb

I know it's early to be posting this but you can't miss out, even if you have defrosted that mackerel for supper.

Mp3: Ratatat - Shempi

What? more?... yes...a huge hip hopping free download from their site!

14 new remixes featuring Bun B, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Slim Thug, Devin the Dudr, Young Jeezy, T.I., Beanie Sigel, Pimp C, Ludacris, Young Buck, Saigon, Juvenile, Z-ro, Memphis Bleek and Kanye West.


Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Britons Do It Wetter

Another weather-related post. I'm half expecting to come home and find the level underwater, pikeys floating around on a raft of empty K-cider cans powered by two paddling mongrels.. Something to lift the mood then, and what better way than this: a Californian female disco duo, with vocals by Feist, remixed by Swedish outfit Tiedye, on the impeccable Italians Do It Better label. A serious feast of head-down shut-eyed festival ecstasy, or at the very least a smirk-inducing slice of shamelessly proportioned electro pop. As a bonus, her's a personal favourite from a few months ago- Them Jeans (another bunch of well-tuned Swedes) on the re-edit of Juan Maclean's Happy House. Does exactly what it says on the tin, and hits me right in the solar plexus. I hope you can share the joy- maybe you never got the Robert Miles piano thing first time around, and it all sounds a bit wack? Just scroll down and listen to the Rustie mix instead, we're mutli-genre beasts you know.

MP3: Rubies - I Feel Electric (Tiedye mix) [buy it here]

MP3: The Juan Maclean - Happy House (Them Jeans TrimTheFat edit)


The deadline for submissions remains 30th July, you remain talented, why not make the connection?

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Monday, 7 July 2008

Something Special Sir?

It's not likely there'll ever be another post devoted to rum, so lap it up.. Some things just have to be said. Appleton 21yr is ridiculous, if you ever get a chance, get one in. Especially if you're not in Brighton or London, cos you'll probably be able to afford it. It'll remind you why you got so many tastebuds up in that mouth o'yours.

Degrees of Abstraction

Though undoubtedly filled with good music (and no other blog's carried that Unitz track yet, score), the last Pony post smacked of easy pickings. Where were the underground exposés, the truffles of delight only the Pony can deliver? Time then for a follow-up post, this time based on artists linked to those mentioned last time, but who you hopefully haven't heard of. Starting with an affiliate of Flying Lotus then:


Long-time associate of the oft-touted glitchmobbers, and tight as camden trousers when it comes to beat production. A bit more of a hiphop swagger than Lotus, and more cheek too- check this out on Imeem, floppy rhythms that somehow stay completely in check. (While you're there check this version excursion. Not for all, but those that know, you KNOW, right?) If he can turn that monstrosity into something approaching beauty then his own material must be fit, yes? Shocker, it really really is. Try this for size, then pop over to the Myspazz for some more, and a link to the very reasonably $10 mixtape. Interestingly, he's signed to Hyperdub over here, more commonly associated with them dubstep folk- let's hope some prime UK talent like Lukid will get caught up in the progress.

MP3: Samiyam - Moon Shoes
[edit: new link now posted, apologies for the dead one]


This next one came about by linking Fleet Foxes to Beach House (lovely, shimmering popscapes), them to Lazarus (solo folk experimenter), then Red Leaf Black Bird (more folk, less twiddle, lots nice), and finally to:


Their line-up has changed more often than the weather since their 1999 inception but the strength and simplicity has remained. I saw them support Kimya Dawson at the Cowley Club one privileged morning a couple of years ago, and they've grown no more popular since, leaving their fragility and languid resolution intact. Theirs is a life lived in a lower gear, the uphill grind just an excuse to free-wheel all the way home, legs and caution spread to the wind as trees and fields flash by.. It's summer, it's winter, it's your life as a cup of tea and you're the digestive. Their site will keep you informed of future dates, as will we- try and pick up most recent recording Tigers On Fire, released on Tract.

MP3 - Tigersaw - Postcards and Letters
(via - right click to download)


Now to something not altogether different. Wildbirds and Peacedrums are a hard act to follow, but someone whose voice can play the UK corner is:

Rozi Plain

Maybe it's a shameless plug for someone I vaguely know (did foundation together, wave if I see her floating past on the ferry round Bristol docks), maybe it's just great music. Wildbirds are a hard one to draw comparisons with anyway, so I figured it's better to try and find a compatriot rather than competitor- Rozi certainly is that. Recently things have gone up a gear, with coverage on 6Music and even Radio 1 (good ole Huw Stephens), so jump on board before the media grabbing for the next Lykke Li decide that maybe it's her turn in the spotlight.. The Myspace has all the expected goods, and there's an album out on Fence records shortly. Wonderful songs, brilliant voice redolent of lablemate Rachel Dadd (but far more listenable in my world), and unshakable charisma to boot. None of that Joanna Newsomy wimping around like a malnourished butterfly- good old fashioned musicianship without the image crisis.

MP3: Rozi Plain - Cherry Tree


There's not much point trying to get you to look at other dubstep comps because they are without exception incredibly behind the true face of what's being dropped- just subscribe to Plastician and Skream podcasts on RinseFM here, and watch the subgenres unfold before your very ears. The sound of someone far more used to hours locked up in a basement with only a bag of weed and some well-tuned monitors for company trying to hold together a three hour radio show is always entertaining too.

Still to come: Pony Two's deadline is 30th July now, so whatever excuse you had for not submitting last time, just crumbled before your lazy sun-scorched eyes. Y'all missed White Denim play Audio- there'll be words+pics of that on the way, and plenty more new music. Hurrah.

PS: Apologies to Verity who put on what was by all accounts a magnificent gig at the Hope on Thursday, I failed to mention it on here as promised: if anyone has pics or comments please do send them in.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

_*_ Huge Summer Update_•_

Pony will keep going through the summer, in the form of longer, monthly posts, rather like this one in fact. There seems to have been a splurge of incredible new music in the last 3 months or so, a lot of which has got the coverage it rightly deserves- just to make sure you don't miss out, here's an impeccable rundown of things that'll make you bite your bottom lip to stop it trembling..


Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Truly a modern masterpiece. His last release, 1983, set him apart from the glitch-mobbers, Dabrye and Prefuse by being simultaneously deeper, more melodic, simpler and intricate; ultimately, an extremely creative, exciting record. So what's new? Well, everything's the same, just better. Tighter beats, ingratiating basslines, melodies that leave nothing to the imagination.. it's truly cinematic, built more of atmospheres than beats. Prefuse came close- Detchibe is evocative, but still rather simple; Lotus has completely changed the way we can think about hiphop and beat culture, injecting the whole scene with an optimistic urgency after this finely wrought throwdown. If Burial was the soundtrack to your winter gatherings, this is truly the colour of your summer. Check the taster below, but get straight on the album here after.

MP3: Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish


Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Already the toast of the leftie press and bloggers everywhere, Fleet Foxes should need to introduction. But if you've been living in a cave, take note, and if you didn't believe the hype, start believing. It's a bit of a grower, but nurture it and you'll never look back. There's a lot of moments where you think "hmm, that sounds exactly like this bit in this record, and the vocals are bit like this, and that guitar sort of sounds like..." but then you loved all those records, so stands to reason this one is, well, better, mathematically? True bearded delight from start to finish.

MP3: Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood


Wildbirds and Peacedrums - Heartcore

Another ridiculous recording. A Swedish duo signed to Leaf, they battered the emotions the first time I heard them, leaving me unable to form proper words and cooing gently like a climaxing pigeon. It's basically just percussion and vocals, but with vocals that happily join Kate Bush, Antony Hegarty and Bjork in the league-of-their-own, um, league [tautologies are entirely appropriate here], the lack of complication makes a lot of sense. It's pointless to try and pen them in with contemporaries- better to let them run free, frolicking in the sunset round some burning maypole atop a mountain. With a faun. Absolutely choice. Catch them live at the End of the Road festival if you get the chance.

MP3: Wildbirds and Peacedrums - I Can't Tell In His Eyes


Deerhunter at the Barfly this Friday 20th

Feeling mesmerised and sublime, if a little confused? No? Well come along on Friday and top up your wonder-count. The earnest trippyness is the right side of drone irritation; really they're just a jangly indie band with extra fun fuzz, perfect for a summer's evening, especially when there's so few other gigs going on.

MP3: Deerhunter - Lake Somerset

Mary Anne Hobbs - Evangeline

The first compilation put out by the husky-voiced Radio 1er brought a carefully chosen range of tracks together under the same umbrella, to devastating effect. JME's Pence rubbed shoulders with techno from Andy Stott, and worked well. Here, an almost identical formula has been applied- substitute Claro Intellecto for Andy Stott (on the same label aren't they? Not a hard decision then!) and Wiley for JME, and churn it out. Well, not quite. Throw in the Unitz record The Drop (exclusive, not available on vinyl), Ligma VIP, and a glut of other stand-alone brilliant tracks, and you have an album that simply can't be passed over. The Souljazz Box Of Dub comps always seem a bit barren, and contain tracks that've been around for ages; MAH has obviously flexed her not inconsiderable influence to get the freshest of produce, so don't miss out.

MP3: Unitz - The Drop *web exclusive* (96k version, buy the album for real quality)


There's also the White Denim album, Dirty Projectors, Mae Shi, James Yuill new single, all that stuff we already told you about, remember? Coming soon though, Bestival best-of, to get us all in the mood, and Show Pony II- deadline 30th June, get your submissions in soooon.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Toddla T? Kindergarden K***!

So I got introduced to Toddla T's soundtape killin' mix a few months ago, and rinsed it on the iPod ever since. To absolute death. Now it sounds rather juvenile and unispired, making me wonder where all that excitement came from. Anyway, if you have a similar hollow patch of brain reserved for hiphop bashmenteering, you could do worse than fill it back up with this: men o' the moment Rustie and Hudson Mohawke (Hud Mo occasionally, also Heralds of Change) have put together a mix for Dazed Digital, and damn does it bang. Where Sheffield's favourite infant pushed the boundaries of taste as far back as possible, this Glaswegian pairing whip it right back into the future, glitching it to pieces to stunning effect. I was literally slack-jawed with excitement after each transition.. that drop at 4.59? And don't even talk to me about 11.01! Ridiculous, and leaves a sweet taste, unlike the sour tang of self-loathing the T inflicted. Now where can I get a tracklist...

MP3: Rustie and Hudson Mohawke - Drunk Mix (via Dazed Digital)


PS- Don't forget the Showpony deadline for the month is 30th June, send all material at 300 dpi to Whythankyou.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Golden Silvers

Only a very short post because I don't yet own any music to go sharing around- just click here to visit their Myspace, listen through the generous amount of songs on there, and patiently join the back of the queue to part with your hard earned.

In other news, White Denim's album is almost out, as is the new Flying Lotus. Essential.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Yuill be surprised

James Yuill has been around a little while but is starting to gather a bit of momentum. He's had two albums already, easiest found on iTunes- The Vanilla Disc, his 2005 acoustic debut, and Turning Down Water For Air, out in 2007 from which this single came. The second record jumps into lo-fi electronics, fleshing out his acoustic and sounding like a diligent user of the Postal Service Home Music Kit (Lite). Cruel comparison but inevitable; they're still joyful little melodies. Check out the last single below, and look for the Moshi Moshi signed July release "No Pins Allowed". He's playing at Latitude too.

MP3: James Yuill - No Surprises