Rad Releases ’11- Edils Recordings

December 21, 2011
As the countdown to the end of the year approaches we take a personal look back on our familiar names, features and musicians’ top releases of the past 12 months.

This year has stood out for incredible releases and even more so for uncovering exceptional talent; most of which discovered, promoted and featured right on this site.
A regular name that has featured on our site over the past few months is that of EDILS Recordings.  EDiLS Recordings are A DIY label who are directing their passion and love for music and bands’ to supporting them by providing a home to releases with the purpose of it being FOR the band. 

We spoke to Liverpool based duo James Dyke and one half of Go Heeled Philip Rourke on their rad releases of the year. 
EDils have had an incredible year without a doubt. Having only established the label in early January, the two have achieved so much. They’ve already proved their love, passion and determination and united many with new artists/talent. 

Their achievements and hard work exposing talent can be found in their previous releases including several split releases/ compilations featuring artists across the globe; Zola EP and the more recent featured Christmas giveaway. 
We were lucky enough to speak to the pair to find our their rad releases- 
EDILS Top Releases: 

 Other than our releases we have enjoyed….

James Albums:-

1. Saves The Day – Daybreak

I’m a massive fan boy for the band, and love pretty much everything they do so. and i met them so this defo has to go on.

Fav track – “Z”

2. Dad Rocks! – Mount Modern
Cause simply its boss, he’s boss and boss live!

Fav Track – “Battle Hymn Of The Fox”

3. Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage

Epic black metal! need i say more? 
Fav Track – “Thuja Magus Imperium”


4. Nero – Welcome Reality 

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for electronic music and this just has all the right stuff. Dubstep, Bass, bass and more bass. And in parts makes me feel like I’m in that scene in Rocky IV with paulies robot!

Fav Track – “Doomsday”

5. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man
I cant really work out why I like these so much but I just do…so yeah this one.

Fav Track – “Zombie By The Cranberries By Andrew Jackson Jihad

Best gig we put on – Gifts From Enola – I hadn’t really listened to them before the gig, and when they played they just blew me away. I didn’t expect them to be so heavy, closet I’ve seen a band to being almost as awesome as cult of luna!

Best gig attended
– Fake Blood – I was at a festival in Spain and it was the first dance gig I’d been to. It was just perfect. Great weather, great beer, good music and thousands of people just having a good ol’ dance! from what i can remember anyway.


1 – The Dodos- No Color
Their last record was disappointing for me but this one just blew me away from start to finish. Its so original and inspiring. The first track, black Night’ is one of the best openings to a record I’ve ever heard.

2 – Dad Rocks! – Mount Modern 
Beautiful instrumentation, clever songwriting, humour and emotion all captured perfectly. Its pretty much perfect and maybe not 2nd to the dodos but on the same level. Hard to pick a stand out track but the last track entitled ‘Pants’ is so sweet and very moving and incorporates everything Ive mentioned above perfectly really.

 3 – The Drums -Portamento 
I get the feeling a lot of people dislike these guys but I love them. They simply write great pop songs and I just love their mix of surf & 80s sound (more 80s on this record though). I think lyrically its really good too.People should check out ‘What you were’ or ‘Money’ from this record. So good.

 4 – Moonlit Sailor – Colour In Stereo
Beautiful instrumental music. Its their third record and its just stunning. Great production and unlike other instrumental stuff around these days its really hopeful, bright and full of catchy hooks. A track called ‘May Day’ would be my choice from this. Its perfect! Makes me want to go to Sweden or just buy pointless Ikea stuff, which is always good!

5 – Cerebal Ballzy – Cerebal Ballzy

I recently saw these live and thought they where so fun . Not really that into punk/HC music like I was say 10/11 years ago but this record just really appeals to me and its REALLY good. They seem to be getting a lot off hype at the moment too which I find really odd. Check out ‘Insufficient Fare’

Honourable mention – GIFTS FROM ENOLA ep.

Live show – This is so tough. I hate this question. So many good bands (especially CUT!!!!) They’ve all been great. I think best band live would have to be (like Jay) GIFTS FROM ENOLA. Really small venue and they just sounded massive. Every one there was blown away. A show as whole though that we’ve put on! Then the Dad Rocks & Shoes & socks off show was amazing.

Attended….er…I haven’t seen that many shows this year to be honest with you. I saw Jeniferver this year which was nice. I used to book their tours so Ive seen them a tonne of times but it was nice to see them play my hometown in a real nice biggish venue. They’ve worked so hard over the years and they are just awesome. Live they are great. Rhodes supported too!


Well, we will be releasing an EP by a band called ZOLA in the new year and booking them a few shows throughout the year. We’re working on sorting out releasing the RHODES record too (March/April). We have an incredible  American band called COO WOO whose record we will put out in February hopefully. Its not been off our stereos. Other than this we will continue putting the free compilations out (as long as we keep getting enough tracks submitted to us that we like), put on the odd Liverpool show here and there and eat far too much pizza from American Pizza Slice. 

Thank You James and Phillip of EDILS RECORDINGS and we can only wish you our support and good luck for next year, we know we will be hearing a lot from you in the next few months.

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