As the countdown to the end of 2014 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Continuing our next label Rad Releases is the fantastic guys at Edils Records. 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 yet another incredible year without a doubt having put out some incredible releases and establishing some talented acts. 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. Getting them heard.The Liverpool based self determined duo behind EDiLS Recordings have the sole intention to release awesome music in awesome packaging! We love this label, they are incredibly hard working, passionate and genuinely care about all of their acts. We urge you all to support them, their artists and their efforts.
I wont be overly biased so I’ve left out our releases from this past year. All of them wonderful and deserve a mention, Stephen Hudson and the Fiat Pandas, ED, Stiu Nu Stiu, Fractions, Soft Arrows, Lets Say We Did and Keira Is You. Check them here please https://edilsrecordings.bandcamp.com/
11/ People//Talk – BG083 (Bleeding Gold Records)
OK slight bias coming in here but I think its a great EP. Five tracks of post punk/New Wave. Released by the wonderful Bleeding Gold Records. I played on it and I think its a beautiful piece of work from start to finish. The lyrics, the recording and performance are the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.
10/ TEARDROP FACTORY – Thrash In The Heart (Faux Discx)
I really enjoyed their 7″ EP which came out last year (I think). Wonderfully fuzzy and noisy band from Brighton. Takes me back to the 90s I suppose. I love its simplicity and spirit. Above all though, they just write great songs.
9/ Petey/The Sweets (Bleeding Gold Records)
This the second split record between these bands. Again, both bands write awesome songs. Petey are a straight up indie punk band. The Sweets do the Lo-Fi chilled garage rock thing. Both very DIY in their approach and that just adds to the charm of this tape.
8/ Johnny Aries
This is the guitar player from the Drums. You call tell listening to this record too! I like the Drums so that’s cool. Really heartfelt bittersweet songs.Its a sad record but packed full of cool melodies and strong lyrics. Its very like the smiths in places.
6/ Drums – Encyclopedia
Their last record was on my list a few years back and here they are again! Most people know this band. They are a favorite of mine and have progressed a bit on this record. They’ve tried new things and its worked! Again, a very sad nostalgic feel to the record, I guess they are that type of band and perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to them. One of the things I love about this band is the lyrics and how genuine the performance is. Good records are all about finding something you can identify with and with the Drums I can time and time again.
5/ Beezewax – Tomorrow (Sellout Records)
This record came from nowhere and slapped me right across the face! I was a big fan of this band mid 2000s. I booked a tour or two for them too. I didn’t even know they where still going! This is brilliant album. Little different from their older stuff but I like that. No band should always sound the same. I hear a lot of The Cure in this record and that’s fine by me! Its so great! GET IT! They are playing Liverpool tonight and I cant go cos I’ve broken my toe! cant get my shoe on!
4/ Gorgeous Bully – Smiling Laughing (self release)
So, this is an odds n sods compilation record or so I’m told. Normally those type of records are crap right!? This is belter! I’ve been a fan of GB for a while now. They’ve had releases on art is hard records and an American label in the past. It has the feel of the whole slacker-art-indie-rock scene. The recordings are quite Lo-Fi. Great hooks, great lyrics, the performance on each track is wonderful. Every song is good. Its a free download to on their bandcamp.
3/ Dignan Porch – Observatory (Faux Discx)
Anyone who knows me knows I really like Dignan Porch. I’ve had this record for a while and it was finally released in the summer. Putting it simply, Its a collection of great songs. Like some of the records I’ve mentioned there’s a DIY Lo-Fi vibe to the actual recording but its perfect for the band. It captures them in full flow beautifully. The songs vary from full on fuzzy romps to heartfelt psychedelic strums of acoustic guitars. Its a real record from start to finish and by that I mean – every time I put it on I listen to every track.
I never believed in an album being a grower until I heard this! I LOVED their debut album ‘Idle Labor. Its one of special records that captured a time in my life perfectly so I was looking forward to this a lot! Its very different from the aforementioned debut album and thats why I probably struggled with it at first. The more I listened the more I got it and fell into it, now I just love it. Its a very dreamy record. The whole sound of the band is gorgeous. I cant recommend it enough now!
1/ Interpol – El Pintor
A big one huh!? Always loved Interpol. There isn’t many songs I dislike by this band. I was a little worried about this album but I was blown away from track one. OK its typically Interpol. Maybe that’s why I love it?. I don’t need to say too much about this record as every one knows who they are and what they’re about. Its a great record though.
Its a bit lame I suppose. Peter Hook & the Light in Nottingham. They performed New Orders ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, corruption & Lies’ records. It was incredible hearing those songs live especially the tracks from ‘Movement’.
We’ve put on some shows this year too and I have to say Dignan Porch and Lets Say We Did were great.
Artist to watch?
From an EDILS perspective – probably FRACTIONS. They’re a synth pop group from Newcastle. We released their EP in September and it’s been very well received. They recently supported The Human League in arenas. 2015 is potentially a big year for them.
Generally, no idea. there’s always some one who comes out of nowhere and blows all the ‘indie press’ away.
We have two digital releases in February and two cassette releases confirmed for later in the year. The first cassette will be released in April and the second in summer. Super excited about those two tape releases and can’t wait to announce the bands! I can honestly say that both bands feature in my top 5 favourite bands of the moment.
The digital releases will be announced next week and again we’re very excited about that too.
I’ll continue to book tours for a few bands and put on the occasional show in Liverpool. Nothing 100% confirmed for announcement just yet though.
We will also be stocking various cassettes and vinyl from U.S. labels Captured Tracks and Bleeding Gold Records in our distro. The Captured Tracks tapes are super cool and I’ve not seen any over here at all so I thought It’d be cool to make them available. The albums are great too. Bleeding Gold is one of my fave labels over the last few years and the bands deserve exposure, so helping to do that for artists I love is great.
We are so thankful EDILS was part of our take over. We adore this passionate UK label who are one of the best around. They’ve got the right attitude, the right work mentality, they are dedicated and they know talent when they hear/see it. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for the label and it’s acts.