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Rad Releases ’14 – Ghost Twins

December 23, 2014

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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.

 

Rainblows2-1024x1024The next artist take over comes from an act we welcomed to our store earlier his year. Born out of the ashes of the critically acclaimed Crushing Blows, GHOST TWINS are a noise and dream pop duo from Derby, UK – Their former incarnation CB, earned support from Huw Stevens, Steve Lamacq, Artrocker, Shell Zenner, Jen Long and Simon Raymonde & more and were regulars on the festival circuit. The pair released their debut album Never Fear Total Failure in April, a stunning debut. Fresh and forward-thinking with an independent sound, the record represents a new attitude for Ghost Twins, infusing experimental and leftfield ideas with huge melodic pop moments of sheer brilliance.

Top 5 releases this year (In no particular order).
Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit (album)
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Brilliant and original. Their back catalogue is really strong too. I’ve enjoying watching their rise this year.
Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed (album)
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This album sounds like a cassette that might have fallen out of Rivers Cuomo’s back pocket in 1994. The album is only about 12 minutes long but is easily my most played album of the year.
Azzurro Peaks – Bonfire Pillow (EP).
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Fantastic innovated folk music from Derby. Quite an overlooked local release in my opinion. Get it here – http://azzurropeaks.bandcamp.com
Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon (Album).

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Aggressive, amazing experimental hip hop with crazy bjork samples running throughout. Completely relentless but that’s what makes it so good.
Karen O – Crush Songs (Album) –
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It’s nice to hear her so stripped down.. Her voice is perfect for singer-songwriter stuff.
Best Show played
Nottingham Chameleon with Three Girl Rhumba, Scribble Victory and Tray Electric. We’ve Had a bit of a nightmare this year translating our record into our live set but everything fell into place place for this one. It was quite a party-like atmosphere with it being Three Girl Rhumba’s EP launch.
Best Gig Attended
I’ve seen quite a lot of good stuff this year. Ty Segall and Sleaford Mods were up there but the Jon Hopkins gig at the Southbank Centre tops the lot for me. It was a one-off audio/visual show and was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
The main highlight for us was both getting the album finished and released. We spent the best part of 2013 putting it together so to get it out and to get the vinyl for it was really great.
Our plans for the new year are to write, record and gig more. Same old same old…
A huge thank you to Ghost Twins who have had a great year following a triumphant debut! Can only wish the best success for 2015.
ghosttwins.bandcamp.com/

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